The theme for this year's DAEC is "Entering the Mystery, Renewing the People" and its goal is to help participants better understand and enter into the practice and theology of the church's liturgical tradition, said Chris Malmevik, associate director of Catechesis.
"The DAEC focuses on all adult Catholics who are interested in their own continued faith development," Malmevik said. Catholic school teachers always take part in at least one day of the two-day event, but pastors, parish staff members, liturgists, youth ministers, musicians, liturgy committees, those involved with Christian initiation and people who are volunteers in parish ministry will also benefit from the workshop sessions.
Sunday's schedule begins at 9 a.m. with registration, followed by opening prayer and a keynote address by Father Richard Fragomeni, who will speak on "Entering the Mystery." Following lunch, attendees can take advantage of three break-out sessions followed by Sunday Eucharist which will be celebrated at 4:45 p.m. by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki at the parish of Ss. James and Patrick, St. Patrick Church at 407 E. Eldorado. Mass will be followed by dinner at the DCCH and a Sunday night performance of Marty Haugen's Agapé — The Stories and the Feast.
Monday's schedule runs from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and includes another keynote address by Father Fragomeni, morning prayer, lunch, three more break-out session times and a closing address by Father Paul Turner.
This year's break-out leaders include members of the curia staff and a variety of speakers from around the country. Topics will include "Ten Ways to Get Your Kids to Sing," "Be the Hands and Feet of Christ," "Songs of the Soil and the Soul," "Evangelization — The Time is Now," "Adapting Morning and Evening Prayer for Use in Parish and School," and more. Additionally, exhibits from various publishers, bookstores and organizations will be open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
DAEC has been held as a regularly-scheduled event, in some form or fashion, since 1978. Conference registration packets are now available. Fees are $50 for the entire conference and $40 for Sunday or Monday only, if they are postmarked by Oct. 18. After Oct. 18 the fees will be $55 for the entire conference and $45 for Sunday or Monday only.
The Decatur Conference Center and Hotel is providing a special conference rate. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel at (217) 422-8800 or www.hoteldecatur.com) by Oct. 17.
For more information on DAEC, including registration information or to obtain a registration packet, contact Chris Malmevik at (217) 698-8500, ext. 178 or . Online registration via check or credit card is available at www.dio.org/catechesis/daec.