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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
May 7, 2015
For immediate release

Spring Enrichment 2015 expects more than 700 Catholics to assemble over four days

What: The Albany Diocese’s 42nd Spring Enrichment

When:  Monday, May 11 – Thursday, May 14, 2015

Where:  The College of Saint Rose in Albany, and at St. Mary’s Parish in Oneonta on May 12 

Who: 700 Catholics are already registered, with scores of additional “walk-ins” also expected to attend the more than 120 classes, workshops and panel discussions scheduled over this four-day event.
Spring Enrichment is one of the most comprehensive Catholic conferences of its type in the nation when it comes to its duration, and the breadth and number of workshops offered.

The theme: The Church: our Family, our Story is the theme of this year’s Spring Enrichment. It stems from Pope Francis’ observation that “to speak of the Church is to speak of our mother; of our family….The Church is all of us.”

This year’s annual four-day conference will feature as keynoter, Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. His address: One Church, One Family, Many Stories: The U.S. Catholic Experience in the 21st Century, echoes the theme of the conference.  His talk begins around 9:30 AM on Monday, May 11.

On Tuesday, and for the first time in the history of Spring Enrichment, four of its major presentations will be transmitted via live streaming to St. Mary’s Parish in Oneonta, where attendees there also can benefit from an additional 12 other courses offered live at that site. This will allow Catholics who may not be able to travel to Albany, to participate in much of Spring Enrichment at this alternate location.

Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will introduce the keynote speaker, Dr. Ospino, and later offer some welcoming remarks at the end of the morning session on Monday. At 9:30 AM on Wednesday Bishop Scharfenberger will serve on a panel:  Challenges to the Gospel of Life, 20 Years After . The discussion will deal with the late Pope now St. John Paul II’s encyclical on pro-life matters.

Bishop Emeritus Howard J, Hubbard will be giving a talk on Pope Francis: A Story of the Church in the Modern World on Tuesday at 4 PM.

The conference is designed to provide everyone with an opportunity to come together to find out more about their faith. It provides individuals serving in a wide range of capacities in the Church to deepen their skills and understanding of their ministries. While originally a forum for catechists and other religion teachers to receive formation and training toward their diocesan certification, Spring Enrichment has expanded to encompass other ministries, such as liturgy, pastoral care and parish leadership, and offers a wide variety of sessions that would be of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about their faith.

Essentially a "commuter conference," attendees register from anywhere from one to fourteen different workshops over the course of the four days of more than 120 inspiring keynotes and major presentations, enlightening and challenging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, critical networking, extensive new resources and certification opportunities for catechists, youth ministers and Catholic school teachers.