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Providing Men an Opportunity to Examine Their Relationships with Christ

CHICAGO, IL (August 14, 2008) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Evangelization is sponsoring the inaugural Chicago Catholic Men’s Conference 2008 on Saturday, September 6 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont. The conference is designed to provide Catholic men insights into how they can deepen their faith and to apply this newfound knowledge to their everyday lives.

“The Church’s New Evangelization calls each person to a radical renewal of the living of their Catholic faith, and this conference will provide the opportunity for all men to re-examine their lives, their happiness and their relationships with Christ, “ said Rev. Jordan Kelly, O.P., Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Evangelization.

The daylong conference will consist of a series of presentations and breakout sessions by renowned Catholic speakers, Mass, and an end-of-day tailgate dinner and social where they will have the opportunity to get to know one another in an informal and relaxed environment.

Richard Lane, Co-Founder of the Catholic Men for Christ Men’s Conference in St. Louis, begins the conference at 8 a.m. with an opening prayer. Following Lane, a welcoming address will be delivered by emcee Sean Dalton, the West Regional Director for Fellowship of Catholic University Students. The remainder of the morning session will include the following presentations: Fathers: Building Strong Families for Today and Tomorrow by Matthew Kelly, founder and President of Beresford Consulting; The Greatest Battle of a Man’s Life by Kenneth Henderson, founder and President of True Knights International Apostolate, Inc.; and Building a Civilization of Love by Carl Albert Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

During the afternoon session, attendees will be able to choose to attend two breakout sessions from the following six topics: Teaching the Need for Strong Fathers by Rev. Jordan Kelly, O.P.; Immortal Combat: Spiritual Warfare for the Common Man by Hector Antonio Molina, Jr., Director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of St. Louis; Are You Done Yet? by Richard Lane; Deep Impact! The Powerful Influence a Man of Character Can Have on the Next Generation! by Sean Dalton; The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality by Matthew Kelly; and The Greatest Battle of a Man’s Life by Kenneth Henderson. Henderson’s breakout session will further develop his morning presentation.

Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago will celebrate Mass at 4:45 p.m. After Mass, a tailgate dinner and social will take place.

Registration for the Chicago Catholic Men’s Conference 2008 can be made online at, or by calling the Office for Evangelization at 312--5288. The attendance fee of $85 includes dinner. Walk-up registrations will be taken the day of the conference beginning at 6:30 a.m.

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