Cultures of Formation:

Young People, the Faith and
Vocational Discernment

March 5-7, 2018 University of Notre Dame

Conference Speakers

Bishop Robert Barron

Archdiocese of Los Angeles; founder of Word on Fire

Nicholas Carr

Author on technology and culture; 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee

Katherine Angulo

Associate Director of Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Atlanta

Joe Campo

Founder of Grassroots Films and director/producer of The Human Experience

Katherine Angulo

Associate Director of Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Atlanta

Born in Mexico and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Katherine Angulo is fluent in English, Spanish and French. She has over 18 years of experience in youth ministry. Presently she is the Associate Director of Youth Ministry at the Office of Formation and Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia. She has presented at both diocesan and national events, including NCYC, NCCYM and LA Congress. She is the Editor of the Catholic Magazine for teens called THE MARK and the Executive Producer for the volunteer training program Called to Accompany/Llamados a Acompañar.

How do we create cultures in which it is easier for young people to be Catholic?

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What to Expect

Cultures of Formation is an academic and pastoral conference to be held at the University of Notre Dame in anticipation of the 2018 General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. The synod will address “the process by which a person makes fundamental choices in dialogue with the Lord and listening to the voice of the Spirit (Preparatory Document II.2).”

In preparation for the synod, Bishops, pastors, lay leaders, high school/college administration and faculty are invited to assess the following:

  • the pervasive cultural influences that form young people today
  • the end to which the Church’s evangelization and formation efforts are ordered
  • the possibilities for renewing the Church’s mission in forming young people for vocational discernment

The conference is co-sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine.

Call for Proposals


  1. Cultural analysis: How are young people being formed today and to what end? Presentations may focus specifically on educational trends, familial issues, technology, or matters relating to the life of the parish, among others.
  2. Missionary creativity: What innovative ideas, strategies or programs will build a culture conducive to faithful discernment for young people? Proposals may focus on the renewal of theological education, catechetical enrichment, campus ministry, young adult or youth ministry in parish settings, new ecclesial movements, and others forms of dynamic pastoral engagement that foster vocational discernment.

Download the Call for Proposals for detailed information on proposal topics, word limits, format, and submission details.

Submit proposals or questions to no later than October 18, 2017. Notifications will be sent no later than November 29.


All sessions will take place at the Notre Dame Conference Center unless otherwise noted.

Monday March 5, 2018


10:00 a.m        Registration
- 3:15pm

1:00 p.m.         Opening Session

1:30 p.m.         Breakout Sessions: Round 1

                        Session A - Auditorium; Session B - Room 100-104


2:45 p.m.         Break


3:15 p.m          Breakout Sessions: Round 2 


                        Session C - Auditorium; Session D - Room 100-104


4:30 p.m.         Break for day  

7:30 p.m.         Keynote Address 
                        Most Reverend Robert E. Barron  - Leighton Concert Hall

                        Looking for the "Nones"                   DeBartolo Performing Arts Center                    

Tuesday March 6, 2018                     

All sessions to be held in the auditorium

                        Continental breakfast available - Atrium


8:30 a.m.         Morning Prayer and Announcements                                                             


9:00 a.m.         Mary of Nazareth: Hearing the Word and Acting On It                                  

                        Leonard J. DeLorenzo, PhD   

10:15 a.m.       Break


10:30 a.m.       Cultivating Memory and Narrativity

                        Brett T. Robinson, PhD and Rev. Paddy Gilger, SJ                                     

12:00 p.m.       Lunch - Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

                                     & Lower Level McKenna Hall

1:45 p.m.         Cultivating Mercy and Presence

                        Colleen Moore, MDiv and Jessica Keating, MDiv                                                                             


3:15 p.m.         Break


3:30 p.m.         Cultivating Freedom and Love                                                                      

                        Timothy P. O'Malley, PhD and Abigail Favale, PhD


5:00 p.m.         Break for day


7:30 p.m.         Featured Lecture - Auditorium & Lower Level McKenna Hall (Live stream)
                        Nicholas Carr                                                                                             

                        Our Smartphones, Ourselves                                                                                   


Wednesday March 7, 2017


                        Continental breakfast available


8:30 a.m.         Morning Prayer and Announcements - Auditorium                                                      


9:00 a.m.         The Heart of the Matter: Addressing Young People from a Holistic Perspective - Auditorium
                        Katherine Angulo
                        Associate Director of Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Atlanta  


10:00 a.m.       Break


10:15 a.m.       Helping Young People Discover Hidden Talents Through Faith and Film - Auditorium

                        Joe Campo  
Producer/Director, Grassroots Films, Inc.


12:00 p.m.       Lunch - Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

                                     & Lower Level McKenna Hall

1:30 p.m          Breakout Sessions: Round 3 


                        Session E - Auditorium; Session F - Room 100-104; Session G - Room 210-214

2:45 p.m.         Break


3:15 p.m.         Breakout Sessions: Round 4


                        Session H - Auditorium; Session I - Room 100-104


5:15 p.m.         Mass (Close of Conference) - Basilica of the Sacred Heart

                        Most Rev. William Wack, CSC, Presider



Registration and Housing

Registration is now closed. For inquiries, email


Parking information: Guests of the Morris Inn will be given instructions for parking at check-in. Other visitors to campus should check this map for parking.


Participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations.

• Rooms may still be available at the Morris Inn on the Notre Dame campus. Rate does not include breakfast or parking. Book by phone: call 800.280.7256 or for online reservations, please visit HERE​.

• Rooms may still be available at the Inn at Saint Mary's for a rate of $111+ tax. Rate includes breakfast and parking. Book by phone: call 574.232.4000.

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