Session A – Monday, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., July 16, 2018

CodeTitleDescriptionSpeaker(s)Bio
WA1Bridging the Gap: Discernment in Working With Young AdultsWe want to provide tools for all those involved with young Catholic adults, whether they are one themselves or work with them, to use to get to the healthiest place possible so that their discernment process can be guided by both sound theology and solid human formation.
Kristian and Christina JalowayKristian served youth for 19 years, 19 in the Legionaries of Christ. He is now a professional leadership coach for business entrepreneurs, non-profits and government entities interested in personal and organizational health. Christin is a former high school theology teacher who writes articles and blogs about the issues facing young women today. They often present together on topics such as prayer, discernment, family and marriage.
WA2The Joyful Marriage Project: Engaging Married Couples in the Mission of EvangelizationThe Joyful Marriage Project is the initiative of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann to evangelize married couples, equipping them to live the mission of Matrimony. This presentation will discuss the best practices of how and why to evangelize married couples, and how to help them evangelize others.Brad and Libby DuPontBrad and Libby DuPont, married in 2003, are the parents of 4 children and currently live in Overland Park, KS. They both hold a Master’s in Theological Studies and combined, they have 38 years of ministry experience including NET Ministries, parish youth ministry and Archdiocesan Family Life Office where they co-authored The Joyful Marriage Project.
WA3Sts Louis and Zelie Martin! First Couple Canonized as a Couple.Their families of origin, their vocations, struggles, and fruitfulness. Today’s witnesses to the vocation to marriage as a path to Sanctity.Christian MeertChristian Meert, director of the Office of Marriage for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Founder: www.catholicmarriageprep.com, first online mentor led marriage preparation program in English, Spanish, and French. International speaker on TOB and marriage. Appeared on EWTN and many international publications. Married to Christine, they have five daughters and twelve grandchildren.
WA4Prepare to Care – Caring for Others and Caring for YourselfIn 2017, there were an estimated 60 million family caregivers in the U.S.—parishioners in our pews struggling with stress, guilt and isolation. Learn how to build a ministry to help caregivers find strength with a Christ-centered view. Now is the time for parishes to reach out and create a spiritual home for families caring for sick, disabled or aging loved ones. Lean how Nourish, a lay lead program, facilitates an effective and ongoing caregiver ministry.Deb Kelsey-Davis & Kelly JohnsonDeb Kelsey-Davis, is a RN, lay minister, certified in gerontology and a family caregiver. Kelly Johnson, also a family caregiver, runs the Adult Faith Formation programs at St. Mary of Gostyn and is a member of NACFLM. Speaking from personal experiences, Deb and Kelly, who co-found Nourish for Caregivers in 2015, share insights, stories and tools to aide parishes with this modern-day concern of Caring for the Caregiver.
WA5Reúne a Todos Tus Hijos Esparcidos Por El Mundo Tomando en cuenta el lema de NACFLM: “El Matrimonio y la Familia como el Corazon de la Nueva Evangelización”; este taller le brindará recursos y herramientas, para que Uds. como líderes ayuden a aquellos padres de familia cuyos hijos están alejados de su fe, recibirán consejos prácticos que incluyen cómo formar Grupos de Oración, Días de Reflexión y Retiros que ayuden a sus familias con esta misión.Carla Ferrando- BowlingCarla Ferrando es la Directora Asociada de la Oficina de Vida Familiar en la Arquidiócesis de Washington. Con más de 17 años de experiencia al servicio de los líderes catequéticos hispanos. Oradora a nivel nacional y arquidiocesano. Miembro del Consejo Directivo de Líderes Catequéticos de la Arquidiócesis de Washington (ACLA), Federación de Catequesis con Hispanos (FCH), Conferencia Nacional de Líderes Catequéticos.

Session B – Monday 3:00-4:00 p.m., July 16, 2018

CodeTitleDescriptionSpeaker(s)Bio
WB1What’s Next? What’s Best?Facing ahead is an app designed to help couples in a relationship decide if this is the person they want to have a future with. Based on the idea of an inventory for engaged couples, Facing Ahead challenges unmarried, un-engaged couples to explore their similarities in values, habits and goals.Steve & Kathy Beirne Steve and Kathy Beirne have extensive experience in the areas of marriage education and enrichment. They have published Foundations Newsletter for Married couples for the last 25 years. They created FACET premarital tool and are the authors of Catholic and Newly Married, a Catholic Press Association award winning book. The Beirnes have been married (to each other) for 50 years, have 7 children and 6 grandchildren.
WB2How to Be Married and Stay EngagedIn order to flourish, marriages need three types of intimacy. Happily, these are also the basis of our Catholic Christian marriage vows. In down to earth and sometimes humorous ways, Dr. Healy will show how to live out these vows more deeply and completely.Dr. Jim HealyDr. Healy has spoken on marriage in over 85 dioceses. His marriage materials, including How to Be Married and Stay Engaged and Making Happiness a Habit, have been used through the US and beyond. A former advisor of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and the Family, he received the NACFLM Family Ministry Award in 2000. He had been the Director of the Diocese of Joliet Office of Family Ministry since 1989. Jim and his wife Madonna have four adult children.
WB3Technology’s Impact on Relationships: How to Accompany Families Through this 21st Century MazeTechnology and culture is changing at an unprecedented pace and it’s affecting how we relate with one another. Many families are unable to keep up and therefore find themselves reacting instead of being proactive. From screen addition to social media, pornography to video conferencing, technology is making a profound impression on our relationships. Come join this honest discussion so we can better understand the situation and find ways to help families use technology for good and limit it’s pitfalls.Jason KiddJason Kidd oversees Marriage, Family & Youth offices for the Archdiocese of Portland. After a dozen years in parish youth ministry he has transitioned to serving families and marriages through parish life. He yearns to share the radical call of Jesus and help build His Kingdom. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, founded Rise UP PDX Ministries, and is the current ringmaster of the Kidd Family circus.
WB4Loving My LGBT Neighbor in Grace and TruthHow do we love our same-sex attracted and transgendered co-workers, neighbors, family members and parishioners while standing faithfully for the teachings of the Catechism? Do we need to be more about grace or more about truth? In this presentation, working from my more than 15 years interacting with advocates in the LGBT community in university debates and other forums, we will learn how to navigate these relationships redemptively.Glenn T. StantonGlenn T. Stanton is the director of global family formation studies at focus on the family and the author of 8 books on the family including “Loving My LGBT Neighbor; Being Friends in Grace and Truth.” He speaks internationally on the topics of marriage cohabitation, parenting, gender, manhood and the nature of the same-sex family. He is a long-time student of JPII and Theology of the Body and the primary expert in the USCCB’s documentary “Made for the Common Good, “ a catechetical aid on social significance of marriage.
WB5Modelos y estrategias de inclusión familiar en evangelización con hispanos Para las familias hispanas y latinas, la fe y la cultura están entrelazadas una con la otra y esto es importante considerarlo a la hora de presentar el evangelio. Se presentaran las diferentes realidades de la familia hispana actual en el contexto de los Estados Unidos y a la luz de las Sagradas Escrituras y el Magisterio de la Iglesia Católica (Amoris Laetitia) para poder ser inclusivos con la familia entera en el quehacer evangelizador.Gerardo Salazar México-americano. Casado por 13 años con Nancy con quien tiene 8 hijos. Hijo de padres campesinos migrantes. Su madre lo consagró a San Gerardo cuyo nombre significa “espada de Dios” y a la Virgen del Carmen. Tiene una Licenciatura en Periodismo y Comunicaciones, una Maestría en Teología y Ministerio y actualmente está terminando su Doctorado en Ministerio Hispano. Es el Director Asociado para la formación de catequistas y líderes catequéticos hispanos en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston y consultor para Sadlier.

Session C – Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., July 17, 2018

CodeTitleDescriptionSpeaker(s)Bio
WC1Behind “A Sexual Revolution” – the DocumentaryThe new documentary “A Sexual Revolution” has been seven years in the making and began when the Director, Rickard Newman started to explore Catholicism after living his whole life and atheist in Sweden. His and his wife Alana’s conversion happened by encountering the prophetic nature of Humanae Vitae, and through their journey they also stumbled across a hidden treasure in the church – the little known story of the founding doctors behind modern Natural Family Planning.Rickard NewmanRickard Newman is the Director of Family life and Pro-Life in the Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana and the Co-Director of “A Sexual Revolution” – the documentary.
WC2Resurrecting the Heart: A Eucharistic Journey of Marital Renewal and Enrichment.The best way to live out our earthly marriage is to model it after the heavenly marriage revealed to us in the Wedding Feast of the Lamb: The Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist! In this presentation, we will explore 7 vital habits couples need to develop in order to renew and strengthen their marriage and how these habits correspond to 7 key aspects of our encounter with the Sacrament of the Eucharist.Greg Schutte, MSW, LISW-SGreg has been the Director of Marriage Works! Ohio, in Dayton, Ohio since 2006. He is the author of the Catholic marriage enrichment program: “Discovering Our Deepest Desire” (www.ourdeepestdesire.com) which is also translated in Spanish and both have an imprimatur. Greg has been married for nearly 25 years and is the proud father of 7 children ages 21 to 6 years old.
WC3Ministry With GrandparentsGrandparents are stepping up to support their children’s parenting and bearers of faith to the next generation. Gain insight, strategies and resources to reach out to grandparents to help them be better mentors. Care givers, role models, and wisdom figures in today’s families.Lauri Przybysz, D.Min.Dr. Lauri Przybysz, Catholic family life minister and catechist, received the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America in Adult Faith Formation. She is Executive Director of the Christian Family Movement-USA, current President of NACFLM, and retired coordinator of Marriage and Family Life in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. A member of Our Lady of the Fields Parish in Maryland, Lauri is the mother of 6 and grandmother of 21 children.
WC4Ministry Through VulnerabilityThis workshop will focus on how prudent vulnerability opens doors for marriage and family ministry. Too often, the Church’s ministry in these areas focuses on overly idealistic portraits of marriage and family life that leave many people feeling inadequate and alienated. The presentation will use Amoris Laetitia, research of Brene Brown, the USCCB podcast “Made for Love’ and other examples to demonstrate the power of vulnerability.Sara PerlaSara Perla is the Program Specialist for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage at the USCCB. She attended the Catholic University of America and Received her Master’s degree in Theological Studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C. She is also a baker, a ballet dancer, and an avid listener of NPR podcasts.
WC5Let’s Talk Family!: Reflections on the Joy of LoveThis presentation will explore key messages in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia) in an accessible and practical way. Participants will be helped to reflect on and articulate their experience of family life and their response to the Pope’s document. This session will take, as its starting point, people’s experience of love and their hopes and fears with regard to marriage and family.Jake SamourJake Samour is the Director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas since March of 2013. Jake received a master’s degree in theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family Life in Washington, DC and is currently a Candidate for Doctor of Ministry at Oblate School of Theology. Jake and his wife Ramie have six children.

Session D – Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 p.m., July 17, 2018

CodeTitleDescriptionSpeaker(s)Bio
WD1How the Wedding Liturgy can help bring Couples to the Wedding Feast of the LambPope Saint John Paul II, the great modern saint of family life, once said “The liturgical celebration is a meeting, dialogue, and communion between the risen Christ and the Church, His Spouse….” The Rite of Christian Matrimony is a vast, often untapped source of both profound meditation and practical wisdom. Learn how these words can influence your work in preparing couples for marriage and in enriching their marriages.Murphy LierleyMurphy Lierley serves as the Manager of FOCCUS Inc., USA., the marriage preparation and enrichment inventory working in the Archdiocese of Nebraska. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Gregory the Great College Seminary and after discerning he was not called to the priesthood, served as a youth minister and director of faith formation before working with FOCCUS. He is currently achieving his Master’s degree in Theology at the Augustine Institute graduate program in Denver and is married to his best friend Kelli.
WD2The Transforming Power of Married LoveWe will guide workshop participants to understand the transforming power of married love and how the marriage covenant is a foundation for evangelization. We will use the Four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St. IgnatiusBridget Brennan & Jerome ShenBridget and Jerry have been married 41 years. They are the authors of 2 books. Claiming Our Deepest Desires, the Power of an Intimate Marriage (Lit.Press,2004) and Falling in Love…Finding God. Marriage and Ignatian Spirituality (Lulu Press,2-16). They have presented Workshops and retreats throughout the US. They are passionate about the transforming power of married love.
WD3Money MattersPeople spend money they don’t have to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t know. Stress and strife over money is one of the leading factors in marital strife. Help the people you serve put money in the proper perspective. It will change the individual, it will change the family and it will change the church!Jon and Evelyn BeanJon and Evelyn are commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministers of the Diocese of Orlando. They both graduated from college with teaching degrees, then had successful careers with Fortune 500 companies. They are now retired and have the opportunity to enjoy serving God as full-time volunteers in Compass Catholic Ministries.
WD4By Word and Example…The First Herald of the FaithThe home is meant to be where we first encounter and experience not only life but our life in Christ. It stands to reason that the work in strengthening marriage and the family must be at the heart of building up the life of the Church. This presentation will focus on ways we can awaken, remind, and encourage families to become who they are so as to bring about true growth in the New Evangelization.Jason AngeletteJason Angelette received a Masters from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at C”UA. Since 2007 Jason and his wife Elise are the Co-Directors of the Faith and Marriage Apostolate for the Willwoods Community, A Catholic Non-profit located in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. His experience includes teaching at the high school and college level as well as speaking at retreats and events nationwide.
WD5Nones, Somes and Dones: What’s a Parent (or Church) to Do?Much literature and research today is being focused on those who are not attending Church with several descriptors assigned to them: the “Nones”, the Somes”, and the “Dones’ among them. Who are these youth and young adults and what do they have in common? What distinguishes them from one another? What do they really seek? And are parents and the church at large able to offer it to them? Let’s find out together.Michael TheisenMichael Theisen has been involved in faith formation and ministry to youth and families for over 30 years, authoring over a dozen books and numerous articles. His experience as a speaker, trainer and ministry leader reaches from parish to diocesan and national levels and he enjoys creatively engaging learners and colleagues on the topic of passing on the faith to the next generation of disciples. Michaels works as the Director of Ministry Formation for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in Washington Dc.