Abp. Coakley to be homilist at Sunday’s Mass
By Gemma Rajewski
Some of the biggest names among Catholic lay apologists – including Scott Hahn – are scheduled to speak at the 18th Annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference Aug. 4-6 at Century II in Wichita.
“We have a tremendous speaker lineup. This year we have Raymond Arroyo, Steve Ray, Tim Staples, Monica Miller, and more,” said Kevin Regan, the conference director. “We are very excited that Scott Hahn has accepted to speak at the conference. He will be speaking both on Friday evening and on Saturday.”
He added that Bishop Carl A. Kemme assisted in the effort to recruit Hahn.
In addition, a former priest of the Diocese of Wichita will come home for the conference. Regan said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, will be the homilist for the Sunday Mass.
“Our conference is about supporting every Catholic – families, singles, grandparents, neighbors, etcetera,” Regan said. “We are a true family conference with programs for all ages. We have children’s programs for pre-K through 6th, middle school programs, and high school programs – and the young adult program which will start Friday night.”
Attendance fees are designed to be affordable for families and individuals, he said. One-day rates are available if making the whole weekend is not possible.
“Although the diocese and Bishop Kemme support us by providing a fantastic spiritual director and other liturgical resources; and the seminarians and priests are very supportive and dedicate their time to hearing the confessions of hundreds of people throughout the weekend, we are a non-profit organization,” Regan said.
In addition to the speakers fees, the conference pays for their travel, the cost of Century II, and must market the event.
“We had a financially tough year in 2016, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t looking forward to 2017,” he said, adding that the conference relies on the support and openness of attendees to continue running.
“The diocesan offices financially sponsor some speakers, but the majority of the conference is run from donations,” Regan said.
The event is always looking for new sponsors, in addition to those who have been blessed to have supported the conference for many years. Regan invites anyone interested in a sponsorship or in joining the leadership planning team, to contact him at 316-371-2767.
“We are truly blessed to have this event in our backyards, and have so much potential to grow,” he said. “Over 300 volunteers pull together each year to make this possible and it is an amazing gift.”
Rajewski is advertising coordinator for the Catholic Advance.
Want details about this year’s MCFC?
Registration is now open and brochures have been mailed to those previously registered. To register and more information visit www.CatholicFamilyConference.org.