March 30, 2019

Doors open at 8am. Mass at 9am.

(schedule and directions are below)

Advance Registration is closed. Please register at the door.  

Through your generous support, the IGNITE Conference can continue to motivate, inspire, and bring men closer to Christ.


Participant feedback from the 2017 conference

Thank you for the beautiful rosary as a Parish captain gift. I will put it to use today. The IGNITE conference was once again excellent.” – Gary, Baldwinsville

“We are so very blessed to have such a great event through which we get to be ‘re-charged’ in our faith.” - Mark, Camillus

“The conference was great, and I received many positive comments about it. One of our ‘rookies’ already signed up for next year. Thanks again for everything that you do. Now on to Ignite 10.” – Ken, Binghamton
— Feedback from IGNITE 2017


Eric Mahl


Eric Mahlgrew up in the small town of Monroeville, Ohio where he was a standout athlete. He earned a scholarship to play division one football at Kent State University and, in 2005, was signed by the Cleveland Browns. After leaving the NFL, he spent three years working in the world, where he continued his intensive focus on discerning his vocation. After this period of discernment, he sold or gave away all his belongings so as to fully give himself to the Lord and live out the message of Divine Mercy. His journey eventually lead him to the shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Eric now lives, works, and prays in service with the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.

Chris Padgett


Chris Padgett is a speaker, musician, and author who has traveled the country for more than a decade spreading the message of Jesus’ love and forgiveness. In 1999, Padgett entered the Catholic Church on Easter. He earned a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University. He is a published author of  Spirituality You Can Live WithWholly Mary and coauthor with his wife of Holy Marriage, Happy Marriage . Chris is an impassioned Catholic who percolates with excitement about his faith.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and they have nine children.

Dr. John Bergsma


Dr Bergsma grew up a Protestant (Dutch Calvinist), and converted to the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  Today a Professor of Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he has been twice voted Faculty of the Year by graduates.  Author of seven books, including Bible Basics for Catholics and New Testament Basics for Catholics.  Dr Bergsma specializes in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has published more than 25 articles.  Has been a guest on EWTN’s The Journey HomeFranciscan University Presents, and Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show.

A Message from Bishop Robert Cunningham

On March 30, 2019, Catholic men from around Central New York and beyond will gather for the 11th annual IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference.

As usual, nearly 1,000 men will gather on the campus of OCC for prayer and fellowship as we celebrate the Mass together, spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and meet the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year, I am pleased to welcome Chris Padgett, Eric Mahl, and Dr. John Bergsma to the 11th annual gathering. The inspiration and grace of this day will fill your own life and touch the lives of all whom you go back to at home, work, and in your communities.

Please plan to join us for the special gathering as we celebrate eleven years of the IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference.
— Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham






The SRC Arena is located on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

4585 W Seneca Tpke, Syracuse, NY 13215