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Blending Faith, Knowledge and Skills to Transform Parishes Since 1984 Saturday, February 18, at Loyola Academy in Wilmette

Chicago, IL (January 24, 2012) – A Conversation with Cardinal George will be one of the major highlights at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Parish Leadership Day on Saturday, February 18, at Loyola Academy, 1100 Laramie Avenue in Wilmette.  Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will directly engage in an informal dialog with Leadership Day participants and will be the celebrant at the Closing Liturgy.  Rev. James G. Gartland, S.J., president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago will be the Keynote Speaker and Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, S.J., president of Loyola Academy, will be the homilist.

Open to all interested parishioners and leaders from around the Archdiocese, along with priests, religious, and parish staffs, Leadership Day will include over 100 workshops given in English, Polish and Spanish, with several workshops of special interest to youth, young adults and the adults who work with them focused on the Year of Teens and Young Adults, the first initiative of the five-year Archdiocesan Strategic Plan, Reflect Christ’s Light.   Other workshop topics include: Leader Formation, Parish Life, Human Concerns, Spiritual Life, Education and Special Workshops for Clergy.  In addition, many workshops will be devoted to the theme, “Discovering Church ‘Apps’ / Tools for Intergenerational Leadership” that will include topics such as Scripture Study via Webinar, Apps and Raps: 21st Century-Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities, and What Would Jesus Facebook?

Parish Leadership Day 2012 is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Councils, Rita Kattner, Director.  Those interested in attending can contact their Parish or the Office for Councils at 312-534-8364, for pre-registration and additional information.  The Parish Leadership Day Brochure and Registration Form can be downloaded from the Office for Councils web page and from the home page of the Archdiocesan website,

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