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October 11, 2009

Fest aims to engage, evangelize

Catholics from the Archdiocese of Chicago will gather at the third Catholic Festival of Faith Oct. 16-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The event will emphasize unity, diversity and Catholic identity in a variety of presentations and workshops aimed at parishioners and Catholic school teachers.

Planners have tried to make it school- and parish-friendly, with events and workshops scheduled for everyone from young people to married couples and families.

The breakout sessions are all aimed at showcasing successes, around topics like sharing parishes, RCIA and other programs.

As at previous festivals, the workshops and activities on the Friday schedule lean heavily toward ongoing education and formation for Catholic school teachers, many of whom attend as part of their annual in-service training.

Keynotes Friday will be from Father Louis J. Cameli and Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, who was once an auxiliary bishop in Chicago.

Saturday’s English keynote will be given by ValLimar Jansen, and Spanish keynotes will be given by Father Guillermo Compuzano Velez and Bishop Gustavo Garcia- Siller and Father Claudio Diaz.