Call to Holiness Conference

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Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate:  On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”

November 16 & 17, 2018 Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort Street, Southgate, MI.

A conference for everyone to grow in understanding of the beauty and truth of sacramental love.

Friday Dinner: Doors open 6:00 pm, Dinner served 7:00 pm

Featured Speakers: Mr. William May and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

William MayDr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Saturday Conference: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. which includes lunch.

A Family Friendly Event – Married, Engaged, Singles, Religious & Clergy

Youth Conference (Ages 13 and Older) • Child Care (Ages 1-12).  The Youth conference will be led by Giovanni Vitale, graduate of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, now the leader of the youth group BRICK at St. Sebastian in Dearborn.

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 Sunday 12 Noon: Orchestral, Pontifical Tridentine Mass at Assumption Grotto, 13770 Gratiot Ave, Detroit with Bishop Joseph Perry from Chicago.

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William May

William B. May

Founder of Catholics for the Common Good Institute and the Marriage Reality Movement

Friday:  Becoming the Resistance By Living in Truth

Saturday:  Taking Back Marriage Requires A New Movement

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Founder of the Ruth Institute

Friday: The Sexual State: How the Church is Right and the Government is Wrong about the Sexual Revolution

Saturday: A Manifesto for Families: 15 Point Plan of Action

Fr. Eduard Perrone

Fr. Eduard Perrone

Pastor, Assumption Grotto, Detroit and Co-Founder of Call to Holiness
Marriage Prep: What the World Cannot Give

Dr. Janet Smith

Dr. Janet Smith

Professor, Sacred Heart Major Seminary “Humanae Vitae” 50 Years Later

Robert and Christine Muise

Robert and Christine Muise

American Freedom Law Center, Trustful Surrender to a Catholic Marriage

Dr. Edward Peters

Dr. Edward Peters

Canon Lawyer and Professor, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Love In Law: Church Teaching on Marriage

“Call to Holiness is an organization of Catholics, obedient to the Vicar of Christ, faithful to the eternal truths of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to defend and support the Magisterium, the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, through prayer, education and evangelization.”

As this Apostolate goes forward, new volunteers are needed. If you are interested, please e-mail us!  
Phone: 313-451-4659 •  Email:
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Focus on Life Dinner – Mark Your Calendar!


Fellow pro-lifers:

It is not too early to be thinking about the Downriver Focus on Life Dinner 2017. We have an exciting program this year with renowned pro-life advocate Fr. Frank Pavone as our guest speaker. Additionally we are excited to be using a new venue this year – the Grecian Center in Southgate. All of this information is spelled out in our “save the date” notice shown below. Please forward this email to friends and family so that we can make the 2017 dinner our most successful one yet! Also, for more information click on the link below to our website for the dinner.

15001 Sibley Road, Riverview, MI 48193
Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude
around 9:00 p.m.

Reservations will be confirmed by email.  Please be sure to complete all information on your RSVP form, which can be completed on the link below.

$ 40. Adult/Standard
$ 25. Individual Student and Clergy
$ 375. Table of 10 – Standard
$ 250. Table of 10 – Student and Clergy

To print your RSVP (cash, check, and credit card) for mailing or hand delivery, or to see more complete details and pictures of the Master of Ceremonies or our Guest Keynote Speaker, Fr. Frank Pavone, please click on the link below.

PLEASE NOTE: When making reservations for yourself and others in your party, please follow these guidelines in order to guarantee seating:

*For reservations of tables of 10 – OR – reservations for two or more, you will need to provide (to Steve, the Reservation Coordinator) the names of all those you are reserving seats for, with updates as changes occur.

At the dinner, all guests will stop at the Welcome table before entering the banquet room.

Options for providing guests’ names:

Write your guests’ names on the reverse side of your RSVP.
Email your guests’ names to:
Use the Contact Form on our Contact Page.
Call Steve at (313) 318-9795 [personal cell number].
*This procedure is necessary to ensure an accurate measure of attendance, and that all reserved seats are accounted for.

Call to Holiness 20th Anniversary Dinner

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November 15 at the Sterling Inn Banquet Center; Sterling Inn, 15 Mile and Van Dyke, Sterling Heights, MI.

6 pm—Social Hour with video highlights from past conferences

7 pm—Dinner served

7:45 pm – Fr. Eduard Perrone will share the history of Call to Holiness – “Then and Now”.

All past speakers have been invited and will be recognized

Recognize past and present Board members

8:00 pm Keynote Speaker:  Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society.

On Friday, November 15, 1996 the first Call to Holiness Conference began at the Sterling Inn near Detroit, Michigan. It was a direct response, both spiritual and educational, to the dissident Call to Action Conference taking place at the same time at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Fr. Hardon, S.J. and Fr. Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto Parish along with lay leaders organized the conference in only four months. Mother Angelica mentioned it on EWTN and came as the key note speaker. There have been 15 conferences, plus dinners and other functions since then as the group continues to serve the Church.

Child care will be available including pizza and entertainment. Reservations are required.

Tickets are sold according to desired entree selection. Tables of 10 are available for discount price.

Dinner tickets and further information at:

Focus On Life Annual Benefit Dinner

Focus on Life Dinner

Focus on Life Dinner – Downriver


October 25 @ 6:00 PM9:00 PM

$40 adults – $25 students & clergy

Focus on Life Dinner sponsored by Downriver affiliates of Right to Life of Michigan;

Venue:  at Orlando Family Banquet Center,
15001 Sibley Road, Riverview, MI 48193
Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude around 9:00 p.m.


Lisa Gigliotti

“THE COURAGE TO HONOR THE END OF LIFE” – Author, Administrative Law Judge, Policy Advisor for the Michigan State Senate and Governor and survivor of twelve major surgeries and more than twenty five years living with two severe physical problems.  Lisa will talk about the fears and values that society places on end-of-life and the use of moral encouragement to honor a person at the end of life whether as an individual by caring for an ill person, or as a society by advocating for adequate pain management, hospice, psychological, and spiritual services.


Christopher Gawel

A native of Chicago, Christopher currently resides in the Detroit Metro area.  He attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Chris is a track/cross-country coach at Cabrini High School in Allen Park, where he also taught theology prior to becoming coach.  He serves as coordinator of the Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

An active participant in the pro-life cause, Chris attends Marches for Life in Washington, DC and prays onsite at abortion mills.  He has served as Emcee for the Downriver Focus on Life Dinner for the past several years.


Right to Life of Michigan Downriver affiliates
(734) 775-3618


38th Annual Respect Life Dinner, Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Michigan State Council and Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund.

It was Abby Johnson’s desire to help women in need that led her to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby became increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. When she was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion in 2009, she watched in horror as a 13-week baby fought for and ultimately lost its life at the hand of the abortionist. At that moment a transformation took place and she swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.

Abby is a frequently requested guest on Fox News Channel and is the author of the nationally best-selling book, Unplanned, which chronicles her dramatic exit from Planned Parenthood.

Today, Abby shares her story by educating the public on prolife issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 150 workers leave the abortion industry.

Abby lives in Texas with her husband and five precious children.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Dinner Served
Register online:

For more information email or call Barbara at (248) 371-0466.

Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center
39000 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
$50/Person, $475/Table of 10 – Sponsorships Available

Nick Thomm, Master of Ceremonies and Executive Producer and News Director,
Ave Maria Radio



Downriver Focus on Life 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner


“The Light After the Darkness:  Giving Birth to a Child Conceived in Rape”

Shauna Prewitt is an attorney, author, and advocate for victims of rape.  While a college student, she was raped and became pregnant by her attacker.  After deciding too continue the pregnancy and raise her child, she was shocked to learn that her attacker was pursuing custody of the baby girl.  Even more astonishing was that few state had laws to prevent rapists from exercising custody privileges.

Provoked by these events and determined to make a difference, Shauna enrolled at Georgetown Law School in 2006.   While a student there, she authored the first scholarly piece to examine the legal protections afforded to women who conceive through rape. Since publication her piece has received a great deal of attention from legal scholars, legislators, and advocacy groups.

Today, Shauna is a practicing attorney and a national legal expert on the laws that protect women who become pregnant from rape.  She is frequently called upon to testify in support of rape legislation and routinely contributes to the national commentary on the need for even greater protections.  Interviews and articles written by Shauna have appeared on CNN, NBC, and other national media.

The Downriver Focus on Life 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  6:00 PM Welcome, 6:30 PM Dinner and Program, at the ORLANDO FAMILIA BANQUET CENTER, 15001 Sibley Road, Riverview, MI 48193.

Dinner Reservations payable to Upper Downriver Right to Life – not tax deductible.

$40 adult advance reservation(s).  After 10/12 price will increase to $45.00

$25 Student reservation

$375 table of 10 reservtion

Tables of 10 and reservations for two or more:  In order to guarantee seating, it will be necessary to provide (to the Reservation Coordinator) the names of all those you are reserving seats for, with updates as changes occur.  Everyone will be required to check in at the registration table upon arrival to the dinner.

Payment to be sent to UPPER DOWNRIVER RIGHT TO LIFE, 2010 Eureka Rd., Wyandotte, MI 48192  (734) 775-3618 Lynnanne  Reau (Reservation Coordinator) – enclose following Purchaser Information..  Deadline for mail in reservation is October 12, 2015.  To reserve with a credit card, visit