Start with Jesus

The 2021 Catholic Educators’ Conference invites all Catholic School Teachers, Religious Education Teachers, Youth Ministers, Directors of Religious Education, Adult Education Leaders and those working with the RCIA process to participate in this year’s conference.

Register now to “Start with Jesus” in 2021!!

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2021 brings us an opportunity to gather, both in person and virtually.  The conference will be held in Boise at St. John’s Cathedral and Bishop Kelly High School, September 30th through October 2nd.
Workshops will be presented both in-person during the conference, and through pre-recorded sessions made available October 1st.  In addition to the live workshops, in-person attendees will have access to the pre-recorded workshops after the conference. Virtual conference attendance will allow participants to view the opening Mass with Bishop Peter Christensen on Thursday evening, September 30th as well as the pre-recorded workshop sessions beginning October 1st through the end of the year.
In-person participants will have 5 live workshop sessions plus opportunities for networking and collaboration with fellow attendees throughout the event.

This year’s keynote speaker is Julianne Stanz.

Julianne was born in Ireland and raised in the Wicklow mountains–she possesses a unique cultural perspective and passion for ministry.  Her life in Ireland and interest in the early Irish monastic church results in a commitment to creating a culture of intentional discipleship in parishes, communities and within the family.  Julianne is currently serving as the Director of Parish Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay and is the author of “Start with Jesus:  How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church.  Her keynote addresses will be presented to all participants through live streams.

Schedule for the Event

Thursday, September 30, 2021
7:00 pm Mass with Bishop Peter Christensen followed by a light social at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (this is open to all)
Friday, October 1, 2021
8:00 a.m.                              Registration opens at Bishop Kelly High (7009 Franklin Rd.)
9:00 a.m.                              Opening Prayer and Keynote- Julianne Stanz
10:30 a.m.                            Virtual Workshops open in both English and Spanish
10:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.         Workshop 1 in person
11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.            Lunch and Collaborative Conversations
1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.             Workshop 2 in person
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.            Workshop 3 in person
4:30 p.m.                              Dinner on own in ministry or parish groups
Saturday, October 2, 2021
9:00 a.m.                               Registration opens at Bishop Kelly High School
9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.             Workshop 4 in person
11:00 a.m.: 12:30 p.m.           Workshop 5 in person
12:30-1:15 p. m.                     Lunch and Collaborative Conversations
1:15- 2:30 p.m.                      Keynote two
2:30 p.m.                              Closing prayer

For overnight-accommodations, call Hyatt Place Boise Towne Square at 208-375-1200 and tell the desk agent you are in town for the Catholic Educators’ Conference (Group code: G-RCEC). Special group rate per night ($114.00 for single or double occupancy) if reservation made by Sept. 10, 2021. Hyatt Place is located at 925 N Milwaukee Street in Boise.