Evangelical Charity Engagement Family Ministry Discipleship Formation Worship Podcast
Wave 2 Family of Parishes Director Formation

Wave 2 Clergy, Mission Direct and Mission Support Directors are encouraged to attend a day of training and formation to explore the new Families of Parishes staffing structures, discover how the Departments of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship and Finance will support your transition to Families, and learn about best practices from our transition to Families in Wave 1.

The formation day will be held at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Thursday, December 1st from 8:30am – 4:15pm. Wave 2 Directors and Clergy are encouraged to come together as a team. Wave 1 Clergy and Directors who missed last year’s session and/or would like to have a refresher are welcome as well!

Don’t miss this opportunity to come together as a team to explore how you can unleash the Gospel through Families of Parishes.

Prior to attending the December 1st session, all Mission Direct and Mission Support Directors should complete the Introduction to Families of Parishes online course available on learn.egwdetroit.org. Click here to access the course.

Click here to register for the December 1st Formation Day!


  • 8:30 Mass, SHMS Chapel, Celebrant Bishop Gerard Battersby
  • 9:30 Welcome, Dr. Marlon De La Torre
  • 9:50 Families of Parishes Overview, Deacon Mike Houghton
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:10 Overview of Mission Direct, EMD Staff
  • 10:55 Break
  • 11:10 Overview of Mission Direct Continued, EMD Staff
  • 11:40 Overview of Mission Support, Finance Staff
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:40 Stories from the Field – Wave 1 Director Testimony
  • 1:10 Overview of Cultural, Deaf and Campus Ministries, EMD Staff
  • 1:50 The Next 7 Months – Plan for Accompaniment
  • 2:00 Panel Q&A
  • 2:30 Families of Parishes Case Studies – Introduction and Small Group Discussion
  • 3:45 Case Study Large Group Discussion
  • 4:15 Closing Prayer