Friday, February 22, 2008

Lay Congress for Valley Catholics


Noted Scripture Scholar to Address Lay Congress for Valley Catholics

Father Roger Karban, from the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, will be the featured speaker at We Are The Church, a Lay Congress for Valley Catholics.

This second session of the Lay Congress, which has as its theme, The Parish: Living as a Gospel Community, will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 23rd at the Echo Hotel and Conference Center in Edinburg.

Organized by interested laity in the Valley, the Lay Congress is a bringing together of people to learn about their rights as faithful, lay Catholics and so become empowered to impact the Church in the Rio Grande Valley and the world.

Father Karban will speak on the Parish as a Gospel Community and Meeting the Challenge of Discipleship. There will be small group discussions with opportunities to discuss such questions as, what sort of community is a parish? What is expected of us as parishioners? What should we expect from our parish?

Father Karban was ordained a priest in Rome in 1964. He received a licentiate in Theology from the Grgorian University in Rome and did his doctoral work in Scripture at St. Louis University. He has taught adult scripture courses from 1966 to the present at Southern Illinois University and the University of Notre Dame and he will be joining the faculty of St. Louis University in 2008.

All interested Catholics are invited to attend this Lay Congress. It is free of charge and no pre-registration is required, however, donations will be accepted to help defray costs. Lunch will not be provided, but will be available at the Echo Hotel or nearby restaurants.

For further information, see, or contact the RGV Lay Congress Committee at

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