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LAKE CHARLES — The annual Veritas Conference, this year with the focus on the Eucharistic Presence and titled “Stay with Us,” will have as its keynote speaker Father Stan Fortuna, CFR, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, in St. Louis Catholic High School, 1620 Bank Street.

Registration is $30 per person, which includes lunch, until September 1. After that date registration and lunch is $40. T-shirts are available for advance purchase for $10 each and the diocesan Core Team will provide pre-school age and older child care  for $5. To register securely on-line by credit card or e-check, click here. For more information or a paper registration, if you wish, contact the Office of Religious Education (411 Iris Street), 337-439-7400, or your church parish.

Breakout session presenters include Cay Gibson, Grandparenting the Faith; Father Nathan Long, Biblical Roots of the Real Presence; Sr. Miriam MacLean, RSM, The Fruits of the Most Holy Eucharist; Father Fortuna; Sr. Mary Thoma, RSM, Praying with the Eucharistic Hymns of Saint Thomas Aquinas; Father Sam Orsot, How Can We More Fully Participate in the Mass?; Becky Clements, Sorry, Not Sorry: Apologetics from a Convert; and Richard Newman, Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues.

Fr. Stan Fortuna C.F.R., a Roman Catholic priest ordained on December 8, 1990, is one of the eight founding members of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (an order established in the Archdiocese of New York under the jurisdiction of John Cardinal O'Connor). Prior to his conversion, Fr. Stan was a professional jazz musician who studied with the legendary Lennie Tristano (the ‘father of improvisational jazz’).

The C.F.R.s adhere to an ascetic lifestyle in their friaries and live in impoverished areas around the world ministering to the needy. Fr. Stan has been involved with community development and the implementation of various social programs in his neighborhood of the South Bronx for over twenty five years when the religious order started in 1987.

Fr. Fortuna has since independently released over 20 CD’s in various genres as well as DVDs and books. Assigned to the work of preaching full-time, Fr. Fortuna n travels extensively across the country and around the world celebrating Mass, giving talks, and performing concerts with proceeds from bookings and sales going directly towards his work with poor and underprivileged families.

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