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Saturday, February 23, at Mother McAuley High School

CHICAGO, IL (February 7, 2013) Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will engage in an informal dialog with participants during the lunch period, conduct a workshop on evangelization and serve as the main celebrant at the closing Liturgy during Parish Leadership Day on Saturday, February 23, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 West 99th Street in Chicago.

The focus of the day, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Year of Sunday Mass and the Year of Faith for the universal Church, is Encountering the Living Christ in the Eucharist: We Gather, Share, Worship and Are Sent.

Open to all interested parishioners and lay leaders from around the Archdiocese, along with priests, religious, and parish staffs, Leadership Day will include over 100 workshops given in English, Spanish and Polish.

"Sunday Mass: Centerpiece of the Year of Faith" is the topic of keynote speaker David B. Currie, a research fellow with the Saint Paul Center in Steubenville, Ohio and the author of three books, including Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic (Ignatius Press, 1996).  Fr. Marco Mercado, Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Hispanic Catholics, will deliver a second keynote address in Spanish.

The homilist at the closing Liturgy will be Rev. Ron Lewinski, pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Mundelein.  Fr. Lewinski, author of Welcoming the New Catholic, A Guide for Sponsors, and Making Parish Policy, is widely respected as a teacher and pastor who effectively brings together liturgy and catechesis, theology and pastoral life.

More information about Parish Leadership Day 2013 is available from the Archdiocesan Office for Councils at 312-534-8364.  The Parish Leadership Day brochure and registration forms are available on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website,

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