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Preparations underway for 2016 Catholic Men’s Conference
the Inland Register
(From the February 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)
Father Richard Hauser SJ (IR file photo)
Planners for the Fifth Annual Catholic Men’s Conference have announced that preparations for the event are all in order.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in Gonzaga University’s Student Chapel, third floor of the College Building. The day will conclude with the celebration of the Eucharist.
“Life is hectic and there is so much noise, both externally and internally, that it can be difficult to hear God’s voice in prayer and maintain a personal relationship,” said Matt Ries, conference planner and MC for last year’s conference. “This conference will be a good opportunity for men to slow down for a day and get guidance on their prayer life from an experienced contemplative priest who frequently leads retreats for both Religious and lay persons.”
Jim Diehl, one of the planners for the past four conferences, said that “The spiritual renewal of our families, parishes, and diocese is dependent upon Catholic men’s response to the call to deepen our faith.” He lauded the effectiveness of the conference’s optional breakout times. The sessions, he said, provide an opportunity for the participants “to reflect upon the presentation and share their perspective on questions provided by the speaker. These small group discussions help to create an environment for Catholic men to fellowship and support one another in their efforts to give witness to their faith at home, at work, and even at play.”
A member of the faculty of Creighton University in Omaha, Jesuit Father Richard Hauser, will be the featured speaker at the conference. His three talks, combined with the break-out groups, will expand on the conference’s theme, “Deepening Personal Prayer in a Hectic World.”
In advance of the conference, participants are encouraged to read Father Hauser’s book In His Spirit: A Guide to Today’s Spirituality. The book is available online or may be purchased at a special conference rate at The Kaufer Company Christian Supplies, 907 W. Boone, Spokane.
“I’d die a happy man if my calling of theology professor and Jesuit priest would warrant the epitaph, ‘He helped us recognize God’s presence in our lives,’” writes Father Hauser. “My desire is reflected in my coursework at Creighton. The vast majority of my courses address some element of the mystery of God’s presence among his people, inviting the student first to theological reflection and then to personal appropriation of the mystery.” The professor intends to do the same for conference participants in Spokane.
In addition to the several workshops Father Hauser has offered nationally, his other two books have found an eager audience. Besides the book used as background for the conference, he has written Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action and Finding God in Troubled Times.
Pre-registration cost for the Conference is $30; $35 at the door. The fee includes conference materials and lunch.
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