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.
  • "My wife and I had not gone to a marriage retreat for a few years and it showed in our daily lives. This conference brought us back on track and confirmed some of the items that we had learned but forgotten. It also taught us some new things that will strengthen our marriage."
  • - 2023 Attendee





  • Early Bird Couple: $54 | Early Bird Individual: $35
    •      Early Bird pricing ends September 30.
    •      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 1. All refund requests made on or after November 2 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
  • Msgr. Patrick Winslow
10:00 AM
  • Words of Welcome
10:15 - 11:15 AM
    • Eucharistic Saints, Families, and Evangelization
    • Ryan Hanning
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Enkindling and Fanning the Flame: How to Pass on the Faith to your Children
    • Speaker TBA
12:30 - 2:15 PM
  • Break for Lunch and Prayer
2:30 - 3:30 PM
    • Educating in Christ: Parents as Primary Teachers of their Children in the Faith
    • John & Claire Grabowski
3:30 - 3:45 PM
  • Closing Comments



Married for 39 years, John and Claire Grabowski have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.  They have done pre-Cana marriage ministry together for over 30 years, post-Cana ministry for 10 years, and served as a member couple from the United States on the Pontifical Council for the Family after their appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.  Together they are the authors of the commentary on the anniversary edition of Familiaris Consortio (Boston: Pauline, 2015), One Body: A Program of Marriage Formation for the New Evangelization. (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Press, 2018), and Raising Catholic Kids for their Vocations (Charlotte, NC:  TAN Books, 2019).  They have spoken together to groups of laity, priests, and bishops across the United States and abroad. They have also appeared together on EWTN television and Relevant Radio programs.   Claire has been a Catholic educator, stay at home mother, in-home childcare provider, financial administrative assistant, and care-giver and companion to the elderly.  She has been a mentor to women and couples and has been active in a variety of lay ministries for many years.   John has taught moral theology at The Catholic University of America for the last 33 years.  He has three times been appointed as a theological consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  In 2015 he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert (adiutor) at the Synod of Bishops on the Family.  His books include A Catechism for Family Life: Insights from Catholic Teaching on Love, Marriage, Sex, and Parenting, edited with Sarah Bartel  (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2018).  He also wrote the Foreword to the 1997 English edition of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (Boston: Pauline, 1997).

Fellow, San Juan Diego Institute

Dr. Hanning is a Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies and is a founding Fellow of the San Juan Diego Institute which serves several Universities, non-profits and religious apostolates, and a Fellow of the Havard Institute for Virtuous Leadership Institute and the Institute of Catholic Theology. In addition to teaching and consulting, Ryan also serves as Asst. Editor at Hearth & Field a Christian Agrarian Journal and writes and speaks internationally on education, theology, ecological ethics and virtuous leadership. He is the co-author of The WillPower Advantage: Building Habits for Lasting Happiness, along with Tom Peterson, Founder of Catholics Come Home. Ryan currently homesteads in Tennessee with his beautiful wife Rebecca, and their ten well socialized homeschooled children.

Senior Program Coordinator and Team Leader, St. John Paul II Foundation

Rachel Townsend is a Senior Program Coordinator and Team Leader for the St. John Paul II Foundation where she serves to support the parishes and couples across the country who are sponsoring and participating in the Together in Holiness Formation series. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and graduated with Honors in Psychology distinction. Prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation, she worked as a Career Counselor for Champions School of Real Estate helping students to achieve their career and licensing goals. Over the years, she has volunteered at her parish community as a member of the altar guild and is currently a parishioner of Presentation of the Lord Catholic Church in Montgomery, Texas.

V.G., Vicar General & Chancellor

The Very Rev. Patrick J. Winslow, V.G., has served as vicar general and chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte since 2019. As vicar general, Monsignor Winslow reports directly to the bishop on matters related to clergy and vocations, and acts in place of the bishop in his absence. As chancellor, he also oversees the diocese’s day-to-day administrative and business operations. A noted preacher and canon lawyer, he came to the Charlotte diocese in 2002 and has served with distinction in several important roles, including as Promoter of Justice and as an ex-officio member of the Lay Review Board. As Promoter of Justice for the diocese, his responsibility was to provide for the public good and serve as prosecutor in Church court proceedings. Monsignor Winslow is a member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors, two groups of priests who serve as advisors to the bishop. He also serves as clergy formation advisor to St. Joseph College Seminary in Charlotte and sits on the diocesan Vocations Board. A native of upstate New York, he studied chemistry in college before discerning a call to the priesthood in 1993. He was ordained a priest in 1999 and served in parishes and as a maximum-security prison chaplain in the Diocese of Albany, New York, before moving south and becoming incardinated into the Charlotte diocese in 2002. In North Carolina, he served as pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish in Charlotte, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in Jefferson and St. Frances of Rome Catholic Mission in Sparta, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in Tryon before becoming pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish in Charlotte in 2012, where he served as pastor until his appointment as vicar general and chancellor in 2019. In 2015, he was named a “Missionary of Mercy” by Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, one of only two priests from the Charlotte diocese and among only about 50 priests from the United States to serve in this unique role. These priests from around the world were specially selected by the pope to highlight the mercy of God throughout the holy year, by preaching and offering the sacrament of reconciliation. He earned a Licentiate of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 2012. A gifted preacher and Scripture scholar, Monsignor Winslow has contributed to numerous Bible studies through Catholic Scripture Study International, which publishes more than 30 Bible and faith-related study programs. Monsignor Winslow is the fifth chancellor for the Charlotte diocese.



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3635 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209

For More Information:
Alexandra Landrigan, Conference Coordinator
[email protected]





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