Champaign, Normal to host Theology on Tap series in April

Theology on Tap, a discussion series for Catholic young adults and their friends, has been scheduled for the Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana regions during April.

Designed for married or single persons in their 20s and 30s to discuss matters of faith in an informal setting, but open to all, the April series will take place on Monday evenings at the Medici in Normal and Tuesday evenings at Guido’s Bar and Grill in Champaign. The gatherings begin at 6:30 p.m. with food and drink available for purchase, with the talks scheduled for 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

Following are the scheduled speakers and their topics:

April 12: “Human Being and Human Doing — Explorations in Discipleship,” with Dr. Joseph Piccione, senior vice president of mission and ethics at OSF Health Care and an instructor at the St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and elsewhere.

April 19: “The Tough Witness — Evangelizing Family and Friends,” with Father Patrick Henehan, pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Wapella and chaplain and teacher at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington.

April 26: “Under the Influence — Media and the Message,” with Paul Larson of St. Patrick of Merna Parish and Kim Hayes of Holy Trinity Parish, both in Bloomington.

The Medici is located at 120 W. North Street in Normal.

April 13: “Being Catholic . . . Why Bother?” with Dr. Kenneth Howell, director and senior fellow of the Institute of Catholic Thought at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and an adjunct associate professor in religion at the University of Illinois. April 20: “How to Pray 101 — Talking to God,” with Father Luke Spannagel, assistant chaplain for St. John’s Catholic Newman Center.

April 27: “Who is Man for Woman and Woman for Man?” with Father Tom Loya, pastor of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen who speaks widely on the topic of the “Theology of the Body.”

Guido’s Bar and Grill is located at 2 East Main Street in Champaign.

Theology on Tap is sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria. For more information on these series or others coming to different regions, contact Brad Colvis at (309) 671-1550, e-mail

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