On May 17, God presented us with a beautiful spring day on which to hold our second annual regional conference held again at the historical Governor’s Row House in Topeka, Kans.
Nearly 70 attendees gathered for a program which featured three TFP speakers. Guests traveled to Topeka from the entire region and as far a way as Oklahoma. In between meetings, there was coffee, tasty refreshments and lively discussions about the meetings.
Norman Fulkerson gave the first presentation about the founder of the Brazilian TFP and inspirer of all TFPs, the late Professor Plinio Correa de Oliveira. A number of guests later commented that they had no idea how much he had accomplished in his life. It was inspiring to see how one man could accomplish so much, especially amid so much suffering and trial.
After a fine buffet luncheon, Mr. Byron Whitcraft spoke about being a militant Catholic 90 years after Fatima. The expression “militant Catholic” has long been sadly neglected. To be devoted to the Fatima message necessitates Catholic militancy to oppose the evils in our society because many have ignored Our Lady’s message at Fatima.
The final presentation of the day was the launching of the TFP’s new book, Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever. Mr. Michael Drake did an excellent job of giving an inspiring overview of the book. Attendees were each given a copy of this insightful new work.
As a challenge, attendees were encouraged to become involved in the 2008 Public Square Rosary Campaign as rally captains.
Attendees stayed for quite some time after the conference ended and then traveled to the home of a local supporter for conversation late into the evening to close the events of the day.