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Scott Hahn to headline Men Under Construction

The 27th annual Men Under Construction conference will be held on Feb. 17 at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. Speakers include: Scott Hahn, founder and president of the St. Paul Center; Steve Minnis, president of Benedictine College in Atchison; Ray Guarendi, a clinical psychologist, author and TV host; Braden Johnson, a national speaker; and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann. LEAVEN FILE PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

by Moira Cullings
moira.cullings@theleaven.org

OVERLAND PARK — A lineup of dynamic speakers and opportunities for spiritual growth await men of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas this February.

The 27th annual Men Under Construction conference will take place on Feb. 17 at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

This year’s speakers are Scott Hahn, founder and president of the St. Paul Center; Steve Minnis, president of Benedictine College in Atchison; Ray Guarendi, a clinical psychologist, author and TV host; Braden Johnson, national speaker; and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann.

“We are very excited to bring Scott Hahn back to KC to enliven eucharistic amazement and to give all Men Under Construction attendees a path of faith back to Christ himself,” said Jim Baldwin, vice president of the Men Under Construction board.

“Dr. Ray Guarendi will offer some great advice on how to combine faith with psychology,” he continued, “while Steve Minnis will illustrate the faith renewal and eucharistic amazement going on at Benedictine and other colleges and universities around the country.

“And Braden Johnson, a very popular young speaker, will stress the importance of faith and the Eucharist to young and old.”

The conference will include Mass and opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation and fellowship.

Attendees will also receive assistance in establishing small faith groups.

“In addition to the sacraments, family and friends,” said Baldwin, “there are three things that men need to deepen and to widen their faith: prayer, formation and fraternity.

“All three of those will be found at this year’s Men Under Construction conference.”

Tickets are: $40 for adults; $20 for full-time students; and free for priests, deacons and seminarians. Partial and full scholarships are also available for those unable to cover the cost of registration.

To purchase tickets or find out how you can request a scholarship, visit the website at: menunderconstruction.org/tickets.

About the author

Moira Cullings

Moira attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park and Benedictine College in Atchison. She majored in marketing, minored in psychology and played center midfield for the women’s soccer team. Moira joined The Leaven staff as a feature writer and social media editor in 2015. After a move to Denver, Moira resumed her full-time position at The Leaven and continues to write and manage the website, social media channels and Archbishop Naumann's Facebook page. Her favorite assignment was traveling to the Holy Land to take photos for a group pilgrimage in 2019.

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