Written by Sherry
Saturday, 04 August 2007 17:44
Just a brief check-in as I pack to head to Galveston, Texas, to do a Called & Gifted for the Catholic principals of the Archdiocese.
As Fr. Mike has noted, Making Disciples was remarkably fruitful and several people commented that they didn't want to leave! This is without doubt the most successful one we've ever done and it was very exciting to see leaders from 22 dioceses grappling with the implications of helping Catholics become intentional disciples. Thanks so much for your prayers! I could feel the impact!
We'll be honing and refining before we offer Making Disciples again in November but I'm so relieved that I don't face a massive re-write. Fr. Mike, Keith, and Barbara were fabulous to work with (as usual), the participants were exceptional, and all of us felt very blessed to be there. We didn't sleep much (which always seems a good idea at the time) but we were certainly spiritually refreshed!
Those present who had attended earlier incarnations of Making Disciples, Equipping Apostles told me that it was so, so, so much better than earlier versions. (Which reminded me of the woman who came up to me a few years and enthusiastically told me how this Called & Gifted was so, so, so, so SO much better than the workshop she attended 8 years previously!)
Here are a few participant comments:
"The concept of intentional discipleship is absolutely exciting!! The team did a great job presenting, explaining, equipping, motivating, modeling it. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH! I will never forget this 5 day experience!!! It has changed my life."
"I have been changed forever. The people I have met and networked with are extraordinary. This is truly an amazing week."
"I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learned from all of the sections."
"The conference truly lived up to and surpassed my deepest expectations."
"It was great to hear about an intentional disciple. I have recognized this stage in others myself but have never been able to name it."
"As an individual, I've found these days very inspiring. Most of the contents have opened me to wonderful memories of witnessing to my faith and trust in God in a personal context, and has set a fire in me that I hope and pray stays enflamed. So help me God! Amen."
"This was a life-changing experience for me. I don't think I have ever gone through a program where I have taken back so much.
Cost of program: $ 5xx.xxx
Airfare: $ 4xx.xx
Taxis: $ 60.00
Program content: Priceless."
Fr. Mike takes off for Tucson tomorrow but may check in from time to time. I'm back Tuesday evening and will be blogging again on Wednesday.