The Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship is sponsoring a Catholic Men’s Conference to be held on October 29th at St Joseph’s Oblates Seminary in Laflin, PA. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and light refreshments will be served. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available, and the day will conclude with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Most Reverend John M. Dougherty, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Scranton serving as principal celebrant.
The keynote address will be given by Brian J. Gail, Catholic author, Knight of the Immaculate, and highly sought-after speaker on matters of faith and family. Mr. Gail is a former college and semi-pro athlete, Madison Avenue ad man, Fortune 500 senior executive, entrepreneur and CEO. He has served on boards of non-profit corporations assisting the underprivileged in his hometown of Philadelphia. He is the co-founder and benefactor of three Catholic classical academies educating children in the Philadelphia area, and he has been a benefactor St Charles Borromeo Seminary. Brian is also a husband, father of seven, and grandfather of five. He and his wife of 40 years, Joan M. Gail, live in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Gail is the author of a three-book series of Catholic fiction entitled “The American Tragedy in Trilogy.” The individual novels are titled “Fatherless”, “Motherless” and “Childless”. The two former novels are international best sellers. The latter novel is being released November 2, 2011. The novels tell the story of a parish priest and three Catholic families who are parishioners of the fictional St Martha’s parish in a suburb of Philadelphia during the period 1980 through 2020. The recurring theme in the novels is the challenge faced by American Catholics to reconcile their pursuit of the American Dream with the Church’s universal call to holiness.
Brian Gail said he wrote the novels as a way to instruct his children and the next generation of American Catholics the truth about God’s plan for life and love and the moral consequences of trading the Divine Plan for our own. Through the lives of his characters he shows how most members of his generation (the Baby Boomers) pursued the American Dream to the exclusion of the Church’s call to holiness. Thus the result is the American Tragedy apparent in the headlines of our day.
The registration fee for the conference is $15.00 if received by October 22nd. The fee increases to $20 thereafter. $5.00 of each registration fee will be donated to Mother Teresa’s Haven for homeless men operated by the Diocese of Scranton. Clergy and seminarians can attend free of charge but still need to register. For further information go to www.guardianoftheredeemercmf.org or call 570-362-0417. Printable flyer with registration form here.