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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Local Conference Aims at Helping Men Grow in Faith...

The EWTN men’s team of Crossing the Goal, is hosting a conference in South Florida, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami, to help men grow in faith and understand their role in society.

The one-day conference by men for men is the brainchild of Deacon Vince Eberling, of Mary of Help of Christians Parish in Parkland, who has been involved in several men’s ministry and is hoping to make the conference an annual event.

In an interview with the Florida Catholic, Eberling, who is a nuclear cardiologist, says, “Men really have a great deal of difficulty knowing where they are supposed to fit and where they are supposed to be in the world today: We came through women’s liberation and the sexual revolution and men don’t play the roles they used to play. So without having a role model they are wandering around by themselves.”

The format and style of the conference will resemble the Crossing the Goal TV show, which is modeled after an NFL football show, including sports terminology and interactions that men can easily identify with. The guest speakers share their experiences, failures, and the skills and tools they have learned over the years of growing and studying the Catholic faith.

Speakers include former New Orleans Saints wide receiver and NFL coach, Danny Abramowicz, who is one of the founders of the Crossing the Goal Ministry, and brings his unique perspective of working with men, dealing with the many temptations NFL players face, and overcoming dependencies on substances and vices.

The other members of the Crossing the Goal team include:

• Peter Herbeck, vice president and director of Missions for Renewal Ministries and co-host on television and radio programs.

• Brian Patrick, a broadcast veteran of nearly 35 years and an active volunteer, mentoring men who struggle with addiction, speaking openly of his own recovery and conversion.

• Curtis Martin, president and founder of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, one of the fastest growing movements in the Catholic Church. Martin holds a master’s degree in theology, is the author of the best-selling author.

The conference will be held this Saturday, March 26th at St. Mark Church in Southwest Ranches.  It begins with morning refreshments and is followed by the team member talks. Priests will be available throughout the day for Confession and there will be time for prayer, questions and answers and fellowship. The retreat will close with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

Registration is $25 per person. A special website has been set up for the retreat at http://www.miamicatholicmen.com/; or call 954-773-7170.

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