By Bishop Kevin J. Farrell
Publisher of The Texas Catholic
If you want to know where the Church reform is going to take us, then don’t miss the keynote address at the University of Dallas Ministry Conference next month.
There is great excitement over the fact that Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga will be the keynote speaker at the conference. As chairman of the eight super cardinals chosen by Pope Francis as his special advisors, he is one of the most knowledgeable leaders of the Catholic Church today. To make it even more interesting, the cardinal will be freshly back from the summit meeting of the advisers with the Holy Father.
Although the Pope will be present, Cardinal Maradiaga will chair the first meeting of the super cardinals (dubbed the G-8 by the media) to be held at the Vatican October 1-3. While the group has not yet met, they have been in frequent contact and will bring suggestions for possible reforms of the Church made by bishops in their region.
Cardinal Maradiaga has been a frequent visitor to Dallas but this will be his first public address. He will deliver keynote addresses in both the English and Spanish sections of the conference and is expected to take questions following his address.
Pastors have been asked to send their catechists, Catholic school teachers and lay ministers to this 7th annual UD Ministry Conference, not only to hear Cardinal Maradiaga but to sharpen their skills by attending the many fine workshops being offered.
For more information go to: http://www.udallas.edu/udmc/2013/ or call 972.721.5105