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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Quite often, a person investigating the possibility of an annulment has a difficult time beginning the process.  Those who help the person at a parish normally become the field advocate for that person’s annulment investigation.  This training, co-sponsored by the Center for Family Ministry and the Joliet Diocesan Tribunal, will provide potential “field advocates” and existing field advocates with pertinent information about the annulment process.  It will also offer practical ways for the field advocate to assist, coach, and be spiritually supportive with the annulment petitioners.

   Those who come to this training are selected and sent by their parish staff and, in turn, will serve their own parish in this ministry.  The training takes place at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill, from 9:00 am (check-in begins at 8:30 am) to 3:00 pm and will be conducted by Father Joseph Tapella, Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Joliet, and Dr. Valerie Maty, Associate Director of the Office of Family Ministry.  The $15 fee covers coffee, lunch and materials.

   Although the training is not mandatory, it will be very helpful, both for existing field advocates, and those who want to be available to help and reach out to annulment petitioners.  Please register by April 22, 2019 online at  https://conta.cc/2GBwQUN .   For more information, concerns, or questions, call the Office of Family Ministry at 815-838-5334.