guest_room_1Catholics 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.
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Prayer of Catholics United for the Faith

Holy Spirit WindowO 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

Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap.
Mass Celebrant, Eucharistic Procession & Benediction

Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM CapFr. 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.

Douglas Bushman, S.T.L.

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, S.T.L.
Douglas Bushman, S.T.L.

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.

Right Reverend Philip Anderson, o.s.b.
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey

Speaking On: Bond of Common Worship

Abbot Philip Anderson, o.s.b.
Abbot Philip Anderson, O.S.B.

Abbot Philip Anderson (born in 1953) is the Superior of the Benedictine monastery, Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, located in Hulbert, Oklahoma, in the foothills of the Ozarks.  He grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, and attended the University of Kansas, where he was part of an experimental course of studies for undergraduates called the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program (1971-1973).  In association with this particular university program, there was a wave of conversions to the Catholic Church. He was one of these converts, as was Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, although a “cradle Catholic” and not a convert, was part of the program as well.

After serving a two-year enlistment in the United States Marines Corps (1973-1975), he joined some other graduates of the Pearson Program at the University of Kansas, who had entered a contemplative Benedictine monastery in France, Notre Dame de Fontgombault Abbey.  After completing his formation and being ordained to the priesthood in 1984, Father Anderson was sent with others to start a new monastery in southern France, Notre Dame de Triors.  He served there as Prior, Novice-Master, and Lecturer of Moral Theology—not to mention working in the chicken-coop and the vegetable garden.

In 1999, Father Anderson was sent back to America along with twelve other monks, including eight Americans, to found Clear Creek Monastery in the diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has since developed into a thriving community of fifty monks. A number of families have moved in around the abbey, forming the beginnings of a Catholic village. The monastery was raised to the status of abbey in 2010, when Father Anderson was blessed as first abbot of Our Lady of Clear Creek.

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. (

To learn more about the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue, please visit:

To Learn more about the The World Apostolate of Fatima USA, please visit:

We are pleased to announce that we will be having Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration available during the Uniting the Faithful 50th Anniversary Conference. The Sisters of Reparation from Steubenville, Ohio have graciously agreed to help us in this endeavor through their presence and their prayers.

Adoration will begin with Friday Evening Exposition and will continue throughout the conference.  Conference guests will have the opportunity to sign-up when they check into the conference. We hope that you will take advantage of this beautiful Eucharistic devotion and use it as a time for prayer, meditation and reflection.

To learn more about the Sisters of Reparation please visit:
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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.

For more information please see our 2018 Conference page.