Strengthening marriages and families is the theme to this years “Families Fully Alive” Conference sponsored by the Diocese of Fairbanks taking place in February.
A member of the planning committee for the conference said the idea for the event came after parishioners had attended other Catholic conferences in other parts of the country.
“We thought that maybe this is something we can do here, that might be a benefit to Catholics and others interested living in Alaska,” said Mike Kramer, conference committee member.
The idea for this year’s theme came from Pope Francis’ encyclical Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love, with the hope of strengthening marriages and families.
The three-day conference will feature many nationally known speakers including Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who hosted the Pope in his Archdiocese for the World Meeting of Families and was a delegate to the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome.
Each day of the conference will begin with Mass and throughout the weekend there will be opportunities for confession and adoration. There will be keynote addresses for all to attend and the breakout sessions will be more age specific.
The conference is held the weekend before Lent, February 9-11 at Catholic Schools of Fairbanks. For those in Southeast who are interested in attending the conference, discount codes for flights, rental cars and hotels are available.
If you register before January 31st, the cost for ages 11-17 is $65 and ages 17 and up $85. For large families, the max price is $200, which includes childcare for children 3-11.
For more information on the Diocese of Fairbanks “Families Fully Alive” conference and to register visit bit.ly/FaiFamConf2018.