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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)


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Camp Okoboji, Milford, Iowa
April 28-30, 2016

A Family Retreat hosted by Wittenberg Academy, with Plenary Sessions led by Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson, founding president of the Hausvater Project and Professor of History at Bethany Lutheran College.

VOCATIO (Latin): vocation or calling

Plenary Topics

  • Vocation: The Doctrine of Christian Callings
  • Your Christian Calling in the Family
  • Your Christian Calling in the Church
  • Your Christian Calling in Society


PLEASE NOTE: As of March 13, 2016, registration is closed. Families registering March 13 or after will be placed on a waiting list. Please mark your calendar for April 27-29, 2017 for the Second Annual Wittenberg Academy Family Retreat.

For more information, including costs and an online registration form, visit the conference site established by Wittenberg Academy:

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