It is hard to believe that just a few short months ago we were in Alexandria.

The Board of Directors and the Atlanta Planning Team are already hard at work planning for DISC 2016. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see at the conference, please contact one of the Board Members.

Board of Directors

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The entire board of directors and the membership would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to the Diocese of Alexandria for so graciously hosting the 2015 conference and their unending hospitality.

For all who attended this year’s conference it was great to see you. This year it was truly exciting to welcome 21 new attendees, Our goal is to see if we can top that number in 2016.

Our vendors once again require a thank you for their generosity and presence.

And to all those who helped plan the conference, all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and our volunteers a big Thank YOU.

Congratulations to the Archdiocese of Brooklyn, this year’s winner of the Rev. Douglas Tobin award for diocesan vocations.

Hopefully you were able to take the information gleaned from the conference and implemented it in your dioceses.

You can access conference materials by going to and clicking on Access Resources.

Mark Your Calendars
Atlanta 2016

June 23 – 26, 2016

Preconference – June 22, 2016

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

We have started planning the 2016 conference, please consider joining one of the committees: Speakers; Exhibitors; Communications & Marketing; Membership; Hospitality; or Mission Grant, DISC Awards and Board Nominations. To sign up, go to and click on the arrow next to Committees.

Remember: Many Hands Make Light Work.


Board of Directors

Thank you to Rob Schonberger, Allan Ries, Steve Prickett and Shannon Wiggins for your service on the Board.

The board would like to extend a welcome to our newly elected members, Jim Celoni, Christine Dandaraw and Paul Giljum and to Richard Harrold who will be replacing Shannon Wiggins on the Board.


Bishop Pates Mission Grant Award
This year’s Bishop Pates Mission Grant has been awarded to the following recipients:
  • La Sagrada Familia Parish (Archdiocese of Milwaukee) — for establishing three new libraries
  • Miriam House (Diocese of Toledo) — for repaving their driveway

Thank you to all who submitted applications we encourage you to please consider submitting an application again later this year.

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Thank you to all of you who completed the conference surveys. Your feedback from these surveys assists in planning future conferences.

The winners of the $25 Amazon Gift Card for completing the different surveys are:

  • Pre-Conference Survey – Paul Giljum, Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Wednesday Survey – Martin Thompson, Diocese of Steubenville
  • Thursday Survey – Carla Haiar, Diocese of Sioux Falls
  • Friday Survey – Dobrila Radulovic, Archdiocese of Toronto
  • Overall Conference Survey – Kathleen Burton, Diocese of Biloxi

Atlanta Fun Facts

Atlanta is one of two cities in the world to have housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jimmy Carter.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world.

Coca-Cola was invented in Georgia, and is based out of Atlanta.

The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in fast food restaurant.

There are more than 65 streets with the word Peachtree in Atlanta.
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