More than 100 Participants Set for Saturday Family Life Conference

| 03/23/2023

By: The Good Newsroom

The inaugural event is organized by the Archdiocese’s Office of Family Life

Josh and Anna Launius and their four sons gather for a family photo.
Josh and Anna Launius and their four sons gather for a family photo. Anna Launius, a member of St. Mary Parish in Shelbina, Mo., and her four children participated in the Rite of Election with Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Mo., Feb. 26, 2023, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Columbia. Anna Launius and her four sons will join the Cathoplic Church at the Easter Vigil April 8. (OSV News photo/courtesy Kristi Smith)
More than 110 people have already registered for the First Annual Family Life Conference, set for Saturday, March 25 at Cathedral High School in Manhattan, organized by the Archdiocese of New York’s Office of Family Life.
The day-long conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education, Boston College, and Mass (in English and Spanish) with celebrant Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP.
The event is designed for all clergy, ministers, and parishioners interested in exploring pastoral ways to support family faith formation. Presenters include Strong Catholic Families, Communio – A Program for Parish Renewal, Covenant Eyes, the Marriage Catechumenate, Dr. Jimmy Walters, author of “Batter Up” (helping parishes serve its fathers and men), and more.
Spaces are still available. To register, visit Admission is $25 per person and includes lunch. A discounted price is available for parishes with six or more participants. For more information, visit our website:, or contact Jeanne Travis, 646-794-3181.
The Office of Family Life covers preparations and accompaniment for married couples; educating, forming, supporting, and strengthening families; building and promoting a culture of life; and providing healing and comfort to those struggling with loss, grief, or brokenness. 

Specifically, the office finds its foundation in the four pillars of marriage and family life found in the United States Conference of Bishops document Called to the Joy of Love: The National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry. Those pillars are prayer and relationship with Christ; formation; accompaniment, and advocacy.

More information on the Office of Family Life’s offerings and an updated calendar of events is available on its website.

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