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A Day for Men

with Keynote Speaker Coach Joe Lombardi
Grandson of Vince Lombardi and Offensive Coordinator of the Detroit Lions

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
A Day for Men In the News:

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Expanding upon the success of previous mornings for men, we have developed a much-requested, day-long event which includes a noted keynote speaker, break-out sessions, and Mass – all of which address the unique aspects of living lives of faith as men. Given the limited seating in the Abbey, registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to register early!

Welcome 10:30-10:40 a.m.
Session 1 10:45-11:55 a.m. (select 1 program)
  1. Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem., Prior – St. Norbert Abbey

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places!

Sadly, it's not just a song, but for some men, a way of life. And then reality sets in when one realizes that athletic victories, palatial homes, fast cars, accumulating cash, and relational conquests can be fleeting and far from fulfilling. This presentation explores how Christ invites all to live a healthier, more wholesome, and satisfying life. Perhaps we can discover how to let go and claim that which leads to authentic joy and true happiness: "Love casts out fear!"

  2. Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem., Assistant Professor of Art – St. Norbert College

Art History for Men: 25 Works of Art Every Guy Should Know

A brief overview of 25 essential works of art that reveal the evolution of human thought, belief, and imagination.  Fr. Neilson promises to deliver images and ideas that optimistically celebrate the humankind's active participation in discerning essential identity and values yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

  3. Chris Greisen, Theology Instructor – Notre Dame Academy; Former NFL Quarterback

Who am I…really? How Christian Men Can Live in a Secular World

After 14 years of playing professional football, one of the major issues Chris encountered was with men who supposedly "had it all" and yet really did not know who they were. This was most notably seen when professional football players' careers ended. However, the identity crisis not only plagues professional athletes, but also men in all walks of life. (Ever hear of a mid-life crisis?) Within this session, the importance of "identity" is explored and how it can either destroy or empower a man to be the person he was created to be.

Lunch Noon-12:40 p.m.
Session 2 12:40-1:50 p.m. (select 1 program)
  1. Bishop Robert Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus – Diocese of Green Bay;
    Pastor – Resurrection Catholic Parish

Spirituality and the Hungers of the Heart
Deep within all of us is the hunger for meaning, commitment, depth, wholeness, and intimacy. It is these desires that God is calling us to live life to the full, to be the best that we can be - made to God’s image and likeness. This conference will reflect upon the call to become authentic disciples of the Lord.

  2. Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem., Pastor – St. Norbert College Parish

Death to New Life: Transformation of a Father-Son Relationship

According to Fr. John Tourangeau, O. Praem., an afterlife experience following a major heart attack propelled him into an unexpected and initially unwanted process of relational healing, reconciliation, and transformation with his father! Within this enlightening, humorous, and hope-filled presentation, Fr. John weaves a powerful and dynamic tapestry of the Father-Son relationship in Sacred Scripture and Christian tradition, literature, his personal experience, and as a clinical social worker and professional consultant.

  3. Deacon Steve Meyer, President/Executive Creative Director – Karma Group
    Tony Pichler, Lay Ministry Director – Diocese of Green Bay

The Spirituality of a Good Beer: How Men Share God in Garages and Workshops

This workshop explores the sacred authenticity of the Man Cave, whether it’s disguised as an ice shanty, a basement workshop, or a fishing boat. The very real God is very present when brothers, fathers, neighbors, and friends create time and space to be themselves, build on their thoughts, and learn from each other.

Keynote Address 2-3:10 p.m.
  Coach Joe Lombardi
  Coach Joe Lombardi grew up in a family environment of faith and football – in that order. As the grandson of famed football coach, Vince Lombardi, Joe currently serves as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. He has been identified as an up and coming NFL coach in addition to being a nationally recognized motivational speaker. Fervently embracing the Catholic tradition, Coach Lombardi shares his thoughts about what it means to be an active man of faith.
Panel Discussion 3:15-3:55 p.m.
  Topic: The Complete Man
Mass 4-4:45 p.m.

Cost: $40 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments)
Registration deadline March 23 | Maximum 150 participants

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