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July 31 - August 2, 2015
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Join us in welcoming an exciting team of speakers who have answered a great "Yes!" to God's call to the consecrated life. We are celebrating the Year of the Consecrated Life by bringing in representatives from the Benedictines, Norbertines, Religious Sisters of Mercy, Dominicans, SOLT, Western Washington Catholic Chrismatic Renewal, diocesan priesthood, and the deaconate.
We'll find out about the special charisms from the different Orders which helps them each go deeper in their relationship with Christ and His Church. Whether our vocation is to the married life, the religious life, or we are still seeking, we can let their witness guide us to know how to better understand God's call each day. They will share with us ways to open our hearts and minds more fully to Jesus Christ. It's time to light the fire of God's love in our hearts, our families, and our Catholic community!
It will be another family-fun summer event, celebrating our Catholic faith and community in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. Get ready to light your Faith on Fire!
As always the weekend will include: dynamic Catholic speakers outside on the lawn, Adoration, and Reconciliation celebrated inside the beautiful St. Mary Church, beautiful Mass (with the closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Eusabio Elizondo!), inspirational music, new friends, delicious food, free camping, fun activities, & more!
Some of our 2015 Speakers...
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.
His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, the Church’s vocational choices and how they are lived out, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others.
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 an associate member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, a member of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and a consultation team member for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Directory for Catechesis.
As the president and CEO of Servant Enterprises, 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, Deacon Harold 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.
Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT
resides with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in Corpus Christi, Texas. SOLT is a community of disciples of Jesus and Mary serving on Ecclesial family teams, composed Priests, Religious and laity who strive to bring all peoples to union with the Most Holy Trinity
They live a Marian-Trinitarian spirituality which expresses itself in discipleship of Jesus and Mary.
They serve in areas of deepest apostolic need throughout the whole world. Some of our ministries include education, pastoral work and catechesis, homes for drug rehabilitation, service to the poor, neglected and abandoned children and elderly, migrants and displaced persons.
Fr Jim is the founder of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade. The mission of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade is to spread the devotion of the Holy Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration, in the U.S. and Abroad.
Fr. Bryan Dolejsi, Director of Vocations, Archdiocese of Seattle
Born and raised Catholic in the Seattle area, Fr. Bryan Dolejsi was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle in 2006. He completed his undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in Secondary Education and History. After serving as a youth minister, a Catholic High School teacher and basketball coach, and serving internationally as a missionary he entered the seminary in 2000.
Originally he entered the Dominican Order, studying at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya.
Fr. Dolejsi completed his MDiv and STB from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Seattle in 2006. He has served as a parochial vicar in Tacoma, Priest Administrator in Issaquah and for the past two years has served as the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle and chaplain of Kennedy Catholic High School.
Congratulations to Father Herman Joseph, O. Praem. on his ordination this weekend!
Father Herman Joseph (Jason) Putnam, O.Praem., was ordained on June 27, 2015, by Bishop Kevin Vann at the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California.
He was born in 1983 in Fullerton, CA, and did his elementary schooling there, and his secondary schooling in Anacortes, Washington. He attended the Skagit Valley Community College from 2001- 2003 and attended the Seminary of Christ the King in Vancouver, Canada, between 2003 and 2006.
He entered St. Michael’s Abbey novitiate in Silverado, Orange County, California in 2006, and after a four month postulancy, took the name Herman Joseph on receiving the habit. After a two year novitiate, he continued studying philosophy until 2010, then attended St Philip’s Seminary in Toronto until 2013, where he received his Master’s degree in Theology. He attended the Angelicum in Rome this past year.
Father Herman Joseph has two brothers and one sister. He says that attending the World Youth Days in Toronto (2002) and in Cologne (2005) helped him grow in his love for the faith and to confirm his vocation. His then pastor in Anacortes, Fr. William Harris, gave him an appreciation of good liturgy. At the Seminary of Christ the King in Canada, he found a love for the daily choral office and community life. St Norbert, the founder of his order, the Premonstratensians (or the Norbertines), is known as the Apostle of the Eucharist and they have a daily holy hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. (www.stmichaelsabbey.com)
While in Christ the King Seminary he was head table setter, was on the multimedia committee, and was elected Secretary of the Major Seminary Student Council from 2004- 2006.
Among his hobbies he lists: reading spiritual books, praying, playing sports (soccer, basketball, hiking, biking, etc.), and playing the violin.
We're rolling out additional names in the next week, so check back with us for more (here are a few photo hints). And don't worry ladies - we have some amazing women religious coming, too!
2015 will be another great lineup! Who will be the speaker who speaks to you? Follow us on Facebook for updates
Who should attend?
This is a family event - we want your family! And bring family friends, too. Let's strengthen and build up our Catholic community together.
If you are a father, mother, daughter, son, uncle, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, brother, or sister this conference is for you. If you are single, married, a young adult, a not-so-young adult, a college student, (or not), there will be something for you. If you are Catholic, a fallen-away Catholic, a Protestant, an agnostic, someone just in search of Truth from any religious background (or none at all), please know you are welcome. As a member of the Family of God we all have a place in this Catholic Family Conference. Join us this July 31 - August 2.
What to Expect:
From the speakers’ personal experiences, we’ll receive positive insights on how to address the challenges and pressures we all face today in family, marriage, work, faith, and church. They will guide us in ways to direct our time, thoughts, and energy toward forming a personal relationship with God, and provide insights into how to become better disciples of Christ, going out and evangelizing to the world.
As a bonus, view the Vatican International Photographic Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World during the conference. Re-discover the Eucharistic Lord through images of 140 Church-approved Eucharistic Miracles.
Be sure to bring a blanket or outdoor chair (& sunscreen!) - we will enjoy these talks on the lawn of St. Mary Church (or keep in the shade under the big tent). Say a prayer for the beautiful July and August weather we love! Check out Conference Basics to learn more.