Still-Growing UD Ministry Conference Moves to Larger Venue
The ninth annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC), set for Oct. 22-24,
will move to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas this year to accommodate
its growing attendance. The conference, which is the second largest of its kind in
the United States, is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the University
of Dallas. Last year, more than 5,200 participants from 31 states and seven countries
The tremendous growth of the conference in just eight years is proof that people around
the country need and want ongoing formation of this caliber, said Bishop Kevin Farrell
of the Diocese of Dallas. To accommodate the growing attendance and allow us to expand
even more, we are moving the conference to a larger venue for 2015.
The University of Dallas Ministry Conference is a powerful opportunity for Catholics
to grow in faith together through prayer, fellowship and education, said University
of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe. I encourage everyone who is able to attend to
consider doing so.
For the last three years, the UDMC was held at the Irving Convention Center.
Educators, catechists, deacons, priests, youth ministers and other ministry professionals,
as well as general Catholic audiences, are encouraged to attend the UDMC. Cardinal
Sen Patrick OMalley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston and one of Pope Francis eight
advising cardinals, will deliver the 2015 keynote address. In addition, the UDMC offers
more than 200 sessions in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, covering topics such as
faith formation, scripture, evangelization, liturgy, social justice, parenting and
Additionally, the UDMC will showcase more than 100 exhibitors, including publishing
companies, Christian gift stores and nonprofit organizations. A liturgical art display,
musical performances by well-known and up-and-coming Catholic artists, a conference
Mass and prayer services will round out the conference.
Tickets for the three-day event will go on sale in May.