Father Robert Ruhnke, CSSR, a experienced marriage preparation consultant, stunned his audience with some startling statistics at the 2014 University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC) held Oct. 23-25 at the Irving Convention Center. According to some research studies, the average length of marriage in the United States is 18 months. Rethinking the way couples prepare for marriage could change that trend, according to the noted author of For Better & For Ever, a resource handbook for the newly-engaged.
When organizers of World Youth Day 2014 asked Mike Patin to give a presentation to 6,000 young people at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, the high-energy Catholic speaker thought they were a little crazy. The recipient of the 2006 National Catholic Youth Ministry Award, Patin isn’t used to talking about the Word of God as a 153-foot-high rollercoaster roars behind him. But then, he realized, the venue made sense.
The Dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas are combining their efforts and resources to draw in larger numbers to an annual conference aimed specifically at Catholics in their 20s and 30s. Called THRIVE, the young adult conference will take place Nov. 14-15 at St. Ann Parish in Coppell.