2018 Convocation Pictures 1. Welcome to Chicago!2. And the historic Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel3. Crystal Ballroom4. Lobby5. Hotel right off Magnificent Mile, and a short walk to the lake and Navy Pier….6. ….the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel!7. Lake Michigan beach…8. …and the Chicago River.9. The Ballroom is ready!10. Registration table is set.11. Exibitors setting up.12. Gathering for Mission Pre-convocation Seminar dialoging.13. Serious discussion at our Consultors- Meeting14. Consultors finding solutions16. Opening reception begins17. Old friends and new18. Charlotte19. Buffalo20. Presenters sharing thoughts21. NFPC President, Fr. Tony Cutcher calls the Convocation to order.22. Welcomes all & 36 dioceses represented23. Opening prayer led by the Archdiocese of Chicago24. Prayer and praise27. Chicago Vicar General Fr. Ron Hicks welcomes all28. Cadinal Cupich video message welcomes and challenges29. Careful listeners30. Introduction of Board Members32. Dinner line33. Historical panel begins34. Great panel35. Great thoughts36. Great past and present challenges37. Input & encouragement from Bishop Cepeda38. Emcee Fr. Nick Rice39. Focused listening40. More wisdom shared41. Much to ponder…great first day!42. Beginning the day with a great breakfast43.44. Praising God with morning prayer45.46.47. First presentation – Sister Katarina Schuth48. Ministry Prep for Priests in the 21st Century49. Excellent material50. The audience was captivated51.52.53. Thank you Sister Katarina54. Emcee, Fr. Bob McCann, introduces the next speaker…55. Bishop Arturo Cepeda, speaking on International Priests.126.96.36.199.60. An active dialog session followed.61.62.63. An active listening session too.64. A priest from India offers input….65. …and one whose home is Nigeria66. Before lunch, Domiinic Perri discussed Catholic Leadership 360.67.68. Lunch…69. …with great exhibitor interaction and dialog70. Afternoon session begins with Fr. Allan Deck….71. …exploring re-configuring the priesthood.72.73. Challenging and…74. …interesting.85. Powerful presentation89. Then over to the Quigley Center for Mass90. Beautiful spot to find quiet91. and peace.99. Bishop Rassas spoke to NFPC priests100. about their ministry.106. Then onto Loyola-s campus107. for the Awards- banquet.108. Touchstone and Mandatum109. Friends re-connect110. After a delicious dinner, Fr. Tony announces111. Touchstone recipient, Fr. Thomas Rosica113. A powerful and challenging acceptance speech116. Fr. Tony speaks about117. Mandatum Award Recipient…118. Alan Szafraniec120. A heartfelt and touching thank you124. And a congratulations to both!125.126. Chapel127. Wednesday begins with morning Mass128. Blessed celebrants!129. Then a great breakfast130. No one goes hungry!131. Morning prayer188.8.131.52. Fr. Bob introduces the State of the NFPC...136. ...given for the final time by NFPC President Fr. Tony Cutcher, whose term has been completed142. Board Chairman, Fr. Stan Madar praised Fr. Tony for his 6 years service to NFPC.143. Humbly appreciated144. Serious listening145. Board Chairman Fr. Stan Madar explains plans for NFPC146. Board Treasurer, Fr. Richard Vega, and Business Director, Terry Oldes, go over the budget147. A time for questions and feedback148. Then a time for coffee break149. Next up, State of the Presbyterate round table discussions155. Time for table summarizes and group discussion...156. ...including panel input158. Then an afternoon free for relaxation and sight seeing;including the Chicago Church Tour159. First, Holy Name Cathedral160. Thankful for all our docents167. A stop by Catholic Charities to see Homeless Jesus statues168. Homeless Jesus...169. and his friend (we shared extra box lunches with some there)170. On to Old St. Pat's171. Church Pews by our Exhibitor: New Holland Church Furniture174. Overhead window restored by our Exhibitor – Conrad Schmitt Studios175. On to St. Mary of the Angels178. The largest church in the Midwest179. Great Tour!180. Exhibitor: ACTA Publications181. Exhibitor: Apostleship of the Sea182. Exhibitor: Conrad Schmitt Studios183. Exhibitor: Daprato Rigali184. Exhibitor: Design Big Dreams185. Exhibitor: EWTN186. Exhibitor: Gaspard Inc.187. Exhibitor: Gathering for Mission188. Exhibitor: Guest House189. Exhibitor and Sponsor: JS Paluch190. Exhibitor: La Roche College191. Exhibitor and Sponsor: Little Books of Saginaw192. Exhibitor: Loyola Press193. Exhibitor: NET Ministries194. Exhibitor: New Holland Church Furniture195 Exhibitor: Notre Dame Creations196. Exhibitor: Parish Catalyst197. Exhibitor: Parish Success Group198. Exhibitor: Pope-s Worldwide Prayer Network199. Exhibitor: Priest-Labor Initiative200. Exhibitor: Regina Tours201. Exhibitor: Saint John Vianney Center202. Exhibitor: Shalom Center203. Exhibitor and Sponsor: Sroke Scan Plus204. Exhibitor: US Air Force Chaplaincy Corp205. Exhibitor: US Army Chaplaincy206. Thursday morning Mass209. Breakfast210. Morning Prayer214. Fr. Bob introduces our keynote speaker...215. Archbishop Wilton Gregory223. Time for questions, and CCLV input224. Powerful presentation, so blessed to have his Excellency speak to us all..225. Fr. Bob offers thanks to all for participating.226. Closing in song!227. 2017-18 NFPC Staff bids thanks to all participants and exhibitors, God bless NFPC!