2018 Guam Catholic Men’s Conference
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20
Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, Hagåtña.
Forms also available at parish offices, the Chancery and Cathedral Basilica Pastoral Office. Submit completed forms with payments to the Chancery or the Cathedral Basilica.
Fee: $10 per person or $15 for a father and son to register. Each additional son $5.
By Tony C. Diaz
Umatuna Si Yu’os
You have not been to confession for many years. You’re embarrassed, afraid, have questions … or all of the above!
As the 2018 Guam Catholic Men’s Conference draws nearer, men who find themselves in the situation described above can be sure of one thing – God is calling you with open arms.
And the Catholic Men’s -Conference on Jan. 20 can help be the nudge that you need.
The Sacrament of -Reconciliation has always been an important part of the annual gathering of Catholic and other men. Despite their busy schedules on Saturdays, a good number of our priests commit themselves to being at the conference to hear confession.
It’s a beautiful thing to behold, this essential grace by God!
The priests are typically stationed at different points of the church grounds or facility as men step forward quietly to confess their sins. It’s a touching picture of humility, of men sincerely admitting the weakness of our nature – our sinfulness.
Individually but also in solidarity, participants make the move to make things right … to be right with our Creator again.
If for no other reason, please come to participate in the purifying Sacrament of -Reconciliation.
The 2018 Guam Catholic Men’s Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagåtña. It’s uplifting in many ways.
Just as in numerous past Catholic Men’s Conferences, there will be an invaluable session covering “The Basics of Confessions.” This year, Father Fran Hezel of the Society of Jesus will give the talk sharing guidelines for -confession.
At the 2013 conference hosted by Santa Barbara parish, we were moved as one man stood up during a period set aside for personal testimonials. He described how he had not gone to confession for decades and how his wife had prompted him to check out the men’s conference.
And so, there he was. A man among many other men. Sinners, all of us. Like many of us, he was moved to confess his sins to a priest that day. A great joy filled his heart and it spilled over to the rest of us as well.
Visibly moved, our Catholic brother thanked the conference coordinators and the priests.
With the ultimate gratitude going to God, on behalf of -Archbishop Michael Byrnes, Agaña rector Father Paul -Gofigan, founder Pat Wolff and the rest of the CMC planning group, I invite all men to join us at this year’s conference.
Come be lifted.