Celebrating the Jubilee Year
All Catholics invited to join in festival of spiritual enrichment at the Eucharistic Congress
By Sara Eliasen
Public Relations Coordinator
In celebration of the Jubilee Year all Catholics are invited to attend a festival of
opportunities for spiritual enrichment. The Eucharistic Congress will be held on Friday,
Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 on the St. Norbert College campus in De Pere. The event
will include more than 250 workshops for those interested in nurturing the spirit in
themselves and others.
The Eucharistic Congress embodies the diocesan theme "Summoned to Serve," said Sr.
Pat McCormick, OP, diocesan consultant for administrative development and organizer
of the congress.
"The annual diocesan event has always attracted educators, priests, deacons and all parish
leaders," Sr. McCormick said. "More recently, leaders from neighboring dioceses and
educators from bordering states have actively participated in the presentations and
Themes highlighted in the presentations and workshops will include Eucharist,
Sacraments, parish ministries, social trends and academic issues. Congress participants
may also learn about the Internet, money management and how to communicate better
This year, Sr. McCormick and Sr. Peg Gabik, OP, diocesan consultant for adult and
young adult ministries, are extending a special invitation to young adults.
"We'd like to continue the momentum generated by World Youth Day," said Sr. Gabik.
"It is our hope that any and all adults would see Congress as an incredible opportunity to
hear national and local speakers on a variety of topics in one place. If you look at the
featured speakers, there is a professional storyteller, musician, comedian, two bishops
and an author, who each in their own unique way share the message of the Gospel."
The featured keynote speakers for both days are Bp. Robert Banks, bishop of the Green
Bay Diocese and chairperson of the National Catholic Educational Association; Dr.
Michael Corso, coordinator for supervised ministry and continuing education at Boston
College's Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry; Peter Ghiloni, assistant
chaplain and director of liturgical music at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester,
Mass.; Dr. Maureen Sullivan, a Dominican Sister of Hope from New York who teaches theology at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and serves as a national religion consultant for the William H. Sadlier Publishing Company; and Bp. Robert Morneau, auxiliary bishop of the Green Bay Diocese, acclaimed poet and writer on prayer and the spiritual life, and a nationally recognized speaker.
A special Eucharistic Liturgy including Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 with Bp. Banks presiding.
Youth Jam, the annual rally for young people ages 12 and older will be held from 6 to 10 p.m.Oct. 14.
Registration for all events is necessary. The registration deadline for the Oct. 13 events is Sept. 22. Register by Sept. 25 for participation in the Saturday, Oct. 14 events.
The fee for Friday only, including lunch, is $27. For Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., which includes lunch and an early evening meal of pizza and soda, the fee is $20. For Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. departure, the fee is $15. The fee for both days, including lunch, is $38. The cost for food and entertainment following the 4 p.m. Mass is $5.
For more information or to register, call the diocesan department of Total Catholic Education at (877)500-3580, ext. 3, or (920)437-7531, ext. 3 or e-mail: [email protected].