The Catholic Commentator

An impressive lineup of presenters including a “rock star” author highlight the second Men of the Immaculata Men’s Conference scheduled Feb. 17 at St. George Church in Baton Rouge.

Included among the scheduled speakers are Father Mitch Pacwa SJ, who hosts his own show on EWTN; Matt Fradd and well-known author Dr. Scott Hahn, whom conference organizer Hunter Hardin calls a “rock star.”

“It will be a beautiful day to be a Catholic man,” Hardin said. “We are going to have 1,000 guys spending an entire day in fellowship, in formation, in catechesis, in encouragement, in worship. Deeper conversion for greater holiness.”

The theme of the conference, which is in its second year and shifts venue from Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge a year ago, is “A Call to Battle,” with an emphasis on formation, Hardin said. He added the focus will be on how men are forming themselves to be those “unique creations that God has put us here to be. What are we doing on a daily basis. What is our formation path?”

A number of topics to be addressed include the destructive nature of pornography, breaking down complex ideas of faith and the power of the Mass, specifically the Eucharist.

Hardin said Fradd’s special charism is the ability to attractively and reasonably package the content of the dangers and darkness associated with pornography. Hardin noted that the “capacity of lust is in every man and some men really struggle with it. And it absolutely destroys families, lives and marriages.”

He also said pornography’s destructive potential is not given enough of credit.

Hahn will discuss how the Mass, specifically the Eucharist, is a valuable piece in spiritual warfare. He said Hahn will explain how the Eucharist edifies and strengthens Catholics as they go forth in the battle.

Father Pacwa will break down the complexities of faith and make it approachable and attainable, which, Hardin said, is difficult to accomplish. Father Pacwa is also going to talk about the power of reconciliation as it relates to the formation of those in attendance.

“Our mission is greater holiness for every man,” Hardin said “The way to get that is deep conversion through Jesus Christ. That’s the whole point of formation, to get closer to the heart of Christ.”

Hardin said the response to the conference has been remarkable, making it even more amazing since it is only in its second year. But he said the success goes back to the decades of intercession and sacrifice for men to be hungry for this type of organized, group formation.

“Because of those years and years of intercession, the hunger, the wellspring that we are seeing come forth in this community is kind of shocking but kind of expected,” Hardin said. “When you lay that kind of table for the Lord, he’s going to bless it.”

Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for students, who must be at least 16 years of age. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with the invocation and confession beginning at 7 a.m. Lunch, prepared by Chef John Folse, is included, and the day is set to conclude at 3 p.m.

To register, visit catholicmenbr.com.