When Gary Diocesan Bishop Donald Hying met with members of St. Patrick's Men and Women groups last August, he challenged the men to get more involved and become role models to their children by embracing their faith and becoming more active.

The result of that meeting was a NWI Catholic men's conference entitled "Be A Man" which will take place from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John.

"I'm very impressed with the movement," said Bishop Hying. "Men, especially husbands and fathers have a special role and perspective they bring to the church. Young men and boys need to know and see their fathers active."

Hying points to astounding numbers, up to 500 percent and says that becoming active members can be a "game and a life changer."

"Our men's club is very strong and we have seen the difference and positive energy it brings our parish," said John Stahura, St. Patrick parishioner and men's conference committee member. "We've been working diligently to obtain inspiring speakers and host an event that will be both powerful and inspiring."

The committee has been meeting for months and have solidified some noteworthy speakers and presenters such as Fr. Christopher Stanish, Fr. Larry Richards, Matthew James Christoff, Sean Martin and the Bishop himself.

"This is a great way for men to become engaged or reengaged in the blessed sacraments, scriptures that will make them stronger Catholics," said Hying. "When I was in the archdiocese of Milwaukee, we had a very strong movement. When the leaders of this conference came to me with their ideas about a conference, it was something I was very in favor of from the start.

Men can register by visiting www.nwicatholicmen.com, calling 219-649-1708 or emailing nwicatholicmen@gmail.com

Cost is $30 for adults and $20 for college or high school students and subject to first come, first serve.

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