Join men of all ages and walks of life to explore new ways to renew your faith. Take the time to listen to how Christ is calling you to follow Him. Set aside this one day to reflect on your chosen vocation and how being a man of integrity impacts those around you.

Men of Integrity:  A Call to Responsibility

Saturday, February 3, 2018

St. John’s University 
Collegeville, MN 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
8:00 a.m. – Registration in Great Hall


This is an excellent opportunity for men of faith to gather together to learn, experience fellowship, and grow and strengthen their relationships with their families, their Church, and their communities. In its fifteenth year, the Catholic Men’s Conference has found that the thousands of men who have attended have benefited from this day-long retreat. Many have made it an integral part of their Lenten journey. Opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation and time for workshops will also be available.








Damon Owens

Damon Owens, international speaker and evangelist, founder and executive director of Joy To Be, the first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute, and served as Chairman of the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress. Damon and his wife Melanie taught Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 14 years, and served as NFP Coordinators for the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ).


Title of his talks:

“When a Man Loves a Woman”

“Embracing the Radical Demands of Love”



$50 per person

Walk-ins welcome

Schedule of the Day:

8:00 a.m.      Refreshments  –  Great Hall

8:30 a.m.      Welcome & Opening Prayer

8:45 a.m.      Keynote – Damon Owens, “When a Man Loves a Woman”

10:15 a.m.    Workshops – Session I

11:15 a.m.      Workshops – Session II  

12:15 p.m.    Lunch  –  Great Hall

12:30 p.m.    Sacrament of  Reconciliation
Assumption Chapel  (lower Abbey Church)

1:30 p.m.      Workshops – Session III 

2:30 p.m.      Keynote – Damon Owens, “Embracing the Radical Demands of Love”

4:00 p.m.      Celebration of the Eucharist  –  St. John’s Abbey Church


Fr. Greg Mastey, “Rural Life, Men, and their Parishes”

Eric Skanson, “The Social Media Father: Raising Your Kids With Empathy, Kindness and Compassion in a World of Social Media”

Fr. Tom Knoblach, Ph.D., “In Life and Death We Are the Lord’s: Leading Our Culture towards Life”

Mike Heroux, “The Joy of Children”

Glen Lewerenz, “Are You Sending the Right Love Language?”

Jason Adkins, “Three P’s of Leadership – Protect, Procreate and Provide”

Deacon Ernie Kociemba, “Icons of Hope! The Role of the Diaconate”

Dan Pfannenstein, “St. Joseph and other Saints as Examples of Men of Integrity”

NFP Witness Panel: Jay Vogel, Sol Sukut, Rob Stay, Tom Chevalier, “NFP: It Takes Two”

Phil Polipnick and Sons, “How to use Scripture and Saints in Intercessory Prayer”

Joel Nathe, M.Div, MS Psychology, Counselor, “The Door Swings Both Ways: Offering and Receiving Forgiveness”

Jim Otremba, M.Div, M.S., LICSW, “Transform your Marriage Through the Power of the Eucharist”

Fr. Randal Kasel, “Evangelization through Aplogetics” 

Steve Gottwalt, “Pornography and the Call to Holiness: Every Man’s Responsibility”

Mike Stalboerger, “The Power of Choice”

Seminarians: Steven Wielenberg, Kevin Soenneker, Nikolas Zabinski, “Our Vocation Story”


$50 per person

Walk-ins welcome



This is an excellent opportunity for male Confirmation students and their father or strong male role model to learn more about their Catholic faith!

This event is co-sponsored by K-YES Radio, The Catholic FoundationCatholic United Financial, Minnesota Knights of Columbus and the Annual Diocesan Appeal.