Committed to promoting the Order of Christian Funerals and the tradition of Catholic Burial in Catholic Cemeteries.

Registration Now Open

2023/01/23 04:00:00

The Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Services of the West’s Annual Conference and Supplier Face-to-FaceTime offers a collaborative, close-knit environment in which those who serve families at Catholic cemeteries and funeral homes, can connect, share, learn and grow. Together let’s meet to explore new ideas, innovative cemetery & funeral home practices, grow our leadership skills and strengthen our ministries.

Attendee Registration

(Arch)diocese, Cemetery or Funeral Home Members
$625 For Member* Primary Attendee | Additional Attendees Extra

Your all access registration includes:

  • Monday Welcome Reception
  • Breakfast | Lunch on Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Wednesday Tour of the Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens
  • Wednesday Evening Mass at The Chapel in the Sky 
  • Wednesday Closing Reception at the Christ Cathedral
  • Supplier swag bag
  • Two days of high quality speakers and networking!

*Non-members: please email to inquire about membership & registration bundles!

One-day passes also available at registration

Download and Print Registration Packet

Supplier Registration

Cemetery or Funeral Home Providers
$895 For Primary Supplier Member* | Additional Attendees Extra

Your all access registration includes

  • Monday Welcome Reception
  • Breakfast | Lunch on Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Wednesday Tour of the Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens
  • Wednesday Evening Mass at The Chapel in the Sky 
  • Wednesday Closing Reception at the Christ Cathedral
  • 36″ Hight Top Travel-Lite Vendor Table**
  • Participation in the Vendor FaceTime Activity 
  • Option to provide swag, brochures or flyers in the attendee swag bags.

*Non-members, please email for special membership rates
**Upgrade to a larger table for an additional cost

Download and Print Registration Packet

CCFW Annual Conference Schedule

Monday, January 23
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Welcome Reception at the Hyatt Regency

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, January 24
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  Opening Prayer | Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | “Is your sales team in right relationship? Find the path to holiness through a sales program based in integrity and skill in the service of our brothers and sisters”
Sammy Villanueva • Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | “Guide to the 21st Century Consumer”
George Owens & Lisa Minnehan • Socal Approach

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM | Lunch
Sponsored by Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM | Roundtable Discussion

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM | Supplier Face-to-FaceTime

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM | Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | “5 ways the Catholic Consumer is Different”
George Owens & Michael Cooperman • SoCal Approach Suppliers Meeting

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM | CCFW Members & Supplier’s Meeting

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Group Dinner at Oggi’s  – One of our most popular activities and traditions over the past few years.

Please be sure to RSVP for this group dinner during registration if you are interested. Transportation is not provided but is only a 5 minute walk from the Hyatt.

Sponsored by: Coldspring, Kyber, OpusXenta and Paradise Pictures

Wednesday, January 25
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  Opening Prayer | Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | “Revitalizing Your Mission: as Ministers with Hope to Bring”
Father Richard Rutherford • University of Portland

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Supplier Face-to-FaceTime

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | “Reaching Different Cultures in Ministries”
Father Christopher Smith, Diocese of Orange

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Shuttle to Christ Cathedral

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Tour Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Celebrate Mass at The Chapel in the Sky

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Closing Reception with Dinner & Entertainment

Thursday, January 26

Newport Harbor Tour & Champagne Brunch

9:00 AM | Board Shuttle to Newport Beach

10: 15 AM | All Aboard the Dream Maker Yacht

10:30 AM | Cruise and Champaign Brunch around Newport Harbor

12:30 PM | Disembark and head back to the Hyatt

2:00 PM  | Arrive back to Hyatt Hotel

Travel Home Safely and See You Next Year!

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

Meet our Speakers


Sammy Villanueva

Sales Training Manager
Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries


George J. Owens

President, Principal Consultant
SoCal Approach


Lisa Minnehan

Vice President, Operations
SoCal Approach


Michael Cooperman

Chief Marketing Officer, Principal Consultant
SoCal Approach


Rev. H. Richard Rutherford, C.S.C., Ph.D.

Priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross


Rev. Christopher H. Smith

Episcopal Vicar and Rector of Christ Cathedral

Thank You 2023 Event Sponsors:

Hyatt Regency Orange County

Hotel Information

The fun never stops at Hyatt Regency Orange County, with amenities, entertainment, and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. As a Disneyland® Good Neighbor hotel, we offer park shuttle services right from our lobby. Minutes from the park’s entrance, we provide the perfect Disneyland® retreat.

CCFW Special Room Block

$185 plus tax 

Room rate is valid January 21 – January 28, 2023. Upgrades at a discounted rate also available. Last Day to Book: Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Reservation requests for rooms within the Guest Room Block received after the January 5 will be based on availability at Hotel’s prevailing rates.

Newport Harbor Champagne Brunch and Harbor Tour

Thursday, January 26 • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Experience Newport Beach from a whole new perspective, aboard the 90 foot Dream Maker Yacht. Together we will take a two hour cruise of Newport Harbor, enjoy a champagne (plus beer & wine) brunch and take in the breathtaking homes that surround the water.

$165 per person, includes:

  • Transportation to Newport Beach
  • Two hour harbor cruise
  • A delicious brunch
  • Champagne toast & wine/beer bar

Add on this fun activity to your registration!

Learn More about the Dream Maker Yacht
Built in P-510 during WWII, formerly referred to as crash boats, this one was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in 1943-44 as Air Force vessels that waited in the water for a chance to rescue downed pilots. There are only 200 surviving crash boats. They were kept a secret for 25 years after the Korean War. Her status as a Canadian-owned vessel would have prevented her from ever being certified by the U.S. Coast Guard for charters had it not been for some smart persuasion with the local Congressman to have her deemed by Congress as “a historical vessel”.  

After military service she was sold to a Canadian who renamed her “Magnum Force” and re-fitted her as a private yacht complete with staterooms, salon, and a Jacuzzi on the bow. Some of the original bunks remain. Recent renovations include a classic contemporary look with marble and natural wood accents. The modern main salon is tastefully decorated and features a lounge area with teak detailing. Comfortable couches line both sides of the room, and wraparound windows afford a 360-degree view. She also boats a spacious open-air bow with comfortable seating, full bar, built-in dance floor and bride’s cabin.

Dream Maker has been featured in TV and film such as reality TV show “More to Love”(2010) , The Bold and the Beautiful soap drama featured Dream Maker as the royal yacht of an Arab Prince, V.I.P.(2002) with Pamela Anderson portrayed the yacht in scenes for a high seas diamond heist. 

2023 (Arch)Dioceses/Cemeteries/Funeral Home Attendees

  • Catholic Cemetery Mortuaries

    Archdiocese of Los Angeles

  • Associated Catholic Cemeteries

    Archdiocese of Seattle

  • Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago Central Office

    Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Catholic Cemeteries

    Diocese of Monterey

  • Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery

    Diocese of Reno

  • All Cemeteries

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

  • Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services

    Diocese of Sacramento

  • Catholic Cemeteries

    Diocese of Orange

  • Holy Cross Cemetery

    Archdiocese of San Francisco

  • Diocese of Tucson Catholic Cemeteries

    Diocese of Tucson

  • Catholic Cemeteries - Archdiocese of Omaha

    Archdiocese of Omaha

  • Office of Catholic Cemeteries

    Archdiocese of San Bernardino

2023 participating vendors - we appreciate your support!