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Theology-on-Tap Celebrates 30 Years of Serving the Finest in Speakers, Conversation, and Theology For Young Adults (20s & 30s, Married & Single) — Begins July 11

Theology-on-Tap, a speaker and conversation series for people in their 20s and 30s, is being hosted at 56 locations throughout the Chicagoland area. This successful evangelization and catechesis program beginning Sunday, July 11, continues to provide the opportunity for young adults, both married and single, to learn more about the Catholic faith, make connections between faith and everyday life, and enter into discussions with their peers.

This four-week, summer program offered Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, includes a speaker, conversation and theology, and provides parishes and Catholic Student Centers in the Archdiocese and surrounding dioceses, the opportunity to talk together about faith based topics and spend time sharing insights with one another. The topics offered include: Scripture, Church History, the Tradition, Liturgy, Sacraments, Spirituality, Social Justice, Spirituality, Prayer, Relationships, Ecumenism, Inter-faith dialogue, Meaningful Work, and Bringing Christ into the World. Sessions typically run from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m.

There are a number of different ways to participate in Theology-on-Tap, including by location, topic or selected speaker. Participants can choose one location near their home or work and attend all four sessions at that location, or they are welcome to choose from among the many topics and attend any site where the topic is being addressed.

On Sunday, August 8, this special 30th Anniversary of Theology-on-Tap will conclude with a 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, followed by a picnic with music, food and dancing at the Cardinal’s residence beginning at 4:30 p.m.

In honor of its 30th Anniversary celebration, all who have ever been part of the program are invited to attend the Mass and Picnic.

Since it began in 1981 with a single hosting site, more than 270 speakers have addressed over 40,000 young adults in more than 4,000 sessions at 203 different parishes, universities and organizations in the Archdiocese. The Diocese of Joliet joined Theology-on-Tap for the first time during the summer of 1994, the Diocese of Rockford in 1998, the Diocese of Gary, Indiana in 2000, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2001. Today, 48 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, have hosted or are currently hosting the Theology-on-Tap program as well as countries including Canada, Italy, Taiwan, the Philippines, Ireland and Hong Kong.

Theology-on-Tap is sponsored by the Young Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago. For details on speakers, topics, locations and the closing picnic on Sunday, August 8, visit or call the Young Adult Ministry Office at 312-466-9473. TAP TALK, the Theology-on-Tap blog, is found under Resources on Theology-on-Tap is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Following is a list of parishes and other locations in Chicago and the suburbs that will host Theology-on-Tap this summer:


St. Ailbe
9015 South Harper Avenue
Contact: Rev. Andrew C. Smith Jr., 773-374-2345,

St. Andrew
3546 North Paulina Street,
Contact: Mr. Vincent Lacey & Ms. Kelly Anicich; 773-525-3016, 708-785-2202;,

St. Barbara
2859 South Throop
Contact: Ms. Susan Griffin, 312-515-4582,

St. Bartholomew
4949 West Peterson
Contact: Ms. Joanna Deane, 312-502-9719,

Blessed Sacrament
3528 South Hermitage
Contact: Mr. Jim Koziel, 773-247-9285,

Calvert House - University of Chicago
5735 South University Avenue
Contact: Ms. Allison Gray, 773-228-2311x10,

St. Clement
642 West Deming Place
Contact: Ms. Joanne Turner, 312-498-0285,

St. Daniel the Prophet
6612 West 54th Street
Contact: Mr. Jim Bruton, 773-586-2691,

St. Gregory the Great
5545 North Paulina
Contact: Mr. Scott Snider, 773-561-3546,

Holy Name Cathedral
State and Superior Streets
Contact: Ms. Sharon Kinsley, 312-573-4478,

St. James/IIT

2942 South Wabash Avenue
Contact: Deacon Terry Collins, 312-842-1919 x203,

St. Kevin’s
10509 South Torrence Avenue
Contact: Ms. Rosalinda Ramirez, 773-646-6764,

Old St. Mary’s
1500 South Michigan Avenue
Contact: Fr. Dick Sparks, 312-922-3444 x29,

St. Mary of the Lake
4200 North Sheridan
Contact: Fr. Jim Kastigar, 773-472-3711,

St. Matthias
2310 West Ainslie Street
Contact: Ms. Terry Tuohy, 773-506-2191,

Our Lady of Mercy
4432 North Troy Street
Contact: Mr. Jose M. Cornelio, 773-564-3562,

Old St. Patrick’s
700 West Adams Street
Contact: Ms. Keara Coughlin, 312-798-2328,

St. Philip Neri
2132 East 72nd Street
Contact: Ms. Wendi Waddy, 773-363-1700,

Queen of All Saints Basilica
6280 North Sauganash Avenue
Contact: Ms. Barbara Slipek & Paul Scavone, 847-867-6693,

St. Vincent de Paul
1010 West Webster Avenue
Contact: Ms. Rebecca Carmichael, 773-325-8610,


St. James
820 North Arlington Heights Road
Contact: Ms. Laura Westerkamp, 847-826-0796,


Our Lady of Humility
10655 Wadsworth Road
Contact: Ms. Kate Kinser, 847-746-3744,


Marian Catholic High School
700 Ashland Avenue
Contact: Mr. Terry Shelley, 708-756-9752,


St. Mary
321 East Joliet Street
Contact: Sr. Joanne Marie Schutz, 219-663-0044


St. Nicholas
806 Ridge Avenue
Contact: Brian Michalski, 773-289-7413,,
Regional kick-off Mass at St. Nicholas, Sunday, July 11 at 11 a.m.

Sheil Center - Northwestern University
2110 Sheridan Road
Contact: Mr. Tim Higgins, 847-328-4648,


St. Bernadette
9343 South Francisco Avenue
Contact: Mr. Tom McNamara, 708-692-7078,


St. Gilbert
301 East Belvidere Road
Contact: Ms. Kate Fries, 847-276-5046,


Our Lady of Grace- Indiana
Hosted at: Sanfratello's Pizza
2100 45th Street, 219-922-1400
Contact: Ms. Cynthia Shy, 219-776-6458,


St. James, Highwood
134 North Avenue
Contact: Fr. Tom Baldonieri, 847-433-1494,


St. Mary of Vernon
236 Route 45
Contact: Mr. Carl Fedders, 847-362-1005,


St. Bede
36455 North Wilson Road
Contact: Fr. Tim Fairman, 847-587-2251,


Holy Family - Inverness
2515 Palatine Road
Contact: Ms. Laura Ferlita, 847-907-3436,


St. Ann
3010 Ridge Road
Contact: Ms. Barb Antoskiewicz, 708-895-6700,


St. Alphonsus
210 East Logan Street
Contact: Mr. Alan Solowski, 630-257-2414,


St. Emily
400 East Central Road
Contact: Mr. Gregg Belgard, 847-544-5090,

St. Thomas Becket
1321 North Burning Bush Lane
Contact: Pan Karol Kowalski, 224-392-0071,


Our Lady of Ransom
8624 West Normal Avenue
Contact: Fr. Chris Gustafson, 847-823-2550,


St. Edmund
188 South Oak Park Avenue
Contact: Ms. Christina Putz, 269-760-9617,


St. Francis of Assisi
15050 South Wolf Road
Contact: Mr. Rodrigo Paredes & Mary Kay Burberry, Rodrigo 708-460-0042, Mary Kay 708-460-0155,,


5757 West 127th Street
Contact: Ms. Kathy McNicholas, 708-597-3180,


Dominican University
7900 West Division Street
Contact: Ms. Lauren Romeo, 708-524-6286,


St. Matthew - Schaumburg
26 Superior Court
TOT will be located in the Hughes Center
Contact: Mr. Robert King & Ms. Tammy King, 630-523-1330,,


St. Julie Billiart
7399 West 159th Street
Contact: Ms. Rachel Kramer, 708-429-6767,


Holy Family - Waukegan
450 Keller Avenue
Contact: Mr. Luke Mudd, 847-623-2655,


Divine Infant
1601 Newcastle Avenue
Contact: Fr. Michael Wanda, 708-865-8071,

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