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Contemporary Issues Focused on 
Evolving Needs of the Catholic Church

Friday, April 28, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Columbus School of Law Atrium

In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Washington, the School of Architecture and Planning is pleased to announce an innovative symposium to assist parishes and dioceses with an array of contemporary issues spanning salient changes in neighborhood demographic patterns, on-going maintenance and upkeep of physical plant, school age cohorts, accommodations for senior citizens, and strategic planning for current and succeeding generations.

Multiple parish attendees are encouraged to attend. The registration fee for the first person is $50, and an additional $25 free for up to two more registrants.



Symposium Details
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Panel discussions and presentations will encompass ways and means for improving the environment for prayer, salient changes in the Catholic world nationally and locally, on-going concerns for the upkeep and maintenance of physical plant, accommodations for senior citizens, and strategic planning for coming generations.  

Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J., Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), will initiate the proceedings. His key note will highlight Catholic identity, retention, parish participation, immigration and mobility, in addition to cultural and ethnic diversity.

Three panels will take place in the morning, followed by lunch.  The concurrent panels will concentrate on the precinct for prayer, facilty management, and demographic trends related to planning for emerging or consolidated parishes.

There will also be an afternoon case example of the challenges faced by a major parish church (Ste. Bartholomew in Bethesda, MD), in conjunction with its on-going improvement efforts, establishing a school, and adding an Assisted Living facility.

Registration will begin at 9 am with coffee and pastries.

Please register at the following website (you will be required to create a login and password):