Hofinger Conference: The power of witness

The 31st annual Johannes Hofinger Catechetical Conference Jan 3-5 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner included for the first time a clergy track. Keynote speakers told priests and deacons that no amount of book or faith knowledge was enough to bring people to a deeper faith or to encourage those who have stopped practicing their Catholic faith to return to the church.

 What is needed, they said, are true witnesses to Christ who are happy and loving. At left, accompanied by her father Kerry Godbold, Lily Godbold, 4, makes the sign of the cross while her little sister Vivian, 1 1/2, peers over the holy water font. The Godbolds were there to attend a reunion concert by the Dameans. Turn to page 3 for more coverage.

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