about Together in Holiness

Where Spouses Discover God’s Plan for Their Family
Together in Holiness is a marriage conference series for dioceses that inspires spouses to grow together in holiness and empowers parents to form their children in the Catholic faith. To learn more about the Together in Holiness marriage enrichment initiative, click here.
  • “Our third annual Together in Holiness conference in the Diocese of Charlotte will be an opportunity for spouses and families to set aside time for learning, conversation, and prayer. Join us as we discover God’s plan for the vocation of marriage and discuss how we can foster a culture of vocations within our families and communities.“
  • - Most Rev. Peter J. Jugis




  • Early Bird Couple: $49 | Early Bird Individual: $29
    • Early Bird discount available through October 4.
  • Couple: $59 | Individual: $35
  • Scholarships for couples or individuals are available
  • On-site childcare available for ages 2-12: $5/child
  • A box lunch is included for each adult registrant. Parents are responsible for packing a lunch for their child(ren) who are in childcare.

  • Exhibitors*

  • 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.


  • We recognize that many families are struggling during these times. If you need assistance with the cost of the conference, we encourage you to apply for a partial or full scholarship (click here); if you feel called to contribute to our scholarship fund, you can do so at the time of registration.

Refund Information
  • If you are no longer able to attend the conference, after purchasing your ticket, you may choose to transfer your registration fees to a scholarship couple in need, or request a refund.
  • All refunds must be requested 2 weeks prior to the conference. The last day to request a refund is Friday, November 5. All refund requests made on or after November 6 will not be accepted, but the funds will automatically be transferred to a scholarship couple in need. Please email [email protected] to transfer your registration or request a refund.


8:00 AM
  • Conference Check-In Begins
8:30 AM
  • Mass
  • Rev. Timothy Reid
9:15 AM
  • Conference Check-In Continues
10:00 AM
  • Words of Welcome
10:15-11:15 AM
  • Called and Set Apart: Living the Call to Holiness in the Family
  • Roland Millare, STD
11:15 AM
  • Break
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Nurturing Vocations in the Home
  • Rev. Brian Becker, Sister Mary Raphael, and more!
12:30-2:00 PM
  • Break for Lunch and Prayer
2:15-3:15 PM
  • Discovering and Living One’s Vocation: Finding Inspiration in the Saints and the Holy Family
  • Claire Dwyer
3:15 PM
  • Closing Comments


Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Shepherd’s Heart

Dr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Shepherd’s Heart for the St. John Paul II Foundation. Dr. Millare served as a member of the Theology Department at St. John XXIII College Preparatory for over 15 years. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and a Licentiate (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Dr. Millare also serves as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates at St. Mary’s Seminary. He has published various book reviews and theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, The Adoremus Bulletin, and the Heythrop Journal. His forthcoming book, A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger, will be published by Emmaus Academic in the fall of 2021. Dr. Millare has also contributed an article to a dictionary on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger, which will be published in Spanish, German, and English. Dr. Millare lives with his beautiful wife Veronica and two daughters, Gabriella and Karolina, in Sugar Land, TX.

Foundress, Daughters of the Virgin Mother

Sr. Mary Raphael first heard the call to religious life at age 12. “I heard God say, although I thought it was my guardian angel, ‘You will be Christ’s bride,’ and that is what instigated the search for knowing what is His will for my life." Sr. Mary Raphael began her religious life as a Poor Clare nun. An illness caused her to leave the order, and she began working in the Chancery as the secretary to the bishop in the Diocese of Birmingham, AL. That experience provided her with a rare and comprehensive glimpse into the joys and suffering of the priesthood. “When I saw the priesthood up close for the first time, I saw the beauty of the priesthood. I saw men who loved their vocation, who would just glow with love for the souls they were serving. I saw a bishop working with dedication. I also saw some of the wounds. Every problem that came to bishop’s desk came to my desk first. So my eyes were opened, and I thought these men need prayers. They need prayers and sacrifices to sustain what they’ve been given to be for the Church, and they need reparation for the sins that have been made in the priesthood. Because right around this time is when all the scandals were breaking out, a time of great brokenness.” Sr. Mary Raphael began to contemplate how she could best serve the priests who serve the faithful. She felt called to found her own order of nuns with this charism. With the support of Bishop Jugis, Sr. Mary Raphael wrote her own rule, and in 2015 the Daughters of the Virgin Mother order was founded. Sister Mary Raphael of the Divine Physician, her chosen name with her order, often alludes to Christ’s ability to heal all wounds in the Church. Sister currently serves as the House Administrator for St. Joseph College Seminary. This includes spiritual work through prayer and sacrifice and active work through cooking, cleaning, secretarial work, and chapel maintenance. Born in Charleston, SC, she was raised in Grapevine, TX. She enjoys playing the harp and violin and writing.

Catholic Author and Speaker

Claire works for the Avila Foundation as editor of spiritualdirection.com. She writes at eventhesparrow.com and speaks frequently on the topics of saints, spirituality, respect for life, and the mission and vocation of women. She has a passion for helping women see the beauty and possibility in their own interior lives and their unrepeatable place in the Church. Claire has a degree in Theology from Franciscan University and a graduate certification in Spiritual Theology from the Avila Institute. She is the author of “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.” Most importantly, she has been married for 23 years to her husband Delaney and they have six children: Joseph, John Paul, Mary Grace, Daniel, Gemma, and Justin, all of whom keep them on their toes – and on their knees.

Vocations Promoter, Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Becker is Vocations Promoter for the Diocese of Charlotte and Pastor of St. Margaret Mary’s Parish in Swannanoa, NC.



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