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October 15, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 25

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Catholic Men’s Conference set Nov. 10 in Richmond

Men from across the diocese will gather at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Saturday, Nov. 10, for a Catholic Men’s Conference whose theme is “Rediscover the ONE.”

“There is a growing need in our present culture for men of faith to find support and accountability with one another,” says Father Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations and Vicar of Pastoral Services.

“Over the past few years there has been an increase in this type of conference being offered for men in dioceses across the country, and it seemed as if many men in this diocese are eager to see something like this happen here.”

Hector Molina, Jr., a Catholic evangelist from St. Louis who is a husband and father of four children, will be the keynote speaker.

Originally from the Diocese of Brooklyn, Mr. Molina relocated to the Archdiocese of St. Louis where he worked under then Archbishop Raymond L. Burke as director of Hispanic Ministry and was founding Director of the Office for the New Evangelization.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo will address the conference. There will be other speakers on a variety of topics during breakout sessions, lunch and Mass.

A few years ago there was a group of men in the New River Valley in the diocese’s western vicariate who held a men’s conference which drew approximately 250 men. Jeff Cavins, a Bible scholar, was the keynote speaker.

A planning committee of 12 men was formed earlier this year to plan the Men’s Conference. It sought to include priests, permanent deacons and candidates for the diaconate in addition to other laymen.

The group has been meeting on a regular basis for several months. The conference is being co-sponsored by the Office for Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults, the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life, and the Office for Vocations.

The conference is designed to appeal to men of all ages over 18. The conference theme, “Rediscover the ONE,” coincides with the theme of the Office for Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults.

This is based on the Year of Faith, particularly the document Porta Fidei (Door of Faith), the Apostolic Letter written by Pope Benedict XVI to inaugurate the Year of Faith.

The conference and theme also coincides with the 50th Anniversary year of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.

“In the spirit of these apostolic celebrations the planning committee has issued a challenge to every parish to “bring 12 men,” said Bert Drummond, associate director of the diocesan Office.

Sean Dalton, West Regional director of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, will be the emcee of the event.

The Knights of Columbus will be present in the expo area as well as representation from several other organizations and programs that support men’s spiritual growth such as Cursillo and Christ Renews His Parish.

Registration for the event is currently open online at www.regonline.com/2012mensconference. The online cost is $40 for general admission, $15 for college students, and free for all priests and religious brothers. Registration includes admission to the event, parking at the Convention Center, and lunch.

Those who register at the door will pay $45. For those coming from the western vicariate, a free bus will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to travel to Richmond the day before the conference. Visit the website for updated information including the conference schedule, speaker information, and other details: http://bit.ly/cdrmensconference. Please direct all questions to the Office for Evangelization at 804-622-5159 or evangelization@richmonddiocese.org.

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