Conference highlights opioid crisis, immigrants, life issues

Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier    |    04.02.2018
Category: Local News

The Diocese of Rochester’s 2018 Social Ministry Conference will take place April 26 at Notre Dame Retreat House, located at 5151 Foster Road in Canandaigua.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Eucharist Commits Us To Our Neighbors in Need,” and the keynote speaker will be Giovina Caroscio, who was the founding executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and served that agency for more than 20 years.

The conference also will feature workshops and discussions about current social concerns including the opioid crisis, refugees, immigrants, life issues and the consistent life ethic, as well as social-ministry success stories from parishes throughout the diocese.

An 11 a.m. Mass will kick off the day’s events, and the conference will be held from noon to 5 p.m. The $20 per-person registration fee includes the cost of lunch and conference materials.

Those wishing to attend the conference must RSVP by April 20 to Laurie Konwinski by e-mailing or calling 607-272-5062, ext. 12.

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