Workshop details and schedules are outlined below.

Day 1 – Friday, Nov. 16, 2018


9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Reimagining the Parish 

By Fr. James Mallon

Session A. For priests only.

In this talk specially offered to all priests, Fr. Mallon will share his insights on the value of building a vision for our parishes, transforming the culture of leadership, and developing a team of support. 
Admission is free, spaces are limited, first-come, first-served. 
*  For those opting to stay for lunch after the talk, a cost of $20 per person will be collected at Villa Saint Martin.


5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Catholic Community Rally, Wine & Cheese

Hosted by the English Speaking Catholic Council (ESCC)

Open to the public. Admission is free.

Featuring more than 30 groups and organizations that contribute to the vitality of the diocesan community. This event is being organized by the English Speaking Catholic Council.

ESCC Presentation of the Bishop Crowley Memorial Award

Hosted by the English Speaking Catholic Council

Open to the public. Admission is free.

Keynote Address 

*with simultaneous translation into French provided

By Fr. James Mallon

Session B. Open to the public. Admission is free.

Day 2 – Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

Registration opens

Hosted by the Office for English Pastoral Services

Parish Leadership Modelled after Jesus’ Ministry
*with simultaneous translation into French provided

By Fr. James Mallon

Session C. Registration required.

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Mid-Morning Break: Visit Kiosks and Vendors

Find books, films, gift items and so much more! Do some early Christmas shopping and enjoy a coffee and refreshments.

How did a Montreal Parish begin the Divine Renovation Ministry in their community? (Plenary)
*with simultaneous translation into French provided

Panel Presentation by the Senior Leadership Team of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish

Session D. Registration required.

12:30 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

 Organized by the Green Team Initiative

Catered lunch provided to all those registered for the full conference package.

1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Afternoon Workshops on Parish Life and Renewal
(Sessions E1-E5)

*including one French workshop

 Featuring five dynamic speakers/speaker teams including one session presented in French.

Registration required. See below for the list of workshops offered.

1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Engaging Gifts and Passing the Torch

By Dr. Nita Kotiuga

Session E1
What can parish communities do to best draw out the gifts of their members and call them into service and a deeper relationship with God? What practices can be implemented to help ease the transition of “passing the torch” of ministry  leadership when needed? Dr. Nita Kotiuga will explore ways of building a culture open to letting go of ministries that no longer meet a need in the community and strengthening those that do.

1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m.

The Journey of Transformation: Good Days and Bad Days

By Richard Boileau

Session E2

The process of transformation is filled with promise and fraught with obstacles. This workshop seeks to acquaint attendees with the dynamics of change and the role of leadership. As well, it focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate appropriate adaptation with an emphasis on working together.


1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m.

“Do You Have Parish Vitality Myopia?”: An exploration of the most common attitudes that prevent church people from leading their parish from maintenance to mission.

By Terrel Joseph

Session E3

Are you a maintenance parish or a missionary parish? A lot of people think that their parish is missionary until Terrel Joseph explains to them what he means by “Vitality Myopia”. In this workshop, based mainly on the lessons he learned from his first full year serving the English-language parishes of the Archdiocese of Montreal as a parish vitality facilitator, Terrel will explore the most common attitudes of church people that impede parish vitality. Terrel will demonstrate that the missionary shift is not so much a specific program or strategy, as it is a change in attitude and mindset by the leaders of our parishes (both lay and clergy) required to overcome the inertia of their traditional preoccupation with maintaining what they already know how to do. Terrel will also outline the basic principles of parish renewal common to all parishes on the rise, and give you practical advice on what to do next to begin leading your parish from maintenance to mission.


1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Dare to Think Differently

By Dan Potvin

Session E4

For decades, the most popular approach for promoting stewardship in a parish has been the Time, Talent, & Treasure model. While this method may be tried, tested, and true, it is also a little tired. The three ‘T’s program is tired because it simply places a demand on people the moment they hear it. They think, “Oh, the parish wants me to volunteer and give more!”

How do we change the way people think about stewardship? Find out more as Dan Potvin invites us to dare to think differently about how we invite people to a greater commitment to this beautiful spirituality and way of life. Hearts and minds can be transformed when we think outside the box of time, talent, and treasure. There is a better way to stewardship than the annual three ‘T’s appeal, a way that is both joyful and sustainable!


1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m.

Filets et pêche à la ligne en milieu paroissial

Par l’Équipe Pastorale de la Paroisse Saint-Jean-Baptiste 

Session E5

Depuis les années 2000, la paroisse Saint-Jean-Baptiste a vécu une transformation en profondeur de ses pratiques et de sa mission. Grâce à l’apport des jeunes de la Bande FM, une école de la foi pour jeunes adultes en paroisse, les structures classiques de la mission ont été renouvelées par des initiatives missionnaires d’accueil, d’accompagnement personnel, de projets fraternels et de formation. Vingt ans plus tard, cette vaste église de notre diocèse abrite aujourd’hui une communauté renouvelée, à visage jeune, souriant, interculturel, humain et essentiellement évangélisateur. Pas de recettes miracles, mais un cheminement sincère et signifiant.


3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Closing Prayer and Commissioning – Conference Ends


Mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish

Presided by Fr. James Mallon

All are welcome.

Fr. James Mallon will preside at the 4:30 p.m. mass just up the street at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, and all are welcome.

Different registration options are available.

Don’t miss out on the special group rate!

Contact Us!

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The Office for English Pastoral Services

Parish Vitality 2018
2000 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal QC  H3H 1G4