For Our Searching Souls

The Christ Our Life Conference, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27, 2020 was a beautiful, life affirming event. We heard world-class speakers, celebrated Mass, experienced Reconciliation, visited Jesus in Adoration, and filled our spirits with music, prayer and rejoicing! Stay tuned for information about the 2022 Conference. Due to restrictions put on us by Covid 19, we still have a significant budget shortfall. Will you consider donating?

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“This experience has changed me immensely. I now understand the importance of Christ in my life. The whole experience just makes me want to be a better person and revolve everything around the glory of God.”

“There were children, seniors, religious and felons, all races, converts and cradle Catholics, and maybe even a few non-Catholics, people from every walk of life…all worshipping God together for two days. It doesn’t get any better than that on earth.”

“A gentleman drove his wife to the conference and told her that he would be going back to the hotel to rest and watch sports on TV. A speaker caught his attention; he never left the conference and was back again the next day for the entire event.”

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SPEAKERS FOR THE 2020 CONFERENCE

Father Donald Calloway, MIC

From affiliation with a foreign mafia to drug use and incarceration,  Fr. Don’s stunning conversion is mesmerizing. Now an international author, leader of devotion to St. Joseph, the Virgin Mary, Divine Mercy, the Holy Rosary (and talented surfer) he motivates countless souls.

Sister Miriam James, SOLT

Sr. Miriam passionately conveys that every person is deeply and unconditionally loved. After facing trauma, addiction and emotional emptiness as a young adult, despite popularity and athletic success, she encountered the authentic love of God that changed the course of her life and still continues to do so to this day.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

This on-fire Catholic deacon enflames hearts for Christ by co- hosting EWTN national radio program Morning Glory, hosting and co-hosting EWTN television programs and preaching throughout the world. His Benedictine spirituality richly enhances his deep faith.

Mirjana Soldo

Author of My Heart Will Triumph, referring to Blessed Mother Mary’s heart, Mirjana has received apparitions from Mary since age 16. This gentle and holy woman encourages the faith of hundreds of thousands in Medjugorje each year.

Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

This Scottish founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals returns to share recent experiences and insights from throughout the world. Mary’s Meals now feeds more than 1.6 million impoverished children at their place of education daily.

Jon Leonetti

Radio host, author, presenter and national parish mission leader, Jon has served as Christ Our Life’s emcee since the first conference in 2010. Jon’s devotion to the Sacraments, prayer, the saints and family life inspire all to lead holy lives.

Steve Angrisano

A perennial favorite of Christ Our Life audiences, Steve returns to provide the ideal combination of music and story-weaving in a sensitive and timely manner, enhancing the conference experience for thousands.