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Matter Conference 2014

November 6, 2014–November 7, 2014

Ave Maria Press will be attending the Matter Conference, hosted by the author of Rebuilt, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, on November 6-7, 2014. 

What is Matter?

Matter is a unique event for pastors, parish leaders, staff and volunteer ministers, interested parishioners, anyone who is interested in their church community. While it is offered in the context of our Catholic faith, it is also open to all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Matter is for people in the trenches who are interested in building or rebuilding healthy and growing communities of faith. The conference includes awesome keynote speakers, a dozen or more breakout sessions on an array of topics critical to successful parish life, amazing contemporary music and worship, and lots and lots of fun.

Matter is hosted by the team at Church of the Nativity, whose story of parish renewal is told in Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, Making Church Matter. 

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About Michael White

Rev. Michael White is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and pastor of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 

During White’s tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance. More importantly, commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry, and much evidence of genuine spiritual renewal. White is the coauthor of Rebuilt—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Your Message, and The Rebuilt Field Guide.
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About Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective on parish ministry and leadership. First hired as a youth minister, Corcoran has also served as coordinator of children’s ministry and director of small groups. He is lay associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development. 

Corcoran is the coauthor of Rebuilt—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for RebuildingRebuilding Your Message, and The Rebuilt Field Guide.

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