Matthew Kelly, New York Times Best Selling Author, Delivers The Message of How to Live Everyday with Passion and Purpose, and to Discover The-Best-Version-of-Yourself

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Kelly examines what makes dynamic relationships, and how to foster greater intimacy in our own lives, to include intimacy with self, others and God at a three-evening mission, February 26 – 28, 2006 at 7:30pm at St. Isidore, St. Joan of Arc and St. John Vianney Catholic parishes in the San Francisco East Bay.

Catholics@Work, a fellowship of individuals who explore how to actively live one’s beliefs in the workplace, (http://www.catholicsatwork.org), today announced it will host, in conjunction with St. Isidore, St. Joan of Arc and St. John Vianney Catholic parishes, Matthew Kelly at a three-evening mission, February 26 – 28, 2006 at 7:30pm. Designed to challenge and inspire everyone, from teenagers to seniors to “Become the Best Version of Yourself”, Kelly examines what makes dynamic relationships, and how to foster greater intimacy in our own lives, to include intimacy with self, others and God. To register for these free events visit http://www.catholicsatwork.org, click on Calendar and then select the individual event or events titles you want to attend.

“Through my speaking and writing, I have been able to bring to life the surprisingly simple and disarmingly practical principles inspired in me by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ,” said Matthew Kelly. “It is my goal to help everyone affirm the highest values of the human spirit, to remind us of our unrealized potential, and to inspire us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.”

“Matthew Kelly's message is both timely and timeless. His example is authentic and inspiring. His passion for life is refreshing and challenging,” said Rick Medeiros, president of Catholics@Work. “It is certain that he will continue to be, with increasing influence, one of the most sought-after and endearing spiritual voices of our time.”

On Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 7:30pm at St. John Vianney Catholic Church (1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA), Kelly presents “The Seven Levels of Intimacy”. In his latest book, The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved, Kelly talks about the challenges and opportunities that relationships present in a person’s quest to become the-best-version-of-ourselves. His presentation deals with themes from this book beginning with a discussion of "The Ten Reasons People Don't Have Great Relationships" and moving into a discussion of what creates dynamic relationships and how we can foster greater intimacy in our own lives.

“Matthew has a unique power to transform what many people would perceive as a lecture into enjoyable learning. He really packages great insight, learning and motivation in the context of entertainment, to which real people can relate,” said Reverend James McGee, pastor of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. “The Seven levels of Intimacy” and the “Ten Reasons People Don’t Have Great Relationships” will reach inside everyone and touch a nerve, young and old, who attend the talk.”

Following on Monday, February 27, 2006 at 7:30pm at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA), Kelly tackles “Becoming the-Best-Version-of-Yourself”. Kelly believes, "Life is short...dedicate yourself to the things that deserve your dedication." He discusses the importance of focusing time and energy on the things in our lives that fulfill our legitimate needs physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.

“Matthew’s enthusiasm about living Catholic values is contagious. He has found a way to take messages that have been around for millennia, and make them accessible to everyone, on a personal and individual basis. The concept of “Becoming the Best Version of Yourself” is so simple and, yet so powerful, that it defies third party description,” said St. Joan of Arc Pastor, Reverend Fred A. Riccio. Kelly believes that everyone wants to be happy, and that God's dream is that we become the-best-version-of-ourselves. He suggests that things in our lives that make us truly happy are also the things that fulfill our legitimate needs and help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves.

The three-day event will culminate on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 7:30pm at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church (440 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA), with “The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality.” There are 70 million Catholics in the United States alone. According to Kelly, “The Catholic Church is a sleeping giant. We need to wake that giant up!" Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. In his talk, Kelly dispels many of the widespread myths surrounding the practice and rejection of Catholicism, while revealing the essence and genius of the Catholic faith and its relevance in our lives. The Seven Pillars are "stepping stones" to becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves.

“Too many Catholics have a once a week or less relationship with God and the Church. Matthew dispels the myths built by conventional wisdom that fosters this behavior,” stated Father Mundanmani Paulson, parochial administrator at St Isidore’s Catholic Church. “His Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality has the power to transform conventional thinking about Catholicism -- being a set of rules and a once a week obligation -- to a dynamic way of thinking about Catholic values that actually influence every aspect of our everyday lives.”

Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia in 1973. Over the past twelve years, two million people have attended his talks, seminars and retreats. Against the backdrop of travel to fifty countries, millions more have been touched by his writings and appearances on radio and television programs. In addition to his New York Times best seller, The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, Matthew’s works include: The Book of Courage, Rediscovering Catholicism, The Shepherd, A Call to Joy and Mustard Seeds. Collectively his titles have been published in numerous languages and have sold more than 750,000 copies. Matthew's newest book, The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved, was released in late 2005 by Simon & Schuster.

ABOUT CATHOLICS@WORK

Catholics@Work is committed to fostering fellowship and connectivity among Catholics facing the realities of life in today’s workplace environment. The monthly breakfast gatherings are a unique opportunity for Catholics to:

•grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith,

•be encouraged to apply the principals of their faith in the everyday workplace,

•and, to network with other Catholic business professionals.

The breakfast series is held at Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville, California, on the second Tuesday of the month seven times per year (April-June, September-December). The event starts with a buffet breakfast followed by a speaker or panel discussion and runs from 6:45-8:30am. The event offers a great way to network with people who look for purpose and leadership in their lives. There is time prior to the beginning of each speaker’s presentation to interact with other attendees, to share faith, and business and personal information. Mass is offered at 6:15am for those who wish to attend before breakfast at the same location. Managed by Catholic business professionals, Catholics@Work breakfast events are open to all, regardless of faith or occupation, who want to explore the issues of actively living one’s beliefs in the workplace.

For more information visit http://www.catholicsatwork.org or call +1 925-389-0704.

Catholics@Work is a trademark of Catholics@Work. All other brand and product names are registered trademarks, trademarks or servicemarks of their respective holders and are gratefully acknowledged. All specifications subject to change without notice.

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