HARTFORD – Bishops and priests from the four Catholic dioceses of Connecticut will celebrate the Mass that ends the fourth annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Dominic Parish in Southington.
The conference has drawn about 800 to 1,000 men in each of its previous years, said Joseph Premus, this year’s director.
"Know Him, Love Him, Serve Him" is this year’s theme.
This year’s speakers will be Bishop Paul Patrick Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of Stamford; Deacon Paul James Kulas of St. Dominic’s; Doug Barry, founder and director of the Catholic apostolate RADIX; Randy Raus, president of Life Teen and a 22-year veteran of youth ministry; and Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home Inc. and VirtueMedia Inc., educational not-for-profit apostolates dedicated to promoting Catholic evangelization and the sanctity of human life.
Priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford will encourage men to attend.
"The Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference has been a strong instrument of evangelization for the Church in Connecticut since its inception in 2008," Archbishop Henry J. Mansell wrote in a letter to priests dated Aug. 10. "The conference strengthens the hundreds of men who have come to the conference to be strong and faithful fathers, brothers and parishioners."
The event also includes the sacrament of reconciliation and an opportunity for eucharistic adoration.
Admission is free for priests, deacons, religious and seminarians; $30 for men age 20 and over; and $20 for those who are 13-19 years old.
Tickets are available online at www.ctcatholicmen.org.