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20th Annual Totus Tuus 'Consecrate Them in Truth' Family Conference at Catholic Familyland Focuses on Faith and Family

Featuring Vatican official - Francis Cardinal Arinze, among other defenders of the faith and Family, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., the conference takes place September 14-16 on the 950-acre Catholic Familyland center in Southeastern Ohio.


Contact: Theresa Schmitz, VP Operations, Familyland, 740-765-5500 ext. 2020,


BLOOMINGDALE, Ohio, Aug. 29 /Standard Newswire/ -- Catholic Familyland, the 950-acre center in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, will host its 20th annual international "Totus Tuus Consecrate Them in Truth" Family Conference this September 14-16, 2007. Topics of the conference will focus on "The Eucharist, Family, and Presence". Francis Cardinal Arinze will deliver the conference keynote address as well as answer questions posed to him from those in attendance on Saturday evening.


"The goal of this event is to highlight the importance of teaching our children the Faith and strengthen familial relationships through a variety of discussions, informative presentations and activities, all presented in the form of three specialized conferences – one designed specifically for adults, another for teenagers and a third for young children," said Jerry Coniker, father of 13, who co-founded Apostolate for Family Consecration with his late wife Gwen of Catholic Familyland and Familyland TV Network.


Conference speakers will include Francis Cardinal Arinze, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., Kimberly Hahn, Fr. Kevin Barrett and Jerry Coniker. Liturgical music will feature the Hinges and a musical performance will include the renowned performer, DANA.


"We hope to give participants of all ages the opportunity to learn how to transmit the Faith to our children," added Coniker, "and we'll do this by holding three conferences in one – talks for the adults, sessions and activities for the youth and children."


About the Apostolate for Family Consecration

Started in 1975 by Jerry and Gwen Coniker, parents of 13, the Apostolate for Family Consecration's primary focus is to sanctify and consecrate families in the truths of the Catholic Faith, using the modern means of social communications. A creative use of the media is employed to teach the Catholic Faith, using audiotape/CD, videotape/DVD, Podcasts, the Internet, the printed word, and television broadcasting. Headquartered in Bloomingdale, OH, the Apostolate for Family Consecration operates Catholic Familyland, a multifaceted retreat center engaging families in a broad array of fun faith-building and recreational activities. The Apostolate also operates outreach centers in over 125 countries, distributes a broad range of teaching material and operates the Familyland Television Network, offering exclusive conference highlights, teaching programs and classic movies, all supporting the international work of "families helping families get to heaven."


For additional information on attending the "Totus Tuus" family conference, or information about Catholic Familyland, just 50 minutes from the Pittsburgh Airport, and 15 minutes from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, call 1-800-77 FAMILY (773-2645) or visit Seating is limited and is anticipated to sell out.