"He's one of the leading - if not the leading - Scripture scholars in the country," said Alice Hughes, director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which will host the catechetical conference in conjunction with the Diocese of Jackson and several other dioceses of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
"This is one of the few times that catechists and religion teachers in a region can actually have quality, national speakers," Hughes
" A small diocese on its own could never bring in this number of quality national speakers."
The workshop sessions cover topics ranging from catechetics, RCIA, adult education, Catholic high schools, parish schools of religion, liturgy, music, church environment and Hispanic Catholics.
"The conference is intended to help individuals in their personal, catechetical and spiritual enrichment as well enrich their ministry in parishes and schools," Hughes
"There is something for everyone.
For our archdiocese, our three goals are to inform, form and transform, and that really does take place."
The dioceses on the planning committee include Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Alexandria and Lake Charles in Louisiana; Biloxi and Jackson in Mississippi; Birmingham in Alabama; and Pensacola in Florida.
regularly receives rave reviews from diocesan religious education directors about the value of the conference.
"They tell me how their people come back to their diocese and share how much they have gained from coming together," Hughes