Catholics@Work announces 17th speaker series beginning Sept. 12
People attending the early morning monthly Catholics@Work speaker series sometimes are bemused by the group's name.
"The group really could be called 'at work on being Catholic,'" says Attila Bardos, incoming president of the group. "We are Catholics who find energy and take inspiration from each of the monthly speakers. They are faithful Catholics who inspire us with their diverse Catholic ministries in the contemporary world."
C@W schedules eight speakers into the Oakland diocese each year for presentations on their work and faith as energetic Catholics. They range from archbishops and exorcists to moms and missionaries, both local and across the world.
The 2017-18 C@W season begins Sept. 12 with Jess Echeverry, who started a ministry to homeless parents and their families, named Sore Feet Saviors.
While each speaker's work is different, the common theme is the power of their active Catholicism in the contemporary world. C@W began as an Oakland diocesan ministry 17 years ago; since then it has brought more than 125 speakers to the diocese.
C@W schedules early morning speakers monthly on the second Tuesday at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. It begins with Mass at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and the speaker at 7 a.m. The program ends promptly at 8:15 a.m., enabling working people to get to their jobs quickly — although many attendees are retirees and others not on 9-to-5 schedules.
"Our speakers bring a remarkable range of experiences and charisms to the Catholics@Work breakfasts," says Bardos. "Everyone leaves our breakfasts inspired by the messages and motivated by the ministries we hear about.
"They make our faith more alive. Each person is another face of the universal church, and strengthens our love for the Lord."
Bardos succeeds Diana Nagy, president for the last two years.
The full season schedule and more information are at www.catholicsatwork.org.
Linda Del Rio, who leads the foundation of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, speaks on Oct. 10.
People can sign on the mailing list to receive regular notices of the upcoming speakers.
While walk-ins are welcome, people are encouraged to register on-line to help plan for the audience size. The cost, including a generous breakfast, is $20 for members, $30 for non-members.
— Al Donner
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