Comprehensive Sex Education

Date/Time:  February 20, 2020

Description:  Implementation of comprehensive sexual health education in public schools, per the ‘California Healthy Youth Act’, is of concern to a growing number of Catholic families. This presentation will provide: 1) an understanding of the extent parents can legally supervise the sexual health education of their public school children in California, and 2) discuss ways the Church can empower parents to address this issue.

Raymond Burnell serves as the Director of Education the California Catholic Conference (CCC).  In this capacity, he leads, develops, and manages advocacy efforts on state and federal public policy issues related to the Conference’s education agenda. This agenda extends from early childhood development, through a students’ elementary and high school learning, and into opportunities for college and career technical education. Ray engages in direct as well as indirect lobbying, government relations, and public affairs in advocating legislative priorities.

Additionally he supervises and administrates related initiatives, events, and activities of the CCC and its affiliated organizations.

With his Master in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a Master in Education from the University of San Francisco, Ray has thirty-five years of experience as an educator, educational leader, and education advocate. He began his work in education as a Catholic high school teacher, and then served eighteen years as both a Catholic elementary/Jr. high as well as high school principal. During his years of school administration, Ray served four years as an Assistant Secretary of Education with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington D.C. 

Self Retreat: Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled

Date: January 16, 2020

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Title:  Self Retreat: Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled

Description:  “In the Conference Call Father Kirby will discuss how to surrender your will to God, deepening your faith, embrace the sacrament of the present moment and to recognize ordinary moments as opportunities to experience God and His love.”

Bio:  Father Jeffrey Kirby is the Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College. He has authored several books, including Be Not Troubled: A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Father Jean-Pierre De Caussade, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, and Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life.

Father Kirby holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome, a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

In 2016, Father Kirby was recognized for his service to local communities and young adults throughout South Carolina by then- Governor Nikki Haley with the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.

Working with St. Benedict Press and Catholic Scripture Study International, Father Kirby was the Host of the award-winning program Doors of Mercy and was one of the co-instructors of the programs, Luke: The Gospel of Mercy and Jesus Revealed. He is the Host of the program Kingdom of Happiness.

Father Kirby is a Senior Contributor for the news site Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse.

For more information on Father Kirby, please visit, or follow him on Twitter @fatherkirby.

Hope and Healing in the Midst of Fertility Struggles

Date of Call:  December 19, 2019

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Description:  Marc and his wife Erin struggled with infertility for years, then unexpectedly found themselves pregnant after arranging to adopt.  Having heard many similar stories, he ended up researching factors that affect the emotional and psychological health of couples who struggle to conceive. From the research, he developed a roadmap to help them improve their chances to overcome infertility, but more importantly to live happier and healthier marriages.

Presenter:   Marc Sherman

Bio: Marc Sherman founded Organic Conceptions after a 20-year career in corporate America. The idea came after he and his wife Erin struggled with infertility, decided to adopt and then unexpectedly found themselves pregnant. Realizing that this phenomenon occurs regularly, they decided to conduct the first ever research project to better understand the insights, patterns and commonalities from similar stories.

They partnered with Ph.D. Kate Webster and conducted a multi-year study that uncovered 9 key emotional transitions that were common across these stories.  The research has been turned into an online cognitive based program for women and couples designed to optimize their emotional health and well-being for conception.

They are the first organization to research, map and bring to life the emotional stages critical for conception. Their online program, The Journey to Parenthood & Beyond, helps couples identify, name, address, and overcome the suffering involved when struggling to conceive, resulting in healthier patients and better outcomes.

Marc, now a father of 3 children, Maxwell (14), Emerson (8) and Kennedy (6), dedicates himself to Organic Conceptions and is an advocate for couples to ensure they are being cared for both physically and emotionally.

Protecting Children from Pornography

Presenter:  Ryan Foley from Covenant Eyes  (Foley CV)

Date: November 21, 2019

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Technology’s Impact on Relationships: How to Accompany Families Through this 21st Century Maze

Date of Call:   9/19/2019    

Title:  Technology’s Impact on Relationships: How to Accompany Families Through this 21st Century Maze

Technology 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.

Presenter:  Jason Kidd serves as the Director of the Marriage and Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.  After a dozen years in parish ministry in Arizona and Oregon, he transitioned to the Pastoral Center, where he helps parishes support families.  Jason serves on the NACFLM board, as well as the NW Regional board for Alpha.

He yearns to share the radical gospel of Jesus and help build His Kingdom across the Pacific Northwest. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and founded Rise Up PDX Ministries.  Jason and his wife Sarah recently celebrated 15 years of marriage and are the co-ringmasters of the Kidd Family circus.  They have four phenomenal children: Hannah, Grace, James, and Matthew.

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Familia: Cuna de la Iglesia, formadora de Discípulos Misioneros

El tema PDCC de agosto se presentará en español: “Familia: Cuna de la Iglesia, formadora de Discípulos Misioneros”

Fecha / Hora: 22 de agosto de 2019 / 1:00 PM hora del este (EE.UU. y Canadá)

Presentador: Alejandro Aguilera-Titus

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August PDCC Topic (will be presented in Spanish):  – “Family: Cradle of the Church, forming Missionary Disciples”

Date/Time: August 22, 2019 – 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presenter:  Alejandro Aguilera-Titus 


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Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Programs

Mary Pat van Epps,, and Ramie Samour, MTS,, presented Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Programs.

Our sexually-saturated culture does not offer our young people frequent opportunities to hear about God’s perfect plan for masculine and feminine sexuality and sexual integrity. Mary Pat van Epps and Ramie Samour will present age-appropriate programs they have developed, carefully guided by the Church’s teaching on human sexuality,  to bring parents together with their children to talk about growing up,  the changes of adolescence and the beauty and wonder of their gifts of sexuality and fertility.  The programs are designed to open the doors of communication between parent and child with love, humor and truthful information.

Date: June 20, 2019

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Accompanying and Healing the Wounds of Adult Children of Divorce

Daniel Meola’s presentation teaches pastoral leaders how to be better attuned in their marriage ministries to the needs of adult children of divorce, and it provides different practical ways that leaders can minister to this group of individuals, especially to couples who are engaged or married. In particular, it addresses research, several common wounds, and how adult children of divorce are not just a group in need of pastoral care, but also are witnesses to authentic married love that they can, at times, see more clearly on account of their wound.

Time: May 16, 2019 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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