COLORADO SPRINGS. With our community reeling from the disruptions of the virus and the unrest in our country, the St. Thomas Aquinas Society (STAS) invites everyone to its 23rd major conference, “Family, Church and Nation.” All come together from July 29-Aug. 2 at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs.
Founded in 1991 by Therese Lorentz, the STAS has served the Colorado Springs area for 29 years with conferences, Divine Mercy Weekends, Healing Masses, and other spiritual events. These events are always free of charge based on the passage from the Gospel of Matthew: “Freely we have been given the Word of God and freely we must give the Word of God” (Mt 10:8). Though this is a commitment from STAS, it does not mean that it has been easy to accomplish. In fact, this non-profit religious organization which has the blessing of Bishop Michel Sheridan, is grateful for all prayerful and financial support.
As is the tradition for the society’s conferences, there is a great lineup of national and international speakers, as well as two concerts. One of these concerts will be performed by Stephen Eguino, a popular rapper who came for a diocesan youth rally in 2018. The other concert will be performed by Tony Melendez, who was born armless and learned to play the guitar with his feet. He performed for St. Pope John Paul II in 1987 and has since traveled to all 50 states and to over 44 other countries.
Other speakers include: Monica Ashour of TOBET (Theology of the Body Educational Team); Father Stephen Imbarrato, the first man to witness as part of Silent No More Awareness; Father Martin Scott, founder of Servants of Divine Mercy in Peru; Father Zachary of the Mother of God, a former attorney who is now Director of Formation and Vocations Director for the American Region of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT); Tim S. Goeglein, Vice President for External and Government Relations for Focus on the Family; Father Bill Halbing, Annie Karto and many more.
The Society has a twofold focus of prayer and education in our Catholic faith, therefore, one can find both great speakers and also great liturgies, prayers, Adoration, confessions and prayers for healing. There is also a great selection of vendors: books, religious items, CDs and more.
Though the conference lasts for five days, people are welcome to come and enjoy the conference whenever convenient for their schedules. No one need feel that they have to attend the whole conference.
Advanced registrations are very helpful for planning purposes, but onsite registration is also available. More information can be found at www.stthomasaquinassociety.org. We hope you will join our Catholic family celebration!