Matthew Fradd is Australian by birth and Catholic by choice. After experiencing a profound conversion at World Youth Day in Rome in 2000, Matthew committed himself to inviting others to know Jesus Christ and the Church that He founded. As a missionary in Canada and Ireland, Matthew proclaimed the Gospel to over ten thousand teens and young adults. He has also served the Church through full-time lay ministry in Australia, Ireland, Canada and Texas. Recently, Matthew, his fearless Texan wife, and their three beautiful children (Liam, Avila, and baby Chiara) moved to sunny San Diego where Matthew now works as an Apologist and Speaker with Catholic Answers. Sharing his own story of sin, redemption and healing, and through an introduction to the Theology of the Body, Matthew will speak passionately about how God made us to be in relationship with Him, the many wounds that pornography inflicts, the healing that Christ offers in the Sacraments, and the freedom that the Church proposes in Her teachings on the virtue of chastity.
Camille Pauley: Ten Universal Principles
Have you ever grappled with questions like, “What’s the meaning of human life?” “What will bring me real happiness, freedom, and quality of life?” “What is truth?” “What’s right?” “What’s wrong?” and “How can I help build a more just society?” All of these are significant questions that require philosophical reflection to answer. And the way we answer them will have a huge impact on what we think about critical life and death issues like abortion, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide. Camille Pauley, president and co-founder of Healing the Culture, will teach you ten very useful principles of logic, ethics, and justice to help you wade through answers to life’s toughest questions, and navigate your way amidst the confusion of society.
Fr. Bryan Dolejsi: Discerning God’s Will in Your Life
What is your purpose in life? What gifts/skills/hopes/dreams do you have to share? What is the difference between a primary and a secondary vocation? In the universal call to holiness, God calls each of us in a unique way for a particular mission in life. Blessed Pope John Paul II said that, “in the life of each member of the faithful, there are particularly significant and decisive moments for discerning God’s call and embracing the mission entrusted by Him.” But how do you listen to God to know what He is calling you to do in this world? Director of Vocations for the Seattle Archdiocese, Fr. Dolejsi will lay out ten simple steps on how to listen to God amidst the noise of the world, and discern God’s plan in your life.
As a youth, Fr. Boquet was very active in service projects with Catholic Charities, ministry to the elderly, the poor and marginalized. This active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood. Currently he is the president of Human Life International (HLI), serving to protect the most vulnerable members of society all across the world. Founded in 1981, HLI is a Catholic apostolate that seeks to respond to our calling as followers of Jesus by building a Culture of Life and Love around the world through education, outreach, advocacy and service. Fr. Boquet will talk about social justice and share how our government’s foreign policy affects smaller countries around us, and how we can be a beacon of light to our neighbors, near and far.