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This Little Light of Mine: Shining Christ's Light, Sunrise to Sunset

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Save the Date for the 2018 Diocesan Conference - Friday and Saturday, September 21-22, 2018.

Entitled This Little Light of Mine: Shining Christ's Light, Sunrise to Sunset, the 2018 Conference will bring to a close our Mutually Shared Vision process. Join us on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, 2018 at the beautiful Treetops Resort in Gaylord and bring your family for a weekend of faith & fun!

The conference will feature internationally renowned singer-songwriter Jesse Manibusan as our emcee and musician for the weekend. Jesse will also present a keynote address focusing on evangelization for all ages on Friday night and a special breakout session on Saturday geared toward teens. Additional speakers and presenters will be announced.

Registration for the conference is not yet open; stay tuned for more information. Treetops Resort is offering special rates and opportunities for conference participants. See below for more details.

Jesse Manibusan announced as Keynote, Emcee

Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Jesse Manibusan has been confirmed as a Keynote Speaker, Emcee, and Musician for the 2018 Diocese of Gaylord Conference, This Little Light of Mine: Shining Christ's Light, Sunrise to Sunset!

Jesse is known as a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist, and evangelizer. He is a familiar presence at national and diocesan conferences throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), World Youth Day, and many others. Bringing his ministry to the faithful full time, Jesse travels the globe to present parish missions, concerts, retreats, keynotes and youth conferences.

Jesse holds a Master's in Multicultural Ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkely, California, and is the author of the beloved anthem "Open My Eyes," from his third album, Power of Peace, which appears in Catholic and Protestant hymnals around the world and has been translated in to many languages. His latest collection, Sing of Mary, is a prayerful homage to the Mother of Jesus. Currently, Jesse resides in Daly City, California and is a volunteer at Good Shepherd Catholic School and Church.

For more information on Jesse and his work, visit www.JesseManibusan.com.

Dr. Tim O'Malley Announced as Keynote, Will Lead Breakouts

Timothy O'Malley, Ph.D., has been confirmed as a Keynote Speaker and Breakout Presenter for the 2018 Diocesan Conference, This Little Light of Mine: Shining Christ's Light, Sunrise to Sunset. Dr. O'Malley is a popular national speaker on many topics, including liturgy, culture, vocation, evangelization, and catechetics. He is currently the director of the Center for Liturgy for the University of Notre Dame, as well as the founding editor of the McGrath Institue's Church Life Journal and the University of Notre Dame's Center for Liturgy's blog Oblation, and has been published in America Magazine and Our Sunday Visitor. Dr. O'Malley has also authored several books, including his most recent, Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life.

Discounted Lodging, Golf Available at Treetops

Treetops Resort in Gaylord is hosting the 2018 Diocesan Conference. We encourage participants to check out the special rates being offered by Treetops for the weekend of the conference. Rooms may be reserved by contacting the resort directly at 1.866.348.5249 and mentioning the 2018 Diocese of Gaylord Conference. Rooms are available from $131.59-$187.59 until Monday, July 23. After this, rooms will be available by a first-come, first-serve basis at current rates. All activities, including the Saturday evening Vigil Mass will take place on Treetops Resort property. A shuttle and childcare is available at the resort.

Golf is also being offered to our group at discounted rates on their award-winning courses. Tee times are offered on a first-come, first serve basis by contacting the resort directly. Rates are the following:

Signature (Golf Digest rated 4 1/2 Stars)

$67 per person before 3:00 p.m.; $50 per person after 3:00 p.m.

Masterpiece (Golf Digest rated 4 1/2 Stars)

$47 per person before 3:00 p.m.; $35 per person after 3:00 p.m.

Premier (Golf Digest rated 4 1/2 Stars)

$47 per person before 3:00 p.m.; $35 per person after 3:00 p.m.

Signature (Golf Digest rated 4 1/2 Stars)

$50 per person before 3:00 p.m.; $25 per person after 3:00 p.m.

Threetops Par-3 Course

$30 per person any time of day