By Tim Bishop
CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s PACE (Pastoral Administration & Collaborative Education) Conference is being touted as a great success by both diocesan officials and by those who attended. Chad Carter, chancellor of the diocese, said more than 150 faithful from parishes, missions and schools attended the conference with clergy and diocesan staff also in attendance. Nearly every office at the diocese was represented at the conference. “I was very pleased,” Carter said, “with how the conference turned out—with the number who attended from all over the diocese and with the interaction that was able to occur. People were visibly very happy and pleased throughout the conference and, according to the comments and evaluations, learned a lot and enjoyed the networking and putting faces with names.” Carter said the conference was also a great opportunity for diocesan staff to hear what’s going well in parishes and where there are struggles. The conference, held at St. John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston, was designed specifically for clergy, parish secretaries, bookkeepers, development directors, directors of religious education and volunteers. During the weekend, diocesan staff presented various sessions relating to the following tracks: Financial Management & Reporting; Marketing & Technology; Development & Mission Advancement; Pastoral & Formational; ParishSOFT & General Administration. Those in attendance also spent time in prayer and worship. One attendee commented, “(The conference) …provided an opportunity to meet and network with those working in parishes throughout the diocese and to meet the diocesan staff. I also benefited personally and professionally from experiencing different types of prayer.” Carter said the conference also allowed officials at the diocese and parishes to share valuable information on a variety of topics. A second PACE conference has already been scheduled for Nov. 9-10. Carter said more information will be made available in the coming months.