Shine: 2017 Social Ministry Summit

Glen Allen, Virginia
Friday, March 31, 2017
Shine: 2017 Social Ministry Summit
Friday, March 31, 2017 5:00 PM -
Saturday, April 01, 2017 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Cultural Arts Center at Glenn Allen
2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
United States

Map and Directions


Friday March 31st - 6pm - 10pm (Check in begins at 5pm)
Saturday April 1st - 8:30a - 5:30 pm (Check in from 7:30 am followed by mass)

Overview / Theme 

I ​am ​the ​light ​of ​the ​world. ​Whoever ​follows ​me ​will ​never ​walk ​in ​darkness, ​but ​will have ​the ​light ​of ​life”​
(John ​8:12).

Following a successful and sold-out Shine Conference in 2016, the Office of Social Ministry is excited to bring back Shine: Social Ministry Summit, 2017. This is a two-day event that invites ​you ​to ​enter ​more ​deeply ​into ​the ​heart ​of ​the ​Gospel by engaging in works of mercy while ​serving ​the ​Lord ​and ​the ​'least ​of ​His ​brethren.’  

We extend an invitation to everyone, including volunteers, social ministers, campus ministers, lay leadership and those already engaged or interested in the social mission of the Church.

This year, we have extended the conference to include Friday evening as well as Saturday. For the two days, you will have the opportunity to listen to dynamic ​speakers ​from within ​our ​diocese, ​national speakers as well as ​international speakers. We will begin with a Friday Keynote Address by Bob Lesnefsky who will be speaking on how to live out mercy practically as he shares his work in urban ministry. A second Keynote Address will be given by Fr. Ambrose from the Missionaries of the Poor, a religious order that works with the poorest of the poor in Kingston Jamaica. Fr. Ambrose will lead a devotional after his talk in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and will close the evening with benediction.

Saturday will begin with Mass at 8 AM followed by Part 2 of the two keynotes; Bob Lesnefsky and Missionaries of the Poor. A third Keynote Address by Fr. Michael Renninger the pastor of St. Marys parish in Richmond and a renowned speaker will also be offered. Fr. Renninger will talk about Catholic Social Teaching. After the morning sessions, we have scheduled a long break for lunch, giving people the ability to network and share while enjoying a great meal. Lunch will be followed by an afternoon of Service themed Breakout sessions. This year, you will have the opportunity to select three sessions from the 12 topics and 8 tracks being offered that fit your ministry interests. 

Come ​join ​us ​for ​the ​Shine: ​Social ​Ministry ​Summit 2017 ​and ​find ​out ​how ​you ​can ​get ​involved ​in ​the ​social ​mission ​of ​the ​Church!

All are invited, but space is limited so register soon to secure your place. 

Highlights of the event details and speakers:

Keynote Speakers

Keynote: Bob Lesnefsky

Bob Lesnefsky, also known as Catholic rapper "Righteous B"; is a powerful voice in evangelizing inner city young people today.  John Paul II said, "If the Church holds back from culture, the Gospel will fall silent"; Bob's mission is that the Church will be anything but silent in youth culture. Bob has been a leader in youth ministry for the last 19 years, speaking and performing his music in front of hundreds of thousands of teens all over the world.  Despite his travels, his real passion is his family of 7 children as well as doing inner-city ministry.  In 2005 he founded Dirty Vagabond Ministries, a non-profit missionary organization that serves teens in cities throughout the United States. He has a degree in Theology and Catechetics from Franciscan University and lots of tattoos.

Keynote: Rev. Fr. Ambrose Kulandairaj, MOP 

The Missionaries of the Poor (M.O.P.) is an international monastic order of Brothers dedicated to "Joyful Service with Christ on the Cross" to serve the poorest of the poor. The order was started in 1981 by Father Richard Ho Lung and has now grown to over 550 brothers serving in nine missions around the world.

The brothers began their work in a government-run house for the homeless destitute and aged, where they succeeded in opening the consciousness of the public to the needs and struggles of the poor. They continued their work with prisoners, where they helped to bring to light the need for rehabilitation among prisoners, not mere isolation.

Fr. Ambrose Kulandairaj, MOP will be one of our keynote speakers from the Missionaries of the Poor . He helped establish the MOP Mission within Metro Manila with the Founder, Rev. Fr. Richard Ho Lung, MOP. He has supervised MOP Brothers during mission. 

Keynote: Rev. Fr. Michael Renninger

Rev. Michael A. Renninger is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he studied piano, voice and guitar while in high school. He attended Ursinus College (PA), where he received degrees in Philosophy and Music History. In 1985, he began priestly formation as a member of the Norbertine Order at Daylesford Abbey (Paoli, PA). He later attended The Catholic University of America, where he received graduate degrees in Theology and Liturgy. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1993, and has served as Vicar for Vocations and Rector of the Cathedral. He currently serves as pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Richmond. In addition to his parish duties, Fr. Renninger has presented a number of vocal concerts and recitals around the country, and has been a soloist with the Richmond Symphony. Fr. Mike enjoys jogging, Oreo cookies and Elvis. 

Master of Ceremony (MC)

Breakout sessions:

1.    Life of Prayer in Your Ministry - Apostleship of Prayer
St. Paul tells us to ‘pray without ceasing,’ and Jesus exemplified this in His own ministry.  In the life of ministry, prayer is of utmost importance. This workshop will offer insights on how you can make your life and ministry fruitful by having a consistent prayer life.  This workshop will be given in all three sessions giving everyone the opportunity to attend at least one session.

Presented by: Grace Mazzaurbanski the author of 
Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children and former National Director of children’s ministry with the Apostleship of Prayer

2.    The Call to Serve - Missionaries of the Poor
With many years of experience working with the poor in Jamaica, Fr. Ambrose, a priest with the Missionaries of the Poor will talk about how they exercise the spirituality of being in “union with Christ on the Cross, as they give joyful service to the least of our brothers and sisters and to one another in the community.” They do this by “cheerfully serving our suffering and crucified Lord as He appears to us in the poor, knowing that through the Cross He attained for us Everlasting Life.”

Presented by: Fr. Ambrose Kulandairaj, MOP 

3.    Haiti Ministry – Twinning for Christ

Haiti ministry has been a part of our diocese since the early 1980s. Our twinning relationship with the Diocese of Hinche in Haiti continues to date with over 50 parishes engaged in this ministry. The newly installed Bishop Desinord Jean of the Diocese of Hinche will be talking about the importance of this twinning relationship between our two dioceses. Whether you are involved in Haiti ministry or another twinning relationship with another country, this will be an opportunity to take your twinning ministry to another level.

Presented by: Bishop Desinord Jean of the Diocese of Hinche, Haiti

4.    Global Solidary and the U.S Catholic Church - CRS
Have you ever wondered about how the Catholic population in the United States stands in solidarity with people from around the world especially the poor? Come to this breakout session and learn about Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Presented by Mary Beth Iduh, the Mid-Atlantic Relationship Manager for CRS, this workshop will inform you of the ways in which CRS serves parishes throughout the United States to build their global solidarity programs and efforts.   

Presented by: Mary Beth Iduh, the Mid-Atlantic Relationship Manager for CRS

5.    Far Southwest/ Appalachia Outreach - The Health Wagon
The far Southwest of Virginia is one of the most economically challenged communities of our diocese. While parishes in other parts of our diocese have increasingly engaged in far southwest ministry in various ways, the need remains great. OSM is bringing back representatives of The Health Wagon who will present on how they respond to the poverty by providing the people of Appalachia with much needed healthcare.  

Presented by Dr. Teresa Gardner and Dr. Paul Meade of the Health Wagon

6.    Local Works of Mercy - Catholic Charities
The two Catholic Charities of our diocese will present how they continue to respond to those in need in our diocese through their various programs. This will be an opportunity to hear about their specific programs, and learn how you or your parish can participate with Catholic Charities in being the face of Christ as they serve this population.
Presented by: Christopher Tan the Executive Director of (Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia) and Jay Brown the Director of Housing Services (Commonwealth Catholic Charities)

7.    For I was in Prison and You Visited Me –  (Prison Ministry)
This breakout session will help you come to a deeper understanding of prison ministry and why it is important.  Come and listen to Randy Myers of Grace Inside, the official chaplain services in the state of Virginia, who will explore the resources and opportunities provided for parishes. Pat Owens will talk about Kairos; an ecumenical Christian prison ministry program which seeks to bring the Good news of the Gospel to those in prison as well as their families, encouraging them to become “loving and productive citizens of their communities.” Finally, deacon Charles will explain the Office of Social Ministries’ role in Prison Ministry and how you can participate in this ministry that responds to the call of Jesus to “visit those in prison.”

Presented by Deacon Charles William: Deacon at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart, Randy Myers: President of Grace Inside an organization that provides Chaplaincy services for the state prisons in Virginia and Pat Owens a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and active in Kairos which is a Christian

8.    Building Effective and Efficient Ministries - Project Management

Come and learn how you can build efficient and effective outreach programs. This workshop will give you the tools you need to properly plan and increase effectiveness in your ministry. We will explore the basic steps of program management which includes; needs assessments, project design, implementation and evaluation.
Presented by: Bonnie Campbell a retired Executive Staff member of Child Fund USA

9.  Encounter the Stranger Among You – Migrant Ministry

“When they go back to their countries, they will know that they encountered the love of Jesus here in Virginia.” These are words of Fr. Eric Ayers the pastor of St. Gabriel in Chesterfield, a parish which for two years has served the migrant workers in multiple migrant camps in his parish’s boundaries. Come and learn the plight of the migrant farm workers and what we can do to reach out to them as a faith community. 

Presented by: David Corrales, Program Coordinator, Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers (PCMRT), Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (USCCB)

10. Developing Cultural Competency in Ministry - One Church One Mission (USCCB)
In an ever-changing world where people of various cultures, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds live together, we are challenged to look at ways to connect and respect our differences for the sake of the Gospel. Presented by USCCB, this workshop will explore ways in which we can raise our intercultural awareness and become more welcoming to those who do not share our culture, as we seek to become better participants of the New Evangelization.

Presented by: TBA

11. Dignity of the Human Person Explained - Respect Life

The sacredness of life is central to Catholic Social Teaching. Come and listen to two great speakers talk about how we are called to uphold this teaching and become a culture of life in a world that is increasingly hostile to life. Sister Faustina, one of the Sisters of Life will talk about their work in this area, and Bert Drummond the Director of program and support for The Center for Marriage Family and Life in the Richmond Diocese will discuss how our diocese upholds life.

Presented by: Sr. Faustina Maria Pia S.V, Sisters of Life and Bert Drummond - Associate Director in the Office for Evangelization and Director of Programs and Support in the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life

12. Justice in Truth – Legislative Advocacy (VCC)
Legislative advocacy is a platform which can bring many voices together in response to systemic issues. Come and hear Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) which is the official Catholic Advocacy Organization for the two dioceses in Virginia talk about legislative advocacy at the local and statewide levels. You will learn how you can join the voice of Catholics throughout Virginia in upholding justice.

Presented by: TBA

Breakout Sessions - Options: 8 Tracks 
SHINE 2017 offers 8 tracks with 3 workshops each for our Breakout Sessions to match your ministry of interest. You can choose the pre-selected sessions for that ministry or create your own track by choosing the workshops you would like to attend. The 8 ministry tracks include: Parish Social Ministry, Migrant Ministry, Far Southwest, Community Development, Global Solidarity, Haiti Ministry, Advocacy and Prison Ministry. 

We hope to see you there. 


Contact Information

  • Phone: 804-622-5206

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Cost: The early bird registration fee of $35 will cover a light breakfast, boxed lunch and all the printed materials included in the event packet. If you register more than 10 people from your parish as a group, you will get one registration cost for free.  

    The early bird registration of $35 will end by March 16, 2017. After that, the fee will be $45 and $55 at the door. 
    No refunds after March 1st.
    If you are paying by check, please complete the registration form, print your confirmation and send your check payable to Catholic Diocese of Richmond with a memo: Social Ministries Summit.

    Mail to:
    Office of Social Ministres
    Catholic Diocese of Richmond
    7800 Carousel Lane
    Richmond, VA 23294
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