‘Granddaddy of Lay Apostolates’ Celebrates 50 Years with Conference

After half a century of grassroots Church renewal, Catholics United for the Faith will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the Uniting the Faithful Conference. The weekend event will run from October 5th to the 7th and be hosted on the grounds of the Apostolate for Family Consecration (AFC) in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

The conference will feature talks on the practical aspects of the three Visible Bonds of Unity within the Church presented by current CUF President Philip Gray, President Emeritus and author James Likoudis, Father Abbot Philip Anderson of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, and Theologian Douglas Bushman of the Augustine Institute. “We want to focus on how to develop and maintain bonds of unity within the Catholic Church in this fractious age of error. The weekend itself will provide an example of how we should structure our spiritual lives, so we don’t fail in Faith, Hope or Charity,” Gray says.

Mass will be offered daily with an Extraordinary form Mass celebrated by Abbot Anderson on Saturday. With both a Eucharistic and Marian Procession, Exposition and Adoration, opportunities for Confession and the veneration of two very unique images of Our Lady, Gray explains “Our goal is to offer a retreat experience in a conference setting.”

The conference site may be unconventional, but Gray says this is intentional. The AFC’s chapels house the Blessed Sacrament and provide a “Catholic” environment not available at other conference sites. “With so many wonderful lay apostolates out there, CUF is excited to foster unity within the Church by collaborating with them,” Gray says.

Though the conference is intended to celebrate the apostolate’s first 50 years of activity and serve as a springboard for 50 more, Gray says the event is open to all those who take their baptismal promises seriously and want to live their faith.

Catholics United in the Faith is a lay apostolate founded in 1968 to support, defend, and advance the teaching efforts of the Church. The Uniting the Faithful Conference is October 5-7, 2018, at the Apostolate for Family Consecration in Bloomingdale, Ohio. To learn more and to register for CUF’s 50th anniversary conference, visit cuf.org or call (740) 283-2484.