DR 20

Join Us June 15-18th, 2020 in Halifax Nova Scotia!

What Is DR20?

DR20 will be our largest and most impactful conference yet. Through the theme of unity, we will bring together parishes and followers of Christ from across the globe in Halifax for several days of intensive, hands-on leadership formation and networking. New parishes and parishes that are on the journey of renewal will have the opportunity to come together to share stories of success and struggle.

DR20 will be different in so many ways from previous conferences but one thing will remain the same. It will inspire and equip parishes to be missional and through them bring people to Jesus. 

This conference is for: bishops, pastors, priests, parish and diocesan lay leaders, and passionate leaders from any Christian tradition who want to be part of moving their church from maintenance to mission. ​

Divine Renovation conferences sell out quickly. Please sign up and join us as we seek to answer Jesus’ call to make missionary disciples.

Monday June 15th - Pre-Conference Day

9:00 AM – Mass at Saint Benedict Parish

10:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Saint Benedict Day For New Attendees


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Grow Alpha at Saint Mary’s University

12:15 PM – Mass at Saint Mary’s Basilica

5:15 PM – Mass at Saint Mary’s Basilica

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Divine Renovation Network Member Social

Tuesday June 16th - Day Two

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM – Mass at St Mary’s Basilica

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Plenary Session – Fr James Mallon at Cunard Centre

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch at Cunard Centre

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Workshops at SMU & Cunard Centre

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Workshops at SMU & Cunard Centre

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Plenary Session at Cunard Centre

Wednesday June 17th - Day Three

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Mass at Cunard Centre

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Plenary Session at Cunard Centre

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch at Cunard Centre

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Workshops at SMU & Cunard Centre

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Workshops at SMU & Cunard Centre

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Plenary Session at Cunard Centre

Thursday June 18th - Post-Conference Day

9:00 AM – Mass at Saint Benedict Parish (All are Welcome)

Coffee Social (All are Welcome)

5:15 PM – Mass at Saint Mary’s Basilica

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Beyond the Parish at Saint Benedict Parish


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Run Alpha at Saint Mary’s University

Who Should Come To “Beyond The Parish” – Post Conference Day?

Diocesan Staff, Bishops, and Priests working at the diocesan level are welcome to attend this Diocesan Day. If you’re a leader interested in attending on behalf of your diocese we would recommend discussing with your Bishop first.This is an incredible opportunity for dioceses to come together to learn and explore how they can support the growth and development of mission-focused parishes.

DR20 Workshop Sessions

This year, workshops will be broken into a series of tracks based on where parishes are at in their journey and what their focus might be. Tracks will include:

Getting Started
On The Journey – Developing Leaders
On The Journey – Parish Leadership
On The Journey – Pastors
On The Journey – Staffing
Ministry Minded

Want To Come To DR20? Need a Letter of Invitation for Visas?


Father James Mallon

Father James Mallon

Author, Divine Renovation: From A Maintenance To A Missional Parish

Father James Mallon is the Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although, now former pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, he still is very much a part of this faith community.

Father James is also the author of the best selling book Divine Renovation: From A Maintenance To A Missional Parish, an engaging guide for parishes seeking to cultivate vibrant and dynamic faith communities centred on missionary discipleship. In 2016, Father James also authored the Divine Renovation Guidebook, a step by step manual for transforming a parish.

Dr. Mary Healy

Dr. Mary Healy

Professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Mary Healy is a professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing, and the spiritual life. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy is chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch

Founder of 5Q Collective

Hirsch is the author of 5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ, The Forgotten Ways; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap. (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford): On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson); The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim).

His experience includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized, developing training systems for innovative missional leadership (Forge Mission Training Network), and heading up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination. .

Alan is co-founder and associate faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College (Illinois). He is also adjunct professor at Asbury Seminary, Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, among others, and he teaches frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. He is series editor for Baker Books’ Shapevine series , IVP’s Forge line, and is an associate editor of Leadership Journal.

Alan’s latest book, Reframation: Seeing God, People, and Mission Through Reenchanted Frames, co-written with Mark Nelson, was published in September 2019.

Father Simon Lobo

Father Simon Lobo

Pastor at Saint Benedict Parish

Fr. Simon Lobo is a priest of the Companions of the Cross, ordained in 2009. He worked for three years as the campus minister at Wayne State University in Detroit where he witnessed hundreds of students being evangelized and coming to faith. Over the last several years, he has served in parishes throughout Ottawa. He joined the team at Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, in July 2015 as the associate pastor where he experienced parish renewal and learned about the essential role of leadership. Since 2017, Fr. Simon is the pastor of Saint Benedict Parish, where parish renewal continues to flourish. His first book, Divine Renovation Apprentice, was published in February 2018.

Ron Huntley

Ron Huntley

Director of Coaching | Divine Renovation

Ron Huntley works internationally with church leaders to build passion and get results. Ron’s love for Jesus, people and the church drive him to make a difference in the lives of pastors, priests and ministry leaders everywhere. Ron Huntley and Fr James Mallon worked side-by-side to bring about the divine renovation of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, Canada. Ron has expanded to parishes around the world through international speaking engagements, the divine renovation podcast, and the divine renovation leadership coaching network where Ron coaches and mentors pastors who seek to bring their parishes from maintenance to mission. 

His first book, Unlocking Your Parish: Making Disciples, Raising Up Leaders with Alpha, which he co-wrote with Fr James Mallon, was published in January 2019.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in my registration fee?

Tickets are broken up by exactly what you want and need. Your main ticket will provide you with access to the main conference and as an add-on you can choose things like accomodations, meal plans, and special events such as Grow Alpha or The Day for New Attendees at Saint Benedict Parish.

What days are the conference?

Monday, June 15th is a pre-conference day with activities at Saint Benedict Parish and Saint Mary’s University.

The conference runs June 16-17th, 2020 and are for all parishes and contains a series of talks, workshops and plenary sessions.

Thursday, June 18th is a post-conference day during which we invite you to join us for Mass and a coffee social at Saint Benedict Parish, followed by activities for diocesan leaders and staff. Those that are new to Alpha or those seeking a refresher can join us at Saint Mary’s University from 11:00am – 4:00pm for Run Alpha.

Should I rent a vehicle?

The conference takes place at a variety of locations throughout Halifax, many of which are within a 25-minute walking distance of each other (Saint Mary’s University, Saint Mary’s Basilica, Cunard Centre) while Saint Benedict Parish is accessible by public transit.

For those who do decide to rent vehicles, please be advised that downtown Halifax, for the most part, is primarily paid parking spaces and there may not be parking available directly at these venues.

Where are the best places to rent a vehicle from?

The most convenient place to rent a car is right at the Halifax Airport. Most major international car rental agencies are there.

Where should I stay while in Halifax?

There are a number of hotels near the conference if you choose not to book accommodations through your ticket however we have no specific arrangements with anyone outside of Saint Mary’s University.

What sites or locations should I consider visiting while in Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia is a popular vacation spot in summer months with many sights worth visiting. Check out http://www.destinationhalifax.com and http://www.novascotia.com plan out your visit.

Can I attend Mass at Saint Benedict Parish before or after the conference?

Absolutely! We know many DR20 attendees will want to check out a weekend Mass. Please feel welcome to join us on Saturday or Sunday before the conference or on Thursday morning.

Where can I find regular Mass times for Saint Benedict Parish?

Regular Mass times are posted at: http://www.saintbenedict.ca. At Saint Benedict Parish the different Mass times have different styles.  

Will translation into other languages be provided?

There are no plans for translation at this time.

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

Tickets must be cancelled by March 1, 2020 to receive a refund. Contact us at conference@divinerenovation.net to make any changes.