November 16 - 18, 2018
Location: The Westin Edmonton - 10135 - 100 Street
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Daniel P. Horan, OFM
ACSTA Welcomes Fr. Daniel Horan
2018 AGM and Convention
- Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY)
- Assistant professor of systematic theology and spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago
- Author of twelve books. Most recently wrote All God’s Creatures: A Theology of Creation
Friday PM: The Foolishness of Christianity (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)
In this presentation, Fr. Dan will lead us in exploring the richly scriptural foundations for understanding the logic and wisdom of God as foolishness in the eyes of the world and consider the ways in which we need to rethink our faith, prayer, and practice.
Saturday AM Session 1: The Radical Call of Baptism (Matthew 5:3-12)
Drawing on the wisdom of Pope Francis in his homilies, addresses, and recent apostolic exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad: On Christian Holiness(2018), Fr. Dan invites us to consider what it means to recognize and embrace our universal call to holiness rooted in the radical call of Baptism.
Saturday AM Session 2: Social Justice: Embracing the Gospel Life(Micah 6:8)
In our contemporary age the term “social justice” has been coopted and complicated by those who wish to water down or ignore the practical dimensions of Christian living. This presentation returns us to the scriptural mandate that calls every believer to become someone who lives the Gospel life by word and deed.
Guest Room Block
The Westin Edmonton 10135 - 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N7
You can reserve rooms by calling 1-800-937-8461. To receive the group rate, delegates must identify themselves as Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) delegates. Both the ACSTA and ASBA blocks are merged for booking purposes so delegates do not need to book 2 rooms in separate blocks. You simply need to ask for the ACSTA block and you will be able to book multiple nights.
As has been the practice, a deposit equal to (1) night room and tax is required at the time of booking in order to secure a reservation. Deposits paid by individuals are refundable if notice is received by The Westin at least 14 days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.
Over Flow Guest Rooms
Chateau Lacombe Hotel 10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, AB Canada T5J 1N7
In the event that the Westin Edmonton block is sold-out, ACSTA has negotiated an open block with the Chateau Lacombe. The Guestroom rate includes: Full hot breakfast and parking for one vehicle.
To book on-line:
Guests may also call the hotel directly 1-800-661-8801 or 780-428-6611, Monday thru Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. and book under the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association AGM & Convention Block Code: 20181116ALB
For Immediate Release (June 6, 2018) Edmonton
St. Albert Trustee Elected as Provincial Catholic Education Leader
The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) Board of Directors held an election this week to replace resigning Board Chair, Adriana LaGrange, who has held the position for the past 2 1/2 years. The ACSTA Board of Directors are delighted to announce that Serena Shaw, Board Chair with Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, has been elected as the new president of the organization providing a seamless transition.
Serena Shaw has been an active and supportive Director on the ACSTA board for the past three years. She has served as Chair for the Advocacy Committee and played an active role in the development of the ACSTA’s Strategic Plan. Shaw is well versed and prepared to engage the government, stakeholders and educational partners. She is an advocate for Catholic education and a faith filled leader committed to her family and her faith stating, “I’m honoured to take on this leadership position; I know it is a pivotal point in Catholic education where our voice, advocacy and leadership will make a difference.” As a strong advocate for collaboration Shaw noted, “I’m looking forward to working with the Bishops, Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association and the Ministry of Education to further the success of Catholic education across the province.”
The Board would like to extend a special thanks to current President, Adriana LaGrange, who will be officially resigning as of June 10th to pursue other endeavors. “LaGrange led the organization with poise, commitment and determination in a time of increasing pressure on Catholic education. Catholic education leadership has been a vocation and her desire to bring Christ to students across Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories has been paramount. She governed with compassion, love, and courage, and her leadership guided the association through legislative changes by working effectively with the Minister, stakeholder associations and the Bishops. “We wish her well in her new endeavors,” commented Executive Director, Dean Sarnecki.
The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association represents Catholic trustees in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon to provide a unified voice for spiritual and political leadership in support of publicly-funded Catholic education.
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