LIVING BOLDLY-Godly Men in a Secular World
Saturday, March 1, 2008
The theme for this year’s Catholic Men’s Conference is "Living Boldly" Godly Men in a Secular World. Each of this year’s speakers has lived that theme and stands in our presence as a Godly man, mentor and teacher and heroic leader.
Guided by the Holy Spirit and fired by the love of Jesus Christ each of our speakers, two priests and a former Jesuit seminarian found success in their chosen fields early in life. After seven years as a Jesuit seminarian and teacher, Chris Lowney then nearly penniless and with not much more than the clothes on his back went to work for Wall Street giant, J.P. Morgan. Lowney soon became one of Morgan’s brightest and went on to become a Managing Director while still in his 30’s. He was posted around the world managing J. P. Morgan offices in Asia and Europe and credits much of his success to the disciplines he learned while a Jesuit.
Fr. Richard McAlear was ordained in 1970 and only six short years later he founded a healing ministry that continues to this day. Fr. McAlear spends about half of his year at Ave Maria University mentoring and teaching, but for the rest of the year he travels world-wide meeting the demands for his healing masses, reconciliation services and speaking engagements. Fr McAlear remains as active in the pursuit of his ministry as he was over 30 years ago when it was founded.
Fr. Bruce Nieli was ordained in 1973 and has evangelized all over the U.S. including the Archdiocese of New York, Texas, Tennessee and elsewhere. In 1994, only 21 years after his ordination, he was selected to be the Director of Evangelization for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He continues to evangelize and inspire with his words and works and recently ministered at Ground Zero in NYC and to displaced Catholics at the Houston Astrodome in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
What is extraordinary about each of these men is his commitment to his principles, his focus, inspired by the Spirit, on his ministry and his ability to sustain those attributes over a lifetime, not yielding to the pressures of notoriety or resting on the successes achieved early in his career.
The 2008 Catholic Men’s Conference is a great opportunity to see and hear these men witness to their beliefs and share their own challenges and stories of success. They are, each differently, Disciples of Jesus Christ.