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Banquet Celebrates and Inspires

Banquet guests give a standing ovation to Family Honor Founder Ann Nerbun, who was honored at the event.

 

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Over 100 guests from three states enjoyed an evening of celebration and inspiration at Family Honor’s 30th Anniversary Banquet, held at Cardinal Newman School on Saturday evening, March 24 in Columbia, South Carolina.

The evening began with time for socializing and catching up with old and new friends, as guests gathered outside the banquet room. Once inside, The Most Reverent Robert Guglielmone, Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, SC, opened the event with prayer and commented on Family Honor’s long history of service to the Diocese and the significant outreach Family Honor has done over the years with dioceses across the country.

Executive Director Brenda Cerkez provided a short history of Family Honor’s mission and accomplishments. Mrs. Cerkez stated that, among other things, Family Honor has:

  • created the curricula for four different parent-child chastity programs which the organization has delivered to thousands of parents and children in 16 different states and Canada;
  • developed and teaches a college-credit online course for parents and ministry leaders which is available to anyone in the world with a computer and high-speed Internet connection, and has been taken by hundreds of adult students in across the U.S., plus Canada, Brazil, and South Africa.
  • written nine books – some of which have been translated into Spanish – on chastity, virtue, and fertility appreciation, for parents and ministry leaders to use with their family or in their ministry.
  • held the first-ever national conference on The Theology of the Body in Charleston, South Carolina in 2002, and organized 3 additional national conferences, with attendees from over 35 states, plus South Africa, Italy, and the Philippines.

Mrs. Cerkez then gave the organization’s vision for the future, which includes continued growth in the U.S. and development of teams of adult chastity presenters in Brazil and other countries as well.

Attendees enjoyed a buffet supper before hearing from Keynote Speaker Dr. John Grabowski, professor of Moral Theology at Catholic University of America and an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth.

Dr. Grabowski’s presentation, “Discerning the Body:  The Place of the Theology of the Body in the Ministry of Pope Francis,” tied together Saint Pope John Paul II’s writings on marriage, family, and theology of the body with the writings of Pope Francis, and with Family Honor’s mission to families. Dr. Grabowski stated that the role of the Theology of the Body in the New Evangelization “… equips all the Church – especially those in ministry to marriage and family – to act as ‘missionary disciples’ and accompany those who are struggling or lost.”

Guests viewed a presentation that included a look back at some of the speakers and participants at Family Honor national conferences, parent-child programs, and training classes over the years, and had the opportunity to see a short video of with personal testimonies of some of the people Family Honor has impacted in the past 30 years, including Father Jeff Kirby, a priest in the Diocese of Charleston, and Damon Owens, a nationally known speaker on the Theology of the Body.

Family Honor also honored founders Ann and Bob Nerbun for their initial vision in creating the organization with a special icon of the Nativity, and an icon of the Holy Family was given to Family Honor Board Chairman J Seth and his wife Tonia for their many years of service to Family Honor as chastity presenters.

Brenda Cerkez stated that “Family Honor has been able to continue our service to families for 30 years thanks to the prayers and generosity of many people, and also because moms, dads, priests and young single adults responded to the Holy Spirit with ‘yes’ when we asked them if they would consider being a chastity presenter for our organization. I am convinced that there are people right now in South Carolina and other states, even internationally, who God is calling to join with us to present the beauty of the virtue of chastity and the life-affirming truth of His gift of sexuality. If you think you are being called, we’d love to talk with you! Contact us at: info@familyhonor.org or 803.929.0858.”

Family Honor, created in 1988 and based in Columbia, South Carolina, provides and promotes a family-centered, Catholic approach to chastity education. The organization, with chastity presenters in South Carolina and eight other states, carries out its mission by: creating and delivering parent-child chastity programs; providing continuing education via a college-credit online course; and developing books and other materials for parents and ministry leaders.