“The Age of Mercy” will be the theme of the 21st annual Catholic Men for Jesus Christ Conference, taking place Feb. 24 in St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton.
The retreat, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all men and includes a youth breakout session in partnership with Catholic Athletes for Christ for young men in grades eight through college age. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be the principal celebrant at an 11 a.m. Mass during the conference.
Featured throughout the day will be talks by Dr. Ralph Martin, Bob and Maureen Digan, and Gez Ford. The conference will also feature music, Catholic vendors, and opportunities for fellowship with other men who are looking to grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
An internationally renowned Catholic author and evangelist, Dr. Martin has been a leader in renewal movements in the Church for many years. Dr. Martin worked for the national office of the Cursillo Movement, and was founding editor of New Covenant Magazine. As current president of Renewal Ministries, he hosts the weekly program “The Choices We Face,” which began in 1985 and is currently the longest running Catholic television program worldwide. Dr. Martin was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and was appointed as an “expert” to the Synod on the New Evangelization in 2012.
Bob and Maureen Digan were instrumental in the 1993 beatification of Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, now St. Faustina, after experiencing a miracle resulting from the nun’s intercession. Maureen had been ill since the age of 15 with an incurable cancerous disease, undergoing more than 50 operations across her lifetime; the couple’s son, Bobby, was also gravely ill. The family traveled to Krakow, Poland, seeking healing for both Maureen and Bobby at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary, which resulted in a miracle for each of them.
A youth minister and co-founder of Tabor House/Carmel House, Ford was born in Manchester, England, and serves as worship leader for CMJC conferences. He has devoted himself to the New Evangelization for the past 30 years, speaking to groups of all ages across the globe about the Good News of Christ’s love, the call to holiness and the need for daily conversion. Ford will present his conversion story, and how he came to the Diocese of Trenton.
Pre-registration cost is $25, $30 at the door, and $10 for students. Tickets may be ordered at CatholicMenForJesusChrist.org, or by sending a check with self-addressed envelope to: Catholic Men for Jesus Christ, P.O. Box 816, Morrisville, PA 19067.[[In-content Ad]]