2014 Men's Conference

Challenging Men to Grow in Faith


Bishop John O. BarresBishop Barres was born on September 20, 1960, and is a native of Larchmont, New York. His parents, Oliver (a native of Bethlehem, PA) and Marjorie (Catchpole) Barres, were Protestant ministers who met each other at the Yale Divinity School, and subsequently converted to Catholicism, entering the Catholic Church in 1955. The story of their conversion is told in Oliver Barres’ book, One Shepherd, One Flock, published by Sheed and Ward in 1955 and again in 2000 by Catholic Answers (with forewords by Avery Cardinal Dulles and Fr. Benedict Groeschel). Bishop Barres is the fifth of six children and has seven nephews and four nieces.

Bishop Barres is a graduate of Princeton University (BA in English Literature), where he played three years of junior varsity basketball during the Coach Peter Carril era, and the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA in Management). His theological education includes an STB and an STL in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America (where he received seminary formation at Theological College), and a JCL in Canon Law and an STD in Spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

Bishop Barres was baptized by Bishop Fulton Sheen in 1960 while his father was working for the Bishop at the Propagation of the Faith in New York City. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Wilmington on October 21, 1989, by Bishop Robert Mulvee. He began his priesthood as an associate pastor at churches in Newark and Wilmington. After further study in Rome he served as Vice-Chancellor and then Chancellor of the Wilmington Diocese.

Pope John Paul II named him a “Chaplain to His Holiness” in July 2000 with the title of “Monsignor.” Pope Benedict XVI named him a “Prelate of Honor” in November 2005.

Bishop Barres was ordained a Bishop and installed as the fourth Bishop of Allentown by His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown on July 30, 2009.

He was the first priest ever ordained a bishop within the Diocese of Allentown.

Mark HouckMark Houck, co-founder and President of The King’s Men, is an author, lecturer, radio host, and activist. Since 2006, he has spoken to thousands of men about a variety of topics related to the development of authentic masculinity. Mark has written numerous articles and publications on the topics of pornography, homosexuality, abortion, teen sexuality, parenting and masculine spirituality. Prior to launching The King’s Men, he was a full-time chastity educator and pro-life activist with Generation Life. Mark has a Master’s in Education from Holy Family University. He and his wife, Ryan-Marie, have four children, and live in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

Msgr. Andrew BakerMsgr. Andrew Baker, is a native of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, and a priest for the Diocese of Allentown. He earned a licentiate in Moral Theology from the University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain, and completed his studies at the University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy, with a doctorate in Moral Theology in 1997. He has served in the Diocese as a campus minister, high school teacher, as well as a faculty member at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. In 2001 he returned to Rome to become an official at the Congregation for Bishops where he served until 2009. On June 15, 2009, Msgr. Baker began his service as Rector of the Cathedral Parish of St. Catharine of Siena.


Dr. Marcellino D’AmbrosioDr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the Catholic University of America and served as a faculty member at the University of Dallas. He is a co-founder of Crossroads Productions, an apostolate of Catholic renewal and evangelization. Dr. D’Ambrosio is a New York Times best-selling author with his Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions about the Passion of the Christ which sold over a million copies in less than three months. He often appears on EWTN and is regularly heard on nationally syndicated radio shows such as “Catholic Answers Live.” He, his wife Susan, and their five children, reside just outside of Dallas, Texas.

David AbelDavid Abel is co-founder of Brittany’s Hope Foundation, which aids in adoption and humanitarian efforts worldwide and co-founder of Stewardship: A Mission of Faith, which produces faith-based printed materials, as well as facilitates various scripture reflection groups. David is also the owner/steward of DAS Distributors, Inc. in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1978, DAS manufactures, imports, and distributes branded travel center merchandise and consumer electronics. David is married and the proud father of 15 children of which 12 are adopted from all over the world.