Deacons of the Diocese of Albany
Deacons: 2016 Calendar of Deacons/Wives Study Days and Retreat

Study Days begin at 8 am with coffee and refreshments; prayer at 8:30 am; program begins at 9 am and ends at noon. At this point, we are planning to telecast these study days to several sites in the diocese to make it easier for deacons and wives throughout our diocese to participate without needing to travel to Albany. We had very positive feedback from participants at our sites in Queensbury and Oneonta last year.

March 5, 2016 Study Day at Mater Christi Parish Center, Hurst Ave. Albany.

Topic: Pastoral Care for Trauma Victims
Presenter: Deacon Gerri Ladouceur
70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. That’s 223.4 million people. Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This workshop will help deacons develop the pastoral skills to minister to victims of trauma and their families.

April 16, 2016 2016 Study Day at Mater Christi Parish Center, Hurst Ave. Albany

Topic: Laudato Sí: On Care for our Common Home
Dr. Tom Dickens
Professor of Religious Studies
Director, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies

This workshop begins by summarizing the central concerns of the Pope's most recent encyclical, Laudato Sí: On Care for our Common Home, and then examines practical steps we can all take to make our parishes and our homes and offices more environmentally sustainable.

September 10, 2016. Study Day-Location for this event is not yet determined

Topic: Preparing for Retirement from Ministry-Tools for the Transition
Presenter: Keli Rugenstein, PhD, LCSW, LMFT
Staff Psychotherapist, Director of Clergy and Congregation Care

This workshop will discuss common issues in retirement from ministry and will be helpful to deacons and wives who are considering retirement or have already retired from active ministry. Practical tools for this important life transition will be offered. Since everyone will eventually experience this transition, all are welcomed to attend.

September 23- 25, 2016 Annual Retreat at Thompson House in Windham

Retreat Director: Dr. Mariel T. Andres, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. PhD, The Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Theme: Renewing our Spiritual Vitality and Bringing Joy to Ministry

October 2016: No study day is planned. All are encouraged to attend the Diocesan Autumn Gathering.