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Mater Dei Parish To Host Siouxland Eucharistic Conference

For Immediate Release
Mater Dei Parish
1212 Morningside Avenue | Sioux City, Iowa 51106 | 712-276-4821
Contact:  Jeff Schoep, Parish Life Director

Mater Dei Parish To Host Siouxland Eucharistic Conference
Mater Dei Parish will host the Bread of Life Conference on April 1 at Mater Dei Parish – Nativity Church, 4241 Natalia Way, Sioux City, Iowa.  Registration and check-in begins at 7 a.m. at Mater Dei-Nativity School and prayer in the parish at 7:45 a.m.
Parish Life Director, Jeff Schoep, said the National Eucharistic Revival begins at the local level with you and me. Schoep said, “The conference provides Catholics from throughout Siouxland an opportunity to learn more about Jesus and the Eucharist – why it’s the source and summit of our faith.”
Unlike past spring conferences, the Bread of Life Conference is open to men and women alike – high school and college students, as well as adults.
The Bread of Life will feature three keynote speakers, two of whom are from the Carroll area. Father Pat Behm, parochial vicar at St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll, who previously served at All Saints Parish and Gehlen Catholic in Le Mars; and Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT, from Domus Trinitatis Retreat Center in Carroll.
The third keynote speaker is Dr. Keith Jiron, the Executive Director and co-founder of the Evangelium Institute. A native of Colorado and graduate of Colorado State University in 1990, Dr. Jiron has a Licentiate (S.T.L.) and a Doctorate (S.T.D.) in Sacred Theology from the University of Dayton’s International Marian Research Institute which is an affiliate of the Marianum in Rome.
Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City will be present throughout the day. Conference attendees are invited to stay for Mass at 4 p.m., which will be celebrated by Bishop Nickless.
Registration is $10 for high school/college students; $60 for couples by March 27 and $70 after March 27; $40 for individuals by March 27 and $50 after March 27. Register online at
Schoep and parishioner, Don Stevens, will answer more questions about the Bread of Life Conference on Monday, March 13 at 9 a.m. or Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. during Faith In Action with Joanne Fox on Siouxland Catholic Radio 88.1 FM.
Schoep concluded in an interview with Renee Webb in the February 9, 2023, edition of The Lumen, “I really want people to come and experience Jesus like them may not have previously – whether listening to the speakers or spending time in Adoration.”
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