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Matt Fradd Coming to Northern Michigan

04/04/2014

Matt Fradd, internationally known chastity speaker and apologist (defender of the faith) from Catholic Answers, will be in Northern Michigan April 27-29, 2014, for three special presentations. All events are free and open to the public.

Australian by birth and Catholic by choice, Matt experienced a profound conversion at World Youth Day in Rome in 2000 and committed himself to inviting others to know Jesus Christ and the Church He founded. As a missionary in Canada and Ireland, Matt proclaimed the Gospel to over ten thousand teens and young adults. Matt has also served in full-time lay ministry in Australia, Ireland, Canada, and Texas. He has appeared on the BBC, EWTN, The Irish Morning Show, and Catholic Answers Live, where he has shared his personal story of sin, redemption, and healing to people all over the world.

On Sunday, April 27, at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey, Matt will focus on the topic “From Agnosticism to Catholism.” Though Matt was raised Catholic, he left the faith of his childhood, claiming to be agnostic. In this talk Matt shares how and why he returned to the enthusiastic practice of the Faith. Through his passionate and entertaining story you will learn how God’s existence can be grasped by reason alone and that how facts reveal Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church. Open to all ages, this presentation will begin at 2:00 p.m. For more information email: sfxpetoskey@hotmail.com.

Following Matt’s presentation, everyone is invited to a Holy Hour for Divine Mercy and celebration of the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II at 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier. From 4:00 to 8:00 p.m, Young adults (age 18-35) are invited to the first Diocese of Gaylord’s “Theology on Tap” event which will be held at Northern Lights Recreation Center in Harbor Springs. (See related story.)

Also on Sunday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m., students in grades 8 through 12 are invited to the Petoskey Middle School Auditorium, where Matt will speak about “The Love that Satisfies.” This presentation, Hosted by the JPII Youth Ministry of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey, highlights that all young people desire joy! Joy is impossible without love, and true romantic love is impossible without chastity. In this high-energy presentation, Matt proposes that the virtue of chastity is for those who desire joy and that any sexual relationship devoid of this virtue will always disappoint. With compelling statistics and engaging personal stories, Matt will challenge audience members to open their minds and hearts and embrace the Church's teachings on human sexuality. Free pizza and pop will also be provided. For more information this special event for youth, email: jp2youth@gmail.com

On Monday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Kohler Auditorium of St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Matt will share a presentation titled “Taking Down Goliath”. Geared specifically for a male audience, Matt will recount how he became addicted to pornography and how, by the grace of God, he broke free from that addiction. He offers will offer five practical strategies which he says men must implement if they desire to live lives of heroic purity in a pornographic age. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast said after hearing this talk that "[Matt] proclaims Jesus' message of hope and healing, and he offers concrete, practical advice on ways to break free from pornography's strongholds. I believe Matthew is reclaiming the truth, goodness, and beauty of human sexuality, and I support his work in the Church." Hosted by “Absolute Catholic.org,” this presentation is suitable for high school young men and older. For more information, email: info@absolutecatholic.com.

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