COURAGE & ENCOURAGE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT MARY OF THE LAKE
MUNDELEIN, ILLINOIS
July 28 – 31, 2022
IN-PERSON & ONLINE THIS YEAR!
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CONFERENCE PRESENTERS


This year we will focus on developing our interior life, especially as prescribed through the shared goal of Courage and EnCourage members:

To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.


Be at peace.

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.

God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them.

He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering,
or give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT

We kindly invite you to support our apostolate and this conference with your prayers by participating in this spiritual bouquet. Let us know what you will be offering in prayer or sacrifice for the fruit of this conference by using this form.

Please add your prayers to the bouquet at this link.


REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Registration closed at the end of the day on Sunday, July 17th.

Click here for Spanish conference information

This year, our conference is being offered both IN-PERSON and ONLINE. The registration button above is for either type of registration. See below for pricing.


COVID-19 Travel Guidance for Illinois can be found here.


PRICING

IN-PERSON ATTENDEES

FULL CONFERENCE:$450.00 per person
Includes overnight accommodations (3 nights) and all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.

COMMUTER PRICES (including meals):

 

Thursday: $80.00

Friday: $120.00

Saturday: $140.00

Sunday: $60.00

CLERGY TRACK (for clergy only):NO CHARGE

Special program on Wednesday, July 27 – click here to see schedule. Includes lunch. Free-will offerings gratefully accepted. Lodging may be arranged at the participant’s expense. See registration form for clergy track accommodation options plus full conference rates.


ONLINE ATTENDEES

FULL CONFERENCE:$50.00
Fixed rate includes virtual attendance for registrant and his/her household at keynote and plenary sessions, as well as daily Masses. Please note that only a limited number of small group meetings will be offered online; these must be signed up for separately before the end of the day on July 26th, as per the instructions sent out to all Zoom registrants on July 21st.

Registrants must be 18 or older.

PLEASE NOTE: The Clergy Day on Wednesday, July 27th will NOT be offered on Zoom; it is only available for in-person clergy registrants.

IMPORTANT: All Zoom registrants will receive an email at the end of the day on Thursday, July 21st with important information you’ll need to join us online.

We encourage attendees to familiarize themselves with the Zoom webinar platform by reading Zoom Basics for Webinar Attendees.


TRANSPORTATION

AIRPORT: The major airports near the USML Conference Center are O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW). We recommend travelling into O’Hare as it’s closer to our venue than Midway.

TAXI: We also recommend American Taxi for travel between the airport and the conference centre: www.americantaxi.com


Questions about registration?
Please contact us here.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Click here for a PDF of the general conference schedule.

Click here for a PDF of the Clergy Track schedule on July 27 (not shown below).

*Times are listed as Central Daylight Time.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Click here for the full Spanish schedule, including offerings exclusively for Spanish speakers.

Those events which will also be accessible to Zoom registrants via livestream are 
indicated on the schedule below, with (Zoom) beside the activity heading.

Please note: The Courage & EnCourage small group meetings offered via Zoom at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, July 29th require an additional sign-up
by Zoom registrants before the end of the day on July 26th, as per the email sent out to all Zoom registrants on July 21st.

Thursday – July 28, 2022

TIME*

ACTIVITY

SPEAKER/CELEBRANT

2:00 – 4:30 pmRegistration
5:00 – 6:00 pmCelebration of Mass (Zoom)
6:00 – 7:00 pmDinner
7:30 – 9:00 pmLearning How to Profit From Your Faults with St. Francis de Sales (Zoom)Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
9:00 – 9:45 pmWelcome for First-Time AttendeesFr. Philip G. Bochanski, Executive Director, Courage International
9:00 – 11:00 pmHealing Prayer Service
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) available
Fr. James Livingston, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis

Friday – July 29, 2022

TIME*

ACTIVITY

SPEAKER/CELEBRANT

7:00 – 7:30 amMisa en EspañolP. Richard Samour
7:30 – 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 – 9:30 amWelcome: Comments on the State of the Apostolate (Zoom)Fr. Philip G. Bochanski, Executive Director, Courage International
9:30 – 10:30 amWhy I Hate Forgiveness (Zoom)Timothy Lock, Ph.D, Board of Directors, Courage International
11:00 – 11:45 amCelebration of Mass (Zoom)
12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch
1:15 – 2:00 pmThe Three R’s and Continual Conversion (Zoom)Fr. Sean Kilcawley, Director of the Office of Family Life, Diocese of Lincoln
2:15 – 3:00 pmA Practical Introduction to Lectio Divina (Zoom)Fr. Colin Blatchford, Associate Director, Courage International
3:15 – 4:45 pmCourage & EnCourage Meetings:
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Courage Men (Zoom – additional sign-up required by July 26)
Courage Women (Zoom – additional sign-up required by July 26)
EnCourage General (Zoom only – additional sign-up required by July 26)
EnCourage Mothers
EnCourage Fathers
EnCourage Spouses
Moderators (for In-Person Meetings):
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Courage Chaplains
Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo, OP
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Fr. Kyle Schnippel
Fr. Philip G. Bochanski
Fr. Colin Blatchford
5:00 – 6:00 pm(Optional) Introduction to New Courage Online Forums: SlackCourage Staff
6:00 – 7:00 pmDinner
7:30 – 8:30 pmBlessed are You: Seeing as Jesus Sees (Zoom)Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV, Sisters of Life and local superior in Phoenix, AZ
9:00 pm – 6:45 amEucharistic Adoration
Throughout the night, Opening with Rosary

Saturday – July 30, 2022

TIME*

ACTIVITY

SPEAKER/CELEBRANT

6:45 amBenediction
7:00 – 7:30 amMisa en EspañolFr. Philip G. Bochanski, Executive Director, Courage International
7:30 – 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 – 10:30 amThe Food of Friendship: Eucharistic Love as the Remedy for Original Sin (Zoom)Fr. Nathan Reesman, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
11:00 – 11:45 amCelebration of Mass (Zoom)
12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch
1:15 – 2:00 pmHow to Read Your Way to Heaven (Zoom)Vicki Burbach, Author
2:15 – 3:00 pmAnatomy of the Interior Life (Spiritual Direction) (Zoom)Kathryn Lopez, Columnist
3:15 – 4:00 pmLiving Deeply in a Shallow World (Zoom)Deacon John Green & Mrs. Carolyn Green, Diocese of Cleveland
4:15 – 5:30 pmWorkshops:
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EnCourage Parents/Courage Men
EnCourage Parents/Courage Women
Introduction to Sports Camp and Volleyball Game
EnCourage Parents of Children with Gender Identity Discordance
Chastity
Moderators:
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Fr. Kyle Schnippel
Yvonne M
Patrick S
Fr. Colin Blatchford
Neil M
5:30 – 6:00 pmGroup Leaders MeetingFr. Philip G. Bochanski, Executive Director, Courage International
Fr. Colin Blatchford, Associate Director, Courage International
5:30 – 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 – 7:00 pmDinner
7:30 – 8:45 pmCourage and EnCourage Member Testimonies (Zoom)Neill M – Courage Testimony
Molly K – Courage Testimony
Peter & Lucie T – EnCourage Testimony
9:15 – 11:00 pmSocial

Sunday – July 31, 2022

TIME*

ACTIVITY

SPEAKER/CELEBRANT

7:00 – 7:30 amMisa en EspañolP. Richard Samour
7:30 – 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am“Stay here and watch with me” (Mt 26:38) — Finding Jesus in Gethsemane (Zoom)Fr. Philip G. Bochanski, Executive Director, Courage International
10:50 – 11:00 amMemorial for Deceased Courage Members and Chaplains
11:00 am – 11:45 amCelebration of Mass (Zoom)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch to Go/Departures