CARFLEO Conference 2016


“Mercy that Transforms: Creating Spaces of Hope”

APRIL 14th-15th, 2016

Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga, Ontario


If you have a strong commitment to Catholic education and want to expand your knowledge of contemporary religious and family life education issues, then this conference is for you!

The theme of the 2016 CARFLEO Conference flows out of Pope Francis’ declaration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and the situation of refugees in the world today, especially those fleeing violence in Syria, many of whom are coming to Canada and finding places in our classroom.

We will seek to learn from the experience and insight of our keynote speaker, Mary Jo Leddy, whose vision is described as follows: “We believe that the refugees who come to Romero House are, in some profound way, our brothers and sisters. Each one has an inherent dignity and is of infinite value. Together, we are part of the human family. It is because of this that we have chosen to welcome the stranger who comes to the door of our lives.”

The conference will provide opportunities to reflect on how “living with each other, and being with each other as good neighbours, helps us to act for others in a dignifying way.”


CARFLEO conference delegates are enriched through exposure to:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Excellent speakers
  • Provocative discussions
  • Up-to-date information
  • Spiritual renewal
  • Great food and conversation
  • Vendor displays

 Queen Of Apostles Renewal Centre

  • 1617 Blythe Road, Mississauga, ON L5H 2C3     (905) 278-5229

Directions from QEW:

  • Take Exit 130/Mississauga Rd. North
  • Turn left on Mississauga Rd.
  • Turn right onto Doulton Dr.
  • Take the first left onto Blythe Rd.
  • QOA is the second driveway on your right.

Directions from Hwy 401:

  • Take Erin Mills Parkway.South.
  • Turn left on Dundas St.
  • Turn right on Mississauga Rd.
  • Turn left on Doulton Dr.
  • Take the first left onto Blythe Rd.
  • QOA is the second driveway on your right.



 A Canadian writer, journalist, speaker, theologian and social activist, Mary Jo Leddy is widely recognized for her work with refugees at Toronto’s Romero House and has been its director since 1991. In 1973, she was the founding editor of the Catholic New Times, an independent Catholic newspaper. She is author of the books Say to the Darkness We Beg to Differ (1988); Reweaving Religious Life: Beyond the Liberal Model (1990); At the Border Called Hope: Where Refugees are Neighbours (1997); Radical Gratitude (2002); Our Friendly Local Terrorist (2010); and The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home (2011). She is the recipient of the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (1987), the Ontario Citizenship Award (1993), and the Order of Canada (1996)


Please select one option:

Option A- Full Conference Attendance with single room accommodation     $225.00

Option B- Commuter Option (no overnight accommodation)

(select one ) __ Thursday  __ Friday    __ both days                         $160.00

  • Plenty of free on-site parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

Registration Deadline – April 11th

Please note: Register on-line today as space is limited. You may pay by credit card or by cheque. Cheques can be sent to:

  • Pat Carter csj
  • Mount St. Joseph Centre
  • Catholic Curriculum Department
  • 100 Ontario Avenue
  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON   P6B 1E3


mcgratten_featureBishop William McGrattan

William McGrattan was born in 1956 and raised in London, Ontario. After working as a chemical engineer for fifteen years, he entered St. Peter’s Seminary (London) in 1982. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of London in 1987. Father McGrattan went to Rome for studies and received a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the Gregorian Pontifical University in 1992. He served at St. Peter’s Seminary from 1992 to 2009 as lecturer, associate professor, vice-rector and dean of theology, and was named rector of the seminary in 1997.  In 2007, he was named Episcopal Director of Formation and Support for the Diocese of London. In November 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Toronto.


Pearson Canada has created an adult faith program to support Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ. In this session prior to the Conference AGM, Les Miller and Tony Cosentino will explore the DVD and facilitator’s guides designed to accompany teachers on their faith journeys. Each module is related to a key component of the curriculum (New Evangelization, Liturgical Year, Sacred Scripture, Creed, and Six Tasks of Catechesis). Participants will look at the various ways of using the program and sample some of the key activities.


Thursday, April 14th, 2016

  • 1:00 p.m.                      Registration
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.              Pre-Confeence workshop (See above)
  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.          CARFLEO AGM
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m            Dinner
  • 6:30: – 700 p.m.          Welcome and Opening Prayer
  • 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.          Presentation of ARFLEO Awards
  • 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.          Keynote: Mary Jo Leddy
  • 9:00 p.m.                       Social

Friday, April 15th, 2016

  •  7:30 – 8:30 a.m.              Registration
  • Vendor Displays outside
  • 8:45 – 9:00 a.m.               Morning Prayer
  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.              Mary Jo Leddy
  • 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.             Break
  • 10:45 – 11:45 pm                Eucharist: Bishop William McGrattan presider and homilis
  • 12:00 p.m.                           Lunch
  • 1:00. – 2:00 p.m.              Dialogue sessions: Elementary and Secondary
  • 2:00 p.m.                            Closing Gathering








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