The deadline for hotel registrations is TODAY. The hotel rates are $91/ night until the end of the day today, April 17. Please make your hotel reservations right away.
Conference plans are going very well. We look forward to a special session with John DeSantis, who was on the "front lines" dealing with the BP Oil Spill. His input on the day to day events during the initial spill, and his update on how the fishermen and people of the Gulf Coast are currently faring, will be an eye opening experience for all.
We will also have a special session regarding the Great Lakes and the unique needs of mariners and companies in this region. As part of this panel, we will discuss how the ministry can be enriched in this region. Former National Director, and now Great Lakes Port Chaplain, Rev. Fr. John A. Jamnicky will be a panelist, along with Fr Bob Sipe, a Cruise Ship Priest who, once retired, decided to become an AOS Port Chaplain, and now works with AOS Duluth. Also on the panel, will be Tom Anderson, a Lutheran Port Chaplain in Duluth.
A Draft Agenda is as follows:
Tuesday, May 3:
3:00 - 6:00 Registration
5:00 p.m. Welcome: Fr. Sinclair - Introduction to Conference
5:30 p.m. Presentation 1: Deepwater Horizon & Gulf Fishermen - John DeSantis (National Fisherman & Houma Courier) (invited)
6:30 p.m. Video Documentary: Fish For Tomorrow: Sustainable Fisheries
7:30 p.m. Reflections on Presentation & Documentary
8:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
Wednesday, May 4:
8:00-12:00 Registration Continues for Conference
8:30-9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. Panel: The Lakes: A Unique Aspect of Our Domestic Merchant Marine:
Gregg Ruhl - Director of Sales, Marketing & Traffic, Great Lakes Fleet (invited) Jason Serck - Port Director, Port of Superior Jim Sharrow - Facilities Manager, Duluth Seaway Port Authority (invited)
10:45 Panel: Maritime Ministry on the Great Lakes
Fr. Bob Sipe Rev. Tom Anderson Canadian Maritime Minister (invited) Fr. John Jamnicki
11:45 Break for Preparation for Mass
12:00 Noon Mass - Fr. Sinclair Oubre, J.C.L.
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:30 Panel: Catholic Maritime Ministry Responds to Deepwater Horizon
3:30 p.m. Not-For-Profit Fundraising - Rev. Loring Carpenter, Executive Director, Seafarers Friend (Chelsea, MA)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
Thursday, May 5:
7:00-12:00 Registration for Conference
8:30-9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. Sr. Myrna Tordillo - AOS National Director
9:30 a.m. Deacon Patrick LaPoint - Treasurer’ Report
10:00 a.m. AOS USA Secretary General Report/ Cruise Ship Priest Program Report
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Business Meeting:
- Election of Vice President
- Develop Action Plan for MLC 2006
- Certification Process
- Mosaic at National Shrine
- Continuation of the Cruise Ship Priest Program
12:30 p.m. Mass: Bishop Peter F. Christensen Bishop of Superior
1:30 Lunch On Your Own & Evening Free
Friday, May 6:
8:30-9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:00-9:45 a.m. Rev. Allan Figueroa Deck Executive Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church
9:45 -10:30 a.m .Deacon Albert Dacanay - AOS Regional Coordinator
- Regional Report
- World Congress - Rome?
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Around the Ports & On the Cruise Ships
11:15 p.m. Conference Adjourns11:30 p.m. Closing Mass: Bishop Paul Sirba Bishop of Duluth
All participants must make their own hotel reservations.
Please be sure to book your hotel rooms for this conference by April 16 to ensure group rate.
Rates are $91.00/night Plus 13.375 % Tax
There will be a minimum of paper documents distributed at the conference. Members are encouraged to bring a laptop computer and/or bring your own copies of documents, which will be e-mailed to all members prior to the conference.