2022 Men’s Conference – Sharing the Faith

About the Conference

This conference aims to help men understand the role they play in sharing the faith with their wives, children, friends and community. The conference will take place at the Arnold Hall Conference Center.

Speakers include:

Bill Bowman, CEO of Arete Consulting and former Dean of the Busch School of Business at Catholic University of America, and his wife Leigh Bowman will discuss how faith is shared within the family – between husband and wife, parents and children – as well as how faith can be shared as a family through hospitality and other means.

Fr. Jeff Langan will provide a refresher on key tenets of our faith that must be understood in order for husbands and fathers to answer Jesus’s call for discipleship.

Pat Fagan, President of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), will discuss the lifelong cycle of becoming a better man through the stages of fatherhood.

Luis Tellez, President of the Witherspoon Institute, will speak about what the saints, especially St. Josemaria Escriva, can teach us about addressing the modern “culture wars” in a positive and faith-filled way.

Peter Wolfgang, Executive Director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, will share his perspective as an advocate for pro-family public policies, and how he’s found success engaging positively with people on some of the most contentious cultural topics.

Joe Falcao, EVP and CFO at ORVA, will speak about how men can find practical ways to unite their professional lives to their vocation as fathers and disciples of Christ.

See below for details on the speakers.

Format:

The conference will consist of talks, group discussions, and informal get-togethers. The sessions will work in combination to offer guidance and encouragement for fathers to follow their particular spiritual path as men who are called to share the Gospel.

Mass will be said Saturday and Sunday by a priest of Opus Dei and there is quiet time available for prayer in the chapel.

Location

Arnold Hall Conference Center, One Randall Street, Pembroke MA 02359.

Date & Time

The Conference starts on Friday, October 28 at 6 p.m. with a light buffet dinner and concludes on Sunday, October 30 11 AM.

Cost

The cost of the Conference is $250. Scholarships are available. If you cannot afford the full amount, please pay what you can, when you can.

Speaker Bios:

Luis Tellez:

Mr. Tellez spent the early part of his career working in the chemical industry, and subsequently spent over twenty years administering several non-profit corporations before becoming president of the Witherspoon Institute in 2003. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the James Madison program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Mr. Tellez received a BS and MS in chemical engineering as well as an MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Bill Bowman:

Bill Bowman has led companies as President or CEO for over 25 years. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of the Arete Consulting Corp, a Washington DC-based firm that helps companies determine the human virtues most important to their customers and then provides training to employees to help them practice those virtues.

Before that Bill served as the Dean of the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America.

Bill was also involved in three entrepreneurial ventures. In 1982 he co-founded Spinnaker Software Corporation, one of the nation’s first educational software companies. After selling Spinnaker to The Learning Company, Bill began the operations of Israel-based Logal Software, Inc., another educational software company where he served as president and which he helped take public in 1996. His third venture was also in the educational field. In 1978 he co-founded The Montrose School, an independent day school for girls in grades six through twelve located in Medfield, Massachusetts, which was voted as one of Boston Magazine’s Top 10 Private Schools.

Bill is an engineering honors graduate of Northwestern University and received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

He is married to Leigh Bowman, and they are the parents of nine children. They live in Washington DC.

Pat Fagan:

Pat Fagan Ph.D., (sociology and psychology) from Dublin, Ireland, was a grade-school teacher before specializing in child, family, and marital therapy, becoming a teaching consultant at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, McGill University Medical School’s teaching hospital for family physicians.

After doctoral studies in Washington DC, he switched focus to family issues in public policy, working for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Social Policy, before joining Heritage Foundation to research and write on the endless connections between marriage and worship in a well-functioning individual, couple, family and society.  In the last decade, he built  The Marriage and Religion Research Institute, working on the challenges facing students, parents, and pastors, with recent emphasis on fathers and grandparents. He has authored over 30 synthesis papers on marriage, family, children, and religion, and commissioned dozens of analytic studies including The Index of Belonging (measuring the social health of America) and Mapping America (measuring the social capital of America by family structure and religious practice).

He and his wife Theresa have eight children and 18 grandchildren.