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. Nourished by the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and in the Word, we are called to bring Christ to the world.

The Real Presence
Bringing Christ to the World

Saturday, February 22, 2020

St. John’s University
Collegeville, MN

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – Registration in the 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 23rd 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.

Dr. Michael Havercamp serves as Young Life’s National Liaison to the Catholic Church, building bridges of unity and shared mission to reach a world of adolescents for Christ. He and his wife Tasha also serve as Directors of Evangelization & Mission at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Davenport, IA. Michael holds a Masters in Systematic Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology and a doctorate in Christian Spirituality from Washington Theological Union. He lives with his wife Tasha and their four children – Jackson (10), Addie Rose (7), Asher (5) and Augustine (1).

Morning Keynote: “Embracing Real Presence: The Heart & Habits of Discipleship”

The gift of Real Presence must be received before it can be shared. Learn the essential postures and disciplines that predispose the heart for a transformative reception of Eucharist.

Afternoon Keynote: “Becoming Who You Are: Real Presence for a Post-Christian World”

The rapid expansion of secular humanism has given rise to a post-Christian world which is consciously ridding itself of faith. Learn how we as the Mystical Body of Christ on earth can become true bread for those who hunger.


$35 per person

$45 per person after February 7, 2020


8:30 a.m.      Check In & Refreshments  –  Great Hall

9:00 a.m.      Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:15 a.m.      Keynote – Michael Havercamp, D. Min. – Humphrey Theater

10:15 p.m.    Break

10:30 a.m.    Workshops – Session I

11:30 a.m.    Workshops – Session II 

12:15 p.m.    Lunch (Great Hall), Sacrament of  Reconciliation, Rosary – Abbey Church

2:00 p.m.      Panel Discussion – Humphrey Theater

2:45 p.m.      Break

3:00 p.m.      Keynote – Michael Havercamp, D. Min.

4:00 p.m.      Celebration of the Eucharist  –  Abbey Church


Workshops will focus on evangelizing, family and marriage, stewardship, vocations, pro-life, church law and virtues.

  • Spiritual Friendship: The Model for Evangelization – Michael Havercamp
  • Born to Run: A Life of Authentic Significance in Family and Marriage – Pete Larson
  • Practical Suggestions on Stewardship Leading to Heaven – Dan Moran
  • Diaconate as “Medius Ordo”: Service Promoting Lay Participation – Deacon Ernie Kociemba
  • Habits of Holiness: Spiritual Armor for Spiritual Warfare – Fred Blonigen
  • Marriage and the Eucharist: No Longer Two but One Flesh – Fr .Tom Knoblach
  • Bringing Christ to the World with Your Story – Denise Hirl
  • Bringing Christ to the World Through Prayer – Dr. Deb McManimon
  • “I’m Already Pro-Life, Now What?” – Brody Hagemeier
  • Church Law for Fathers and Sons – Fr. Matthew Crane
  • The Eucharist: The Source and Summit of Every Priestly Call – St. Cloud Seminarians
  • Stable Houses Need Solid Foundations: Virtues as Foundation Stones – Joel Nathe


Registration is non-refundable and includes lunch and refreshments

$35 per person through February 7, 2020

$45 per person beginning February 8, 2020

On-line registration is CLOSED.  Walk in’s welcome starting at 8 AM.  Come to the Great Hall, St. John’s University.

Thank you!


Solo con Cristo en la Eucaristia


Orador Principal Padre Omar Guanchez 

El Padre Omar Guanchez fué ordenado sacerdote el 6 de Junio de 2009 en la Catedral de St Cloud. Ha servido a las parroquias de: St Andrew’s en Elk River, St John’s en Meire Grove, St Michael en Spring Hill, St Andrew en Greenwald, St Mary en Melrose y actualmente es  párroco de St Mary of Mount Carmel en Long Prairie. Al Padre Omar le gusta todo lo que hace como sacerdote, menos asistir a reuniones largas. El Padre le dá gracias a Dios que le ha bendecido tanto y como pasatiempo le gusta caminar, viajar y pasar tiempo de calidad con la familia y los amigos.

Theme to be presented:

“And God Said: Let Us Make a Man”

We will look at what God expects of every man who believes and follows Jesus Christ as well as the qualities and characteristics of a Christian man. Ten features will be discussed.



Deacono David Hernandez


Diacono L. David Hernandez, Ordenado en Junio 2017, originario de México participado por algunos años en diferentes ministerios de nuestra Santa Iglesia Católica, RICA, Preparación Matrimonial, profesor en el Instituto Emaus en SJU. Mi pasión, es la evangelización y el servicio a Nuestro Señor.


Tema a presentar:

“Ya No Me Digas Más Palabras”

La evolución del mundo moderno y con él, nosotros. El tema desarrolla 3 típicas enfermedades espirituales, que disminuyen la fe y han cambiado la actitud del Cristiano.  Hoy, las personas están cansadas de escuchar palabras sin mostrar ejemplo.



Deacon L. David Hernandez, ordained in June 2017, originally from Mexico participated for some years in different ministries of our Holy Catholic Church, RICA, Marriage Preparation, Teacher at the Emmaus Institute in SJU. My passion is evangelization and service to Our Lord.


Theme to be presented:

“Don’t Tell Me Any More Words”

The evolution of the modern world and with it, us. The theme develops 3 typical spiritual diseases, which diminish faith and have changed the attitude of the Christian.  Today, people are tired of hearing words without showing an example.


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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.