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Spiritual Mentoring and the Synod on Young People

Join us at The Catholic University of America for a FREE conference for Catholic High School Campus Ministers. The conference will focus on Spiritual Mentoring in light of the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. This will be a day of professional development, collaboration, and prayer which includes lunch.

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Thursday, February 7th

9 AM - 3:30 PM

Heritage Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20064



Coffee and Welcome Address   

Keynote: Framework from the Synod  


Keynote: Accompanying High School Students   

Break-Out Session    



Panel on Campus Ministry best practices for Mentoring

Break-Out Session

Closing Remarks

Nicole M. Perone

Keynote Speakers

Nicole M. Perone
Nicole M. Perone is the Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. She served as a delegate to the Pre-Synodal Meeting for the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.  Nicole graduated with her Master of Divinity from Yale University and her bachelor of arts from Loyola University Maryland.

Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min.
Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. is Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. He is former Provincial Rector of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers). Fr. Frank has held additional provincial, national and international leadership positions in administration, formation, development, and finance in the Society of the Catholic Apostolate and in the Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC), an international public association of the faithful founded by St. Vincent Pallotti in 1835. Some of his prior assignments include Provincial Director of Formation, Pastoral Director of St. Jude Shrine in Baltimore, MD and Chaplain of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, NJ.

Fr. Frank S. Donio

Fr. Frank is a Consultant to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He also collaborated with the Conference on the development of Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization and on the Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

Fr. Frank is a Lecturer in the undergraduate Theology program in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. He is also an Adjunct Professor at St. Joseph's College of Maine in the online Theology program and at Fordham University in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. He  He teaches in the areas of Catholic mission, pastoral ministry, spirituality, ecclesiology, and Church management and leadership. Fr. Frank has an extensive background in young adult ministry, particularly at the collegiate level, and has assisted pastorally at various universities in Maryland and the District of Columbia over the last twenty-one years.  

Fr. Frank holds a Doctor of Ministry in Adult Spiritual Formation from The Catholic University of America (CUA), as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and a Master of Arts in Church History from CUA. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Washington Theological Union and a Master of Science in Church Management from Villanova University School of Business.

Born in 1966, Fr. Frank is originally from Hammonton, New Jersey, the oldest of four sons of Frank (deceased) and Angela Donio. He made his first consecration as a Pallottine in 1986 and his ordination to the priesthood was in 1994.