Guest speakers including Bishop Edward Malesic, breakout sessions on relevant topics, confession opportunities, Mass, open gym time, breakfast and lunch are among the highlights of the Jan. 29 Young Catholic Men’s Conference at Walsh Jesuit High School, 4550 Wyoga Lake Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Doors open at 8 a.m. and closing Mass is at 5 p.m.
Early bird registration is $40 per person through Jan. 15. Cost after that is $50 per person. Space is limited.
The event is targeted at high school-age boys and is intended to be a father/son event, but also could be for grandfather/grandson, uncle/nephew, big brother/little brother or other mentorships, as well as individual attendees. The theme is “Man Up!” Conference organizers said the event is deigned to be fast paced, interesting and fun.
There will be eight breakout sessions teens can choose from that address topics including dating and relating, managing stress, Catholicism in sports, our culture, spiritual growth, God and science, sexual integrity and living a virtuous and meaningful life. Dads/mentors will attend a “Dad Track” that includes a series of talks and discussions geared to raising young men in this culture with faith.
Keynote speaker for the conference will be Father Larry Richards, who will address all attendees together as well as a special session for teens and another for the dads/mentors.
Bishop Malesic; Father Jacob Bearer, parochial vicar at St. Columbkille Parish in Parma and newly named administrator of St. Edward Parish in Parkman and St. Lucy Parish in Middlefield; Father Ryan Mann, administrator of St. Basil the Great Parish in Brecksville; Father Mike McCandless, diocesan vocations director; Luke Brown; Tommy Dome; Marty Dybicz; Erin Hogan; Jim Hogan; Paul Koopman; Dean Robinson; Drew Vilinsky and missionaries from The Culture Project are scheduled to address conference attendees.
YCMC is an initiative to encourage and strengthen young men in their Catholic life and how to live it in today’s culture. With the cooperation of religious, the event is produced by a group of committed lay Catholics who recognize the challenges of Christian manhood.
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