I am working on a story where the main character A is a transitional deacon in a Catholic parish in New York City. (He has completed the seminary studies already, just hasn't been ordained a priest yet.)
Now, A knows character B from their seminary days together. They were pretty good friends but haven't seen each other since they left the seminary. The current plot is that A attends a church conference in another city, which B's church is hosting. (B can be a priest or a deacon, doesn't matter.) SOMEHOW (I don't know how yet) A is asked by B's parish to stay there for a few days after the conference ends. And when he does return to his own parish, SOMEHOW (again) B comes back with him for the purpose of visiting.
1. What kind of conferences exist for Catholic church parishes in America? What goes on there?
2. What kind of "official" business can A be conducting in the scenario listed above to stay in another city?
3. What kind of "official" business can B get sent on to visit A's parish?
Any help/insight would be greatly appreciated! :D