Steve Javie is a retired professional basketball referee who refereed in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986-2011.  Currently, Javie is an analyst with ESPN and a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Upon retiring from officiating, Javie entered the seminary in 2012 and on June 8, 2019, after seven years of study, a more exhaustive process in the Philadelphia archdiocese than many others, was ordained a permanent deacon. Joey Crawford, (also a retired NBA official) who considers Javie his best friend, was there. The fellow NBA officiating legend also recalled the deacon’s first crack at a homily.  “Everybody was looking around going, ‘Is this for real?’ I kept telling them, "This is him” said Joey Crawford, a fellow Catholic. “Steve’s one of those guys that commands the room and he’s always been like that. He walks in, he starts talking, he’s awesome.”  

You will want to listen to Deacon Steve as he reflects on his many years of professional basketball and all the experiences that go with it and how he managed to keep his faith that would eventually lead him to ordination to the deaconate. A journey you won't want to miss.

Deacon Steve is currently assigned to St. Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, PA.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – widely known as the "Dynamic Deacon," is a highly sought-after speaker and evangelist in the Catholic Church. With a no-nonsense approach, he passionately challenges and inspires audiences worldwide. Holding a Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree from the University of Dallas, Deacon Harold specializes in topics such as marriage, family life, discerning God's will, sacraments, male spirituality, and evangelization. He travels extensively, addressing diverse audiences, from high schools to parish missions, fostering a deeper personal relationship with Jesus. Deacon Harold co-hosts the national broadcast "Living Stones," appears on EWTN television, and has authored award-winning books, including "Behold the Man" and "Father Augustus Tolton." Rooted in Benedictine spirituality, he is a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey and a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

Registration for the ManUP Conference is now open. 

The annual ManUP Men’s Conference provides an excellent opportunity to renew or jumpstart ones faith as we begin a new Lenten Season, regardless of where you are on “your journey”. This 2 day event allows men to discuss with other men, real life issues that we face every day as husbands, fathers , brothers & sons. Click on the REGISTRATION  link to register for the Manup 2024 Mens Conference.

We are excited to announce that the conference will take place at The Schott Communities - St. Jude Chapel in Cooper City, FL.

Conference Dates:    ​

- Friday, February 16th, 2024:   6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

- Saturday, February 17th, 2024:   7:30 am - 3:00 pm


   The Schott Communities - St. Jude Chapel

   6591 S. Flamingo Road 

   Cooper City, FL 33330

Conference Theme:

"Become What You Receive" - St. Augustine

Praise & Worship:

   ManUP Band

Fellowship & Reconciliation

Experience Jesus' Love through Inspirational Talks by:

  • Deacon Harold Burke Sivers
  • Deacon Steve Javie  

Admission is FREE for all Attendees
Donations Accepted 

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