Reimagining the Family on Mission

March 15-17, 2017

Cardinal Keeler Conference Center

4800 Union Deposit Road 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

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Bringing Church Home

Reimagining the Family on Mission

The Amore Project helps the whole Church rediscover the family as the domestic church and the New Testament ‘oikos’ as a center for community and mission. Amore trains married couples to embrace their marriage as a sign of the gospel and a calling to minister among those who are far from God. 

The theme of the 2017 conference, “Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission” focuses on the goal of releasing a movement of married couples who live as agents of Christ’s self-giving love. Believing that mission often arises when the people of God seek reconciliation in the broken places, the conference will help attendees seek a great awakening in homes, networks, neighborhoods and families. 

The conference is a partnership and collaboration between the Diocese of Harrisburg, Mistero Grande, Truro Anglican Church, the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Fresh Expressions Team. 


Ronald Gainer

Bishop of Harrisburg

Margaret McCarthy

Assistant Professor of Theological Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Catholic University of America

Renzo Bonetti

Founder of the Mistero Grande Project, Verona, Italy

Bruxy Cavey

Author of The End of Religion and Pastor of The Meeting House, Oakville, Ontario Canada

Don Coleman

Co-Pastor, East End Fellowship Richmond, Virginia 

Christopher West

The Cor Project, Theology of the Body Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Frederica Mathewes-Green

Author and Speaker, Baltimore, Maryland

Ben Witherington 

Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

Tory Baucum

Rector of Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia and Chairman of the Board, Fresh Expressions US

Bill Donaghy

Theology of the Body Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carey Sims

Event Co-Host

Gannon Sims

Event Co-Host


Wednesday, March 15 

7:00 p.m.


The conference begins at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a celebration of the feast of St. Patrick and his work in evangelization and family life. This will include remarks by Bishop Ronald Gainer, The Rev. Tory Baucum and Bruxy Cavey. 

The celebration concludes with the Liturgy of the Hours. 

Location: The Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 212 State St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101 

Thursday, March 16

9:00 a.m. Registration and Gathering 

9:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcome, Bishop Ronald Gainer 

9:50 a.m. First Plenary, Bishop Ronald Gainer and The Rev. Tory Baucum

The Centrality of the Family in the New Evangelization

10:45 a.m.Break 

11:00 a.m. Second Plenary, Dr. Ben Witherington and Frederica Mathewes-Green

When the Church Was a Family (And Vice Versa): The Radical Social Order &Spiritual Lives of the Earliest Christians 

12:10 p.m. Lunch 

1:15 p.m. Songs of Worship and Prayer 

1:20 p.m.Third Plenary, Christopher West and Msgr. Renzo Bonetti

Re-Imagining the Mission of the Family

2:45 p.m. First Workshop 

3:50 p.m. Second Workshop 

5:00 p.m. Worship and Eucharistic Adoration 

Friday, March 17 

9:00 a.m. Gathering and Songs of Worship 

9:10 a.m. Devotional, Bishop Ronald Gainer 

9:20 a.m. Fourth Plenary, Bill Donaghy

The Domestic Church as an Agent of Evangelization in a Changing Culture 

9:50 a.m. Interlude: Fr. Gregory and Frederica Mathewes-Green, Leadership through Repentance and Intimacy 

10:00 a.m. Prayer practice 

10:05 a.m. Fifth Plenary, Msgr. Renzo Bonetti: The Liturgy and Everyday Life of the Famil

10:30 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. Sixth Plenary, Bruxy Cavey:

Organizing God’s New Family 

11:05 a.m. Questions and Response: Bill Donaghy, Bruxy Cavey, Frederica Matthewes-Green 

11:20 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Third Workshop 

12:30 p.m. Lunch 

1:15 p.m. Fourth Workshop 

2:30 p.m. Inviting the Holy Spirit: Song of Worship and Prayer of Preparation for the Afternoon

2:35 p.m. Seventh Plenary, Dr. Margaret McCarthy 

The Family of God and the Restoration of All Things

3:0`0 p.m. Response: When the Church Becomes a Family, The Rev. Don Coleman 

3:20 p.m. Songs of Worship 

3:30 p.m. Questions, Response and How to Get Involved: Bishop Gainer and Rev. Baucum 

4:00 p.m. Benediction, Bishop Ronald Gainer 


Cardinal Keeler Conference Center

4800 Union Deposit Road

Harrisburg, PA 17111 


Best Western Premier

800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Hampton Inn Harrisburg East 

4230 Union Deposit Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17111 

Book before Feb. 24 and use the code “FRE” to get the special group rate.

Use the code 052858 to receive a special rate.


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