Updated: Apr 6, 2021
to feature Father Richards, Dr. Ray Guarendi
The annual Idaho Catholic Men’s Conference, “Jesus, I Trust in You,” is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt St., in Nampa.
To adhere to the CDC and Canyon County protocols, only 300 men will be allowed to physically attend the conference, which in years past has drawn close to 1,000. Those 300 will be divided into two groups of 150, meeting separately in the sanctuary of the church and at Marist Hall, the fellowship hall next to the church. Because the event has limited seating, it will also be livestreamed via the online platform, Crowdcast.
The event’s main speakers, Father Larry Richards, Dr. Ray Guarendi and Eddie Trask plan to be in Nampa for the conference.
The conference, presented by Salt & Light Radio and sponsored by the Eternal Word Television Network, centers on the teachings of Divine Mercy from St. Faustina Kowalska. It begins with an 8:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Diocese of Boise Bishop Peter Christensen.
Father Richards, a nationally known speaker, is the founder of the Reason for Hope Foundation, an evangelization ministry that produces CDs, DVDs and books. Its website is thereasonforourhope.org.
Dr. Guarendi hosts “The Dr. is In” on EWTN Radio and “Living Right with Dr. Ray” on EWTN Television. His website is dray.com.
Eddie Trask, a Boise resident and parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Boise, is a local speaker and has published his own book on his reversion journey, “Confession All: A Humiliating, Tormented Pilgrimage to God’s Will.” He will present his testimony of returning to the Church after a difficult spiritual journey through Protestantism.
“The Church had meaning, but not much,” Trask writes on his website. “The cross meant something, but not enough. So I left.” But Trask later returned to the faith, telling readers and visitors to his website, “Despite its injuries and scars, I promise you the Catholic faith is worth exploring with a fresh lens. The bride of Christ, the Church, needs all of us to return to the ring and fight for her. We cannot afford to be lukewarm.”
In addition to Bishop Peter, also attending will be Father Caleb Vogel, pastor at St. Paul’s Parish, and members of the religious congregation, Verbum Spei.
Tickets are $48 for in-person seating through Jan. 15, and increase to $60 afterward. Tickets are $40 for students, priests, deacons and military members. The price is $29 for online only participants. The talks will be available to watch later online for those who register.
Register at idahocatholicmen.org/registration, or call 208-484-0898.