The Catholic Men’s Conference of Western Kentucky will host their sixth annual conference at the RiverPark Center in downtown Owensboro on February 11, 2017.
The keynote speaker will be His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
In years past, the conference was held at St. Stephen Cathedral, but conference organizers expect a sell-out this year and selected a larger space.
Mike Sullivan, president of the board of directors for the men’s conference said, “We are very excited to have such a great group of speakers at this year’s conference. It is certainly an honor to have Cardinal Dolan. We hope that many of the men in our diocese take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to enrich their faith.”
The men’s conference formed in March of 2011 with the specific purpose of hosting a spiritual conference/retreat for the men in the Diocese of Owensboro.
William F. Medley, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro, said the conference has impacted many men over the few short years it has been operating.
“It is classic example of peer ministry; men recognizing that their own desire to know, love and serve God is shared by others and that we all help one another along the way,” said Bishop Medley.
Bishop Medley said it took several years to bring Cardinal Dolan to the Owensboro diocese due to his busy schedule.
“Cardinal Dolan is an extraordinarily generous man who recognizes that when the Pope named him to the College of Cardinals, his presence throughout the Church brings to dioceses like Owensboro an extraordinary connection to the Pope himself,” he added.
The Bishop went on to say, “He will bring us a message of encouragement and faith, all delivered with his remarkable wit.”
Men across the diocese and beyond are encouraged to purchase a ticket by visiting kycatholic.com and clicking on the “Tickets/Donations” tab. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students.
Registration takes place at 8:30 AM on Saturday, February 11 with opening prayer beginning at 9:30 AM.
About Cardinal Dolan
Timothy Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009. He had served as Archbishop of Milwaukee, appointed there by Pope Saint John Paul II on June 25, 2002.
Cardinal Dolan served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; and, at the Vatican, the Congregation for Eastern Churches, and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Cardinal Dolan was elected to a three-year term as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in November 2010. He now serves as chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
On January 6, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced that Timothy Dolan was to be appointed to the College of Cardinals.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Dolan participated in the Conclave that elected Pope Francis in March 2013.