• FOR LIFE AND FAMILY

TOGETHER IN HOLINESS
SUGAR LAND, TX

"I am pleased to welcome this marriage initiative into the archdiocese. My hope is that spouses from across the archdiocese will be blessed and strengthened in their noble vocation by participating in this event."
  • Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

WHEN Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:30 am

WHERE St. Laurence - Ave Maria Parish Life Center
3103 Sweetwater Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479

about Together in Holiness

Where Spouses Discover God’s Plan for Their Family
"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. The Future starts today not tomorrow." –St. John Paul II
Together in Holiness is a marriage conference series for dioceses inspiring spouses to grow together in holiness and empowering parents to form their children in the Catholic faith.
  • Powerful presentations from national and local speakers
  • Quiet time together, Mass, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration
  • Practical ideas and insights for spouses and parents
To learn more about Together in Holiness, click here.

REGISTRATION

  • *Early bird pricing only available until March 30.
  • Early Bird Couple: $49
  • Early Bird Individual: $29
  • Childcare (2yrs-12yrs): $5/child
  • Scholarships for couples or individuals are available. Please email susie@forlifeandfamily.org for scholarship inquiries.
 
  • A box lunch is included for each adult registrant. Parents are responsible for packing a lunch for their child(ren) who are in childcare.

  • *General pricing begins on March 31. 
  • Couple: $59
  • Individual: $35

  • EXHIBITORS

  • Ministry Registration: $85 (includes registration for 2 people & 1 table)
  • Vendor Registration: $150 (includes registration for 2 people & 1 table)
 

SCHEDULE

8:00 AM
  • Conference Check-In
 
  • Childcare Check-In
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (8:00 – 8:30am)
8:30 AM
Mass
9:15 AM
  • Conference Check-In Continues
 
  • Childcare Check-In
  • Light Breakfast
  • Ministry and Vendor Booths - available throughout conference
10:00 AM
Words of Welcome
10:15- 11:15 AM
  • “Straight Talk for Spouses: How to Love Each Other Rightly”
  • Patty Schneier, Author and Catholic Speaker
 
  • “Love one another as I have loved you...” Fifteen years ago, Patty wrestled with this question and asked, “HOW, Lord? What does that look like in marriage?” These questions led Patty and her husband Larry to discover the meaning of authentic love, real intimacy, and the transforming power of God’s grace. In this talk, Patty speaks directly to both spouses about loving each other rightly. Imagine how strong EVERY marriage would be if every husband really knew how to love his wife... It changes everything.
11:30- 12:30 PM
  • Breakout Sessions: Panels for Women and for Men
 
  • Women's Panel 
  • Gabriela Karaszewski - Moderator
  • Mini Vettical - "Virtue and Children: Moving Beyond Pacifying, Negotiating, and Threatening"
  • Anna Marie Omanga - "Getting Your Spouse and Your Kids to Heaven"
  • Helen Tschoepe - "Balancing Work and Family Life"
 
  • Men's Panel
  • Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min. - Moderator
  • Matthew Watson - "Virtue and Children: Moving Beyond Pacifying, Negotiating, and Threatening"
  • Patrick Cannizzaro - "Getting Your Spouse and Your Kids to Heaven"
  • Preston Young - "Balancing Work and Family Life"
12:30- 2:00 PM
  • Break for Lunch & Prayer
    • Box Lunch Pick-Up (lunch is included for conference registrants)
      • Lunch is not provided for children in childcare. Parents are responsible for bringing a lunch for their child(ren).
    • Sacrament of Reconciliation (1:00 – 2:00 pm)
    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)
    • Benediction (1:45 pm)
    • Exhibitor Booths – available throughout conference
2:15- 3:15 PM 
  • "True Happiness: Living Well, Living for the Good"
  • Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
 
  • In this talk, Father Pacwa will take attendees on a winsome walk with some of history’s greatest thinkers on the subject of virtue, showing how the basic natural truths of human flourishing, confirmed in many cultures, find their fullest expression in the Catholic Faith. In the Sacrament of Matrimony and in the family, Our Lord makes visible His own love for us. It is this greatest and most necessary virtue, love, that orders a life that is well lived, and a home that is peaceful and welcoming.
3:15- 3:30 PM 
Marriage Blessing & Sending Forth
 

Speakers

Patty Schneier
Catholic Author and Speaker
Keynote speaker

Patty Schneier is a Catholic author and speaker from the Archdiocese of St Louis.  Since 2003, she has been inspiring Catholics to reignite their faith.  Her book, Love Letters From Mom on What Matters Most, is a must-read for parents who want to pass the faith on to their children.  She hosts a weekly radio show to promote holy vocations, entitled The Pearl of Great Price (heard on Covenant Network.)  Patty has been a guest on EWTN as well as numerous Catholic radio programs. She received the 2015 St. Paul Woman of the Year Award and the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Excellence in Communications Award for her work in evangelization.  She and her husband Larry have been married for 29 years; their oldest son was recently ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Keynote speaker

Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus, as a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts as well as his Ph.D. in Old Testament. He is best known for his appearances on EWTN for over the last thirty years. Fr. Pacwa is a best-selling Catholic author and has written numerous books on a variety of topics about the Scripture and our Catholic Faith to continue to teach us and generations to come. As we know, since the 1960's the Catholic church has lost several generations of baptized Catholics due to a lack of knowledge of their Catholic Faith. But since the 1980's there has been efforts to address the lack of faith in our young adults: Theology on Tap, Cardinal Newman Society, Fellowship of Catholic University and College Students and Young Catholic Professionals to name a few known efforts. Father's mission is to offer younger adults the opportunity to talk with him in informal, smaller venues. He wants to listen to, support, and strengthen the next generation of Catholics as they strive to live their Faith in today's culture. In 2017, Father extended his teaching mission by embarking on a new 'Legacy of Faith' Initiative. This is a specific effort to reach younger Catholics in answering their questions and concerns as living as Catholics in the 21st century.

Mini Vettical
Panelist

Mini Vettical, MD is a wife, mother of five children and has given up her career as Internist and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine to raise her children.

Helen Tschoepe
Panelist

Helen Tschoepe has been married to Phil for 37 years, and they have 4 grown children, all happily married, and 6 grandchildren. When her youngest child started kindergarten, she returned to teaching at St. Michael Catholic School, where she taught 2nd grade for 19 years and then became the Religion Resource Teacher. Helen also helps with all the Sacramental preparation at St. Michael’s and teaches twice a month for Pre-K3 through 5th grade.

Preston H. Young
Panelist

Preston H. Young is Regional Managing Partner at Stream Realty Partners.  Mr. Young also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Free Enterprise Institute and is on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Business Ethics Forum and Western Academy. At Texas A&M University, Mr. Young serves as an Advisory Board Member for Mays Business School and is a member of the 12th Man Foundation’s Champions Council.  He and his wife, Amber, have three children and are parishioners at St. John Vianney Parish in Houston.

Christopher J. Stravitsch
Panel moderator

Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min. is Director of the Legacy Circle and co-founder of the St. John Paul II Foundation. He earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s University, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Chris previously served as Director of College Formation at Assumption Seminary. He brings to the Foundation a wealth of experience in Church ministry and the unique ability to identify the most effective ways to evangelize spouses and families.

Gabriela Karaszewski
Panel moderator

Gabriela Karaszewski, M.S., M.A. is currently the Director of the Office of Young Adults & Campus Ministry at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Obtained a M.A. in Pastoral Studies from University of St. Thomas and Master of Science from University of Washington. Serves as member of the National Advisory Team for Young Adult Ministry for the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth at the USCCB. Previously was the Director of Faith Formation for 10 years at a parish in Texas. Originally from Mexico, married to a Polish man and they have two daughters.

SPONSORS

Venue

St. Laurence Catholic Church - Ave Maria Parish Life Center

3103 Sweetwater Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479

For More Information:
Susie Lopez, Conference Coordinator
832.779.1070
susie@forlifeandfamily.org

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