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.
  • "The Church’s call to a new evangelization cannot be sustained without the faithful being intentional in their meeting Christ in prayer and making room for quality time with one’s spouse. Thus, I am delighted to welcome the second annual Together in Holiness conference to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. I urge every married and engaged couple to attend this conference, so together they can contemplate the word of God through the presentations, encounter Jesus Christ in the sacraments, and enjoy fellowship with other couples."
  • - Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston




  • Early Bird Couple: $27 | Early Bird Individual: $18
    •      Early Bird pricing ends January 9.
    •      A box lunch and a light afternoon snack is included for each adult registrant.
  • Couple: $32 | Individual: $20
  • 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 supporting sponsors, 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, January 27. All refund requests made on or after January 28 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.


9:45 AM
  • Conference Check-In
10:30 AM
  • Words of Welcome
10:45 - 11:45 AM
    • The Marriage Vocation and the Church's Mission of New Evangelization
    • Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Break for Lunch and Prayer
1:30 - 2:30 PM
    • A Love that Spreads the Gospel
    • Walt and Jackie Schratz
2:45 - 3:45 PM
    • The Saints, Families, and Evangelization
    • Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
3:45 - 4:00 PM
  • Closing Comments
4:30 - 5:30 PM
  • Vigil Mass and Marriage Blessing
  • Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan


The Dynamic Deacon

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him. He travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to everyone who desires to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others. Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the Eternal Word Television Network’s popular radio program, “Morning Glory”, and the weekly broadcast “Living Stones” on Mater Dei Radio. Deacon has also appeared as a guest on numerous other national and international radio programs, including “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio.” In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television and is featured on the award winning Chosen faith formation program by Ascension Press. Deacon Harold is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, co-author of Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before, and has written the acclaimed new book, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest. Deacon Harold is featured on The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, a vibrant marriage-enrichment program rooted in biblical values and designed to help husbands and wives know God better, trust Him fully and love Him completely throughout the course of their married lives. Retaining a deep love of Benedictine spirituality which he gained during his time discerning a call to that religious community, Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mt. Angel Abbey. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. As the president and CEO of The Saint Joseph Center, Deacon Harold oversees that nonprofit organization’s endeavors, which include hosting an international institute for Catholic male spirituality, coordinating dynamic speaking tours and life-changing retreats, and developing products and services that support family life. Most importantly, he is married to his lovely wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children. They live in Portland, Oregon, where Deacon Harold is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.

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.

speakers for the “Renew the I Do, Foundation, Founders of “Mission Project Love”, Parishioners at St. John 23rd.

Walt and Jackie have been married for 35 years. Throughout those wonderful years, they were blessed with 10 children, ages from 31 to 16 years. Together they work as a team of an Orthodontist and Dental Hygienist in the family Orthodontic Practice, in McMurray, PA.  They also work as promoters and speakers for the "Renew the I Do Foundation" in Pittsburgh, PA, aiding in the endorsement of Marriage Preparation and Relationship Building. In addition, Walt and Jackie founded "Mission Project Love" where they run Marriage Retreats, Date nights, Divorced Workshops, and Couple Book Studies, at their parish, St. John the 23rd. They help guide multiple couples a year through an Engaged Couple Walk using book studies and the Focus Inventory to enhance marriage preparation. Personally, they enjoy volunteering at a local church in Bi-monthly Praise, Worship, and Adoration events. Walt & Jackie deeply desire to help all couples Build and Design their own "Marriage Legacy," that witnesses their Catholic Faith.



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1225 National Rd
Wheeling, WV 26003

For More Information:
Susie Lopez, Conference Coordinator
[email protected]





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