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The Event
Family Honor recently participated in a very special conference in California.

Titled Faithful to God’s Design, the national event celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s

encyclical Humanae Vitae (Translation: Of Human Life) and was sponsored by the California Association of Natural Family Planning (CANFP).

A Summary of Humanae Vitae
According to the Couple to Couple League (CCL), Humanae Vitae “Reaffirmed the constant teaching of the Catholic Church on married love, responsible parenthood and the continued rejection of unnatural forms of birth control.”

CCL stated that the reasoning of this encyclical is, essentially: “Marital relations are much more than a union of two persons. They constitute a union of the loving couple with a loving God, in which a new person can be created, and upon which God completes the creation by adding the soul. For this reason, Paul VI says right in the first sentence of HV that the transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. This is a divine partnership.”  To read the full text of Humanae Vitae, go to: http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html

Attendance
Held at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California, the conference provided continuing education credits and featured an impressive line-up of speakers, including Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Prof. Janet Smith, PhD, George Weigel, Christopher West, Dr. Ray Gaurendi, Patrick Coffin, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, Steven Mosher, and many others. An estimated 400 people from across the U.S. attended.

Heroes

Ann and Bob Nerbun

There were a number of highlights at the conference, including the World Premiere of the film Unprotected: The Untold Story of the Sexual Revolution, and a video presentation honoring Humanae Vitae Heroes.  It was exciting to see that Family Honor founders Ann and Bob Nerbun were included in the Heroes video, among an impressive roster of other international leaders who have contributed to the promotion and understanding of this important Church teaching!

It should be noted that, in addition to serving as the Program Director for Family Honor for over 20 years, Ann was also Director of the Office of Natural Family Planning for the Diocese of Charleston, SC and Ann and Bob were Presenters for Family Honor chastity programs since the organization began in 1988. (And they were doing this all the while raising their seven children!) The Nerbuns recently retired as active Presenters, but Ann continues to serve Family Honor via her coordination of the monthly Spiritual Apostolate in which volunteers are asked to pray for special intentions for Family Honor.  Note: if you would like to be a part of our Spiritual Apostolate prayer partners, please contact Family Honor at: info@familyhonor.org

Another Highlight

Relic of Pope Paul VI

Another conference highlight was the announcement of Prof. Janet Smith as the recipient of the CANFP’s 2018 Calegari Award, in gratitude for, and recognition of, decades of courageous leadership as an advocate for love and life.

To honor Dr. Smith in a special way, a relic of Pope Paul VI was given to Dr. Smith in a beautiful gold reliquary. (Shown in photo.)

Family Honor at Conference

Brenda Cerkez and Amy Kim

Family Honor was represented at the conference by Executive Director Brenda Cerkez, who co-lead a workshop on “Empowering Young Women Through Cycle/Fertility Awareness.”

In her presentation, Mrs. Cerkez spoke about how Family Honor empowers not only young women, but parents as well, by explaining ‘The Five C’s’ as a template that Family Honor uses to deliver a family-centered approach to chastity education.

Those ‘Five C’s’ include:
Context, Communication, Clarity, Chastity and Catholic.

Mrs. Cerkez also had the opportunity to meet with Amy Kim, Director of Religious Education for St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church in Inglewood, California. Family Honor will be presenting a Leading & Loving program for parents who have young children (infancy through age 11) at that parish in February. No child attends the program. It is for parents only. Family Honor is hopeful that a local Family Honor California team will be formed soon to deliver more local programs there.

For more information about booking a Family Honor program or becoming a Family Honor chastity program presenter, contact the Family Honor office at 803.929.0858.

Also, CANFP is making the conference videos available free online. For more info, go to:
https://CelebrateHV50.com/