I went to a Catholic men's conference today!

Hello everyone. I just wanted to say that today I went to my first men’s conference. It was very exciting. It lasted for about 8 hours, though there were a few breaks such as for lunch. Hundreds of men showed up! There were inspiring speakers who gave thought-provoking talks, a lot of music (though much of it was “Christian contemporary,” which I do not particularily care for), and even ceremonial appearances by the local Knights of Columbus! We also had a Mass that was celebrated by 2 bishops (well, technically 1 was the celebrant and the other was a concelebrant), a few priests (more had been there to hear confessions prior to the Mass), and a lot of deacons. It seemed somewhat odd to see them all offering each other the sign of peace (and, even stranger, I saw a priest with whom I am acquainted receiving Holy Communion but not concelebrating in anyway or wearing any vestments at all, just a clerical collar). But best of all (liturgically speaking), there was no need for any eucharistic ministers! I wonder if has anyone else had any relatable experiences that they would be willing to share.

We also prayed the Rosary together. For some reason, we contemplated the Luminous Mysteries rather than the Joyful ones (which I would think that would be more appropriate, since it is on Saturday).

Sounds great, where was it?

It was exciting. However, I do not feel comfortable writing something that is that specific (i.e. the location) in an open discussion, so I will write you (and anyone else who may ask) in a private message.

We also had adoration for a little while.

Or, more properly, benediction. It was certainly a great way to begin the conference.

Coolio…one of my friends went to a womens Christian conference but it wasnt catholic, she had a ball, it was in ct

Roman Catholic Doctrine Vs. The Doctrinal Teaching of the Word of God

Eternal life is a merited reward [1821, 2010]. - Roman Catholicism
Eternal life is the free gift of God (Romans 6:23)

No one can know if he will attain eternal life [1036, 2005] - Roman Catholicism
The believer can know that he has eternal life by the Word of God (1 John 5:13)

The Roman Catholic Church is necessary for salvation [846]. - Roman Catholicism
There is salvation in no one but the Lord Jesus Christ, “for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)

Purgatory is necessary to atone for sin and clean the soul [1030-1031]. - Roman Catholicism
Purgatory does not exist. Jesus made purification for sins on the cross (Hebrews 1:3)

Mary was preserved from all stain of original sin from the first instant of her conception (the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception) [490-492].
Mary, a descendant of Adam, was born in sin (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12)

Mary is the Mother of the Church [963, 975]. - Roman Catholicism
Mary was the earthly mother of Jesus ( John 2:1)

The Magisterium is the authoritative teacher of the Church. [85-87]. - Roman Catholicism
The Holy Spirit is the authoritative teacher of the church (John 14:26; John 16:13, I John 2:27)

The pope, as the Bishop of Rome, is the successor of Peter [882, 936] - Roman Catholicism
Peter had no successor, nor was he a pope.

The pope is infallible in his authoritative teaching [891]. - Roman Catholicism
God alone is infallible (Numbers 23:19)

Scripture and Tradition together are the Word of God [81, 85, 97, 182]. - Roman Catholicism
Scripture is the Word of God (John 10:35, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21). Tradition is the words of men (Mark 7:1-13).

The sacrificial work of redemption is continually carried out through the Sacrifice of the Mass. [1364,1405, 1846]. - Roman Catholicism
The sacrificial work of redemption was finished when Christ gave His life for us on the cross (Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 1:3).

God desires that consecrated bread and wine be worshiped as divine. [1378-1381] - Roman Catholicism
God forbids the worship of any object, even t hose intended to represent Him (Exodus 20:4-5, Isaiah 42:8)

Justification is lost through mortal sin [1033, 1855, 1874] - Roman Catholicism
Justification cannot be lost. Those whom God justifies will be saved from the wrath of God (Romans 5:8-9).

Justification is furthered by sacraments and good works [1212, 1392, 2010] - Roman Catholicism
Justification is the imputation of the perfect righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). In Christ the believer has been made complete (Colossians 2:10).

Salvation is attained by cooperating with grace through faith, good works, and participation in the sacraments [183, 1129, 1815, 2002]. - Roman Catholicism
Salvation is attained by grace through faith apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Good works are the result, not the cause, of salvation (Ephesians 2:10).

Mary, “the All-Holy,” lived a perfectly sinless life [411, 493]. - Roman Catholicism
Mary was a sinner; God alone is sinless (Luke 18:19, Romans 3:23, Revelation 15:4).

Mary was a virgin before, during, and after the birth of Christ [496-511]. - Roman Catholicism
Mary remained a virgin until after the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:25). Later she had other children (Matthew 13:55-56, Psalm 69:8).

Each Sacrifice of the Mass appeases God’s wrath against sin [1371, 1414]. - Roman Catholicism
The once-for-all sacrifice of the cross fully appeased God’s wrath against sin. (Hebrews 10:12-18).

The Bishops, with the Pope, as their head, rule the universal church. [883, 894-896]. - Roman Catholicism
Christ, the head of the body is the Head of the Church. (Colossians 1:18).

The faithful receive the benefits of the cross in fullest measure through the Sacrifice of the Mass [1366, 1407]. - Roman Catholicism
Believers receive the benefits of the cross in fullest measure in Christ through faith (Ephesians 1:3-14).

God has exalted Mary in heavenly glory as Queen of Heaven and Earth [966]. She is to be praised with special devotion [971, 2675]. - Roman Catholicism
The name of the Lord is to be praised, for He alone is exalted above heaven and earth (Psalm 148:13). God commands, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3).

Mary is the co-mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions 9 968-970, 2677] - Roman Catholicism
Christ Jesus is the one mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions (1 Timothy 2:5, John 14:13-14, 1 Peter 5:7).

Mary is the co-redeemer, for she participate with Christ in the painful act of redemption [618, 964, 968, 970]. - Roman Catholicism
Christ alone is the Redeemer, for He alone suffered and died for sin (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated in the Sacrifice of the Mass [1323, 1382] - Roman Catholicism
The Sacrifice of the cross is finished (John 19:30).

Indulgences dispensed by the Church for acts of piety release sinners from temporal punishment [1471-1473]. - Roman Catholicism
Jesus releases believers from their sins by His blood. (Revelation 1:5).

The Magisterium has the right to define truth found only obscurely or implicitly in revelation. [66, 88, 2035, 2051]. - Roman Catholicism
No one has the right to go beyond what is written in Scripture (1 Corinthians 4:6, Proverbs 30:5-6).

Scripture and Tradition together are the Church’s supreme role of faith [80, 82]. - Roman Catholicism
Scripture is the church’s rule of faith (Mark 7:7-13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

It sounds like it was wonderful.

I went to one last weekend here in New Orleans. We have a Men’s Morning of Spirituality twice a year and an annual men’s conference. You’re absolutly right; its a wonderful experience. Sharing the faith and fellowship with with catholic men is an experience that more men should have. Over the years many of us have become friends and look forward to praying and worshipping together. I recommend that you continue to attend the conferences whenever you are able to.

Thank you for sharing about your experiences. I wonder what the conference will be like next year (assuming that I will be able to go)! I hope that I will remember to bring cash! There were a lot of nice items for sale (rosaries, books, C.D.'s, etc.), but, since this was first time, I did not bring any money with me.

Since you enjoyed the men’s conference; you might be interested in joining a Catholic Men’s Fellowship. I facilitate on at my church and it has reaped many benefits for all of us. Our sharing og the faith has lead to not only a deeper understanding of it, but an improved prayer life. You can go to the National Fellowship of Catholic Men’s website and find groups in your area and the resources and support to start one. May God be with you my brother.

May He also be with you. I appreciate the information. Joining or forming a men’s group was one of the things that was emphasized at the conference.

I am one of the founding members of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship in Pittsburgh. Our 6th annual Gathering of Catholic Men is this Saturday. Scott Hahn, Matthew Kelly, Msgr. Jim Lisante and Fr. Scott Seethaler are speaking. We will start the day with adoration, Confession will be available all day (last year we had over 60 priests hearing confessions throughout the day) and we will conclude with Mass by Bishop Zubik (the vigil for the 5th Sunday of Lent). Martin Doman is our Music minister and Mark Nehrbas of Fransican University will serve as our Master of Ceremonies.

We have had between 1500 and 2000 men every year and hope to go over 2000 this year.

It is a truly an uplifting, and for many men a conversion, experience. A priest shared with me that one man made his confession last year for the first time in 35 years and another for the first time in 22 years.

This is just one way the Holy Spirit is bringing God’s people back home.

God is GREAT!

Our local web page is here: cmfpitt.org/ , with a page on our upcoming conference at: cmfpitt.org/catholicmen2011.aspx

The national Men’s Fellowship webpage can be found at: nfcmusa.org/

Another experience to consider is sponsoring an “Into the Wild” retreat in your area. Information can be found here: cmfpitt.org/Into-the-Wild.aspx and here intothewildweekend.com/

I am glad you enjoyed your experience. Next year, take 2 men with you.

Thank you for sharing all of this; it was certainly informative. As for bringing someone to the next conference, I had tried to persuade my brother (who is not a Catholic) to come, but he was not too interested. After I returned home from the occasion, I told him all about it. Due to the Catholic fervor (he has called me a zealot before) that was present at the event, he and I joked about him leaving the room at particular times had he went!

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