Cardinal Raymond Burke

The St. John Neumann Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) is sponsoring the conference “Matrimony, Rediscovering its Truth” on Saturday, April 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

The conference, which is open to all ages, married and single, is intended to strengthen the participants’ knowledge of the Catholic faith and they “will leave with a sharpened understanding of the magisterial teaching on matrimony, the sacrament of Christ and his bride, the church,” according to material from its organizer, the St. John Neumann Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith.

Among the presenters will be Cardinal Raymond Burke, archbishop emeritus of St. Louis, prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome and former patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Also included are Father Gerald E. Murray, theologian and pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in New York City; and Father Gerald Dennis Gill, the rector of the cathedral basilica.

This is the St. John Neumann Chapter’s 20th conference, according to Anne Wilson, the lead organizer. “We had Cardinal Burke speak for us previously on the Sacred Heart,” she said. “We are anxious to hear what he has to say about the sacrament of matrimony.”

Another highlight of the conference will be the crowning of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which is circulated for veneration to Mary nationally by the World Apostolate of Fatima (Blue Army). “We are thrilled to have it,” Wilson said.

The conference will begin with 9 a.m. registration including coffee and muffins, followed by Cardinal Burke’s talk at 10 and the Marian procession with crowning of the statue at 11:30, followed by recitation of the rosary. Lunch is at noon.

Father Gill will make his presentation at 1:30 p.m., followed by Father Murray’s talk at 3. A holy hour of Eucharistic adoration will begin at 4:15 followed by Mass at 5:15, with Cardinal Burke as principal celebrant and homilist. The day concludes at 6:15 p.m.

For more information visit www.saintjohnneumannchapter.org. Tickets must be purchased in advance — call 215-247-2585.