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Feature News | Wednesday, March 29, 2023

ManUp conference celebrates 10-year anniversary

HOLLYWOOD | 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.

Participants 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

Hosted 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.)

The 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.

ManUp 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 greater.”

During the conference, men are invited to “encounter the Lord while allowing a most powerful personal experience.”

The 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. Edward. 



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