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"A Reason for Your Hope"

25th Anniversary Event

For 25 years The Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) has been serving the bishops of the United States by providing spiritual formation for diocesan priests and seminarians. In celebration of and in thanksgiving for the many graces received during the past 25 years, and asking God’s continued blessings for the future, IPF invites both laity and clergy, alumni, and friends to join us for our 25th Anniversary Celebration, "A Reason for Your Hope", on July 12 and 13, 2019.

Join us for a spiritual, educational and social experience with thanksgiving for 25 years of graces.  The weekend will include prayer, special talks, and a Gala Banquet. Events will take place on July 12 and 13, 2019 in Omaha, NE with activities held at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral and the Downtown Omaha Hilton.

The work of IPF is a tangible reason for hope.  Since programs are restricted to seminarians, priests and seminary personnel, many lay people are not aware of the great work that the Institute is doing to nurture happy, healthy and holy priests.  During the coming anniversary year, would you consider offering hope to those in your circle by sharing the IPF story?  Encourage friends and family to learn about IPF by watching our video.  Also, consider sponsoring the July Gala Banquet and invite those you love to join you for this once in a lifetime experience.

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.  1 Peter 3:15


Hilton Omaha (1001 Cass Street, Omaha, NE) has a limited number of rooms available at a rate of $89.00-$109.00/night plus tax to guests who would like to stay during the event. Please call 402.998.3400 to make reservations and reference the IPF 25th Celebration to receive the discounted rate. To make reservations online:

Hotel reservations should be made prior to June 12, 2019; after this date subject to availability.


Parking for this event is free at Hilton Omaha.  Please take the white ticket upon garage entry.  At registration, you will be given a blue validated ticket to accompany the white ticket. This will allow you to exit from the garage at no charge.

Special Accommodations

For special dietary needs, auxiliary aids, or services, please contact The Institute for Priestly Formation at 402-280-3901.

Event Schedule

Friday, July 12, 2019

Morning and Afternoon - Out-of-town guests arrive
6:00 p.m. - Evening Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration
                  St. Cecilia Cathedral; 701 N. 40th Street, Omaha, NE

Saturday, July 13, 2019

8:30 a.m. - Registration at Hilton Omaha
                  Grand Central Ballroom; 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, NE
9:00 a.m. - Gathering with Morning Prayer, Welcome, Introduction to the Day
9:30 a.m. - Deacon James Keating presents on "Finding God in Everyday Life"
10:15 a.m. - Break 
10:45 a.m. - Rev. Mark Toups presents on "Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing"
11:30 a.m. - Morning Closing Comments
12:00 noon - IPF Alumni Lunch at Hilton Omaha
4:00 p.m. - 25th Anniversary Celebration Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral
5:30 p.m. - Cocktails at Hilton Omaha
6:30 p.m. - 25th Anniversary Gala Banquet at Hilton Omaha