For the 4th annual Men's Conference!
For the Sake of HIS Name!
Encountering Jesus in Scripture, Sacraments, and Service
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Cathedral of Christ the King
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Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv
Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., was ordained as the third Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington on May 5, 2015, succeeding Bishop Ronald Gainer who was appointed as Bishop of Harrisburg, PA in 2014.
Bishop John was born April 15, 1966 in Amherst, OH. He attended grade school at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, staffed by the Conventual Franciscans, and Lorain Catholic High School. After a year of community college, Bishop John joined the formation program for the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation at St. Bonaventure Friary in St. Louis, MO. During the time of his candidacy he began studies in philosophy and history at St. Louis University and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in each in 1990, after an interruption for his novitiate. He subsequently earned a Masters in Divinity and a Licentiate in Church History from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.
Bishop John made his solemn vows on August 1, 1992, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 16, 1995.
Bishop John served in Texas as a pastor, Moderator of the Curia, and eventually as Chancellor for the Diocese of El Paso. In 2010, he was elected Vicar Provincial of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation and became Pastor and Rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH.
On March 12, 2015, Pope Francis named him the third Bishop of Lexington.
OUR VISION: Holiness through Virtue
OUR MISSION: To promote and support virtue-building programs that serve Catholic men’s call to live in the fullness of grace, guided by the Holy Spirit, through the leadership of our Bishop.
Under the patronage of St. Joseph, we seek to support, strengthen and embolden the spiritual growth of Catholic men through prayer, formation, fellowship, and evangelization. Through programs and events, we seek to help men grow in holiness and to live their faith in their marriages, families, workplaces, communities, and parishes. We seek to work with existing ministries and organizations in the diocese to combine efforts and resources so as to better serve Catholic men. We aspire to hold regular fellowship and formation events, develop a men’s retreat league, a formation-coaching series aimed at business executives, and an annual men’s conference in the diocese.
He saved us and called us to a holy life 2 Timothy 1:9
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