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Maine Native Susan Conroy to Speak at “Theology on Tap” in Biddeford on March 21

BIDDEFORD---Susan Conroy, a native of South Portland who developed a friendship with Saint Teresa of Calcutta that lasted for years, will be the presenter at “Theology on Tap” on Thursday, March 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tin Tin Buffet, located on 420 Alfred Road in Biddeford.

Held once a month at a southern Maine restaurant or bar, “Theology on Tap” is a gathering of college students and young adults (ages 18-39) featuring food, drink, fellowship, and engaging discussions.

“Participants feel refreshed by their time together and strengthened in their relationship with God,” said Josh Houde. “It's an incredible blessing to know that you're not alone in your desire to live for God.”

As one of the organizers of “Theology on Tap,” Houde, the assistant director of faith formation at Good Shepherd Parish in Saco, has helped to provide a warm, casual environment in which people, generally in their twenties and thirties, can come together to learn more about their faith and to feel valued and welcomed in the Catholic Church.

“The relaxed setting helps to elicit good conversation and is welcoming for non-Catholics or non-churchgoers who are interested in coming and exploring Christ, the Church, and faith,” said Houde.

Created in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1981, “Theology on Tap” has spread to dioceses across the country, offering thousands of young Catholics an opportunity to share and grow in their faith with peers. Organizers in southern Maine have noticed a high return rate for participants and, as word has spread of its existence and impact, an influx of newcomers.

“Our hope is that participants will leave nourished in body by the great food and drink, in mind and spirit by the engaging presentations, and in their friendships through the fellowship and conversations that ‘Theology on Tap’ provides,” said Houde.

Conroy is a Catholic author, speaker, and EWTN personality. As a young adult, she spent time working and becoming friends with Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa of Calcutta). This experience, among others, inspired in her a great love for the saints and the pursuit of holiness. Conroy made her first trip to Calcutta to work with the Missionaries of Charity in 1986, and her experiences are chronicled in her first book Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love & Secrets of Sanctity, which was written with Saint Teresa’s own blessing and approval. She went on to write eight other books and has served as a host for EWTN programs, including a miniseries entitled “Coming to Christ,” which was filmed on the coast of Maine and in view of Mount Katahdin. Conroy travels across the world to speak of her experiences and to encourage joy-filled service to those in need of mercy.

Her presentation on March 21 is entitled “Becoming Saints in Maine.” It will explore how we can all become saints, here and now, in the concrete circumstances of our daily lives.

For more information about “Theology on Tap,” contact Josh Houde at joshua.houde@portlanddiocese.org.