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Six Speakers From Around the Globe to Speak at Des Moines Conference

DES MOINES, Iowa – Thousands will gather this month to listen to a line-up of inspirational speakers as they celebrate their faith at the regional Christ Our Life Catholic Conference.

The conference will be held at the Wells Fargo Arena Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17. The conference was inspired by two Catholics from the Diocese of Des Moines who felt moved to create a conference for both those searching and those already passionate in their faith.

“This conference is a wonderful opportunity to step away from the busy world of work and other obligations to focus on believing, living and celebrating your faith,” said Ellen Miller.

“We are all strengthened by others on our journey as we come together to experience God’s infinite love for us.”

The speaker line-up includes Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Known to many as the first African considered for the papacy in more than1,000 years, will speak about the power of the Holy Eucharist and how to live the faith in your family.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Scottish International Relief and Mary’s Meals, will speak of the joy of service and how to impact the world through Christ.

At the age of 29, Renee Bondi, was in a terrible accident that left her without the use of her arms and legs, as well as her singing voice. She recovered her voice to become an inspirational speaker and singer, and will talk about her experience as a quadriplegic and how to hold on to hope, even in the darkest times.

Internationally-known author and speaker Matthew Kelly, through humor and storytelling, will encourage all to become the “best version of themselves.”

Marino Restrepo, an actor, musician and musical composer who was kidnapped and held for more than six months by Colombian rebels, will share how his faith was profoundly changed through that experience.

And Father Rick Wendell, who was once pronounced clinically dead for almost three hours, and was inspired by that event to become closer to God and eventually enter the priesthood, will share the experiences that have led him to state that he not only believes in Christ; he knows Christ.

Additionally, Dave and Dawn Kinsman of Shepherd Ministries will provide music for the conference.

“I’m hoping this conference will offer another opportunity for all to experience Christ in their lives,” said Marilyn Lane, co-chair of the conference. Bishop Richard Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines will celebrate Mass on Saturday and Cardinal Arinze will celebrate Mass on Sunday. The Sacrament of Reconciliation also will be offered both days.

Ticket prices are $58 for adults and $35 for youth and students. Group rates are also available.

For more information and/or to register for the conference; visit www.Christourlifeiowa.com, or call toll-free 1-888-326-8033.

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