Dr. Howard’s Two Special Series for Fall 2016 and 2017 — Now Booking!
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If you love our Lady and believe her role is vital to defeating Satan, then this dynamic speaker is a must hear! Peter's powerful message and deep insights into the role of Our Lady made me more devoted to her than ever before.
Dr. Howard was very knowledgeable and his sense of humor made his presentations so fun and enjoyable.
They are truly working to help evangelize families and bring husband and wife and their children closer to Jesus and to the Catholic Church . . . Their message is very powerful.
I feel the retreat with Dr. Howard was a wonderful soul experience. I learned so many things about healing my family and cleansing my soul, which I was able to release a heavy cross I carried for many years.
Hearing some of their struggles and challenges and how they have responded was helpful and encouraging. I especially appreciated the final talk on the Blessed Mother and how she appears in the places and to the peoples where God wants to extend his mercy.
I appreciated Dr. Howard's down to earth teaching style and a little humor thrown in to keep it interesting. I admire Peter and Chantal's courage and honesty to bring about 'real change' in people's lives.
Dr. Peter Howard
Founder, Heroic Families
Peter Howard: Who is this guy?
My Family and My Faith
My greatest joy on this side of eternity is my family. I am blessed with my beautiful wife, Chantal, and our five children. Throughout most of my life, I have had a passion for my Catholic faith, which shapes every aspect of my being. That passion has led to taking a number of “adventures” to discern God’s “Why” for my life. From pilgrimages to Italy and Portugal during my youth to my undergraduate studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Gaming, Austria, my parents sacrificed much to strengthen my faith and discover God’s purpose for my life. My life is not my own.
Education, Life's Adventures and My Experiences
Following my years at Franciscan University, I set off to Rome to study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (more commonly called The Angelicum).My experiences in Rome probably had the greatest impact on my adult life as it was a commitment for which I took full responsibility — financially and in everything else. My path of serving the mission of the Church in an explicit way was being concretely formed.,That path eventually took me back and forth from Denver, Colorado, and Rome over the next three years. During that time I met my wife, made long road trips (and flights across the Atlantic) to visit her as often as I could. We were married in 2002 and after a short time in Rome together, we returned to Colorado where I was blessed to work as the Executive Assistant and theologian to Bishop Michael Sheridan in Colorado Springs. I greatly enjoyed my work there.
After a couple of years working in Colorado Springs and living in the mountains nearby, God put it on my heart to finish my formal theological studies and pursue my doctorate in theology in Rome. I had two passions that were able to converge in my thesis: a great love for Our Blessed Mother and Venerable Fulton J. Sheen (who has had perhaps the greatest impact on my intellectual and spiritual formation). That experience was life changing for me as I was challenged in ways I never thought I would be — and they all made me a better theologian and a better person. Since I was able to write my doctorate from the United States, I was blessed to have a position offered to me in Aspen, Colorado, which focused my attention first to adult faith formation and then to family formation. I never thought I would be there for nine years, but God used those years to mold my marriage, my family and my self in profound ways. During those nine years, I was also blessed to begin speaking at conferences, universities, religious communities and, one of my favorite audiences, the United States Air Force Academy. I have a great love and respect for those who seek a life of highest character, leadership, duty and honor — when these are all ultimately at the service of God.
Another great love of mine is teaching the Catholic faith. It ties in with speaking as I like to teach in less formal environments — because our faith is a way of life, not merely an object of study. In 2013, God opened the door for me to serve as professor of spiritual theology for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation Graduate Program and School of Spiritual Formation (avila-institute.com).
In addition to founding the Fulton Sheen Society and The Catholic Hour grassroots movement, which led to a couple of years of hosting a Catholic television program “The Catholic Hour” in Aspen, Colorado I also serve on the advisory board of the new St. John Institute.
All Roads Lead to the Family -- the 'Heroic' Family
God’s thread of Divine Providence eventually revealed the mission to which everything is being directed. All of life’s experiences and years of prayerful discernment led me to discover the greatest mission we can be committed to today — fighting for the soul of the Christian family. If we lose the family, we lose everything. So, in response to this need came Heroic Families because mediocrity is not an option. We need leaders and families of strong character and discipline, not just in theory, but in the way we actually live.
Invite Peter to speak at your conference or parish event on one (or more) of the following topics:
(click on a topic to learn more)
* Fatima: 100 Years Later - Family Consecration to Mary at the Heart of the Triumph (Evening Event, Half-Day Immersion or Multi-Day Retreat)
1917 was the year that launched a great Marian revolution that would forever change the world. 100 years ago in the tiny hamlet of Fatima, Portugal, Our Blessed Mother appeared to three children with a message of warning, hope and a promised triumph over evil. She singled out that consecration to her Immaculate Heart would be the means to bring it about. This needs to be number one in our family priorities. What better way to contemplate the critical importance and foundations for total consecration to Mary than with a single day or multi-day immersion? Why does Our Blessed Mother link her Triumph to consecration to Her Immaculate Heart? In a prayerful environment with opportunities for Eucharistic adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Dr. Howard will lead families through the heart of the message of Fatima, explaining the biblical and theological foundations that have motivated the great saints of the Church to live and preach total consecration to Mary as THE secret to the greatest possible holiness, to defeating Satan and disposing souls and families to the most dynamic life in the Holy Spirit so they can be powerful leaders for the new evangelization.
* The Prophetic Wisdom & Spiritual Legacy of Fulton J Sheen (Evening Event, Half-Day Immersion or Multi-Day Retreat)
Among the greatest figures of the 20th century is undoubtedly Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. His intellectual genius, his ability to communicate the truths of life and of the Catholic Faith, and the number of souls he brought to Christ and His Church rank him among the greatest evangelizers of the modern age. What was the secret of his success and why are his teachings and witness more relevant now then when he lived? I deeply love this great man and I will enjoy unpacking these questions with you laying out Sheen’s keys to become the saints and evangelizers we have been called to be in the new evangelization.
7 Secrets for Families to Find the Way to Happiness
Is your family happy? Is your marriage happy? Did your marriage and family life lose its happiness somewhere along the way and you have no idea where to start to rediscover it? If the way to happiness was so easy to answer and so easy to live, why are most marriages and families in utter misery? How often do we cry out to God, “What is the way to happiness for me and my family!?!” In this special 2.5 hour evening event, Dr. Howard walks alongside you and shares some of the key secrets that make all the difference in living a happy life no matter what comes our way. And by our living witness of a happy life, we will inspire others to have the courage to discover (or rediscover) that same path to happiness for which every heart longs! Contact us today to book this event at your parish, conference or event!
How the Triumph Over Our Modern Crisis Will Come Through Mary!
(Two-Part Series — Two 50 minute talks + Q&A)
We are living in the most extraordinary age of Mary the world has ever known. Why? What is the significance of her visitations to the Church and the world since 1830? How are these connected to Mary’s visitation and message at Mexico City in 1531 as Our Lady of Guadalupe? What hope do they bring a world spiraling into its darkest period in history? How does Mary’s activity in the modern world announce a new era of the Holy Spirit? What role does Mary play in the new evangelization and what should YOU do about all of this? In this talk, we will tackle these questions and reflect on the biblical blueprint that unveils how Mary will lead the Church in its triumph over the great evil of our times and into the promised era of peace.
*** This can be a single or two-part series that will change the way you look at the real dynamics behind our historic times.
Why Total Consecration to Mary is Necessary for Today's Heroic Family
The resounding message from saints, the Church and Our Blessed Mother herself points to the critical importance of families consecrating themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Why? What are the biblical and theological foundations for this? How do we actually live this out in our families? How will this really change the world faster than anything else? Peter will unpack these questions in a special 2.5 hour event that will inspire you to consecrate your family to Mary or look at your family consecration to Mary in a new and reinvigorating light.
The Prophetic Importance of Pope Francis's Holy Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has called for a special Jubilee that will revolve around a “Holy Year of Mercy.” Why is this so important in our troublesome times? How is the message of Divine Mercy the answer to a deeply wounded civilization? In this talk, I will speak on how this act of Pope Francis is both prophetic and necessary, for Jesus told St. Faustina: “The world will not have peace until it turns to the fount of my mercy.”
Heroic Families Leadership Event - ASCEND (Evening Version)
Please click here to learn about this 2.5 hour, content packed and family-transforming leadership event for parents!
Heroic Families Leadership Event (Day or Multi-Day RETREAT)
Please click here to learn about this family-transforming half-day leadership retreat for parents (also offered as a 2.5 hour evening event). Offering ASCEND in a retreat format allows spouses to take in each of the talks, bring their stimulating content before the Lord in adoration, open up dialogue between spouses, take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation offered and begin immediately the exercises that are at the heart of event.
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