Together In Holiness

April 2, 2016

Archdiocese of galveston-houston


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An initiative of the St. John Paul II Foundation

I am pleased to welcome this marriage initiative into the archdiocese. My hope is that spouses from across the archdiocese will be blessed and strengthened in their noble vocation by participating in this event.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo


"Together in Holiness" is an annual marriage conference that inspires and empowers couples to grow together in holiness. 

Spouses receive motivating insights and practical guidance for embracing a vibrant spiritual life in their marriage and family. Treat yourselves to this day of inspiring presentations, prayerful reflection and conversation with the one you love.

You and your spouse deserve this!


Co-Presented by the St. John Paul II Foundation and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Office for Family Life Ministry.


Who should attend?

Married and engaged couples throughout the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston who desire to grow together in holiness and form their children in the Catholic faith.


April 2, 2016
9:00am to 3:30pm


St. Cecilia Catholic Church
11720 Joan of Arc Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Registration Fee:

Couples registration: $45
Individual registration: $25
Childcare registration (4mos-11yrs): $1 per child (Generosity from our sponsors has allowed us to keep childcare costs to a minimum!)

Ministry registration: $75 (includes registration for 2 people & 1 table) 
Vendor registration: $150 (includes registration for 2 people & up to 3 tables)  

Light breakfast and box lunch are included for all adult registrants. Meals are not included for children.

"Together in Holiness"



Conference Check-in (check-in concludes at 10:15am)

  • Childcare check-in 
  • Reconciliation available (8:00am-8:45am)


Celebrant: Fr. David Konderla, Pastor and Director of Campus Ministry, St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University
Children are welcome to attend Mass with their parents

  • Light breakfast items are provided after Mass


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Words of Welcome
Emcees: Mark and Katie Hartfiel


“Created for Love: Discovering the Spousal Meaning of the Body” 
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Dynamic Catholic Speaker and Radio-Host

Saint John Paul II is well known for his "Theology of the Body", which in part explores the "spousal meaning" of the body. This great saint proclaimed that men and women are created for love! God's plan for us to love others is especially important in the Sacrament of Marriage, a truly sacred relationship between one man and one woman. In this dynamic presentation, Deacon Harold will reveal how we are created for love as he proclaims God's amazing plan for marriage.  

11:45am Breakout session

"An Everyday Theology of the Body: How Family Life becomes a School of Love”

Emily Stimpson, freelance Catholic writer

Most people think of Theology of the Body as simply teaching about sex. But that is not the case. Saint John Paul II’s theological reflections answer questions about who we are and how we are called to live. Emily Stimpson’s down to earth presentation will offer insights on how a Theology of the Body can be lived in everyday life as spouses and as parents. Family life—with all of its responsibilities, daily sacrifices, joy and humor—teaches us how to love by becoming gifts for one another. Furthermore, every aspect of daily life has spiritual significance. Emily will help spouses and parents to see their vocation with new eyes and have a deeper appreciation for their own role in family life. 



“Family as a School of Love: Spanning the Generations” 
Denise J. Hunnell, MD, Fellow of Human Life International

Are you wondering what to do now that your kids are out of the home? Or maybe you have left home and are now wondering how to include your parents in your own domestic church? Besides celebrating, many empty nesters and grandparents are also looking for ways to continue sharing their faith with the family. Whether you are rediscovering your love for one another as spouses, discussing positive ways to relate with your adult children, or wanting to pass on your faith to your grandchildren in an increasingly secular society, this presentation is for you. Denise Hunnell, who is part of the "sandwich generation" in her own family, will offer practical tips that span the generations.


Break for Lunch and Prayer 

  • Box lunches available for pick-up (lunch is provided for conference attendees)
    • Parents are required to take children out of childcare from 1:00pm-1:30pm
    • Lunch is not provided for children. Parents need to bring a lunch for their children.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation available (12:45-2:00pm)
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for Eucharistic Adoration (1:00-2:00pm)
  • Ministry & Vendor tables (available throughout the conference)


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“How to Nourish Love in the Family: Gratitude, Reconciliation and Service”
Arland K. Nichols, Founding President, John Paul II Foundation for Life & Family

"Thank you", "I'm sorry", "Excuse me" - Pope Francis has said these three statements are essential for marriage and family life. Gratitude is a foundation for love in family life, reconciliation heals family relationships when we inevitably fall short of love, and service becomes love in action. Arland Nichols will draw from the wisdom of our Holy Fathers, past and present, as he teaches us how to nourish love in the family.


Conference concludes 


Click on a particular thumbnail to read the speaker bio.

                     Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

                     Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

                                                                          Emily Stimpson

                                      Emily Stimpson

                               Denise J. Hunnell, MD

                               Denise J. Hunnell, MD

                         Arland K. Nichols

                         Arland K. Nichols

Generously Hosted by St. Cecilia Catholic Community

  St. Cecilia Catholic Community 11720 Joan of Arc Drive Houston, TX 77024


St. Cecilia Catholic Community
11720 Joan of Arc Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Parking for the Conference: What you Need to Know. WATCH THE VIDEO.

Some parking will be available at St. Cecilia, but we will also be utilizing parking at Memorial City Mall. Watch this video to learn where you can park and also about how we will shuttle attendees from the mall to the conference.


Together in Holiness is being generously hosted by St.Cecilia Catholic Community, which is located one quarter mile south of I-10 off the Bunker Hill exit at 11720 Joan of Arc Drive. 

Partners & Supporting Sponsors


We are thankful for the generous partners and sponsors of Together in Holiness in Houston. Each is committed to strengthening marriage and family life, and without them this event would not be possible. We invite you to support these organizations and learn more about them by clicking on their names below.


Presenting Partners


Saint John Paul II Sponsor Level

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla Sponsor Level

Show up Saturday and Register onsite in the morning.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register and pay by just showing up at the conference as early as 8:00am. Go to the "Onsite Registration" table when you arrive. We will have room for you! But childcare is completely full...we do NOT have onsite registration for children.



Support Our Initiatives

Please consider making a donation to the St. John Paul II Foundation. Your generosity will support the growth of Together In Holiness in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.