2017 Conference

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Conference Archive

"Joy on the Journey:  Serve. Collaborate. Dream"
June 1-3, 2017 | Indianapolis, IN

The 41st Annual NALM Conference was a great success! It gathered multigenerational professionals ministering in parish, diocesan, higher education, seminary, healthcare, prison, and Catholic not-for-profit ministries.

The Conference was a time to celebrate, gain new ministerial insights, and rejuvenate while networking with dedicated and highly creative professionals.  We celebrated NALM's 41st Anniversary and received updates on the organization and rousing keynotes and workshops.

Opening Keynote: "Intercultural Collaborations: Two Models for the Present and Future of Catholic Ministry"

by Rev. Ricky Manalo
Adjunct Faculty Member
Santa Clara University

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, is a Paulist priest and a liturgical composer, who teaches at Santa Clara University. He also serves as the main facilitator of the Cultural Orientation Program for International Ministers/Priests (COPIM) of Loyola Marymount University. He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, CA. Fr. Ricky's music is published chiefly by Oregon Catholic Press. His recent book, The Liturgy of Life: The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices, was a finalist of the 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards by the Association of Catholic Publishers. Currently, he is a member of a USCCB steering committee that is creating a national pastoral plan for U.S. Asian Pacific Catholics. He remains an advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Committee on Divine Worship. When he is not traveling throughout the world, he resides at Old St. Mary's Cathedral in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.

Gaudium et Spes Award Acceptance Video

Most Reverend Gerald Barnes
Bishop of San Bernardino


The Gaudium et Spes Award recognizes an outstanding person for promoting understanding of the Church in the world according to the vision of Vatican II.

Most Reverend Gerald Richard Barnes is the bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino. Bishop Barnes was born on June 22, 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents, George and Aurora, moved to Los Angeles when he was one year old. He and his five brothers and one sister grew up in the East Los Angeles area of Boyle Heights where his family owned a grocery store. Each of the children helped in the operation of the store. His mother, Aurora, died in May of 1991, and his father, George, died in May of 1998. His brothers and sister still reside in the greater Los Angeles area.

Bishop Barnes attended public schools with his religious education overseen by Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (Victory Noll) at San Basilio Center on Fetterly Avenue. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles and went on to attend California State University, Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1967. After attending seminaries in St. Louis, Missouri and in Dayton, Ohio, he enrolled in the Assumption-St. John Seminary in San Antonio, Texas.

On December 20, 1975, Bishop Barnes was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Antonio by Most Rev. Francis J. Furey. He was later named an honorary prelate with the title of Monsignor. In January, 1992, he was appointed as the first auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino by Pope John Paul II. His last assignment before being named auxiliary bishop was rector of his alma mater, Assumption-St. John Seminary in San Antonio.

After his episcopal ordination on March 18, 1992, Bishop Barnes assisted Bishop Phillip Straling in conducting parish visitations, celebrating confirmation liturgies, and attending Diocesan and community functions. Following the June 1995 transfer of Bishop Staling to the reconstituted Diocese of Reno, Bishop Barnes served as administrator of the Diocese of San Bernardino until Pope John Paul II appointed him diocesan bishop on December 28, 1995. On March 12, 1996, before a crowd of over 2,500 people, he was installed as the second bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino.

With over 27,000 square miles and over 1.6 million Catholics, Bishop Barnes is chief shepherd to one of the fastest growing dioceses in the nation. In addition to his leadership of his local church, he currently serves as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ sub-committee on Hispanic Affairs and is a member of the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. At the local level, he is a member of the board of the Inland Empire Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

He was also instrumental in the development and passing of the 2005 statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry”. Bishop Barnes has also been an advocate for the development of lay ecclesial ministry in his diocese as well as nationwide.

His episcopal motto is, “Amar Es Entregarse”, “Love is the Total Giving of Oneself”.

Spirit of the Conference Award Acceptance

Gerald Tortorella
Director of the Pastoral Institute, Diocese of Brooklyn

Download the text of Mr. Tortorella's remarks.


State of the Conference Address

Mark Erdosyby Mark Erdosy
Board Chair, National Association for Lay Ministry

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Closing Keynote: "Laity, Leadership, Justice & Joy"

by Kerry Alys Robinson
Founding Executive Director and Global Ambassador
Leadership Roundtable

Download the text of Kerry Robinson's address.

Kerry Alys Robinson is the founding executive director and global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church by harnessing the managerial expertise and financial acumen of senior level lay executives.

Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). She has been an advisor to and trustee of numerous grant making foundations, family philanthropies and charitable nonprofits since 1990 including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, America Media, Jesuit Volunteers Corps, and the National Pastoral Life Center.

Kerry served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a $75 million fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center on Yale’s campus.

She is the prize-winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities.