8:30 – 8:50 AM: Check-in: Receive your name tag and folder. Get door prize tickets. Visit resource tables.
Conference Opening: 8:50 AM
"Knowing the Church's teaching on human life and eternal destiny allows us to approach end-of-life decisions with wisdom." (Catholic Guide of End of Life and Establishing Advance Healthcare Directives)
Fr. William's presentation will follow the guide. Fr. Williams is native of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He was baptized a Roman Catholic on October 20, 1974, at Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.
He attended St. Thomas Seminary College, Denver, CO, and received my Master of Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. Father was ordained priest by Archbishop Strecker (May 26, 1983).
He served as a USAF military chaplain for ten years and served in Hospital Chaplain Ministry for seven and one-half years and was board certified. He was invited by Archbishop Naumann to join the Archdiocesan Ethics Advisory Council.
Father recently retired from full-time pastoral ministry at Sacred Heart in Ottawa and is assisting at Most Pure Heart of Mary in Topeka.
10 minute break
Michael will go over Church teaching on the types of Catholic burials and the funeral rite so you can plan how to be interred and make your plans part of your estate plans.
Mr. Michael Podrebarac has served in the Office for Liturgy and Sacramental Life since 1997. He grew up in Emporia and earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a master’s degree in History from Emporia State University. He did post-graduate studies in musicology at the University of Kansas and in liturgical studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He has served as an adjunct instructor for the Holy Family School of Faith and the St. Meinrad Seminary Deacon Formation Program, and has taught in various RCIA ministries throughout the Archdiocese.
Since 1990 he has served as music director for his home parish, Sacred Heart in Emporia, as well as for the Didde Catholic Campus Center at ESU, Holy Spirit in Overland Park, the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at KU, St. Ann’s in Prairie Village, and presently serves at Christ the King in Topeka.
He and his wife, Karen, together have eight children.
1:00 pm Conclusion: Bill Maloney, Director of the Office of Stewardship and Development will wrap-up and give away the door prizes.