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Catholic Men’s Conference 2017

Missionaries of the Divine Potter (MDP) in collaboration with Fr Dwight Merrick are hosting ‘Man to Man’, a Catholic Men’s Conference September 2–3 at the Green Meadows Estate, Santa Barbara Boulevard, Santa Cruz.

Bernadette Burke, of MDP said males play an important role in society, family life, Church and society. In an interview she said the forum is to “call our men to active duty, to active responsibility hence the reason for us calling this conference to call our Catholic men to take up that role, that responsibility.” Burke said there are “quite a few” Catholic men trying but family life and society is crumbling so there is need now to engage men.

While MDP is known for hosting an annual women’s conference, she said the men’s conference was a “step further”. The response from parishes has been very positive, however she wanted more men to come forward. Burke described the conference as “a small step in a big journey”.

A release from MDP stated the conference will bring together men from throughout the Archdiocese, eager to deepen their experience with Christ and strengthen their faith towards a deeper understanding of how their role in the lay Church can transform their lives, their families, communities and society as a whole.

Keynote speaker will be ‘Dynamic Deacon’ Harold Burke-Sivers, EWTN talk-show host, best-selling Catholic author, full-time evangeliser and one of the most sought-after speakers in the Catholic Church. Burke-Sivers, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Be Holy for Your Heavenly Father is Holy’.

Other speakers on the programme include Fr Merrick and Episcopal Delegate for Youth, Winston Garcia. In addition to dynamic talks addressing Catholic male spirituality in the midst of life’s struggles and challenges, other activities include the availability of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Eucharistic healing service, and praise and worship led by GRACE Music Ministry.

Archbishop Joseph Harris is expected to preside as the chief celebrant at next Saturday’s opening Mass at 8 a.m. There will be a closing Mass on September 3 starting at 3 p.m. Men of all religious denominations are welcome to attend.