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Targeting Relationships, Faith, Work and Personal Growth

Chicago, IL ( April 19, 2007 ) -O ne of the largest, one-day gatherings of Catholic young adults in the country, targeting people in their 20's and 30's, married and single, will be held on Saturday, April 28, at the Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago. This is the eighteenth year the FOCUS conference, which began in 1987, will be presented by the Archdiocese of Chicago's Young Adult Ministry.

"A special invitation is extended to young adult Catholics who may not be attending Mass every Sunday, and who do not necessarily feel an obligation to register with a particular parish as previous generations did," said Fr. John Cusick, Director of the Young Adult Ministry Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago. "These are the people we're reaching out to, as they represent a changing demographic, and as such are very valuable to the direction of the church in the years to come," Cusick continued.

The event begins with a welcome and opening prayer at 12 p.m. by Kate DeVries, Associate Director of the Archdiocese's Young Adult Ministry, and will be followed by the event's keynote speech, Faith in God, Integrity of Self and Justice for All, by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke. Attendees will then attend two of 25 workshops on relationships, faith, work and personal growth.

Co-sponsored by the Young Adult Ministry Office, Loyola University's Institute for Pastoral Studies, Evoke, Charis Ministries, and Catholic Theological Union's Catholics on Call, the event includes lunch, dinner, the workshop sessions, a 6 p.m. Mass concelebrated by Fr. Cusick and Loyola's Fr. Michael Sparough, and a party from 8:30 until 11 p.m.

For more information, go to or call 312-466-9473.

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