Tuesday, February 16, 2016

(169) Matthew Leonard Featured in 2016 Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal and Poster


Matthew Leonard speaking at a Day of Recollection.  For a one minute segment of a beautiful talk of his on Lent, click on https://youtu.be/Y4DVUlf7ec4

Editor's Post Conference Note:  For a summary of Matthew Leonard's talk and the 2016 Men's Day of Renewal, go to

(105) Matthew Leonard: Highlights of the 2016 Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal

For the seventh consecutive year, the Diocese of Steubenville is sponsoring the Men's Day of Renewal on Saturday, February 27 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell off of I-77 Exit 25.  The patron of the Conference is St. Joseph, a model of a true man of God, to whose intercession we count upon for its success.

If the mother takes the spiritual lead in the family, the probability that the children will remain faithful to the Church as adults is about 40%.  If the father takes the spiritual lead, that probability doubles to 80%.  This is crucial because we are losing our youth.  As Danny Abramowicz of “Crossing the Goal” on EWTN likes to point out, “The children love Mom, but tend to follow Dad.”  Thus the participants are challenged to be true men as God intended.
If the Men of the diocese are in good spiritual shape, the family is renewed.  If the family is renewed, the parish is renewed and so is the diocese.  The men must be spiritual leaders in their families.  The men must step up and be the pillars of the parish.......not only the women.  The men must put Christ into the marketplace and in their jobs.  Set the men on fire and we renew the parish, the diocese, and ultimately the Country, thus transforming Society.  That's what the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio is trying to accomplish with the Men's Day of Renewal.

The goal of the Men's Day of Renewal is to focus on the spiritual development of the men of our diocese. Having spiritually strong men of faith and character translates into more solid families, more dynamic parishes, and better communities. This is crucial to the Church, now and in the future. It is also critical for nurturing vocations.
Matthew Leonard
          To complement the Mass presided by Bishop Monforton and the Reconciliation Service, the featured speaker is Matthew Leonard.  Father of five young children, he proclaims the power of prayer as an unusually dynamic and captivating speaker to audiences all over the U. S. and abroad.  He will first speak on the art of being a true Catholic, while giving the men an appreciation of the beauty and the splendor of the faith, motivating them to deepen their knowledge, become more committed and effective witnesses in our secular society.  Later in the day Leonard will show that prayer works; prayer is power and will help the men to learn how to pray more effectively and grow in holiness. 

Often appearing on radio and television, he has written two books and a number of articles on these subjects.  After serving in Latin America as an Evangelical missionary, Matthew Leonard discovered the truth of the Catholic faith in 1998, claiming that converting was the “greatest thing I ever did”.  After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he became a real estate development executive in Chicago and later a Theology instructor at Ave Maria University in Florida before becoming the current Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Steubenville.

Matthew Leonard is the author of “Louder Than Words – the Art of Living as a Catholic” and “Prayer Works – Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality”.
          This background puts Matthew Leonard in a position to speak on the theme of this year’s Steubenville Diocese Men’s Conference, “RISE UP OH MEN OF GOD!”.  That is through the power of prayer rise up to be the spiritual leaders of their families, to do their part in renewing their parishes, be servant leaders in the community, and to make a difference for Christ by applying the social teachings of the Church to their professions.  This unusually dynamic speaker will challenge the participants to be not only servant leaders, but also first and foremost men of prayer.

While travel time may be long and distance may be far for many, that gives the conference a pilgrimage flavor, and Lent is all about sacrifice and spiritual growth.  Since St. Stephen Church in Caldwell is in the geographic center of our far flung diocese, the Steering Committee is hopeful that the men of Steubenville in the north and the men of Ironton and Chesapeake in the south will be able to participate.   Nevertheless, this mini-pilgrimage is still a lenten sacrifice of early rising and a long trip with great fellowship in a van or bus as the men pray together, discuss the talks and other events of the Conference, and deepen friendships.  A bag lunch is provided. 

It should be a great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual invigoration. In each of the last six years men returned reinvigorated, enthusiastic, and spiritually refreshed.  Expect the same this year.  It is awesome to hear the men lift up their voices in song and be moved by the beauty and power of the faith.  But mostly, through God’s grace, we will have more good spiritually strong men for the kingdom of God as well as the battle against secularism and other evils that  plague our society. We will have more men who put Christ into their professions. We will have men who will become more knowledgeable in their faith and better prepared for a joyful Easter and an eternal closeness to God.  The Men's Day of Renewal has grown into an annual event in our diocese, thus fulfilling a great need.

Promotional Help Needed. One or two men are urgently needed in each parish to assure the success of this event. To ease the burden on our pastors, we are depending upon our men to offer their assistance as parish representatives to mobilize the men with good one on one personal selling, register them, and organize van pools.  Word-of-mouth advertising is essential to maximize the promotion of the Men’s Day of Renewal throughout each parish. We ask participants of past years to tell their friends about this awesome opportunity for spiritual renewal.  Equally important, women can be most valuable in encouraging their husbands, sons (including teens), fathers, fianc├ęs, etc., to attend. This is a very important part of the new evangelization.”  Father and son can make this day an unforgettable shared experience in which they become closer to each other.  If the pastor accompanies the men, he would have an opportunity to know the men better and thus solidify the parish.  The Men’s Day of Renewal needs confessors.

 The local Knights of Columbus council can be most valuable since the spiritual formation of their men is part of their mission.  They are asked to mobilize their men to attend and organize a van pool.  Traveling together can build friendships and provide opportunities to tell about the Knights, thus making the Conference a recruiting tool.    

Each prospective parish representative is asked to make his availability and contact information known to the Chair of the Steering Committee, Don Coen at (740)264-0155, (740)632-1565, or donandmargcoen@yahoo.comMen may register individually or the parish representative may collect the registration forms with payment and send them as a package to Roger Huck; %Men’s Day of Renewal, P.O. Box 54; Beverly, OH 45715.  This would save considerable time waiting at the door.  Checks for the Registration cost of $25.00 per person are to be made payable to the Diocese of Steubenville with “Men's Day of Renewalwritten on the memo line of the check.   

Transportation Needs. A carpool, vanpool, or bus saves on fuel costs and gives an opportunity for fellowship while traveling to and from the event—especially for those traveling greater distances. Please assist with the organization of transportation for those attending in your parish.

Donations Needed. It is very expensive to put on a conference of this magnitude and feature today’s top speakers. While the Steering Committee does its best to minimize the cost for each participant, we are seeking donations from businesses, parish organizations, the Knights of Columbus, and individuals. Please send donations to Roger Huck as shown above. 

Ads in the Program Brochure.  Details on placing the ad for a business or community organization, or Knights of Columbus Council are in the Conference Blog or call Roger Huck at 740-984-2234 or 740-336-9128.
More information can be obtained from your pastor, from Don Coen above, or Paul Sebastian at (740) 245-9404 & paulrsebastian@yahoo.com.

Useful Resources for Promotion. The pastor and parish representative can utilize our Conference Blog at http://diosteubmen.blogspot.com, beginning with Blog #93) Overview, Poster, and Registration;  94) Ad Form;  95) Press Release #1;  96) Possible Short Bulletin Announcements;  97) Promotion Ideas;  98) Crucial Importance of the Parish Rep;  99) Sign Up Sheet;  100) Sample Bulletin Insert;  101) Example of an After Mass Talk By a Layman;  102) Possible Pulpit Announcements; 103) Press Release #2; and 104) Secular Press Release.  

There are also interesting articles on men’s spirituality, highlights of past conferences, and other information.  After the Conference and throughout the year, articles will be added to help the men keep in good spiritual shape.  Clergy, Religious, and knowledgeable layman are invited to submit articles.

Please submit your registration as soon as possible. Registration will be accepted at the door; however, doing so in advance makes our planning more efficient and also helps to minimize waiting at the conference entrance.  

 Get you into good spiritual shape
 Have a great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual invigoration with fellow parishioners and participants at the conference, resulting in deeper friendships and parish cohesion
 Develop ourselves as men of character and spiritual strength as we obtain the graces to cope with problems and conquer problematic issues that trouble our society
 Be an effective spiritual leader to your family as a better husband and father
 Prepare our hearts for the great feast of Easter as we become closer to God
 Become more knowledgeable about our Catholic faith and grow in Christian maturity
 Become a more effective soldier of Christ, and help strengthen His kingdom on earth

Catholic Men’s Day of Renewal

A Lenten retreat for the men of the
Diocese of Steubenville
Saturday, February 27, 2016

8:00am — 3:00pm
(Doors open at 8:00am)

Mass Celebrated by:

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton

Diocese of Steubenville


Don Coen

                                                St. Stephen Catholic Church
1036 Belford Street
   Caldwell, Ohio 43724

GUEST SPEAKER - Mr. Matthew S. Leonard

Matthew is the father of five young children, proclaims the power of prayer as a radio host and unusually dynamic and captivating speaker to audiences all over the US and abroad.  He will first speak on the art of being a true Catholic.  Later he will show that prayer is power and will help the men to pray more effectively and grow in holiness.  Often appearing on radio and television, he has written two books and a number of articles on these subjects.  After serving in Latin America as an Evangelical missionary, Matthew converted to the Catholic faith in 1998 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  He was a real estate development executive in Chicago and later a Theology instructor at Ave Maria University before becoming the current Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Steubenville.