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Fall programs at the Catholic Information Center

Image: Cover art, CIC Fall program brochureFind out what's coming up at ​the Catholic Information Center (CIC) - see several featured programs below. For a complete listing of programs, classes and events, visit or click on the brochure image to the right.   

70th Anniversary Mass and Dinner Celebration

Saturday, Oct. 14, 4:30-9 p.m.
Dinner Ticket cost: $40 per person/Table Sales Available
Deadline to purchase tickets: Monday, October 2
Tickets available at the Catholic Information Center.  Call 616-459-7267 to purchase.
You are invited to celebrate seventy years of ministry by the Paulist Fathers and the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids!  To commemorate this occasion we are having a Mass of thanksgiving and dinner with special guests, including…Bishop David Walkowiak; Paulist President, Eric Andrews, CSP, and several former Catholic Information Center directors.  The MC for the evening will be Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, executive producer of Busted Halo© and nephew of beloved Father Joseph Gallagher, CSP.
Mass—4:30 p.m.   
at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew
215 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cocktails, appetizers and dinner —6 p.m.
At the Catholic Information Center in Conference Room ABC
360 Division Ave, S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Interested in purchasing a table?
Choose to purchase a table for eight or one of our “special guest” tables.  Please contact the CIC office for details. 

Annual Gallagher Talk-Millennial Voices: How Young Adults are reshaping the Catholic Church

Monday, Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Dave Dwyer, CSP
What do young people say they want from the Church?  How does this impact who we are as people of faith today and in the future?  How can we reach out to those millennials who are distant from their faith? Fr. Dave Dwyer is a legend in the world of young adult ministry and carries the Paulist tradition of evangelization using cutting edge practices.  He will share his expertise about the millennial generation.    CFD: Evangelization 
Father Dave Dwyer, CSP is the Executive Director of Busted Halo®, a ministry and media outreach to Catholics in their 20s and 30s. He is the publisher of®, an award-winning, daily web magazine for young adult spiritual seekers, and the host of “The Busted Halo® Show with Father Dave,” a radio talk show on Sirius XM satellite radio (7-10 p.m. Eastern time on The Catholic Channel, ch.129). He also co-hosts the weekly show, “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan”  and has offered commentaries on NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, CNN, The New York Times, The Today Show, The History Channel, Newsweek, The Washington Times, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Suffering: Good or Bad?

Thursdays, Sept. 21 & Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Father Bill Edens, CSP
Can suffering lead us to spiritual awareness and strength? Can the potential energy of suffering help transform our world?  These sessions explore the spirituality of Father Theilhard de Chardin, SJ, and his Seven Stages of Suffering.  Father Bill will share scenes from Broadway plays, Les Misérables, Into the Woods, and Next to Normal, to illustrate various stages of suffering and spiritual awareness.  
CFD: Spirituality    ($10 donation per session suggested) 

Divorce Recovery and Support Group

Wednesdays, Oct. 4-Dec. 6, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
facilitated by Jim Kline 
A ten-week series offered for all who are divorced or are in the process of becoming divorced.  Led by those who have gone through the process themselves, these support groups provide a pathway to personal growth.  The book, Divorce and Beyond, will be used as a guide and is included in the series cost of $15. 

Voices from Fatima: 100 Years Later

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
with Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE
The 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, gives us an opportunity to reflect deeply upon their messages again.  Franciscan Sister Lucia will focus on several voices of Fatima:  that of Mary to the little shepherds in the early apparitions, of God in the miracle of the sun in the final apparition, and of Saint Pope John Paul II, who discusses the appearances in Crossing the Threshold of Hope. This program will be live-streamed at CFD: Spirituality  ($10 donation suggested)