Dinner and Chat with the Vatican Cardinal Over the Liturgy and Sacraments

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Cardinal Francis Arinze, a top-level Vatican official over the Sacraments will speak at a benefit dinner in Pittsburgh on July 22. In this intimate setting, he will answer questions posed in advance by those attending the dinner. The dinner, to be held at the Five Star Le Mont restaurant in Mount Washington, will benefit the Apostolate for Family Consecration.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, a top-level Vatican official over the Sacraments, will appear at a benefit dinner for the Apostolate for Family Consecration in Pittsburgh on July 22. In an intimate setting, he will answer questions posed in advance by those attending. The dinner will be held at the Le Mont Restaurant in Mount Washington.

Cardinal Arinze is prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He has recently been in the news as a possible choice for the Papacy and for his outspoken views about Catholic politicians who favor laws and policies that contradict the Church’s teaching on the sacredness of life.

Pope John Paul II placed Cardinal Arinze as his top advisor on matters as delicate as liturgy and the sacraments and now Pope Benedict XVI has reinstated him in this position in the Roman Curia. In Arinze’s previous position, he advised the Holy Father on matters of inter-religious dialogue and regularly met with leaders of other world religions.

Cardinal Arinze, Nigerian by birth and a convert to Christianity, will speak at this event on a range of topics, including, “The Eucharist: Uniting and Empowering Families for the New Evangelization.”

Co-chairmen of Cardinal Arinze’s dinner are Bishop Donald Wuerl of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki of the Benedictine Archabbey of St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pa., and Patricia Donahue Dolan also of Pittsburgh.

All those interested are invited to attend. The benefit dinner, a formal event, is $250 per plate or $1,800 per table of eight. Advance reservations and payment are required. Diners may choose from three gourmet entrees prepared by Pittsburgh’s finest chefs. Questions for Cardinal Arinze may be submitted with the placement of reservations. Those who cannot attend are urged to sponsor a priest.

Also attending the dinner will be Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio and Jerome Coniker, President and Co-founder of the Apostolate for Family Consecration in 1975 with his late wife Gwen.

"Cardinal Arinze has been an inspiration to the Apostolate since our early days," Coniker said. "We are grateful for this rare privilege -- to spend an evening in conversation with him in a family setting. But that's so very appropriate, since our Apostolate is all about the family, and the Church is itself is a family."

Cardinal Arinze has visited Catholic Familyland annually since 1989. His eminence and the Conikers have worked together producing over 1,700 teaching shows on subjects including family catechism questions, Vatican II, Scripture and the late pope’s recent encyclical on the Eucharist.

A block of rooms is being held for the event at the Sheraton Station Square. For additional information on attending the July 22 benefit dinner at the LeMont Restaurant in Mount Washington with Cardinal Arinze, call 1-800-77-FAMILY (773-2645) or visit http://www.familyland.org.

About The Apostolate for Family Consecration

The Apostolate for Family Consecration, an international association of “Christ’s Lay Faithful”, was blessed by Pope John Paul II. The Apostolate operates Familyland Television Network, broadcasted internationally by satellite and has begun a good thrust unto cable. They also operate Catholic Familyland where they seek to nourish families, using the media to spread the teachings of the Gospel and Faith.

The largest of its international centers is Catholic Familyland, 950 acres located in Bloomingdale, Ohio just 50 miles west of Pittsburgh, PA. Their other centers are located in Asia (Manila), Mexico that serves all of Latin America, and a new center being built in Africa in Cardinal Arinze’s home diocese of Onitsha in Nigeria. Members also work in locations throughout the world including Europe and Canada.


Theresa Schmitz

Apostolate for Family Consecration



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