Perhaps the most important Brother Luke Salm Workshop to date!

October 1-3, 2017

Sheraton Hotel
6 Industrial Way East
Eatontown, NJ 07724
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The Growing Trend of Disaffiliated Young Catholics

What Does this Mean For Our Ministries? What are those that are leaving teaching us? What do we need to hear from their stories?

Over the past six years the Brother Luke Salm Workshop has addressed the role of evangelization and catechesis in our Lasallian ministries. We have considered the question of what is evangelization today and how do we evangelize the Good News “as we strive to be the friendly face of the Church.” (DENA Vision Statement).

We have considered how we develop and foster “communities of welcome” as we seek to offer a faithful witness to the building of God’s Kingdom. 

Of special consideration, we reviewed the latest research findings about young people today with the 2013 Workshop’s focus on “Fostering Faith in Adolescence: The New Map for a Changing Territory. ” 

Over the past two years, Saint Mary’s Press has been engaged in a national research project, in partnership with the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a study of teens and young adults who had previously self-identified as Catholic but no longer do so (disaffiliated) ages 15-25.

This research is showing that changing territory, as discussed in 2013, has shifted significantly over the past four years. These shifts should have a significant impact on how we evangelize, how we teach religion and the functioning of campus ministry.

John Vitek will share the results of this most recent study with us as we consider its implication for the teaching of religion and the way we conduct pastoral ministry in our schools.

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Workshop underwritten in part by the DENA Office for Mission and Ministry

Keynote Speaker

John M. Vitek
President and Chief Executive Officer
Saint Mary’s Press

John is the general editor of Called to Mercy: Confirming Young People for a Mission of Witness (Saint Mary’s Press, 2016), The Catholic Family Connections Bible (Saint Mary’s Press, 2010) and the author of multiple books for Catholic youth: Living the Questions Jesus Asks: A Guide for Catholic Teens (Saint Mary’s Press, 2002); My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Teens on Life, Love, and Courage (Saint Mary’s Press, 2001), and A Companion Way: Mentoring Youth in Searching Faith (Saint Mary’s Press, 1993).

John has served in church leadership for nearly 35 years, including as a parish youth minister and director of religious education, a diocesan director of youth and pastoral life, and as diocesan chancellor.

John holds undergraduate degrees in religious studies and communication arts from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from the School of Divinity at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.



LukeSalmThe goal of this annual workshop is to enhance and support the Christian education and evangelization of the young by providing professional development for and accompaniment to the District’s Religious Studies instructors, Campus Ministers and other Lasallian educators. Named in memory and honor of Luke Salm, a Brother of the Christian Schools and a theologian, he was the first non-ordained person in the Catholic Church to receive a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD). He ministered in religious and theological education at Manhattan College for over 40 years. He played a significant role in drafting The Brothers of the Christian Schools: A Declaration, a seminal text from the 39th General Chapter following Vatican II for renewal of the Brother’s vocation and the Lasallian educational mission. Lovingly known as “one of the Lasallian giants, his very ‘presence brightened everything’ and his devotion as brother, teacher, and friend inspired and taught many, not only ‘the road to heaven,’ but the pathway toward a more full and glorious life” (William Mann, FSC).

Previous Workshops

2016 – Lasallian Education: Evangelizing and Catechizing in a Community of Welcome

2015 – The Radical Good News of the Gospel: Evangelizing Youth Today

2014 – Huether Conference on Evangelization and Catechesis

2013Fostering Faith in Adolescence: A New Map for Changing Territory

2012The Multi-Cultural Realities of Evangelization and Catechesis

2011Sharing Faith: The Lasallian Vision of Christian Education

2010Evangelization and Catechesis in the 21st Century

“The Lasallian school is to be a living community where young people, coming from different social (ethnic, religious) and family backgrounds, educate one another by mutual understanding and respect, openness of mind in dialogue, acceptance of the uniqueness and limitations of each, growth in spirit of service, and the practice of justice and charity.”

-The Brother of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration, 1967