Conference 2018




Inspiring Encounter.  Authentic Accompaniment.  Modern Proclamation.

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership| National Association for Lay Ministry | Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Moment of Encounter

Through multiple options of on and off-site experiences, attendees will have the opportunity to be immersed in the peripheries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, encountering Christ in meaningful ways to transform their posture throughout the remaining professional development experiences.


Thursday, May 31, 2018
Walk of Accompaniment

Participants develop and learn new models for reaching the "peripheries"- those on the geographical, social , political, and economic margins.  As church leaders, we seek to learn about models of accompaniment, including apprenticeships, companionship, and mentoring.


Friday, June 1, 2018
Proclaiming the Joy Experienced

Participants discover how we proclaim to the People of God. Discovering tools and vehicles for proclaiming the Gospel that utilize the multiple intelligences with inclusivity not bound by language or age.  Focuses include modern mainstream music, storytelling, technology, and art. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018
The Journey continues…with hope, courage & joy

Participants unpack the themes of encounter, accompany, and proclaim with a hopeful, courageous, and joyful heart.  Challenged by the early disciples in their brave responses to “Come Follow Me,” which required the abandoning of all they knew and owned, even those they loved, participants will reflect on what steps need to be taken to say YES! to following Jesus and sharing the Gospel with God’s people in today’s realities.

Hyatt Regency – O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL  60018, US

We are now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event.  Through this website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservation at any time.  We look forward to seeing you!

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We come together in Chicago this year to celebrate this collaborative conference with the NCCL, NALM, and FCH. Apart from the opportunity for prayer, rejuvenation, and formation, our gathering will provide us with the best opportunity to connect as catechetical professionals. You’ll come away with confidence in leadership, a broader and deeper network, and fresh ideas ready to use in your own faith community.

Learn more about ticket types, encounters and specialized session selection, registering multiple people, and location information below.

The NALM member rate is $350.

Current NALM members can register at the member rate of $350
(You have to use code NALM18 at checkout to bring the rate to the member level.)
($299 until January 22!). 

Local Rate

Participants from the Provinces of Chicago, Indianapolis and Milwaukee can register at a local rate discount of $300.

Spouse Rate

The spouse rate is $175. A fully registered spouse will get a coupon code via email that will discount the full rate.