Conference Speakers

Mr. Kevin Dowd

Anna Maria College
Adjunct Professor of Theology


Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College, working under the advisement of Thomas H. Groome. After graduating from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Kevin volunteered for two years with the Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries center in Garrison, New York. He earned his master’s degree in education from the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College in 2008. He is the third of eight sons from Worcester, Massachusetts, and has taught in Catholic schools in both Massachusetts and New York. His research interests include religion and public education, inter-religious dialogue, and bullying.

Breakout Session III

Connecting This Generation With the Eucharist as the Source and Summit

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” and is the very fabric out of which the Christian life is woven, since it is none other than Christ Himself among us. This workshop takes up the theme of “missionary discipleship”—so clearly put before us by Pope Francis—and hopes to inspire participants, examining and affirming the deep connection between the Eucharist and the EVERYDAY missionary work of the Church. The importance of storytelling and the witness of the saints will guide the presentation. The presenter gives special attention to pedagogy, suggesting ways to make these connections in the lives of our young people, inviting them into the missionary, Eucharistic life of the Church.