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CFC International Catholic Men`s Conference held in Fremont, California

About 200 Catholic men roared in joyful prayer, feverish praising, intensive discourse and selfless sharing of spiritual experiences and wisdom at the Mother Teresa Event Center of the St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Fremont, California last September 15, 17 2017.

 

Coming from all over the West Coast of the United States and Canada, the Men of God and Servants of the Lord congregated for the three-day 2017 International Catholic Men's Conference.The confab's opening welcome fellowship commenced with initial encore performance by Tracy Boyz and fun-filled thumb-wrestling challenge competition. 


For the Caucasian attendees who joined the esprit de corps dinner, the venerable pork vienna sausages was a choice but they also gleefully picked Filipino entrees kamayan style (eating with bare hands). With the camaraderie spirit set in tone, the delegates were ready to don their gray conference shirts for serious discussions in the next two days.


On Saturday, St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Priest Fr. Anthony Vaz challenged the conferees to change their life by changing habits and staying close to God.

 

In the first session titled “I Dare You”, CFC USA National Director Toffee Jeturian stressed, “Our faith will always be tested and challenged no matter how strong we are... We always have crosses in life... Don't resist crosses. When life gets too hard, kneel.” 


In his talk, Jeturian aired the prayer for every one to raise at all times, “Lord, help me get one more for you.” His talk was buttressed by two sharers, Eddie Gonda and Alvin Santos who both highlighted their deep faith in God and His providence.


The afternoon talk of Jojo Reandelar reminded everyone that weathering the storm can only be overcome by faith, citing Mark 4:40: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Sharer James de Leon confirmed this by sharing his life, which was wrought by early hard-ships such as a car crash, divorce andfinancial hardships. Instead of being affected by the difficulties, he committed himself to God and served the Church more, affirming his trust in the Lord. 


The evening fellowship peaked with the delegates donning their favorite sports team jerseys and belting out performance presentations and role-playing of popular cinema characters, movies and celebrity icons.

 

On Day 3, Joemar Salumbides, International Coordinator for SOLD, in his session titled “I Will”, said that life is not a case of “I will, but His will”.


“Everything must be lifted high to the Almighty Lord,” Salumbides shared. “We must believe in Jesus Christ so we will succeed. Do not merely listen to the Word. Carry each other’s burdens, for in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” 


In the “I Will” ceremony, participants were given ballers with “I Will” and this year's conference theme “Be Strong and Courageous” inscribed on it. Sharers Ramiro Dela Cruz, a heavy and agricultural machinery businessman who flew from Manila for the conference with spouse Gilda, and Bart Ancheta shared how they encountered difficulties in their lives, how they survived these because of their strong faith and how God has been so good that they now have successful careers. 

 

Next year, the Catholic Men's Conference goes to Oregon and San Diego. (Text and photo by Federico A. Espiritu of CFC SOLD APC/ FilAm Star)

Added on Monday, October 23, 2017


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