“You Are Important!”: On Being God’s Beloved Children

Saturday, February 18, 2017
9:30 to 11:30 am

Morton Arboretum
Hawthorn/Chestnut Room (Visitor Center)
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, Illinois


In Pope Francis’s homily at the Closing Mass of World Youth Day 2016, he explained that: “we are God’s beloved children, always… No one is insignificant. He loves all of us with a special love; for him all of us are important: you are important!”

What does it mean to be God’s children and to be loved by him?
How can knowing God the Father bring meaning and joy to our lives?
How are we to act and live as children of God?

Join the St. Josemaria Institute as we welcome our speaker, Fr. Jerome Kish, who will help us contemplate what it means to be God’s beloved children and how its realization transforms our lives.

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9:30 am    Registration and Refreshments
10:00 am  Welcome and Presentation
11:00 am  Q&A and Closing Remarks
11:30 am  End


Fr. Jerome Kish is an Illinois native who grew up in Will County in the rural area between the two towns of Beecher and Peotone. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois, both at the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses. He completed his theology studies at Mundelein Seminary and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Joliet on June 6, 1998. He has served as a priest in DuPage County and is currently pastor at St. Matthew’s Church in Glendale Heights.


Morton Arboretum
Hawthorn/Chestnut Room (Visitor Center)
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, Illinois
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  • $15 per person
  • Register early – space is limited
  • Registration includes refreshments, parking, and admission to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Catechists will receive credit hours towards their required ongoing formation.
  • To register by phone, please call us at: 630-541-9742


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The St. Josemaria Institute’s Annual Fall and Winter Conferences bring together speakers and guests in conversation about the ways that we seek, find, and love Christ in the world today. Our conferences are developed for lay men and women, priests, catechists, and all who are seeking to grow in their spiritual lives and knowledge of the Catholic Faith. For video and audio recordings of our past conferences visit: www.stjosemaria.org/events/