The Marten Program sponsors preaching conferences in the summers, inviting leaders in the field of homiletics to share their insights with preachers in the field. These are extended moments for busy preachers to come away from their routine to the peace-filled campus at Notre Dame. Revel in the sunset over St. Mary's Lake. Wake up to the calling of birds. Most of all, enjoy the camaraderie of others who are passionate about sharing the Gospel.
Our next conference will be held June 24-26, 2019. Mark your calendar! Our theme will be "Mystic and Mystagogue: Preaching as Spiritual Leadership." At our 2017 conference on "Effectiveness in Catholic Preaching," we talked at length about the purpose of effective preaching - to bring our people into an encounter with the living God. Over and over again, we all wondered, "How do we do that?" And "what is unique about Catholic preaching that leads our people into that encounter?"
A Catholic preacher is to be a shepherd and a spiritual leader. In this 2019 conference, we will look to our roots in the Catholic spiritual tradition as a source for deepening our preaching. Together we will look at what makes preaching thrive, especially by helping the preacher to flourish as mystic and mystagogue. We will investigate our Catholic sacramental way of perceiving the world. We will strengthen our prayer that undergirds the words that we say. We will explore preaching's role in spiritual leadership toward fostering discipleship. There is much to be pondered as we refresh, renew, and encounter God through three days of study, fellowship and prayer on the beautiful Notre Dame campus.
June 24-26, 2019