The Diocese of Rochester’s 2nd Annual Catholic Men’s Conference was held on Saturday October 1st, 2016.

2016 Conference Schedule

  • 6:45 am – Doors Open and registration/check-in begins
  • 8:00 – 9:15 – Celebration of the Holy Mass with the Most Reverend, Bishop Matano
  • 9:15- 9:45 – Breakfast/Coffee served.
  • 9:45 – 10:45 Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Patrick Coffin
  • 12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch will be served
  • 1:55 – 2:55 Dcn. Harold Burke Sivers
  • 3:15-4:00 Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration
  • 4:00 Conference Ends


The guest speakers for the 2016 conference have been announced. 


Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J.


In the year 2000, Father Mitchell Pacwa, S.J. established Ignatius Productions, a Catholic media production apostolate, under the Society of Jesus, whose mission is to teach people the scriptures, educate Catholics about their Faith, and promote unity and understanding within the Mystical Body of Christ.

Father Pacwa received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then continued his studies and then received his Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts as well as his Ph.D. in Old Testament.
Father Pacwa is fluent in twelve languages and has a unique understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. Father’s extensive travels to the Holy Land has inspired him to write the “Holy Land Prayer Book,” which has been published by his Jesuit apostolate, Ignatius Productions. Father Pacwa also has the privilege of being bi-ritual, which means he also celebrates the Maronite Mass of the Eastern Catholic Church.
He is best known for his appearances on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), where he currently hosts two television programs – “Threshold of Hope” and “EWTN LIVE” and as the weekly host of EWTN Radio “OPEN LINE” program.
Father Pacwa is a best-selling Catholic author and you can find his books and follow his speaking schedule, pilgrimage information, CDs and DVDs and now MP3 files available on his web site at: events.fathermitchpacwa.org   

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him.

Deacon Harold travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to people of all ages and from all walks of life who desire to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him.

His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, the Church’s vocational choices and how they are lived out, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas.

He co-hosts a weekly broadcast, “Living Stones,” every Monday on Mater Dei Radio, and has appeared as a guest on numerous other national and international radio programs, including “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio.” In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television, including “Made in His Image: Family Life Today,” “Authentically Free at Last” and “Priests and Deacons: Ministers of Mercy.” Deacon Harold is also the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality published by Ignatius Press.

Deacon Harold is featured on The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, a vibrant marriage-enrichment program rooted in biblical values and designed to help husbands and wives know God better, trust Him fully and love Him completely throughout the course of their married lives.

Retaining a deep love of Benedictine spirituality which he gained during his time discerning a call to that religious community, Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and a consultation team member for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Directory for Catechesis.

Most importantly, Deacon Harold is married to his lovely wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children. They live in Portland, Oregon, where Deacon Harold is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.

Patrick Coffin

Patrick Coffin is the host of Catholic Answers Live, the highly popular Catholic radio, heard on over 450 stations and on Sirius 130. He also hosts Catholic Answers Focus podcast. Coffin has interviewed a diverse set of guests, from Grammy and Emmy winning actor and musician Harry Connick, Jr., presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, and Pat Buchanancto novelist Dean Koontz, recording artists Collin Raye and Natalie MacMaster, to bishops and cardinals from around the world.

He has appeared on the FOX Channel, Comedy Central, and EWTN, and is the co-founder of the indie film company, Immaculata Pictures (www.immaculatapictures.com). Coffin’s writing has appeared in National Review online, Inside the Vatican, The Toronto Star, The National Catholic Register, St Austin Review (England), Spero News (Spain), and Catholic World Report.

He is the author of Sex Au Naturel: What It is and Why It’s Good For Your Marriage (Emmaus Road Publishing) with a Foreword by Dr. Peter Kreeft.  Coffin is also a professional magician (www.coffinmagic.com) who says his greatest trick was getting his Peruvian bride to say yes. The Coffins live in San Diego.