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October 17 and 18 at Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont

CHICAGO, IL (October 1, 2008) – The 2008 Chicago Catechetical Conference, Called by Name: Transformed by the Word, will explore new ways to use Sacred Scripture to teach the Word of God to Catholics of all ages on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont . Designed for archdiocesan school principals, directors of religious education, catechists and youth, young adult and adult ministers, t he conference is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry and Office of Catholic Schools.

"We are entrusted with passing on the Word of God and all of our faith traditions, including Holy Scripture, to today's Catholics, as well as to future generations,” said Maruja Sedano, Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. “Those who attend this conference will come away with a first-hand knowledge of how best to do so."

Friday’s keynote address, We are Called: The Word Can Transform Us, will be delivered at 9 a.m. by Rev. Richard Fragomeni, Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, and Associate Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at Catholic Theological Union (CTU). A Spanish-language keynote address, Living the Gospel Requires a Conversion, will be presented at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday by Rev. Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D. of CTU. Kenneth Doran, a national religion consultant with W.H. Sadlier Publishing Company, will address participants on Saturday morning on finding time to reflect with the Word with May I Have a Word With You?

Each day, attendees can take part in three enrichment sessions of their choice from among 55 topics in English, Spanish and Polish. Four English-only Catechist Certification Courses will also be offered over the two days. Mass will be celebrated each morning at 7:15 a.m., and the conference will close with Mass, celebrated by Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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