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 Workshops

The Pre-Convention – Two Part Workshop

Part I
Monday September 25, 2017 | 9:15am – Noon

Awakening Hearts
Pulling from his experience as both the Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of St. Augustine and as Vocation Director, Fr. Ruchinski will speak on: The art of accompanying young adults on the journey of discipleship and discernment.

Rev. David Ruchinski

Father David was born in Warren, Ohio and graduated in 1987 from John F. Kennedy High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Philosophy in 1990 from The Pontifical College Josephinum and received his Master of Arts Degree in English from the Ohio State University in 1994. He was awarded his Doctor of Education in 2001 from the University of North Florida. In 2002, Fr. David entered the major seminary of the North American College in Rome and was awarded his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of St. Augustine on 23 June 2007 by Bishop Victor Galeone at the Cathedral Basilica. In 2008, Fr. David was assigned as Parochial Vicar for St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center, as well as Associate Director of Vocations for the Diocese of St. Augustine on 15 July 2008, and Pastoral Director of St. Patrick Interparish School on 1 June 2009. Fr. David was appointed Pastoral Administrator of St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center on 15 August 2010, and was officially installed as Pastor and Director on 13 February 2011. As of 1 June 2013, he is continuing on as Director of the Student Center, in addition to his duties as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of St. Augustine. Fr. David currently serves as the Regional Coordinator for region 14 of NCDVD.

Part II
Monday, September 25, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Taking Back Our Schools
Catholic Schools are a privileged means for promoting and fostering the formation of the whole person. Fr. Justin Waltz and Fr. Josh Waltz have a total of 15 years of experience in high school ministry and administration. They will share tried and tested tactics for fostering vocations in a high school setting. This workshop will also focus on the process of developing a school

Rev. Justin Waltz

Father Justin Waltz was ordained on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in May of 2008. He was assigned by the Bishop to be the chaplain of Bishop Ryan Catholic School and the parochial vicar of St. Leo’s Catholic Church under the pastorate of Fr. Austin Vetter. During this time Father Waltz helped create and implement the three pillar chaplains faith formation program at Bishop Ryan Catholic school. In 2012 Fr. Waltz was appointed by Bishop David Kagan as the Pastor St. Leo’s Catholic Church as well as the Delegate for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Bismarck. As Delegate for Catholic Education Fr. Waltz, on behalf of the Bishop, monitors the stability and Catholicity of the schools in the Diocese of Bismarck. Fr. Waltz holds a Minor in Psychology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in Theology and a Masters Degree in Education.

Rev. Joshua Waltz

Fr. Joshua Waltz study at North Dakota State University and received a bachelors in arts and Humanities. When he joined seminary he studied philosophy at Kenrick seminary in St. Louis and then head to the North American College where he received his bachelors of Sacred Theology at the Pontifical College of St. Thomas Aquinas. He also received a masters in Moral theology with an emphasis in Bioethics. Fr. Waltz spent the first six years of his priesthood teaching theology at St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota and served as the chaplain of the high school. He was an associate pastor for 4 years and a pastor for 2 years in addition to his chaplain duties . He is presently teaching a class in Spirituality at the University of Mary in Bismarck and is the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota. Fr. Joshua currently serves as Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of NCDVD.