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2018 THEME

Holy Spirit: Bond of Love

This year’s Scripture verse is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans:

“The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:5

An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. – Evangelli Gaudium 24, Pope Francis


In a world that is being torn apart due to a lack of real love, catechists and those who work in ministry have a challenging mission on their hands. But if God has called you to ministry, you have nothing to fear – the Holy Spirit is with you and is already working to bring about the unity and love for which our world desperately longs.

Come be renewed this summer at the St. John Bosco Conference alongside other religious educators and ministers, and get ready for the Holy Spirit to pour out His love into your heart in ways that you could never imagine!

Ways to Attend the Conference

1. Non-Track: This allows you to chose from any workshop in any track. This is the most flexible and allows you to get exactly what you need from the conference (doctrinal, methodological, spiritual, etc.). There is a specific set of workshops to accommodate non-track attendees, in what is called the “Open Track.” Open Track workshops are new every year. Non-Track participants can chose workshops from the Open Track or any of the other tracks.


2.  Certification Tracks: The St. John Bosco Conference offers a certification program to fulfill the need for a diocesan catechist certification (consult your diocese for approval). When a particular track is chosen, there are a predetermined set of workshops, which focus on topics pertinent to the chosen discipline and are staffed by speakers who are experts and have many years of experience in the field.


3.  Non-Certification Tracks: There are two tracks that have discipline specific workshops, but do not offer certification: “Catholic Schools” and “Come Follow Me.” The Office of Catechetics can provide a letter verifying that you attended the workshops if you need credit for continuing education.



Registration opens Monday, November 6, 2017!

2018 pricing information coming soon!

2018 Pricing

Registration: Early Bird $258 (by April 6th); Regular $280 (after April 6th)
Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions
(meals plan and housing charges still apply)
Meal Plan: $110 (includes 9 meals)
Housing: Private A/C $225; Shared A/C $150
Track Certification Fee: $25/person (not for Open Track)

Scope of Conference

4 days
More than 30 speakers and 70 talks from which to choose
Daily Mass and Confession
Eucharistic Adoration and Praise and Worship
Time to connect with others in the field

*For those who need financial assistance for the summer adult conferences, the Christian Outreach Office has a limited number of tickets to offset registration, room and board. Interested parties, please click here.

2018 Featured Speakers

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston – See link to full biography below!


Greg and Lisa Popcak – Dr. Gregory Popcak, who co-hosts More2Life with his wife Lisa, is the Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to tough marriage, family, and personal problems. Lisa Popcak, CFLC is the Vice-President of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. She is a professional educator and Certified Family-Life Coach. Since 2001, Greg and Lisa – spouses and co-authors – have hosted several nationally-syndicated, call-in radio advice programs including Heart, Mind and Strength (Ave Maria Radio), Fully Alive! (Sirius/XM-The Catholic Channel), and most recently, More2Life. See the link to their full biographies below!


Sister Ann Shields, SGL, is an internationally known evangelist, noted speaker, and author whose activities have taken her to Eastern Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Central America, Israel, the Philippines, and the British Isles. Based in Ann Arbor, she is a member of the Servants of God’s Love, a Catholic charismatic religious community canonically established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. She hosts the daily radio program Food for the Journey, heard on 35 U.S. and Canadian stations and the Internet. Some of Sister Ann’s works include Deeper Conversion: Extraordinary Grace in Ordinary Times, Hope in the Midst of Suffering, and Yielding to the Power of God, as well as And Their Eyes Were Opened: Encountering Jesus in the Sacraments, co-authored with Father Michael Scanlan, TOR.


Eric Westby, PhD, is an assistant professor of theology and catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He completed his doctoral studies at the Maryvale Institute of Birmingham, England, offering a critique of seminary formation in light of priestly catechetical ministry. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University, from where he was the first student to complete the certification in catechetics. He has been involved in parish catechetics since 1988. He is the founder of ymcentral.com and rciacentral.com. More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.


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