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Faithful invited to attend Family Rosary Lenten Retreat


Rosary Prayer, speakers, activities highlight special program
for families at Bishop Stang High School on March 10

– For this Year of Faith, area families are invited to pray together at the 2013 Family Rosary Lenten Retreat on Sunday, March 10, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, Mass. Led in separate tracks in both English and Spanish, this special program will include with inspiring keynote speakers, family activities, Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary prayer, and praise and worship music.

This year’s theme is “Lord, I believe; Help my unbelief.” Speakers will talk about this and other religious and spiritual topics at the 2013 Family Rosary Lenten Retreat. In addition, families will pray with a new video release on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. Children can also participate in the “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest, a national competition in which nearly 50,000 children annually submit artwork, poetry and essays on a faith-related subject.

The English keynote speaker will be David Calvillo, a nationally known author and founder of Real Men Pray the Rosary. He is an attorney and CPA with a practice in civil litigation and is a bilingual mediator. He will discuss his experience on praying the Rosary with his family, sharing both the obstacles and joys. Calvillo is frequently heard on Catholic Radio and will have a new book published this spring by Ave Maria Press.

The Spanish speaker is Dr. José Fermín, professor of biology and science for the City of Providence Department of Education and past coordinator for Latin-American Family Retreats at La Salette Retreat Center. He is a trained professional in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Dr. Fermín will share practical insights on how families can share gifts and weaknesses, sorrows and successes through study, prayer and service.

The afternoon will also feature lively Hispanic praise and worship music by Oscar Pozuelos, past leader of Youth Explosion, and his band, along with the Bishop Stang Campus Ministry Band.

“Our greatest gift from God is our family and our greatest gift to our family is our time,” said Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. “Families are so overburdened with activities and ‘busyness.’ It makes it difficult to stay close, and more difficult to find time to pray. This retreat is the perfect opportunity for families to make time and come together for an afternoon. Our hope is that they will find meaning in Father Peyton’s famous slogan: ‘The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.’”

Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, sainthood candidate and founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries, grew up praying the family Rosary in his home. His great devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Rosary prompted him to start Family Rosary in 1942. As part of Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton, Family Rosary, USA, supports the spiritual well-being of the family through prayer, especially the Rosary, by providing opportunities for family members to participate in retreats, workshops, parish missions and days of reflection.

Registration, which includes a snack, is $5 per person or a maximum of $20 for a family. For more information or to register for the Family Rosary Lenten Retreat 2013, call 508-238-4095 or 1-800-299-PRAY, or go to