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Graziano & Nancy Marcheschi


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Graziano Marcheschi is the director of the Lay Ministry Formation Program for the Archdiocese of Chicago and director of the Anawim Players, a liturgical performing arts company. As actor and mime involved in liturgical expression, he frequently performs and presents workshops at local and national gatherings on education and ministry. Well known for his work in youth and adult retreats and parish missions, he serves on the faculty of the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University, Chicago, and of Retreats International, University of Notre Dame, and has taught at the Institute for Ministry of Loyola University, New Orleans. His scriptural dramas, poetry, and a dramatic version of the Stations of the Cross are published by GIA Publications. He has authored four volumes of Liturgy Training Publications' Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers and the newly released Scripture at Weddings: Choosing and Proclaiming the Word of God. Graziano's collection of original stories, poetry, and prayers, Wheat and Weeds and the Wolf of Gubbio, was published by Sheed & Ward. With his wife Nancy, he created a major performance-prayer event presented in Phoenix, Arizona, during the 1987 pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II. Born and raised in Italy, Graziano is the father of two daughters and a son.


Nancy Marcheschi performs with and choreographs for the Anawim Players of Chicago. She is a frequent presenter and performer at religious education and ministry conferences across the country, where she offers workshops on the ministry of proclamation and on liturgical dance and drama. Nancy teaches performing arts and is director of children's liturgies at St. Timothy Grade School, and she serves on the faculties of the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University, Chicago, and of Retreats International, University of Notre Dame. She has also taught at the Institute for Ministry of Loyola University, New Orleans. With her husband, Graziano, she has authored four volumes of Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers and Scripture at Weddings: Choosing and Proclaiming the Word of God. Nancy is the mother of two daughters and a son.


Graziano Marcheschi and Nancy Seitz Marcheschi Workshops

Storytelling and the Prophetic Imagination
Whether called upon to criticize the values of the dominant culture or to energize God's people, the prophetic minister most often calls upon storytelling as a means of naming current realities and envisioning a different future. Learn to release the storyteller in you. Develop basic storytelling skills and explore the prophetic dimension of stories from world literature, the stories of Scripture, and especially the stories of our own lives.


Graziano Marcheschi Workshops

Storytelling for Ordinary Time:
The Storyteller's Art and the Proclamation of Scripture

Some of the most imaginative and powerful stories in all literature are part of the readings we proclaim from the Lectionary. To proclaim them well requires the storyteller's craft. We will discuss some of the how-to's of good storytelling and apply them to the proclamation of Scripture: knowing the story (the whole story), establishing setting, creating characters, enlivening dialogue, and enhancing plot and character development. In addition to basic lectoring skills, we'll also look at how Scripture can be dramatized and danced. Come ready to watch and participate! (Presented by both Graziano and Nancy.)


Improvisation and Performing Arts as Tools for Youth Ministry
Come prepared to participate and enjoy! Hands on experience will help us discover how improvisational techniques and theater games can aid group interaction and stimulate personal awareness and development. We will explore warm-ups, icebreakers, group-building games, and role-playing as means of mining adolescents' creativity and building faith communities based on trust.


Scripture Alive:
Telling the Story with Drama, Dance, and Mime

Scripture comes to life when proclaimed with imagination. Religious educators can bring to the task of proclamation energy, joy, and life-giving imagination. This workshop will focus on how drama, movement, and storytelling can be used at any educational level (in worship or the classroom) to proclaim and study Scripture. Scripting and staging techniques will be explored. Watch or participate. Either way you'll experience resources that will make your work with Scripture more fun and fulfilling for you and your students. (Presented by both Graziano and Nancy.)


Imagination, Meditation, and Inner Healing
Life's inevitable hurts do scar us and can impede our spiritual and psychological development. If one is to grow, a way must be found to remove obstacles, correct false impressions, and provide new images of the self and one's history. Guided meditation and healing of memories are efforts to minister to our history-to transform life's hurts and even see them as gifts. This workshop will explore guided meditation techniques and discuss the Healing of Memories as developed in the work of Matthew and Dennis Linn, SJ.


Nancy Seitz Marcheschi Workshops

Scripture Alive:
Telling the Story with Drama, Dance, and Mime

Scripture comes to life when proclaimed with imagination. Religious educators can bring to the task of proclamation energy, joy, and life-giving imagination. This workshop will focus on how drama, movement, and storytelling can be used at any educational level (in worship or the classroom) to proclaim and study Scripture. Scripting and staging techniques will be explored. Watch or participate. Either way you'll experience resources that will make your work with Scripture more fun and fulfilling for you and your students.


Prayer and the Performing Arts
Come experience the power of the performing arts to breathe new life into processions, hymns, proclamation, and ritual. Participants will actively engage in liturgical dance, gesture, drama, and song while suggestions for memorable celebrations with children, youth, and adults are shared.


Liturgical Dance:
Prayer and Celebration for Communities of All Ages

Learn while you experience the exuberance of this prayer form as you participate in gesture, improvisation, and processional and interpretive dance. Nancy will address questions of how, when, and where liturgical dance is most effective. Whether experienced or a beginner, you'll learn to create dances and gesture prayers appropriate for liturgy and classroom.


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