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.

  • "Every person is made for self-giving love, which has been fully revealed to us by Jesus Christ. At the third annual Together in Holiness conference in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon how your own family is called to be a school of love. I encourage all married and engaged couples to attend this event so you and your spouse may grow in deeper appreciation of your marriage vocation and your mission to love God and one another."
  • - Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston





  • Early Bird Couple: $27 | Early Bird Individual: $18
    •      Early Bird pricing ends December 11.
    •      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 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, January 26. All refund requests made on or after January 27 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.



10:00 AM
  • Conference Check-In
10:45 AM
  • Words of Welcome
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Family: The First School of Love
    • Joshua P. Bitting, PhD
12:00 - 1:45 PM
  • Break for Lunch and Prayer
2:00 - 3:00 PM
    • Growing in Love as Spouses
    • John and Annie DeJak
3:15 - 4:15 PM
    • Becoming Witnesses to the Joy of Eucharistic Love
    • Renzo and Monica Ortega
4:15 - 4:30 PM
  • Closing Comments
5:00 PM
  • Vigil Mass and Marriage Blessing
  • Rev.  Timothy J. Grassi


Program Director, St. John Paul II Foundation

Joshua P. Bitting, Ph.D., serves as Program Director at the St. John Paul II Foundation where he oversees the Together in Holiness Formation series, a year-round marriage enrichment for small communities of spouses. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Joshua came into full communion with the Catholic Church on June 22nd, 2003, the Feast of Corpus Christi while completing his B.A. in philosophy at Southwestern College (Winfield, Kansas). Joshua attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where he earned his M.A. in theology. Afterwards, he had the opportunity to study at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) in Rome, Italy. Since then, he has served the Church in various capacities at both the parish and diocesan levels. He recently completed his Ph.D. in theology and catechetics from the University of Notre Dame, Australia. Joshua and his beautiful wife, Amanda, have seven children, and enjoy sharing the Gospel of the family in their primary vocation as spouses and parents.

Co-founders of Two Become Family

Renzo and Monica Ortega are Catholic ministry leaders, podcast hosts, authors, and speakers. They host the popular marriage podcast, Pre-Cana with the Pope, and are co-authors of the children’s devotional, Go To Joseph for Children. Renzo is also the author of the men’s devotional, Go To Joseph. Their online marriage ministry, Two Become Family, has been featured in the National Catholic Register and their conversion story has been featured in the documentary St. Joseph: Our Spiritual Father. Renzo holds a MA in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. The Ortegas live in CT with their 5 children where they facilitate youth ministry and marriage prep ministry.

Pastor, St. James the Greater Catholic Church

Fr. Timothy J. Grassi was ordained a priest in 2000 and served as a parochial vicar for 3 years at Immaculate Conception in Clarksburg, WV and 1 year at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in Charleston, WV.  In June of 2004, Fr. Grassi was made pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and Our Lady of Mercy Mission in Thomas, WV.  He served there for 17 years.  In 2021 Fr. Grassi was made pastor of St. James the Greater Parish in Charles Town, WV.  Fr. Grassi is passionate about the Catholic Faith and being faithful to the Traditional Teachings of Holy Mother Church.

Parishioners of St. John the Baptist, Front Royal

John and Annie DeJak have been happily married for twenty-five years and are the proud parents of eight children, ranging in age from 24-10.  Having met and married in Chicago, their adventurous life has taken them throughout the country--with John having served on active duty in the U.S. Army and as a lawyer and founding headmaster of several private high schools.  He is currently Headmaster of Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Virginia.  Annie, an accomplished educator herself, is a stay-at-home mom and part-time teacher and Director of Chelsea's Schola Cantorum.  Throughout their marriage they have been involved in mentoring engaged couples and have spoken on marriage to parish and community groups.



St. James the Greater Catholic Church

49 Crosswinds Dr
Charles Town, WV 25414

For More Information:
Cameron Kelly, Conference Coordinator
[email protected]





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