November 20, 2009

Letters to the Editor

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Thank you, Archbishop Buechlein, priests and all who helped make the annual men’s conference a success

On behalf of the Marian Center of Indianapolis and all the men who attended the fourth annual Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference, “Lions Breathing Fire,” we would like to thank the dozens of priests and seminarians who attended and assisted throughout the day.

We would especially like to thank Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein for his support, his opening remarks and prayer, as well as his time hearing confessions all morning. Archbishop Buechlein’s presence—amid his busy schedule and recent surgery—was a wonderful example of a shepherd tending to his flock during this Year for Priests.

Our many priests also need to be commended for taking time out of their busy schedules to hear 400 to 500 confessions and concelebrate Mass. Many priests also promoted the conference and organized groups of men from their parishes.

It was also significant to see so many seminarians helping with registration and Mass. There were approximately 25 seminarians present from the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary and Saint Meinrad School of Theology. It gives us hope knowing there has been such a large increase of committed men discerning the priesthood.

We hope to continue the conference in order to bring men closer to Christ, strengthen families and encourage men to become good stewards in their parishes.

The men’s conference would not have the same impact without the sacraments and the participation of many selfless priests and seminarians.

We also appreciate The Criterion coverage and articles about the conference.

Again, many thanks.

- Mike Fox, Co-chairman, Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference

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