Conference and Activities

Conference and Activities


We welcome you to join us at any of our sponsored conferences and activities. At these events we invite experts to share with us their experience and wisdom. Each is centered around topics that are most pertinent to parents and family life.


The Keys to Successful Family Functioning: A Practical Workshop on Effective Family Communication by Carlos Zubillaga

Effective communication is a critical life skill few people possess. However, like any other skill, you can acquire it through knowledge of the principles and practice.

Spousal, parental and sibling communication share the same principles, with different nuances and best practices. All three kinds of communication are needed for a well-rounded functional family.

This 3-hour workshop will answer these nagging questions and teach the fundamentals of communication and influence through a practical approach, using powerful concepts as well as practical exercises and tools.

When is it?

August 17, 2013, Saturday.

Where is it?

Western Academy

  • Western Academy
  • 1511 Butlercrest St
  • Houston, TX 77080

Workshop Schedule

  • 8:30 – Check in, Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Welcome
  • 9:15 – Keynote Speaker
  • 10:15 – Break
  • 10:30 – Breakout Session
  • 11:00 – Keynote Speaker
  • 12:00 – Concluding Remarks

About Our Speaker: Carlos Zubillaga

Carlos Zubillaga has 5 sons, 5 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 1 wife of 37 years. So if he doesn’t know a lot about how to raise a family, for sure he knows how not to. After a career in investment banking, Carlos has a second career as a business and executive coach.

For the past 12 years he has spent most of his time and energy coaching CEOs and owner-managers of privately held businesses how to build successful companies. Although primarily focused on the business, business coaching necessarily deals with personal skills. So through practice and study Carlos has acquired solid experience in providing practical, hands-on help to CEOs and their key people in the areas of leadership and communication. As a family man, Carlos has developed principles and tools of family communication with cross-pollination between family and work best practices.

Carlos has a law degree, an MBA, and doctoral studies at Harvard Business School. He also holds certifications as a behavioral analyst.

Also serves as board member and moderator for Family Enrichment in San Antonio, Texas.


7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free by Phil Lenehan

Now more than ever, our families & parish communities are facing personal financial challenges. Please join us for a life-changing, 7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free Overview and Leader Training Seminar designed to address the needs of your family & parish community. Featuring Phil Lenahan, acclaimed author, frequent guest on Catholic radio and television, and founder of this rapidly growing ministry!

When is it?

February 20, 2010, Saturday.

Where is it?

United Way - 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX

  • United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
  • 50 Waugh Drive
  • Houston, Texas 77007-5813 USA
  • Phone: 713-685-2300

Parking is FREE. Babysitting & box lunch is provided.

Seminar Schedule

  • 9:00am to 1:00pm - Workshop (with working lunch)
  • 1:00pm to 4:00pm - Training (optional)

About Our Speaker: Phil Lenehan

Phil Lenahan, and his wife Chelsey are both Southern California natives. Phil grew up in Orange County when it was truly known for its orange groves. He attended Catholic schools through high school before obtaining his accounting degree from California State University, Fullerton in 1983.

Phil interviewed with what then were a number of the Big Eight accounting firms, and accepted a position with the now infamous accounting firm of Arthur Andersen and Co. Phil’s experiences and training were good at Arthur Andersen, but after about five years with the firm, he decided to pursue a path that provided for a more balanced family life.

In 1987, Phil joined the financial ranks of Fleetwood Enterprises, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. Phil spent about eight years with Fleetwood in various financial roles. This was also a time when his family continued to grow.

In 1995, Phil received a call about a need for a financial person at Catholic Answers, the apologetics organization. After talking it over with Chelsey, it was decided that Phil would accept the CFO position at the apostolate. His responsibilities grew over the years, and it was a pleasure to see various initiatives blossom, including the popular radio program “Catholic Answers Live.”

During 2005, Phil stepped into a part time role at Catholic Answers to begin working with Our Sunday Visitor to develop the materials for the 7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free Group Study and to launch Veritas Financial Ministries.

Phil now resides in Temecula, California, with his wife Chelsey and their seven children.


First Comes Love & Understanding the “Our Father” by Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Hahn uses the idea of the family to explain Catholic thought about the Trinity by speaking about the divine reality found in the relationship between the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He also presents a series of Biblical Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer and God’s Fatherhood.

When is it?

April 26, 2008, Saturday morning.

Where is it?

George R. Brown Convention Center (Rm. 310)

  • George R. Brown Convention Center (Mtg. Room 310)
  • 1001 Avenida de las Americas
  • Houston, Texas 77010 USA
  • Phone: 800-427-4697 | 713-853-8000

Schedule for the Morning

  • 9:00am – Registration & Refreshments
  • 9:30am – Introduction & First Talk – First Comes Love
  • 10:45am – Question & Answer
  • 11:00am – Break
  • 11:30am – Second Talk – Understanding the “Our Father”
  • 12:45pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – Drawing for Door Prizes & Adjournment

About Our Speaker: Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, has been married to Kimberly since 1979, and has six children. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics talks related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph Communications. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.

Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 1979, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. Scott has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.

Note: Books by Scott Hahn will be available for sale at this event(by cash or check payments only).