IRL Conference

Divine Mercy Weekend is coming and I'll be in Mundelein, IL, at the annual Institute on Religious Life Conference. The overall theme is "Go Make Disciples: Utilizing the New Media for the New Evangelization." I'm on the board of directors of the IRL and I'm excited about participating in this year's conference because at the Apostleship of Prayer we've been hard at work this year making better use of the new media. In fact, we just started a newer and better "fan page" on Facebook. If you go there you'll see photos of the volunteers who came yesterday to help us with our spring mailing.

Tomorrow, Friday morning, I'll be at Alma, MI Mercy Sister Marysia Weber's workshop on "The Effect of the New Media and Technology on Priestly and Religious Vocations." Then in the afternoon I'll set up a display table with some of our materials. Cardinal Francis George will give the keynote address in the evening.

On Saturday there will be various talks in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, MO will celebrate Mass and preach in the late afternoon. then in the evening there will be the annual banquet at which the IRL's annual "Pro Fidelitate et Virtute" award will be given. The recipient this year is a brother Jesuit--Fr. Kenneth Baker, who was the editor of the magazine "Homiletic and Pastoral Review" from 1971 to 2010.