Catholic Men's Gathering - 2021 Speakers

Robert Falzon (Co-founder, menALIVE)

Robert FalzonRobert Falzon is a husband, father, businessman, co-founder of menALIVE and published author. He is married to Alicia for 37 years and has four children; Isaac (33), Matthias (28), Chiara (23) and Shem (22). He has a degree from the University of Newcastle, NSW and is a successful business owner. 

menALIVE is a national Catholic ministry to men. Since the founding of menALIVE in 2003, this ministry has delivered 450 events in 26 dioceses in Australia and New Zealand for more than 25,000 men. The purpose of menALIVE is to bring men together, to renew their faith on God and to encourage them to become an active force for renewal in the Church.

In 2011 Robert had his first book published. With more than 4000 copies of “How to Grow a Men’s Ministry” in many men’s hands and in every parish in Australia, this has become a very useful resource for many. He has also completed his second book co-authoring with Dr Peter O’Shea – “The Father Factor” which was published in 2014 by Connor Court. He has presented a 12-part program “The Gospel of Life” for Shalom Media in 2018. He has also written the content and co-hosted the next Real Mens series released in October 2018. 

Robert is a Catholic lay man with a passion for finding effective and powerful ways to bring the message of the Good News to the good people in the parish pews and the street. He is a powerful speaker and preacher with a creative and cogent message. He has a gift to move hearts and encourage a call to action from all who hear him. He is much sought-after speaker, evangelist and presenter in Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

Jude Hennessy (Director - Office of Renewal and Evangelisation, Diocese of Wollongong)

Jude HennessyJude Hennessy is married to Kerrie and they have two daughters. As the Director of the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation in the Diocese of Wollongong, he oversees support of parishes forming missionary disciples who embrace the mission of the Church to make Jesus known and loved. As part of this, Jude has a love of working with men and enlivening them to embrace their vocation, especially as husbands, fathers and vibrant Catholics. Jude is the producer and host of the weekly Catholic podcast ‘The Journey’ now in 20 Christian radio stations across Australia.

Archbishop Julian Porteous (Archdiocese of Hobart)

Archbishop PorteousArchbishop Julian Porteous was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney in 1974, before he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney by Pope St John Paul II in 2003. He was responsible for evangelisation and renewal in the Archdiocese of Sydney until his appointment as Archbishop of Hobart in 2013. Archbishop Porteous is a member of the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry, and is responsible for the Ecclesial Movements. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events, both in Tasmania and on mainland Australia, as well as overseas, and is Patron for Shalom Media Australia.

Tomasz Juszczak

TomTomasz is husband to Sarah and father of three young children. Originally from Poland, he has spent most of his life in Sydney where he currently works as the Director of Evangelisation Broken Bay. Tomasz has a background in youth ministry and a passion for spreading the Gospel message of love and life to others. He is a lay member of the Immaculata Community and holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.


Shayne Bennett

Shayne B PromoShayne is married to Shanelle and they have three married children and eleven grandchildren. Shayne has worked full time in the Church for more than 40 years devoting his life to the Church’s mission with a special focus on initiatives in youth evangelisation, pastoral formation and the development of lay communities.

Shayne currently shares his time between NET Ministries, where he has the role of Mission Director, and the Holy Spirit Seminary where he is Director of Mission and Faith Formation.

The call to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) has been an inspiration to Shayne’s life and a motivation to continue seeking new ways of proclaiming the gospel from one generation to the next.

Tim Davis

Tim Davis profile picture 2020Tim grew up in regional South Australia and after finishing an Education degree in Adelaide he moved to Melbourne to teach and study theology. He studied at Corpus Christi College and continued to discern God's call before assisting with the Melbourne Archdiocese’s ‘Days in the Diocese’ initiative that led into WYD 2008 celebrations in Sydney.

During this time Tim met his wife Fran and they currently reside at Coffs Harbour on the beautiful North Coast of NSW with their four children.

Currently Tim is doing his best to serve God and His Church, love his wife and children while teaching Catholic studies at St John Paul College. When time permits he can also be found surfing some of his local breaks.

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