Building a Home Field Advantage

Adult Formation Conference



Great teams know what it means to have a “home field advantage.” We will build ours by strengthening the pillars of our community – Hospitality, Liturgy, Stewardship, Social Justice, and Formation – through engaging talks and workshops. Don’t miss this half day conference as, together, we continue building a home field advantage.


March 11, 2017
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
FREE Lunch Included!


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Online Registration Closed

Workshops (Session 1)

Home Field Advantage Joel Stepanek


Building a Home Field Advantage

Great teams know what it means to have a “home field advantage.” While we can’t always control the context for evangelization in our day to day situations, we can control it when someone walks through our parish doors. This workshop challenges participants to evaluate their hospitality, prayer, and evangelization practices whether they are serving in a ministry or just sitting in the pew.

Joel Stepanek
 has been actively and passionately involved in ministry for over ten years. What began as a simple internship in a parish youth ministry office evolved into an incredible adventure that led him on numerous middle school lock-ins, high school retreats, parish missions, and ultimately to meet his wife, Colleen. Joel is the Director of Resource Development for Life Teen International where he creates engaging youth ministry resources for middle and high school students. Joel is a sought after speaker who has traveled across the world speaking to teenagers and young adults. Joel is the author of two books, “True North: A Roadmap for Discernment” and “The Greatest Job on Earth: The Seven Virtues of an Awesome Youth Minister.” He received his Master’s degree in religious education with an emphasis in youth and young adult ministry from Fordham University in New York City. Joel loves cooking, weightlifting, and spending time with his wife and two children, Elijah Daniel and Sophia Grace.

3 Clicks and You’re Out!  Brad Snyder


The Plurals Generation: How they use media & what that means to the adults who care about them.

Did you know that the current generation of kids is called “Plurals”?  Did you know that they are “digital natives”?  Do you know what it means to be a “digital native”?  This session answers these questions and shares new data about the Plurals generation, how they use digital tools to experience the world, and what this information means to those of us who want to craft strategies to protect kids as they grow to fulfillment.

R. Brad Snyder
explains children to adults and to clients ranging from the U.S. Justice Department to Cartoon Network. Experts describe Brad’s parenting book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids, as an “urgent ‘must-read.’” Titles from his What Every Child Needs To Know children’s book series (…About Elvis Presley, …About Cancer, …About Punk Rock, …About The Economy, …About Pizza and …About Coffee), which he coauthors with Dr. Marc Engelsgjerd to explain adults to children, have received numerous accolades, including being a “staff pick” at the Museum of Modern Art bookstore in New York City.

Back to the Fundamentals (Part 1)  Fr. Eric Tellez


Catholicism 101

This lively, fun and interactive workshop with Fr. Eric and Tricia Hoyt will share some of the most interesting and least understood aspects of our faith. – This workshop will be continued in session 2. It is recommended that you attend both parts when selecting this workshop. 

Fr. Eric Tellez is the pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Community and Special Teams coach for Sunnyslope High School.

Double-Play Scott Bagshaw & Kevin McGloin


Faith Development & Parenting

The research is in; Jesus is good for your kid!  Look at any area of development of children and when Jesus and the Church are involved in a child’s life they do better in all aspects of their lives. This session will explore the aspects of why young people need to be involved in the Catholic Church and the importance of faith formation in their lives.

Scott Bagshaw
is the Coordinator of Life Teen at St. Patrick Catholic Community and has been involved in youth ministry since 1996.  Scott speaks around the world on aspects of faith formation with high school teens.  His is the founder of College Life Ministry and the Phoenix Area Contact for Life Teen International.  Scott is married to Jill and they have three children.

Kevin McGloin
is the Director of Liturgy & Youth Ministry at St. Patrick Catholic Community. Involved in youth ministry for over 30 years, Kevin is the creator of The Edge Middle School Ministry which is now in over 1000 parishes around the world.  He has written several books on Liturgy, Advent/Christmas and Lent/Triduum /Easter. Kevin worked in education for over 20 year, primarily as a guidance counselor in the Scottsdale School District.  Kevin is married to Lynn.

1 Yard at a Time Tricia Hoyt

12 Step Discipleship

This workshop will explore ways in which the 12 steps, which are rooted in Ignatius spirituality, can help you live out more fully Jesus’ great command of loving God and loving neighbor.

Tricia Hoyt serves as Director of Evangelization, Family Ministry and Adult Formation at St. Patrick Catholic Community. She is a biblical scholar and consultant in leadership development, and has worked for the Diocese of Phoenix for almost 30 years.

Workshops (Session 2)

3 Clicks and You’re Out! Brad Snyder

Back to the Fundamentals (Part 2) Fr. Eric Tellez & Tricia Hoyt –This workshop is a continuation of session 1. It is recommended that you attend both parts when selecting this workshop.

Double-Play Kevin McGloin & Scott Bagshaw

Information for these three workshops found in session 1.

Caught in a Pickle Gerry Blakeman

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The Sandwich Generation: Supporting Your Grown Children & Parents.

This workshop will explore the “Sandwich Generation” research and discuss the stresses and blessings we encounter at this time of our lives.  We will also explore resources and coping strategies.

Gerry Blakeman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice, a former staff member of St. Patrick Catholic Community and currently assisting the parish with the Marriage Preparation coordination. Gerry and Ken have been married for 47 years and have 3 grown children, all married with children. Ken’s father, who had Alzheimer’s Disease passed away in the past 10 years and Gerry’s mom is now living in Scottsdale.

MVPope Cathy Olds


Pope Francis’s Focus on Social Justice

Pope Francis reminds us that the goal of Christian faith is to be holy, and the way to holiness is through a merciful heart, open to God and the world. This workshop will celebrate the gift we have in this pope and explore his unique approach to proclaiming the Gospel.  We will discuss some of his writings and discover what this humble leader asks of us as we walk with him in this Church of Mercy.

Cathy Olds is the Coordinator of Social Justice and Outreach Ministry for St. Patrick Catholic Community.

Hail Mary Pass Paul Hillebrand & Mary Permoda


Prayer Leads You Home

How do we live our  life where prayer is more than the last resort? Come and learn how we can make each day into a life of prayer.  Through experiencing different forms of prayer, we will seek to nurture the practice of private and communal prayer. Come ready to pray!

Paul Hillebrand has been involved in Liturgical music ministry for the past 40 years.  For the past 15 years he has been the Director of Music at St Patrick Catholic Community. For 15 years before that he was Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. Paul leads prayer concerts, workshops and retreats throughout the U.S.  and Internationally. He has done many workshops and showcases of new music from Oregon Catholic Press and World Library Publications where his music is published. For more information about Paul and his collections of music, visit,

Mary Permoda has served in ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix since 1985. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Theology.  Currently she sits on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities Community Services in Phoenix and is the Director of Pastoral Activities at St. Patrick Catholic Community.