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Read About Family Honor at the WMOF!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

From the beautiful opening Mass to the superb quality of speakers to the dazzling array of exhibitors, the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) had something for everyone and Family Honor was overjoyed to be there, with an exhibit table of our information in the Exhibitor Hall.

During the week of September 21-27, over 20,000 pilgrims came to Philadelphia from 100 countries across the globe to participate in this once- every-three-years-event. It was quite wonderful to see and speak with people from around the world! (Note: This was the first WMOF held in the U.S. The next meeting will be in 2018 in Dublin, Ireland!)

Some memorable moments:

* Seeing a group of men and women from Africa in clothes made of the same green material and pattern, riding down the escalator in the Convention Center, singing loudly and joyfully;

* Bishop Barron hurrying through the exhibit area on the opening day of the conference

* Witnessing the long line of priests, bishops and cardinals process in for the opening Mass on Tuesday evening (the processional took almost 30 minutes!) while the powerful voices of the choir sang the entrance song.

* Walking by the EWTN set each day in the Convention Center as their staff covered the WMOF.

* Stopping to chat with: Bishop Robert Baker, Damon Owens, Teresa Tomeo, and others from around the country that I don’t get to see too often;

* Speaking with all the wonderful people that stopped by our Family Honor booth to ask questions, say hello, sign up for more information, or pass along a word of encouragement. Speaking of which … we’ve got a lot of work to do, following up with new contacts across the U.S. and in Canada, England and Nigeria. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, enjoy these photos from the WMOF!

Meet Tim Madrid

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

2015 - Tim Madrid and Family

Family Honor is happy to announce that Tim Madrid has been hired as Team Leader for Family Honor’s Columbus, Ohio affiliate.

Tim and his wife, Nina, are the parents of 4 young boys – #4 is due in December. A lifelong Catholic, Tim spent several years studying for the priesthood in New England and Rome before discerning God’s call to married life. He has worked in healthcare management and strategy development during his career and currently leads the department of Orthopedic Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Classical Humanities.

“My wife and I had been praying for some time about ways to get more involved in local ministries when I received an email request for help with the local Family Honor affiliate. Though I hadn’t heard of the apostolate before, the more we discovered, the more we liked. We felt it was an opportunity from God that we couldn’t pass up so I took up the challenge and got involved,” Tim said.

“On a personal level, I hope to learn a great deal from the [Family Honor online] training course and being involved with the apostolate in order to equip myself and my boys as they grow. Their development and spiritual growth is critically important to me and my wife and we want to prepare ourselves as well as we can to form them into the men that God wants them to be.”

Tim commented that “Jon Yerian, Rebecca Gjostein and the other team members have done a tremendous job building the Columbus Affiliate and my hope is to build upon that and help develop more support for Family Honor at all levels in our local community. Our plan is to increase our number of trained presenters in order to be a position to regularly offer sessions in the area. There is a tremendous need for the programs of Family Honor and we hope to make those more readily available. “