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VOTF 2020 Conference: Visions of a Just Church -- An Online Zoom Conference

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has affected Voice of the Faithful similarly to other organizations planning to hold events during 2020. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the well-being of our members and supporters, Voice of the Faithful will present on online Zoom conference for 2020. The online Zoom 2020 VOTF Conference: Visions of a Just Church will take place Oct. 3. Mark your calendars and join us as we seek visions of what a Church that is just for all the faithful would look like.

Presently scheduled to speak are two well known Catholic scholars.

Our featured speaker will be Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scholar in Catholic studies and women’s roles in the Church and advocate of an ordained women’s diaconate. Author of nearly 20 books, she received Voice of the Faithful’s Catherine of Siena Distinguished Layperson Award during VOTF’s 10th Year Conference in Boston in 2012 and the Issac Hecker Award for Social Justice from the Paulist Center in Boston in 2014. On August 2, 2016, Pope Francis appointed her to the Papal Commission for the Study of Women in the Diaconate, which convened in Rome November 2016. She also is senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University.

Our featured return speaker will be Fr. Richard Lennan, professor of systematic theology and Professor Ordinarius in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. He will speak at the conference about Australia's new draft Church governance document, which he helped develop and which promises to be a guide toward a more lay-participatory Church. Lennan grew up in Newcastle, Australia, and has been a priest of the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle since 1983. Lennan has taught systematic theology in the Catholic Institute of Sydney and served as president of the Australian Catholic Theological Association. He began teaching at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 2007 and continued teaching at Boston College after Weston became part of BC. He currently directs STM's Sacred Theology Licensure program, serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies, and chairs the steering committee of the Karl Rahner Society. Together with two BC colleagues, Lennan wrote "To Serve the People of God: Renewing the Conversation on Priesthood and Ministry," about which he spoke at last year's conference, calling for reexamining the formation process for diocesan priests and eradicating the priesthood's embedded clerical culture. Lennan is the author of two books, and he has edited five others.

We will be offering the usual mix of interesting speakers and evocative conversation as always, albeit virtually, so stay tuned for more information.

The cost for attending VOTF’s online Zoom 2020 Conference is just $50.

VOTF 2020 Virtual Conference Information
(On this webpage, you will find links to information pertinent to Voice of the Faithful's 2020 Conference: Visions of a Just Church, commonly called collateral material, which would be exhibited and placed in folders at in-person conferences.)

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VOTF 2020 Conference Agenda, A Zoom Gathering, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

8:30 a.m. - Gather in Zoom Waiting Room

9:00 a.m. - Welcome
Mary Pat Fox, VOTF President & Conference Moderator

9:15 a.m. - Opening Prayer
Emily Jendzejec, M.Div.

9:20 a.m. - Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D.
nternationally recognized scholar in Catholic studies and women’s roles in the Church and senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University

10:10 a.m. - Break to collate questions

10:15 a.m. - Phyllis Zagano Q&A

10:45 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - Fr. Richard Lennan
Professor of systematic theology, School of Theology & Ministry, Boston College, and committee member for development of Australia’s "The Light from the Southern Cross: Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia”

11:50 a.m. - Break to collate questions

11:55 a.m. - Fr. Richard Lennan Q&A

 2:25 p.m. - Lunch

1:40 p.m. - Child Protection Working Group Presentation
VOTF Trustee Elia Marnik & VOTF Executive Director Donna B. Doucette

2:10 p.m. - Break to collate questions

2:15 p.m. - Child Protection Working Group Q&A

2:35 p.m. - Finance Working Group Presentation
VOTF Trustee Margaret Roylance

3:05 p.m. - Break to collate questions

3:10 p.m. - Finance Working Group Q&A

3:30 p.m. - Women’s Roles Working Group Presentation
Former VOTF Trustee Svea Fraser

4:00 p.m. - Break to collate questions

4:05 p.m. - Women’s Roles Working Group Q&A

4:25 p.m. - Closing Remarks
Mary Pat Fox, VOTF President & Conference Moderator

4:40 p.m. - Closing Benediction
Fr. Bill Clark, College of the Holy Cross