The seventh annual UD Ministry Conference will be held October 25-26, 2013 at the Irving Convention Center. Sponsored once again by the Diocese of Dallas and the Diocese of Fort Worth, the 2013 conference strives to bring together Catholic faithful from the two dioceses and the surrounding area to learn, pray, and serve.
UPDATE: Early Bird Registration has been extended to September 30th - register now for a 25% discount over Pre-Registration and a 45% discount over onside registration!
The event will feature a keynote address in English on Friday, a keynote in Spanish on Saturday, and several plenary addressed in both languages on Saturday. It will also feature session tracks specifically designed for teachers, catechists, and general Catholic audiences, including talks on faith, parenting, and social justice. Sessions will be offered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and the conference will also host over 100 exhibitors, a liturgical art display, and musical performances by well-known and up-and-coming Catholic artists.
Some of the featured speakers include:
Keynote Speaker - His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga
His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, was named the first Honduran cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001. He serves as the president of Caritas Internationalis, a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education and will lead the eight-person committee appointed by Pope Francis to review and revise "Pastor Bonus," the apostolic constitution to the Roman Curia.
John L. Allen, Jr. is the prize-winning senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the senior Vatican analyst for CNN, as well as the author of seven books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs and a popular speaker both in the United States and abroad. His weekly online column, "All Things Catholic," is read in more than 75 countries as a source of insight on the global Catholic scene. Allen goes beyond "just the facts" reporting, trying to supply context and analysis to help people ponder the implications of new developments, but he stops short of drawing conclusions or telling his audience what to think. As a result, he's a rare journalist in a highly partisan time with credibility across the usual ideological divides. Allen divides his time between Rome and his home in Denver, Colorado. He holds a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas.
Leslie Morgan Steiner is the author of Crazy Love, a New York Times bestseller, her memoir about surviving domestic violence in her first marriage. Steiner is a regular guest on the Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC. She has been profiled in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Parenting, Parents, Self, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. She is a frequent speaker and corporate consultant on the subject of marketing to moms and family violence. Steiner is also the editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families (Random House) a frank, surprising, and utterly refreshing look at American motherhood. As a successful businesswoman at the Washington Post, Johnson & Johnson and Leo Burnett – and mother of three – Leslie Morgan Steiner has lived every side of the so-called "mommy wars" women face balancing work and family.