Get ready for an exciting weekend, Chicago Catholics. Saturday will mark the annual National Association of Lay Ministry Conference (NALM for short) which is being held right here in our hometown of Chicago.
What is NALM? Simply put, its a networking event for non-ordained Catholics who are involved in active ministry at their local parishes (such as those serving as Eucharistic minsters, catechists, etc., etc.) This year's event is focused on the challenges that lay ministry leaders face in multicultural parishes, and now to spread Catholic theology in a modern, social media driven society.
Amy S. McEntee, who serves as Executive Director for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, is coordinating this event. Amy has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children and youth as well as adults. As a lay Catholic, she is an amateur photographer and avid reader, and lives with her husband, Patrick, in Dayton, Ohio. Amy's keynote address this year will be titled "Room at the Grown Up's Table", and re-cap her pilgrimage to Rome for the Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. The 2014 NALM conference will also feature a variety of panels about social media, including talks with ministers about how to use social media and technology tools to spread the Gospel message. NALM likewise includes young adults in ministry as part of the panel groups, and they will share their experiences ministering to communities that reflect their own culture as well as a culture that is different from their own.
If you're curious and interesting in attending this year's NALM conference, there's still time to sign up! Save the date and time for this weekend:
Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:00 pm To 5:00 pm
Catholic Theological Union
5416 S. Cornell Ave.
The schedule is as follows:
9:00 AM - Registration
10:00–12 Noon - Attend any regular NALM Session scheduled
NOON–1:00 PM - Lunch for attendees
1:00 PM - McEntee keynote
1:30 PM - Workshop
2:45 PM - Workshop
4:00 PM – MASS
Ticket prices for this event are $49. You can register in advance at their website (http://nalm.memberclicks.net/annual-conference) , or by calling (312) 534-8600. If you want learn more about the event, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes for a successful 2014 conference, NALM!