On March 11, 2017, the organization Tradition, Family, Property—Louisiana held its 2017 Regional Conference at its headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana. Close to eighty friends and supporters came from throughout the state and neighboring Texas. The theme for the event was “Return to Order: Preparing for the Centennial and America’s Fatima Future.”
Return to Order author John Horvat II delivered two talks. One was titled “What Will America’s Fatima Future Be Like?” Mr. Horvat stressed on the need to visualize the future foreseen at Fatima as a means to make it happen. He also delivered a talk titled “Our Fatima Future: Can It Be Done?” that discussed the practical aspects of working toward this future.
Other speakers included TFP member Norman Fulkerson, author of An American Knight, who spoke on “Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira: Loudspeaker of Our Lady of Fatima.” This talk was a biographical portrait of the noted Catholic thinker in light of the Fatima Message. TFP member Ben Broussard, a Louisiana native, delivered the excellent talk, “The Woman and the Serpent: Our Place in History.” Mr. Broussard brought up examples from history of cases when confidence in Our Lady overcame the forces of evil despite great odds.
The well-organized event was full of opportunities to meet new friends and old. Of course, no Louisiana event is complete without fine cooking. There were plenty of refreshments, much conversation and an optional wine and cheese get-together after the talks. Those attending left the conference fired up with ideas for putting what they learned into action.
Mr. Horvat also spoke to the student pro-life group at McNeese State University on March 13 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The talk related the themes of Return to Order to the pro-life struggle.