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Throughout the Catholic Church today, people are looking for hope of
renewal and for better times ahead. Perhaps no place is this more true
then the Archdiocese of Boston, which was the focal point of the priest
scandals of 2002. So it is surely appropriate, that as our calendars get
set to turn to Lent, this culturally rich, but spiritually
embattled locale will be the site of two great conferences to help spur
the revitalization of Catholic life.

On March 3 & 4, renowned
EWTN catechism teacher, Father John Corapi, will lead an impressive
array of speakers as they address the Boston Men & Women’s Catholic
Conferences. The women’s conference will be on the 3rd and the men will
gather the following day. Other speakers will include Scott Hahn, a
bestselling Catholic author and biblical scholar and Father Raniero
Cantalamessa. The latter was formerly the preacher to the papal
household under John Paul II. Boston’s archbishop Sean O’Malley will
celebrate Mass at the men’s conference on Sunday.

These events
provide attendees the opportunity to learn about their faith, hear
topics about real-life issues pertaining to their specific gender, and
make new friends. The convenient scheduling enables men and women to
intermingle with each other before and after their respective
conferences. With so many Catholics struggling to latch on to a chance
to do any of these, having all of these opportunities neatly coalesced
into one conference package adds up to a weekend people will not want to miss.

Both
conferences will be held at the Convention & Exhibit Center, in the
heavily Irish South Boston. The neighborhood’s unique character makes
it an appropriate venue for these events. Like the Church herself,
“Southie” was once filled with large families, rosary beads and May
Crownings. So during the month of March, this Irish Catholic community
is a fitting place to be to jumpstart a revitilization of Catholic
living.

To sign up for the women’s conference go to http://www.bostoncatholicwomen.org/index.php. The men’s registration can be found at http://www.bostoncatholicmen.org/.


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