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Men’s and women’s conferences coming up soon

The Northern Cross

This year’s annual men’s and women’s conferences are scheduled for Feb. 29 and March 28, respectively, at Marshall School in Duluth. Registration is open for both.

The Men of Faith Conference, held on leap day, boasts a powerhouse speaker in high demand — the “Dynamic Deacon,” Harold Burke-Sivers, who is known for powerful and passionate preaching and evangelizing.

“He is so popular that we had to book Deacon Harold three years in advance so we could schedule him as our speaker for our Men of Faith conference on the first Sunday of Lent,” said Deacon John Weiske, who organizes the conference.

Deacon Burke-Sivers is scheduled to give four talks on the day, which will cover such topics as awakening the desire for Christ in the hearts of men, spiritual combat, and living a vibrant faith in the workplace.

The speaker has a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas and co-hosts the Eternal Word Television’s Network’s popular radio program “Morning Glory” and the weekly broadcast “Living Stones” on Mater Dei Radio. He has appeared as a guest on other national and international radio programs, including “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio,” and is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television and is featured on the award winning “Chosen” faith formation program by Ascension Press. He’s the author of the best-selling book, “Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality,” co-author of “Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before,” and has written the acclaimed new book, “Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African- American Priest.”

Deacon Burke-Sivers is a Benedictine oblate and a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

He lives in Portland with his wife Colleen, and they have four children.

Early-bird registration ends Feb. 17 (save $10). Registration closes Feb. 24.

Women’s conference

This year’s Women of Faith conference, March 28, features two speakers: the nationally acclaimed motivational speaker, TV contributor, radio host and life activist Deby Schlapprizzi and the area’s own Nic Davidson, an energetic convert to the Catholic faith whose life and marriage have been transformed by the Theology of the Body.

Organizers say Schlapprizzi will lead participants on a journey of transformation, gently urging them to shift perspective and draw closer to the Lord “in order to recognize and embrace your magnificence.”

Registration for both events is available at