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 Bishop Conlon offers his Greetings for the Diocese of Joliet Catholic Men's Conference 2019

"Rise Up! Sons of God."


 2019 Speakers:




Deacon HaroldDeacon Harold Burke-Sivers

"The Dynamic Deacon"

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him.

He travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to everyone who desires to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the weekly broadcast, “Living Stones,” every Monday on Mater Dei Radio, and has appeared as a guest on numerous other national and international radio programs, including “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio.”

In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television. Deacon is featured on the award winning Chosen faith formation program by Ascension Press and the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality published by Ignatius Press, and co-author of the acclaimed new book, Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before.

Deacon Harold is featured on The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, a vibrant marriage-enrichment program rooted in biblical values and designed to help husbands and wives know God better, trust Him fully and love Him completely throughout the course of their married lives.

Retaining a deep love of Benedictine spirituality which he gained during his time discerning a call to that religious community, Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mt. Angel Abbey. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.


PacoFrancisco Gavrilides - Catholic Evangelist 

Francisco "Paco"Gavrilides has served as a Catholic missionary in the ministry of evangelization and the building of Charismatic Christian communities throughout the United States, Latin America, and in countries around the world for over twenty years. He has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement since 1968, and gives conferences in English and Spanish.

Paco received his Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology from the archdiocesan seminary in Monterrey, Mexico. He is currently working in the office of evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit as an evangelization coordinator. Among other ministries, he teaches couples on Christian marriage and coordinates the ministry for men. He was the director of programming at St. John Center for Youth and Family. Previously, he worked at St. Thecla Parish in Clinton Township, Michigan as director of adult education and family formation. Prior to his work with St. Thecla, Paco worked for seven years at the University of Michigan in evangelization and pastoral care of university students, and later as pastoral associate at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Ionia, Michigan.

Paco and his wife Inez have three children. Together, they have produced an album of prayerful and inspirational music entitled Gaze Upon the Lord. The songs and music are the original inspirations given to Inez by the Lord.



Fr. Burke Masters - Spiritual Director

Ordained in 2002, Fr. Burke serves as the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Joliet. After a stellar baseball career in high school, Fr. Burke went on to play baseball at Miss. State, where he played in the College World Series. After college, Fr. Burke felt a call to the priesthood. He now travels around the diocese encouraging men and women to lay down their lives for Christ.

Click here for Fr. Burke's Story




What to Expect:

Afternoon Mass with Fr. Burke

Fellowship for the Whole Diocese

Dynamic Breakout Sessions

Inspiring Speakers


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