IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference 2014: “Return to the Lord”


March 29
SRC Arena & Events Center at Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $65 at the door

 All men in the Diocese of Syracuse are invited to attend the sixth annual IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference March 29 at the SRC Center on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. The conference theme for IGNITE 2014 is “Return to the Lord,” an invitation for the men who have attended the event in the past, and an opportunity for attendees to extend the invitation to friends or family who have never been to an IGNITE conference.    The event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration followed by Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham at
9:15 a.m. The conference will conclude with Adoration and Benediction beginning at 3:45 p.m.

   IGNITE 2014 will also feature vendors, three speakers with personal and poignant stories of conversion to the Catholic Faith, and an opportunity for participants to attend confession.

    “One of the challenges attendees shared with us last year was the frustration with family members, friends, siblings and children who had fallen away from the Faith,” explained Father Richard Prior of Holy Family Church in Syracuse, and one of the original forces behind the IGNITE conference for the past six years. “They didn’t know how to help their family members or what to say to keep them in the Faith. This year, all three of the speakers have a conversion story and they will explain how they chose the path of Faith. One of the addresses in particular, by Ken Davison, will be an example of how to approach members and evangelize in your own family.”

   Bill Strott, IGNITE parish captain for Oswego, Cortland and Western Onondaga Counties, as well as one of the coordinators for this year’s conference, believes that attending the IGNITE conference will help men of all ages ignite their love of God and their Faith.

   “IGNITE isn’t just an event; it’s a catalyst to ignite a faith-filled experience of hope and a stepping stone for men to get closer to Jesus and create a strong relationship with Him,” explained Strott. “Our mission is to also direct guys to men’s prayer groups within our diocese to help further and deepen that relationship. If there isn’t a prayer group in a specific local area, it is our hope the weekend will inspire men to start one at their parish.”

Men’s Prayer Groups

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Men’s Group
• 3494 State Route 31, Baldwinsville
• Every Saturday Morning, 7 – 8:30 a.m.,
inside the main entrance Gathering Area
• Contacts: Gary Stelter, stelt37@gmail.com; David Quilter, jdquilter@secleader.com

Holy Cross Men’s Group
• 4112 E. Genesee St., DeWitt
• Every other Thursday, 7 a.m., in the Church Music Room
• Contact: Nathan Gunn, Gunner721@gmail.com

Liverpool Catholic Men’s Fellowship Group
• St. John’s Church,
8290 Soule Rd., Liverpool
• Every Saturday, 7 – 8:30 a.m.
• Contact: Len Gass, lenie.gass@verizon.net; Frank Sylvester, franksyl@hotmail.com; Rick Beiswenger, rbeis@aol.com

Our Lady of Lourdes
• 11 Barton Ave., Utica
• First Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. Mass followed by breakfast
• Contact: Larry Hagan, 10lhmusic@gmail.com

Men’s Spirituality Group
•St. Augustine’s Church,
7333 O’Brien Road, Baldwinsville
•First Saturday of every month, October-June, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
• Contact: Neil LaBrake, nlabrake@twcny.rr.com

St. Joseph’s Catholic Men’s Fellowship Group
• 5600 West Genesee St., Camillus
• Saturday, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
• Contact: Joel Leite, joel.e.leite@lmoc.com; Mike Higgins, MBHSR2010@yahoo.com

IC Catholic Men’s Fellowship Group
• Immaculate Conception Church,
400 Salt Springs Rd., Fayetteville   
• Saturday, 7 – 8:30 a.m.
• Contact: Mike Hausladen, michael.hausladen@verizon.net; Matt FitzGibbons, fitzmkdle@aol.com

Holy Name Society
• Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter’s Church,
301 Ash St., Syracuse
• Once a month
• Contact: Tony Iannattone, tonyi.casesupply@gmail.com

St. James Men’s Prayer Group
• 147 Main St., Johnson City
• Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
• Contact: Michael Washington, mwashington@stny.rr.com

St. Stephen’s Men’s Group
• 469 Main Street, Phoenix
• Saturday, 8 a.m.
• Contact: Ed Wilcox, ewilcox9@twcny.rr.com

St. James Men’s Group
• 4845 South Salina St., Syracuse
• Every Other Saturday, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
• Contact: Steven Kenyon, sgkenyon@hotmail.com

Holy Family Men’s Group
• 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse
• Saturday, 7:00 AM
• Contact: Robert Fangio, rfan21156@aol.com


Kerry Fraser  

Kerry Fraser is a former senior National Hockey League referee and will speak at IGNITE 2014 about his conversion to the Catholic faith.
   He began his NHL officiating career in 1980, and has called over 2,100 NHL games, including 260 Stanley Cup playoff games. Fraser also officiated during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
   An accomplished speaker and the author of a best seller, The Final Call: Hockey Stories From a Legend In Stripes, Farrell is also on the board of directors for Catholic Athletes for Christ and speaks to groups on his conversion to Catholicism.

Richard Lane

   Richard Lane converted to the Faith in April 2003, and in early 2005 Lane began proclaiming the Gospel as a street corner evangelist, sharing the Word of God and passing out Bibles, crosses and other religious items. Since that time, Lane continues to be featured in the national media on “Catholic Answers Live,” Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio and Protestant Radio. Lane is also the producer and co-host of “Evangelizing St. Louis.”
   Lane’s dynamic and charismatic style of ministry is based upon three principles; Faith – Hope – Love; integrating these with the Sacraments instituted by Christ. Evangelist Lane focuses on reconciliation in an effort to bring about healing to those who are lost and have fallen away from the Faith.

Ken Davison

   Ken Davison is the Chief Operations Officer of the Envoy Institute and has spoken to audiences about developing their children’s Catholic Faith and nurturing a Christian imagination in today’s toxic culture. His writings have appeared in This Rock, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, and the Knights of Columbus online magazine Fathers for Good.
   Since 2007, Davison has worked closely with Patrick Madrid to develop the Envoy Institute, a nationwide outreach teaching Catholics to better understand, defend, and share their Faith. Davison is the creator of Glory Stories, a children’s radio series of dramatized saint stories, and founder and president of Holy Heroes, which provides fun and catechetical products to help parents “bring the joy of the Faith to their families.”
   Davison was a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science, a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, earning a Master of Arts in history and Russian language and literature, and a graduate of the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University, earning a Master of Theological Studies.
   Davison converted to Catholicism in 1998 and lives in North Carolina with his wife, Kerri, and eight children.

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