Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 2016

Lent is a very busy time for Father Larry. There were quite a few Parish Missions and Conferences in the month of February. To see where Father spoke at in February, check out the previous blog post here. March has Father heading out to sunny San Diego, California on March 3 for the Catholic Answer's Annual Apologetic Conference. This year's theme is the Restoration of Marriage and Father will be speaking alongside Dr. Ray Guarendi, Tim Staples, Trent Horn, Dr. Jennifer Roback, Patrick Coffin and many others.

From there he heads to Baltimore, Maryland for the 19th Catholic Men's Fellowship Annual Conference. He will speaking with Deacon Larry Oney and Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh! We will have to see how a Pittsburgh native and Steelers fan does in the company of a rival's head coach! Next he will speaking at a Parish Mission in Duluth, Georgia at St. Benedict Catholic Church. For more information on these and any upcoming event, go to our website at www.thereasonforourhope.org. Be sure to share the information with your family and friends in the areas where Father Larry is speaking.

On March 12, Father will be back home in  Erie, Pa to be Master of Ceremonies for  the 3rd Annual 22:32 Men's Conference at the historic Warner Theatre in downtown Erie. We are still taking registration for the Conference. We have three wonderful speakers, Tim Staples, Matt Birk, and Deacon Ralph Poyo. Along with the speakers the day includes adoration, confession, Mass with the Bishop of Erie Lawrence Perisco and lunch. For more information or to register head over to the 22:32 Men's website. It is promised to be an empowering day filled with God's grace and love.

That put us in the week of St. Joseph's feast day which Father Larry will be celebrating at his home parish where he is the Pastor, St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community. Then Holy Week will be among us. Father Larry will be at his parish for Holy Week and Easter. On March 23 he will be doing his powerful Passion Talk at his parish. It is open to the public and highly recommended if you have never heard it. A wonderful reflection for Lent, the talk starts at 7 pm and confessions will be available following his Passion Talk.

The Reason for Our Hope Foundation has been busy as well, preparing for the 22:32 Men's Conference and getting the Hope House Retreat Center ready for the various retreats being held there. In February, we hosted a couple of Day Retreats, including a Confirmation retreat. In March, we will be hosting a Confirmation retreat, and a RCIA retreat. Our website will be up by the end of the month and we are continuing to book for the upcoming months. If you are interested in learning more about Hope House Retreat Center, you are welcome to call the office 814-455-7364.

We are blessed that Father Larry's ministry is very popular and has helped thousands of men at Conferences throughout the years. However, Father's schedule is pretty full for the rest of 2016. I wanted to remind you we have another speaker through the Foundation, Robert Rogers. His story is one that will tug at your heartstrings and empower you to preserve and trust God's plan for you. Robert lost his wife and four kids in a flash flood. By the grace of God he survived and has been able to tell his testimony and share his faith with thousands. For more information on Robert and to learn more about his ministry, Mighty in the Land Ministries, go to his website here or check him out on Facebook.

As always we ask for your prayers for Father Larry and the Foundation. We hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

- Caitlin Ryan, the Marketing/Operations Coordinator for The Reason for Our Hope Foundation