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Chicago Southland Catholic Men's Conference


Presented By

Rev. Bishop Joseph N. Perry and

Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS)



Father Larry Richards


"Be A Man"



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Click here to read the homily from the conference Mass by Bishop Joseph Perry.


Here are some response thoughts from the men who attended this conference, held on April 22, 2017. (Join the email list at the link above to learn about the next event):



"Father Larry Challenged us. I learned key messages. Our goal is to be a saint. How? Pray and love. Die for your family. Praise your family. Keep them focused on Jesus. (This was the) Best conference."



"This event was moving and spiritual. It was more than i expected."



"It was good! I have read Fr. Larry's book 'Be a Man' and it touched me deeply. This was like a refresher."



"Time well spent!"



"Very great meeting. Very inspiring."






"Father Larry's message is great for men to hear; and then act."



"Great event. Great message with important challenges."



"It brought me to task as a Man."



"This was a great conference. Fr. Richards was "frank" and we needed that, he is gifted in delivering his message "be a man". I loved it!!"



"Fr. Larry Richards is a great speaker and the topic very well needed today.




"Let more people know about Catholic Men of Chicago Southland."



About Fr. Larry:


Father Larry Richards has been a priest since 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and he currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. In 2004 Father founded The Reason For Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ‘spreading the Good News’ by educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through CDs, DVDs and books. He is the author of “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be”, a #1 best seller for Ignatius Press, having sold over 100,000 copies. He also has a second book called “Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will” published by Our Sunday Visitor which has sold over 40,000 copies. Father released a Catholic Men’s Bible, NABRE, with Our Sunday Visitor in 2014, and also a Scripture Devotional Calendar entitled “No Bible, No Breakfast! No Bible, No Bed!”   Father hosts the EWTN radio show called “The Reason For Our Hope”, and a live EWTN radio show called “Open Line”.    Fr. Larry also hosts a radio show called “Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards” that can be heard nationwide on Relevant Radio.

About Bishop Perry:


Reverend Bishop Joseph N. Perry is Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Co-Founder and Moderator of Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate (CMCS).

Biographical Summary (Click and Scroll)


About Mr. Casella:


Mr. Frank J Casella is the Co-Founder of the Bishop Perry Men's Conference's and Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland. A Catholic Visual Artist and Photographer by trade. LinkedIn Profile




About Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS):


CMCS has a practical way of evangelizing catholic men young and old, and their families, of helping them to understand what the culture often rejects – how men and women should relate to one another in complementary ways and how important husbands and fathers are to children.


Since 2004, CMCS has reminded men and helped them to do what is in their power to do: to a be holy and courageous man, to improve their marriages, to be better fathers, to grow in virtue, to serve the needs of others more generously, to be a better citizen.

About Father Larry's Presentation:


The 'Be A Man' presentation was made to the men of Erie, Pennsylvania for 10 weeks and the inspiration for Fr. Larry Richard’s best-selling book “Be a Man”.

Fr. Larry draws on his many years of ministry and his own experience as a man to inspire other men as men. In this presentation Fr. Larry challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitation, while urging them to find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults. He inspires men to become the true heroes they long to be – men of authentic courage, compassion and integrity.

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