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Catholic Chicago Men's Conference 2018


Nurturing Catholic Men's Spirituality in Chicagoland



April 7, 2018 (Saturday after Easter) - St. Rita of Cascia High School (here)



Keynote - Father Bradley Zamora



“Living Emmaus in Everyday Life”



Synopsis: Christ encountered the disciples on the road to Emmaus following the Resurrection. As we live our lives following the Resurrection, how have we encountered Christ and how has that encounter inspired us and challenged us to live the faith as Catholic men?



Mass and Homily - Reverend Bishop Joseph N. Perry


Emcee - Mr. Peter Palanca



Read the Homily from the Conference Mass

by Bishop Joseph N. Perry on the Blog.

View pictures from this event on Flickr


Comments from response cards by some of the men who attended

"Good Job! Thanks to all leadership keeping this going".


"Good speakers.  I will keep in touch via. website and follow the blog".


"This was a good Event. I enjoyed the keynote address".


"Very Enlightening -- Enjoyable -- Father Brad was very good -- Bishop Perry was good to have in attendance".


"Suggest to have 2 conferences per year -- Spring and Fall -- to attract more guys".


"Wonderful speaker and great people".


"Interesting how the many of our experiences are similar".


"This was my first time, and I thought is was very good. Thank you.".


"Always enjoy attending ... ".


"Great event ... I enjoyed it much".


"Very encouraging".


"Excellent conference. Very good attendance. Excellent keynote speaker. Workshops excellent".


"(Enjoy) joining men of different parishes".






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“We are proud to offer a few hours of respite, prayer and solid input to men across the Archdiocese on how they can live faithfully the implications of their baptism and discipleship in Christ for these times,”


-- Most Reverend Joseph Perry, Conference Episcopal Liaison


The ‪#CatholicChicagoMen‬’s Conference on April 7 "affords the men of our Archdiocese & beyond to come together and share their encounter with one another and realize that on the path of life & faith we’re all in this together."


-- ‪Father‬ ‪Brad‬ ‪Z‬amora, Conference Keynote Speaker

About Reverend Bradley A. Zamora:


Reverend Bradley A. Zamora was ordained a Catholic priest on May 17, 2014 at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. He serves as the Director of Liturgy and Chairperson and Instructor in the Department of Liturgy and Music at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.


Prior to the appointment at the seminary he was blessed to serve as an Associate Pastor and the Director of Liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral from July 2014-2017. Brad grew up in Chicago in the Pilsen neighborhood just west of the loop and attended St. Stephen Catholic Church and St. Barbara Catholic Church. His parents have been married for 25 years, and he has one older brother, two younger brothers, a younger sister, and is the proud uncle of soon-to-be three fabulous nieces. Brad attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary High School in downtown Chicago and graduated in 2006. He then attended Loyola University Chicago and was a part of St. Joseph College Seminary on the campus of Loyola graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He continued studies and formation for the priesthood at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 2014.


Brad, with a fellow priest, is a part of Arise Preaching (arisepreaching.com), serves as the Coordinator for Nightfever Chicago (nightfeverchicago.org), Spiritual Director for Grounded Ministries (groundedmin.com), Clergy Liaison, Chicago Chapter, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and a Member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, and the Archdiocese of Chicago Steering Committee on Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Brad is also a musician and has sang and played piano and organ across the Chicago Archdiocese since he was in the 4th grade.

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 down)


About  Mr. Peter Palanca


Peter Palanca has devoted his career to helping individuals and families avert and overcome the struggles and consequences of addiction. His leadership in prevention, treatment, and recovery support has been recognized and valued not only across Illinois, but nationally as well.


Recently retired as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), Peter led TASC’s strategic planning, development, service enhancement, and diversification efforts, including the introduction of TASC’s treatment services in 2017


Peter is long time University Professor at Governors State University in the Addictions and Behavioral Health Division.



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



"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."



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