Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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BLOOMFIELD – The theme of the seventh annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, to be held Oct. 25 at Goodwin College, East Hartford, is “I Thirst!” according to Ken Santopietro, who is returning as organizer of the popular event.

The keynote speaker will be Jon Leonetti, an internationally known Catholic speaker, author and radio host. Mr. Leonetti travels full time engaging thousands of Catholics to fall in love and stay in love with the living God.

His book, Mission of the Family, has been endorsed by many Catholic leaders.

Other speakers will include: Bryan Mercier, a Catholic speaker and retreat leader who runs a ministry team called The R.O.C.K. Group (Revival of Catholic Kids); Peter Freissle, a business owner who came to understand who his  “neighbor” truly is, a realization that helped transform his business; Marianist Brother Bob Moriarty, director of Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Hartford; and Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, who will lead a question-and-answer session and celebrate the closing Mass.

Mr. Santopietro said in an email to the Transcript, “For 2014, we are blessed to have the new archbishop here. He wants to meet the men of his flock.  His 60-minute, live question-and-answer session will draw men closer to our leader of the Catholic faith in Connecticut. We will collect questions all morning and as many as possible will be answered during the session.”

Over the years, many men have commented positively about the conferences:

2008: “This has transformed my life.” – Jim Milinovich, Meriden.

2009: “Getting this message to men is something that’s very much needed.” – Tom Hickey, seminarian.

2010: “It gives you a shot in the arm.” – Tony Conte, St. Raphael, Bridgeport.

2011: “It’s nice to get a booster shot of spirituality and faith.” – Charlie Nostrand, St. Rose of Lima,   Newtown.

2012: “It gives me a chance to be grounded and get out of the normal, societal pressures.” – Russell O’Connor, Immaculate Conception, Norfolk.

2013: “A real ‘Aha!’ moment for me...” – Michael Klinger, Corpus Christi, Wethersfield.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. at Goodwin College, One Riverside Dr., East Hartford, and ends after the 5 p.m. vigil Mass. To register, go to or call 860-484-7950.