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Saturday, February 27, 2021

St. Matthew’s Athletic Center
10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78230

CENTURION$100Become part of an elite group of Centurions; we leave no man behind! This registration pays for you (Admission, Breakfast & Saturday Lunch) AND helps cover registration for a brother in financial need. God Bless You! (NOTE: Does NOT INCLUDE a shirt.) Plus 5-week follow-up video series via email.
INDIVIDUAL – VIRTUAL$50Includes Livestream of Conference, plus 5-week follow-up video series via email.
INDIVIDUAL – IN-PERSON$65 per personIncludes Admission, Breakfast & Saturday Lunch. Plus 5-week follow-up video series via email. Walk-in registrations begin 6:30am.
FATHER/SON$50 per personIncludes Admission, Breakfast & Saturday Lunch for Father & Son(s). Plus 5-week follow-up video series via email.
ACTIVE MILITARY$40 per personIncludes Admission, Breakfast & Saturday Lunch. Plus 5-week follow-up video series via email. Be prepared to show Military I.D. at registration check-in.
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP$YourContributionMen in financial need are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to participate. You are welcome here! Call Pilgrim Center of Hope 210-521-3377 or work with our walk-in registration staff to pay what amount you can afford.
CLERGY, SEMINARIAN, RELIG.ComplimentaryIncludes Admission, Breakfast & Saturday Lunch.


Included with every registration: A 5-week follow-up video series, “Men of Hope: Living Courageously” delivered to your email address.

Each Saturday following the conference and through Holy Saturday, you’ll receive a new short video message of encouragement. “Stay on target!”

Among our video presenters will be special guest Fr. Bruce Nieli, CSP, who was appointed as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis.


Fr. Stephen Gadberry

Fr. Stephen Gadberry

American Ninja Warrior Priest

Father Stephen Gadberry, a native of Arkansas, is a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Little Rock. He was ordained on May 28, 2016. After graduating high school in 2004, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in Texas, Germany and Central Iraq. He majored in philosophy and the liberal arts at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana and completed his post-graduate studies in theology in Rome, Italy, earning an S.T.B from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a post-graduate specialization in Saint Augustine and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger from the Pontifical Augustinianum.

Father Stephen is a fellow of the Word on Fire Institute, part of Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Ministries. When not preaching at the pulpit, you can find him exercising, spending time outdoors, coaching a CrossFit class or playing with his dogs, Murph and Shorty. He was on season 10 of America Ninja Warrior in 2018. To relax his soul, he enjoys listening to music, as well as making music on the piano, guitar and harmonica. He is currently pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Batesville, AR and St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Newport, AR.

Fr. Stephen will be coaching us on...

Stand Your Ground: Ownership, Accountability & Clarity for Christian Men

Jared Zimmerer

Jared Zimmerer

Word On Fire Institute Director

Jared Zimmerer is the Director of the Word on Fire Institute. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and is currently studying for a PhD in Humanities from Faulkner University. He and his wife Jessica live in North Texas with their six children.

At the Conference, Jared will provide us with a rousing message on...

Masculine Courage: Learning Heroic Virtue from the Saints

Fr. Daniel Villarreal

Fr. Daniel Villarreal

Director of Seminarians & Vocations

Father Daniel was born in Monterrey, México. He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, and completed graduate studies in bioethics in Mexico. His background includes work as a chemist in Switzerland and as a high school and college professor in Mexico. His vocation call originated through experiences he had while serving in a vibrant evangelization ministry for many years.

After a long discernment process, he came to San Antonio in 2012, joining Assumption Seminary. He pursued graduate studies in spirituality at Oblate School of Theology, where he researched the areas of charismatic spirituality and inner healing. He is the founder of a lay ministry that works in Mexico and the United States dedicated to the evangelization of the youth and young adults. He coordinates a family catechesis program present in several parishes of our Archdiocese, and is also the director of Dosis, a ministry of inner healing and deliverance. Fr. Daniel was ordained to the priesthood in 2017, and served as parochial vicar for Holy Trinity parish.

Fr. Daniel was recently appointed by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, to serve as Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Director of Seminarians for the Archdiocese, as well as Director of the newly-formed House of Discernment.

At the Conference, Fr. Daniel will train us in...

Spiritual Warfare: Arming Yourself for Battle

SATURDAY, FEB. 27Door Prizes Will Be Drawn! (Times TBD)
AM6:30Doors Open. Breakfast tacos & coffee provided by Bill Miller BBQ.
7:00Music & Exhibitors Open
8:00Livestream Begins
Opening & Welcome
8:45Pre-Mass Announcements
9:00Mass with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS
Priests available for Sacrament of Reconciliation
Food & Beverage Concessions Open
10:30Fr. Stephen Gadberry – “Stand Your Ground: A Reflection on the Role of Ownership, Accountability & Clarity in Christian Masculinity” (Pre-Recorded)
11:30Jared Zimmerer – “Masculine Courage: Learning Heroic Virtue from the Saints” (Pre-Recorded)
PM12:15Lunch Break
1:00Program Returns
1:15Fr. Daniel Villarreal – “Spiritual Warfare: Arming Yourself for Battle” (In-Person)
2:20Chaplet of Divine Mercy
2:45Eucharistic Adoration: Time with Jesus, the Divine Healer
3:45Go Forth Message
4:00Close / Livestream Ends

Schedule is subject to change.


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Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Northwest Medical Ctr.


Rates: $95+ Single/Double; $105+ Triple; $115+ Quad
Good For Nights: Friday, 2/26
Cut-Off to Book: 2/5/2021 (After this deadline, call the hotel; this Catholic Men’s Conference rate may still be honored.)


Saint Joseph

Turn to St. Joseph – patron saint of the Catholic Men’s Conference.

Imagine for a moment what St. Joseph must have been feeling and thinking after an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream telling him to flee to Egypt with Mary and the child Jesus (cf. Matthew 2:13-23)

In this time of uncertainty for our world, our country, and our communities, let us all go to St. Joseph with manly devotion:

  • Learn from St. Joseph how to guide, protect, and provide for your family
  • Be like St. Joseph, a real man of God who loves Jesus, who loves Mary, who loves the Church, and who loves others
  • Take a cue from St. Joseph and be noble and bold

Starting today, please join our Pilgrim Center of Hope staff in praying the Prayer of St. Joseph for Protection:

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, we place in you all our interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist us by your powerful intercession, and obtain for us from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer our thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls – pray for us.

This prayer is a very old and beautiful invocation to St. Joseph. It is said to have been found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. St. Joseph was invoked for protection against a sudden death, drowning, poisoning; for protection against falling into the hands of the enemy, being burned in a fire or overpowered in battle. This prayer can be said for nine days as a novena prayer.



I’m busy that day. Can I sign up for the virtual attendance and watch it later?

Yes! The recording of the conference will be available for 30 days following the event for all registrants.

What happens if I registered to attend in-person, but I cannot make it to the event?

All registered participants will receive an email on the day of the conference, with information about accessing the virtual event. Simply follow the instructions and enjoy the conference at-home in real time or on your own time for up to 30 days following CMC.  If you are registered for the in-person event and KNOW that you will not be attending, please let us know so that we may save expenses on food & beverage being ordered in anticipation of you being there.  Email or call 210-521-3377.

Is there a deadline for me to switch my ticket from virtual to in-person?

If you are registered for virtual and would like to attend in-person, you are welcome to show up, but please be mindful that due to limited in-person seating, we may be full.  Breakfast and lunch are not included in the virtual ticket. If you know at least a week in advance, let us know by emailing or calling 210-521-3377 so we can reserve a seat for you.

Is there an age limit to attend?

No. Males of all ages are encouraged to come and encounter Christ and be in fellowship with other men in order to be taught, inspired and encouraged in the vocation to manhood. Note the Father/Son Registration in-person discount: $15 off individual registration fee per each man. (Pay $50 each registration.)
Sensitive subjects may be presented, and we encourage parents & guardians to provide direction for their sons. The sad reality is that boys of even elementary age are being bombarded with these subjects out in the world; it is best to hear them in the light of the Church so as to grow in virtue and faith in God.

Conference Experience

How is the conference addressing standard CDC guidelines?

For in-person attendees, physical distancing will be facilitated. We’ll be practicing the safety guidelines prescribed by local authorities, including those of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. This means that masks will be required in St. Matthew’s facilities. St. Matthew’s has implemented the daily (done each evening) electrostatic disinfection of all building facilities, to include all surfaces. The electrostatic mist adheres to surfaces and strips away germs.

What would it be like to participate virtually?

From home, you’ll log into a unique website given to you and enter a provided password. This will allow you to access the virtual website, which includes:
* Video player with the livestreamed conference
* Conference Event Program Booklet to follow along
* Virtual Exhibitor Listing – Browse several vendors & ministries with exclusive discounts for you to strengthen and share your faith beyond CMC
* FAQs and ways to contact us via email or text message for feedback & support

You’ll be able to see what’s happening on the conference stage just as the in-person attendees see it (maybe even better!).

You’ll be able to interact by sending your photos & feedback via email, text message, or Facebook; which is answered by our staff. Based on what you send us, our emcee will provide ‘shout-outs’ to virtual attendees throughout the event!

Here’s what Women’s Conference Virtual Participants said:

  • “This was the first year attending the Catholic Women’s Conference virtual and was a little doubtful that it would not be the same as being there in-person. I was wrong, I was really impressed with the way it went. No issues at all. It was easy to connect.”
  • “The virtual side was well done and showed you all were well prepared… Sound was good, cameras were good, and I felt included with the ‘shout outs’.”
  • “This is the first time me and my three sisters participated because it was virtual and we live in different areas of Texas. We text during the breaks and lunch and shared our experience. Wonderful experience!”

What will I experience by attending the conference (in general)?

You will experience a safe and peaceful environment with opportunities to encounter Jesus, the Lord through the presentations, Confession, Mass, Archbishop’s message for you, and be encouraged by seeing many men seeking the Truth!  We are sure many of your questions will be answered, don’t we all have at least one or two? Plus; you will receive spiritual direction you can take with you… an additional gift to those registered – a  five week, 10-minute video series called “Men of Hope: Living Courageously” presented by CMC speakers and Fr. Bruce Nieli, a Paulist priest.

Does my attendance at Mass at the conference count as our weekly attendance to Mass?

The Mass that we will celebrate during CMC 2021 will be Saturday morning Mass, so it is not the weekly Sunday observance. (If you are visiting from out-of-town and would like to attend Mass on Saturday night or Sunday, St. Matthew’s Church is offering several Mass times, including the Saturday vigil mass at 5:30pm.)

Is there anything in Spanish? CMC will not be offered in Spanish this year.


How can I prepare for the conference?

Pray the St. Joseph prayer on the website, ask the Holy Spirit to prepare your mind and heart to be open to what you need to hear/learn.

I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay?

See conference website for host hotel offering discounts. Be mindful of deadline to book.  If booking after deadline, hotel will accommodate price if rooms are available.


How can I help with the conference?

I’ve been inspired by what I’ve heard at past conferences, how can I continue to “Fan the Flame” of my faith after the conference?

This year, we will be offering all registered men a 5-week video series called Men of Hope to journey with you from CMC through Holy Saturday. This video series will be provided to registrants via email. Also stay connected with Pilgrim Center of Hope through our multimedia series; visit our website for the listing & ways to enjoy them. There’s something for everyone – weekly reflections via email / blog, podcasts / audio series, video series… educational, encouraging & challenging: all guiding you into an encounter with Christ, so as to live in hope in your daily life.