University of Dallas Ministry Conference Draws Thousands to Walk Together in Faith
Last weekend, more than 5,000 people attended the sixth annual University of Dallas
Ministry Conference (UDMC), the second largest ministry conference of its kind in
the nation. The conference filled all four floors in its new venue, the Irving Convention
Center, and provided multicultural worship services and 134 sessions split between
three languagesEnglish, Spanish and Vietnamese. The 70 speakers talked on topics relevant
to the modern Church, and 107 exhibitors brought countless resources to help teachers,
catechists, religious educators and lay Catholics alike, evangelize the faith.
Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles delivered the Friday keynote address, while Fr.
Jack Wall of the Catholic Extension Society and Alejandro Aguilara-Titus of the USCCB
Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, presented powerful and popular addresses
on Saturday. These keynote presenters helped inspire all of the attendees to "Walk
Together in Faith," especially during this Year of Faith. UDMC also hosted many other
noted Catholic scholars, writers, ministers and musicians, including journalist John
Allen and musician Steve Angrisano.
"We extend a special thank you to the UDMC Advisory Committee, composed of members
from both the Diocese of Dallas and the Diocese of Fort Worth, and more than 100 volunteers
who helped throughout the two-day event. We could not host this conference without
their support in both planning and implementation," said Oscar Carranza, coordinator
of the conference. ""Overall, the 2012 University of Dallas Ministry Conference was
a great success that we'll build upon as we plan next year's event, which is set for
For more information on the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, visit udallas.edu/udmc.
PHOTO: Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Dallas Diocese said morning prayer on Friday, Oct.