October 4, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Setting Your Course: Practical Guide to Vocation Events
There are too many vocation resources for us to use them all. At the core of any successful resource MUST be the profound personal encounter with the Lord that we define as “discipleship.” Without inviting disciples, you will not find authentic, integral vocations. We will briefly share how we discerned what works best for us and how you can choose which resources are best for your diocese. Then we will break into three groups and share the practical details about exactly what we do and why, giving you a backstage view of our activities and the resources to use them. Examples will include: Andrew Dinners, Knights of the Holy Temple, FOCUS, Totus Tuus, LifeTeen, Ydisciple, NCYC, Melchizedek Project, DiocesanPriest.com, Parish vocation committees, Serra Clubs, parish server groups & trips, youth camps, Seminary Come & See, Wilderness Outreach, etc.
Rev. David Hasser
Fr. David Hasser was born and raised near Lafayette, Indiana, and he was ordained a priest in 2007. He first served as an associate pastor in Kokomo, Indiana with a team of five priests responsible for two parishes and a Monastery of Poor Clares until he was appointed Director of Vocations in 2011. After spending five years as Director of Vocations, living in residence at two other parishes in other cities, he has been reassigned to Kokomo as the Parochial Administrator of Saint Patrick Parish while continuing as Director of Vocations. His parents still live where he was raised near Lafayette, and his one brother lives in Maryland with his wife and children.
Rev. J.D. Jaffe
Fr. Jaffe is the Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Arlington. He attended the North American College and was ordained a priest in 2003. He has been assigned to Blessed Sacrament Church, Paul VI High School and St. Luke Church. He has served as the spiritual director for the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry and is the chaplain for the Courage Apostolate, an outreach to persons with same sex attraction.
Rev. Samuel Ward
Fr. Sam Ward has been the Associate Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the past three years. He was a Pastor for 5 years at an inner city parish and served as Associate Pastor at two other parishes. He has also worked as a part time Chaplain at an Archdiocesan high school for 13 years. He was ordained in 2003.
Co-Worker in the Vineyard: Vocation Director as Formator
Many Vocation Directors work in both areas of promoting vocations and the formation of their seminarians. However, they often underestimate how important their role is as an active formator along with the seminary staff. This will include practical steps for vocation directors to actively cooperate with seminary staff as they evaluate and form seminarians.
Rev. Msgr. Robert Panke
Monsignor Panke, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, is the Rector of the Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, DC.
He is also the Director of Clergy Formation for the Archdiocese of Washington and oversees the formation for seminarians, the continuing formation for priests, and the formation for candidates to the permanent diaconate. Msgr. Panke also served as Director of Priest Vocations and Formation for the Archdiocese of Washington for nine years. Prior to his work in vocations, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Peter’s in Olney, MD and was the Chaplain of the Newman Center for George Washington University. Msgr. Panke earned his Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome after receiving his B.A. in Financial Management from The Catholic University of America. Monsignor Panke has served as an Archdiocesan Consultor, as President of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and as a member of several boards and councils including the Institute for Priestly Formation.
The Spirituality of Diocesan Priesthood: Relationship, Identity, Mission
How can we best reflect the reality of our spirituality as Diocesan priests in contrast to the various cultural identities influencing young men today? We will have conversation around the identity of a Diocesan priest, helping men discern the meaning of identity as communion and not simply achievement. We seek to better understand and live a life in Holy Orders as contemplatives even in action.
Dcn. James Keating
James Keating is Director of Theological Formation in the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. In 1993 Dr. James Keating was appointed by the Papal Nuncio to be Associate Professor of Moral and Spiritual Theology in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio. He served in this capacity for 13 years until 2006 when he joined the IPF at Creighton. Deacon Keating received his Ph.D. in Roman Catholic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Fordham University in New York City, and his B.A in Religious Studies from Siena College. Some of his 100 essays on Ethics, Spirituality, and clergy formation have appeared in Nova et Vetera, Sacrum Ministerium, Downside Review, Modern Theology, Irish Theological Quarterly, Communio, Linacre Quarterly, Studies in Spirituality, Milltown Studies, New Blackfriars, Church, Religious Studies and Theology, Pro Ecclesia, Logos, New Theology Review, New Diaconal Review, Spiritual Life, Pastoral Life, Origins, Pastoral Review, Chicago Studies, Envoy and Seminary Journal. Dr. Keating has lectured at Sacred Heart Seminary, MI; Pontifical College Josephinum, Oh; Assumption Seminary, TX; St. John Seminary, CO; St Charles Seminary, PA; St John Vianney, MN; St. Paul Seminary, MN; Christ the King Seminary,NY; St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, FL; Notre Dame Seminary, LA; St Patrick’s Seminary, CA; Mt. St. Mary Seminary, MD; Kenrick Glennon Seminary, MO; Conception Seminary, MO; St Mary Seminary, Cleveland. He was Visiting Professor at the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary/Liturgical Institute), Chicago; Pontifical North American College, Rome. He was invited by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization to give a presentation in 2016 at the Vatican for their world- wide celebration of the Diaconate during the Holy Year of Mercy. He spoke on “The Diaconate and Family.”
He is the co-author of the books Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998) with Anthony Ciorra; Conscience and Prayer: The Spirit of Catholic Moral Theology (Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier,2001).; The Way of Mystery: Eucharist and Moral Living ( Paulist Press, 2006) both with Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R.
Dr. Keating is the author of The Heart of the Diaconate (Paulist Press 2015) Spousal Prayer: A Way to Marital Happiness (IPF Publications,2013); Resting on the Heart of Christ: The Mission and Spirituality of the Seminary Theologian (IPF Publications,2009) ; A Deacon’s Retreat (Paulist Press, 2010); Pure Heart, Clear Conscience: Catholic Moral Life (Liguori Press,2003), Crossing the Desert: Moral Conversion and Lent (Liguori Press 2001), and Listening for Truth: A Life of Prayers and Virtue (Liguori Press,2002; reprinted 2013).
Dr. Keating served as editor of the Josephinum Journal of Theology (1993-2006). He is currently editor of the Josephinum Diaconal Review (2013- )
He is editor of the books from Paulist Press entitled, Spirituality and Moral Theology: Essays from a Pastoral Perspective (2000); Moral Theology: Fundamental Issues and New Directions(2004); The Deacon Reader (2006);[This book won First Place in the Catholic Press Association Awards]; The Character of the Diaconate (2016). He serves as General Editor of IPF Publications. IPF publications as editor include: Christ as the Foundation for Seminary Formation (2016) The Priest and Theological Study (2105) The Mind of Christ: The True Nature of Theology (2014) Seminary Theology (2010), Seminary Theology II (2011); Seminary Theology III (2013) and Spiritual Fatherhood: A Workbook for Priests and Dads (2010);
He has regular audio presentations on the digital Retreat House, Discerning Hearts.com. He served as columnist on the Moral/Spiritual Life for Church Life: A Journal of the New Evangelization until 2015. He is currently a regular contributor to Catechetical Review. He serves St John Vianney Seminary in Denver as a Member of the Board of Trustees. He is a deacon of the Archdiocese of Omaha, where he serves as Director of the Office of the Diaconate
Married to Marianne, they have three sons, Kristoffer, Jonathan and Liam, and a daughter, Ina. He was ordained a deacon in 2001.