Wednesday, May 21, 2008

TFP-ANF conference in Kansas; attendees join 2008 Rosary Rallies

On Saturday May 17th God presented us with a beautiful spring day on which to hold our second annual regional conference in Topeka, KS, at the historical Governor’s Row House.

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70 attendees gathered to learn about how to live the Fatima message in today's society, and to participate in the launching of our new book about Fatima.

Guests traveled to Topeka from the entire region, there were even three attendees from Oklahoma. Amid coffee and tasty refreshments there were lively and animated discussions as attendees discussed the various points of the meetings they had attended.

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The first presentation was about the founder of the Brazilian TFP and inspirer of the American TFP, the late Professor Plinio Correa de Oliveira. A number of guests commented after the meeting, that they had no idea how much Professor Plinio promoted Fatima in his life. It was inspiring to see how one man could accomplish so much, especially amid so much suffering and trial.

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After a fine buffet luncheon Mr. Byron Whitcraft spoke about being a militant Catholic 90 years after Fatima. The term militant Catholic has sadly in many ways become a neglected term. To be devoted to the Fatima message necessitates Catholic militancy to oppose the evils in our society that have occurred because men have ignored Our Lady’s message at Fatima.

The final presentation of the day was the launching of the TFP’s new book, Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever. Mr. Michael Drake did an excellent job of giving an inspiring overview of the book. Attendees were each given a copy of this insightful new work.

As a challenge, attendees were encouraged to become involved in the 2008 Public Square Rosary Campaign as rally captains.  Many joined as Rally Captains.

Attendees stayed for quite some time after the conference ended and then traveled to the home of a local supporter for conversation late into the evening to close the events of the day.

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