2023 MEN'S CONFERENCE
WE ARE CALLED TO BE SAINTS
The 26th Annual Catholic Men's Conference returns to Kasich Hall at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds on February 25, 2023.
THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY is this year's complementary theme, as we dedicate this Conference to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Holy Family. Through their intercession – and our consecration to them – we can experience a love and strength like no other, and walk with confidence on the path to Sainthood. Blessed Mother, pray for us!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Annual Catholic Men's Conference is the hallmark event for Catholic Men's Ministry, regarded as one of the largest gatherings for men of faith in the nation.
The 26th Annual Conference continues a journey to sainthood with a focus on the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Holy Family. We are excited to feature three amazing speakers for a day filled with faith and fellowship, including light breakfast fare, lunch, faith organizations, Adoration, Reconciliation and Holy Mass offered by Bishop Earl Fernandes. It is truly a faith-filled, life-altering event!
Learn more about the day's schedule, speakers and even resources to help promote the Conference to your parish, men's group or social media friends!
Watch an introduction from Conference Co-Chairs, Peter Krajnak and Nate Schroeder
We invite men of every age to Answer The Call
BISHOP EARL K. FERNANDES
Most Reverend Earl K. Fernandes was ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus on May 31, 2022. He was serving as pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2019 until his ordination and installation. From 2016-2019, he was a member of the Staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. From 2008-2016, he was the Dean of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati and an associate professor of moral theology. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.
He has given presentations, talks, and retreats around the country and is also a published author.
John Sablan is a self-described a child of God, a devoted husband and father and Catholic speaker, evangelist and podcaster. He the co-founder and president of World Ablaze Incorporated which is a Catholic apostolate focused on evangelization and discipleship, and has been interviewed on EWTN, Ave Maria and Sacred Heart Radio programs, in addition to partnering with Shalom World TV to co-host the Real Men series with the Dynamic Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. In addition, John has been a part of Paradisus Dei's That Man is You"parish series as well as the RISE Membership program. He has over 15 years of ministry experience at both the parish and diocesan level, and received a graduate certificate in theology from Augustine Institute.
DEACON CHARLIE ECHEVERRY
Deacon Charlie is Vice Chairman Emeritus of Catholic Answers, the largest English-language apologetics and evangelization media company in the world. He is on the boards of the Catholic Association for Latino Leadership, a professional association of Christian business leaders; Tepeyac Leadership Initiative, a civic leadership and faith organization founded by Bishop Thomas Olmstead; and Sent Ventures, a platform focused on entrepreneurs of faith; he is also Chairman of SOFESA, a non-profit founded by his wife, that accompanies and serves homeless families in Southern California.Deacon Charlie is the founder and CEO of the Black/Brown Collective a Los Angeles-based strategic advisory & impact studio focused at the intersection of emerging platforms & emerging audiences.
(Schedule will be updated with Speaker times and details and more information as Conference draws nearer.)
All times are tentative and subject to change.
6:00am - 7:30am – Eucharistic Adoration (Mezzanine Chapel)
7:00am - 8:00am – Registration
7:00am – Breakfast Opens
7:30am – Faith Organization Tables Open
8:00am – Conference Begins
11:15am - 12:15pm – Lunch and Reconciliation
2:00pm – Holy Mass with Bishop Earl Fernandes
3:00pm – Conference Ends
Parking is available on the State Fairgrounds (fees apply) near and around Kasich Hall:
From I-71, take 17th Ave exit and travel west towards the Ohio Expo Center. Turn right at first drive towards toll booth plaza. Proceed northbound to parking area (red area on map). For Accessible Parking (follow blue route on map), turn left and proceed southbound to 17th Ave., turn right on 17th Ave., then turn right at first drive past toll booth and park immediately in front of (west of) Kasich Hall (blue area on map). Bus parking is also in front of Kasich Hall (yellow area on map). Priest and Clergy parking is reserved just north of Kasich Hall (purple area on map).
From the west, take 17th Ave eastbound and turn left into drive at toll booth. Proceed northbound to parking area (red area on map). For Accessible Parking, proceed slightly northbound and park immediately in front of (west of) Kasich Hall (blue area on map). Bus parking is also in front of Kasich Hall (yellow area on map). Priest and Clergy parking is reserved just north of Kasich Hall (purple area on map).