"Oh No! He's Been To Congress Again!!" -- A Catholic School Principal Inspiring His Staff... 11/10/2011
The Religious Education Congress continues to be for me the highlight conference of the year. I have traveled to L.A. for the Congress for the past 5 years, knowing the top notch world renowned speakers, the liturgies and the sense of community at this Congress will support my vocation as an educator. As a principal of a Catholic Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta, I find the topics and presentations relate directly to my work with students, staff and parents. As a liturgist, the variety of music, liturgical experiences and atmosphere of the Congress leads me to prayer, praise and reflection. At the same time, I come back to school filled with energy and new ideas that often result in my staff saying: “Oh no, he’s been to Congress again!!” I find the Congress to be balanced with the kind of speakers I am able to choose from. The topics are current, relevant and timely. The organization of the congress is second to none! I find the schedule of events, location, the rooms of the Conference Centre and the selection of hotels are all top notch. I have encouraged many of my friends and colleagues to attend this Congress, and they actually do attend. The highlight for me has always been the Opening and Closing Liturgies. The music is exceptional along with the liturgical movement, the proclamation of the word and the strong connected sense of the gathering of the faithful in praise of our God. Throughout a normal school year I am able to attend many professional development conferences. By far, this Congress is the highlight of my school year. I encourage those who work on the planning committee to continue with your blessed work. See you in March, 2012.
St. Charles School
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