HARTFORD – “Family Man” is the theme of the eighth annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, to be held Oct. 24 at Goodwin College, East Hartford, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“One month after the World Meeting of Families, we are here to inspire with a relaxed day of spiritual enrichment for men,” said Ken Santopietro, organizer of the event.
“Headline speaker Patrick Madrid will speak twice on conference day – with a lot of content about Catholicism,” Mr. Santopietro said. “His keynote is aimed specifically at men, and his afternoon address is filled with facts to take home.”
Mr. Madrid is a best-selling author and EWTN TV and radio host.
Other speakers will include Marian Father Michael Gaitley from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., and author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and other books; Marty Rotella, a singer and a Divine Mercy devotee; Father James Sullivan of the Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes, a former building contractor and permanent deacon who was recently ordained a priest; Father John Gatzak, director of the archdiocesan Office of Radio and Television, who will emcee the event; and Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, who will once again conduct a question-and-answer session before celebrating a vigil Mass.
As always, there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation. Music will be by Jerusalem Road.
“I would be proud to say that every Connecticut Men's Conference is an event because we try something new and additional to enhance the experience every year,” Mr. Santopietro said. “In 2015, we are riding the college trend to use food trucks. From Milford, Fryborg's 22-foot truck will serve three lines, and at-tendees have the choice of sandwich: Buffalo chicken melt, bacon barbecue melt or Italian roast beef melt.” Hand-cut, double-fried French fries and a wide selection of soft drinks will also be available, he said.
Among the many vendors will be Catholic jewelry designer Random Brilliants, selling a hands-free rosary with the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference logo.
The Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference is a collabora-tion of the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Diocese of Bridgeport, the Diocese of Norwich and the Eparchy of Stamford. Tickets at $40 include lunch and may be obtained online at www.ctcatholicmen.org or by calling 860-484-7950.