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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


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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.