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Catholic Answers draws 1,500 to Omaha

Spirit Catholic Radio presents conference on sharing the faith Oct. 29

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OMAHA (KVSS/SNR) – Spirit Catholic Radio held a one-day Catholic Answers Conference Oct. 29 at DJ Sokol Arena in Omaha.

The conference drew approximately 1,500 attendees and was themed “How to Share the Faith,” featuring speakers from Catholic Answers including Trent Horn, Patrick Coffin, Karlo Broussard, Tim Staples and Christopher Check, along with Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln. Attendees came to the conference from seven states.

The speakers for the conference are staff apologists heard on the national radio program Catholic Answers LIVE, heard weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. CST on Spirit Catholic Radio. Catholic Answers LIVE is broadcast on approximately 400 radio stations across the United States. On Friday, Oct. 28 before the conference, the live, national program was broadcast from the Omaha studios with host Patrick Coffin and featured local guests Sharon Doran of Omaha, of Seeking Truth, and Father Sean Kilcawley, a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln.

Catholic Answers has led seminars and parish talks for more than 25 years. Their speakers taught attendees how to share and defend the Faith, to live out the full Christian message of chastity, marriage, and the family, and to grow in love for God and his Church. The conference included free parking, complimentary lunch and conference materials.

“This event was a year in the making after talking to all three Nebraska bishops about what was needed to equip people in order to be evangelists,” said Jim Carroll, Spirit Catholic Radio executive director. “We want to energize the laity and we want being Catholic to be a verb.”

Spirit Catholic Radio’s mission is evangelization—to bring the Gospel message to all people—and the station hopes to use this event to kick off their “Encounter Jesus” movement, a new apostolate for Nebraska that will assist those who wish to know more about Jesus and the Gospel.

“Encounter Jesus” will provide a presence at secular events (as well as Catholic events) that will invite, inform and inspire people to want to know more about Jesus, using resources from nationally-known Catholic apostolates like Catholic Answers. The movement will utilize “trade-show quality” exhibits and partner with trained laity from local apostolates, ministries and parishes who will invite people to watch a two- or three-minute video and take a short survey on an iPad or tablet. Individuals will be engaged in a conversation to determine their temporal or spiritual needs and will then provide the individual with appropriate resource materials such as Bibles, rosaries, a book or booklet, tract, CD or religious medal. If needed, they will be provided with referrals to a shelter, food pantry, counseling, or to a priest. They will also be provided with information about services offered by a local parish, ministry or apostolate and will also be invited to tune in to Catholic radio.

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