Fr. Mike Schmitz "The Marks of a True Christian Man" — Arlington Diocese Men's Conference 2018

  • Published on:  3/5/2018
  • Fr. Mike Schmitz is a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, Minn. He currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese. He is known nationally for his videos and social and digital presence.

    "Act when it is time to act, fight when it is time to fight, and lead," Fr. Mike Schmitz said to a rapt audience of more than 700 at the #MensConference. "I am able to serve my bride, friends, and family when I need to serve them."

    If we look past or forward, continued Fr. Mike Schmitz, we miss what is in the present. "The first mark of a man is to be an adult, to take responsibility, to embrace responsibility, and to take accountability."

    On March 3, under the theme “Marked Men: Called to Greatness,” more than 700 participants at the 2018 Men’s Conference filled St. Joseph Church, in Herndon, to capacity.

    “As baptized men — as Catholic men — we are marked with the seal of God and marked for greatness,” said Nico Panlican, an organizer of the sold-out event.

    Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Fr. Mike Schmitz of the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., and Billy Atwell, Chief Communications Officer for the Arlington Diocese, were the main speakers, facilitating discussions among the attendees through talk backs, breakout sessions and a question and answer panel.

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