Wednesday, January 7, 2009

'Called & Gifted' Workshop in Kansas City

'Called & Gifted', a spiritual gifts discernment workshop will be held this weekend in Kansas City. The workshop is presented by the Catherine of Siena Institute which was founded in 1997 by Dominican Father Michael Sweeney and Sherry Weddell.

Weddell and Fr. Sweeney are two of the sharpest thinkers and teachers on the lay vocation in the Church today. Fr. Sweeney is currently President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley and Weddell runs the Siena Institute out of Colorado Springs.

To date, they've worked with over 90 dioceses on five continents. Intentional Disciples, a blog by the staff at the Siena Institute, has been on The Catholic Key blogroll since we started.

Kansas City is very fortunate to host this workshop and to have Weddell as one of the presenters. Below is a release about the workshop:

The Archdiocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Bishop Helmsing Institute will host a unique spiritual gifts discernment workshop presented by the Catherine of Siena Institute in Parkville, Mo., Jan. 9-10, 2009. The Called & Gifted Workshop is a two-day live presentation designed to help Catholics discern the charisms (spiritual gifts) that they have been given for the sake of others and how to use those charisms in their family and relationships, at work, and in the parish and larger community.

The Workshop will be held on Friday, Jan. 9 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 7207 NW Highway 9, Parkville (North Kansas City), MO 64152. Though the Workshop is designed for Catholics, it is open anyone who may be interested and will be presented in both English and Spanish in separate rooms. Those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP to Brandi Miller at (816) 756-1850 ext. 250 or There is no cost for the workshop, though a free-will offering will be taken.

Called & Gifted Workshop participants will learn:

- The role of every baptized person and of the local parish in the mission of the Church to the world.

- The critical role of charisms in the lives and callings of lay men and women, in the life of the parish or Christian community, and in the life of the world.

- The signs and characteristics of 24 common charisms.

- How discerning and using one’s charisms can change their life and the life of others, their parish, and the world.

All participants will receive an extensive packet of gift resources, including the “Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory,” the first-of-its-kind gifts inventory designed especially for Catholics.

Discerning their charisms gives many people a new sense of personal purpose and direction as a lay Christian. The Workshop can be especially useful for young adults who are trying to find their career or vocational direction; parents who want to help their children live their faith and recognize their gifts; people in transition – who may be changing jobs or be between jobs, have become “empty nesters,” who are returning to the workplace or facing retirement; new or returning Catholics who want to explore what it means to live their faith as an adult; Catholics who are contemplating a call to religious life or ordination; and parish staff and leaders who want to nurture and empower parishioners.

The Called & Gifted discernment process is the Institute’s most well-known offering and has been used in the formation of over 40,000 lay, ordained, and religious Catholics in more than 85 dioceses on five continents.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Brandi Miller at (816) 756-1850 ext. 250 or or contact the Catherine of Siena Institute by visiting