Event Name

The 12th Annual Man Up Philly Conference


Event Location

Mirenda Center of Neumann University


Start Date and Time:

Saturday March 7th 8AM


End Date and Time

Saturday March 7th 5PM


Event Description

All men are invited to join Catholic men from throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the 11th Annual Archdiocesan Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 9 at Neumann University’s Mirenda Center.


The speaker lineup this year includes:


Former Eagles Tight End Brent Celek. He is a long time NFL tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to his time in the NFL, Celek played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati. He was the Cincinnati MVP and a second-team All-Big East selection during his time as a Bearcat.


After graduating, Celek entered the 2007 NFL Draft and was eventually selected in the 5th round by the Philadelphia Eagles. Celek secured the starting tight end position at the start of the 2010 season, ending the season with 76 catches for 971 yards and eight touchdowns.

This breakout season cemented Celek as the team’s top tight end, and he would go on to produce year in and year out.


He went out on top, helping the Eagles win Super Bowl LII and retiring after the season.


Immaculée Ilibagiza


Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Rwanda. Her life was transformed dramatically in 1994 during the Rwanda genocide when she and seven other women huddled silently together in a cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days! During this horrific ordeal, Immaculée lost most of her family, but she survived to share the story and her miraculous transition into forgiveness and a profound relationship with God.


Her book about this experience, Left to Tell, became a New York Times Best Seller. To date, it has been translated into seventeen languages and has sold over two million copies. Four years after the Rwandan tragedy, Immaculée immigrated to the United States and began working for the United Nations in New York City. She has since established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help others heal from the long-term effects of genocide and war.


Immaculée has written six additional books in recent years. Today, Immaculée is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on faith, hope, and forgiveness.


Steve Bollman

During the Great Jubilee, Steve Bollman experienced a personal call to found a ministry dedicated to finding God within the context of marriage and family life. In 2001, he founded Paradisus Dei as a lay Catholic ministry and in 2002 he set aside his professional interests as an energy derivatives trader in Houston, TX to dedicate himself full time to the development of the ministry.


Steve has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from Notre Dame. His varied background enables him to integrate the teachings of our faith with the findings of modern science. His professional experience allows him to present these findings to popular audiences in a highly accessible manner.

Steve’s writings have appeared in The National Catholic Register, Inside the Vatican and The Catholic Answer.


Mark Forrest


Mark Forrest is an acclaimed Irish tenor, whose melodic voice has filled concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and cathedrals worldwide. He has sung inspirational hymns for luminaries such as Saint John Paul II and Saint Mother Teresa.


His soothing Broadway melodies have entertained award-winning performers including Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, and Maureen O’Hara. From Presidential entertainment in the White House to his own house with his wife and eight children, Mark continues to inspire the world with his music.


The conference will conclude with a vigil mass with his excellency Archbishop Charles Chaput


Confessions, adoration, and fellowship will also be a part of the day-long event.


Register here for the event: https://manupphilly.com/registration/


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