2009 Convention

"A Search for Knowledge of the Love of God"
June 25-28 at Our Lady of Holy Cross College

New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Chapter hosted the 39th biennial National Convention of Kappa Gamma Pi!

Highlights of the Convention

Documentary: The Human Experience

The New Orleans chapter was excited to share a viewing of a very special documentary, "The Human Experience!" This film was produced by Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, NY and has won several awards, including Best Humanitarian Film at the Sedona International Film Festival. It follows the journey of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of answers to the big questions in life. Their journey takes them to such places and people as the homeless in New York City, orphans and disabled children in Peru, and abandoned lepers in Ghana. What they learn from their experiences changes them forever. The producer, director, and one of the film's actors will be on hand to answer questions afterwards. To read more about this film, check out their website: www.grassrootsfilms.com/thehumanexperience

Speakers

Dr. Christopher Baglow
Chair of the Theology and Fine Arts Divisions at Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

Dr. Baglow recieved his B.A. in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, and a M.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas, TX. He received his Ph.D. in Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. His dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas was published in 2002 by the Analecta Biblica Series of the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Dr. Baglow has published many articles and lectured widely, and is currently working on two religious textbooks.

Sr. Marjorie Herbert, MSC
Marianite of Holy Cross College.

A native of New Orleans, Sr. Marjorie has served 48 years in religious life and lives in a Marianite community. She has a M. Ed. in Administration and Supervision and a B.S. in Education. She has served 25 years in Catholic schools, 10 years in Leadership services for her congregation, 13 years as CEO of Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center, and most recently has returned to her service in education by becoming Executive Associate to the President of Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Click on one of the links below to read about her presentation at the convention:

Cory Hayes

Belief Under Assault: Scientific Atheism vs. Faith and Science

Events

The News Orleans Chapter planned many fun activities, starting with a welcome social and buffet supper on Thursday evening. Friday afternoon brought a choice of sightseeing activities, including:

  • New Orleans Swamp Tours- Jean Lafitte Swamp Boats
  • New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Bus Tour: “America’s Greatest Catastrophe”
  • New Orleans Super City Bus Tour: “The City that Care Forgot”
  • Audubon Nature Institute: Celebrating the Wonders of Nature
  • Oak Alley Plantation Tour

On Friday evening, Kappas experienced the Natchez Steamboat Jazz Cruise on the Mississippi. Throughout the two hour cruise, guests were serenaded by the music that made New Orleans famous and that spread across America courtesy of the steamboat trade. Seating was available indoors and on deck for the very best views of the Mississippi River and the City of New Orleans. A delicious New Orleans Buffet was served in the 19th century Victoria Style Dining Room, complete with southern hospitality!

The weekend culminated with the Convention Banquet on Saturday evening.

Election of New Officers

At the National Business Meeting, delegates from Kappa elected new officers, as well as added a new national service project to focus on earth renewal! Details can be found in the links below:

Awards and Scholarships

At the Convention, the 2009 Faith and Service award was presented, and the 2009 Cornaro Scholar winners were also announced! To read about the Cornaro winners, click on one of the links below:

2009 Convention Files