Monday, November 4, 2013

The Catholic Defender: The Springfield Marian Conference

The Springfield Missouri Marian Conference held this past October 26-27th was a most enriching experience for several hundred faithful coming from the surrounding area. 

The event was sponsored by the Marian Association of Southern Missouri headed by Father Vincent Bertrand (Deepertruth Chaplain) and Dr. Gregory Thompson.

I flew up to Springfield Missouri flying from Killeen Texas to Dallas and finally to Springfield.

I had the opportunity to meet Country and Western Singer Charley Pride and some of his band who also flew to Springfield Missouri for a concert.

While still waiting for my luggage at the Springfield airport, I found myself speaking with missionaries from Nicaragua and gave them a couple of my brochures I had on hand.  I wanted to ensure they heard a strong defense for the Catholic Faith.

Dr. Gregory Thompson met me at the Springfield airport and quickly took me to Mercy Hospital formerly known as St. Johns to go to a quick Mass.

The Hospital Chapel was by far the most beautiful church I've seen in a hospital location.

I went to Confession immediately following the Mass so I was able to receive two Sacraments before the weekend actually began.

What a blessing this was for me.  Dr. Thompson and I would then go to where we were staying the next few day to drop off my luggage.

I was glad to have been able to help with last second preparations for the weekend conference.  We set up a table Friday for Deepertruth and actually conducted our Friday Evening Radio (Evangelization) show live from the Church.

I interviewed John Carpenter from Branson Missouri who has a lot of study on Marian Apparitions.

John will be joining Deepertruth sharing much of his research which is extremely interesting.

If you have a devotion to Our Lady, you will most certainly enjoy the wealth of information John has uncovered.

St. Joseph's Radio taped the whole two days of speakers and events for the conference and so everything will have both DVD and CD's available.  There were really good speakers both days of the Conference.

There were always Priests on hand to hear Confessions and many people took advantage of that and went to Confession.  The Bishop was on hand starting off the Conference celebrating Mass with the 4th degree Knights of Columbus in full dress.  That was very colorful.

There was one room set up with devotion to authentic relics of the Saints, from the true cross to St. Francis of Assisi.  That was a real blessing as well.

There were good response from those who came to the Marian Conference.

It was a great opportunity to hear good quality speakers on many Marian subjects all of which were Catholic based.

People already are looking forward to the next Marian Conference to be held next year.  To have this kind of success in the middle of the Bible belt is a very encouraging happening.  The Catholic Church continues to grow which is a great sign.

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