Catholic Family Conference set July 25-26

Father Ed Benioff, pictured July 7 at the start of the St. Toribio Relics Tour at St. Marcellinus Church in Commerce, will speak at the 2014 Catholic Family Conference in Ontario. — Credit: VICTOR ALEMAN

Nearing its silver anniversary year, the 2014 Catholic Family Conference will be held July 25-26 at the Ontario Convention Center.

Father Ed Benioff, director of the archdiocesan Office of New Evangelization, will be among the featured speakers. Others include Terry Barber, founder of St. Joseph Communications, the Catholic Resource Center and Lighthouse Catholic Media; Jesse Romero of On Fire Evangelization; Doug Barry, founder of the Radix Catholic apostolate; Matthew Arnold of Pro Multis Media; Katie Warner of Catholics Come Home; Ed Vizenor of Wisdom Productions; and Dr. Carol Younger, senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Presented by the Catholic Resource Center, the conference began in 1990 and is now held in other U.S. cities as well as Ontario. Activities for families and youth are available. A gala dinner will be held July 25, 6-9 p.m.

Registration is $20 per family or $10 for individuals. Information: www.catholicRC.org or (877) 526-2151.


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