National marriage conference to focus on formation and preparation

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Participants talk at the Renaissance of Marriage Conference in 2018. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Participants talk at the Renaissance of Marriage Conference in 2018. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Australia’s national conference about all things marriage will bring together local and international speakers to the University of Notre Dame Sydney from 26-27 July.

Co-sponsoring the Renaissance of Marriage conference is the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council.

Bishop Michael Kennedy, bishop delegate to the council said it is “the largest and most important gathering of leadership across the Church working in this area”.

Conference conveners Francine and Byron Pirola of the Marriage Resource Centre said that this year will see the most comprehensive and innovative ROM program to date which will focus on marriage formation and preparation.

Participants listens to a talk at the Renaissance of Marriage Conference in 2018. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Participants listens to a talk at the Renaissance of Marriage Conference in 2018. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

“Too many couples today go under when difficulties arise in their marriage because they were short-changed in their early formation,” they said.

“As important as it is, it’s just not enough to offer counselling at the terminal stages.

“Marriage preparation starts from the moment we are born.

“We aim to provide an empowering environment to gather leaders who are passionate about Catholic marriage and want to be part of promoting a positive marriage culture.”

Speakers include Archbishops Anthony Fisher OP, Peter Comensoli and Julian Porteous, US author Katrina Zeno, psychologists, educators and academics.

To register see www.ROM.org.au or email [email protected]

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