WASHINGTON -- A national convocation to prepare for the Jubilee Year 2000 is planned for Feb. 27-March 1 in Chicago, by the U.S. Bishops' Secretariat for the Millennium and Jubilee Year 2000.
Convocation 1997: Preparing for the Jubilee Year will convene Church leaders from across the country to discuss the preparation for and celebration of the jubilee year. Activities include forums to discuss practical implications of the celebration, an ideas fair to share activities already underway and an opportunity to review the first draft of a suggested framework of action.
The program opens Feb. 27 with a keynote address by Paulist Father Frank DeSiano, President of the Paulist Fathers and a consultant to the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Evangelization. Father DeSiano's address will focus on Pope John Paul II's Apostolic letter, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, as a "Road Map Into the 21st Century."
Maria Harris, Ph.D., author of Proclaim Jubilee: A Spirituality for the 21st Century, will deliver a second major address, Feb.28, and explore the spiritual dimensions of jubilee celebrations.
Also in attendance will be a Vatican official, Volker Goetz, President of the Solidarity Fund of the Central Committee for the Jubilee Year 2000. Mr. Goetz will discuss use of the Vatican jubilee logo, pilgrimages to Rome and other issues associated with celebrating the jubilee year internationally.
The convocation is designed for individuals who are responsible for activities associated with the Jubilee Year 2000 within dioceses and national organizations. The meeting also is open to other Church leaders interested in Millennium celebrations.
Persons interested in attending the meeting should contact the Secretariat for the Millennium and Jubilee Year 2000 at (202) 541-3245 or at its e-mail address email@example.com.