The 2015 ministry conference will include 39 sessions over 5 periods on Thursday afternoon and evening. This extra day is included in the registration rate, so attendees can enjoy the entire conference or pick the days that are the most convenient for them, especially if they are parish volunteers who work during the day.
The conference will feature eleven tracks with topics relevant to catechetical formation, ministry of deacons, social justice issues, family life, youth ministry and more.
Our expanded schedule allows for the offering of session tracks in Catholic Management & Leadership, Diaconal Ministry, Liturgy, Sacraments & Music Ministry and the use of Technology.
The move to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas allows space for even more Catholic exhibitors. For one weekend every year, Catholic publishing companies, bookstores, and service organizations from around the country come together in DFW at the UDMC Exhibit Hall. Take this opportunity to discover new, educational and faith-based resources for your parish and family, or to do some early Christmas shopping.
Join the Most Rev. Bishop Kevin Farrell, Bishop of Dallas, priests, deacons and 5,500 plus lay faithful at the Conference Eucharist on Friday morning.
UDMC strives to combine practical workshops by local ministry professionals and teachers with powerful, relevant sessions by national experts on Catholic education and ministry. This format creates a comprehensive opportunity to gain insight about your faith as well as practical skills you can apply to your ministry tomorrow.
With 14 periods offering over 200 sessions during the 3 days, the UDMC offers sessions for everyone, from ministry professionals, priests, deacons, catechists, parish volunteers to Catholics in the pew.
UDMC offers more value for your money than most other educational and ministry conferences in the U.S. If you attend a session every period, you will gain more than 17 hours of education over 3 days for less than $80.
John L. Allen Jr. is associate editor of The Boston Globe after 16 years as the prize-winning Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. He also serves as the Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN. He’s the author of seven best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and writes frequently on the Church for major national and international publications. He’s also a popular speaker on Catholic affairs, both in the United States and abroad.