The Beauty of the Catholic Family
A Workshop that will discuss the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia
Thirty-fourth Easter Seminar for Priests and Seminarians

WHEN Sunday, April 16 to Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WHERE Shellbourne Conference Center  |  Valparaiso, Indiana

One of the urgent concerns of the Holy Father is the pastoral care for the family. Through his preaching and his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis is telling the Church and the world that the family is a key priority in his pontificate. In an insightful way, he is guiding the Church to both preserve and nurture the spiritual health of the family. We therefore want to reflect on and apply his pastoral approach of love and understanding of the contemporary family in our own ministry. The Holy Father is raising the consciousness of the People of God that the life of the Church and the moral good of society certainly rest on the integrity of the family. From the earliest times, the family was called the Domestic Church since it was the nerve center and springboard of the first Christians. The New Evangelization, as it faces formidable challenges regarding proper understanding of marriage and family, looks to Christ’s vision of the Christian home. Through catechesis, pastoral discernment and affectionate accompaniment, the Holy Father wants his priests to build up the families entrusted to them. As a way of gathering insights and experiences in serving the families of our parishes, we invite you to explore the contents and applications of Amoris Laetitia. Given its broad scope, knowledgeable speakers will share their insights and perspectives on how to integrate it into our priestly ministry. We welcome everyone’s input on such an important matter.

“The couple that loves and begets life is a true, living icon-not an idol like those of stone or gold prohibited by the Decalogue-capable of revealing God the Creator and Savior. For this reason, fruitful love becomes a symbol of God’s inner life.”

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia

Topics and Speakers

Easter Sunday, April 16

7:30 p.m.

Arrival and Light Supper


8:00 p.m.

Introductory Talk


Monday, April 17

7:45 a.m.

Morning Prayer


8:00 a.m.

Preached Meditation


8:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

First Presentation
Highlights of Amoris Laetitia
Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville, KY


5:30 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:30 p.m.

Second Presentation
Generosity in Conjugal Love
Rev. Richard T. Simon
Pastor of St. Lambert, Skokie, IL
Daily Talk Host for Relevant Radio

Tuesday, April 18

7:45 a.m.

Morning Prayer


8:00 a.m.

Preached Conference


8:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

Third Presentation
Formation of Conscience in Light of Amoris Laetitia
Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of Venice, FL


5:30 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:30 p.m.

Fourth Presentation
Parents are the Primary Teachers of the Faith
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Costanzo
Lake Forest, IL


Wednesday, April 19

7:45 a.m.

Morning Prayer


8:00 a.m.

Conference


8:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


10:00 a.m.

Departure

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