While attending this year’s Ignited By Truth Catholic Conference a couple of weeks ago, a realization dawned on me that I hadn’t thought about before. That is, I realized that this event really was something miraculous. How otherwise, apart from Divine Assistance, could this conference have become the success that it was?
This year’s conference boasted: its highest attendance to date, an extensive youth program, and a dynamic Spanish program. And all of that was born, more than a decade ago, out of a kitchen table conversation between two home schooling mothers, Ursula Ruiz and Christine Sulzen, who wanted one thing: to set the world on fire.
Two Women and Their Vision
The vision for Ignited By Truth was something quite simple — to inspire and strengthen Catholics to live out their faith. To accomplish that goal, Mrs. Ruiz and Mrs. Sulzen hoped to bring renowned speakers to the Raleigh Diocese. Additionally, they wanted to insure that the event would be accessible to everyone.
Now, more than 10 years later, Ignited By Truth has expanded beyond the two founders to a leadership team with 20+ individuals. It has moved from its humble beginnings at Cardinal Gibbons High School to the campus of NC State. And, faithful to its mission to reach Catholics in all phases of their faith journey, the conference provided programs specific to youth, young adults and Spanish-speaking Catholics.
Still Igniting Hearts and Minds
What is it, then, that inspires us in our faith? The answer is truth. Truth, the Word of God, is a constant and powerful call for us, in all times, to be the persons God means for each of us to be, in the world.
Saint Thomas Aquinas did not become a great theologian of the Church before he experienced a great encounter of faith. Likewise, Saint Augustine experienced a great conversion when he picked up and read the Words of God in the Scriptures. These and countless other saints were ignited in their faith by the truth of God.
How This Year’s Conference Succeeded
This year’s conference hosted many great speakers, coming from different walks of life and with vastly different styles in their deliveries. Father Spitzer spoke about the relationship between faith and science with his perspective as a renowned scientific mind. Dr. Scott Hahn spoke about his experiences in marriage and its role in the Church and society. There were talks on the reason for joy in our faith, for the importance of devotion to the Blessed Mother, on courageous evangelization, and more.
Each and every one of these talks was delivered with the purpose of igniting hearts and minds. Not only were the topics discussed to give an academic idea of faith and relationship with God, but to give listeners personal testimonies that they could relate to.
Saint Catherine of Siena is quoted as saying, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Clearly, there are many people behind the scenes and on the stages of Ignited By Truth who answered that call, and God will surely bear much fruit through their efforts.
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Vendors at the 2018 Conference
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Nikolai Brelinsky is studying as a seminarian for the Diocese of Raleigh. He currently studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. However, his home is in Zebulon, NC. Nikolai is involved with pro-life work and enjoys sports in his spare time.