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Join us for the Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference

February 24, 2024, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier, Sartell

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Register and pay at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2024CMC


Breakout Sessions:

Fr. Matthew Crane

Title: Church Law and the Eucharist

Description: Anyone who has watched Band of Brothers has seen a Catholic Chaplain celebrating the Eucharist on the hood of an Army jeep … is that legal? What are the rules about how often a priest can celebrate the Eucharist? How about how often any person can receive Holy Communion? This is a quick primer on the little bits of Church Law that governs the Eucharist, as well as a bit of reflection on the spiritual realities the law protects.

Deacon Mike Benda

Title: Calling all fools…. for Christ!

Description: We encounter Christ in the Eucharist.  The words ‘go forth’, however, reveals that the celebration of the Eucharist does not end there.  We are called to share that encounter with the world.  Yet, sharing this encounter is foolishness to the world today.

“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise.” 1 Cor 3:18

It is here, at this time and in this place, that we are called to be fools for Christ and share what we have received.  Become a fool that you may become wise – a thoughtful, hopeful, happy fool for Christ!

Deacon Ed Shoener from Scranton, PA

Title: How to bring mental health ministry to your parish

Description: Mental health ministry is desperately needed in our parishes today. Deacon Ed Shoener, president of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers, discusses how to start a mental health ministry and where a Catholic leader can get solid, faith-based training for this ministry of spiritual support. He shares inspiring examples of mental health ministries that are actively working in parishes across the country.



8:30 – Check In

9:00 – Welcome

9:15 – Keynote, Fr. Tim Donovan

10:00 – Break

10:15 – Workshop 1

11:15 – Mass

12:00 – Lunch, Reconciliation, Rosary

1:00 – Workshop 2

2:00 – Meet Bishop Patrick

2:30 – Keynote, Fr. Tim Donovan

3:15 – Dismissal


THANK YOU to our Event Sponsors

Catholic United Financial, K-YES/Gabriel Media, REC, and Catholic Foundation

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