Conference Theme: Be Not Afraid - Its Biblical Foundation and Importance for Today
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020
Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm
8:30am Mass: Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, President, Franciscan University of Steubenville
9:45am Talk 1: Dr. Bob Rice, Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville: Scriptural Foundations of 'Be Not Afraid'
10:45am Talk 2: Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR: Remaining Courageous in a Time of Upheaval
11:45am Talk 3: Dr. Bob Rice: Moving from Fear to Boldness through the Power of the Holy Spirit
About the Theme
From Pope St. John Paul II's Crossing the Threshold of Hope: Every time Christ exhorts us to have no fear, He has both God and man in mind. He means Do not be afraid of God...but invoke Him with me: Our Father....God is with us. God, infinitely perfect, is not only with man, but He Himself became a man in Jesus Christ. Do not be afraid of God who became a man!
Luke 1:30: Be Not Afraid
Co-sponsored with THE Franciscan University of Steubenville
Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, is the President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. He is well known to youth conference attendees from San Diego to Nova Scotia. An internationally popular speaker, he spends much of his time helping others come to know God’s love for them through his dynamic preaching, writing, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave’s books include Spiritual Freedom: God’s Life Changing Gift, Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus, and the forthcoming Encounter Jesus: Discovery to Discipleship. He held several ministry positions at Franciscan University and also served as the director of Seminary Formation for his Franciscan community in Washington, D.C. Father Dave is presently the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic and preaching outreach of the TORs.
Bob Rice loves being Catholic. He is a Professor of Catechetics and the Director of the Masters of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has a PhD in Theology from Liverpool Hope University where he researched Catholic youth and evangelization. He is a highly sought after presenter at youth conferences, young-adult gatherings, men’s conferences, parish missions, and catechetical workshops. Bob has authored many books, articles, and award-winning scripts that have helped people come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. Bob has recorded numerous CDs and leads worship for over ten thousand people every year, mostly through the Steubenville Adult and Youth Conferences. He lives in Steubenville with his beautiful wife Jennifer and their seven adorable children, where he is currently a candidate for the diaconate. You can find out more about him at bob-rice.com. Eric Westby was his best man. Seriously.