In this fun and interactive presentation, Gary shares tons of insights he gained from his 15 year journey through various protestant churches as well as interactions with numerous Fallen away Catholics and pastors. He will take you on a step-by-step journey to Bring your Fallen away Catholic family, friends, relatives and co-workers back to the Catholic faith. Using his "no theology degree needed" approach will give even the beginner disciple all the tools needed to start even the most basic conversations with fallen away Catholics.
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 studies 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 their final home, The Catholic Church.
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.
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 Douglas Raun, the Pastor of St Thomas Aquinas Parish, the largest Parish in New Mexico. The first ever Men's Conference was launched and was a great success with over 200 men attending the first conference. Gary was involved in the original organization and development as well as leading multiple breakout sessions throughout the early years. Gary has even MC'd the entire conference. It is now in it's 12th year and exceeded 700 in attendance and has helped thousands of men over the years to grow in their passion for the Catholic Faith.
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