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GRAND ISLAND, New York, September 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — While the upcoming 2018 Youth Synod is increasingly looking like it will be co-opted by pro-LGBT forces, a Canadian-based Catholic organization is offering young adults a chance to attend an event wholly dedicated to the Church’s traditional teachings.

Starting Friday, September 14 and running until Sunday, September 16, the Ontario-based Fatima Center, founded in 1978 by Fr. Nicholas Gruner, will host its first ever international conference geared specifically to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 29.

“Fatima for the Next Generation” will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Grand Island, New York near Niagara Falls.

According to a press release, the gathering promises to satisfy the “spiritual hunger” young, faithful Catholics have for truth.

Conference speakers will “powerfully insist on the unchanging and life-giving truths of the Catholic Faith for this and every generation, and on the vital importance of the Message of Our Lady of Fatima for our times,” the statement reads.

“The Vatican – awash in scandals and under the sway of a modernist agenda – seems determined not to transmit the teachings entrusted by Our Lord to His Church,” it adds.

Conference speakers and their topics include:

  • John-Henry Westen, Editor-in-Chief, LifeSiteNews: Catholic Answers to the Toughest Questions on Faith, Life and Family
  • Fr. Shannon Collins, Co-founder, Missionaries of St. John the Baptist: Vocational Discernment in an Undiscerning Age
  • Fr. Daniel Couture, District Superior of Canada, Society of St. Pius X: The Holy Shroud: A Modern-Day Tool of Apologetics, The Role of Young People in the Church and the World Today
  • Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea, Traditional Franciscan Priest: Young Men: Purity & Eternity
  • Fr. Michael Rodriguez, Advisory Council of priests, The Fatima Center: Our Lady of Fatima and the Way that will Lead Souls to God
  • Br. Andre Marie Villarubia, Prior, St. Benedict Center, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: In the World, Not of It: Being Catholic amid the New Paganism
  • Dr. Andrew Childs, Professor of Music, Chair of Humanities, St. Mary's College,  St. Marys, Kansas: Answering Charity’s Song: The Necessary Embrace of True Culture
  • Julianne Hartman, Music Director, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy and St. Peter’s Church in New Hamburg, Ontario: The Beauty of Feminine Modesty
  • Matthew Plese, President of, Apologetics: Learning the True Faith in an Age of Apostasy

Ticket prices vary in range from $80 to $205 U.S. dollars, depending on room occupancy. Packages include a two night stay, six meals, daily mass and rosary, confession, and the chance to receive spiritual guidance from attending priests. Financial assistance is available to those who cannot otherwise afford full ticket costs. Persons interested in sponsoring an attendee can do so by clicking here.

For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-800-263-8160 between 9 am – 5 pm EST.

Dan Smith, ext. 205
[email protected]


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