March 28, 2020

Registration Coming Soon!

Doors open at 8am. Mass at 9am.

(schedule and directions are below)

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


Participant feedback from previous conferences

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


Steve Ray


Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world.  He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News. He is writer, producer and host of the 10-part video/DVD series The Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Steve and his wife Janet and are certified guides to the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages throughout the Middle East and Rome. He and Janet live in Michigan. They have four children and ten grandchildren

Chris Greisen


Former NFL quarterback. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 1999 draft. He played college football at Northwest Missouri State. Chris earned a degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics from Northwest Missouri State. He teaches at Notre Dame Academy (Green Bay, WI). He also runs the Chris Greisen Quarterback Academy during the season at Texas Stadium and through the offseason in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Chris is a convert to the Catholic Church from Lutheranism.  Chris and his wife, Shannon, have four children

Fr Thomas Petri, O.P.


Vice President and Academic Dean Assistant Professor, Moral Theology and Pastoral Studies, Dominican House of Studies.  Entering the Order of Preachers (O.P.) in 2004, Fr. Petri was ordained a priest in 2009. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from The Catholic University of America.  Pope Francis commissioned him a Papal Missionary of Mercy for the duration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  He is currently a co-host of The Church Alive on EWTN Radio. He resides in the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC

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