FDLC National Mtg 2023

October 10-12, 2023
Hilton Netherland HOTEL
Cincinnati, OHIO

Join the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) for its annual national meeting October 10-12, 2023 in beautiful downtown Cincinnati at the historic art deco Hilton Netherland Hotel.

This three-day meeting brings together diocesan and national leaders in worship, the members of the US Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, and catechetical leaders to focus on the importance of good liturgical celebrations with children.

Study Day: Oct 11

In the midst of the three day national meeting, Wednesday Oct 11 will be a Study Day for meeting attendees, catechetical and Catholic school leaders (principals, DREs, religion teachers, and other evangelists).

The meeting’s theme is “Sign and Pledge of Communion: Masses with Children.” We plan to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Directory for Masses with Children, the universal document promulgated by Pope Saint Paul VI in 1973. 

The topic will be especially important as we strive to bring young families back to church after the pandemic and to provide for the liturgical formation of both children and parents. 

A roster of outstanding presenters will offer insights into best pastoral practices, engage with Church documents, and propose formation standards.

“Unless You Become Like a Little Child: The Challenge and Promise of Liturgical Childhood for the Church.” Dr. Timothy O’Malley, is the Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

“Children as Natural Mystics: A Second Look at the Directory for Masses with Children.” Dr. Donna Eschenauer is the Associate Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoody, NY.

“ Liturgical Formation for and with Children” Sr. Sandra Demasi, SSJ, D. Min has served in education at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. She is the former Director of the Office of Worship in Newark, NJ; a prolific author; and a popular presenter on the formation and initiation of children of catechetical age.


Music Repertoire for Children and Children’s Choirs

OCIA as adapted for Children of Catechetical Age

Panel Discussions with Children and Parish Formators

Preaching with Children

Preparing Parents for Sacraments

Preparing First Communion Liturgies

The Eucharistic Revival and Children

Registration opens April 15.

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