2017 NCEA Wisdom and Witness Conference

for Religious Educators in Catholic Schools

June 23-25, 2017
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Catholic identity and religious education should be at the heart of every Catholic learning environment.  For Catholic educators, teaching the Catholic faith is critical to provide students with the keys to spirituality and the understanding that Christ is in all things and central to all areas of learning.  Focused around the Six Tasks of Catechesis, the 2017 NCEA Wisdom and Witness Conference brings together religion teachers, campus ministers, administrators and service coordinators to  exchange information and discover best practices in religious education, discipleship and social justice.

Utilizing a variety of best practices in adult learning such as small group dialogue and analysis of real-life questions, participants will engage in discussion and activities with one another and experts in the areas of adolescent development and discipleship to foster an education environment that is evangelizing, ecclesial, collaborative and responsible. Topics include: knowledge of the faith, liturgical education, moral formation, learning to pray, education for community life and missionary discipleship and service.

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Learner Outcomes 

  • Deepen understanding and application of Six Tasks of Catechesis.
  • Enhance skills for helping teens navigate society in faithful, responsible ways.
  • Create means to support faith formation beyond formal teaching settings.
  • Network with others involved in ministry 


Keynote Address

Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min
Director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies
University of Dayton

Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH D.Min., is  director of the institute for pastoral initiatives and a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. Within the Department of Religious Studies, Zukowski teaches MA courses in Pastoral Planning, Adult Faith Formation and Leadership and Ministry. On the undergraduate level she coordinates the FORUM for Young Catechetical Leaders, a two year catechetical formation program for UD students, as well as courses in Religion and Film and Vocation and the Arts. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Education (UD) associated with their online Master’s Degree in Catholic Educational Leadership and has been involved with distance education for over 40 years. Dr. Zukowski serves as an international Catholic communications and education consultant addressing topics related to expanding the digital milieu. She offers workshops, seminars, and lectures around the world.

Private Movie Screening: SACRED

Showing at the 2017 NCEA Wisdom and Witness Conference, this film was shot by more than 40 film-making teams around the world and immerses the viewer in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film explores faith as primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. The film’s director commissioned or sourced footage from top independent filmmakers from more than 25 countries -- and a wide range of religious traditions -- each team contributing a single scene. The film, sweeping in its global reach, yet intensely intimate, is a tour de force that unifies these scenes into a single work, told without narration, without experts and, for long stretches, without words at all.  Watch the trailer below and read this New York Times review on this phenomenal film.


Registration Fees

  Early Bird Rate
(March 14 - May 31)
Regular Rate
(June 1 - June 22)  
 (June 23 - 25)
Member   $325  $350  $350
Non - Member   $425  $425  $425
Guest/Spouse/Meals Only   $150  $150  $150


Friday, June 23

 Time Event
1:00 p.m.   Registration Opens 
3:00 p.m.  Keynote Address

Saturday, June 24

 Time  Event
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast 
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.  Prayer
9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Session I 
  Sustaining the Spirit to Lead, Teach and Serve
Presenter: Dr. Mike Carotta
  The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis
Presenter: Michael Theisen 
  Call to Catechesis
Presenter: Mickie Abatemarco 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Session II 
  Teaching for Discipleship: the Call,  the Challenge, the Difference
Presenter: Dr. Mike Carotta
  Creating a National Network for High School Campus and Religion Teachers 
Presenter: Michael Theisen 
  Digital Discipleship
Presenter: Andrea Kopp 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch 
2:15 - 4:00 p.m.  World Premier/Private Screening of the movie SACRED 
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner 
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Musical Concert w/ Tom Kendzia 
9:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Dessert Reception 

Sunday, June 25

 Time  Event
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast 
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  SACRED Panel Discussion 
10:30 a.m.  Mass
12:00 p.m. Lunch 


At this time NCEA does not have a designated housing block for this meeting.  Should one become available, detailed information will be provided.   

Terms and Conditions

  • Payment is due upon receipt of invoice.
  • Send checks payable to NCEA, P.O. Box 63392, Charlotte, NC 28263-3392.
  • In order to ensure proper credit; please be sure to include the name of the attendee(s) in the memo of the check or provide a list of all registration with payment.
  • Purchase Orders will be accepted for this conference.  Please use the paper registration form if paying via check or purchase order.
  • Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.
  • Cancellation of conference registration does not constitute cancellation of a hotel room. Please be sure to handle both separately.
  • No one under the age of 18 is permitted to attend Wisdom and Witness.
  • Attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and agree to accept responsibility for their own personal actions and conduct while at Wisdom and Witness related events.


 If you have any questions regarding registration information, contact Jennifer Stewart, Event Coordinator, at 571.206.1527 or via email
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