(Updated, Thursday, November 15, 1:20 p.m.)
This event has been canceled.
STEUBENVILLE, OH--“Unprecedented … A work of the Holy Spirit … A time for Christian unity” are some of the words used by organizers to describe the first-ever Catholic Track at the International House of Prayer’s Onething Conference, one of the largest annual gatherings of Christian young adults in the nation.
The conference will take place December 28-31, 2012, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Admission is free.
The Catholic Track at the Onething Conference will be held the mornings of December 29-31 and will feature Mass, worship music led by Catholic musicians Matt Maher and Audrey Assad, and talks by Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. John Bergsma, theology professors at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and other presenters.
The Onething Catholic Track is a joint effort by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the Franciscan University of Steubenville Christian Outreach Office.
Registration, speakers, and other logistics for the Catholic Track are being handled by Franciscan University’s Christian Outreach Office whose executive director, Mark Joseph, says, “We’re excited to offer young Catholics a way to come together for prayer, community, and a deepening of their faith during the Christmas season.”
Joseph said the Catholic Track speakers will draw upon Catholic doctrine, practices, and tradition and touch on the larger conference’s themes centering on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Masses will be celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, and other priests from the Kansas City area.
The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was founded in 1999 by Mike Bickle, who says that many IHOP teachings draw upon the works of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Ávila, as well as contemporary Catholic authors including Father Henri Nouwen and Father Thomas Dubay, SM. The IHOP 24-hour prayer room, he says, was inspired by the spiritual practices of Catholic European monks, such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
“I’ve always had a passion for Catholic-Christian unity and enthusiastically welcome this year’s Catholic Track,” saya Bickle. “We may have different religious traditions, but we focus on fellowship and unity and Jesus being glorified in prayer, worship, and teaching.”
The event’s name comes from Psalm 27:4: “One thing I ask of the Lord, this I seek: To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”
For more information on the Catholic Track at the Onething Conference, including a promo video, go to Steubenville.org/onething. Admission is free but seating is limited so registration is requested. A collection will be taken to help cover expenses.
Onething Conference, Catholic Track Presenters
Dr. Scott Hahn, a world-renowned theologian and author, entered the Catholic Church at Easter in 1986. His story is chronicled in his best-selling book with his wife, Kimberly, Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism. A popular speaker at conferences and retreats nationwide, he is the author of numerous books and teaches theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, where he holds the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization.
Dr. John Bergsma is a theology professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and a noted expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. A former pastor at an inner-city mission church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bergsma and his wife were received into the Catholic Church in 2001. He speaks regularly at conferences and parishes nationwide. His latest book is Bible Basics for Catholics.
Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Matt Maher has established himself as the leading contemporary Catholic music performer. Three of his solo albums have reached the Top 25 Christian Albums Billboard chart, and four of his singles have reached the Top 25 Christian Songs chart. When Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States in 2008, Maher led worship at the Rally for Youth and Seminarians; at World Youth Day 2002, he sang the "Litany of the Saints" for Pope John Paul II and 700,000 youth.
Audrey Assad joins Matt Maher as one of the few Catholic musicians to receive wide airplay on Christian music radio stations. Her 2010 album, The House You're Building, was named Amazon.com’s “Best Christian Music of 2010,” and iTunes’ Christian & Gospel "Breakthrough Album of the Year." It also was ranked the No. 7 Best Album of 2010 by Rhapsody.com.