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Jason Evert PhotoKeynote Speakers

Jason Evert and his wife Crystalina  have spoken about the virtue of chastity on six continents to more than one million people, including World Youth Days in Sydney, Madrid, and Kraków. They are the authors of more than ten books, including How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul and Theology of the Body for Teens.Jason Evert and his wife Crystalina  have spoken about the virtue of chastity on six continents to more than one million people, including World Youth Days in Sydney, Madrid, and Kraków. They are the authors of more than ten books, including How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul and Theology of the Body for Teens. Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a frequent guest on radio programs throughout the country, and his television appearances include Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, and EWTN. After speaking solo for several years, he teamed up with Crystalina, and the two married in 2003. Crystalina is the author of Pure Womanhood, and runs the website, Women Made New. With Jason, she is the co-founder of Chastity Project.

Matt FraddMatt Fradd speaks to tens of thousands of people every year. He is the author of several books, including Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialog on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas and The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography.  Matt Fradd speaks to tens of thousands of people every year. He is the author of several books, including Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialog on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas and The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography. Matt earned his master’s and undergraduate degree’s in philosophy from Holy Apostles College. His podcasts, Love People Use Things and Pints With Aquinas are listened to by tens of thousands of people every month. Matt speaks to tens of thousands of people every year on the dangers of pornography and how to be free from it. He  lives with his wife, Cameron, and their children in the mountains of North Georgia.

Monsignor Brian BransfieldRev. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield serves as General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 21, 1994. Prior to his service at the USCCB, Msgr. Bransfield served as a Professor of Moral Theology on the faculty of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He has also served in parish ministry, and as a high-school faculty member teaching freshman and senior theology. He is an adjunct Instructor at School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is the author of a number of books, articles, and publications.

 

Most Reverend Scott McCaigCANCELLED UNFORTUNATELY BISHOP SCOTT McCAIG WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO ATTEND OUR CONFERENCE THIS YEAR, DUE TO A SERIOUS ILLNESS IN HIS FAMILY. PLEASE KEEP HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

 An adult talk by Jason Evert, plus Mike Landry, and Father Miguel Irizar will be additional keynote speakers in place of the Bishop. As we are always keenly aware, ultimately the Lord is in charge of this conference. Praise God in all His goodness!!!

Mike Landry Mike Landry, like Fr. Paul Moret below, attends our Annual Family Life Conference with a humble heart, ready to serve where the Spirit leads. As a gifted musician and founder of Third Place Project, he is an excellent leader of song and has served in this capacity for both the adults and young people at our conferences. He spent many years as a Youth Minister working for both Holy Family Parish in St. Albert, and Holy Trinity in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, while also working on his degree in theology from Newman Theological College and Franciscan University. Currently he is a Chaplain in the Catholic School System, a devoted husband and father, and speaker - another gift he will share with us at this year's FLC. 

Father Miguel IrizarFr. Miguel Irizar,has often credited a faith-filled family life for inspiring his vocation. His parents set a powerful example by going to Mass weekly, confession monthly and praying the rosary regularly.Observing his parents' prayer life, he says, made him strive to become more like them. And with 15 brothers and sisters, he learned from a young age about sharing, cooperation and generosity -- all virtues that assist him as a Priest. 

"If I gave of myself without expecting anything in return, it filled me with joy. That experience stayed with me." 

Fr. Miguel is the current Pastor at St. Peter Parish in Villeneuve and associated parishes in Calahoo, Mearns and Riviere-Qui-Barre who has been granted a study leave in Rome. He will be greatly missed at our conferences where he offers much of his time in the confessional, a sacrament of great significance to him. If you have never heard Fr. Miguel before, don't miss his talk on Monday morning. If you have, we know you wouldn't miss the opportunity to hear him speak before he leaves for Rome.

 Father Paul MoretBenediction

Fr. Paul Moret is a regular at our Family Life Conference and the Spiritual Director of Catholic Family Ministries. He is currently the Pastor at St. Matthew Parish in Edmonton, and as always, we are very blessed by his presence at our conferences. At our Family Life Conference he regularly celebrates the sacraments of Holy Mass and Reconciliation and leads Benediction. He has been our guest speaker a number of times as well as throughout the diocese. He will be offering a session in February at Newman Theological College on the different sections of the Mass and why it is important to be there for the readings? During the Mass, the people of God are nourished from two tables: the table of God's word through proclamation of the Scriptures, and the table of the altar, where the Holy Eucharist is consecrated. In this catechetical presentation sponsored by the archdiocesan offices of Liturgy and Catechesis, Father Paul discusses “The Mass: Two Tables.”

 AB Gerard PettipasOther Weekend Homilists

Gérard Pettipas, C.Ss.R. (born September 6, 1950) is a Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists). He currently serves as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan. Pettipas was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the age of 26, he was ordained a priest on May 7, 1977 by Bishop Thomas Benjamin Fulton, who at the time was the Titular Bishop of Cursola. At the age of 56, he was appointed as archbishop of Grouard-McLennan by Pope Benedict XVI on November 30, 2006. He received his episcopal consecration on January 25, 2007 by Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who at the time was the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada; Bishop Denis Croteau, O.M.I., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of MacKenzie-Fort Smith, North West Territories, Canada; and Bishop Gary Michael Jordan, who at that time was Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Pettipas was the primary consecrator of Bishop Mark Andrew Hagemoen, Bishop of the Diocese of MacKenzie-Fort Smith, North West Territories, Canada. And Pettipas was the co-consecrator of Bishop Héctor Felipe Vila, Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

AB SmithArchbishop Richard W. Smith was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 28, 1959. He studied at St. Mary's University and at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. Ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1987, he pursued further studies in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and earned a Licence in 1993 and a Doctorate in 1998. After some fruitful years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Halifax, he was appointed Bishop of Pembroke on April 27, 2002 and ordained to the episcopate on June 18, 2002. Pope Benedict XVI, on March 22, 2007, appointed him to the Metropolitan See of Edmonton. Archbishop Richard Smith was formally installed as seventh Archbishop of Edmonton on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. He serves as President of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and is past president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Father Robert Lee will be our newest priest as he will be ordained June 28th, 2018, and we are incredibly blessed to have him celebrate this Mass with us which, in faith, we know will be filled with God's abundant Grace.  

Peter van Kampen speakingYoung Adult Speaker

Peter van Kampen is a Youth Ministry Coordinator for Red Deer Catholic Schools. He works in three schools and two parishes in Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake. He has also worked for years as the Program Coordinator at Our Lady of Victory Camp, and as the Dean of Boys at Clearwater Academy. Peter is passionate about the faith, and presents it in a way that is dynamic and inspiring, and faithful to Catholic Magisterial teaching. He has a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Dominican College, and is the author of The Battle for Moriah.