Messages from some of our past speakers for the
20th Anniversary Dinner in 2016:
It is an honor to be asked to participate, and I
want to assure you and the participants of my prayers and best
wishes for a most joyous celebration with Mr. Dale Ahlquist. The
purpose of clarifying orthodox Catholic teachings continues to be a
most laudatory, positive undertaking.
With my blessing and prayers for a successful anniversary dinner,
and with my gratitude for your kind invitation, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz
Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln
It was my great pleasure to be at the very first Call to Holiness
conference twenty years ago. In fact, it was the first time I met
Mother Angelica as a new Catholic. The world is a mess and the
Church has gone through very rough times. In such times God raises
up heroic people and organizations to stand strong for the truth of
the Faith and the holiness of life. Call to Holiness has certainly
done that. Though I travel a lot these days and could not attend the
20th Anniversary, I am with you in spirit. I remember several years
ago you graciously invited me to speak on the enemies of the Church.
It was my joy to do so and to share the passion of the Catholic
Faith — always the Church militant — and to see the fervor of the
participants. May God continue to bless you all and keep up the good
fight as we serve Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Footprints Of God Pilgrimages
The Call to Holiness conferences have been a source
of inspiration and encouragement for orthodox Catholics for the last
20 years. While the first Call to Holiness Conference was organized
in 1996 as an alternative to the dissident Call to Action
Conference, it would be wrong to see CTH as simply a group of
traditional Catholics reacting to their 'progressive' counterparts.
On the contrary, Call to Holiness represent authentic Catholicism, a
Catholicism rooted in the sacred liturgy, devotion to the Blessed
Virgin Mary, and fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church.
Robert L. Fastiggi, Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI
Fr. Perone called me to ask if I would be a speaker at the first
Call to Holiness conference. He explained it would be a local event.
I proposed inviting Mother Angelica and making it a national event.
Fr. Perrone was excited about the idea but asked whether she would
be willing to come. I told him I thought she would and that I would
I called Mother Angelica and explained to her how important this
conference was. She already knew about the Call to Action
conference, also in Detroit, and immediately said she would come.
What a blessing it was to have the large hotel ballroom completely
packed! It was Mother’s presence that drew the crowd. But it was Fr.
Perone’s idea that created the opportunity.
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
It is hard to believe that seven years have elapsed
since I had the honor of participating in the 2009 Call to Holiness
conference. I would like to thank you for the additional honor of
being invited to your 20th Anniversary Dinner, and although I must
regretfully decline, you and the assembly will be much in my
I also wanted to congratulate you on twenty years of fidelity and
goodness brought to the world by your work on Call to Holiness. I
had a wonderful experience during it, and so did the thousands (it
was clear to me) who were there. I would also like to thank you for
your warm hospitality which you extended to me personally; I still
look back on it with fondness and gratitude.
In short, I am a big fan of you and your labors and I wish you many
more years of success!
In Christo per Mariam,
Michael P. Foley
Associate Professor of Patristics
Baylor University, Great Texts Program
Congratulations to Call to Holiness (CTH) on its 20th anniversary,
and to Father Perrone for his longstanding and faithful leadership
of CTH! I was very blessed to take part in the 2001 conference. One
day, in heaven, the abundant fruit from CTH conferences and other
activities will be fully realized. May we all be there together,
please Lord, so that we can fully understand and celebrate CTH's
impact (cf. 1 Cor. 13:12; 15:51-58)."
Ave Maria Radio
I regret that I will not be with you. There will not be widespread
authentic renewal in the Church without widespread acceptance of the
teaching of Humanae Vitae. Many if not most of the social evils
afflicting this country are related to the rejection of Christian
chastity. I hope Call to Holiness can in some way advance the cause
of Humanae Vitae.
Natural Family Planning Int.
I do recall, and with great fondness, the Call to Holiness
conference in Detroit in 2000! I was a Catholic then only 5 years,
having discovered the Church Christ established -- the fullness of
truth and grace this side of Heaven -- yet with three generations
lost to the faith.
Not only did the name of your Conference strike my heart as our very
vocation on earth, but I was wonderfully impressed and strengthened
by the character of the speakers and the seriousness and hunger for
truth and holiness of the attendees. It was a joyful, zealous,
life-giving and life-strengthening retreat from a world turned from
God, but only to gather fuel as fearless messengers of hope and
uncompromising truth to those for whom our Savior died.
God bless you and fill this 20th anniversary conference with new
zeal, courage, and endless gratitude for all He has done - and yet
Mother Miriam (then, Rosalind Moss!)
Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope
The Call to Holiness conference certainly began as an inspiration,
and its fruits would indicate that the Holy Spirit himself was the
source. Many of the original participants have gone on to the larger
life, but what they have sown is producing much good at a time when
the Church needs saints on earth more than ever.
Father George William Rutler
New York City
I wish I could attend. I pray that we can return soon. Continue the
fight for souls in Detroit.
St. Luke Productions
As a fellow laborer in the field, I have long admired Fr. Perrone
for his pastoral work, fidelity to the Church, and boundless courage
to speak and live the Truth. He is a dear friend, and a model for
all of us who strive to live in faithfulness to Christ. It was a
great blessing to speak at the first Call to Holiness conference,
alongside such key voices as Mother Angelica, Fr. John Hardon, and
Fr. Joseph Fessio. Since that time, the apostolate has inspired and
equipped thousands of Catholic faithful in living God’s Truth. May
God continue to bless their work, and multiply it ten-fold.
Rev. Robert Sirico
President, Acton Institute
Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish and
Academy, Grand Rapids, Michigan
My personal testimony to the sterling service that Call to Holiness
has given to the Roman Catholic Church: Call to Holiness was jointly
founded by Fr. John Hardon and Fr. Eduard Perrone in order to
counter-act thirty years of erroneous teaching and practices in the
Church, especially in regards to Call to Action founded here in
In her twenty years of existence, CTH has provided dozens of the top
theologians and speakers both laity and Clerical to address various
Church related topics… (and) has provided incalculable information
and comfort in helping to dispel this confusion… (and) has been
especially faithful to continuing the legacy of Fr. John Hardon and
is the best on going Catholic Conference in the nation.
Fr. Louis Guardiola C.P.M.