Gary K.Padilla - Speaker - Founder
DEEP IN YOUR FAITH - BACK STORY
A cradle Catholic, Gary fell away from the Faith in his mid-twenty's and spent 15 years in various Protestant Churches. During this time he became a Protestant Deacon and was deeply involved in numerous Protestant Bible study's and Home Study Small Groups. During this time in the "Protestant World" he also became a Children's program director, VBS Coordinator and even a drummer for a praise and worship band.
Then while attending a service at a local "Bible Church", the Ex-Catholic Pastor made an inappropriate statement about Transubstantiation. A spontaneous and profoundly spiritual sequence took place that launched Gary's journey, as well as his wife Kristi's, back to the Catholic Church. After about a year of intense study and a "Roller Coaster Ride" of events that took place, back and forth from Protestant to Catholic... Gary, his Convert Wife and all his 5 children settled into there final home, The Catholic Church.
Upon returning home to The Church, Gary helped start a group of men committed to making God and the Catholic Faith a priority in their lives. They created a Men's Group dedicated to helping men grow in their passion for the Catholic Faith. During this time talks began stirring about creating a Men's Conference for the entire diocese of Santa Fe. A meeting was organized with the Arch Bishop of the Diocese, as well as Mnsgr Raun, the Pastor of St Thomas Aquinas Parish, the largest Parish in New MExico After hearing of Gary's Journey through the Protestant World and back to Catholicism, Archbishop Michael J Sheehan. gave Gary the specific task to find and bring home as many Ex-Catholics as he could that he encountered during his time as a "Protestant", A task that Gary has taken to heart and followed passionately ever since.
In 2007, Gary was on the planning committee that developed the first ever Southwest Catholic Mens Conference for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. In addition to planning each years event, Gary also has presented talks as well as MC'd the entire event. The conference is now in it's 11th year and has changed the lives of hundreds of men.
Gary K. Padilla
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