Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York



WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018
WHERE:  Trinity Catholic School and Sacred Heart Church in Massena, NY
WHO: Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak
COST: $20 per person

The Department of Family Life, in conjunction with the Offices of Vocations and Evangelization, will present day-long workshop on Marriage and Family Life.  Our Keynote speakers will be Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak. This conference aims to build up marriage and family life in the North Country and help married couples and those thinking of marriage understand the importance of the vocation of marriage as a path to holiness for themselves, their spouse and their children.  The family is the basic building block of society, and as such, strengthening family life through strong and resilient marriages, helps build up a culture of love and stability.


  • Anyone interested in better understanding and/or promoting the Catholic view of Marriage, especially Commissioned Lay Ministers, those working with engaged couples, marriage counseling, struggling marriages as well as;
  • Married Couples, whether longtime married or newlyweds who want a deeper insight into married life and how to live it better; and
  • Young Adults considering Marriage and Older Teens, mature enough to hear what the sacrament of Matrimony is all about.



Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak are the authors of more than 20 books that apply timeless Catholic wisdom and cutting-edge psychological insights to the challenges of marriage, family, and everyday life.  Together, they are the founders of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an internationally-recognized Catholic tele-counseling practice providing over 12,000 hours of counseling services each year to Catholics around the world. They were featured speakers at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and are winners of the Couple to Couple League International’s Fr. Richard M. Hogan Award for their work promoting the Catholic vision of marriage and sexuality.

Dr. Greg Popcak is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Chair of the Marriage and Family Studies Concentration in the Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He also holds teaching positions on the psychology and graduate theology faculties at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Lisa Popcak is a Certified Family Life Coach, a Lactation Consultant, and professional educator with specializations in learning styles and early childhood development, adoption, and attachment.  They have been married 27 years and are the parents of three children.   They are popular guests on many Catholic radio and television programs and their work has been featured in the LA Times, Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, NPR, USA Radio Network, FoxNews, and many other outlets.




Registration, break out sessions and lunch will take place in Holy Trinity School

Morning Prayer and the Keynote talks will take place in Sacred Heart Church


8:30-9:30 -   Arrival and registration of participants
9:30-9:50 -   Morning prayer led by Bishop LaValley
10:00-11:00 -   Key Note presentation by the Popcaks
11:00-11:15 -   Break
11:15-12:00 -   Group A has lunch while Group B participates in a workshop led by Planning Committee.
12:15-1:00 -   Group B has lunch while Group A participates in a workshop led by Planning Committee.
1:00-2:00 -   Afternoon presentation by the Popcaks
2:00-2:15 -   Break
2:15-2:45 -   Q and A with Popcaks
2:45-3:00 -   Closing remarks and dismissal


NB: there is a regularly scheduled 4pm Vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Church

We are planning on having child care for children from age 3 (potty-trained) to age 12. Baby’s/toddlers and older children are welcome to attend the conference with their parent or guardian.
Children in childcare must bring a packed lunch.

We have a coordinator for childcare, but are in need of VIRTUS trained volunteers to help with childcare. If you are VIRTUS-trained and interested in helping parents attend this important conference by helping us provide daycare, please contact Dayna Rae Leader at dleader@rcdony.org.