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Rekindle the Fire Fort Wayne-South Bend

429 E. Dupont Rd. #233
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

Tel: (260) 494-7121


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Rekindle The Fire

2020 Conference

February 22, 2020- 9a-5:30p

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Come experience Christ’s love through life-changing talks by nationally known Catholic speakers, confession, and Mass with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

Trying to be a faithful Christian man in today’s world is challenging. But while it feels like there’s an unending assault of negative forces attacking us and our families, Christ never abandons us. Every day of our lives we are called to take God everywhere we go: our homes, work, the gym, the mall and every other place we enter. It may sound overwhelming or unpopular. But, God equips each one of us with the courage, wisdom, and strength to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature,” through word and action.


Get ready – because at the 2019 conference you will experience Christ’s love in a way that will help in battling the challenges facing men today.



Inspirational speakers
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Fr. Mike Schmitz

Father Michael Schmitz is the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the Chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After attending the Saint Paul Seminary and being ordained in 2003, Father Mike offers weekly homilies on iTunes and and has appeared in programs for youth and young adults through Ascension Press, as well as through regular short video messages on Ascension Presents.

Jesse Romero

Jesse is a full-time bilingual Catholic LayEvangelist, who is nationally acclaimed for his dynamic, upbeat Christ centered preaching. His preaching apostolate is "On Fire Evangelization"Jesse is a resident of Arizona and a retired Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff who has been married to his wife Anita since 1983, and is parent of threechildren and grandchildren. 

He has a B.A. from Mount St Mary’s University in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He is a bilingual Catholic author. Jesse is a Recipient of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award, The Fullness of Truth “Defender of Faith” Award, and “Sports Faith International Award”.

​Jesse has been on Catholic radio for over 15 years now hosting teaching and speaking in English and Spanish. Currently on hosting  “The Terry and Jesse Show,” and “Jesus 911.” Jesse is also host on a Spanish network show "Enfamilia Radio” in Phoenix, Arizona.

​Jesse has been preaching since 1995. He has also defended Holy Mother Church in several official debates with different Protestant pastors, and on Spanish television against secular humanists.

Marcus Grodi

Author, Speaker, President of the Coming Home Network, & Host of The Journey Home Program on EWTN

Marcus received his BS degree from Case Institute of Technology in Polymer Engineering and worked for six years as an engineer. During this time, he was involved in a variety of Protestant youth and music ministries. He then received his Master of Divinity Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Protestant pastoral ministry. During his more than fifteen years of youth, young adult, and pastoral ministry, his main emphasis was church and lay spiritual renewal. Marcus, his wife Marilyn, and their two older sons, JonMarc and Peter, were received into the Catholic Church on December 20, 1992. Their third son, Richard, entered through baptism.


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Men's Apostolate, Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend

We are Catholic men who seek to Rekindle the Fire of Christ's love within us, and become better leaders, friends, husbands, fathers and sons; the men God calls us to be, through prayer, fellowship, faith and spiritual service to our family, parish and community.


RTF Chapters

Chapters are popping up throughout the diocese. Find the one closest to you and come join us at our next meeting!

St. Vincent dePaul

Fort Wayne (North)

Third Sunday of the month, 

7:15 PM  - Parish Hall (look for lit torch at door)

Mike Nielson 

St. Pius X


Third Monday of the Month

7:00 PM

Mark Malenda

St. Therese

Fort Wayne (South)

2nd and 4th Wednesday

7:00 PM in the Parish Office

Allan Allphin

St. Anthony de Padua

South Bend

First Sunday of the Month

7:00 PM - Church Meeting Room

John Byorni

St. Thomas the Apostle


Sons of St. Joseph meet third Sunday of the Month

4:00 PM - Elliott Hall. Mass follows at 6:00 PM.

Donald Locke

St. John Bosco


Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month,

7:30 PM - Church Basement

Tom Gilbert 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Fort Wayne

First Sunday of the Month, 7:00 PM

Ron Beeckman

St. Jude

Fort Wayne (Central)

Third Sunday of the Month,

6:30 PM in Church Basement

Andy Hogan

St. Mary's


First Sunday of the Month

6:00 PM in the Church Basement

Bob Harrison

St. Jude/Sacred Heart/ Queen of Peace

South Bend

Knights of Columbus-Ave Maria Council 5521

61533 S. Ironwood Road

Third Thursday of the Month

6:30 p.m.

Chuck Bergman

St. Charles Borromeo

Fort Wayne (Northeast)

Third Wednesday of the Month, 7:00 PM - Meeting Room off  of the Gathering Space.

Tim Cooper

St. Joseph


Third Sunday of the Month, 7:00 PM

Greg Ketcham

St. Vincent dePaul


Reaviven El Fuego (Espanol)

Second and Fourth Sundays of the Month, 6:00 PM

Tino Garcia

St. John the Evangelist


Third Tuesday of the Month

8:00 PM in the church basement.

Tom Woodiel