Men join in prayer during the fourth annual Boston Catholic Men's Conference April 19. Pilot photo/ Neil W. McCabe
More than 1,500 Catholic men April 19 attended the Boston Catholic Men’s Conference at Boston College and were joined by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who shuttled from papal visit in New York City to celebrate the closing Mass and meet with Boston media to describe the meeting between the Holy Father and five local victims of sexual abuse by priests.
The theme of the fourth annual conference was “Put Out into the Deep,” a verse from Luke that many priests, especially young priests, have told him is their favorite passage, said Scot Landry, the director of the archdiocese’s development office. Landry has led the organizing team for each of the last four years.
Having Boston College’s Conte Forum and its ancillary accomodations was the product of the close relationship between the BC community and the archdiocese, Landry said. As the team was realizing that budget and scheduling concerns would prevent the conference from returning to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the college’s president, Father William P. Leahy, SJ, reached out and offered facilities on his campus, he said. “Father Leahy knew that this was an important piece of the renewal of the archdiocese and he made it a priority of his office.”
The general sessions were hosted on the floor of the arena with participants seating in the stands, seats where the ice rink platform and even some gravitating to the team benches and the penalty box.