Dangerously Good: Raising Magnanimous Sons

Join us for a one-day conference for fathers.


As fathers, we are eager for our sons to become men who know themselves to have a purpose.  The virtue that captures this spirit is magnanimity.

Josef Pieper writes: “Magnanimity, a much-forgotten virtue, is the aspiration of the spirit to great things, “extensio animi ad magna“. A person is magnanimous if he has the courage to seeks what is great and becomes worthy of it.”

We would be hard pressed to find a father in our community that doesn’t want this for his son.

Yet, there are intrinsic and extrinsic challenges to raising a son who both hears the call to greatness and has the courage to go for it.

Join us for a day of reflection, conversation, and camaraderie with other fathers seeking to raise sons infused with a holy ambition and an openness to greatness in whatever vocation is set before them.


Fr. Carter Griffin – Rector, John Paul II Seminary
Alvaro de Vicente – Headmaster, The Heights School
Tom Royals – Assistant Headmaster, The Heights School

Schedule of Events

10:00am – Optional Mass
11:00am – Fr. Carter Griffin:  Magnanimity and Fatherhood in the 21st Century
12:00pm – Alvaro de Vicente:  Dangerously Good – Forming Great Souls
1:00pm – Lunch, conversation, and conspiracy for the good
2:00pm – Tom Royals:  Magnanimity in Vocational Discernment – “Dad, what should I do?”
3:00pm – Breakout Discussions:  Conversations moderated by veteran fathers
4:00pm – Refreshments and Conversation:  Fraternity, friendship, and continued conversation