| Over 200 fathers and sons gathered at Nativity Church here, Feb. 24 and
25, to attend the 2023 ManUp Men’s Conference, a
ministry that’s marking its 10th anniversary this year.
hailed from 53 of the 109 Archdiocese of Miami parishes. Others traveled from
the dioceses of Palm Beach and Venice, and as far away as Toronto, Canada, to
attend this year’s conference
by the ManUp ministry in conjunction with Miami Catholic Men, Inc., the conference
celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. The ministry began with men from St.
Edward Parish in Pembroke Pines, which hosted the first conference in 2013. (The
pandemic forced a hiatus in 2020 and 2021.)
conference always takes place on the weekend after Ash Wednesday as a “kickoff
to Lent.” The conference is designed for fathers and sons, ages 16 and up – or grandsons,
sons-in-law and nephews, as the ManUp website states. Admission is free.
describes itself as “a ministry for men at a time when the need for men to grow
as ‘priest, prophet and king’ as anointed through baptism has never been
the conference, men are invited to “encounter the Lord while allowing a most
powerful personal experience.”
2023 conference theme was “Swimming Against the Secular Current.” Keynote
speakers were Father Josh Waltz, pastor of the Church of St. Joseph in the
Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, and Father John Poku, parochial vicar at St.