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Summer Speaker Program for Young Adults Celebrates 29th Year

Chicago, IL (June 29, 2009) – Theology-on-Tap, a speaker and conversation series for people in their 20s and 30s, is being hosted at 41 locations throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago in English, Spanish, and Polish.  Beginning its twenty-ninth year on Sunday, July 12, the program continues to provide the opportunity for young adults, both married and single, to learn more about the Catholic faith, make connections between faith and everyday life, and enter into discussions with their peers.

This four-week, summer program offered Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday  evenings, includes a speaker, conversation and theology, and provides parishes and Catholic Student Centers in the Archdiocese the opportunity to make young adults feel welcome.

There are a number of different ways to participate in Theology-on-Tap, including by location, topic or selected speaker.  Participants can choose one location near their home or work and attend all four sessions at that location, or they are welcome to choose from among the many topics and attend any site where the topic is being addressed. 

On Sunday, August 9, Theology-on-Tap will conclude with a Mass celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, at Madonna della Strada Chapel, located on the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University.  The Mass will be followed by a picnic with music, food and dancing at Halas Field, directly across from the chapel.

Theology-on-Tap began in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1981 and has been hosted by 400 different local parishes with more than 350 speakers having addressed over 33,000 young adults during these summer sessions.  The Diocese of Joliet joined them for the first time during the summer of 1994, the Diocese of Rockford in 1998, the Diocese of Gary, Indiana in 2000, and in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2001.

Theology-on-Tap is sponsored by the Young Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  For details on speakers, topics, locations and the closing picnic on Sunday, August 9, visit or call the Young Adult Ministry Office at 312-466-9473.

Following is a list of parishes and other locations in Chicago and the suburbs that will host Theology-on-Tap this summer:


St. Agnes of Bohemia
2651 S. Central Park Ave., 773-559-4662

St. Ailbe
9015 S. Harper Ave., 773-374-2345

11128 S. Avenue G, 773-592-4186

St. Barbara

2859 S. Throop St., 312-388-1455

St. Barnabas
10134 S. Longwood Dr., 773-779-1166

St. Bartholomew
3601 N. Lavergne, 773-286-7871

Calvert House-The Catholic Center - University of Chicago
5735 S. University Ave., 773-288-2311

St. Clement
642 W. Deming Place, 312-493-2291

St. Daniel the Prophet
6612 W. 54th St., 773-586-1223

St. Gregory the Great
5545 N. Paulina, 773-561-3546

Holy Name Cathedral
730 N. Wabash, 312-573-4478

St. James/IIT
2907 S. Wabash Ave., 312-842-1919 x203

St. Mary of the Lake
4200 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-472-3711

St. Matthias/Ravenswood
2310 W. Ainslie St., 773-330-7445

Old St. Mary's
1500 S. Michigan Ave., 312-922-3444, x29

Old St. Patrick’s
700 W. Adams St., 312-798-2328

Our Lady of Mercy
4432 N. Troy St., 773-588-2620

St. Philip Neri
2132 E. 72nd St., 773-363-1700

Queen of All Saints Basilica
6280 N. Sauganash Ave., 773-736-6060

St. Sylvester
2157 N. Humboldt Blvd., 773-655-7290

St. Vincent de Paul
1010 W. Webster Ave., 773-325-8610


St. Edna
2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., 630-615-8730


Our Lady of Knock
501 163rd St., 708-862-3011

St. Victor
553 Hirsch Ave., 708-756-9752


Marian High School
700 Ashland Ave., 708-756-9752


St. Nicholas
806 Ridge Ave., 773-541-1802

Sheil Center – Northwestern University
2110 Sheridan Rd., 847-328-4648 x15


St. Gilbert
301 E. Belvidere Rd., 847-223-4731


St. James
134 North Ave., 847-433-1494


St. Mary of Vernon
236 Route 45, 847-703-2964


Holy Family
2515 W. Palatine Rd., 847-809-5636


St. Alphonsus
215 E. Logan St.


St. Charles Borromeo
1637 N 37th Ave., 708-296-7835


St. Emily
1400 E. Central Rd.

St. Thomas Becket
1321 N. Burning Bush Ln., 847-827-9220


St. Edmund
188 S. Oak Park Ave., 708-848-4417


St. Francis of Assisi
15050 S. Wolf Rd., 708-590-6652


Dominican University
7900 W. Division St., 708-488-5112


St. Julie Billiart
7399 W. 159th St., 708-429-6767


Holy Family
450 Keller Ave., 847-623-2655


Our Lady of Grace
3005 Condit St., 219-776-6458

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