We Walk By Faith: Accompaniment in Campus Ministry

I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
(Isaiah 43:19)

The Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry 2021 Conference takes place on June 23 and 24, 2021, hosted by the Office of Campus Ministry at King’s University College.

Reading the signs of the times and recognizing all that we have experienced over the past year, the theme for this virtual conference is We Walk By Faith: Accompaniment in Campus Ministry.

We will have the opportunity to reflect on how we are being called to meet the needs of the students we serve and our role in building the Canadian Catholic Church, to share with one another the ministries we are working to build, to acknowledge what we have lost, and to look to our future together. See below for descriptions of our keynote talks and schedule.

The deadline to register is June 21, 2021 and the cost of the conference is $50 per person.

If you have any questions, please contact Annette Donovan Panchaud.

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Plenary Talk for Campus Ministers
“Evangelization extended: Forming young adults for Catholic leadership”

Amid our different approaches to campus ministry, we share a common mission: forming young adults for a life of discipleship, Gospel witness, and life-giving sacrifice as mature Catholics. The clearer and bolder we can be about who we hope our young people become, the better we can reimagine and strengthen our ministries now. One part contemporary analysis and one part missionary creativity, “evangelization extended” will lead us to identify some of the most important priorities for our work of accompanying young adults toward the fullness of Catholic life.

Annual Sherlock Lecture
“Maybe you shouldn’t let Jesus ask you questions”

If you want to remain comfortable, do not let Jesus ask you questions. His questions reveal the hidden secrets of our hearts and reset the cozy encounter that we might have thought we would have with him. No one is on secure ground when Jesus starts asking questions. Join University of Notre Dame theology professor, Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo, to consider the disturbing, renewing, and potentially transformative power of the questions Jesus asks in the Gospels. Among other works, Dr. DeLorenzo is the author of A God Who Questions, which breaks open twenty of Jesus’ Gospel questions and leads us on a scriptural pilgrimage toward rediscovering the disarming beauty of Jesus Christ.


Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D., directs strategic planning, undergraduate studies, and the Sullivan Family Saints Initiative in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, where he also teaches theology. The author of seven books and the editor of several more, his authored books include What Matters Most: Forming Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions (Ave Maria 2018), A God Who Questions (Our Sunday Visitor, 2019), and Into the Heart of the Father: Learning From and Giving Yourself Through Christ in Prayer (Word Among Us, 2021). DeLorenzo speaks and writes regularly on such topics as discernment, character formation, the spiritualities of the saints, and renewing the biblical imagination. He and his wife, Lisa, along with their six children, live in South Bend, Indiana, where they are parishioners at St. Joseph Parish.

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All times listed are Eastern Time

Day 1 – Wednesday, June 23, 2021

11:00Welcome and Introduction
11:15Opening Prayer
11:30-12:30Plenary: Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo “Evangelization extended: Forming young adults for Catholic leadership”
2:00-3:00Breakout Session (choice)
1. Evangelization – Fr. Edmund Lo, SJ
2. Justice and Service – Rebecca Rathbone
3. Catechesis – Fr. Santo Arrigo, CSsR
4. Creating Places of Welcome (Pastoral Care) – Leah Perrault
3:15-4:15Breakout Session (choice)
1. Evangelization – Fr. Edmund Lo, SJ
2. Justice and Service – Rebecca Rathbone
3. Catechesis – Fr. Santo Arrigo, CSsR
4. Creating Places of Welcome (Pastoral Care) – Leah Perrault
7:00-8:30Sherlock Lecture: Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo  “Maybe you shouldn’t let Jesus ask you questions”  
8:30Virtual Social

Day 2 – Thursday, June 24, 2021

11:30Facilitated Group Discussion, facilitated by Sr. Margo Ritchie, CSJ “What has COVID revealed about your approach to Campus Ministry? Challenges and opportunities.”
3:00-5:00CCCM Annual General Meeting
5:00Discussion: “What is your takeaway?”
5:30Wrap-up and Closing Prayer



While we may all have different philosophies and styles of evangelization on both a professional and personal level, the Church also provides us with helpful sign posts. In this presentation, Father Edmund Lo, SJ invites us to take a deeper dive into Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (whose main thesis is the issue of evangelization) and how this document – almost eight years since its publication – remains insightful and challenging for us today.

Fr. Edmund Lo, SJ was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada with his family in the late 90s. Upon completing his Master’s degree in Neuroscience, he joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 2008. He obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Regis College in the University of Toronto, and was ordained a priest in 2018. He has since been involved in vocation promotion and young adult ministries. He is currently the assistant to the novice master at the Jesuit novitiate in Montreal.


This workshop will explore how to engage youth in social and ecological justice issues from a Catholic perspective.  Together we will explore examples of successful youth-led social/ecological justice initiatives, and brainstorm concrete ideas that we can take back to our ministry groups to turn young Catholics into changemakers.

Rebecca Rathbone works for Caritas Internationalis as their Officer Promoting Youth Leadership.  She previously worked for Development & Peace – Caritas Canada as a Regional Animator, both in Atlantic Canada and in Southwestern Ontario.  During her time with Development & Peace – Caritas Canada, she had the great pleasure to work with Catholic students and ministry groups to engage youth in D&P’s programming.  She holds a Masters of Global Affairs Degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.


Catechesis is a vital component for an effective and comprehensive ministry with young people in a campus setting. Seeking to communicate, teach, and hand on the faith, builds upon the initial hearing and integration of the Gospel through the work of Evangelization. This workshop will focus on the tricks and challenges of the Ministry of Catechesis on campus as informed by the wisdom of Christus Vivit, and the New Directory for Catechesis (2020).

Father Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R. BA MDiv, is a Redemptorist Priest from Toronto and is currently serving his community as the Coordinator of Ignite Youth and Young Adult Ministry Canada. (www.ignite-canada.ca)  Father Santo has served as Pastor at St. Patrick’s Shrine Church in Toronto and has worked for many years in parish youth and family and children ministry, as well as Vocation and Formation Ministry, and continues to be a faculty member and site coordinator for the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program.  Having attended the University of St. Michael’s College, Father Santo was involved in Campus Ministry and CCSA, and has continued a professional relationship with the work of CCCM and CCSA throughout his ministry with conferences, workshops and local campus ministry initiatives across the country. 


In a world that is increasingly polarized and disconnected, people come to us in need of care. We will name together some of the experiences people carry with them into our ministry spaces. Through the lenses of Sherri Waddell’s Stages of Conversion and insights from trauma-informed care, we will explore how Jesus calls us to create places of welcome through practical application of pastoral care.

Leah (McDonald) Perrault is the Executive Director of Southwest Homes in Swift Current. When she’s not busy with her day job, she speaks, consults, and writes on the side. Her words find a home at retreats, schools, conferences, book clubs, board meetings, church groups, articles, books and – hopefully – in the hearts of those who hear and read them. Leah has a Master’s of Arts in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College at the Toronto School of Theology (2009). Leah met her husband, Marc, during her first day on the university campus in Regina. They dated for four years and married in 2005. Since then, they have been working hard at this adventure called marriage, making each other better people in the process and hoping that their relationship is as good for the world as it is for them. Leah and Marc have been blessed with four amazing little people – Robyn, Eliot, Charlize, and Atticus. Their home is full of noise, books, toys, and big ideas.