Men’s Conference: Hearing the Voice of the Lord Print this post

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic)

3/10/2017

Taking the opportunity to live their life in a new way, the annual Diocese of Venice Men’s Conference called on the participants to recognize the voice of the Lord in their lives and to respond in a meaningful way.

The opning of annual Diocese of Venice Men’s Conference on March 5 at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers.

“Hear the call that the Lord has for each one of us,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane said. “How we are called to respond is different for each of us. You must do something about it, because you are either moving toward the Lord or gong in some other direction. Learn to hear His voice and recognize it in your life.”

Bishop Frank J. Dewane address teh annual Diocese of Venice Men’s Conference on March 4 at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers.

The Conference, held the first Saturday of Lent, March 4 at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, gave everyone the opportunity to learn from speakers and each other on how to strengthen their marriages, family and Parishes, as they listened to Catholic speakers and prayed alongside each other at Mass celebrated by Bishop Dewane.

Setting the tone for the day, the cover of the program had a quote from St. Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

The faith-filled day was not only dynamic, with exceptional speakers, but truly Catholic to the core. The day began with Adoration and concluded with the Mass. Many also availed themselves of the opportunity to seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

One of the many attendees who were emotionally and spiritually moved by the Conference was Greg Tate of St. Agnes Parish in Naples. The seasonal resident from Indiana said the Conference was so unexpected in its depth, in particular how easily he could relate to the broad themes and the specific messages of the Bishop and the speakers.

“I was skeptical about coming, but now I owe my friend a drink or something, because this day really put many things I struggle with each day into the proper perspective – focus on the Lord,” Tate said.

Mike Lowry speaks during the annual Diocese of Venice Men’s Conference on March 5 at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers.

Kevin Lowry, a convert to the Catholic Faith, author and frequent speaker and media guest, shared his conversion story, along with sharing how to practically integrate Faith into all aspects of life, from work, personal relationships and much more.

He noted that he admires life-long Catholics because their Faith is ingrained into who you are. “Our Faith can change our lives for the better. You must live it in ways that are compelling and draw people to us and more importantly to Christ.”

Jeff Cavins, a Bible teacher and author, spoke about what it is to be a man as a modern disciple of Christ and how to deal with suffering in your life, both physically and emotionally. Cavins offered practical advice on how to be a Man of God on a daily basis in a real, modern world where much pulls them farther from the Lord.

Mike Pace speaks during the annual Diocese of Venice Men’s Conference on March 5 at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers.

Mike Pacer, a former attorney who, with his wife, founded Evangelize All Ministries, an apostolate that promotes a powerful parish evangelization and renewal process, and is President for 5 Stones Group, spoke about ways to renew one’s faith in simple and practical ways.

 

Pacer explained that a key is to live your faith each day and be sure to have a daily encounter with Christ. This can be done through your personal interactions with others and through prayer.

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