PROVIDENCE — “We need our mother AND our fathers. Children flourish best in that kind of home,” Ryan Bomberger said in delivering a recent Zoom presentation on Fatherhood to the Providence College community.
Bomberger, an Emmy award-winning creative founder of The Radiance Foundation, is a broadcast media designer, producer and columnist who is passionately pro-life and has traveled the world inspiring hundreds of thousands of youth and adult groups to promote healthy families.
Taking a grace-based approach to the issues of the day in his presentations, Bomberger spoke to the PC community — via Zoom due to the pandemic — of how he was adopted by a loving family and raised in a home along with six brothers and six sisters, all of whom were also adopted.
“Because life is not picture perfect is what makes it so beautiful,” Bomberger said. “It’s how we respond to the unexpected that shows our true humanity.”
Despite growing up in a farmhouse with only one bathroom, love abounded in the home.
“My dad, he loved us like crazy,” Bomberger said.
In his presentations he always thanks his mother for giving him the gift of adoption, noting that life has a purpose.
He invoked the words of Pope Francis who said that “Fathers are not born but made,” in noting that 71 percent of high school dropouts are from fatherless families.
“Fathers are a stabilizing force,” he said. “Fathers must be present, and be involved, including eating with, reading and playing with their children.”
Speaking to the issues of the day, Bomberger noted that abortion is the number 1 killer of black lives, with abortions procured through Planned Parenthood taking 318 black lives each day.
“The abortion industry understands that when they have a dismantled family they have an easier target,” he said.
Providence College Professors Dr. Matthew Cuddeback and Dr. James Keating hosted the presentation.