Session 2 Major Panel 2 (a)

Looking to Jesus: Presenting Commitment to Marriage as a Path to Joy Today.

11:30 - 12:30    Major Panel 2(a) Looking to Jesus: Presenting Commitment to Marriage as a Path to Joy Today.
(Hall 8C) – EN  & ES 🎧 ES, IT, FR

Moderator: H.E. Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Canada.
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Panellists:    
• Mavis and Prof Ron Pirola, Parish and Marriage Resource Centre, Australia 
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• Veronica and Jose Luis Villasẽnor, El camino de Emaús Retreats for Families, Mexico 
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• Rosa and Lauro Cueto, Couples for Christ, Philippines and Ireland (North) 
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“In and among families, the Gospel message should always resound; the core of that message, the Kerygma, is what is most beautiful, most excellent, most appealing and at the same time most necessary” (AL, 58). This panel discussion reflects on how we might help couples discover in marriage and life-long commitment the joyful vocation revealed in Jesus, the Scriptures and as presented in Amoris Laetitia

Biographies

H.E. Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Canada

Cardinal Lacroix was born in Québec, Canada on July 27, 1957, the eldest of seven children. His family emigrated to the USA when he was eight.  He joined the Pius X Secular Institute in 1975 as a lay consecrated member. He obtained his Masters in pastoral theology from University Laval in and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988. From 1990 to 1998, he was a missionary in Colombia. Upon his return to Quebec, he was elected director general of the Pius X Secular Institute from 2001 until 2009, when he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Quebec. He was appointed archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada in 2011 and created a cardinal in 2014. He is a member of the Congregations of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and as a member of the Pontifical Councils of Culture and Inter-religious Dialogue.

Mavis and Prof Ron Pirola, Parish and Marriage Resource Centre, Australia

Ron and Mavis Pirola have been married for 59 years and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Ron is a gastroenterologist and pancreatic researcher on the staff of the Universities of NSW and Notre Dame Australia. Mavis is a former high school teacher. They have wide experience in marriage and family ministry at parish level and internationally, and helped to introduce a number of lay initiatives into Australia, including World Wide Marriage Encounter, PMRC Australia and the Antioch Youth Movement. They chaired the Australian Catholic Marriage & Family Council until 2015 and were Members of the Pontifical Council for the Family for 27 years. They were invited to speak on the family at two Synods (Laity 1987, Family 2014). For their work, each has been awarded Papal Honours (Knight and Dame, Order of St. Gregory), Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and Doctor of the University honoris causa (ACU). 

Veronica and Jose Luis Villasẽnor, El camino de Emaús Retreats for Families, Mexico

Jose Luis and Veronica Villaseñor were born in Mexico in 1958, and were married in 1982. They have 4 children: Adrian (31 years, 5 years married, 1 son), Juan Pablo (27, 1 year married), Jose Luis and Rodrigo (died in an car accident, 2003). On the loss of their sons, they became involved in a variety of groups working for the protection of life and family. In 2004 they founded with 5 couples and a priest, an association called “Grow in Family” and in 2007 the apostolate group “Missionary Family”. In 2007, they obtained a Diploma in Family Sciences at the Pan-American University in Mexico City. In 2008 and 2009 they collaborated with the preparation of the 7th World Meeting of Families in Mexico City. They are counsellors for the pastoral care of families for the archdiocese of Mexico, and have been members of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Rosa and Lauro Cueto, Couples for Christ, Philippines and Ireland (North)

Lauro and Rosa Cueto are from the Philippines. They are members of Couples for Christ Ireland. They have been married for more than 18 years and have served the Filipino community through Couples for Christ and its family ministry in Northern Ireland. Their son is a member of Youth for Christ. They are also active in serving their local parish, St. Patrick’s Church in Lisburn. Rosa came first to Northern Ireland in 2005 to work in a private nursing home and is currently employed in Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital as a staff nurse. Her husband and son joined her in 2006. They feel very thankful and blessed to be joining the other delegates from around the world and the Holy Father in Dublin for World Meeting of Families 2018. 
 

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