Southwest Regional Family Conference 2017
The 2017 Southwest Regional Family Conference was held this year at St. Peter’s Malankara Catholic Church in Houston from November 24 to 26. The main celebrant was the new Bishop of our Eparchy, His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos. The main speakers for the conference were Fr. Dr. Roy Palatty and Sr. Dr. Jocelyn Edathil.
The first day of the conference began with evening prayer and introductions. The sessions were divided into three groups with different speakers for each. The adults were led by Fr. Palatty on discussions about family life and how parents should interact with their children. A panel discussion was held in which parishioners asked various questions and Fr. Mathai Mannoorvadakkethil, from the Dallas church, led as the moderator.
The youth enjoyed a Malankara Boot Camp session with Sr. Jocelyn. Her powerful presentations allowed our youth to become more interested in our Malankara history as well as educated about their faith. Sr. Grace led our young children through various activities and taught them songs as well. At the end of all the sessions, everyone enjoyed a cultural program which included little children, youth and adults.
A Pontifical Qurbono was celebrated on November 26, 2017 by Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos. After Qurbono, a public meeting was held in which a few individuals gave reflections about the conference. Over 90 families participated in this wonderful event.