Since 1983 the Diocese of Reno has held an Annual Diocesan Conference offering rich Catholic content
to support our faith journey and to strengthen our experience of community. Five of our Bishops, past and present, have endorsed and utilized this event as a warm and enriching gathering for the spiritual life and growth of our people. National speakers are invited to share on all themes. Topics range from prayer and spirituality, liturgy and worship, focus on parish leadership and interfaith issues, to deep questions of current events impacting Catholics in relevant ethical dialogues. Young adult sessions as well as a teen event partner with the Conference each year. This is an event which gathers us together as the Body of Christ!
PROGRAMS BY THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
Blessed Are You, O God Father
The “blessedness” of God speaks to the fundamental attitude by which we are called to live our lives.
We are, in a word, called to live lives of gratitude. Every human person and every aspect of the
created order is a powerful expression of the blessedness of God in whom we live and move and
have our very being. We reflect the blessedness of God in who we are and what we do. Following
the Eucharistic impulse of the Church, we call upon God to bless the bread we hope to become.
Gifted, Chosen, Called
We will explore the Biblical idea of what it means to be a “chosen” people, a “gifted” community, a person “called” by God. No good gift is ever given for the sake of the self alone. St. Paul follows the impulse of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Prophets in the powerful teaching found in I Corinthians 13-14. We will savor thewords of the Apostle as we seek to become more and more generous in offering the gift of ourselves to those around us.