MASTERING WHAT MATTERS

18th Annual Conference
Saturday, 9 March 2024

Mastering What Matters

Today, there is more disorder in our world than ever before. Disorder in our government, schools, and even in our own families. And while some things are beyond our immediate control, we can start the process of change by bringing order to our family life, work, prayer life, and our own minds. But to do so, we need to master ourselves.

Kevin O'Brien Sam Blair Archbishop Listecki Fr. Mark Bernhard Dave Durand

Kevin O’Brien is the President of North America Publications and the CEO of Best Version Media. Kevin enjoyed a pro football career from 1993 to 1996 when he began searching for God. That led him everywhere—except the Catholic Church. But then, a powerful confession finally brought him home. Kevin has been married to Leslie for 23 years and are blessed with seven children. In 2006, Kevin co-founded the MEN OF CHRIST® apostolate, one of the largest Catholic men’s conferences, the Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance, an apostolate to unite all Catholic men’s ministries, and Virtue Sport, an apostolate that uses sports to build character in children. In response to growing disunity in 2020, he created Unite Our Nation to bring Christ into the streets through Eucharistic processions.

Sam Blair is a former Navy SEAL officer with over a decade of experience leading elite teams around the globe. After holding leadership positions on multiple SEAL teams, he taught Leadership and Ethics at the United States Naval Academy and helped screen, select, and train over 90 new future SEAL Officers. Sam is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Valletta Industries, a Government Contract company focused primarily on maritime training. He holds an MBA from Cornell, an executive leadership coaching certificate from Georgetown, an executive certification from MIT, and an undergraduate degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Sam and his wife Lauren and their three children are proud parishioners of Saint Peter’s Parish in Covington Louisiana.

Ordained a priest on May 14, 1975, the Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki was named the 11th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. He previously served as bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse. In 2000 he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Chicago and ordained a bishop in 2001. In 2002, Archbishop Listecki was named the episcopal vicar of the Vicariate 1 of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition, he is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Archbishop Listecki began graduate studies in Canon Law and Moral Theology in 1979 at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. His Episcopal motto is “Life is Christ,” from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (Phil 1:18-26).

Fr. Mark Berhnard is a priest of the Diocese of Joliet, Ill. Before becoming a priest, Fr. Mark served as a FOCUS missionary at the University of Nebraska. Ordained in 2017, he is currently pastor at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Clarendon Hills. Fr. Mark earned a Masters in Philosophy at St. Meinrad Seminary and Masters in Divinity at Mundelein Seminary. He is the founder of Fit Shepherds: a workout group that parishes launch for evangelize and disciple men.

Dave Durand is the Co-Founder of Best Version Media, Decided Excellence Catholic Media and a Co-Founder of Lighthouse Catholic Media. He has been named the Most Respected CEO three times by Glassdoor, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and one of the Top 100 minds in the arena of Personal Development by Warren Bennis’ magazine, Personal Excellence. Dave is a gifted speaker, the author of four books, and the host of the Dave Durand Show on Relevant Radio. Dave is the proud father six children, including a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The theme, “Mastering What Matters” seemed a fitting way to bridge the stellar lineup of speakers we have for this year’s conference.

Our good friend Archbishop Jerome Listecki will celebrate Mass at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and begin our day with prayer. We’ll approach self mastery from an organizational perspective in a talk by Dave Durand, an entrepreneur, author, and radio host. Sam Blair, former Navy SEAL and management consultant will provide insight on mental preparedness and gaining focus. Fr. Mark Bernhard will discuss self mastery in terms of the spiritual warfare that we face and must keep from devouring our families. Kevin O’Brien, Men of Christ co-founder, will close the conference with practical advice about men supporting one another and holding each other accountable. Joining, or starting, a men’s group at your parish is the perfect way to become a better son, man, father, mentor and patriarch. The Men of Christ team is ready to help you promote your men’s group, so tap into our resources.

What’s holding you back from attending the conference? Listen to men like you who felt the same way, and how the conference changed their lives.

Breakout sessions for young men.

We’re planning some special content for high-schoolers, as well as for young men who are beginning to start their own families. So fathers, bring your sons, and nephews, your brothers and friends. The Men of Christ conference is a high-energy day for men of all ages.

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