Joint conference of Catholic health and education to be held

By Marissa Alarcon

SASKATOON — This year, to celebrate Catholic health and Catholic education in the province, the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) is uniting again with the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA) for a second joint conference.

This year’s theme is, On Holy Ground: Where Catholic Health and Education Serve. It will be held Oct. 24 - 26 at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon.

Keynote speaker Rev. Tony Ricard of New Orleans will be sharing on Exploring God’s Unconditional Love — If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right! And, Have You Seen Him? Searching for the Child Jesus.

Ricard is priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, as well as a campus minister and theology teacher at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. He is also a core instructor of church doctrine for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans.

Matthew Sleeth, MD, will speak on A Prescription for a Healthier, Happy Life. Sleeth will share how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted sabbath practices and will help conference participants better understand how lives can be transformed — physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually — by adopting a 24/6 lifestyle.

Sleeth is a former chief of staff and emergency room director who left his practice to teach, preach, and write about a holistic approach to biblical stewardship. Sleeth has spoken at more than 1,000 churches, campuses, and events, including serving as a monthly guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral. He is the executive director of Blessed Earth and founder of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance.

In addition to these two keynote speakers, the conference will offer plenary presentations featuring various topics relating to Catholic health and education.

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