On this week’s Catholic School Matters Radio Hour podcast, I am previewing the NCEA Convention April 23-25.

First, Matt Russell gives an overview of the convention.  Matt is the Chief Development Officer and previews the convention in Chicago and gives an overview of the ins and the outs of the convention.  It promises to be one of the biggest NCEA Conventions in years.

Then author, podcaster, counselor, and speaker Roy Petitfils previews his two talks and describes his work, including his upcoming book on helping adults guiding teens through anxiety.  Roy has hosted a few NCEA webinars and giving two sessions at the convention—one on teen anxiety and another on the mental health needs of teens.  He is also giving a talk entitled, “What teens want you to know but are afraid to tell you.”

Dr. Ann Garrido, the keynote speaker at Convention, discusses the messages she hopes to convey to Catholic educators and explains her fervent quest to see all 50 states before she is 50 (among other things!).  She is particularly interested in how we practice our spirituality and nourish our faith through our work in Catholic education.  Certainly her book Redeeming Administration explores this area as well as her forthcoming book on time management.  She is also a homiletics professor and loves to talk about great preaching.  She is talking about embracing grace in our work.

Mike Patin then describes his two presentations in Chicago as well as his background in Catholic schools and youth ministry and his current ministry.  His first talk in entitled, “The Principal: Manager, Magician, and Minister” explores the key roles that Catholic school administrators carry out.  Patin is a great storyteller and worth the listen.  The second talk is “There’s a Hole in My Bucket” and examines what to do when you’re feeling a bit empty in the demanding ministry of Catholic education.

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