For men, day of fellowship and discipleship planned

Categories: Around the Diocese

February 28, 2014, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

Being a disciple can be tough.

But figuring out how to be one can also prove to be difficult.

To help out, Msgr. C. Eugene Morris will explain Catholic discipleship at the Catholic Men’s Conference March 15 in Collegeville.

5bmorrisIn his first keynote, “Confidence in Christ Alone: The Nature of Catholic Discipleship,” Msgr. Morris will explain what it means to be a disciple of Christ and the implications of following him. He will talk about a willingness to come to know Jesus, to sacrifice and to carry one’s cross.

His second talk will build on the first and further explain the nature of discipleship and being of service to the church and the world. Msgr. Morris, director of sacred liturgy and assistant professor in sacred theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, will talk about modern culture and Catholicism’s response to various issues.

He hopes people will take with them two things: the importance of sacrifice and living the Catholic faith deliberately.

“There really seems to be an unwillingness to be able to make sacrifices, particularly the necessary sacrifices that advance our relationship with the Lord,” Msgr. Morris said.

“If we are going to be disciples we have to carry our crosses. The beauty that grows out of the sacrifice is the ability to be part of the redemptive work of Christ for the whole world.

“My sacrifice is not just for me, but it has implications for the world.”

Msgr. Morris said evangelization comes about by deliberately living one’s faith.

“We talk about evangelization as a program, but really what precedes that is a personal relationship,” he said. “That’s not to say programs aren’t significant; they are. . . . But even if I don’t choose to go door-to-door, in my workplace, with my family, among friends, there are opportunities for evangelization.”

The New Evangelization is the theme for this year’s Catholic Men’s Conference. The conference begins at 8 a.m. with refreshments followed by the opening prayer, keynote, lunch and workshops. It concludes with Mass presided by Bishop Donald Kettler at 4 p.m. The day is sponsored by the Annual Diocesan Appeal, K-Yes Radio and The Catholic Foundation.

Workshops will cover a variety of topics such as the diaconate, Catholic Social Teaching, medical ethics, forming disciples, the church in Russia, rural challenges, seminarians, stewardship and the psychological effect of pornography.

One workshop, a Q-and-A session, will be offered especially for youths.

Revisiting the conference’s theme, Father Gregory Mastey and Tim Drake, both of the Holdingford Area Catholic Community, will offer a workshop on practical tips for evangelization.

A track will be available for Spanish speakers. David Hernandez, who is in diaconate formation in the St. Cloud Diocese and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Waite Park, will give a keynote in Spanish. Workshops in Spanish will also be offered.


Registration for the Catholic Men’s Conference is $37 per person or $32 per person with groups of five or more registered together. For more information or to register visit Call 320-252-4721 if you have questions.