On July 6 and 7, hundreds of families from around the United States gathered at St. Mary Magdalene church just outside of Greenville, South Carolina for the Theology of the Body: Hope & Healing conference. The conference was co-hosted by Family Honor and the Diocese of Charleston’s Family Life Office. This is Family Honor’s fourth national conference and this year participants came from 18 states and as far away as Hawaii to hear talks from some of Theology of the Body’s most leading experts.
Holy Mass, con-celebrated by five priests, including Byzantine priest, Fr. Thomas Loya, opened the conference. Fr. Roger Arnsparger, Vicar of Education from the Diocese of Charlotte, NC, gave an inspiring homily. Bishop Robert Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston closed the conference with a rousing homily on Saturday evening.
Several talks were recorded by Our Father’s Will Communications and are available for purchase at their website. Here is a sample of the talks:
Fr. Thomas Loya – He Said, She Said: How to Communicate Effectively within the Family
Katrina Zeno – Heaven as an Inspiration for Hope and Healing
Damon Owens – Theology of the Body: Restoring the Culture of Life
Dr. Bob Schuchts – Healing the Whole Family: Persevering Through Trials and Divorce
A variety of workshops were also offered by the speakers including “Chastity Education for VIPs (Very Important Parents) given by Family Honor’s Director of Marketing and Outreach, Christine Schicker and Leading & Loving: A Chastity Education Program for Parents of Young Children (Preview) offered by Vincent Weaver, Family Honor’s Director of Programs and Training.. These were well-attended and the attendees left well-informed about Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
This conference touched the hearts and lives of those who attended! Here is what some of them had to say:
- “Thank you for providing me with some very insightful ideas. I learned so much!”
- “What great speakers and information!”
- “I enjoyed the wonderful Catholic church setting with the Adoration Chapel and I’m grateful for the professional group of organizers! Thank you!”
- “Excellent conference! Thank you for all the hard work in putting it together.”
- “One of the things I liked best was connecting with other like-minded people! We’re all in the front lines of this counter-cultural battle. Terrific job!”
- “It was hard for me to decide what workshops to attend with so many good choices. We wish the conference was longer.”
A very special Thank You goes out to the priests, staff, and parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene’s parish who welcomed visitors from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Delaware, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, and Arizona. Without your generous hospitality, this conference would not have been possible!
Thank you to all who participated! May God continue to bless you in your work as parents, priests, religious, and lay ministers!