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Image: Attendees at the Catholic Business Leaders' forum breakfast enjoy an opportunity to networkCatholic Business Leaders' Forum Breakfast with guest presenter Mark Murray 

Join Bishop David Walkowiak and Mark Murray, vice chairman of Meijer, for the next Catholic Business Leaders' breakfast.
Date & time: Friday, October 12, 2018, 7 - 9 a.m.
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Watch your email in the coming weeks for further details. Email to subscribe to receive future email updates about this event or to sponsor a table ($250/8 guests) at the Oct. 12 event.

79th Annual Fall Seminar hosted by the Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Date & time: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Sebastian Church
9408 Wilson Ave. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Cost: $20 per person, includes lunch
Registration: To register, email or call (616) 915-5930. Deadline to register is October 15.
The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women hosts their 79th Annual Fall Seminar, “Brokenness, Mental Health; Faith and Family,” on Tuesday, October 23rd at St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center. All women welcome. Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will celebrate Mass. Guest speakers include Christy Buck, CEO of The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan/"be nice." campaign, and Kevin Matthews, author of “Broken Mary.” Morning hospitality begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Image above courtesy of Carrie Barcelo

Image: Father Patrick DesboisThe Hidden Holocaust presented by special guest Father Patrick Desbois

Date & time: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Registration: The event is free, but registration is highly encouraged. To register, please visit
Suggested age restriction: This event is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
While much has been documented about the genocide of Jewish people in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, French priest, Father Patrick Desbois, has worked for more than a decade to shed light on the "hidden Holocaust" in other places throughout Europe.
Father Desbois is a sleuth of sorts, who has uncovered sites in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and Lithuania where 1.5 million Jews were executed. He has devoted his life to fighting anti-Semitism, all forms of mass violence, and to furthering relations between Catholics and Jews.
Father Desbois is the founder and president of Yahad-In Unum (meaning "together” “in one"). This international organization works to raise awareness about the sites where Jewish and Roma mass executions were carried out by Nazi mobile-killing units during World War II. The work Father Desbois has done is remarkable. With the help of more than 5,300 eyewitnesses, he has identified more than 2,100 execution sites in Eastern Europe. Father Desbois will discuss his humanitarian mission during this special event.   
This program would not be possible without the generous support of: the Ravitz Foundation, the Henry Pestka Charitable Fund, and the Joseph Stevens Freedom   Endowment of Grand Valley State University.  The event is also co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, the Catholic Information Center, the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.  

Image: Two friends, one carrying an infant, at the Diocesan Women's Conference, photo by Jaymie PerrySave the Date! 2019 Diocesan Women's Conference 

Women of the diocese, make plans to join us for the 2019 Diocesan Women's Conference. Additional details to come!
March 16, 2019
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
6390 Belmont Ave. NE
Belmont, MI 49306

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