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78th Annual NCCL Conference and Exposition

May 18, 2014–May 22, 2014

The 78th Annual NCCL Conference and Exposition will be held in St. Louis, MO. at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Mo.

PCL Forum

On Monday, during the annual PCL Forum, Jared Dees, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, will share ideas on being and forming better disciple-teachers and servant-leaders.

Thursday Keynote

On Thursday, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, the authors of Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding will be providing the closing keynote address.

About Michael White

Michael White 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. After being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he worked for five years as personal secretary to Cardinal William Keeler, who was then archbishop. During that time, White served as the director of the papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore.

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, and Rebuilding Your Message.

The bestselling Rebuilt Parish series has established White and Corcoran as sought-after speakers across the United States. They have also addressed diocesan gatherings in Austria, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Poland. Rebuilt has been translated into several languages.

About Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and studied theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity 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.

Corcoran is associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development. He is the coauthor of Rebuilt—which narrates the story of Nativity’s rebirth—Tools for Rebuilding, and Rebuilding Your Message. When he is not working, Corcoran enjoys spending time with his wife, Mia, and their seven children, who are homeschooled in Parkville, Maryland.

The bestselling Rebuilt Parish series has established White and Corcoran as sought-after speakers across the United States. They have also addressed diocesan gatherings in Austria, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and Poland. Rebuilt has been translated into several languages.

About Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. A respected graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame, Dees earned master’s degrees in education and theology, both from Notre Dame. He has volunteered for and worked in a wide variety of Catholic ministries, including Catholic schools, parish religious education, youth ministry, campus ministry, RCIA, and adult faith formation. Dees is the content marketing manager at Ave Maria Press and the author of Praying the Angelus, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, and To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach. His articles have appeared in MomentumCATECHIST, Catechetical Leader, and on numerous websites. Dees lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and four children.

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