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CATHOLIC FESTIVAL OF FAITH RETURNS TO CHICAGO
Gathering to Celebrate Faith in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Chicago, IL (June 8, 2009) – The 2009 Catholic Festival of Faith, an opportunity for Catholics to come together to dialog, exchange ideas and strengthen their faith, will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The 2009 Festival of Faith has been revamped and revitalized based on the extensive feedback received from attendees from two prior Festivals that were conducted in 2003 and 2006. The Festival will include a wide-range of practical workshops and sessions for teachers, principals and families including such topics as interventions with families in crisis, sexuality of the body for high school students, connecting schools to parish life, using Catholic School Boards effectively and a retreat for second graders prior to first communion. Also, providing important and topical presentations will be experts on ecology, catechesis and the arts, who will talk about many subjects including journaling, understanding “helicopter” parents, and infusing social teaching into curricula.

Keynote speakers scheduled to appear at the Festival include Chicago native, Most Rev. Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta; Fr. Louis J. Cameli, Cardinal’s Delegate for Faith and Mission, who has authored numerous books on spirituality; Rev. Guillermo Campuzano, C.M, a Vincentian priest from Colombia, currently teaching at DePaul University and advising the Archdiocesan project for Latino young people; R. James Nicholson, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, along with his wife, Suzanne; and ValLimar Jansen, a singer, cantor and recording artist known for her work with Gospel, contemporary Christian and gospel-jazz style music.

Go to www.catholicfest.org for on-line registration or to learn more about the 2009 Catholic Festival of Faith. For additional information call the Catholic Festival of Faith at 312-534-3100 or email decw@archchicago.org.

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