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The ParishSOFT Users' Conference


Nexus is the conference for ParishSOFT users! Each year, parish and diocesan staff from across the United States and beyond gather for our annual users' conference. Attendees learn about new technology, gain in-depth knowledge of ParishSOFT software, and are re-energized for their ministry. This year ParishSOFT celebrates 10 years of users' conferences and Empowering Churches. Changing Lives.

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The ParishSOFT Users' Conference


Nexus is the conference for ParishSOFT users! Each year, parish and diocesan staff from across the United States and beyond gather for our annual users' conference. Attendees learn about new technology, gain in-depth knowledge of ParishSOFT software, and are re-energized for their ministry. This year ParishSOFT celebrates 10 years of users' conferences and Empowering Churches. Changing Lives.

Nexus 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

We'll be celebrating 10 years of users' conferences. What an adventure it has been! We've traveled around the country--Baltimore, St. Petersburg, Salt Lake City, St. Paul-Minneapolis, and Atlanta, to name a few locations--and we've watched our workshops, keynotes, and networking opportunities increase as attendees multiply from year to year!

We can't wait to gather with you again for the 10th ParishSOFT users' conference. Please join us in our hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a very special conference!

October 22-25, 2017

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
Ypsilanti, Michigan


Registration and Rates

Registration is open! As you plan Nexus into your 2017 parish/diocesan budget, note our rates and special discounts:

  • Early Bird Rate: $479 per registrant (Expired July 15)
  • Discounted Rate: $499 per registrant (Expires September 15)
    Special discounts (still available until September 15): Register three staff members and bring the fourth for free or bring one parish priest for free with only one paid staff registration
  • Standard Rate: $625 per registrant (Registration closes October 15)

Rooms at the conference hotel can be booked for $150 per night until our block fills. Attendees may use this link to book rooms at the discounted rate until September 29, 2017.

SUBSCRIBE TO STAY TUNED FOR 2017 CONFERENCE PLANS!

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Top Reasons to Attend


Top Reasons to Attend


Top Reasons to Attend Conference

Learn about Technology

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Attend your pick of 70+ workshops. These classes are taught by qualified ParishSOFT staff and knowledgeable diocesan and parish users. Whatever your role at your parish or diocese—from administration, to bookkeeping, to ministry, to IT (and everything in between!)—there will be sessions geared for you!

 
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Master Your Software

Many of our workshops focus on specific ParishSOFT products. Optimize your software use, train new staff members, and see what's new from ParishSOFT. We also offer the popular Hands-on Training classes where we provide the laptops and allow you to interact with software during the training session.

 
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Network with Other Users

In 2016, more than 60 dioceses were represented by parish or diocesan staff at our users' conference. Nexus is a great place to connect with Catholics like you from dioceses and parishes across the country. Talk with each other, and learn what's working in other dioceses and parishes.

 

Rejuvenate with Fellow Staff

Think of Nexus as a special time away from the office where you can not only gain knowledge and skills, but also find spiritual refreshment. Keynote sessions and daily masses allow time for reflection and a chance rekindle your love for what you do and your fervor for serving the Church.

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Nexus: Empowering Churches. Changing Lives.


Nexus: Empowering Churches. Changing Lives.


Nexus: Empowering Churches. Changing Lives.

A nexus is a connection or a link and implies a meeting point that’s not static…. It’s a union of two things with a common interest or focus. There’s energy in a nexus. The purpose of this nexus is to empower churches and by doing so change lives! The Church, with the power of the Holy Spirit, working through the best and most powerful tools humankind has to offer, can truly achieve great things.

At Nexus, ParishSOFT users will experience more than just a showcase of products and training events. Our goal is for parish and diocesan staff—from bookkeepers, to administrative assistants, to priests, to diocesan CFOs—to engage with tool, resources, and each other in ways that will energize their work, their ministry, and the Church.

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What Registration Includes


What Registration Includes


What Nexus 2017 Registration Includes

Each year, we work hard to keep conference affordable for parish and diocesan staff. Below is a description of what your registration fee will cover. A parish priest can register for free with one paid staff member from the same parish.

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Workshops & Training

We’ve created workshops with specific staff roles in mind. Whether you’re a bookkeeper, business manager, events coordinator, minister, diocesan-parish liaison… (you get the idea!) or many of the above, there will be great workshops designed just for you. There are 70+ unique workshops to choose from, and classes cover a wide range of topics represented by these tracks:

  • Accounting
  • Diocesan Focused
  • Engagement
  • Hands-On Training*
  • Parish Best Practices
  • Parish Software Applications
  • Priests
  • Technology

*Hands-on Training classes cost $35 per session, but they offer great value! In a 2-hour session, attendees receive training from ParishSOFT staff. Class size is limited, and trainees use ParishSOFT laptops for hands-on product training.

 
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Keynote Sessions

Each year, we carefully choose keynotes with thought-provoking and inspiring presentations. Stay tuned to find out who the 2017 keynotes will be! You can also take a look at some of our past speakers

 

Daily Masses

At the users' conference, we celebrate Mass daily, as we focus each day on Christ and the sacraments. Over the years, we've enjoyed many beautiful moments together as we hear the Word and share in the Eucharist with one another.

 

Access to ParishSOFT Staff

Stop by our support and sales booths during Nexus. We’ll be glad to help you troubleshoot issues, show you new solutions, and take your suggestions for features and enhancements that you would like to see.

 

Meals

Your registration fee covers the following meals:

  • Sunday evening reception
  • Monday breakfast, lunch, and evening reception
  • Tuesday breakfast and lunch
  • Wednesday breakfast and lunch

Other Expenses to Consider

When estimating your costs for attending, you may need to factor in these additional expenses:

  • Transportation - If you’re not within driving distance, we recommend flying into the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
    (DTW). Make sure to plan your route from the airport to the hotel. 
  • Hotel - We’ve negotiated a special rate for our attendees of $150 a night at the conference hotel, Ann Arbor Marriott Hotel at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Click here to book you room for the discounted rate.* Please book your room soon! The rate is only good through September 29 or until our block fills up.
  • Additional Meals - For the meals that aren’t provided during the conference, consider gathering with other attendees and exploring the many dining options in the Ann Arbor area!

* Please note: To arrange hotel check-in prior to October 22 or to check-out after October 25, please call the hotel directly to make your reservation. (The hotel's online form does not allow you to  arrange to check-in before October 22 or to check-out after October 25.)