Conference aims to renew hope - Catholic Courier

Conference aims to renew hope

Marriage and family therapist Dr. Dennis Boike will be the keynote speaker for the 2009 Hope Conference for separated, divorced and widowed people. The theme of this year’s conference is “Come to the Water,” and it will be held March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. John of Rochester Church, 8 Wickford Way, Fairport.

Conference participants will be able to attend workshops and a keynote session that take a holistic approach to the journey through the process of grief and will help participants renew hope within themselves. In his keynote Boike will help participants learn how to embrace the power to create his or her own future.

Participants will be able to attend one morning and one afternoon workshop each. Morning workshops will cover annulments, grieving, inner peace and holistic perspectives on remembering losses and embracing new beginnings with God’s help. Afternoon workshops will cover grief, moving on and ways to integrate the pain of the past into an enriching experience.

Deacon John Cunningham from St. Christopher Parish in North Chili will lead a closing discussion and help participants utilize what they’ve learned as they go forward in their personal journeys. After this session, participants are invited to attend 5 p.m. Mass at St. John of Rochester, followed by a pizza dinner at 6 p.m.

A registration form and brochure about the conference are available at The registration fee for the conference includes the workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, pizza dinner and snacks. The cost is $25, and those who register by March 21 will pay $20. Scholarship money is available for those with financial concerns.

To learn more or register for the conference, contact Deacon John or Peggy Cunningham at 585-617-4614 or

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