Pope Francis has called each of us to be “missionary disciples.” This invitation encourages every Christian to strengthen their relationship with the Lord as well as find ways to share their faith. To assist you in answering the call of Pope Francis, the Diocese of Syracuse is preparing to host the seventh annual IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference. It will again be held at the SRC Center on the campus of Onondaga Community College. The conference theme for IGNITE 2015 is “Rise up. Be strong. You are sent.” At this year’s conference, Curtis Martin, Steve Ray, and Fr. Larry Richards will challenge every man who attends to find their strength in the Lord.

Mark your calendar for March 21, 2015, when we will have the opportunity to strengthen one another and stand up together as missionary disciples sent out by the Lord.

—Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham

Online registration now closed. Please register at the door 8:00–9:00 am!

IGNITE 2015 March 21, 2015 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

SRC Arena
Onondaga Community College Campus
Syracuse, NY

Eventbrite - IGNITE 2015 Catholic Men's Conference

This Year’s Guest Speakers

Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin is the President and Founder of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, one of the fastest growing movements in the Catholic Church. In reflecting on the work of FOCUS, Timothy Cardinal Dolan stated, “If you’re looking for hope, look to FOCUS.”

Whether he is on college campuses or television, at conferences or working with corporate America, Curtis is an award-winning and proven dynamic speaker who has the ability to help his audience discover a vision for life.

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Curtis as a Consulter to the Pontifical Council of the New Evangelization. He holds a Masters degree in Theology and is the author of the best-selling book Made for More, and co-host the new ground-breaking show on EWTN, Crossing the Goal. In 2004, Curtis and his wife Michaelann were awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope John Paul II for their outstanding service to the Church. Curtis and Michaelann, live in Westminster, CO. They are blessed by God with eight children.

Steve Ray

Steve Ray is an intrepid traveler, expert on the Holy Land, Popular Catholic apologist, documentary producer, Bible teacher and best-selling author. Steve is one of the most fascinating Catholic speakers around and is appropriately dubbed “Jerusalem Jones” by the National Catholic Register. Come and be inspired by Steve’s infectious enthusiasm for St. Paul and the Catholic Faith. Steve filmed the life of St. Paul in six countries and will share the riches of the Bible and the lands in which St. Paul traveled. Steve Ray’s popular film series The Footprints of God has inspired and enriched the faith of thousands around the world. Don’t miss this chance to see Steve Ray in person!

Fr. Larry Richards

A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master and author, Father Larry Richards holds the answer to some of life’s most profound questions. He speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards has directed hundreds of Retreats, Parish Missions and Conferences for young and old alike. His inspirational talks and presentations, always authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the hearts, minds, and lives of millions of listeners worldwide. He continues to accept invitations for speaking engagements all over the United States and in Canada and has recently traveled abroad to continue his mission of evangelization.


8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration / gathering music
9:00 – 10:15 am Welcome and Opening Mass with Bishop Cunningham
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am Speaker 1
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch (vendor area open; Sacrament of Reconciliation available)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Speaker 2
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Speaker 3
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Speakers Panel Discussion (Q&A)
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Adoration / Benediction
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap up

Venue Information

SRC Arena & Events Center

Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215

SRC Arena Exterior


From the North

  • Route 81 South
  • Exit 17 for S State Street toward S Salina St / Brighton Ave
  • Merge onto McClure Ave
  • Left on S Salina Street
  • Right on Route 173 / W Seneca Turnpike
  • Right into Onondaga Community College Campus

From the East

  • NY State Thruway Route 90 West
  • Exit 34A: Route 481
  • Route 481 South – 10.2 miles
  • E. Brighton Ave Exit – Turn Left
  • Take 1st Right to Route 173 / W. Seneca Turnpike – 2.6 miles
  • Turn Right into the Onondaga Community College Campus

From the South

  • Route 81 North
  • Exit toward Route 11
  • Turn Left on US Route 11 – 3.2 miles
  • Turn Left on Route 173 / W Seneca Turnpike – 1.0 mile
  • Right into the Onondaga Community College Campus

From the West

  • NY State Thruway Route 90 East
  • Exit 39: Route 690
  • Route 690 East towards Syracuse
  • Exit 6 to Route 695
  • At fork keep Right toward Auburn
  • Exit NY 173 / Warners Road
  • At stop sign turn Right on Route 173 East – 4.4 miles
  • Turn Right into the Onondaga Community College lower driveway
  • Make 1st Left – follow driveway to open parking lot directly in front of the SRC Arena