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Saturday, February 22 at Guerin College Prep

CHICAGO, IL (February 3, 2014) Parish Leadership Day 2014 will be held on Saturday, February 22, at Guerin College Prep, 8001 West Belmont Avenue in River Grove. Leadership Day includes almost 70 workshops on issues pertaining to parish life. The event is open to all interested parishioners and lay leaders from around the Archdiocese, along with priests, religious, and parish staffs. For the first time ever, registration is available online at

The theme of the day, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan’s focus on the Year of Strong Catholic Parents, is Families Fostering Faith, Prayer and Service.   

Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the 4:15 p.m. closing Mass, and Rev. Matt Foley, pastor of St. James Parish in Arlington Heights will be the homilist.  Fr. Foley served as a U.S. Army Chaplain and spent about 27 months in four deployments to Afghanistan during his time as chaplain.

"Grace Before Meals – Families Fostering Faith, Prayer and Service" is the topic of keynote speaker Rev. Leo Patalinghug, a parish priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and host of Grace Before Meals, an apostolate to strengthen families and communities around the dinner table. Rev. James G. Gartland, S.J., rector of the Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community in Boston, will also deliver a keynote address in Spanish on the importance of family.

Other keynote speakers include Rev. Guillermo Campuzano, Priest Chaplain and professor at DePaul University in Chicago. Fr. Campuzano will speak about the challenges of the Catholic Church in an always-changing world. He will pay special attention to the role of families in the evangelization process. Rev. Manny Dorantes, the Director of Public Engagement at St. Joseph College Seminary, will also be a speaker at Leadership Day. Fr. Dorantes will discuss the challenges and blessings of using social networking. In conjunction with this topic, Clarissa Aljentera, from the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, will speak about ways to discover the potential of social media for parishes.

More information about Parish Leadership Day 2014 is available from the Archdiocesan Office for Parish Life & Formation at 312-534-5296. The Parish Leadership Day brochure and registration forms are available on the Parish Leadership Day website, Registration closes on February 13.

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