Chestnut Hill Center is offering a conference to help men understand the importance of friendship in their faith, marriage and working lives, at Arnold Hall Conference Center, in Pembroke, MA the weekend of September 10 – 12, 2021.

The conference will consist of talks, group discussions, and informal get-togethers. The sessions will offer guidance and encouragement for fathers and men to follow their particular spiritual path as men and to build deeper friendships

Mass will be said Saturday and Sunday by a priest of Opus Dei and there are quiet times available for prayer in the chapel.  An agenda will be sent out to participants shortly before the Conference.

To register for the Conference, go to:

Planned Speakers

Speakers for the conference include:

  • Joe & Carol Cavanagh on Friendship & Family
  • David Gallagher on What is Friendship?
  • Peter Buckley on Building & Maintaining Friendships
  • Joseph Falcao on Friendship at Work
  • Dr. Kevin Majeres, Having Deeper Conversations


Arnold Hall Conference Center, One Randall Street, Pembroke MA 02359.

Date & Time

The Conference starts on Friday, September 10 at 6:00 PM with a light buffet dinner and concludes on Sunday, September 12 at 11 AM


The cost of the Conference is $250. Scholarships are available. If you cannot afford the full amount, please pay what you can, when you can.

Speaker Bios

David Gallagher, Ph.D., taught for eleven years at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Navarra, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He has published numerous articles in the area of ethics, concentrating on St. Thomas Aquinas.

 Kevin Majeres, MD has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for the past decade, teaching cognitive-behavioral therapy to psychiatrists-in-training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed a fellowship in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. He maintains a private practice in Harvard Square, and is the co-founder of OptimalWork, an online resource that teaches people how to bring their highest ideals into each hour of work.

Peter Buckley: 6 kids, 4 grand kids (as of this writing), and 35 years of experience as a financial advisor have taught me a lot about two things – kids and money. In these 35 years I have seen it all from births and deaths, to graduations, commissionings, buying a first home, starting a new business, funding charitable causes, and so much more. There comes a time when our clients experience some of these occasions for the first time. While it might be the first time for them it is not for us and they quickly realize they are not alone as we help them through life’s many experiences for the first time. I am just as dedicated to family and community as I am to my clients. After coaching youth sports for several years, I have since turned my volunteer focus to education. I am an active parent volunteer at The Roxbury Latin School and The Catholic University of America. I am a devoted parent alumni supporter of the University of Virginia, the United States Naval Academy, the University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, I serve on a national board for Take Back Our Republic, an organization dedicated to a bipartisan solution for campaign financing. I also participate in fundraising efforts for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Joseph Falcao: I am an Executive who thrives in fast pace and rapidly changing environments. I enjoy bringing order, simplicity and excellence by challenging the status-quo and taking smart risks to promote innovation. I have been fortunate to have a wide diversity of experiences. I built a strong foundation with Fortune 500 companies (Solvay, Cabot and Dunkin Brands), then I made the move towards Middle Market Companies (Technology, Medical Devices, and Retail) and Start-up companies (e-Commerce and SAAS). Each shift involved a new set of business problems to solve, teams to build, processes to enhance, and ways to enhance growth and profitability. The succession of experiences provided me perspectives needed to be effective to 1) scale organizations; 2) international expansion; and 3)”turn-around” companies.