October 28, 2016

Men’s conference to feature three popular priest speakers

By Sean Gallagher

The 2016 Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference will feature three priests who are popular preachers and authors that attract listeners and readers from around the world.

This year’s speakers include Father Larry Richards, a priest of the Diocese of Erie, Pa., Society of Our Lady of the Trinity Father James Blount and Father Ronan Murphy.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., in Indianapolis, and will conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Mike Fox, a conference organizer and member of St. Pius X Parish in Indianapolis, noted that this year’s conference will occur on the weekend that will see the close of the Holy Year of Mercy.

“Last year our theme was ‘Preparing for the Year of Mercy,’ and this year we do conclude on the final weekend for the Year of Mercy,” he said. “We hope those who attend this year will look back at the last year, and feel they have a better understanding of God’s mercy. As we conclude on the final weekend, we hope to see God’s mercy continue, and we hope the men also see their importance in spreading God’s mercy to others.”

Registration for the conference, which is sponsored by the Marian Center of Indianapolis, is $50 per person, $45 per person in groups of 10 or more, and $25 per person for religious brothers, deacons and students. Priests and seminarians may attend free of charge. Registration fees will increase after Nov. 8.

In addition to a full slate of speakers, the conference will include a midday Mass, with Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of the Diocese of Lafayette, Ind., serving as the liturgy’s principal celebrant, and lunch that follows. Eucharistic adoration will take place during the conference, and a eucharistic procession from the convention center to nearby St. John the Evangelist Church will occur preceding the midday Mass. The sacrament of penance will be available throughout the conference.

Ordained in 1989, Father Richards serves in parishes in the Erie Diocese and is the founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation, an evangelization and education association. In addition to being a speaker on Catholic topics in demand across the nation, he is the author of several books, including Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You To Be.

Father James is a noted retreat leader and mission preacher known for his passionate call to the faithful to help make a difference in the world today through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Father Murphy is a priest for the Camden, N.J., Diocese. Ordained in 2000, he has served in parishes in his diocese and Australia, in addition to ministering as a mission preacher in many countries. Father Murphy currently ministers to a community of Carmelite nuns in New York, and leads retreats for the Marian Movement of Priests.

(To learn more about the 2016 Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference or to register, log on to www.indianacatholicmen.com or call 317-888-0873.)

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