MCC assembly to focus on families

The Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, will examine the many challenges facing married couples and families in the 21st century. Family scholars say that children do better as adults if raised by their mother and father, but single-parent households are common, as are families that include the parent and a live-in partner. Children can be very resilient, but so many transitions can cause confusion and lead to trouble in school and even juvenile delinquency. The annual assembly begins at 10 a.m., lunch is free, and the day ends with a Mass at 3:45 p.m. at St. Peter Church. Ed Hogan, associate professor of systematic theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, will give the keynote address on "Families Fighting Relativism -- Pope Francis Style." Register by calling (800) 456-1679 or visiting

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