Monday, June 23, 2008

Wow! What A Day!

Where to start?

I'm a guy who can't say "Thank You" enough when it is truly felt.  So thank you to each and every man in attendance.  Your words of encouragement and participation make me so excited for the future of this conference and our faith.

Thank you to Deacon Harold, Jesse Romero, Ken Henderson, Bishop Steiner, His Majesty's Musicians, and the Knights of Columbus.  It's much easier to pull something like this off when you have people like these involved.

A word of gratitude also to a number of men (and women) who helped promote the conference among their parishes, friends and family.  Daniel Cortez, Bob Hutchinson, Rolando Moreno, Paige Taylor, Mark Wagner, Jeremy Young, Daniel Bennett, Rob and Dina-Marie Hale, and George Reis.

I apologize for the low number of priests available to confession.  Truth be told, there were actually twice as much as I had expected!  I think most of you made it through.  Praise be to God!

I also apologize for running out of food towards the end.  This one was actually not my fault.  I'm in the midst of correcting it for next year.

Heavenly Father, bless these men as they continue their formation.  Guide us to other men to support us along our journey.  Let us focus on the cross.  Upon your life, death and resurrection.

Please give me a call if any of you need anything.  (503) 640-3456.


Gerry said...

Very challenging. Very practical. You are to be thanked for all your work getting this together.
Some suggestions for next year.
1. Name change: Catholic Men's Conference may attract more Catholic men to a conference intended to transform us into real catholic men.
2. Shorten the schedule with the same goal: more men coming.
For instance: 8-4pm.
3. After lunch only one presentation 1-1:30 by a dynamic priest on Confession.
4. Then a communal Penance Service with individual confessions (1:30-2:30).
5. Then Mass 2:30 -3:30pm
This schedule might enable more priests to attend the conference and help with confessions and still return to their parishes for Saturday confessions/vigil Mass.

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