Hope Conferences, Inc. in association with the Archdiocese of Boston presents:

A Catholic conference focused on renewing the vital gift of Hope — an essential virtue which every heart desires, and all of humanity hungers for.

FAQs

Questions about The Reason for Our Hope Conference

Who is the Hope Conferences, Inc.?
Hope Conferences is a group of Catholic men and women with a deep desire to answer the call from our Holy Father, and his predecessors, to evangelize. It is made up of 12 members and a Spiritual Director. Over the last 20 years they have conducted mostly smaller retreats/conferences throughout New England. Recently, it has been incorporated as a MA 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation registered under the name of Hope Conferences, Inc.
Why is this conference being held?
It has been almost ten years since a Catholic conference of this size has come to the greater Boston area. The conference will focus on renewing the vital gift of Hope – an essential virtue which every heart desires, and all of humanity hungers for, more so now than ever.
Is the conference approved by the Church?
YES. The conference has been developed and reviewed with the full support, and in association with, the Archdiocese of Boston.
When will the conferences be held?
Saturday, September 30th , beginning at 8:30am, (doors open at 8:00), and ending at around 6:00 pm.
Where is the Lowell Memorial Auditorium?
The Auditorium is located next to the Immaculate Conception church on Merrimack St. in Lowell. Directions, seating, facilities, parking and other information is available at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium web site: www.lowellauditorium.com
Who should attend?
The conference is for adult men and women, college age and older - all who wish to learn and experience the endless love of God.
What is the ticket cost?
$40.00 is the individual registration cost, but there are group rates available. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $30/ea. Groups of 20 or more may purchase tickets for $25/ea and we will save your group a section of seats in the Auditorium! Email info@HopeConferences.com, or call 978-771-4288 to purchase group tickets.
Will lunch be provided?
Lunch is not included in the ticket price, but will be available for purchase at four locations throughout the auditorium. There are also several restaurants and sandwich shops within easy walking distance from the auditorium. (see: www.lowellauditorium.com). Per management at the Lowell Auditorium, food can not be brought in from the outside.
Who are the speakers?
See our home page and visit the Speakers section. Click on each speaker for more information.
Will CDs and DVDs of the presentations be available?
Yes. Order forms will be available at the conference.
Will confession be available?
Yes. Priests will be available for the Sacrament of Penance from 10am to 2pm.
Will the Mass fulfill Sunday Mass obligation?
Yes, Mass is scheduled to begin shortly at 5:00 p.m. Cardinal Sean O’Malley will be our Main Celebrant
How do I register?
Tickets may be purchased on the web site: www.hopeconferences.com or via regular mail. Send an email to info@hopeconferences.com and we’ll send you a registration form to fill out.
How do I get further information?
Further information can be obtained at the web site: www.hopeconferences.com, or send your questions to info@hopeconferences.com or call 978-771-4288.
What is the schedule for the day?
We have purposely hesitated to add a ‘set in stone’ schedule because many changes take place in speaker schedules, moving around of other commitments, getting all of the right tools in place at the right time, etc. All of this is in the Lord’s hands, and we have humbly tried our best to make ourselves very open to whatever He wants to do through this – and as expected, several changes have taken place along the way.
Schedule
8:00 a.m. Doors open
8:30 a.m. Music Ministry – Praise and Worship
9:00 a.m. Talk – Jim Wahlberg
10:00 a.m. Morning Rosary
10:30 a.m. Talk – Fr. Von
11:45 a.m. Women’s talk – Sonja Corbitt
Men go to lunch
12:45 p.m. Men’s talk – Andy LaVallee
Women go to lunch
2:00 p.m. Special presentation
2:30 p.m. Adoration
3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet
3:30 p.m. Talk – Fr. Mark Nolte
4:30 p.m. Brief presentation, then break and preparation for Holy Mass
5:00 p.m. Celebration of the Holy Mass
6:00 p.m. Sending forth and blessing
10:00 a.m. thru 2:00 p.m. Confessions