Authentic Christian Men

Therefore Holy Brothers
who share a Heavenly calling,
fix your eyes on Jesus.

(Hebrews 3:1)

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Embassy Suites Conference Center
Norman, OK

Conference Director: Ray Haefele




Father Geoff Rose

Father Geoff Rose believes that his life’s mission boils down to one word: Service! Father Rose is a member of the religious congregation the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and Chaplain of Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson, Michigan. Prior to joining the Oblates in 1996, Father Rose explored just about every angle of Political service. He was elected to the City Council of Ypsilanti, Michigan at the age of 21 in 1992. He has served as one of the youngest Mayor Pro Temps in the history of the state of Michigan. Father Rose has also served as Executive Director of a Political Action Committee and as a senior staffer for a member of Congress. Father Rose is the co-founder of Mark 5:11 ministries, serves on the board of directors of IsleGo Ministries and is director and Chaplain of the Catholic HEART work camp. Known affectionately as “Frose” by his students, his energy, humor and passion for sharing God’s love is refreshing.


Steve Bollman

During a successful career in the energy industry, Steve Bollman experienced firsthand the profound pressures placed on men and families in a modern society. He has also witnessed the lasting impact a man of faith can have in the greater society. Steve is the founder and President of Paradisus Dei and developer of the Men’s Leadership program, “That Man is You!”  Paradisus Dei is an organization of lay Catholics dedicated to helping families discover the superabundance of God within the context of marriage and family life.  Steve is also a nationally recognized writer whose articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Inside the Vatican and The Catholic Answers to name a few.


Eric Porteous

Eric Porteous graduated from Arizona State University in 2002 with a B.A. in Communication.  For 8 years he was the Coordinator of High School Youth Ministry at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.  During his time at St. Patrick’s Eric led numerous mission trips to Mexico with the Friends of the Orphans Organization.  He has spoken to hundreds of men and thousands of teens.  His authentic and direct message is not only spoken but lived out in his daily life.  Currently, Eric is the Director of Direct Contact for Life Teen International, an International Catholic Youth Ministry Organization.  His daily task is to reach out to parishes on a worldwide basis and to help them implement strong youth ministry programs.  He travels around the world training youth ministers and core members and leading retreats for both teens and adults.  Eric is a sports fanatic, and in his free time you can see him on the field or the court!


Fr. Tom Boyer

Father Thomas Boyer, in his words, is a priest who has served the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for 41 years. He has taught at Bishop McGuinness and Mount St. Mary Catholic High Schools in Oklahoma City and has also given numerous Diocesan retreats for priests and parish congregations. For 15 years, he served as director of vocations for the Archdiocese. He is a member of the Priests Personnel Board, National Pastoral Musicians and served on the National Organization for the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy for ten years. Father Boyer has a Bachelors Degree in Biology and a Masters of Divinity from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. Father Boyer has served as priest at several parishes within the Archdiocese and is currently pastor at St. Mark the Evangelist in Norman Oklahoma.


Breakout Sessions

Sacred Sex, Sacred Marriage and the Holy Eucharist

We live in a sexualized society.  In the media, sexual relationships have few boundaries. and it is rare that sex within marriage is depicted as exciting or satisfying.  So… what is God’s plan for sex and marriage? How well are we living up to that plan? What are the consequences of creating our own answers and where is the Eucharist in all of this? Walk away with the answers to these questions and some of the wisdom of God, as revealed to John Paul the Great.

Co-Presented by Deacon Roy Forsythe and Fr. Joe Jacobi


Resisting Temptation and Overcoming Sin in the Face of Evil

Turn on the TV for an hour and the “real” world is quickly presented in commercials catering both to our vanity and our lust for food, women, gambling, alcohol and the acquisition of things lots and lots of things!  Turn off the TV and this distorted view is still present to varied degrees in all facets of our lives.  How do you maneuver the sea of temptation and maintain “custody” of your personal holiness, your calling as a worthy son of God?  Find out practical ways Authentic Christian Men stay above and beyond the fray.

Co-Presented by Fr. Thomas Boyer and Ray Haefele


The Fast, The Furious and Your Family - Fighting for Time In A Frenzied World

Have you stopped to ask yourself, “why are we so busy?”  Carting children between practices, games, recitals, school events, birthday parties and get togethers with family and friends – all the while multi-tasking: checking e-mail from work, directing homework lessons, sending text messages, trying to keep up with the deafening din of communication, entertainment and activity.  Are you with your family but not truly present to them?  Has all of this activity squeezed out the time to truly talk, share, listen, pray and relax?  Put the brakes on for an hour and focus on how to break the cycle of “going and going” but not getting anywhere.

Co-Presented by Fr. Geoff Rose, OSFS and Joe Elbow


Developing A Successful Men’s Program In Your Parish

Do you wish that you had a regular men’s program in your parish – a reason to gather with other Christian men for fellowship and the sharing of God’s Word?  Hoping to improve an existing program? Whether you want to be a leader or a participant, this session is designed to give you an overview of the keys to a successful men’s program – from bringing the idea to your pastor to recruiting a leadership team, from marketing the program to holding and programming individual sessions.  A primary focus will be on the That Man is You! (TMIY) Men’s Leadership Program developed by the presenter. Combining the teachings of the Church and wisdom of the saints with the best research from modern science in an interactive, multimedia format, TMIY puts the vision of man fully alive within your grasp.  (TMIY is offered to parishes free of charge and funded primarily by two donation appeals presented to participants each year.)

Co-Presented by Steve Bollman and Don Greiner


Authentic Holiness: A Heroic Calling - Young Men’s Breakout Session

This talk teaches young men what it means to live lives of Heroic Virtue by striving for holiness.  Through powerful testimony and witness to the faith, they will be challenged to practice chastity, uphold the dignity of the body and women, and pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and the Sacraments.  

Intended for high school and college age men.  We encourage fathers to attend one of the four breakouts designed for them while letting their sons attend the young men’s breakout session independently.

Presented by Eric Porteous