Diocese of Rockville Centre

Major League Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Among Featured Speakers for Catholic Men’s Conference

  • Day Long Conference Set for April 24
  • 1,000 Men Anticipated to Attend 


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 13, 2010 – Rich Donnelly, one of the most experienced coaches in Major League Baseball, will speak about his conversion experience and his faith during Catholic Men’s Ministries’ second annual Catholic Men’s Conference on April 24 at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, NY. The day-long conference will attract men aged 20 and older across Long Island who hunger for a day of prayer, motivational speakers, fellowship and receipt of the Sacraments. The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will be the main celebrant and homilist for the closing Mass at 4 p.m..

The Conference will gather men in prayer and fellowship to be inspired to go out into the world to fight for the dignity of every human being and to protect those in their care. 

Mr. Donnelly is a lifelong, devout Catholic who as a young boy entertained dreams of being a Catholic priest. In his late 20s, he fell away from the faith but had a radical conversion experience after the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Amy. Her amazing story and prophetic words, "The Chicken Runs at Midnight" became a family motto and came true in 1997 when the Marlins won the World Series at midnight.

Other speakers  include:

Reverend Brian Barr, director of vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre will be presenting “Standing in the Company of Heroes: a Catholic Perspective on Leadership.”, In June 2007, Father. Barr was appointed Director of Vocations by Bishop William Murphy. In this role Father Barr is responsible for encouraging, educating, recruiting and directing men in the process of discerning a vocation to the priesthood. He also serves as chaplain to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

Todd Lemieux has been involved in youth ministry for over ten years.  After graduating from Pepperdine University, Todd worked in production for television while starting his own theater company in Los Angeles. He and his wife Dominique have been married for six years and currently live on Long Island with their three children.

Dr. Kevin Kulik is a chiropractor & nutritionist however; those are not his most important titles. He sees his role as a son of God, husband, and father as primary.  His meeting of Mother Teresa early in his career set the tone for the kind of spirituality he desired to pursue.  Shortly thereafter, he began his interest and involvement with Men’s Spirituality in the 80’s, when he joined the “Promise Keepers”. 

Lino Rulli is a three-time Emmy award winner and was host and executive producer of Generation Cross, a nationally-syndicated Catholic comedy TV show, from 1998-2004.  Rulli has won an Emmy award for Best Documentary, the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the National Headliner Grand Award.  He currently hosts a daily radio program, "The Catholic Guy", heard across North America on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Registration for the conference is $35 per person prior to the event and $40 at the door, if space is still available.  The day includes begins at 8:30 a.m.  For more information about The Catholic Men’s Conference and to register visit www.catholicmensministry.net or call 1-866-883- 9636.

The Catholic Men’s Ministry of Long Island is a group of Catholic men, from all vocations and walks of life, that have come together to make a difference in the in the minds and hearts of the people of Long Island. 

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