May 16, 2016
For immediate release
Multiple Locations and Live Streaming Mark “Reboot”
Of Annual Conference That Draws Hundreds of Catholics From Region
More than 500 Catholics from across the Diocese of Albany are expected to participate in a “reboot” of the annual Spring Enrichment, a four-day faith formation program featuring 108 seminars and, for the first time, four locations and live streaming of the capstone address by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger.
The conference, which begins on Wednesday, May 18, will be held at The College of St. Rose, Western Avenue, Albany, through Friday, May 20. On the final day of the program, Saturday, May 21, classes will be held at three locations: Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, St. Francis de Sales in Herkimer, and Our Lady of the Annunciation in Queensbury.
Wednesday’s keynote address will be given by Joe Paprocki and Julianne Stanz, authors of “The Catechists Backpack,” at The College of St. Rose at 10 a.m. Bishop Scharfenberger’s closing address on May 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Bishop Maginn High School will be live streamed to the four other locations, a first for Spring Enrichment. This year also marks the first time the conference is offering hour-long “mini courses” in addition to the typical two-hour classes.
The theme for Spring Enrichment 2016 is “God always knocks on the doors of our hearts,” which comes from Pope Francis’ remarks during the September World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last fall. Spring Enrichment is designed to help adult Catholics increase their knowledge of their faith and make diocesan resources accessible to today’s leaders and educators. Session topics range from the dangers of physician-assisted suicide, to Islam, and catechetical tools and resources. The full schedule is available at http://www.rcda.org/springenrichment