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THURSDAY Workshops

September 20, 2018 | 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Evangelization Beyond the Church Walls

This workshop will look at best practices for developing seminarians to be missionary disciples who have hearts to reach those walking away from Jesus and His Church. Nathan Stanley is the Director of Apostolic Development with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He has provided training and catechesis on evangelization, discipleship, and leadership to young people throughout the country.

Nathan Stanley

Nathan Stanley encountered Jesus Christ as a student at Benedictine College and became a FOCUS missionary upon his graduation in 2004.   Nathan has lead leadership workshops and consulted many clergy all over the country and is involved in the Archdiocesan Discipleship Initiative in the Archdiocese of Denver.  Nathan has been a contributor to many online Catholic publications. Nathan has a M.A. in Theology from the Augustine Institute.  He married to the love of his life, Lauren, and they with their two children reside in Denver, CO.

Dealing with depression and Anxiety with prospects and seminarians

Anxiety and depression are among the most prevalent mental health issues in today’s society, but our understanding of and ability to offer effective treatment has increased significantly in recent years.  Vocation directors and others working with seminarians need the tools and knowledge to offer support and appropriate interventions for those struggling with anxiety and depression. This workshop explores the research on effective treatment of depression and anxiety and includes case study discussion of how to help seminarians navigate real-life ministry challenges.

Dr. Emily Cash

Emily Cash is a licensed psychologist and a member of the clinical services department at Saint Luke Institute since 2006. She received her graduate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Kentucky and completed her doctoral training in a community mental health setting in New York City. Her clinical services include individual and group therapy, psychological evaluation and assessment, and facilitation of psycho-educational groups for mental health and well-being. Dr. Cash is the director of the candidate assessment program for Saint Luke Institute and the director of Saint Luke Center, a ministry of Saint Luke Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.

Discernment in the Life of the Vocation Director

A vocation director must be attentive to the discernment of spirits, not only in regard to his accompaniment of applicants and seminarians, but also for his own stability and prudence in the exercise of his unique ministry.  This workshop will focus on the vocation director’s awareness of the Lord’s presence and action in the midst of vocation ministry so that the vocation director remains firmly anchored in personal relationship with Jesus Christ amid the varying demands of his office in the diocese.

Fr. Jim Rafferty

Fr. Jim Rafferty is a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha and a member of the IPF Priests of Saint Joseph.  He serves full-time with the Institute for Priestly Formation.  Ordained in 1994 in the Diocese of Scranton, he has served in parish ministry, high school and college chaplaincy, seminary formation, and vocation work.  He holds an advanced degree in Moral Theology.  Fr. Rafferty moved to Omaha in 2013 to serve in IPF year round while assisting with the establishment of the IPF Priests of Saint Joseph.  IPF is dedicated to the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests.