January 22, 2021

E6 Catholic Men’s Conference will be livestreamed on Feb. 27

By Sean Gallagher

Some 1,500 men packed the auditorium of East Central High School in St. Leon on Feb. 22, 2020, for the fifth annual E6 Catholic Men’s Conference, sponsored by All Saints Parish in Dearborn County.

Just weeks later, the coronavirus pandemic made such indoor gatherings impossible. And they still are today.

But the E6 conference organizers are determined to offer Catholic men ways to grow in their faith, their vocation and in fellowship with each other—even in the midst of pandemic-related restrictions.

“It is very sad to not be able to gather this year like last year,” said Father Jonathan Meyer, All Saints’ pastor. “But we will not allow this new season we are in to keep us from forming men, building up families and spreading hope and joy.”

This year’s E6 conference will take place on Feb. 27 on the St. Joseph campus of All Saints Parish. Only 150 tickets for in-person attendance were offered, and they were sold in a matter of hours.

But the conference will also be livestreamed online. The cost for access to the livestream is $10. This registration fee is per location, regardless of the number of people watching from that location.

The speakers for this year’s conference are Catholic author and speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore.; Jason Evert, an author and speaker known for his efforts in promoting the Church’s teaching on chastity; and Patrick Coffin, who is a former host of the Catholic Answers Live radio show, a Catholic author and current host of his own online interview show.

The conference will begin at 8:50 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. In addition to its speakers, the conference will also include Mass and eucharistic adoration—all livestreamed.

Although the pandemic will greatly limit the number of men who can hear these speakers in person, Father Meyer is convinced that livestreaming the conference might broaden its reach.

“There are more than 28,000 men across the U.S. right now participating in Exodus 90 [a 90-day spiritual retreat for men]. There are 1.7 million members of the Knights of Columbus,” he said. “Imagine the power of these men meeting locally at a parish hall or someone’s home, tuning in and being engaged in catechesis, fraternity and prayer. The stronger men are, the better marriages, families and children are.”

(For more information about this year’s E6 Catholic Men’s Conference, including how to register for a livestream of the conference, visit www.e6catholicmensconference.com.)

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