2019 CCFW Annual Conference

Westin Verasa Napa
January 28 - 31, 2019

The Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Services of the West’s Annual Conference and Vendor Expo offers a high-quality environment in which those who serve families at Catholic cemeteries, can grow, network and learn.

The industry in which we serve is in constant motion and evolving; our cemetery ministry must change to meet these needs. Together let’s meet to explore new ideas, innovative cemetery practices and grow leadership skills.

Please check back frequently as this page is updated for the upcoming conference.

2019/01/28 08:00:00


Early Bird Pricing through December 15, 2018

No Refunds for Cancellations after December 31, 2018

Attendee Registration

(Arch)diocese, Cemetery or Funeral Home Members
$475 For Member Primary Attendee | Additional Attendees Extra

Includes cocktail receptions, all meals and banquet dinner ticket.

High quality educational content, Order of the Christian Funeral Certification, networking opportunities and Roundtable Discussions!

2019 Scholarship Opportunity – If you have not been a member or attended a CCFW Conference in past 5 years, we have 4 scholarship opportunities to attend – Apply Here

Register online or download the Attendee Conference Registration Packet

Supplier Registration

Cemetery or Funeral Home Providers
$625 For Member Primary Attendee | Additional Attendees Extra

Includes cocktail receptions, all meals and banquet dinner ticket.

Primary registration fee includes choice of: 6′ Table Display or Travel Light 36″ High-Top Display.

Opportunity to participate in Supplier “Face Time”!

Interested Suppliers should email to be placed on wait list or
Download the Annual Conference 2019 Supplier Packet

CCFW Annual Conference Schedule

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Golf Outing | Chardonnay Golf Club

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Amphora Ballroom Open for Supplier Set-up

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm  Welcome Reception | Solera Courtyard

7:30 am   Opening Prayer

8:00 am   Breakfast | Amphora Ballroom

9:30 am  Kyle Neilson • Evangelium Consulting – “Organizational Health: The Missing & Multiplying Ingredient”

11:00 am  Break

11:15 am  FaceTime with Suppliers

12:45 pm  Lunch | Solera Courtyard

1:30 pm  Kyle Neilson • Evangelium Consulting – Continuing the Conversation “Organizational Health: The Missing & Multiplying Ingredient”

2:30 pm  Peter Nobes – “Roundtable to Articulate a Positive Vision for Life’s End and what lays beyond…Life after Life”
(To counter the fear of death and avoidance issues in today’s culture)

3:30 pm  Break

3:45 pm  Members Meeting

Dinner on your own or group dinner sign-up sheet.

8:00 pm  Opening Prayer

8:15 am  Breakfast | Amphora Ballroom

9:00 am  Father Richard Rutherford – “What Makes a Funeral Home and Cemetery Today Catholic?”

10:30 am  Break

10:45 am  Supplier “Face Time”

12:15 pm  Lunch | Solera Courtyard

1:30 pm  Ryan Hanning Ph.D – “Engaging Catholics in the Pew and the World”

2:30 pm  Father Lawrence Sullivan – “The Funeral Liturgy as Seen Through the Sacrament of Baptism”

5:30 pm  Cocktail Reception | Solera Courtyard

6:00 pm  Banquet Dinner | Amphora Ballroom

9:00 am Redwoods and Napa Wine Tour

Thank you for attending – see you in Scottsdale, January 27 -30, 2020!

Schedule will be updated frequently. Check back for most current version.

Meet our Speakers

Kyle Neilson

Vice President | Evangelium Consulting

Dr. Ryan Hanning

Asst. Professor of Catholic & Theological Studies, University of Mary Tempe

Fr. Larry Sullivan

Priest Director of Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Chicago

Thank You Event Sponsors:

Westin Verasa Napa

Hotel Information

Blending downtown convenience with a resort-like setting on the Napa River, The Westin Verasa Napa offers travelers a boutique destination from which to confidently explore Napa Valley.

Registration Information

Call the Westin Verasa Napa at 888-627-7169 and identify yourself as part of CCFW – Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services of the West Annual Meeting 2019 or book online by clicking the reservation button to the right.

Sunday – Thursday Rate: $199 plus tax.

Reservations must be made by December 28, 2018. Rooms after this date will be subject to availability. Credit card guarantee is required.

Rates do not include applicable occupancy taxes, currently 14.129%. No mandatory charges are tips, gratuities, or services charges for employees, unless otherwise expressly stated. Your reservation at the Westin includes: underground covered valet parking, guest room wired and wireless standard internet access, local and 800 number calls, one bottle of water each night, access to the heated saltwater pool and hot tub, use of the bocce courts, WestinWorkout Fitness Studio, and business center services. Check in time is 3pm hotel time, and check out time is 12 noon.


Golf Tournament and Lunch

Monday, January 28 • 9:00 – 2:00

Chardonnay Golf Club & Vineyards is a 18-hole semi-private golf facility located Southeast of the city of Napa in Jamieson Canyon at the gateway to the world renown Napa Valley wine district.

Chardonnay’s championship golf course offers a variety of challenges for players of all skill levels. The 18-hole layout features a unique blend of golf holes consisting of six par fives, six par fours and six par threes that meander through over 150 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot & Pinot Noir vineyards and feature numerous lakes and creek crossing, five sets of tees to choose from and a wide variety of native trees, shrubs and wildlife.


Redwoods and Napa Wine Tour

Thursday, January 31 • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

You’re in Wine Country – let’s take a tour! A private guide will pick us up from the Westin and talk about the wineries we will visit, what to see and taste, what to eat, and how much to buy! Learn some history of Napa and it’s surrounding areas.

We will start off with a visit to our first winery for tastings and lunch. After lunch, we will visit an additional winery or two, hand-selected for our group. Then head out west to see some beautiful Coastal Sequoia Redwoods.

Pricing includes tastings, lunch, chartered bus, and included gratuity for the tour guide.

Thank you participating vendors - we appreciate your support!

Attending (Arch)Dioceses/Cemeteries/Funeral Homes

  • Diocese of Sacramento
  • ArchDiocese of Vancouver
  • Kearney Funeral Services – Vancouver, Canada
  • Diocese of Tucson Catholic Cemeteries
  • Diocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul, The Catholic Cemeteries
  • Diocese of Chicago, Catholic Cemeteries
  • Diocese of San Francisco
  • Holy Cross Cemetery, Diocese of Des Moines
  • Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Archdiocese of Portland
  • Diocese of Phoenix, Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Homes
  • Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Omaha