What if I’m not Catholic? Can I still come to the conference?
Yes! The speakers’ topics, the worship and praise, the prayers and the fellowship can be appreciated by all Christian denominations, not only Catholics.
I have fallen away from the Church and am hesitant to come. Am I welcome?
You are fully and completely welcome. We want you to come, to take that one step back toward God and His church. Sometimes all it takes is just one step to bring about a major change. Since the inception of the planning efforts, the planning committee has been praying specifically for you, that you will come home. We also welcome your questions.
May my son attend?
Yes, he may. The conference may be a wonderful father-son bonding time. The speakers’ topics are geared toward adults, so while each child is different, boys younger than high school might not be mature enough to fully comprehend the topics.
Will Mass fulfill my Sunday obligation?
No. Our special Mass with Archbishop Gustavo will celebrate Saturday of the Second Week of Lent. We recommend men to attend Saturday Vigil or Sunday Mass at their parish. Visitors to San Antonio, Holy Rosary parish church is right next to St. Mary’s University, accessible from Camino Santa Maria.
Am I expected to go to Confession during the Conference?
No, you do not have to go. It has been our experience in the past that offering Reconciliation has brought wonderful healing leading to a freedom that only Christ can give. There were cases where some men have not gone to Reconciliation in decades. Somehow God touched their hearts to go, and they found the healing and forgiveness that they so much needed. Reconciliation should be a beautiful, un-intimidating experience, a sacrament designed by God to let Him carry your heavy burdens. If you are unable to receive this Sacrament during the Conference, you can always call your pastor or parish priest for an appointment for Confession. Trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you in this. No one will judge you if you do not go.
What kind of vendors will be at the conference?
Due to the focus of the conference, as well as space limitations, we are limiting the vendors to those with Catholic products or services only. Some vendors may not accept credit cards, so please plan accordingly. The focus of the Conference is to encourage Catholic men to live and share their faith. It is our hope to provide the tools, resources and many other religious articles that help us to become a disciple of Christ.
Will I have a chance to leave feedback?
Yes. In the conference packet, there will be an evaluation form that we will collect after the conference.