August 3, 2016 // Local

ZEAL summit to focus on message of Jesus’ mercy

Are you a DRE? Youth Minister? Catechist? Teacher? Catholic? Are you looking to live your faith more fully? You are invited to dive into the Year of Mercy through a one-day conference titled “ZEAL: Missionary Discipleship Summit.” Organized by the Office of Catechesis in conjunction with the Office of Hispanic Ministry and the Secretariat for Evangelization, this summit is open to all adults who are currently serving the church through a particular ministry or who are looking for growth in one’s own personal faith journey.

Mary Glowaski, division director of the Secretariat for Evangelization, shared: “ZEAL is an opportunity for anyone in our diocese to come together to strengthen relationships with one another and to learn more about our faith and what our church teaches. We hope those who join us will leave inspired to be bold witnesses for the Gospel and the profound message of mercy offered to all by Jesus Christ.”

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Lakeview Middle School in Warsaw. It will feature tracks offered in English and in Spanish. Attendees will learn how they can faithfully live out the spirit of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in its final months and beyond.

The summit will begin with Mass and will be filled with panels, workshops and discussions all centering on the Year of Mercy, including the morning keynote, “The Mercy of God,” presented by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. Other speakers and panelists include Father Bob Lengrich, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Decatur; Kathy Fech, director of religious education for St. Joseph Parish in Fort Wayne; Sister Marie Morgan, chair of the Theology Department of Marian High School; and Ash Scarborough, university campus and young adult minister for the diocese.

“This has been a collaborative effort to bring people from all walks of life, diverse parish ministries and simply those who wish to learn more about their faith together in a joyful and informative environment,” said Glowaski. “We need to remind one another that we are blessed as a whole church in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to serve others, and that we have all been the recipients of God’s grace and mercy. Our call is to share this same love and mercy.”

Cost for attendance is $15 per person and includes a morning snack and lunch. All attendees must be preregistered and prepaid. Registration forms are available online, at parishes, at the Archbishop Noll Center, Fort Wayne and at the St. John Paul II Center in Mishawaka. The deadline for registration is Aug. 22.

For more information or to register online, visit

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