In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI gave us "a mandate" to "go forth and be witnesses of God's mercy, a source of hope for every person and for the whole world."
Father Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, above, will lead a workshop called "Evangelizing: When You're not Preaching to the Choir" — one of many workshops scheduled for the Divine Mercy Networking Forum on Friday, Nov. 13.
What's in it for you? Father Joe Roesch, MIC, talks about the upcoming Divine Mercy Networking Forum. View his video.
Call it a "mercy meet-and-greet." Call it a one-day "crash course in mercy."
The day before the North American Congress on Mercy (NACOM) commences on Nov. 14, pilgrims will have the opportunity to take part in an unprecedented face-to-face forum with the "mercy pros."
The Divine Mercy Networking Forum, hosted by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, will take place Friday, Nov. 13, at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road, NE, in the nation's capital.
This is how the Networking Forum will work: Through a series of workshops, people who have been inspired to make Divine Mercy a way of life will help inspire you to do the same. You will also have the opportunity to ask the "mercy pros" questions.
The workshops will include:
• How to protect human life and dignity.
• How to inspire youth and young adults.
• How to bring God's mercy to healthcare.
• How to start a Divine Mercy cenacle.
• How to renew your parish and school.
• How to evangelize when you're not preaching to the choir.
• How to get your pastor to learn about, accept, and celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
• How to share The Divine Mercy message in a more effective way with your family, friends, parish, community, and co-workers.
• How to learn more about the message of Divine Mercy, so you can comfortably speak about it and share it with others.
The forum will include a panel discussion called "Ask the Divine Mercy Experts."
"We see this as a pioneering effort to bring the faithful and devotees of God's mercy face-to-face with the experts," says Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, vice-president of the North Atlantic Congress on Mercy and director of Evangelization and Development for the Marians, promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy message since 1941. "People often have specific questions unique to their own situations in life, and we felt inspired by the Holy Spirit to make this opportunity available."
In designing the agenda for the forum, Fr. Kaz says organizers selected topics that would complement the Mercy Congress itself. He noted many of the speakers are well known Divine Mercy promoters.
Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy and emcee of the forum, says the format "will present workshops that show how clergy and laypeople can use Divine Mercy as a practical tool for daily life. It will present pro-life strategies plus pragmatic information for those with ministries in healthcare, prayer groups, youth and children's groups, prison work, and parishes."
Dr. Bryan Thatcher, MD, who heads Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy, echoes the practicality of the networking forum. "Many of the participants will be people who have already been touched by the message of Divine Mercy," says Dr. Thatcher. "I often am asked by these people how they can deepen that experience and at the same time participate more effectively in spreading the message and devotion. Our workshops will address these sorts of questions."
Click here for a full list of panelists and presenters.
View the schedule for the day.
The forum will conclude with Holy Mass at 5:15 p.m. followed by an optional reception involving the participants and panelists. Light fare will be served.
For more information on the Divine Mercy Networking Forum and the Mercy Congress, visit mercycongress.org.