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1 – 2 -3… IGNITE!

What better event to launch the use of our new Syracuse Deacons Community @deaconspeaking Twitter Team account than to share our diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference, IGNITE!  There was so much to share at this year’s event that coincided with the Solemnity of The Annunciation.

T-Shirt_Logo TweetThe excitement among the nearly 1,000 men gathered was worthy of sharing. This ninth year is based on a perfect formula for success:

Spiritual Graces – Mass, Reconciliation & Adoration

Catholic Challenges – 3 Very Dynamic and Different Speakers throughout the day

Community – Ample breaks, plentiful lunch, solid vendor support with plenty of space to mix and meet others with shared interests.

Six tweets during the day captured many of the conference highlights. And now, other deacons in the Diocese of Syracuse are joining the Twitter Team to ramp up our evangelization efforts.

If you’d like to follow us, here’s the info:


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UPDATE:  Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:48AM

IGNITE 2015 – Syracuse,  New York
Steve Ray is at the podium now with a talk focused on St. Paul. Wow! Connecting us with a feisty Apostle Paul. Just 40 minutes ago Bishop Robert Cunningham opened this year’s Ignite Catholic Men’s with Mass and a Homily emphasizing the role of the father in the family, who is strong because he cares!


Nearly a thousand men are here: Fathers, Sons, Old & Young. Hands of men Rising Up – Being Strong.

Join us: Inspiring men, by the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit,  to ignite their Catholic faith in everyday life.

UPDATE:  Saturday, 21 March 2015 11:50AM

1. What does it mean to suffer for Christ?
2. If Paul was here today speaking, talking about today’s culture, what challenge would he offer you personally?

UPDATE:  Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:30PM

Not By Bread Alone!

Great barbecue today and time to share at table…

UPDATE:  Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:45PM

Being Strong – The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Each year at Ignite, hundreds of men participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A small army of priests is on hand as men que in the mezzanine. God’s grace is so manifest in the sacraments here at the Ignite Catholic Men’s Conference!

UPDATE:  Saturday, 21 March 2015 1:28PM

Curtis Martin is giving all of us… 925 strong… a reality check. The Catholic Community is in place, but it’s not alive. “Where is the master circuit breaker that needs to be flipped on to bring it to life?

30 million have left the Catholic Church in the last generation. Food for thought!

UPDATE:  Saturday, 21 March 2015 2:00PM

Curtis Martin Wrap-up: Three questions that roll out of the presentation.
1. What was your 4:00?
2. What area of the culture could you set on fire?
3. How will you gather a “band of brothers”?

Coming up: Fr. Larry Richards

Raising the bar: “In 5 years there will be a Holy War in this country!”

Fr. Larry spesks with authority… with conviction and challenges each is to be crucified in Christ. He urges us to pray: “Read the Bible each day… in the morning, no Bible, no bread… at night, no Bible, no bed.”


Gathering as Men

“Many of the men that attend regular meetings of parish fellowship meeting have had an
encounter with the person of Jesus Christ at some point in their lives. That encounter, as it has been told in thousands of meetings, is as varied and diverse as life itself. For many it marked a milestone event – a significant moment in which the man giving witness came
to know the reality of the living Christ as he has never before experienced. For some the encounter was the defining moment – a moment of pure grace that made faith in Jesus Christ a compelling belief. For others the encounter with Jesus was a gradual commitment, a combination of many moments of grace that joined to make an undeniable mosaic of God’s goodness.”

“Why Men Get Together” (From Catholic Men’s Fellowship Cincinnati)

Saturday, February 27, 2010 men from all over the Diocese of Syracuse will gather to share, pray and experience the fellowship of being a Catholic man. Ignite 2010 Catholic Men’s Conference will offer three nationally acclaimed speakers:  Jesse Romero, Fr. Larry Richards and Sean Forrest as well as our own Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.

Plan to attend and be part of a day-long experience geared for men, enriching our faith experiences and helping to build God’s Kingdom!