The Diocese of Trenton will join with the other dioceses in New Jersey to present “Say the Word / Una Palabra Tuya,” a no-cost, virtual faith formation conference to be held Oct. 21-24 which aims to inspire and equip catechists, teachers, volunteers, ministry leaders and families to know the faith better, grow as disciples of Jesus and evangelize.


Hosted by Virtual Catholic Conference and sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor, the conference will offer participants the chance to attend multiple workshops in English and Spanish by nationally-known speakers directly from their computer screens. The Diocese also collaborated to bring the conference to the faithful.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is scheduled to present a video thanking all those who pass on the faith across the Diocese as a catechist, religious education instructor, Catholic school teacher, volunteers and ministry leaders and their teams and encouraging them to attend the conference.

Registration is available at https://go.virtualcatholicconference.com/NJLive2021 in English and https://go.virtualcatholicconference.com/NJLIVEsp in Spanish. 

In November 2020, all the dioceses held a virtual catholic conference for catechists across New Jersey. In the wake of its success, a combination of live events and recorded workshops in both English and Spanish will be available as well as live events that are unique to New Jersey.

Speakers slated to present workshops and keynote addresses include Julianne Stanz, director of the new evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisc.; Mark Hart, executive vice president for Life Teen International; Joe Paprocki, national consultant for faith formation at Loyola Press; Father Mike Schmitz, director of youth and young adult ministries in the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., speaker and author; Father Robert Spitzer, current president of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center; Dr. Hosffman Ospino, professor of theology and religious studies at Boston College, and Jose “Pepe” Alonso. Workshop categories include theology, methodology, intercultural ministries, youth ministries, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, disabilities, adult faith and evangelization and discipleship.

A few of the virtual live events include:

Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Evening of Q& A with Julianne Stanz who will provide listeners with a summary of her keynote talk, “Say the Word: stories that Heal.”

Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m., “Bring Community Service to the next level” with Dan Waddington, director of the Trenton Diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Oct. 23, 1 p.m., “Evangelization through the RCIA process” with Diana Macalintal from TEAM RCIA.

Virtual live events to be offered in Spanish include:

Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Q&A with Dr. Hosffman Ospino

Oct. 22, 7 p.m., “Experience the Good News” with Josue Arriola, director of the Trenton Diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life.

For questions, contact Debbie D’Agostaro at ddagos@dioceseoftrenton.org