Those who live in the Chicago area have a special opportunity coming their way on Saturday, April 16.

The Little Sisters of the Poor will be hosting a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine – and the cost is just $25.

That’s only about a third of the usual cost of the program, which has drawn rave reviews from laity, religious and clergy in six countries on three continents.

The 1-day program, intended for every adult Catholic, is of a rich mix of videos, live presentations, large and small group discussions and self-discovery exercises.

“The day truly inspires and challenges Catholics to embrace Jesus as their model in all of their relationships,” says Dr. Owen Phelps, author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, and facilitator for the April 16 program.

Phelps has presented the program in Canada, Uganda and India as well as at many sites all across the U.S.

“Anytime anyone tries to influence anyone else they are taking on the role of leader, so that means everyone is a leader some of the time,” Phelps explains. “At the Encounter we equip people to be effective leaders in their homes, workplaces, parishes and other communities of which they are a part.”

The Saturday, April 16 program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Home, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL. However, all registrations are being handled online. Click here for more information or to register.

The deadline to register is Thursday, April 7, but space is limited and registrations will close earlier if all available spaces are filled.

Encounter in Iowa

Another Encounter will be held April 28, in Osage, IA at Sacred Heart Parish. People who sign up through their parish can attend at no charge. The cost for others to participate is $79.

For more information or to register, contact Dan Rohner at  or 563-556-2580, ext 283.