.- In an effort to strengthen family life and society through the Catholic faith, a number of organizations have collaborated to organize the first Northeast Catholic Family Conference, July 17-18, at Stonehill College, Easton, Mass. The theme of the weekend is Making the Faith Visible: Embraced by the Father; Taught by the Son; and Filled by the Spirit.
About 2,000 Catholics from Massachusetts and New England are expected to participate. The conference will feature prayer, workshops and celebration. There will also be a "Kids' Camp" initiating young people in Eucharistic adoration and fun workshops on the faith.
The lives of various holy men and women will be presented as a way of teaching how to make the faith visible. They include: St. Gianna Beretta Molla; Blessed James Alberione; Blessed Teresa of Calcutta; Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC; and Servant of God Fr. Michael McGivney.
Topics for the adult workshops include: Theology of the Body; successful parenting; the role of grandparents and extended family; evangelizing through the rosary; raising Catholic children in a secular age; and family and media.
Speakers include Archbishop Sean O'Malley of Boston, Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Television in Canada; Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior of the Sisters of Life; Fr. John Phalen, CSC, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries; Sr. Julia Mary Darrenkamp of the Daughters of St. Paul, and Andy Flathers of Proud2bCatholic.
The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Holy Cross Family Ministries, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Daughters of St. Paul and the Archdiocese of Boston.