When Faith Meets Pedagogy 2016!
On behalf of Catholic Curriculum Corporation, it is my pleasure to welcome you to When Faith Meets Pedagogy 2016, October 27-29 at the International Plaza Hotel, Toronto Airport. This year’s theme is “Mercy: Wellspring of Joy, Serenity and Peace”, inspired by Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of Mercy
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Anne Jamieson as our opening keynote on Thursday evening. Anne is the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Hamilton. Before coming to the diocesan office, she worked in Toronto for the Ministry of Community and Social Services and then as an elementary school teacher with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for many years. She holds her Doctor of Ministry from The University of Toronto. Anne is the author and co-author of several parish-based resources for small groups. She has created online resources for schools and parishes and has edited works produced in the Diocese of Hamilton for study of the Mass and of the Creed. She and her colleague, David Dayler, have co-produced a Confirmation Retreat Kit DVD entitled Gifted by God through Novalis publishing. The Gifted by God Confirmation Program that accompanies the retreat was published in September 2015.
David Wells, Director of the Vicariate for Evangelisation, Diocese of Plymouth, England, is returning due to popular demand and will take center stage on Friday morning, October 28. David is an internationally known speaker in Europe and North America and expresses a particular fondness for When Faith Meets Pedagogy, as it was at WFMP that he was introduced, for the first time, to North American audiences. He continues to work throughout Canada and the USA.
A highlight of our conference continues to be the inspiring liturgies throughout the three days. I am grateful to our Liturgy Committee members and to His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop, Archdiocese of Toronto, who will preside at The Celebration of The Eucharist, Friday, October 28, 11:15 am.
In addition, approximately 60 workshops will be presented by experienced and expert educators, as well as feature speakers, including Dr. Josephine Lombardi, during Friday and Saturday sessions. When Faith Meets Pedagogy has become known as a “conference for teachers, by teachers”!
A event such as this takes many months of planning and we appreciate the collaboration of our member boards who provide the human resources to the planning committee as well as our partner organizations upon whom we rely for counsel: OECTA, CPCO, CARFLEO, ICE and St Michael’s College School.
Our sponsor and vendor contributors facilitate so many of the events at the conference. I encourage delegates to visit our Vendor Display area in the International Ballroom on Friday to experience the products, services and solutions that will enhance your learning and teaching skills. The financial contribution of our vendors allows us to ensure that WFMP is an affordable experience for all delegates.
And finally a thank you to the WFMP 2016 Planning Committee, the members of which have demonstrated enthusiasm, commitment and service in planning and organizing this year’s conference
I look forward to welcoming returning delegates, as well as new delegates, from across Ontario, Canada and Brazil to When Faith Meets Pedagogy 2016, as we are nourished in the Holy Father’s declaration of “Mercy: Wellspring of Joy, Serenity and Peace.”
Michael Bator, Executive Director
Catholic Curriculum Corporation