Originally released March 7, 2018
In this bleak and seemingly never-ending winter that we’ve been experiencing here in the Albany Diocese, a sign of spring’s approach is just a day away. Yes, at long last, on Thursday, March 8 the schedule for Spring Enrichment 2018: Companions along the journey will be made public. The Evangelist, our diocesan newspaper, and our diocesan website will each have the overview, “schedule-at-a-glance” and the website will also have the Comprehensive Program Guidebook with all the course descriptions and brief speaker bios. Spring Enrichment 2018 will be at Albany’s College of Saint Rose, Wednesday, May 16 – Friday, May 18.
This year’s Spring Enrichment days will begin, as previously announced, with an opening mass celebrated by Bishop Hubbard with post-mass reflection offered by Fr. Richard Fragomeni. Wednesday afternoon and evening will see 30 additional courses being offered running the gamut from Sacred Scripture and the Creed, to morality, liturgy, planning retreats, pastoral care and prayer. Fr. Fragomeni returns that evening for a session on the communion of saints, our sometimes-forgotten companions along the journey.
Thursday’s schedule includes a total of 40 individual sessions, starting off with Bishop Scharfenberger exploring the depth and richness of the Church’s teaching in “Catholic Social Teaching 101”. He will be followed at 1pm by Bishop Hubbard who will delving into six new Beatitudes for the Church and World proposed by Pope Francis. Thursday afternoon and evening we will be welcoming teens, young adults and adults who are interested in youth and their place in the Church in a special mini-conference within a conference: “Be the Church Now”.
Once again on our third day of programming, we will be welcoming the teachers from our diocese’s 22 Catholic elementary and secondary schools as they attend Spring Enrichment to pursue their initial and ongoing catechetical certification. From 9:30am-6pm we’ll be offering 36 regular, 2-hour long courses and 12 hour long mini-courses.
In addition to the opening mass at 9am on Wednesday, May 16, there will be two other liturgical gatherings during this year’s program. The annual “Prayer of Remembrance” where we remember the catechists, youth ministers and those from related ministries who have died over the past year will be held in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary on Thursday at 12:30pm and on Friday morning the Catholic School teachers will gather for an opening prayer service at 8:45am. The exhibition hall, with publishers, service providers and other vendors of goods, resources and services will officially open at noon on Wednesday (with preview before the opening mass) and will remain open until 7pm. On Thursday its hours will be 8:30am-7pm and on Friday, from 8:30-3:30pm.
More information about this year’s program will be posted through the diocesan website or our dedicated resource site over the coming weeks.