Nexus: 10 Years of Empowering Churches and Changing Lives

Nexus: 10 Years of Empowering Churches and Changing Lives

"Living in the world today involves technology; reaching out to people where they are at… being fluent in technology is really important for ministry.”

 – Father David Webb, Nexus 2017 attendee

Nexus 2017 Marks 10 Years of Empowering Churches and Changing Lives
Empowering Churches. Changing lives. A bold mission for a software conference. When Jesus ascended he left three gifts: the Holy Spirit, the Eucharist, his disciples. All three were present at conference. As disciples, when we put our tools, talents, and treasures – including technology – at the service of his mission, are we still surprised when lives are changed and church is built?

Empowering Churches.
Foundational to ParishSOFT, and consequently our Nexus users’ conference, is the church – you. As workshop presenter Lisa Sliker reminded us, “Church is not only the pastor and the people, it is the people for and with the people.” We are the disciples; we are the church. Place tools in the hands of disciples on fire for the mission of making the Gospel known, and creativity and innovation are boundless. But first, tools must be learned and explored, and strength drawn from lived experience and fellowship with each other.

At Nexus, it is the learning in service of ministry, data in service of mission, and people coming alongside each other on the journey that empowers individuals for mission and emboldens change so that we can be effective missionary disciples, for and with each other.

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Select Your Workshops!

Select Your Workshops!

The workshop schedule—complete with class descriptions and presenter profiles—is now available!

View the workshop schedule and, if you’ve already registered for conference, begin selecting your classes!

Please signup for all of your hands-on-training (HOT) workshops by Saturday, October 14. Please note that there is a $35 per registrant fee for all HOT workshops. Payment for the HOT workshops can be made here.

Registration for all other workshops is included if you are attending Nexus. But you also need to signup for all workshop by Saturday, October 14, 2017 for all those you wish to attend. Space is limited so signup for your workshops today!


  • Register for the 2017 ParishSOFT Users’ Conference
  • Look for an email from ParishSOFT containing your username and password to log in to the workshop schedule page. Note: If you do not receive this email within 2-3 business days of registering, please let our team know.
  • Log in to the workshop schedule page using the login information you received.

  • Browse the workshop schedule:
    • You can view the workshops by time slot or by topic. (You’ll see the color coded topics / workshop tracks either in the right sidebar or at the bottom of the webpage.)
    • You can also search for classes by keyword or presenter. (The search field is either in the right sidebar or at the bottom of the webpage.)
    • To read a workshop’s description, click on the workshop title. (Also check to see if it’s geared toward diocesan staff, parish staff, clergy, or all.)
  • Add workshops to your schedule by clicking the circle outlined to the left of the class title. (Once selected, you’ll see a black circle with a white check mark.)
  • Once you have selected a workshop for a time block, you will note that alternative options for that time block are faded out and can no longer be selected.  This assists you in building a schedule where there will be no timing conflicts.

  • Review your schedule by hovering your mouse over your avatar (either your initials or a picture you’ve uploaded) and then clicking “My Sched” in the drop down menu that appears.

Additional Tips

  • To remove a workshop from your schedule, click on the check mark to the left of the workshop title (the check mark should disappear, and you’ll be able to select a different workshop for that time slot.)
  • If you’d like to print a copy of your schedule, click on the round circle in the upper right corner of the webpage. A drop-down menu should appear. Select "My Sched" and you will be taken to a new webpage. Once you are on that webpage, click on the printer icon (circled above in red) to print your schedule.

Happy scheduling!

More than 50 Arch/Dioceses to be represented at Nexus 2017!

We're counting down the days until the users' conference and as registrations continue to roll in, we're counting up the number of arch/dioceses that will be represented this year! Parish and arch/diocesan staff from more than 50 Catholic arch/dioceses will be present at Nexus 2017!

Arch/Dioceses Represented:

Allentown   |   Anchorage   |   Atlanta   |   Baker   |   Baltimore   |   Belleville   |   Bismarck   |   Boston   |   Bridgeport   |   Camden   |   Chicago   |   Colorado Springs   |   Columbus   |   Corpus Christi   |   Denver   |   Des Moines   |   Detroit   |   Dubuque   |   Fairbanks   |   Fargo   |   Fort Wayne / South Bend   |   Galveston-Houston   |   Grand Rapids   |   Great Falls - Billings   |   Hartford   |   Indianapolis   |   Joliet   |   Kansas City - St Joseph   |   Lansing   |   Laredo   |   Lincoln   |   Madison   |   Milwaukee   |   Nassau   |   New Orleans   |   New York   |   Omaha   |   Peoria   |   Pueblo   |   Reno   |   Richmond   |   Rockford   |   Sacramento   |   Salt Lake City   |   San Bernardino   |   San Diego   |   San Jose   |   Santa Fe   |   Sioux Falls   |   Springfield   |   St. Paul-Minneapolis   |   St. Petersburg   |   Steubenville   |   Toledo   |   Trenton   |   Tucson   |   Victoria (CA)   |   Wheeling-Charleston   |   Winona

Early Bird Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who has registered to attend Nexus so far!  We can't wait to see you as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our users' conference!  Those who registered prior to July 15, 2017 were also eligible to win some exciting prizes.  Here are the winners:

Hotel Room During the Conference Winner

Irma Arvizo
Prince of Peace Parish (in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe)
Albuquerque, NM

Golf Package Winner

Patty Sinta
St Hugo of the Hills Parish (in the Archdiocese of Detroit)
BloomField Hills, MI


Congratulations to our early bird contest winners!  

Are you still thinking about registering for this exceptional event? Register here and you can save $126 per registrant, compared to our standard rate, until September 15.  Looking to save money and attend Nexus?  Read some great tips on how you can save your parish or diocese money by registering before September 15. As you plan your trip to this year's users' conference, we have some suggestions on things to do before, during, and after Nexus.  We look forward to seeing in October at our users' conference!

Register for Nexus before September 15 and save

Over the last few months, we have discussed the benefits of attending Nexus. If you missed out on our early bird discount and specials, you can still attend Nexus and save your parish money. Also, if you need help you justify the cost for your parish or diocese and overcome those pesky financial hurdles so you can attend this year’s users’ conference.

1. Register by September 15, 2017
Register for the users’ conference by September 15 for our discounted rate: $479 per registrant. This saves you $126 per registrant compared with our standard rate of $625.

2. Take advantage of our special offer
We have extended our specials until September 15! Register for Nexus and if you pay for three staff members from your organization, the fourth registrant is free! Or, parishes may register one priest for free with just one paid staff registration!

3. Drive instead of flying (if you can)
Is your parish or diocese within a few hours’ drive of Ann Arbor, Michigan? If so, consider driving instead of flying! Not only will you save your church a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on airfare, but also the time with your colleagues is an opportunity for fellowship and will undoubtedly result in bonding. Ask around in your diocese to see if you can carpool with others from nearby parishes or perhaps rent a vehicle and split the expense to cut down on transportation costs.

4. Research and book discounted flights (if you must fly)
If your parish or diocese is too far to drive, fear not. You too can save money on travel costs. Websites such as and are good places to potentially save on your airfare costs.

5. Share a hotel room
A smart way to save money is to consider sharing your hotel room with others from your parish or diocese. Sharing a hotel room can reduce the cost of attending quite substantially. Plus, spending more time with your colleagues will be a fun way to get to know them better outside of work.

6. Review the online resources available for dioceses
Once you have determined how you want to save money, don’t forget to take a look at our resources for dioceses. These resources are useful even if you are a parish. For example, we have included a sample justification worksheet that you can use to educate decision makers as to why attending Nexus is quite simply a smart investment.

7. Make attending Nexus part of a vacation
With so much to do in the area before, during, and after Nexus, have you considering extending your stay? Take a look at our recommended list of things to before, during, and after Nexus.

We can’t wait to see you at Nexus this year! If you have any questions about Nexus, please contact us anytime – we are here to help!