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Keynote Speakers

MOST REV. GEORGE J. LUCAS

THE ARCHBISHOP OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF OMAHA

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 AT 9:00 AM

THE DIFFERENCE PASTORES DABO VOBIS HAS MADE

Most Rev. George J. Lucas will speak on the effect Saint Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation “Pastores Dabo Vobis” (I Shall Give You Shepherds) has had on formation for the priesthood since its release on March 25, 1992.

The Most Reverend George J. Lucas has served as the fifth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Omaha since June 2009. He served for nearly 10 years in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, where he was ordained a bishop in December 1999. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was ordained to the priesthood in May 1975.  Archbishop Lucas currently serves as Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services and of the Board of Trustees of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

SR. JOSEPH ANDREW BOGDANOWICZ, OP

DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY, MOTHER OF THE EUCHARIST

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 AT 9:00 AM

HE CALLS THEM — MALE AND FEMALE

Though the world will always be slow in catching on to the greatest things in life, the truth is that priestly and religious vocations abound in our Third Millennium of Christianity!  Calling them forth, however, is both a privilege and an entrustment.  It is a work that requires a deep prayer life as well as an undying zeal for the salvation of souls.  Since “one size never fits all,” it is important that vocation directors recognize not only the uniqueness of each individual young person with whom they may speak or work but also the differences in the way men and women approach discernment and continue within the process.  The two are distinct — and it behooves the Church that we come to an understanding and appreciation both of their complementarity and of their fascinating differences so that no authentic vocation will ever be lost on account of our confusion!   God is calling — may we be His encouraging  and understanding Voice and

His Heart for countless young people today!

Sr. Joseph Andrew is one of the four foundresses of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, MI.  As the Community’s vocations director, she travels throughout the U.S. (and beyond) giving talks that employ Sacred Scripture, anthropology and psychology, guiding audiences to a greater understanding of the Divine Image in both male and female, and the authority God has entrusted to each.  Sister has published in various Catholic journals and magazines as well as led retreats for high school and university students, parishes, religious priests and seminarians in the USA, Canada and Austria. She has appeared on television including EWTN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and, more recently, NPR, CBS, and Fox & Friends to speak about the amazing success of the Community’s first CD, “Mater Eucharistiae.” In November of 2014, a second CD was made — “The Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations, Music.”  In her Community’s 18 years of existence, it has grown from 4 to over 120 members, with women coming from 30+ states in the USA as well as from Canada.  For more information about this Dominican Community in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please go to www.sistersofmary.org.