Session A – Monday, 1:30- 2:30 p.m., July 24, 2017

CodeTitle/DescriptionSpeaker(s)Bio
WA1Amando se entiende a la Gente

Partiendo del ámense los unos a los otros como yo los he amado, esta presentación tratará los diferentes tipos de amor en el acompañamiento con la gente: amor al prójimo, conyugal, maternal, paternal y amor a Dios.

P. Angel Espinosa
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.
WA2Enriquecimiento Matrimonial, ideas divertidas para ofrecerlo

En esta presentación compartiremos los pasos a seguir para planear una noche de enriquecimiento Matrimonial divertido que incluye a toda la familia, y se realiza con la ayuda de varios ministerios.

Dcn. Arturo y Esperanza Monterrubio
Diacono Arturo es director de la oficina arquidiocesana de Vida Familiar en Galveston-Houston, su esposa Esperanza es directora del Ministerio multicultural en la Iglesia de San Pablo en Houston. Arturo es Ingeniero químico y Esperanza es dentista, ambos tienen una Maestría en Estudios Teológicos de la Universidad de St. Thomas. Han guiado un programa de Radio titulado “En Familia” desde hace 13 años, tienen 36 años de casados, 6 hijos, 5 nietos.
WA3El apostolado a la familia y las uniones entre homosexuales
Family ministry and the challenge of same-sex unions

La redefinición del matrimonio por medio de la cultura y la Corte Suprema es fácilmente uno de los más difíciles retos que enfrentan los que desean promover la santidad del matrimonio. Los Papas Juan Pablo II, Benedicto XVI y Francisco nos han dejado pistas e ideas para poder responder en una manera efectiva en defensa del plan de Dios para la familia y el matrimonio.

Samuel VasquezSamuel Vasquez has a Bachelor in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. Samuel is writing his dissertation on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI. He has been a bilingual teacher for diaconate candidates and biblical studies in various dioceses, and is currently an adjunct instructor of Theology. Samuel specializes in biblical and moral apologetics. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

Samuel Vasquez tiene un bachillerato en filosofía y teología de la Universidad de Notre Dame y una maestría en teología de la Universidad Católica de América (Washington D.C.), donde es actualmente es un candidato doctoral en teología . Samuel ha sido maestro bilingüe de la moral cristiana, apologética, Biblia y formación sacramental en varias diócesis, y ha sido instructor universitario en Biblia. Vive en Virginia con su esposo y dos hijos.

WA4Small Group Ministry for Vibrant Marriages and Parish Renewal

Small groups are nothing new: Jesus gathered twelve apostles, and the early church met in homes as small groups. Many parish ministry defaults to running programs, which is problematic. Programs often end just as discipleship begins. In contrast, small group communities foster ongoing friendship, honesty and depth which strengthen marriages and families. Come learn about how to move forward in the New Evangelization while going back to the basics.

Jason KiddJason Kidd is the Director of the Marriage & Family Life office for the Archdiocese of Portland. After a dozen years in parish youth ministry, he is transitioning to serving families and marriages. 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. @J6Kidds & www.pdxfamlife.org
WA5“‘Mercy and Faithfulness Shall Meet’: Marriage and Ministry in the Inner City”

We will share our experiences helping the poor through friendship evangelization in inner-city Washington, DC. We will talk about our call to serve the poor within our call to marriage and family, and how our relationship with the poor affect our family life. We will also present what we have learned about how to most effectively help the poor in America and the special challenges of evangelization in this context.

Laura and Ryan HehmanLaura and Ryan Hehman graduated from Catholic University in 2005 and 2006 respectively. They have been missionaries with A SImple House since 2006. Ryan is currently the director of the Washington, DC mission, and he helped to open the Pope Francis Outreach Center at Assumption Catholic Church in 2014. They have 3 children and live in Southeast Washington, DC.
WA6To Welcome and to Witness: Foundational Aspects of Catholic Marriage Preparation Ministry

What are the most important features in Catholic marriage preparation, irrespective of the program being used? What are we trying to achieve, and how do we prioritize so that the most important tasks are accomplished?
This workshop is suitable for beginners in marriage preparation ministry as well as for the more experienced.

Dr. James HealyDr. Healy has spoken on marriage preparation issues in over 85 dioceses. His marriage preparation materials have been used throughout the United States and beyond. He was recently asked to travel to England as well as to Trinidad and Tobago to consult on marriage preparation ministry. A former advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and the Family, he received the NACFLM Family Ministry Award in 2000. He has been Director of the Diocese of Joliet Office of Family Ministry since 1989. Jim and his wife Madonna have four adult children.
WA7Homosexuality, Same-Sex Marriage, and Transgenderism: Pursuing Charity, Clarity, and Compassion

These very sensitive and heart-felt topics are reaching nearly every family in some way. Real hearts and souls are at stake. In learning about why the Church teaches what it does, we can strive to grow in unity and heal division – without compromising the Catholic Faith. This talk brings to light a number of linguistic clarifications that will help people respond both pastorally and educationally, while setting the stage for the shared journey towards holiness.

Hudson ByblowHudson Byblow speaks in the USA and Canada about the topics of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism in a way that is engaging, unifying, and personalized. He has consulted for Catholic Answers, LifeTeen, and Courage International, and his articles have appeared on Chastity Project, The Porn Effect, and Catholic World Report, among many other notable websites. In 2016, he filmed with Ascension Press, and earlier he served as a consultant for part of the book entitled “If You Really Loved Me” by Jason Evert. Several of his resources have been approved by Courage International, the most recent one being endorsed by Prof. Janet E. Smith.

Session B – Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m., July 25, 2017

CodeTitle/DescriptionSpeaker(s)Bio
WB1Los diez mandamientos del matrimonio

Ante la crisis de la familia en la sociedad actual, para lograr un impulso misionero que salga del seno de la misma familia es necesario reforzar y mejorar los lazos del matrimonio, como corazón del núcleo familiar. En la medida en que la relación entre los esposos sea fuerte y armoniosa, la familia será un verdadero instrumento de evangelización y testimonio para otras familias. Por este motivo, estos diez mandamientos del matrimonio ofrecen unas pautas para reforzar y guiar la unión entre los esposos: aprenderás el verdadero significado del perdón, olvidarás tus sueños de un matrimonio perfecto y te esforzarás por alcanzar el mejor matrimonio posible, encontrarás las necesidades particulares de tu esposo/a y buscarás satisfacerlas, mostrarás aprecio en vez de buscar ser apreciado, olvidarás tu deseo de controlar y dominar, recibirás siempre a tu esposo/a con afecto en vez de con quejas, abandonarás toda esperanza de cambiar a tu esposo a base de insistir o quejarse, recordarás siempre la importancia de las cosas sin importancia, te darás cuenta que los estados de humor cambian y es algo normal, rezarán juntos.

P. Jacobo MuñozEl P. Jacobo Muñoz, LC nació en Madrid, España. Después de completar sus estudios de bachillerato entró en la Congregación de los Legionarios de Cristo. En Salamanca completó dos años de estudios de humanidades clásicas, antes de trasladarse a Roma, donde obtuvo la Licencia en Filosofía en la Universidad Gregoriana y el Bachillerato en Teología en el Ateneo Regina Apostolorum. En su ministerio estuvo colaborando en la formación de seminaristas en Medellín (Colombia) y en Nueva York (USA). Fungió como provincial para la Congregación en Italia y en Francia. Desde hace 5 años sirve como superior de la comunidad de los Legionarios de Cristo en Washington, DC y colabora en la pastoral familiar del Centro de Retiros “Our Lady of Bethesda”, donde imparte retiros y charlas sobre la familia, además de apoyar en las parroquias de esta área.
WB2El amor cubre una multitud de pecados: La educación en castidad y la justicia social
Love covers a multitude of sins: Chastity education and social justice

Muchos de los malos en nuestra sociedad surgen directamente a consecuencia de la falta de castidad: los embarazos fuera del matrimonio, el aborto, el abuso sexual y el abandono de los niños por sus padres. La violación de la virtud de la castidad tiende a la injusticia. Para no dejar ‘entrar en nuestro corazón la cultura del descarte’ (Papa Francisco), deberíamos ser promotores de la castidad.

Samuel VasquezSamuel Vasquez has a Bachelor in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. Samuel is writing his dissertation on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI. He has been a bilingual teacher for diaconate candidates and biblical studies in various dioceses, and is currently an adjunct instructor of Theology. Samuel specializes in biblical and moral apologetics. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

Samuel Vasquez tiene un bachillerato en filosofía y teología de la Universidad de Notre Dame y una maestría en teología de la Universidad Católica de América (Washington D.C.), donde es actualmente es un candidato doctoral en teología . Samuel ha sido maestro bilingüe de la moral cristiana, apologética, Biblia y formación sacramental en varias diócesis, y ha sido instructor universitario en Biblia. Vive en Virginia con su esposo y dos hijos.

WB3Desde la Alegría Familiar Salimos a Evangelizar

“The task of the domestic church is to be an evangelized and an evangelizing family, families where disciples of Jesus are formed.” Explore ways to share the Joy of the Gospel with all those you encounter daily. Esta presentación explorara como compartir la Alegría del Evangelio con todos aquellos con los que encontramos diariamente.

Socorro TruchanSocorro is a Catholic wife and mother of four young adult children. Of Mexican birth, she has traveled extensively and served in ministry to marriages and families in many parts of the world. She serves as Associate Director, Parish Life and Lay Leadership, Diocese of Kalamazoo, MI and is the Regional Rep for NACFLM serving her colleagues in ministry throughout Michigan and Ohio.

Socorro es una esposa y madre Católica con cuatro hijos. Nacida en México, ella ha viajado por el mundo sirviendo y animando matrimonios y familias en su caminar. Es Director Asociado, Vida Parroquial y Liderazgo Laico en la Diócesis de Kalamazoo en Michigan, y la Representante de la Región VI apoyando a sus colegas en Michigan y Ohio.

WB4Transfigured by God’s Presence: Cultivating the Spirituality of Marriage & Family Life

Pope Francis said that “the primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus.” For marriages and families to be effective evangelizers, it must be from a life “transfigured by God’s Presence.” This presentation will focus on insights from Pope Francis, teachings from Saint John Paul II on the “infallible” means in forming the “Christian spirituality of conjugal and familial life” as well as practical ways we can be fruitful in our missionary work.

Jason AngeletteJason Angelette is husband to Elise and father of five children. He received his Masters in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Catholic University. Since 2007 Jason and Elise have been working as 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 ministry experience includes high school campus ministry, teaching theology at the high school and college level, working on and speaking at various retreats and events nationwide as well as co-hosting a weekly television program entitled Issues & Faith.

WB5Healing the Wounds of Adult Children of Divorce

This presentation will discuss how to help adult children of divorce move through the broken image of love that appeared in their parents’ divorce to God’s love and the goodness of a spousal gift of self. It will address wounds they face in a particularly intense way, including concerns about identity and origin; their capacity for trust, love, and forgiveness; and their confidence in a good future, especially their hope for a life-long vocation.

Daniel MeolaDaniel Meola is an adult child of divorce who is a current Ph.D candidate at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. While studying at the Institute, he helped faculty to create Recovering Origins, a pastoral initiative to heal adult children of divorce. He currently works at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine and has been happily married for six years to his wife Bethany.
WB6Love Comprises All: Theology of Vocation

A vocation is something to which all of us are called; as is the family. By viewing every vocation, the Religious Life, Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony and Consecrated Virginity, in the light of the Trinitarian love that God is, we who work with families can better see that all men and women of our world are called to love and called to a vocation with intrinsic spousal unity and paternal (or maternal) fruitfulness.

Murphy LierleyMurphy Lierley serves as the Manager of FOCCUS Inc, USA., the marriage preparation and enrichment inventory working in the Archdiocese of Omaha Center for Family Life Formation in Omaha, Nebraska. Murphy studied English and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln before entering seminary formation for the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Gregory the Great College Seminary and after discerning out of the seminary served as a youth minister and director of faith formation before working with FOCCUS. He is currently a distance learning student at the Augustine Institute graduate program in Denver and is married to his best friend, Kelli.
WB7Supporting Families Mental Illness

1 in 22 people are affected by serious mental illnesses each year. Families are often at a loss of where to turn for help or how to navigate the mental health system. The stigma associated with these illnesses often isolate people with mental illness and families causing a crisis of faith. Recovery from theses illnesses includes community acceptance and spiritual supports. Parish communities can be key supports through understanding the needs and the problems families face. The workshop will explore what is mental illness, how parishes can help, and practical ways non-professionals can accompany people and families and address their spiritual needs.

Deacon Tom LambertDeacon Tom Lambert – 30 years experience in outreach to people with mental illnesses and their families. Founded Archdiocese of Chicago-Commission on Mental Illness, founded the National Catholic Partnership on Disability’s Council on Mental Illness located in Washington D.C. Past state President National Alliance on Mental Illness. Authored the manual “Mental Illness and Faith Community Outreach,”, and “Justice Issues and Catholic Social Teaching.” Led workshops and spoken nationally about spirituality and mental illness and how Faith Communities can get involved in outreach, advocacy, and justice issues. Operate a website for faith initiatives for people with mental illness and their families at www.miministry.org.

Session C – Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 p.m., July 25, 2017

CodeTitle/DescriptionSpeaker(s)Bio
WC1Relationships and Storytelling

Building upon relationships, we can help couples to connect with and express their desire for lifelong love through storytelling. “I Believe in Love is a community of young adults dedicated to making those dreams come true. Our website is written by real people telling real stories about real love. Our goal is to understand how to get to love, marriage and family life, and how it to keep it.”

Colleen GerkeColleen Gerke, President of NACFLM, on staff with I Believe in Love, 35 years of marriage with 5 children and 6 grandchildren, 34 years of marriage ministry experience, Bachelor of Science in Education and Special Needs and Masters in Religious Studies with a certificate in Lay Pastoral Ministry.
WC27 Habits for Balancing Ministry and Family

In ministry, it is easy to feel stretched thin. Family commitments and ministry responsibilities all want to take priority. It seems everything needs more of our time. Michael and Michelle share seven habits for balancing family and ministry. Learn from their life experiences as they have grown to a family of eight working in the Church. Examine your own situation and set goals for personal spirituality, family life, and ministry that help you thrive.

Michael and Michelle MetteMichael James Mette is a Catholic musician and speaker who travels the country with his wife, Michelle, and 6 kids. Over the past 4 years, they have traveled to 44 states, sharing evening concerts that are passionate like a Friday night and reverent like a Sunday morning. The Mettes share the gospel in a unique way, combining testimony, technology, faith, and family to break open the gospel message. Michelle’s degree in business brings out her pragmatic side, when balancing life on the road with six young children. Before traveling, Michael served in the Air Force, completed his degree in Theology and worked for 10 years in parish ministry.
WC3Disability in Family and Parish Life: Embraced or Challenged?

As parishes embrace and celebrate the inherent dignity of every person they foster growth in faith of all parishioners, including those with disabilities, calling forth their gifts in service and meaningful participation.
Regrettably our culture, and often our parishes, are the cause of pain among people with disabilities and their families.
This workshop explores problems faced and the ways in which families and parishes can “be sources of mercy, friendship, and support for” one another.

Jan BentonNCPD Exec. Dir., promotes participation of persons with disabilities in the Catholic Church. She speaks throughout the U.S, and consults on life and disability issues. She spoke on autism (Vatican, 2014 and Monterrey, Mexico, 2015), and presented two posters at a 2016 Vatican conference. Received in 2012 national awards from Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors and the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, USA.  
WC4Helping Families with NFP programs

How much do you know about Natural Family Planning? Are you familiar with the resources available to assist couples living out this gift from the Church? With an increase in online learning options, any diocese can start out with content rich distance programming while working to build up their local support presence. Join us as we discuss how to utilize available resources, benefiting couples with strong NFP programming, while fitting the needs and budget of your diocese.

Kristin Detloff and Lauren FullerKristin Detloff is the National Program Coordinator for SymptoPro Fertility Education, a Natural Family Planning program by Northwest Family Services. She has spent the past several years as the Vice President of The Guiding Star Project and presently serves on their advisory board. Additionally, Kristin is the founder and administrator of Living The Sacrament, an online Catholic NFP support forum where she helps couples from around the world find local and online support as they journey through life using NFP.

Lauren Fuller is an NFP instructor, as well as the instructor trainer for SymptoPro Fertility Education. She has been teaching with SymptoPro for the past 9 years.

WC5To have and to hold – let trust make me bold

Evangelizing Young adults engaged and newlyweds. Inviting young adults into a deeper faith through the sacrament of marriage begs us to be creative and innovative as leaders. We will look at ways to evangelize and energize engaged couples and recently married couples in our pews and beyond. We will spend some time with the “three S’s” to accompany the faith lives of young adults: Scripture, Spirituality and Social Media.

Clarissa AljenteraClarissa V. Aljentera is Senior Coordinator of Family Ministries in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is a national speaker, consultant and author. She published, “The Parish Guide to Social Media” with Twenty-Third Publications. She and her husband live in Chicago. Originally a newspaper reporter from California, Clarissa now performs “improv” and writes rap based on the Gospels.
WC6Meeting the Needs of Immigrant Families in our Parishes

Who are the immigrant families in our parish and how are they impacted by federal and state policies? How can we best serve them? Do you know where best to refer people if they need help? What resources are available to help meet the needs of immigrant families? Come and participate in a discussion on sharing strategies to more effectively welcome and serve immigrant families.

Michelle SardoneMs. Sardone is the Director of Legalization at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). She is responsible for assisting CLINIC’s network of over 300 charitable immigration legal services programs in preparing for changes to immigration law and policy. Previously, as a Fully-Accredited Representative, she served clients with cases ranging from relative petitions to removal defense as well as providing group processing naturalization workshops.
WC7Start Where They Are! (and Other Secrets to Effectively Engage Families in Faith)

Pope Francis has clearly articulated a path for the Church and church leaders everywhere that leads us into the homes and the lived reality of families. Why is family so central to an evangelizing church? How can ministry leaders effectively accompany parents and families in their faith journeys? And perhaps most important, what’s keeping us from taking those necessary next steps to partner more closely with parents in the faith transmission process? Join others who are seeking the answers to these same questions as we explore the secrets to bringing home the faith.

Michael Theisen

Michael Theisen has been involved in faith formation and ministry to youth and families for over 30 years, authoring more than 15 books and numerous articles. His experience as a speaker, trainer and ministry leader extends 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. Michael works as the Director of Ministry Formation for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in Washington DC and also serves as the National Coordinator for the Strong Catholic Families Initiative. He resides with his family in Rochester, NY.