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Diocesan Marriage and Family Conference

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Dr. Ray Guarendi, Bishop Rhoades to speak at Marriage and Family Conference in March

The diocesan Office of Family Life will be hosting the third biennial Diocesan Marriage and Family Conference on Saturday, March 29, at the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall). The conference will begin at 9:30 in the morning and will adjourn at 4:30 in the afternoon.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades will open the conference with morning prayer and a reflection. Dr. Ray Guarendi, an internationally known speaker, author and host of his own radio show, will speak at both plenary sessions onMarriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards and Standing Strong as a Parent.

The conference will also feature 2 workshop sessions. The sessions will include three workshops from which to choose. Topics will include theology of the Eucharist and marriage, communication and intimacy in marriage, family life, parenting issues, and the Christian family as the church of the home. Confirmed workshop and panelist speakers include Msgr. Michael Heintz, Fred and Lisa Everett, Theresa Thomas, and John Sikorski.

To register for the conference, Click Here or call the Notre Dame Conference Center at (574) 631-6691 for more information. The cost for this daylong conference, which includes continental breakfast, a boxed lunch and afternoon snacks, is $35 per person.


8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM Morning Prayer Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

10:00 AM Plenary Session One:

Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards Dr. Ray Guarendi

11:00 AM BREAK

11:25 AM Workshop Session One

   ~Creating a Big-Hearted Family Theresa Thomas

   ~Building Communication & Intimacy in Marriage Lisa Everett

   ~The Christian Family as the Domestic Church John Sikorski

12:15 PM LUNCH

1:05 PM Plenary Session Two:

Standing Strong as a Parent Dr. Ray Guarendi


2:25 PM Workshop Session Two

   ~When the Giver becomes the Gift: the Eucharist and Marriage Msgr. Michael Heintz

   ~Building Communication & Intimacy in Marriage (repeat) Lisa Everett

   ~The Christian Family as the Domestic Church (repeat) John Sikorski


3:40 PM Panel Discussion:

Handing on the Faith to our Children

4:30 PM Closing Prayer