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Archdiocesan Parish Leadership Day Set
Called to Serve: Co-Workers in the Vineyard

Chicago, IL (January 11, 2007)—Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I, Archbishop of Chicago will be in attendance the 2007 Archdiocese of Chicago Parish Leadership Day that will take place on Saturday, February 17 from 7:45 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave., Chicago.

“This year’s theme, Called to Serve: Co-Workers in the Vineyard, will center on ways the laity, clergy, religious and pastoral staff can join together and best serve our neighbors and live the Gospel,” said Rita Kattner, Director of the Archdiocese’s Office for Councils, whose office is sponsoring this event.

The day will begin with an English-language keynote address at 8:45 a.m. by Most Rev. Joseph A. Galante, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Camden, NJ. (Galante will also deliver his keynote in Spanish at 10:15 a.m.) Following the address, attendees can participate in the first of three, 75-minute workshop sessions scheduled for the morning and afternoon.

There will be over 100 small-group presentations designed for the exchange of ideas and resources to help church leaders meet the needs of the faithful at their parishes, and include sessions on evangelization, education, formation and stewardship. New this year will be workshops on ethnic diversity, interactive outreach and best practices for parish database use.

Cardinal George will speak with attendees during the 80-minute lunch break that begins at 11:40 a.m. The Cardinal will also serve as the main celebrant at a special, closing liturgy at 4:15 p.m. that will include a homily by Fr. John Cusick, Director of the Archdiocese’s Young Adult Ministry.

Those interested in attending are asked to pre-register using materials recently sent to pastors and parish council leaders throughout the Archdiocese. Information can also be found via the Leadership Day link on the Archdiocesan home page at or by contacting Kattner at (312) -8364.

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