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 Together in Holiness, click here.
  • "My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I enthusiastically encourage couples in our Diocese to attend the second Together in Holiness marriage conference on October 9. The Christian family is "the littlest living cell of the Church." I invite you to take this opportunity to enrich your marriage and renew your commitment to your mission as husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, to "guard, reveal, and communicate love" in and through your own domestic church."
  • - Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix



We are blessed to offer this conference in THREE locations on October 9. By attending in Phoenix, you will also be joining couples across the diocese as we explore this year’s theme, Family, A Domestic Church.

Other Locations

  • Gilbert – St. Anne Catholic Parish
  • Flagstaff– San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church




  • In-Person Conference Experience
  • Early Bird Couple: $49 | Early Bird Individual: $29
  • *Early bird pricing ends August 30.
  • Couple: $59 | Individual: $35
    •       Childcare is available for potty trained children ages 2-12 yrs: $5/child
    •       A box lunch is included for each adult registrant.
  • At-Home Conference Experience (What’s this?)
  • Livestreamed from St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish. 
  • Access Pass includes access to recordings beginning with the livestream on Saturday, October 9, 2021 through 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 17, 2021.
  • Access Pass: $15 
  • Scholarships for couples or individuals are available

  • 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, September 24. All refund requests made on or after September 25 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.


9:30 AM
  • Conference Check-In
10:00 AM
  • Words of Welcome
10:15 - 11:15 AM
  • The Household of God and Your Household: What Does it Mean to Be a Domestic Church? 
  • Danielle Bean
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Becoming a Domestic Church
  • John and Armida Escarcega
12:30 - 2:15 PM
  • Break for Lunch and Prayer
2:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Prayer and Holiness in the Midst of Family Chaos
  • Mike and Alicia Hernon
3:30 - 3:45 PM
  • Closing Comments and Sending Forth
3:45 PM
  • Transition to Mass
4:30 - 5:30 PM
  • Vigil Mass
  • Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted


Author, Speaker, and Podcaster

Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is creator and host of The Gist, a weekly Catholic women’s television talk show on CatholicTV and host of the Girlfriends podcast. Danielle is author of several books, including Momnipotent, You Are Enough, and most recent book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday. Danielle has a special heart for mothers, and she encourages women of all ages and stages of life to find humor in daily challenges and the joy God intends for every one of us. It is in her primary vocation to marriage and motherhood that Danielle finds the inspiration for all of her work.

Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., July 2, 1973. He was ­installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix December 20, 2003. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector / President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1974, Bishop Olmsted has been a member of the Jesus Caritas ­fraternity of priests, and thus has been deeply influenced by the witness and wisdom of Charles de Foucauld and by the prayers and encouragement of many brother priests. For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology, a doctorate in Canon Law, and worked more than nine years in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. During the nine years of serving in the Holy See, he resided at the Pontifical North American College and assisted seminarians with spiritual direction. Having been reared on a family farm on the Kansas-Nebraska border, he attended a single-room grade school near Oketo, Kansas, and a small rural high school in Summerfield, Kansas. His first contact with Catholic schools came when he entered St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver, Colo., from which he graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

Founders of the Messy Family Project

Michael and Alicia Hernon are on a mission to empower parents, strengthen marriage, and bring families to Christ.  Their ministry, The Messy Family Project, began as a podcast and has grown into a multi-media platform that provides free resources to couples to encourage them and give them the tools they need to nurture their marriage as well as the culture within their family.  Although the podcast reaches over 20,000 families every month, the Hernons also travel throughout the United States and internationally inspiring husbands and wives and sparking conversations between them. They reside in Steubenville, OH, and are parents to ten children and grandparents to three. Learn more about them & their ministry at www.messyfamilyproject.org


John and Armida Escarcega have been married for over 35 years.  She is a Native of Mexico, and is currently the Coordinator for the Office OF Natural Family Planning (NFP) for the Diocese of Phoenix and for the past 7 years has been producer and hostess of “Siempre Sí”, a radio Show in En Familia, Spanish Catholic Radio. John, born and raised in Arizona, is a Chemical Engineer looking forward to retirement… They are certified Diocesan Presenters of The Theology of the Body, St John Paul II’s seminal catechesis on human sexuality and the integrated vision of the human person, and have been volunteer instructors for NFP and presenters for Love for Live and God’s Plan for a Joy filled Marriage retreats for couples going through Diocesan Marriage Preparation.  They speak extensively in matters of healthy sexuality and together they wrote “A New Language: Meditations on Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning”, a parish course for couples and single adults that offers a bird’s eye overview of St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and apologia for planning a family the natural way. Their greatest accomplishment has been a complete gift: their marriage. they enjoy tremendously the “…for better…” part of their vows, and continue to learn -later, sometimes much later- from the “..and for worse…” part.  They consider themselves very blessed to be the parents of 5 great children.


At-Home Conference Experience

  • In an effort to serve couples throughout the Diocese of Phoenix, this year’s Together in Holiness will feature an At-Home Conference Experience for you and your family to participate from within your own domestic church!
  • The At-Home Conference Experience will be offered exclusively for this year’s event, and while nothing can replace the communal element of the conference or the participation in the sacraments, we hope this option will serve as an encouragement to couples and families that their response to the universal call to holiness begins at home.


Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral

6351 N 27th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85017

For More Information:
Michelle McDonald, Conference Coordinator
[email protected]





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