2017 Conference

Indianapolis skyline

General Information

"Joy on the Journey:  Serve.  Collaborate.  Dream"
June 1-3, 2017
Hyatt Regency-Downtown
Indianapolis, IN

The 41st Annual NALM Conference is:

A gathering of multigenerational professionals ministering in parish, diocesan, higher education, seminary, healthcare, prison, and Catholic not-for-profit ministries.

The Conference is a time to celebrate, gain new ministerial insights, and rejuvenate yourself while networking with other dedicated and highly creative professionals.  Come join your friends, new and old, as we help NALM celebrate it's 41st Anniversary at the Hyatt Regency-Downtown in Indianapolis, IN!



Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP
Adjunct Faculty Member
Santa Clara University
"Journeying together in Christ:  Two Models of Collaboration"



Kerry Robinson
Leadership Roundtable
Founding Executive Director, Global Ambassador
"Choosing Joy"

Hotel Information

Hotel Information
Hyatt Regency – Downtown Indianapolis

One South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46204

NALM Room Rate:     $139 + taxes
Reserve room now for the NALM 2017 Conference at the special NALM conference rate.

Airport Information

Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

The following airlines serve Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

Air Canada
Vacation Express

Ground Transportation

Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to Hyatt Regency-Downtown Indianapolis, IN (1 South Capitol Avenue)

  • Taxi Service (Minimum $15 plus fare)
  • GoExpressTravel
    Downtown Indy Express $10 each way

Special Conference Banquet Entertainment

The Indianapolis Children's Choir will make a special appearance during the Banquet.

Every week the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) provides music education to approximately 2,500 students in central Indiana. Founded in 1986 by artistic director Henry Leck, the ICC nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance.

In 2013, the choir was honored to sing for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu during his public address at Butler University.  The ICC plays a central role in the cultural life of central Indiana. ICC singers have sung for Indiana gubernatorial, mayoral inaugurations, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Touring is a consistent part of the ICC’s yearly plans. Both national and international tours have provided exceptional experiences for ICC singers and families. The ICC has performed on every continent except Antarctica. Current tour plans for 2017 include New York City, Washington D.C., and Ireland.

Conference Award Winners Announced

The National Association for Lay Ministry has announced its three award recipients.  These three individuals will be honored at the NALM Annual Banquet on Friday, June 2, 2017.  For honorees bio please go to the 2017 NALM Award Winners page
The Award winners are:

Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes, Diocese of San Bernardino will receive the Gaudium et Spes Award for promoting an understanding of the Church in the world according to the vision of Vatican II.

Dr. Arturo Chávez of the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, TX, will receive the St. Juan Diego Award recognizing his outstanding witness to the spirit and values embodied in the life of St. Juan Diego, the first saint of the Americas.

Jerry Tortorella of the Diocese of Brooklyn will receive the Spirit of the Conference for his service on behalf of lay ministry.

Conference Registration

Pre-Conference + Annual Conference
$399 (NALM member)
$229 (NALM student)
$449 (Non-Member)
Member registration site
Non-Member registration site

Annual Conference (only)
$299 (member)
$149 (NALM Student)
$349 (Non-Member)
 Member registration site
Non-Member registration site
Pre-Conference (only)
$249 (member)
$149 (NALM Student)
$299 (Non-Member)
 Member registration site
Non-Member registration site

Be sure to register today!

Conference Schedule

Click here for a downloadable schedule.

Pre-Conference Schedule & Description

Please join us at our Pre-Conference Institute as we gather with five of the most remarkable wisdom figures whose professional lives have been dedicated to the development and growth of lay ministry in the Catholic Church of the United States. Join Dr. Harry Dudley, Dr. Zeni Fox, Dr. Marti Jewell, Fr. Joe Merkt, and Dr. Jean Marie Weber as they lead us in reflecting upon one of the most significant developments in lay ministry since the Second Vatican Council – The National Certification Standards and Competencies which have given our vocation clear affirmation and professional credibility.

Click here for more Pre-Conference information and bios of the five presenters.

It will be helpful for Parish Business Managers and Parish Finance Council Chairs to have read, "The Role and Reality of Parish Business Managers and Finance Council Chairs" from the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project before attending the pre-conference.

You may access the report here.

Workshop Topics, Presenters, and Bios

To learn more about the Workshop Topics, Presenters, and their Bios click here
A downloadable workshop schedule is here

Exhibitor & Advertiser Registration & Information

We are pleased to welcome those who wish to exhibit or advertise at the 2017 NALM Conference. Please contact Carol Walters (cwalters@archchicago.org) for more information about exhibiting or sponsoring the NALM Annual Conference.  Please also review the Exhibitor information sheet.

Indianapolis Area Attractions


Indianapolis Motor Speedway (16th and Georgetown)

Indianapolis Cultural Trail


  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever)
  • Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts
  • Victory Field (Indianapolis Indians, voted America’s best minor league ballpark, AAA Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates)

Monument Circle

White River State Park
For additional things to do:

The Eagles Nest atop the Hyatt Regency Downtown 
Downtown Indianapolis restaurants guide