PORTLAND– All men ages 16 and older are invited to attend the Maine Catholic Men’s Conference 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road.
A special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley at 11 a.m. The theme of the 2019 conference is “Be Strong and Courageous.”
Now in its eighth year, the conference has drawn thousands of men since its inception. The annual Maine Catholic Women’s Conference, held in April, was attended by nearly 400 women.
“We come together, in these conferences, to celebrate our faith and the strength that we give to each other,” said Bishop Deeley. “Jesus, remember, sent out his disciples two by two. He didn’t send them out one by one. We come to know Jesus through one another. We come to meet Jesus in the help that we give to one another. We come to meet Jesus in the help we receive.”
The keynote speaker at the men’s conference will be Deacon Ralph Poyo. Born in Colombia, Deacon Ralph and his parents came to the U.S. in 1965. He married his high school sweetheart and now has five daughters, three sons and three grandchildren. In 2005, he was ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. As founder of New Evangelization Ministries, Deacon Ralph seeks to be a useful tool for bishops and pastors by providing training for evangelization and discipleship at parishes around the country. He is passionate about helping others make Catholicism more a way of life than just a religious identity.
In addition, the conference will feature a presentation by the Rev. Jack Dickinson, judicial vicar for the Diocese of Portland, and witness talks by Deacon Mark Tuttle, a deacon at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth, and St. John & Holy Cross Parish in South Portland; Mark Bourgoin, state deputy of the Maine Knights of Columbus; and others.
The cost is $50 for those age 23 or older and $30 for ages 16-22 (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Lunch is included. To register or for more information, visit portlanddiocese.org. Registration will be available on the day of the conference starting at 7:30 a.m.