The 16th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference is almost upon us. We are so looking forward to seeing men at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford on September 23rd. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.ctcatholicmen.org.
Catholic men's conferences offer a unique and invaluable opportunity for men to grow in faith, help discern God's call for them in their lives, and contribute to the Church's mission. In this article, we will present several reasons why men should consider attending a men's conference and the significant benefits they can give and gain from the experience.
1. Spiritual Enrichment:
Attending a Catholic men's conference provides an environment for spiritual growth and enrichment. It offers a chance to pray together, participate in Mass, engage in Eucharistic Adoration, and go to Confession. At this year's conference, we will also have available nearly 30 relics of saints who have gone before us and continue to lead us on by the example of their lives, their writings, and their prayers. To pray, participate in the Sacraments, and venerate relics of brothers and sisters who have gone before us is Spiritual Gold.
2. Discernment of a Vocation:
For those who are still seeking the big picture of God's Will for them in their lives, a conference may be a pivotal moment in their discernment of a vocation to the ministerial priesthood, religious life, consecrated single life, or family life. The talks, along with interactions with various priests, seminarians, religious, and single and married laymen can provide valuable insights into the demands and joys of each state of life. It is a concentrated space to help in the discernment of God's Will for one's life.
3. Mentorship and Guidance:
Catholic men's conferences feature experienced priests, religious and laymen who are willing to share their wisdom and insights. These mentors can provide guidance on living a life for God and neighbor in a deeper way. Perhaps you are one of the "experienced ones", this is a chance for you to help your younger brothers in Christ through prayer, example, and encouragement.
4. Brotherhood and Fellowship:
These conferences foster a sense of brotherhood and fellowship among attendees. Sharing this experience with like-minded men who are also on their faith journey can be deeply fulfilling. It provides a supportive network for ongoing spiritual growth. Various groups typically have exhibitor tables, so one may have others to continue the journey with after the conference.
5. Learning and Formation:
The educational aspect of the talks given at men's conferences equip attendees with a better understanding of the Church's teachings and inspire men to "go into the whole world and share the good news." Catholic vendors also are typically present, where sacramentals and books are available to purchase.
6. Strengthening Families and Communities:
Men who attend these conferences often return home with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to their families and communities. The spiritual growth and insights gained can positively impact marriages, parenting, and local church involvement.
By attending these conferences, men can become better-equipped evangelizers. They can carry the message of the conference and their experience back to their parishes and communities, encouraging others to deepen their faith and to discern God's Will for them.
Catholic men's conferences offer a transformative experience for men seeking spiritual growth, discernment of vocations, mentorship, fellowship, and education. By attending these conferences, men not only strengthen their own faith but also contribute to the vitality of the Church and the spread of the Gospel. It is an opportunity for men to explore their call to serve God and their communities through whatever vocation God is or has called them to, making a meaningful impact on the world.
Thank you and God bless you!
Aaron Joseph, co-director of the Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference