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Catholic men gather ‘Together in Christ’


Men kneel during eucharistic adoration during the 6th annual Boston Catholic Men’s Conference held April 17 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH END -- For about 1,500 Catholic men, a recent gathering at the archdiocese’s mother church proved to be spiritual refreshment.

On Saturday, April 17, the archdiocese held its sixth annual Boston Catholic Men’s Conference. This year’s event was at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and was titled “Crossing the Goal: Together in Christ.”

Speakers at the conference included the hosts of EWTN’s “Crossing the Goal” -- Peter Herbeck, Danny Abramowicz, and Curtis Martin. Herbeck spoke on the topic of conversion, and Abramowicz, a former wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers and assistant coach under Mike Ditka with the Chicago Bears and Saints, spoke about transformation. Martin, the president and founder of FOCUS Ministries, which provides campus ministers to colleges and universities locally and nationally, spoke on the topic of mission in the morning and returned in the afternoon session to speak about the gift of the priesthood in honor of this Year for Priests.

Other speakers included Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, who gave the opening remarks and served as the main celebrant and homilist for the conference Mass, and Father Paul O’Brien, pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Lawrence, who spoke about his founding of the Cor Unum Meal Center.

Scot Landry, the archdiocese’s Secretary for Institutional Advancement helped organize and administer the conference and served as the day’s emcee.

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