The seventh annual Men of Faith Conference for the Diocese of Duluth is set for Feb. 17 at Marshall School in Duluth and will feature Peter Herbeck, co-host of the weekly EWTN television shows “The Choices We Face” and “Crossing the Goal,” in addition to the daily radio show “Fire on the Earth.”
Herbeck, who lives in Michigan, is also vice president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries, an organization that seeks to foster renewal and evangelization in the Catholic Church by helping people know the personal love of God. He is a frequent conference speaker and author who has worked in evangelization in the United States and abroad for more than three decades.
Deacon John Weiske, one of the lead organizers of the annual diocesan men’s conference, said the theme this year is “Men of the Spirit.” Herbeck’s talks will involve spiritual formation.
Deacon Weiske said this year seems to be following trends comparable to recent years.
“We anticipate we’ll be around 350 again” for attendance, he said.
But there are some areas he’d like to see improve. For instance, he said while walk-ons on the day of the conference are welcome, organizers would prefer registrations by Feb. 12, and the conference can’t guarantee food after that.
“Last year we had 50 walk-ons,” he said. “Typically we may have about 30.”
He said he would also like those who have come in the past to reach out and invite other men to join them, especially younger men and fathers and sons.
“One of our goals is try and encourage younger men to participate,” he said. “The majority of the men are 60 and older.”
Ages 16 and up are welcome.
In addition to the talks, the day will include daily Mass with Bishop Paul Sirba and opportunities for confession, with at least 15 priests hearing confessions. As in recent years, one of the presentations will be given twice, allowing those attending to split into two groups, with half hearing the talk and the other half having an opportunity to take a break and go to confession.
The conference begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Cost after Feb. 5 is $40, $25 for students. Register online at www.duluthcatholicmen.org.
— By Deacon Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross