Family Life Ministries as Field Hospitals

Speaker: Beverly Hubble Tauke, LCSW

Description:  A prime role of today’s Church, Pope Francis has noted, is “the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful…as a field hospital after battle.” In that spirit, Family Life Ministers share a CDC-type vision and mission: to help heal current and generational family wounds; to detect and minimize entrenched and emerging threats; and also to educate and inoculate against needless family pain. On this front, the FLM world overlaps that of social workers, especially among faith-based populations. FLM/social work strategies and specific tools for healing wounds, risk management and marriage-parent-child inoculation will be explored, integrating research with Church and biblical concepts.

Family counselor, author and speaker Beverly Hubble Tauke collaborates with church communities throughout the Eastern U.S., and for years facilitated workshops for homeless men and women in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the Boards of Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, Virginia, and Catholic Charities of the Arlington Diocese, Virginia.  Her graduate education includes a Master of Social Work degree from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts degree in communication from Wheaton College.

Church Teaching on Marriage as a Social Justice Issue

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Helen Alvaré

Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of, and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.


The Family’s Role in the New Evangelization: The Theology of the Body, St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Grabowski

Talk Description

A native of the Midwest, Dr. Grabowski earned his B.A. in theology at the University of Steubenville and his Ph.D. at Marquette University.  For the last twenty four years he has been on the faculty of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he is currently Associate Professor of Moral Theology with continuous tenure and the Director of the Moral Theology/ Ethics area.  He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XVI in the fall of 2009 where they serve as a member couple.  He is also currently serving as a theological advisor to the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth.  In 2015 he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert (adiutor) at the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Catholic Social Teaching, Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy as Mission, and the Family

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeanne Schindler

While Catholic Social Thought is sometimes presented as a discrete body of wisdom, one that seems palatable to the contemporary mind, Dr. Jeanne Schindler will argue that Catholic insight concerning social life and justice is inseparable from the Church’s moral theology concerning sexuality, marriage, and family life.  The deep underlying unity rests upon a rich anthropology that recognizes human beings as intrinsically social and designed for profound communion.

Dr. Jeanne Schindler is a Fellow of the John Paul II Institute.  Until 2013 she was an associate professor at Villanova University.  Dr. Schindler’s intellectual interests are interdisciplinary, integrating philosophy, theology, and political science.  She has lectured and published in a variety of areas, including Catholic social thought and democratic theory.  She edited Christianity and Civil Society: Catholic and Neo-Calvinist Perspectives (2008) and co-edited with D.C. Schindler, A Robert Spaemann Reader (Oxford University Press, 2015).


Educas y Formas, o sólo Domesticas

Keynote Speaker:  P. Angel Espinosa de los Monteros

Esta presentación tratará la urgente necesidad de formar líderes en los 7 campos de la verdadera formación la cual incluye la práctica, especialmente a los padres de familia con sus hijos.

Padre Ángel nació en Puebla, México. Tiene maestría en Humanidades Clásicas por el Instituto de Estudios Humanísticos de Salamanca, España. Estudió Filosofía en la pontificia Universidad Gregoriana en Roma. Teología en el Ateneo Regina Apostolorum en Roma, donde obtuvo la Licencia en Teología Moral, con especialización en Bioética y Ciencias de la Familia. Desde que se ordenó Sacerdote hace 21 años, ha trabajado como orientador juvenil, y después como orientador familiar en México, Colombia, Italia y Francia. En Medellín, Colombia, fue además director del colegio Cumbres. Ha impartido más de 1500 conferencias sobre matrimonio, valores familiares y espiritualidad, en diferentes ciudades de México, Estados Unidos, Francia, Italia y todo Centro y Sudamérica. Ha atendido a cientos de matrimonios ofreciendo consejo y programas de crecimiento conyugal y familiar. Publicó el libro “El anillo es para siempre,” traducido en diferentes lenguas, y ha dictado veinte conferencias que se encuentran a disposición en CD. Actualmente trabaja en Puebla como consultor familiar y formador de adultos en la fe.