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October 30, 2003


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting Catholic Life Congress 2003, an educational gathering for laity, clergy and religious, from every walk of life. The program is designed for people who wish to learn more about the Church, its teachings and practices, and all who serve in leadership positions in the Church. Catholic Life Congress features a keynote speaker, presentations and workshops, and will be held on:

Saturday, November 8, 2003
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Archbishop Carroll High School
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor, PA

At 11:00 a.m. Mr. George Weigel, Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D. C., will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Weigel is author of fifteen books including The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church, as well as, Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.

Various sessions and workshops will be presented throughout the day, including:

Catholic Social Teaching: History and Application
Reverend J. Bryan Hehir, President of Catholic Charities USA.

"We've Come This Far by Faith": The Roots of African American Catholicism
Reverend Stephen Thorne, Faculty, Saint John Neumann High School

What Makes a Parish Vibrant?
Rick Krivanka, director of Pastoral Planning for the diocese of Cleveland

Safe Environment Program: Partnering to Protect Children
Evelyn Brannan Tarpey, Coordinator, Safe Environment Program, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Building Strong Families of Faith: A Cornerstone of Comfort, Challenge and Continuity
Dr. Patricia Kelly, Psychologist

The day will conclude with a 4:00 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. For more information, contact 215-587-5630.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director

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