Path to Rome Conference Highlights Vibrancy in the Catholic Church

(PRWEB) April 23, 2003

Path to Rome Conference Highlights Vibrancy in the Catholic Church

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Contact: Jeff Olson, MJ

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CHICAGO /PR Web/ — Vienna, Czestochowa, Prague…these are among the key destinations of the eighth annual PATH TO ROME Conference and Pilgramage planned for November 5-17, 2003. Featured as the only international conference of famous converts to the Catholic Church, PATH TO ROME is the brainchild of the founder and General Director of the MILES JESU institute of consecrated life, Very Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Maria Duran.

Speakers at this year’s conference will include His Eminence Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Counsel for the Family; Her Imperial and Royal Highness Alexandra von Hapsburg, Archduchess of Austria; Rt. Honorable John Gummer, Member of the British Parliament an former Anglican; Dr. Bernard Nathanson, ex-abortionist and convert from Judaism; plus several renowned European converts to the Faith.

Father Duran’s vision for this conference series is especially appropriate for the Church today, even more for clerics and lay faithful alike in the United States. He explains, “This conference fervently and very strongly promotes the unity of all Christians, and especially the unity of those who confess themselves to be faithful followers of the Vicar of Christ and the Church…..The purpose of the conference is not to debate any particular issue in the Church because this is a gathering of exceptional personalities ‘in faith and in intellect’ who give their complete adherence to the Church.” PATH TO ROME attendee Marcia Drennan of Bronson, Michigan says, “PATH TO ROME focuses on the positive, not the sensational gloom and doom. There are positive things happening in the Church.” And Don Elder, also from Michigan and himself a convert, “I was very moved by the depth of faith I saw on the trip. It has set higher standards for me.” The Catholic New World of Chicago has summed it up by stating, “PATH TO ROME….shows that the Church is alive and vibrant.”

Typically attended by Cardinals, Bishops, dignitaries, and hundreds of laity deriving from four continents, PATH TO ROME is taking its place as an effective movement in the Church with full backing from top level Vatican prelates. Whether it’s the former Anglican Bishop of London explaining why he made the big leap to become a Catholic priest, or a Muslim being baptized into the Faith before a crowd of 900 people, or a Baptist-rap singer turned Catholic-apostle sharing his dynamic and inspiring conversion story, PATH TO ROME has something for everyone in an extraordinarily joyful and faith-filled atmosphere.

The pilgrimage, immediately following the weekend conference to be held in Vienna, will be accompanied by a MILES JESU priest and young lay members of the order who have left everything to follow Christ. Stops will include significant historical-religious sites in Vienna, Cracow, Czestochowa, and Prague. The birthplace of Pope John Paul II and the Divine Mercy monastery of St. Faustina are among the places to be visited in Poland.

For more information on the upcoming PATH TO ROME event call 1-800-654-7945 or visit the www.pathtorome.com website.