2019 CPPCD Conference

CPPCD 46th Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 5-8, 2019

Out of
CHAOS: Finding God

Our Summit will include gifted speakers with extensive diocesan and parish
experience to take us on a Journey of Spiritual Reflection focusing on our theme
and the current state of the Church. We will have the opportunity to reflect on
our duties as planners to share in the co-responsibility of moving the Church
forward in turbulent times as it struggles in the midst of chaos. During these
four days of formation, we will pray, learn, share, reflect and network. You will
walk away with a spiritual uplift and tangible/quantifiable information to bring
to your Diocese and your parishes.


 Conference Rates

Full Conference Registration, CPPCD member Lodging and meals on Site $625
Full Conference Registration, Non-member Lodging and meals on Site $695
New Member (includes 2019 Membership Dues) 2019 Conference + Membership for new Diocesan Members $895
Day Rate (local Dioceses) Includes lunch $95
Retired CPPCD Members Lodging and meals on Site $425

Pope Francis

“How needed pastoral councils are! A bishop cannot guide a diocese without pastoral councils. A parish priest cannot guide the parish without the parish council. This is fundamental!” (Pope Francis, Assisi, Oct 2013)
– Pope Francis

About the Presenters

Most Reverend Roger Gries, OSB attended Loyola University Chicago, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He entered the Benedictine Order of Cleveland at Saint Andrew’s Abbey and was ordained a priest on May 18, 1963. He became prior of the abbey and was elected the fifth abbot of the abbey in 1981, a position he held for over 20 years. He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland on June 7, 2001. Bishop Gries, while officially retired, continues to actively serve people across the diocese, bringing joy and hope to every encounter.

Reverend Thomas Pipp, S.J. currently serves as Director of Ignatian Formation at John Carroll University. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. Afterward he served for two years as a Jesuit volunteer in Newark, NJ, and then entered the Society of Jesus in 1981; he was ordained in 1992. For most of his Jesuit life, Tom was missioned to St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, where he served in a variety of positions, including superior of the Jesuit community, vice-president for Jesuit Identity, director of campus ministry and acting president. From 2010-2017, he was director of novices for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, MN. As a Jesuit, Tom obtained an MA in English from Northwestern University and two degrees in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

Most Reverend Howard Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Albany, NY was appointed to numerous committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, including Chair of committees on Human Values, and Marriage and the Family Life, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and International Justice and Peace. In 1983, he was appointed to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Non-Believers by Pope John Paul II. His lifelong commitment to serving the poor and vulnerable and those on the margins of society is evidenced by his many efforts on their behalf. He served as president of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, sued to prevent an abortion clinic from opening in Albany, and led a historic Palm Sunday reconciliation service between Christians and Jews in 1986. He also served as Episcopal Liaison to the Catholic Aids Network and the National Council for Pastoral Planning and Council Development. During the entire length of his time as Bishop of Albany, he served as chairman of the Public Policy Committee of the New York State Catholic Conference, and as a member of the Conference’s Executive Committee.

Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T., is a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. He served as the director of the Missionary Servant Center for Collaborative Ministry; director of the Washington Archdiocesan Consultation and Counseling Center; and assistant director of the Center for Religion and Psychiatry, Washington, DC. Sofield has worked as a speaker and consultant in more than three hundred dioceses on six continents and served on the faculty of or lectured at many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Sofield is senior editor of Human Development magazine, has published numerous articles on ministry, and is coauthor of several books.

Rick Krivanka serves as Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat Center of Cleveland. Rick has an extensive background in leadership and organizational development. He previously served as director of the Pastoral Planning Office for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for over 32 years. He also worked as an independent consultant locally and nationally with religious, health care and non-profit organizations. He has been a leader in bringing Appreciative Inquiry to Church settings. Rick has an M.S. in Organizational Development and Analysis from Case Western Reserve. In 1995, he received the Lumen Gentium Award from CPPCD in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions. In 2016 he received the Yves Congar Award. Rick has certification as a Spiritual Director from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. He received the Smart Business Medical Mutual Pillar Award as Non-Profit Executive Director of the Year in 2017. He and his wife Barbara are the parents of four young adults.

Catherine Jantsch Butel, D.Min. currently serves as Diocesan Secretary for Parish Life in the Diocese of Scranton, where she leads a pastoral team of 15 persons charged with reaching out in an integrated and collaborative manner for all aspects of renewing and growing parishes. She has engaged in some aspect of professional Church ministry for several decades – parish ministry, Catholic schools as a teacher and administrator, Diocesan ministry and the national Institute for Pastoral Life. Catherine’s academic background includes Theology, Christian Spirituality and Education – her most recent studies are in the area of Pastoral Planning and Church Management. In addition to serving as the chair for CPPCD, Catherine has just been appointed to a four year term as a Region III representative with the National Advisory Council to the USCCB. Her husband, Tony, is a Parish Life Coordinator serving two parishes in the Diocese of Scranton, and they have two adult daughters.

Ricardo Medina is the Pastoral Planning consultant of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He actively collaborates in the development of a culture of active lay leadership among nearly 150 parishes, with the goal of contributing to the evangelization task of the Church through data-based planning and implementation. He addresses parishes´ needs, facilitates discernments, conducts leadership development workshops and retreats, oversees planning implementation, creates communication campaigns, and implements research projects, both in English and Spanish. He is also Pastoral Council Member at St. Faustina in Fulshear TX, his home parish. Ricardo is the founder and Managing Partner at Factor Delta consulting, a business management firm oriented to improve capacity and capabilities for sustained growth in business, non-profits, and start-ups. His formation includes Industrial Engineering, an MA in Human Development and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (ABD). He is the author of the books Despliega tu Propuesta de Valor and Diferenciarse no Basta published by Lid Editorial, and weekly contributor for Vida Nueva Digital, serving Spain and Latin America with his column Círculos Virtuosos.

Tim Weiske is the Director of Strategic Planning & Implementation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In his current role Tim focuses most of his time on the local structural planning phase of the archdiocese’s ‘Renew My Church’ renewal effort. Tim previously served as the leader of Parish Transformation, an archdiocesan initiative to improve parish mission vitality and financial viability by supporting individual parishes to develop and implement parish-based plans. Prior to the archdiocese, Tim was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Minneapolis and Sydney offices. He holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and history from the University of Minnesota and recently completed his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Tim and his wife Sarah live in the City of Chicago with their daughter Annie.

Monsignor Jim Lang is not a stranger to CPPCD. As a member for over two decades, he served as both the vice-chair and chair during 2004-2009. Msgr. Lang was the CPPCD representative to the Emerging Models Project of the Lilly Foundation’s “Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program” and, through this effort, became a national speaker for this initiative. A priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, Jim served initially in parish ministry and then was appointed as a college chaplain serving at SUNY Oswego, Syracuse University, and SUNY ESF. In his current ministry as Vicar for Parishes in the Pastoral Planning Office of the Diocese of Syracuse, campus ministry remains among his responsibilities. Msgr. Lang was recognized in 2010 with the CPPCD Yves Congar Award.


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Jesuit Retreat Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Conference Schedule

Sunday, May 5, 2019

1:30 pm  Registration Opens

5:00 pm  Welcome – Catherine Butel, CPPCD Chair

Mass – Most Reverend Roger Gries, OSB, Diocese of Cleveland

6:30 pm  Venue Orientation and Housekeeping – Rick Krivanka, Executive Director, Jesuit Retreat Center

Dinner and Keynote – Ignatian Spirituality, Fr. Tom Pipp, S.J., Director, Ignatian Formation, John Carroll University

8:00 pm  Networking Reception

This is a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and meet new peers in a casual environment to discuss what is happening in your world.

Monday, May 6, 2019

7:45 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast

9:00 am  Opening Prayer

9:30 am  Keynote – Journey of Faith and Ministry – Most Reverend Howard James Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Albany, CPPCD Episcopal Moderator

This Keynote Address will be sure to deliver an inspiring story of his past to present opportunities and overcoming many challenges he has faced over the years. His extraordinary journey and his historical vision will encompass inter-workings with Pastoral Planners

10:30 am  The Resonance of our own Parallel Journey’sModerated by Monsignor James Lang, Vicar for Parishes, Diocese of Syracuse, NY

12:00 noon  Lunch

1:30 pm  Spiritual Reflection: Embracing Turbulent Times – Presenter, Catherine Butel, CPPCD Chair, Secretary for Parish Life, Diocese of Scranton, PA

Why is it that my recent experiences of Church have made the ancient Psalms more poignant again? Where in the rich themes of Biblical accounts is our current story of chaos making way for creation, our desert wandering vindicated by a Promised Land, our exile portending a future homecoming, our death-defying resurrection? Once, when being asked this by the Pharisees, Jesus responded: “You cannot tell by careful watching when the reign of God will come. Neither is it a matter of reporting that it is ‘here’ or ‘there.’ The reign of God is already in your midst.” (Luke 17:20-22) Is there enough collective foolishness among us to believe this?

3:00 pm What Do We Need to Do Going Forward?– Moderator, Monsignor James Lang

What do we need to do going forward? What path do we need to follow as a group and what do we, as planners, have to offer? The goal of this important interactive session is to face the reality of the Church today and come away with tangible ideas for ministering to ourselves and to our parishioners.

6:00 pm Waterfront Group Dinner – Nuevo

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

7:45 am – 8:45 am . Breakfast and CPPCD Business Meeting

As a CPPCD member benefit, the annual Business Meeting is a wonderful opportunity to hear what has taken place over the past twelve months and to provide your voice as the organization looks to the future with hope.

9:00 am  Morning Prayer

9:30 am  Keynote: ‘Signs of Reality and Hope’ – Brother Loughlan Sofield, ST and Rick Krivanka- An interactive session to explore how we live out our ministry as pastoral planners in these turbulent times.

  • Naming and facing challenging realities
  • Given these turbulent times how are you dealing with this?
  • Tangible ideas for planning in your diocese
  • Formation for four pillars – spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral

11:15 am – 12:30 pm . Panel Discussion – Peer Perspectives from across the Country

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Lunch

1:30 pm Case Study – Meaning & Measurement: How to measure progress in the pastoral planning context

Field Practitioners – Ricardo Medina, Managing Partner, Factor Delta and Tim Weiske, Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation, Archdiocese of Chicago

Questions diocesan planners frequently receive are:

      1. How do you measure success? What are the measures of a successful parish?
      2. You collect all this data from us as a parish…what do you do with it?

This session will explore practical tools and approaches for addressing these questions in the diocesan context:

    • Setting metrics that will drive toward decision making & improving evangelization and discipleship efforts
    • How to effectively use and report back the data parishes submit
    • Creative approaches for collecting objective data beyond Mass attendance, finances, and program participation
  • How to use data as part of communicating with parishes, diocesan leadership, and donors

3:00 pm  Case Study – Meaning and Measurement (con’t)

5:00 pm  Mass

6:30 pm  Dinner and Awards Ceremony

CPPCD recognizes exceptional people in our vocation once a year at the Annual Summit. This is a wonderful event to witness and support your friends being recognized.

8:00 pm  Evening Reception

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7:45 am – 8:45 am  Breakfast

9:00 am  Opening Prayer

9:30 am  Navigating A Meaningful Way Home –Most Reverend Howard Hubbard and Brother Loughlan Sofield, ST

How do we bring home from the Summit meaningful knowledge, experiences and best practices back to our ministry in our diocesan and parish life?

This “can’t miss” concluding session will address the following:

    • Utilizing relevant resources
    • Harboring new and seasoned relationships and networking throughout the year
    • Applying and executing new ideas
    • Customizing ideas to integrate well with ministry in your diocese or parish
  • Establishing manageable and practical goals

11:00 am  Closing Mass – Most Reverend Howard Hubbard

12:00 pm  Departing Lunch

1:00 pm  Adjourn

“Relevant. Engaging. Practical”

At CPPCD I find some of the best, brightest, most knowledgeable, faith-filled and thoughtful people from throughout the country.
They willingly share their wisdom, experience, vision, a good laugh and the support we all need to be people of hope who help the Church proactively plan for the future.”

– Mark Mogilka, Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, Diocese of Green Bay

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 Annual Summit, April 26-29 Jesuit Retreat Center, Cleveland, Ohio

A Special Thank You to the Annual Convention Program Committee:

Frank Berning, Chair, Diocese of Albany, NY – Ellen Rhatigan, 2017-2018 Past Chair, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY

Tim Weiske, Archdiocese of Chicago, IL. – Pete Schafer, Diocese of Youngstown, OH.

Ted Furlow, Diocese of San Bernardino, CA. – Rick Krivanka, Jesuit Retreat Center, Parma, OH

CPPCD Awards Descriptions:

Lumen Gentium Award

In recognition of distinguished pastoral leadership in the utilization of planning and broad consultative processes, influencing a significant number of people, structures and programs, and for showing initiative and creativity while raising awareness of the principles of the document, Lumen Gentium.

Yves Congar Award

In recognition of extraordinary service, initiative, and creativity in support of pastoral planning

and consultative processes in the direction set forth by the Second Vatican Council, as well as for his sustained commitment to further the mission of CPPCD.