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OU football players share faith at Norman Catholic men's conference

BY STEVE GUST Modified: February 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

“As men we want to be in control,” Fragomeni said. “That's why we invented the GPS so we wouldn't have to ask for directions.”

Good things happen when we give our hearts to Christ, he said.

And when someone gives their life to God, believers become humble, embrace hospitality and become more generous and concerned about justice and charity. People also enrich their prayer life, he said.

He said a faithful life leads to “bedazzlement.”

“Yes, life has its challenges, but life is also beautiful and full of hope,” he said. “Life doesn't have to be just one darn thing after another.”

His message was embraced by conference attendees, such as Dale Moore, of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.

“I like these conferences because I learn new things,” he said. “Faith is yielding to what you believe. Satan believes, but he doesn't yield to it.”

For other attendees, the event provided many opportunities for spiritual enrichment.

“It gives me a great boost of faith,” Larry King, of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ponca City, said. “It's like getting a big dose of spiritual B-12 vitamins.”

Of the 700 attendees, about 300 were Knights of Columbus and 100 were middle school and high school youth.

Among the youths was Gabe Volpe, who attends St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Harrah.

“I like the conference. It can be funny at times,” he said.

In another session, the Rev. Josh Wagner, of Ohio, discussed sin and how it led people to be “isolated and alone.”

“Hell is absolute loneliness,” he said. “We are designed to be in relationships. To be alone is not good for human beings.”

Men also were treated to presentations by the Rev. David Dwyer, a national radio host, and William Federer, a historian and defender of religious freedom. Federer pointed out examples in history where leaders, such as President George Washington, were quick to acknowledge the power of God.

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley concluded the day with Mass for attendees and their families.

Conference director Ray Haefele said he was pleased with the day.

“So far I've received nothing but positive feedback,” he said.