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Spirituality Convocation - April 9, 2016

Come explore the ways hope empowers us at the 2016 Spring Spirituality Convocation on Saturday, April 9 at Annunciation Center. Discover how to respond to life's challenges by seeking God's presence in them.


  • 9:45 a.m.
    Registration and Check-in
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m.
    Welcome and Prayer
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.
    Morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid
  • 12:15-1:00 p.m.
  • 1:15-2:00 p.m.
    Lunch and Book Signing
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m.
    Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Fr. Anthony Ciorra
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Liturgy of the Mass


Select one of the following at Convocation:
  • Father Ricardo Benitez, M.A.:
    Liderazgo hispano y amor después del amor
  • Sister Mary Canavan, SC, M.A.:
    Blessed Miriam Teresa and Her Message of Hope
  • Laura Curcione, M.A.:
    An Answer to Prayer: Exploring Hope's Paradoxes
  • Father Paul Manning, S.T.B., M.Div.:
    The Imagery of Hope through Poetry and Art
  • Sister Alice Swartz, RSM, Ph.D.:
    The Spirituality of Pope Francis and His Message of Hope

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid

Spirituality and Struggle: Walking With Hope

Dr. Nancy Pineda-MadridDr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid is Associate Profesor of Theology and Latino/Latina Ministry. She holds a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Union and an M.Div. from Seattle University.

Dr. Pineda-Madrid researches Systematic Theology, Method in Practical/Pastoral Theologies, U.S. Latino/a Theologies, Feminist Reconstructions of Redemption/Salvation, United States North American Pragmatism and Religious Thought. She is the author of Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez, and Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fulfillment.

Fr. Anthony Ciorra

Swimming in Mercy and Surprised by Hope

Fr. Anthony CiorraFr. Anthony Ciorra is a leader in lay ministry formation and currently serves as Associate Vice President for Mission and Catholic identity and Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

Ordained a priest in 1973, he has served in parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation ministries. He has graduate degrees in psychology, history, and pastoral theology, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University.

He is the author of Everyday Mysticism, Moral Formation in the Parish, Beauty: A Way to God. Father Tony has created multimedia presentations in Christian Spirituality, the Spirituality of Vatican II, Gratitude, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everyone, and A Retreat with Pope Francis. He was awarded the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul II in 1999, the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry, and the Spirit of Renew Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.

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