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.

  • "I joyfully welcome the fifth annual Together in Holiness conference back to the Diocese of Charlotte. I am grateful that we will offer this conference at two different parishes this year, so that more couples may have the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ through the sacraments, the presentations, and their time with one another. I encourage all married and engaged couples to attend this conference so you may learn how to live a life of virtue within your own domestic church."
  • - Most Rev. Peter J. Jugis, JCD
  • Bishop of Charlotte




  • Early Bird Couple: $54 | Early Bird Individual: $35
    •      Early Bird pricing ends October 9.
    •      A box lunch and a light breakfast is included for each adult registrant.
  • Couple: $64 | Individual: $40
  • On-site Childcare (2-12 yrs): $5/child
  • Scholarships for couples and individuals are available.

  • Exhibitors*
  • Ministry (Non-Profit) Registration: $95 (includes registration for 2 people & 1 table)
  • Vendor (For-Profit) Registration: $165 (includes registration for 2 people & 1 table)


  • *Pre-approval for exhibitor booths is required and space is limited. Please email [email protected] for more information.


  • If you and/or your organization is interested in joining our mission as a supporting sponsor, please click here for the Sponsorship Form. You can also submit the form online by clicking here.


  • For questions or more information, please contact the conference coordinator at [email protected].


  • 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 3. All refund requests made on or after November 4 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
8:30 AM
  • Mass and Marriage Blessing
  • Celebrant: Rev. Brandon James
10:00 - 10:15 AM
  • Words of Welcome
10:15 - 11:15 AM
  • How to Nourish Love in Your Marriage
  • Mario Sacasa, PhD, LMFT
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Marriage, Family, and the Virtue of Love
  • Victor Saenz, PhD
12:30 - 2:15 PM
  • Break for Lunch and Prayer
2:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Sacrificial Love is Sanctifying Love
  • Danielle Bean
3:30 - 3:45 PM
  • Closing Comments


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.

Vice President of Operations, St. John Paul II Foundation

Susie Saenz is Vice President of Operations at the St. John Paul II Foundation where she oversees and supports the Conference team as they plan and execute Converging Roads and Together in Holiness conferences, along with the Together in Holiness Formation series Business Development team as they expand this initiative to parishes and schools across the country.  Susie earned her BS in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University and, prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation in 2017, worked at Baylor College of Medicine in the philanthropy and alumni relations office. She and her husband, Victor, are parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston, TX.

Associate Director, Faith and Marriage Apostolate

Mario Sacasa, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Willwoods Community Faith and Marriage Apostolate. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in practice for over 15 years. Integrating the riches of the Catholic faith with sound counseling practice is the aim of his career and influences all his professional endeavors. Dr. Sacasa is the host of Always Hope, a personal growth podcast that sits at the crossroads of psychology and Catholicism. He travels the country offering lectures on hope, relationships, and mental health issues. He is the creator of two online courses: Dating Well, which helps young adults navigate the current dating scene, and Overcoming Stress and Anxiety, which offers clear guidance for managing stress in life. Dr. Sacasa is married to his wife of 20 years, Kristin, with whom he shares the joy parenting their four sons.

Executive Director, Houston Institute

Victor Saenz, PhD, is Executive Director of the Houston Institute (HI), an academic non-profit whose mission is to help the people of Rice University think deeply about the best way to live through the study of the liberal arts, especially philosophy and literature. HI accomplishes these goals through reading groups, public lectures, and mentoring. He is also a Lecturer at the Rice Philosophy Department, where he regularly teaches courses in classical philosophy (especially Plato and Aristotle) and the philosophy of religion. His academic work has appeared in Apeiron, Ancient Philosophy Today, and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. He is currently working on a series of academic articles on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. He also serves as a bioethics scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and classics at the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M.

Parochial Vicar, St. Ann Catholic Church

Father Brandon Jones currently serves as Parochial Vicar at St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. A native North Carolinian and convert to the Catholic Faith, Father Jones was ordained to the priesthood in 2008. He holds licentiate degrees from the Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. He has served the Diocese of Charlotte as a Pastor, Parochial Vicar, member of the Presbyteral Council, and spiritual director at St. Joseph College Seminary. He has an identical twin who is an Anglican clergyman.



St. Ann Catholic Church

3635 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28209

For More Information:
Heather Grimes, Conference Coordinator
[email protected]





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