February 29, 2008

NCEA convention to feature dedicated days

NCEA logoThe National Catholic Educational Association will hold its annual convention from March 25-27 in Indianapolis.

During the convention, there will be special days dedicated to various groups in the Church that are involved in education and catechesis.

Priests are invited to concelebrate at the convention’s opening liturgy, which will start at 10:45 a.m. on March 25 at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., in Indianapolis.

A lunch for priests will follow the conclusion of the Mass.

In the afternoon, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington will present a conference for priests at St. John the Evangelist Church, 126 W. Georgia St., in Indianapolis.

Priests interested in participating in this day are asked to contact Ford Cox by e-mail at fcox@archindy.org or call him at 317-236-1403 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1403.

Catholics in the archdiocese who are involved in catechesis, including volunteer catechists and parents who work to hand on the faith to their children, are invited to take part in the convention’s Catechist Day on March 27.

Registration costs $25. The program, which starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., will include presentations by national leaders in catechesis, a concert featuring songwriter David Haas of Eagan, Minn., and vocalist Lori True of Golden Valley, Minn., and the convention’s closing Mass.

For more information about the convention’s Catechist Day, log on to www.archindy.org/ncea/catechist.html or call 317-236-1431 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1431.

A special “College Day” will be featured during the convention on March 27. Catholic college students will learn about various challenges and opportunities facing Catholic educators. Students may register for the special price of $25 for all sessions.

For more information about the convention’s College Day, log on to www.archindy.org/ncea/college.html or call 317-236-1444 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1444.

On March 26, a health fair and blood drive will be part of the day’s activities. Through the generosity of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, in cooperation with the Indiana Blood Center and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, participants will receive free health screenings and health education as well as have an opportunity to donate blood to the Indiana Blood Center.†

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