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Being a Man Today: What Does it Mean?




6:30pm-8pm May 4

About the Course

Many men look up to Black professional athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers as their inspiration and standards of happiness and successful men.

How do society’s definitions of success and happiness align with the way we live? Are those conflicts harming us and our communities, and how do we heal from this?

The workshop examines how Jesus the God-Man helps us be better in our roleS as brothers, husbands, fathers, uncles, and grandfathers. It explores how St. Joseph's and Fr. Augustus Tolton's lives empower us to be men of courageous faith.

Communities thrive when they ask questions, do meditative prayer, are self-reflective, study our Catholic faith, and build healthy relationships with others.

This webinar invites men to gather in discussion and meditation to tackle this topic. However, everyone is welcome to attend.

Your Instructor

Pastor Addisalem Mekonnen

Pastor Addisalem Mekonnen
Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen is the parochial administrator at St. Martin de Porres Parish in North Philadelphia, Pa. In 2020, the Archbishop of Philadelphia appointed Fr. Mekonnen the Spiritual Director for the Philadelphia Senatus -- a governing body of the Legion of Mary that encompasses several dioceses surrounding Philadelphia, Pa. He established a Legion of Mary presidium in 2021.
Prior to that, Fr. Mekonnen served as a parochial vicar at Nativity of Our Lord parish in Warminster Bucks County from 2015-2019; and parochial vicar at St. Anselm parish for 2019-2020.
Mekonnen is one of five children who grew up in West Philadelphia, Pa. He was called to priesthood in 2005. He was ordained in 2015.
His hobbies are drawing, running, painting and writing spiritual poetry. One of his favorite quotes is “God Alone”, by St Louis de Montfort.

Pastor Addisalem Mekonnen
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