Together in Holiness
Allentown, PA

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.  
  • Online registration closed on Thursday, April 12 at 12 pm (noon) ET.
  • On-site registration will be available in the School Cafeteria at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 7:30 am.
"Couples live their marriage vocation most fully when they help each other grow in holiness on their common journey to Eternal Life."
  • Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, Bishop of Allentown 


  • Couple: $59
  • Individual: $35
  • Childcare (6mos-12yrs): Childcare is now full
  • Scholarships for couples or individuals are available. Please email [email protected] 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.

  • Ministry Registration: $85 (includes registration for 2 people & 1 table)
  • Vendor Registration: $150 (includes registration for 2 people & 1 table)
  • *Pre-approval for exhibitor booths is required. Please email [email protected] for more information.


7:30AM- 8:30AM
  • Conference Check-In
    • Childcare Check-In
    • Sacrament of Reconciliation (7:30 -8:15 am)
    • Light Breakfast
    • Exhibitor Booths - available throughout conference
8:30AM- 8:45AM 
  • Opening Prayer & Comments
8:45AM- 9:30AM 
  • St. John Paul II's Prophetic Theology of the Family
  • Roland Millare, S.T.D., Director of Shepherd's Heart, St. John Paul II Foundation
  • This presentation will outline the ongoing relevance of John Paul's theology of the family for the mission of married couples and families. We will focus on the themes of communion, the family's call to love, and the Church's teaching on the family as a "domestic church."
9:45AM- 10:45AM
  • Mass – Church
  • Celebrant – Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert 
11:00AM- 12:15PM


  • Breakout Session A:
  • The Holiness of the Family When the Nest is Empty
  • Deacon Joe Nines Ph.D., LMFT
  • This presentation will address the unique differences of family life when the children are grown and moved away. Using Pope St. John Paul II’s “Familiaris Consortio” exhortation, we will discuss how the holiness of the family remains, but changes in the “empty nest” scenario. Pope St. John Paul said that the family should “become what it is” based on four general tasks. We will explore how the “tasks” of being a family are different when the children have gone.

  • Breakout session B:
  • Civilization of Love
  • Speaker: Dr. Joshua Schulz, Mrs. Christine Schulz
  • Joshua and Christine Schulz will discuss Pope Saint John Paul II’s “Letter to Families” focusing on the “genealogical character” of the person and what this tells us about our identity and calling within the family. With Saint John Paul’s famous letter as a guide, we can shed light on various kinds of conflicts within the family—for example, how we grow and how we wrestle with issues of identity, independence, obligation, and virtue.
12:15PM- 1:30PM

  • Lunch
    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (12:30 pm)
    • Benediction – (1:15 pm)
    • Sacrament of Reconciliation (12:15 – 1:30)
    • Exhibitor Booths - available throughout conference
1:45PM- 2:45PM 
  • For the Good of the Whole
  • Joy Pinto, Executive Director of Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center, also EWTN co-host At Home with Jim and Joy
  • Joy will discuss the beauty of being a daughter, wife, mother in all the seasons of life, drawing insights for husbands and wives from St. Paul's letter to the Colossians 3:12 - 21. How do we practically die to ourselves and live for the love of Jesus in all our relationships? The answer: more of Jesus and less of us, with an eye towards the Good of the Whole.
2:45PM- 3:00PM
  •  Concluding comments and sending forth


Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives

Dr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation (Houston, TX). Dr. Millare served as a member of the Theology Department at St. John XXIII College Preparatory (Katy, TX) for over 15 years. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College (Alexandria, VA) and a Licentiate (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL). Dr. Millare also serves as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates, seminarians, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of St. Thomas, St. Mary’s Seminary, the Diocese of Fort Worth and the University of Dallas. He has published various theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, and the Heythrop Journal. He has published the book, A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger (Emmaus Academic, 2022). Dr. Millare has also contributed an article to a forthcoming lexicon on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger (Ignatius Press). Dr. Millare is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Academy of Catholic Theology, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy. Dr. Millare lives with his beautiful wife Veronica and their three children.

Executive Director, Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center
Missionary of the Gospel of Life, Marriage and Family

Joy is the Executive Director of Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center where she mobilizes every possible resource to encourage mothers to choose life, protect children at risk and to offer post abortion healing. Joy is a gifted communicator and teacher who passionately and joyfully proclaims the Gospel of Life, Marriage and Family. Joy and Jim co-host a live television show called "At home with Jim and Joy" that airs weekly on EWTN tackling issues of Life, Marriage and the Family. Joy and Jim have a series that is also aired on EWTN called Marriage and God’s Plan.   Joy also serves as a EWTN Media Missionary.   Joy was born and raised in Guttenberg, New Jersey and is one of eight children. Married to Jim Pinto for 40 years; they are blessed with four children and sixteen grandchildren.   Joy is a cancer survivor and has experienced joy in the midst of suffering.  It has been a difficult journey, but one she would not have missed for anything. With the depth of her faith strengthened, she is more in love with her grooms, Jesus and Jim. Joy is a Christian optimist and lives in the assurance that, the best is yet to come!


Joshua and Christine Schulz have been married for seventeen years. They have taught Natural Family Planning classes for sixteen years and marriage prep classes on sexual ethics and communication for ten years. They have five children who range in age from fourteen years to two years old. Joshua is an associate professor of philosophy at DeSales University. Christine is a homeschooling stay-at-home mom. Both Joshua and Christine are aspiring farmers who moved out to the country and failed to grow anything last year, but luckily they’re still youngish.


Deacon Joe Nines was ordained in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on June 9, 2002. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.   With graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human Sexuality, he serves as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are couples counseling, family counseling, counseling and therapy regarding sexual matters, and therapy for anxiety and depression.   In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Deacon Joe has presented at conferences throughout the United States to general and specialized audiences speaking on the topics of self-care, sexuality, communication, and relationships.   Deacon Joe's approach to therapy is interactive and systemic. He assists clients in looking at their emotional and cognitive reactions to different situations. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and candid, practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates spirituality, complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain personal growth.



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