2017 Convention Program

Catholic Cemetery Conference 68th Annual Convention & Exposition
Summerlin, Nevada
September 18 – 22, 2017
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Convention Center

May the God of Hope Fill Us with Joy!

Isaiah 48:21 – “They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts. He made the water flow out of the rock for them. He split the rock and water gushed forth.”

Our cities, towns and countrysides are full of so many man-made things. Some good, some not so good. In the middle of it all, the Catholic Cemetery sits as a reminder that there is something more. Something that cannot be made by us. Something greater than ourselves.

The Catholic Cemetery is like an oasis in the desert, saying, “No matter how hard life has become, no matter what we have done, no matter how far we have traveled in life, there is still more.” The Catholic Cemetery cries out that there is hope! The Catholic Cemetery says, “Here lie the believers, they shall not perish! God loves them so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pave the way!”

In that spirit, we invite you to come and follow your faith into the desert and quench your thirst for knowledge and spiritual rejuvenation, for kinship and inspiration, and for a renewed commitment to evangelizing the faithful who entrust their loved ones to our care. Find all this and more at this year’s 68th Annual Catholic Cemetery Conference Convention and Exposition.

2017 CCC Convention & Exposition Program Brochure

2017 CCC Golf Tournament

Preliminary schedule; subject to change

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
8:00 am Golf – TPC Las Vegas Golf Club
9:00 am Registration
3:00 pm Committee Meetings
4:30 pm First Timers’ Champagne Reception (by invitation only)
5:15 pm Prayer Service
7:30 pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Grand Opening of Exhibition & Reception
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
6:30 am Sunrise Walk
7:15 am –
7:45 am
7:45 am Vesting
8:00 am –
9:00 am
Eucharistic Celebration:
Celebrant: TBD
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
10:00 am


Opening Session:
Welcome from Diocese of Las Vegas (TBD)
President’s Address
10:30 am Keynote: “Affirm, Challenge, Confirm”
Speaker: Mike Patin, “Faith Horticulturist”
12:00 pm –
1:15 pm
Eucharistic Adoration
12:00 pm Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 pm


General Session: “Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others”
Speaker: Mike Patin, “Faith Horticulturist”
2:45 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm General Session: “Success Tomorrow Begins with Outreach Today”
Speaker: Don Schindler, “The Marketing Mechanic”
5:00 pm -7:00 pm Reception: Sponsored by CCC & IMSA
Light Fare: Carving Stations and Hors D’oeuvres
Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:30 am Sunrise Walk
7:15 am –
7:45 am
7:45 am Vesting
8:00 am –
9:00 am
Mass of Remembrance:
Presider: TBD
Memorial Rose Commemoration for
Deceased Members (September 2016 through August 2017)
9:00 am Registration
9:00 am Breakfast with Exhibitors
10:30 am General Session: “The Wheel of Wisdom”
12:00 pm –
1:15 pm
Eucharistic Adoration
12:00 pm Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 pm –
2:30 pm
General Session: “Five Disciplines for Creating and Maintaining a Successful Sales Organization”
Speaker: Gary O’Sullivan, CCFE “Sales Guru”
2:45 pm –
3:45 pm
General Session: “Leadership Roundtable Discussion / Refreshment Break”
Question & Answer Session on all Things Sales.
Speaker: Gary O’Sullivan, CCFE “Sales Guru”
4:00 pm CCC Membership Meeting
4:15 pm Diocesan Delegates Meeting
Open to CCC members to audit without voice or vote
Friday, September 22, 2017
6:30 am Sunrise Walk
8:00 am Breakfast & CCC Convention Experience Survey
9:00 am Registration
9:00 am


General Session: “Cemetery Investment and Loan Strategies and
How to Speak ‘Diocesan CFO’”
Speaker: Thomas P. Duffy, “Investment Strategist”
10:30 am Coffee Break
10:45 am General Session: “Embracing the Changing Consumer”
Speaker: Michael Saletta, “Master Trainer”
12:00 pm-
1:15 pm
Eucharistic Adoration
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm-
2:15 pm
General Session: “Don’t Blame Cremation for Ruining Your Ministry”
Speakers: Barbara Kemmis, Executive Director, Cremation Association of North America
Kathleen Berry, Kathleen M. Berry & Associates, LLC
2:30 pm Coffee Break
2:40 pm –
4:00 pm
General Session: “Cemetery Legal Issues, Trends and their Ramifications” Speaker: Poul Lemasters, Esq., “Legal Extraordinaire”
4:45 pm Vesting
5:00 pm –
6:00 pm
Eucharistic Celebration
Presider: TBD
6:00 pm




Banquet & Awards:
Installation of New Director
25 Year Recipients
CCCE Designations
CCCE Recertification
CCC Closing Celebration Party

 Overview of Convention:
7.75 hours of prayer and reflection; Confession and Eucharistic celebrations
12.25 hours of educational content
13.00 hours of supplier interaction and exhibition
15.25 hours of member networking, physical and spiritual development and team building
5.50 hours of Conference Business