Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Upcoming Conference For Separated, Divorced Catholics

Published February 4, 2010

Journey of Hope 2010, a conference for separated and divorced Catholics, will be held on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 27-28, at the Marriott North Hotel, located at 200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta. Speakers and workshops will address the issues of healing, faith and life after divorce.

The hosts for the event are Lisa Duffy and Vince Frese, who run the Web site and have co-authored a book, “Divorced. Catholic. Now What?” They started their Web site in August 2007, combining their talents in order to reach men and women suffering through divorce and offer them answers to their questions, hope for healing and a joyful future.

The conference will begin on Saturday, Feb. 27, with Mass at 7 a.m., followed by registration.

The keynote speaker is Legionary of Christ Father Thomas Williams, a professor and theologian who has served as a Vatican analyst for NBC News and now for CBS News. He holds degrees in theology, philosophy and business administration, as well as a diploma in languages and classical humanities. He is senior fellow of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Father Williams teaches at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Atheneum, a university run by the Legionaries of Christ. He resides in Rome, Italy. He is the author of “Can God Be Trusted? Spiritual Progress Knowing Right From Wrong.” He will give the keynote address at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Following the keynote are workshop sessions beginning at 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The workshops offered throughout the first day include “Finding Forgiveness,” “Financial Solutions After Divorce,” “Dating and Intimacy After Divorce,” “Helping Your Children Cope,” “Understanding the Annulment Process,” “The Five Keys To Healing,” and “How to Avoid Future Divorce.”

The day concludes with a rosary, Benediction and reconciliation.

On Sunday, the workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m. Topics include “How to Facilitate Journey of Hope in Your Parish” and “Financial Solutions After Divorce.”

Some of the workshops are offered in both English and Spanish.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will celebrate the closing Mass for the conference on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The cost for the event is $235, which includes all meals and materials. Special guest rates at the hotel are available.

For more information about the conference and to obtain a detailed schedule, visit or call (404) 493-2190.