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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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Wednesday, October 2nd
9AM- 3:30PM

Caldwell Auditorium
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20064


9:00 Arrival
9:15 Coffee and Welcome Address
9:30 Keynote: Forming Schools into Communities of Accompaniment
10:00 Break
10:10 Keynote: Accompanying High School Students
10:40 Break-Out Session
11:35 Mass
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Panel on Campus Ministry best practices for Mentoring
2:30 Break-out Session
3:25 Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Colleen Campbell

Colleen Campbell
Colleen Campbell is a third year PhD student studying Catechetics at the Catholic University of America. She holds an MA in Theology from Notre Dame and a BA in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dallas. Colleen is also an alumna of Notre Dame’s Echo program, serving in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Her research at CUA focuses on accompaniment as a method of catechesis as well as St. Edith Stein's contribution to catechetical theory.

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 holds 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 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 S. Donio

Fr. Frank is 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 is also a Lecturer in the undergraduate Theology program in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. 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.

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.