SCHILLER PARK, IL (August 21-23, 2000) -- In preparation for the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to the
Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life in North America, national and
regional vocation directors from the United States and Executive Committee
members from Canada met at the Rosemont Suites Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois,
a Chicago suburb, August 21-23, 2000, for the thirteenth annual vocation
seminar sponsored by the J. S. Paluch Company, Inc.
This year's seminar, entitled Sharing Our Vision: Preparing for the Third Continental Congress on Vocations, provided information about the upcoming continental congress, as well as the opportunity to work together and exchange ideas for this exciting and challenging event. Rev. Edward J. Burns, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation and American Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the continental congress, and Rev. Raymond Lafontaine, Canadian Co-Chair, served as presenters and facilitators. Other guests from Canada included Sr. Cécile Gagné, RHSJ, Director of the Vocation Center, Montreal, Quebec, and Mr. Allan Calvert, Director of the Canada Council of Serra International.
Also participating the seminar were Mrs. Dorothy Foss, Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD); Sr. Catherine Bertrand, SSND, Executive Director of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC); Sr. Diane Poplawski, OP, Executive Director of National Coalition for Church Vocations (NCCV); Mr. Ed V. Verbeke, Executive Director, USA Council, Serra International; the Executive Board of NCCV; Rev. Eugene Hemrick, Director of Research, The Washington Theological Union; board members and regional coordinators from the NCDVD and the NRVC; vocation personnel from the Archdiocese of Chicago; Mrs. Margaret Paluch, Chairman of the Board of J. S. Paluch; and the Advisory Board and staff members of the National Vocations Awareness Division of the J. S. Paluch Company.
The J. S. Paluch Company underwrites the seminar and organizes this annual event in association with the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) and the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC). In addition to sponsoring this seminar, the National Vocations Awareness Division of the J. S. Paluch Company produces vocation-related materials and products, including family appointment calendars, parish bulletins, and filler art and copy with vocation themes, and is a partner in, and Executive Board Member of, the National Coalition for Church Vocations (NCCV). The Paluch Company also contributes to the Paluch Family Foundation, a private family foundation, established in 1985, which funds projects in support of liturgy, stewardship, and vocations.
For further information, contact Dolores Orzel, Creative Director, NVAD, J. S. Paluch Company, Inc., 3825 N. Willow Road, Schiller Park, Illinois 60176, 1 800 621-5197, ext. 255, FAX to 1 888 957-3291, e-mail to email@example.com, or visit the Paluch web site: www.jspaluch.com.