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Regional stewardship conference to focus on maintaining Christ-centered hearts

Clergy and lay people involved with diocesan and parish stewardship programs in four states will gather in Omaha April 21-22 for the Regional IX International Catholic Stewardship Conference.

The Archdiocesan Office of Stewardship and Development is serving as organizing committee for the conference, which will be held at the downtown Double Tree Hotel in Omaha.

"This is an exciting time for the region's Catholic community as we come together to promote parish vitality and stewardship as a lifestyle," said Judy Tamisiea, executive director of the Office of Stewardship and Development and conference chairperson.

She said the 2005 theme – "Stewardship: The Journey Continues" – relates to the never-ending renewal to be Christ-centered people.

Tamisiea said the conference will offer a mix of well-known speakers, inspirational liturgies and social events.

Featured speaker at the April 21 dinner is Bishop Bernard Harrington of Winona, Minn., who has made stewardship a special focus of his ministry.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtis also is among the speakers and will preside at a conference Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral at 5 p.m.

More than 400 delegates attended the last regional conference in 2003. Attendees are expected from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Registration information is available from the Office of Stewardship and Development, phone 402-558-8493.

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