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Catholics On Call Young Adult Conference 2011


STARTS: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 12:00 AM
ENDS: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM

5401 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL 60615 (see map)

Every summer, Catholics On Call hosts an annual four-day program at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. This experience is designed for women and men (ages 18 to 30) who may be thinking about a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest, and those who are undecided and want guidance in determining how God is calling them.

  • Pray together, share your stories, dreams, and concerns, and enjoy the company of like-minded young adults.
  • Hear nationally-known speakers offer insights about how to listen to God’s call in our lives.
  • Meet outstanding church ministers who share the stories of their service and how they came to hear God’s call.
  • Learn discernment skills and different styles of prayer.

The summer program provides a relaxed, comfortable environment for your personal discernment. It won’t be an experience of recruitment to any church group or community. Rather, it is a chance to listen to the voice of God, as God speaks within you and through others.


Speakers and Topics at the 2011 Conference:

"A Spirituality of Call"
Don Senior, CP
CTU President, member of the Vatican Biblical Commission, author

"Foundations and Dynamics of Prayer"
Robin Ryan, CP
Founding Director of Catholics On Call, Vice-Provincial

"Vocation Panel"
Sheila McLaughlin, Director of the Cardinal Bernardin Center, CTU
Sr. Charlene Diorka, SSJ, Associate Director of NRVC (National Religious Vocation Conference)
Fr. Freddy Washington, C.S.Sp., Pastor at St. Ambrose Church, Chicago

"What is Discernment and How Does It Happen?"
Bishop Robert Morneau
Auxiliary Bishop of Greenbay, lecturer, retreat director, author

“Healthy Human Sexuality”
Terry Nelson-Johnson
Director of Adult Faith Formation at Old St. Patrick's Church, Chicago

"Formation Panel"
Angie Appleby-Purcell, Director of the Pastoral Leadership Practicum, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Br. Chris Meyer, OFM, graduate student at Catholic Theological Union and professed Franciscan friar with the Province of Saint John the Baptist, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Beth White, M.A. in Theology, Director of Marketing and Communications at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

$100 (negotiable)
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Application Deadline
Extended to July 4, 2011