Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, April 23, 2018

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EAST HARTFORD – It’s that time of year again. The annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Goodwin College. As in past years, the conference will offer Catholic men the opportunity to spend a day away from the rat race of our modern world.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Marcellino D’Ambrosio, a well-known author and storyteller, and the director of Crossroads Initiative. Dr. D’Ambrosio’s presentation has the title “Men and Mercy,” a perfect theme for the current Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The master of ceremonies will be Catholic recording artist Marty Rotella.

Also appearing will be the entertaining and thought-provoking Deacon Art Miller, who serves at St. Mary Parish in Simsbury, and gifted retreat master Father Anthony Ciorra, assistant vice president for mission and Catholic identity at Sacred Heart University.

The day-long conference will offer music, religious vendors, eucharistic adoration and confession.

In the afternoon, there will be a Q & A session, featuring Archbishop Leonard Blair; Father John Gatzak, executive director of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio and Television; and Dr. D’Ambrosio.

Lunch is included in the $40 ticket price.

Archbishop Blair will be the principal celebrant of a vigil Mass to conclude the conference. Numerous bishops and priests will concelebrate.

“In our increasingly secular culture, it’s refreshing to spend the day with a group of men who are not ashamed to say they love the Lord and the church he founded. The men’s conference is spiritually and emotionally invigorating,” said Steve Haynes, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Harwinton.

Register at Conference organizer Ken Santopietro may be reached at  860-484-7950.