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REGISTRATION FOR CONGRESS XII AND HYATT HOTEL RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

HYATT REGENCY ORLANDO | JULY 6-9, 2017

The link to complete hotel reservations is on the confirmation page of the Congress XII online registration form, which is the last page. On the confirmation page, you will see a link that reads 'limited availability', and it is directly beneath the Hyatt logo. Please click the 'limited availability' link to book your hotel rooms.

Join bishops, priests, and your fellow Catholic lay men and women as we listen to dynamic speakers and presenters, and explore strategies for deepening our faith, and evangelizing our brothers and sisters who do not belong to our fold. There will be workshops, and opportunities for individual prayer and sharing your faith with others from all parts of the country.

JULY 2017
6-9
Register for Congress XII and make hotel reservations at the same time.
Hurry, Congress XII will fill up fast!
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Your are invited to participate in a webinar taking place next week through the Catholic Apostolate Center,
On Tuesday, 14 February, 7:30pm, Paula Manchester will be speaking on the history of Black Catholics, and encouraging people to participate in Congress XII in Orlando. 
 
http://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/webinars.html
 
Paula teaches in the online Pastoral Ministry to Black Catholics Certificate Program at Saint Joseph's College, offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
MEET THE CONGRESS XII DIRECTOR OF MUSIC LITURGY:
Tonya Maria Taylor-Dorsey, Pianist/Composer

TONYA DORSEY, a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, is an immensely talented composer who loves helping others. Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Philadelphia, Tonya first demonstrated her talent at the age of eight when her mother noticed her arranging hymns at the piano. As a child, Tonya studied piano under the tutelage of the late Charlotte T. Bell and Vernon Lathan of Settlement Music School. She also studied piano pedagogy at Michigan State University’s College of Music under Debra Moriarty.
     An accomplished pianist and choir director, Tonya has directed the acclaimed Hope Singers of Philadelphia and is credited with creating all of the music for their debut CD recording. She was the guest choral conductor of the annual St. Martin de Porres Mass held at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Tonya was also guest conductor of the Women’s Symposium Choir, an event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and held at the Historic St. Peter Claver Center for Evangelization. She has served as guest conductor to New Spirit Presbyterian Church, and has directed the choirs of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, and Trinity A.M.E. Church, all located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
     Tonya was honored to be a featured composer at Juilliard in New York City where her piece, “Everybody Needs Someone” was performed by famed Juilliard alumni Peter Dugan. On Christmas Eve 2012,”God’s Angel” a song written by Tonya was featured on the front page of The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2008, Tonya’s desire to honor God inspired her to create Tonya Dorsey and New Vision A NJ Nonprofit; this IRS 501(c)(3) foundation serves to honor God by providing scholarships to children in the performing arts. In addition to the foundation, New Vision, the choir, was also created; this group, comprised of talented vocalists, performs music written by Tonya, and has performed at the Cathedral
Basilica for the annual “Mass for the Disabled” and for the annual “Red Mass” held for the Judges and Attorneys of Philadelphia. It was Tonya’s vision to have a group of professional musicians perform and instead of being compensated, all monies would be donated for scholarships that would be awarded to young aspiring performing artists. What started out with one scholarship has quickly increased to over 100 scholarships! Tonya feels blessed to do what she loves and all the while help others.
     In addition to her musical creativity, Tonya is also a published writer of poetry and fiction, and has won several awards for her work in prose. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Currently, Tonya is the Minister of Music at St. Martin De Porres Church in Philadelphia and the Choir Director for the Diocese of Camden Gospel Choir in New Jersey. She is employed with the State of New Jersey where she works as a Grants Manager. For more information about her foundation visit www.TDNVscholarships.org
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