SAN DIEGO — Catechists in the Diocese of San Diego will have three opportunities to attend the annual “Spring Forward” conference.

Spring Forward is a mid-year catechetical conference sponsored by the diocesan Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry.

Diocesan Chancellor Marioly Galván, who directs that office, described the event as “a day of spiritual renewal, fellowship and community-building” for catechists as they enter the second half of the faith-formation year.

For catechists in San Diego County, “Spring Forward” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Michael Parish’s Holy Family Center in Poway. There is a $25 cost to attend.

The presenter will be nationally-known speaker and author Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy, who has served in Catholic education and diocesan catechetical ministry for decades. This past summer, she retired as director of faith formation for the Diocese of Honolulu.

Mondoy’s presentation, titled “Out of the Ordinary,” was inspired by a quote from Pope Francis: “God is hidden in our life. He is always there; He is concealed in the commonest and most ordinary situations in our life.” Her presentation will expound on this theme by reflecting on three biblical stories involving Jesus’ friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus.

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