Special to The Hays Daily News

Divine Mercy Radio has announced Doug Barry will be the featured speaker at its second annual Appreciation Banquet on Sept. 15 at the Fanchon Ballroom, 2250 E. Eighth. He also will be conducting a men's workshop earlier that day.

Barry is the co-host of "Life on the Rock," which is a youth program aired on Eternal Word Television and Radio Networks. Barry wasn't always motivated about his Catholic faith. It took a re-awakening experience as a young adult for Barry to understand the power and beauty behind the faith he inherited. Now, with a dynamic and explosive style, Barry makes appearances across the country. Pulling no punches in his presentations, Barry goes after the issues Americans are confronted with.

"I believe there is a fight for souls in our culture," Barry said. "We must all stand up and be Christian soldiers of prayer and action."

His talk for the banquet is titled "Engage the Culture: Influence the World Around You." Tickets for the banquet are $25 and can be obtained at Divine Mercy Radio, 108 E. 12th, by calling (785) 621-4110 or emailing donetta@kvdm.org.

From 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept 15, Barry will conduct a men's workshop in the Little Theatre of Holy Family Elementary, 1800 Milner.

"The men's workshop just kind of evolved," said Donetta Robben, executive director of Divine Mercy Radio. "Doug runs Camp Gargano in Nebraska and has a real heart for getting men to be good fathers and leaders for their families. So we thought while he is here, let's let him address men as well as be our banquet speaker. Thus, we adopted the theme Stand Strong."

The two talks Barry will present at the men's workshop are "The First Line of Defense," where he will speak about the man's role as the father and the first line of defense for his family and society. The second session is titled, "Stay on Mission." Men are encouraged to bring their sons ages 12 and older. The workshop is free and is open to men of all faith denominations. However, registration is required and can be accomplished by sending an email to lester@kvdm.org or calling (785) 621-4110.

With the call letters KVDM, Divine Mercy Radio, 88.1 FM, broadcasts from Hays and can be heard in a 30-mile radius around Hays. It also can be heard online at KVDM.org.