Theology on Tap to begin summer series in Peoria

Theology on Tap, a popular diocesan outreach for young adults, is returning to Peoria this summer.

Starting on July 14, the 2009 Summer Series of Theology on Tap will take place on four consecutive Tuesday evenings at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 S.W. Water St. The gatherings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Theology on Tap is offered at different sites in the diocese, inviting young adults to a social setting to hear about an issue related to the Catholic faith. Those who attend are welcomed personally and encouraged to ask questions.

The discussion series is specially planned for single and married adults ages 21 to 40, but all are welcome. There is no charge to attend, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

The overall goal of Theology on Tap is to give young adults “an opportunity for people to engage Christ and the message of the church, and to continue to re-engage it throughout their lives,” said Brad Colvis, associate director of the diocesan Office of Evangelization.

The first talk of the Peoria series, titled “Decisions, Desires, Discernment: Does God Have a Plan for Me?,” will be presented on July 14 by Matthew Hoelscher, a seminarian for the Diocese of Peoria who will start his second year of studies this fall.

On July 21, Laurel Stein will give a talk titled, “Fulton Sheen: Our Own Saint.”

The popular “Stump the Bishop” session with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will be July 28. Those who attend are encouraged to bring questions for Bishop Jenky.

The final gathering on Aug. 4 will feature a talk titled “Faith and Finances” by Charlie Roy, principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School.

For more information about Theology on Tap, call Colvis at (309) 671-1550, ext. 255, or send e-mail to

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