God Squad Canada Society
God Squad announces their 25th annual men’s conference!
Inspired by St. John Paul II’s call for the new springtime and Avi Kaplan’s song “Change on the Rise” with the view of building up the church:
Our theme is “Change on the Rise; Ushering in the New Springtime!“
We are excited to have
19:00 MT – Friday March 18
Bishop William McGrattan – Bishop William T. McGrattan, the 8th bishop of Calgary, a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; former Bishop of Peterborough, was ordained to the episcopate on January 12, 2010.
He was installed as the Bishop of the diocese of Calgary on February 27, 2017.
Bishop McGrattan’s episcopal motto, “Habe Fiduciam in Domino” (Trust in the Lord) is taken from Proverbs 3:5, which reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight.”
Habe Fiduciam in Domino (Trust in the Lord)
09:30 MT – Saturday March 19 Men are called to be disciples!
12:00 MT – Saturday March 19 How men share the Gospel!
Jeff Cavins – Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker and Bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking theological truths and expressing them in a practical way.
Jeff is partnered with Fr. Mike Schmitz on the award-winning podcast “The Bible in a Year.” Jeff provides a daily reflection on the gospel readings on the Hallow app, partnered with Jonathan Roumie, who portrays Jesus in the drama series “The Chosen.” He is host of The Jeff Cavins Show podcast.
He is the creator of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series published by Ascension. The foundational study, The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation, has enabled students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. Other Great Adventure Bible Studies taught and recorded by Jeff include Matthew, Acts, Revelation, Psalms, James, Galatians, Ephesians, Romans, Hebrews and “Jesus, The Way the Truth and the Life.”
Thousands of groups have used these studies in the US and other countries, and they have helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians engage in scripture in a life changing way. The Great Adventure Catholic Bible, which contains the TGA system, is a number one seller.
Jeff is the founding host of EWTN’s weekly program “Life on the Rock” as well as Relevant Radio’s daily show, “Morning Air.” He is author of several books including the best-selling book, My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith and I’m Not Being Fed: The Food That Satisfies the Soul. Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible is co-authored with Dr. Tim Gray and gives an insightful overview of the Bible.
His latest books are Praise God and Thank Him: Biblical Keys for a Joyful Life, When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding and The Activated Disciple: Taking Your Faith to the Next Level. He recently introduced “The Insight Journal,” an innovative method to record and index insights gleaned from the Bible and life experience.
Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is on the board of the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute at the St. Paul Seminary where he had served as director for 6 years. Jeff and his wife Emily lead pilgrimages to Bible related destinations and annually to the Holy Land.
Jeff Cavins has done more than anyone else in the United States to increase biblical literacy among American Catholics.
— Archbishop Naumann, Kansas City, KS
20:00 MT – Friday March 18 Kingdom Leaders for the New Springtime
11:00 MT – Saturday March 19 Sons of the Father
Brett Powell – Brett Powell has been a leader in the new evangelization for the past 25 years.
He has held various roles including parish youth minister, campus missionary and as an executive with Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) Canada.
He is currently serving as the Archbishop’s Delegate for Ministries and Development in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Brett has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Royal Roads and has been a leadership coach/consultant in the Church and corporate world for several years.
As a speaker, Brett has given presentations throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa.
He has been a contributing writer for various publications including, The Word Among Us. His popular blog, Leadership Where it Matters Most, can be found at www.brettpowell.org.
He also partners on a Podcast for Catholic men, The Way of the Heart at https://www.wayoftheheartpodcast.com/
Brett and his wife Andrea are high school sweethearts and the proud parents of 8 children and 2 grandchildren.
10:30 MT – Saturday March 19 Reflection on Confession
Fr. Jonathan Gibson – Fr. Jonathan, Pastor of St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Calgary comes to us, under the patronage of St. Thomas More, from the Anglican Church one decade ago and has for his guiding principle 1 Peter 5:1-4
“I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it —not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.”
14:00 MT – Saturday March 19 How to build leaders
15:00 MT – Saturday March 19 Participate in the Synod on Synodality
God Squad Team & Speaker –
Open discussion on building leaders in your Church and community for the Kingdom of God.
Discussion on the importance of participating in the Synodal process.