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: Mentoring Disciples

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Sacred Heart Parish
2875 – 10th Ave NE
Sauk Rapids, MN

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – Registration in Gathering Space

 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.




Deacon Ralph Poyo

As Founder of New Evangelization Ministries Inc. (NEM), Deacon Ralph Poyo seeks to be a useful tool for assisting Bishops and Pastors in training their leadership in the processes of Evangelization and Discipleship. He has traveled extensively around the United States, serving as an evangelist, popular conference speaker and consultant. He incorporates what he learned and experienced in over thirty years of parish and consulting ministry to rural, inner city, and suburban parishes and dioceses.

When Dcn. Ralph is not consulting with parishes or dioceses, he is a popular speaker capable of communicating with a wide variety of audiences. His passionate, humorous, and playful style has captivated audiences of all ages with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His presentation style disarms and speaks directly to the issues that plague our efforts to live the Catholic Faith.

Dcn. Ralph is married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Susan Poyo, and has five daughters, three sons (In-law), and three grandchildren. More information about Dcn. Ralph can be found at and you can follow him on Twitter by his Twitter handle @HobbitDeacon.



Through January 31, 2019:
$45 per person
$40 per person/groups of 5 or more

Beginning February 1, 2019:
$50 per person
$45 per person/groups of 5 or more


8:30 a.m.      Refreshments  –  Gathering Space

9:00 a.m.      Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:15 a.m.      Keynote – Deacon Ralph Poyo – Worship Space

10:30 a.m.    Workshops – Session I

11:30 a.m.    Lunch – Fellowship Hall 

12:00 p.m.    Sacrament of  Reconciliation

12:30 p.m.    Rosary – Worship Space

1:15 p.m.      Workshops – Session II

2:15 p.m.      Workshops – Session III

3:15 p.m.      Afternoon break – Fellowship Hall

3:30 p.m.      Keynote – Deacon Ralph Poyo – Worship Space

5:00 p.m.      Celebration of the Eucharist  –  Worship Space


Workshops will focus on evangelizing to youth and young adults, grandparenting and mentoring, forgiveness in marriage, influencing others,  balancing work and home as a father, your place in the church as well as include a Q & A session.

  • The Porn Trap: My Personal Testimony – Deacon Ralph Poyo
  • Engaging the Nones: What Can We Do? – Scott Frieler & Fr. Derek Weichmann
  • Rites & Responsibilities of Godparents/Sponsors for Sacraments – Bishop Donald Kettler
  • Q & A on the Catholic Faith – Fr. Tom Knoblach & Deacon Frank Ringsmuth
  • Forgiveness in Marriage – Glen Lewerenz
  • Being a Catholic Grandfather – Let’s Talk About It – Joe Molitor
  • The Church Needs You! – Dan Pfannenstein
  • The Balance of Work & Home as a Father – Eric Skanson
  • Sharpening Your Ability to Influence – Mike Stalboerger
  • Youth as Mentoring Disciples – Doug Watercott
  • Hispanic track – Orador Roberto Ramirez


Registration is non-refundable and includes lunch and refreshments:

Through January 31, 2019:
$45 per person
$40 per person/groups of 5 or more

Beginning February 1, 2019:
$50 per person
$45 per person/groups of 5 or more

On-Line registration is closed.


No need to call–Walk-In participants are welcome Saturday, February 23 at Sacred Heart Parish, in Sauk Rapids MN!!   Cost:  $50

Thank you!.



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.