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“CATHOLIC FESTIVAL OF FAITH” KEYNOTE SPEAKERS HIGHLIGHT VITALITY, DIVERSITY OF CHURCH
Major presentations offered in English and Spanish


CHICAGO (January 18, 2006) Catholic bishops and experts in Catholic Church history and family ministry will offer keynote addresses during the Archdiocese of Chicago's Catholic Festival of Faith, to be held February 16-18, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5500 N. River Rd., in Rosemont.

At 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, the festival's opening keynote will be offered by Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S, a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, who since 2003 has served as an auxiliary bishop and episcopal vicar for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In "Water and Spirit: Gift and Call," Bishop Garcia-Siller will speak about the challenges and rewards of dealing with parish issues through open communication and by placing trust in the Holy Spirit.

At 9:15 a.m. on Friday, February 17, the second festival keynote will be offered by Rev. Ted Ross, S.J., assistant professor of church history at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati whose special area of expertise is the Catholic Church in the modern era from 1800 to the present. Fr. Ross, a Jesuit priest, will speak about "Chicago Catholicism: A Conviction that Survived a Hundred Moods!"

On Saturday morning, February 18, two separate keynote addresses will be offered. At 9:15 a.m., Rev. Msgr. James (Jim) Lisante, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, who formerly directed that diocese's Office of Family Ministry and now hosts a television show produced by the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, will speak about "Parish Life: Called to Conversion in the Community Setting." At 9:30 a.m., Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, will speak in Spanish on the topic, “The Challenge of Handing Down the Faith to Future Generations.”

Admissions to any or all of the keynote addresses are complimentary with a paid admission to the Catholic Festival of Faith. Open to Catholics of all ages and to all those interested in the Catholic faith, the three-day Catholic Festival of Faith will offer Catholic liturgies, opportunities for prayer, concerts, keynote speakers and hundreds of workshops. Individuals may register for a single day’s events for $35, or for all three days of the Catholic Festival of Faith for $70.

To read more about the many scheduled offerings at the Catholic Festival of Faith – or to register to attend online -- please visit the official event website at 208.254.146.105 (http://208.254.146.105/). Online registration will be accepted through February 1, 2006.

Additional questions about the Catholic Festival of Faith can be answered via email to _catholicfest@archchicago.org or by phoning the Catholic Festival of Faith office at 312/-8388.

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