A Day Long Conference to Promote Responsible Fatherhood

“What’s a Man to Do?”

August 10, 2012

‎In the United States, 33% of children are raised without their father in their lives. In the African-American community, that number rises to 64%. Children without a father in their lives are twice as likely to drop out of school, and five times more likely to be poor. In light of this challenge, a conference entitled “What’s A Man to Do?” will offer presentations and discussions on the ways men can work to transform and renew our culture.

Saturday, August 18, 2012
9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
(Mass at 4:30 p.m.)
St. Jerome Parish
5205 43rd Avenue
Hyattsville, MD

Throughout the day-long event co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Black Catholics and the Department of Life Issues, presentations and discussions will examine the ways men can promote a culture of responsible fatherhood. “In the almost 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, fathers have been relegated more and more to a position of non-importance. Popular culture continues to tell men that they have no voice and no needed role,” said Christa Lopiccolo, Executive Director of the Department of Life Issues. “However, studies continue to show time and time again that fathers are indispensible for the well-being of children and the formation of a stable society.”

Topics will include the role of Sacred Scripture in the role of the father, responsible fatherhood as a pro-life issue, and how to be a fully engaged father. “Many families do not have a father present to be the head of the household. This has many consequences, mostly negative. Men are also needed to help young boys to grow into responsible husbands and fathers,” said Deacon Al Turner, Director of the Office of Black Catholics.

This conference is open to men of all ages; single, married, or divorced; who seek to transform our culture that does so little to uphold the importance of fatherhood. The conference will conclude with Mass. To register, please click here.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 97 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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