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A Day for Men

with Keynote Speaker Coach Mike Sherman
SAVE THE DATE: A Day for Men — Saturday, March 5, 2016
We are collaboratively planning the 2016 A Day for Men with the Diocese of Green Bay. The event will include several nationally renowned keynote speakers and topics for men of all ages. Watch for details!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is full to capacity. Please call the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at 920.337.4315 if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Living lives of faith is the focus of this much-anticipated annual event. Men of all ages gather together for a day of inspiration, education, challenge, community, and prayer. During the day, a number of the area's most faith-filled clergy and lay men share their thoughts about the opportunities and challenges facing men today, along with a keynote address from a man of deep faith and integrity, former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Mike Sherman.

Given limited seating in the Abbey, registration is on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to register early! Last year's event was a sellout.

Cost: $45 (includes presentations, lunch, refreshments)
Registration and payment required by March 6
Maximum 150 participants

Please note: an opportunity for staying overnight and eating meals at the Abbey is available for an additional fee. Reservations must be made one week prior to the event by calling 920.337.4315.



A Day for Men In the News:



9:30-10 a.m.
Welcome 10:05-10:20 a.m.
Session 1 10:30-11:40 a.m. (select 1 program)
  Most Rev. Robert Morneau | Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Green Bay;
Pastor, Resurrection Catholic Parish

7 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples

In Baptism we were given five calls: the call to maturity, the call to holiness, the call to community, the call to service, and the call to generosity. As disciples of the Lord, we respond to these calls by developing certain habits, certain virtues that enable us to become effective disciples of the Lord. Seven habits will be discussed regarding our call to discipleship.

  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.

  Hon. John Zakowski | Judge, Brown County Circuit Court

Do Not Judge Lest You Be Judged:
Faith at Work and at Home

Judge John Zakowski spends a great deal of time in his courtroom adjudicating divorce, juvenile, and criminal cases. How does he keep his faith, given all the challenging experiences he encounters, and how do his beliefs factor into his profession? Join Judge Zakowski as he shares his thoughts not only about the importance of faith within his work day, but also about how faith impacts stressful days—at work, at home, and within his relationships.

Lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Session 2 12:25-1:30 p.m. (select 1 program)
  Very Rev. Dan Felton | Vicar General, Diocese of Green Bay

The Be Attitudes

This presentation explores the eight beatitudes as to how we should "be" in our "attitude" as we live our faith as disciples of the Lord.

  Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem. | Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Finding Peace of Mind and Heart Amidst Constant Change and Frequent Tragedy

How can we reconcile the reality of so much being out of our control and our masculine thirst for control? Our faith holds the key and levels the ground, to reveal a way, and to empower us, with more discretion than we first imagine, to chart our course and determine our response to life. With Scripture, story, art, and other resources, this session offers some practical strategies.

  David Raih | Coaching Administrator, Green Bay Packers

Our Yearning to Be Great:
A Deliberate, Passionate, and Honest Relationship with God

Deep within each of us is a longing to leave a footprint, a drive to make a difference, a yearning to "be great." Depending upon our level of motivation, these natural human emotions, when harnessed properly, are the catalysts that drive us past our fears and beyond risk. These natural human emotions come from one place—God. There is a reason we want to be great, there is a reason we are motivated. It is not our destiny to be small. Jesus was not small; he was the most influential leader in the history of the world.


In order to catapult past our fears, beyond risk, we have no other choice but to live our faith with reckless abandon, total surrender—welcoming struggle, heartbreak, and triumph. It is not easy; it is not supposed to be. We are not perfect; we are not supposed to be. It is a daily grind, but we only get one chance—so sell out.

Session 3 1:40-2:45 p.m. (select 1 program)
  Very Rev. James Baraniak, O. Praem. | Prior, St. Norbert Abbey

Ending a Culture of Vice; Claiming a Culture of Virtue

No doubt you have seen advertisements during broadcasts of the National Football League games. The "No More" study has found that 60% of Americans know a victim of either domestic violence or sexual assault, or both, yet two out of three Americans have not discussed this problem with their friends, and three out of four parents have never discussed it with their children. Perhaps the same could be said about any number of vices that plague the human condition and the male demographic, specifically. This presentation identifies the mission of the "No More" campaign and then explores other issues men face that prevent us from being the best we are called to be. Perhaps our discussion can be a start to living a more virtuous life while acclaiming, "No More!"

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

Art History for Men:
25 MORE 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. James promises to deliver images and ideas that optimistically celebrate humankind's active participation in creatively discerning essential identity and values yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

  Robert Hornacek | Investigative Reporter, WLUK-TV

Bringing the Good News into Your Home

Robert Hornacek is a news reporter, husband, and father of four young boys. Needless to say, his life is full. Within this presentation, Robert not only shares life-changing moments on his journey to the Catholic faith, but also discusses inspiring people who entered his life at critical times. He examines how his faith impacts every aspect of his personal and professional life, and offers insights into how men can better balance their careers with their role as husbands, fathers, and faithful followers of Jesus.

Keynote Address 2:50 p.m.-3:50 p.m.
  Coach Mike Sherman | Former Head Coach, Green Bay Packers
Mass 4-4:50 p.m.
  Very Rev. James Baraniak, O. Praem., Celebrant


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