Men of Integrity: Plan to Attend!
Peter Thompson • Archbishop Richard Smith
Fr. Kristopher Schmidt • Brian Holdsworth
This year’s conference is a challenge for every man to become a disciple of Christ. Perhaps we have spent a lifetime of making false starts. We have great intentions to do what we say but find ourselves constantly starting over. But, far worse, is not beginning! Men, we need to become warriors. We need to get in spiritual shape for battle. We may fail at times but the grace of the sacraments, practice of the virtues and commitment to renewing and deepening our faith through prayer will help us persevere. This is not for ourselves alone, but those God has entrusted to us who rely on our perseverance.
This weekend is an opportunity to begin again! To build good habits which will sustain us and help us lead our families to heaven. True manhood is sacrificing for others. As Catholic men we need to sacrifice for our wives and children or they become the sacrifice.
We can’t do this on our own - we need others -a band of brothers with whom we establisha bond to encourage and hold one another accountable. Let’s get off the bench and intothe game. Lives depend on our action.
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Peter Herbeck is the co-host of the weekly TV show ‘Crossing the Goal’, the popular show for men shown weekly on EWTN and co-host of several other weekly TV and daily radio shows. Peter is also the Vice President and Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries. Peter oversees lay mission teams throughout the world who work to equip lay people, bishops, priests, and religious to respond to Saint Pope John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization. Peter has travelled extensively in the U.S.,Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for the past thirty years, assisting and training local churches in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a frequent conference speaker, and the author of several books and audio tapes about discipleship and life in the Spirit. Peter and his wife Debbie have four children, ages 18 to 25, and live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Peter Thompson was born in England, and as a young boy desired to serve in Africa as a foreign missionary. In 1967, Peter and his wife Madeleine immigrated to Canada where they raised their three children. In 1990, following Saint Pope John Paul II's call for a new evangelization, Peter and Madeleine were invited to join the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelization. They served two years, doing street evangelization and door-to-door parish missions. Peter began teaching Catholic apologetics, working extensively in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR), and traveling throughout East Africa. From 2003-2010, Peter served with ICCRS, the Vatican’s international office of CCR. Peter continues to serve the Church through a dynamic teaching apostolate - which includes parish missions and teaching the Catholic faith, especially in the areas of Catholic apologetics, Church history, the New Evangelization and the New Pentecost. Peter currently serves as Renewal Ministries’ country coordinator in Kenya.
Archbishop Richard Smith is the Shepherd of the Edmonton Archdiocese and we appreciate His Grace taking the time to celebrate Mass and impart words of wisdom and encouragement. We stand strong behind our bishop and his firm stand on controversial issues that confront our society. We support him in his vocation by our witness as faithful men of integrity who gather each year, demonstrating our commitment to our formation, faith, marriage, family and the church.
Fr. Kristopher Schmidt was ordained to the priesthood in 2014. Fr. Schmidt abandoned dreams of becoming a medical doctor and a husband to follow his priestly calling, has and now serves as associate pastor at St. Joseph Basilica.He is a faith servant of our archdiocese, excellent homilist, and especially touches the hearts of young Catholics.
Brian Holdsworth is passionate about the Church’s ability to communicate effectively in the modern world. From his role as the Creative Director of Holds Worth Design, a small Graphic Design and Web Design studio in Edmonton, Canada, he promotes the use of strategic communication and effective branding and packaging of timeless truths through modern means.You can check out Brian's YouTube Channel to see is commentaries on life, faith, work, and anything else he wants to rant about. He is a convert to the Catholic faith and takes any opportunity to spread the faith. He lives and works in St. Albert with his wife Carolyn and they are awaiting the birth of their fifth child.
Stand strong in faith and do not be afraid; the Lord asks us to be missionary disciples, men and women who radiate the truth, beauty and life-anging power of the Gospel." Pope Francis