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Stefanick: ‘When we rediscover our Catholic faith, it’s the most attractive thing in the world’

09 29 2019 700 REBOOT crowd cathedral for ReBootIt was a unique energy inside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Sept. 19 as 700 people, Catholics and non-Catholics, from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, came to give their lives a recharge. Chris Stefanick, a nationally known Catholic speaker, presented REBOOT!, an experience of learning how to better apply the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of life.

“A lot of people associate Catholicism with a particular issue, a particular teaching, or our beautiful rituals,” Stefanick said. “All that stuff is part of it. But, the heart and center of this faith and of life itself is the love that God the Father has for us and our call to respond to that in the way we live our everyday lives. Jesus didn’t come to say, ‘To make them boring.’ He said, ‘I came so they might have life and have it to the full. And I told you these things so my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.’ When we rediscover our Catholic faith as that love story that makes life beautiful, honestly, it’s the most attractive thing in the world. It’s the best thing ever.”

09 29 2019 700 REBOOT Stefanick stands before his presentation screenNine parishes from all the way from Quincy to Effingham partnered with the Cathedral to help bring students, teachers, lay Catholics, and those from other denominations to hear Stefanick’s talk.

“It was fantastic,” Deanna Childs Harlan from Highland said. “We were so blessed to have access to such an amazing evangelizer! St. Paul Highland entourage loved it!”

“We were grateful we came to hear this dynamic speaker,” Jan Zeidler from Quincy said.

Katie Price, the Director of Stewardship and Discipleship for the diocese, was the driving force behind the event, along with a local committee.

“REBOOT! is really a reboot for the diocese and the implementation of the synod and discipleship and stewardship awareness,” Price said. “It’s getting us recharged and activating disciples throughout the diocese. REBOOT! is the first of many largescale diocesan events that promotes a culture of discipleship, a culture of welcome, great hospitality for our diocese, and a great place to welcome people who are Catholic and not Catholic.”