CatholicsComeHome.org founder and president, Tom Peterson, was honored to be included among the presenters at the 2010 “Defending the Faith” Conference in Steubenville, OH:
Tom Peterson’s talk, “Love Someone to Heaven: Today’s Need for Authentic Catholic Heroes” is now available at the online Franciscan University Book Store.
About the Conference:
Defending the Faith
Be Transformed By the Renewal of Your Mind
“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
“When friends and colleagues find out we’re Catholic and ask us, ‘Do you really believe all that?’ and we respond, ‘Yes, I do,’ a new moment begins,” said Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. “Our yes inherits all the grace of every yes uttered throughout salvation history. Our ‘yes’ is an echo of the fidelity of faithful men and women in every time and place.”
Nearly 1300 conferees packed Finnegan Fieldhouse at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 20th annual Defending the Faith Conference “Be Transformed By the Renewal of Your Mind,” July 30-August 1.
Co-hosted by Franciscan University theology professors Dr. Alan Schreck, founder of the conference, and Dr. Scott Hahn, founder of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and serves as a member of the CatholicsComeHome.org Theological Advisory Board, the conference attracted people from 39 states and 8 foreign countries, including India, South Africa, and Portugal. Participants were drawn by a unique opportunity to sit at the feet of some of the greatest apologists laboring in the world today.
Speakers were clear eyed about the challenges facing the Church.
“We simply cannot confine ourselves to strategies of neutrality,” said Cardinal Rigali, who opened the conference with a keynote address titled “His Name Is Jesus. “The skepticism of today arises out of a lost sense of meaning. Our friends and family are told the undeniable yearning in the human heart is only a superficial emotional affect.”
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