Our forthcoming issue of Lay Witness (vol. 36, no. 4) will have an insert with additional Uniting the Faithful Conference information. Please keep a lookout for this issue of Lay Witness. If you are not currently on the Lay Witness mailing list and would like to be on it, please contact us via our contact us page, or by phone at 740-283-2484.
Our Lay Witness newsletter is a quarterly publication intended to assist in the formation of the laity; to examine, in the light of the official teachings of the Church, important issues of concern to Catholics; to help direct and coordinate the efforts of members in carrying on their work.
Beauty abounds at The Apostolate for Family Consecration.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Eastern Ohio, the grounds of Catholic Familyland offer a peace and tranquility that can only cause one to marvel at God’s handiwork. Located on the grounds of the former Diocese of Steubenville’s St. John Vianney Seminary, The Apostolate for Family Consecration offers scenic views, walking paths, prayer gardens, and more. Refresh your heart and renew your spirit during this one of a kind weekend experience by joining us for our 50th AnniversaryUniting the Faithful Conference.
Catholic Familyland is located at 3375 County Rd. 36, Bloomingdale, OH 43910.
We are pleased to announce that one of the 220 Our Lady of Guadalupe Authorized Relics of Evangelization will be present at our Uniting the Faithful Conference.
The Relic’s History
On April 20, 2004, during a private special ceremony led by Monsignor Diego Monroy Ponce, Rector of Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, 220 exact size replicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe were touched to the sacred original Tilma of St. Juan Diego. Monsignor Diego declared these images as authorized relics that will extend the graces of evangelization, conversion and truth–the same graces as extended in 1531. These images will help to fulfill Pope John Paul II’s prophecy in 1979 when he stated ” The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be the center from which the light of the gospel of Christ will illuminate the entire world by means of the miraculous image of His mother.”
From the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on May 8, 2004, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico led the introduction of the Life and Mercy Crusade, beginning the fulfillment of this prophecy. He blessed the evangelization effort of the relics. There are 194 relics placed in each of the 194 countries (including the Vatican) of the world. Seven relics were prepared for introduction into the United States.
Catholics United for the Faith has made a number of room block reservations at area hotels. Because Franciscan University of Steubenville will be hosting an event on the same weekend, hotel rooms in the area will be in high demand. Therefore, we highly recommend that CUF Conference participants book their hotel accommodations before August 1, 2018. Block reservations have been made at the following hotels for your convenience:
AFC, Bloomingdale OH (740) 942-1161
Book accommodations when registering for the conference
DaysInn, Cadiz OH (740) 942-4044
Group rate guaranteed until September 5th, request the CUF block
Reference number: 822-655451
Microtel, Cadiz OH (740) 942-1161
Rate guaranteed until October 5th, request the CUF block
Super 8, Steubenville OH (740) 610-0827
Rate guaranteed until September 5th, request the CUF block
To reserve call (877) 361-2508 and reference itinerary number 5136B41039531
Microtel, Steubenville OH (740) 282-1800
Rate guaranteed until September 14th, request the CUF block
Hampton Inn, Steubenville OH (740) 282-9800
Rate guaranteed until October 4th, request the CUF block
Use confirmation number: 82579802 or 85726202 or 83629338
Comfort Inn, Weirton WV (304) 723-0050
Rates guaranteed until September 5th, request the CUF block
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Weirton WV (304) 723-0088
Rate guaranteed until September 5th, request the CUF block
Itinerary number: 5136B40854502
DaysInn, Carrollton OH (330) 627-9314
Rate guaranteed until September 28th, request the CUF block
The below hotels are not able to offer block reservations but offer accommodations near the conference.
Lincoln Inn, Cadiz OH (740) 491-0641
The Honking Goose Inn, Amsterdam OH (740) 543-4283
Reserve over the phone for the CUF group rate
Bayberry House Bed & Breakfast, Steubenville OH (740) 632-2899
Call for rates
Holiday Inn, Weirton WV (304) 723-5522
Group Code: CUF
Again, we highly recommend that CUF Conference participants book their hotel accommodations before August 1st.
Our president, Philip Gray, was thrilled to sit down with Michael Roberts, host of Living Bread Radio’s Catholic Close Up to discuss the mission of Catholics United for the Faith, what brought Philip to his apostolic work, and our upcoming Uniting the Faithful Conference! Listen to the full interview with no commercials here.
The Living Bread Radio Network faithfully broadcasts the message of Jesus Christ and His Church to northeast Ohio. In the Canton, Akron, and Cleveland areas, listen at AM1060 and 94.5FM, in the Youngstown area, 89.5FM or listen anywhere at livingbreadradio.com.
O God our Father, who sent Your only-begotten Son to suffer and to give His life for the life of His Church, rule, protect, and nourish her continually, we beseech You. Teach us of Catholics United for the Faith to direct our zeal first of all to the renewal of our own hearts. Then, if it be Your holy will to allow us to be in any way your instruments in the wider renewal of Your Church, give us the grace to know what services, small or great, You ask of us, and let the Holy Spirit teach us to perform them in obedience, patience, and charity, leaving entirely to You what fruits they may bear. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of that Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
—H. Lyman Stebbins Founder, Catholics United for the Faith
Revitalize your Faith! Fall back in love with the Church! Refresh your heart and renew your spirit during this one of a kind weekend experience. Help us celebrate 50 years of apostolic service, and join us for beautiful Masses, a Eucharistic procession and adoration, enriching talks, and uplifting fellowship!
We are excited to announce that we will be opening the CUF Archives to our conference guests!
Explore CUF’s rich history and view rarely seen letters by H. Lyman Stebbins. Composed of letters, photographs, early Lay Witnesses and more, the CUF Archives provide a glance into the past work carried out by members of Catholics United for the Faith.
Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap.
Mass Celebrant, Eucharistic Procession & Benediction
Fr. Joseph was born in Columbus, OH, in 1967 and was raised in Canton, OH. He entered Borromeo College Seminary in 1986 where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences in 1989. In 1990, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his Master’s degree in Theology at the Washington Theological Union in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 in Pittsburgh, PA, by Donald Cardinal Wuerl, now of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
Fr. Joseph’s first assignment after ordination was on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea where he served for four years with our friars of the Custody there. Returning to the US in 2001, he has served in various capacities as Parochial Vicar, Military and Hospital Chaplain and as Pastor.
Most recently, Fr. Joseph worked with our friars in the Custody of Puerto Rico and currently serves as a full-time Minister of the Word and Evangelization for our Capuchin Province, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, Religious and Priests.
Pope St. John Paul II Chair of Theology for the New Evangelization at The Augustine Institute
Speaking On: The Bond of One Faith
Douglas Bushman is Director of the Center for Theological Renewal and Pope St. John Paul II Chair of Theology for the New Evangelization at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He teaches courses on the New Evangelization, Catholic Spirituality, Vatican II, Ecclesiology, and Pope John Paul II, and is currently engaged in research on the pastoral theology of the Second Vatican Council and Popes Paul VI, St. John Paul II, and Benedict XVI.
Following graduation from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, with a B.A. in Philosophy (1976), he studied under the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and was awarded the Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree (1980).
Prof. Bushman is past director of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies (University of Dallas, 1992-2001) and of the Institute for Pastoral Theology (Ave Maria University, 2001-2004, 2005-2013). In 2004 he was Executive Vice President for Mission for Relevant Radio. He served as Director of Education for the Diocese of Duluth, MN, coordinating and teaching in programs of formation for adults, Catholic school teachers and administrators, catechists, and candidates for the permanent diaconate. He has contributed articles to a number of Catholic publications, including Lay Witness, Magnificat, Catholic Faith, Catholic Dossier, Catholic World Report, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is the author of introductions for The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II (Pauline Books & Media, 1999), and the In His Image Program of Renewal through Education (Ignatius Press, 1989/1990).
Prof. Bushman is well known for his content-rich and inspiring lectures, presentations, missions, and retreats. He also contributed to the translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church into English.