National Pilgrim Virgin Statue
National Pilgrim Virgin Statue (

We are very excited to announce that the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the USA (NPVS) will be present at our 50th Anniversary Conference! Participating in our opening Eucharistic procession, The Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be on display and available for veneration throughout the conference. We extend our thanks to E. William Sockey III, Custodian for bringing the Pilgrim Virgin Statue to our conference.

About the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue

The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is a beautiful hand-carved image of Our Lady of Fatima given to the United States by the bishop of Fatima after being blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967. She was crowned by Cardinal O’Boyle at the National Basilica in Washington, DC in 1971.

This statue presently travels across the United States under the sponsorship of the WAF USA. She has proven time and again to be the catalyst for renewed interest in the message of Fatima and for exposing new generations of Catholics who are unaware of the important message of conversion and peace brought by Our Lady to the three shepherd children in 1917 at Fatima, Portugal. (

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James Likoudis:
President Emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith

Speaking on The Bond of Apostolic Succession

James LikoudisJames Likoudis is a former College Instructor in History and Government with 20 years of teaching experience in public and private education. A nationally known writer and lecturer on Catechetics, Sex Education and Liturgy, he has published many articles on these and other subjects of interest to the Catholic Laity. He was a co-founder and leader of “Credo of Buffalo”, which became a Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith.

Author of many articles on Liturgy problems following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he co-authored The Pope, the Council and the Mass which was hailed as an outstanding defense of Pope Paul VI’s “Ordo Missae” and the genuine liturgical reforms envisaged by the Second Vatican Council. Mr. Likoudis has gone on to author several other books including:

  • Ending the Byzantine Greek Schism
  • The Divine Primacy of the Bishop of Rome and Modern Eastern Orthodoxy: Letters to a Greek Orthodox on the Unity of the Church
  • Eastern Orthodoxy and the See of Peter: A Journey Toward Full Communion
  • Heralds of a Catholic Russia: Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims from Byzantium to Rome

Reconciled to the Catholic Church from Eastern Orthodoxy in 1952, Mr. Likoudis has devoted a great deal of his efforts to foster the reunion of the separated Eastern Orthodox Churches with the Catholic Church.

Mr. Likoudis has lectured extensively in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Estonia to parents’ groups, CUF Chapters, and other Catholic Associations on issues affecting education, family life, and the role of the laity in the Church.

He was the 2002 recipient of the Blessed Frederick Ozanam Award for Catholic Social Action presented at the October 18, 2002 Annual Meeting of the Society for Catholic Social Scientists.

Married and the father of 6 and grandfather of 35 children and great-grandfather of 23 children, James Likoudis has been a president-emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) formerly headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, and Steubenville, OH. He and his gracious wife Ruth live in the beautiful village of Montour Falls, New York, and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Philip C. L. Gray:
President of Catholics United for the Faith

Speaking on: The Call to Apostolic Action
Philip C. L. Gray
Philip C. L. Gray, President, Catholics United for the Faith

Philip has been married to Emily for 30 years.  The couple has six children and one grandchild.  Philip obtained his undergraduate degree in Theology and Mental Health/Human Services from the University of Steubenville (1987), and his licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada (1994).  He obtained his mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville in 1998.

Philip has a varied work experience that includes social work and counseling in state, county and private institutions.  After obtaining his licentiate in Canon Law, he served as Associate Director of the Diocese of Little Rock Tribunal.  While there, he held the ecclesiastical offices of Defender of the Bond and Promoter of Justice.

In January 1998, Philip became the Director of Information Services for Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) and led the department in conducting almost 20,000 specific points of research on Catholic doctrine and discipline.  During his tenure, Information Services answered an average of 800 questions per month.  In 2000, he was elected a Vice President of CUF.

Philip had maintained a private practice in Canon Law since October 1996 and opened his full-time practice in January 2002.  He served as a consulter to The Saint Joseph Foundation (SJF) since 1996, as a member of its Board of Directors since 2009.  In January 2014, he was elected President of SJF to replace its retiring founder, Mr. Charles Wilson.  In February 2017, CUF affiliated to SJF, and Philip became President of CUF.  In 1998, Philip became an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and continues to teach there part-time.  Classes Philip has taught include Christian Moral Principles, Christian Marriage, Canon Law, and Catholic Social Doctrine.

In 2014, Philip and Emily acquired a small herd of yaks, and in their spare time they run the North Texas Yak Ranch in Hopedale, Ohio, where they make their home.

For more information please see our 2018 Conference page.

Conference Registration for our 50th Anniversary Conference is now open!

Conference Registration is Available by Phone or Online:
Online Registration: Please click here to register online. Please note that online registration is hosted by the AFC. For online registration questions contact the AFC at 800-773-2645

Phone Registration & Conference Questions: If you would like to register by phone or have questions about the conference, please call Catholics United for the Faith at 740-283-2484.

Conference Accommodations:
Please see the block list of local accommodations. Please book soon before the rooms are gone!
To request a conference information packet please contact us.

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