WelCom August 2018:
A national Catholic men’s event to be held for the first time in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and hosted in Auckland this September, will offer men an opportunity to come together in faith, to listen, and to improve their lives in areas they care about – faith, family, marriage, work, mates and life generally.
Entitled MAX18NZ, the event is jointly organised by menALIVE and Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship. It will run from Friday evening 28 September to Sunday afternoon 30 September, at Kings College Otahuhu, Auckland.
Modelled on the annual MAX weekends held in Brisbane and facilitated by the menALIVE Australia, the acronym represents:
- Max – Men Alive for Christ;
- 18 – this year 2018; and
- NZ – differentiating this MAX event from the Brisbane one.
- UNLESS – refers to the many passages in scripture with conditions attached to them. For example, John 3:5 ‘UNLESS a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.’
MAX18NZ UNLESS will encourage men to look at various aspects of their Christian journey where ‘Unless…’ might apply.
Keynote speakers include:
- menALIVE co-founders Robert Falzon and Peter Shakhovskoy from Brisbane;
- Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin;
- Bishop Denis Browne of Hamilton;
- Sir Brother Pat Lynch, former CEO of the Catholic Education Office;
- Deacon Gary Stone, Australian military chaplain and author of Duntroon to Dili; and
- Peter Gabaeur, menALIVE Australia core team.
There will also be a choice of workshops about God, personal relationships, parish and Church, life-plans, and Scripture. Masses will be celebrated and there will be an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.