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Cincinnati Hosts National Marriage Conference for Catholic Parishes
Familia will run pre-conference event with special offer for clergy

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Speakers at the conference will cover a wide range of family-related themes.

Cincinnati, Ohio. May 18, 2010. An impressive list of speakers are gathering in Cincinnati next month to help local Catholic parishes build stronger marriages. The National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) is sponsoring a conference called “Building Blocks for a Marriage-Building Parish” on June 22-26, 2010, at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Speakers at the event will include Louisville, Kentucky Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, motivational Catholic speaker Matthew Kelly, syndicated radio show hosts Teresa Tomeo and Greg and Lisa Popcak, and Catholic family psychotherapist and radio show host Dr. Ray Guarendi. 

Marriage-building topics to be covered at the conference include: how to build leadership at your parish; forming youth and young adults; preparing for sacramental marriage; creating a culture of life; how to strengthen marriages; providing pastoral care for marriage; healing after divorce; and much more. 

The Familia program will be offering pre-conference workshops on June 22 and 23.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet personally with the National Familia Team. Consecrated woman Margaret Mullan will be giving a talk on “The Dignity of Woman,” and Art Bennett, author of The Temperament that God Gave You and the developer of the men’s Familia program “Men and
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This brochure and other informational resources are available on the NACFLM web site.
Work” will also be speaking.  The Familia pre-conference will conclude with an address by Archbishop Kurtz entitled “Positioning the Family for Outreach.”

“This Familia conference in Cincinnati will be a good investment for any married couple as well as all who work in marriage ministry,” said Karen Sester.  Sester and her husband Todd are National Directors for Familia USA.  “Valuable topics like ‘Leadership and Temperaments’ to ‘Bringing a Balanced Perspective of Work to your Marriage,’ and finally ‘Positioning the Family for Outreach’ will directly impact the lives of those attending, as well as the lives of those they are trying to reach. Todd and I are very excited to travel to Cincinnati, and we hope to meet many new and old friends while we are there.”

All clergy, including deacons and their wives, are welcome to attend the Familia portion of the pre-conference free of charge. For more information go to the NACFLM website at  or the Familia website  You can also contact Jean Stolpestad, Familia Communications Coordinator, for more information at (763) 923-4558 or



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