Newman Center seeks conference funding
November 2, 2018

Photo by Becca Siar
UIC Newman Center students and others at SLS 18, a precursor to the SEEK 2019 conference in Indianapolis that students hope to attend.

Students at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago are raising money to attend the SEEK 2019 conference early next year.

If they raise $25,000, 50 students will be able to attend for $25 each, said the Rev. Connor Danstrom, UIC Newman Center director. “Every little bit helps,” he said. “A $50 or $100 donation would be great.” One person has indicated a $5,000 gift will be made. The deadline for donations is Dec. 1.

The conference will run Thursday through Monday, Jan. 3 through 7, at the Indianapolis, IN, Convention Center and include talks by 60 speakers on topics ranging from discipleship to devotion to faith and prayer.

“It is pretty uplifting,” Fr. Danstrom said. “Those who are interested in the future of the Catholic Church will see a reason to practice their faith. Experiences like this where young people get together to pray and talk” create a “ripple effect” that inspires many others, he said.

The conference is run by an organization called FOCUS, which stands for Fellowship of Catholic University Students, with a mission of sharing the gospel with the world.

SEEK 2019 organizers expect 15,000 people from all over the country to attend the conference, which occurs every two years. The conference fee includes transportation, lodging, daily lunch, and registration.

Newman Center students are visiting parishes throughout the Chicago area to seek donations and are holding fundraisers such as hot dog sales. Contributions are welcome and can be made online at Checks should be made out to John Paul II Newman Center, with “SEEK” on the memo line. Mail checks to the center at 700 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607.

Call (312) 226-1880.

—Susan S. Stevens