Speakers List

2017 Dallas Ministry Conference Speakers List

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Below you will find the list of the confirmed 2017 speakers, their biographies, and the talks they will be presenting. The speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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Sr. Dawn Achs

Sister Dawn Achs, SSND

For Maintaining Boards – Aligning with the National Standards and Benchmarks

Sister Dawn has taught in Catholic schools in Missouri and Illinois. She was a teacher in both elementary and special education schools, and has been an administrator in elementary, special education, and vocational programs in Missouri and Illinois. Sister Dawn also served as Director of Special Needs in the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, Associate Superintendent of Schools in Victoria, Texas and as Associate Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Dallas since 2008. Sister is an active member of several professional educational organizations. She has been a presenter at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention, and has provided in-service trainings for faculties in Texas and Illinois. She also serves in several capacities for her religious congregation, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Sister earned a B.A. from Notre Dame College in St. Louis, Missouri in elementary education with a minor in Science, and an M.A. from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in Special Education/Education.

Omar Aguilar

Omar Aguilar

Spanish EmCee

Omar Aguilar es el Director Asociado para Liderazgo Pastoral y Comunitario en la Oficina de Vida, Paz y Justicia de la Arquidiocesis de Los Angeles California. Omar es graduado en Estudios Teologicos y Pastorales de la Escuela de Ministerios en la Universidad de Dallas, tambien a recibido formación por parte de Vida Humana Internacional. A trabajado por mas de diez años promoviendo una cultura de vida y valores familiares, enfocado en la comunidad Latina. A presenatado clases, talleres y seminarios en todos los asunto realcionados con la dignidad humana y la familia. Omar esta casado con Iris Ariana Aguilar y tienen cinco hijos.

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Alejandro Aguilera-Titus

Modelo de discípulo misionero

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus tiene treinta años de experiencia ministerial con énfasis en formación y catequesis, pastoral juvenil y familiar y justicia social. Alejandro es un conferencista y escritor reconocido a nivel nacional como teólogo práctico y pastoralista en contextos multiculturales. Tiene una Maestría en Teología de la University of Portland y es candidato al Doctorado en Ministerio en Barry University. Actualmente, Alejandro es el Coordinador nacional del V Encuentro. Además, Alejandro es profesor adjunto en la Universidad de Dallas, Neuhoff School of Ministry.

Dr. Veronica Alonzo

Dr. Verónica Alonzo

Establishing a Board Structure

Dr. Veronica Alonzo received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in Pre-Professional Medicine and Spanish, her Masters from the University of Portland, and her Doctorate from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership. In addition, Dr. Alonzo has completed the Catholic School Leadership Program at the University of Dallas and is a graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education Program from the University of Notre Dame that focuses on advanced teaching methods and a rigorous fellowship program. Dr. Alonzo has worked for 20 years in numerous Catholic schools. She is currently an Associate Superintendent for the Diocese of Dallas. She served on the Austin Diocesan School Advisory Board as Vice-Chair and was part of the Pastoral Strategic Planning committee for the Diocese of Austin. She had participated in the Latino Enrollment Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, and is currently a member of the national task force on Latino enrollment for Catholic schools for NCEA.


Mary Amore, D.Min.

Living the Liturgy: Rediscovering our baptismal call to mission and discipleship

Dr. Mary Amore, holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Liturgy and Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union. Dr. Amore is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation, as well as the creator of two DVD Series: Eucharist: Pathway of Transformation, Healing and Discipleship and "From Mary's Heart to Yours" published by Pauline Books and Media. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary has been a presenter at the LA Congress, Dallas Ministry Conference, Diocese of New Hampshire Ministry Conference, as well as conducting parish missions, retreats, and adult faith formation programs. Formerly a monthly blogger for CatholicMom.com, and a columnist for Ministry and Liturgy magazine, Dr. Amore serves as the Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries.

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Chris Bartlett

Death to Fundraising


Widowed by Ministry: Navigating Ministry and Married Life 

Chris Bartlett holds a MA in Theology, a BA in Religious Education and a BA in Business, Marketing. For the last 15 year, Chris has worked at both the parish and Diocesan level. He has been inspiring excellence in ministry leadership for over 5 years through Next Level Ministry. He has traveled throughout the country giving workshops and training to empower ministry leaders. This includes the Dallas Ministry Conference and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry. He coaches and mentors numerous youth ministers. Through his humor and dynamic personality, Chris engages audiences again and again.


Gwen Bartlett

Ministering in the Midst of Trauma: Helping the Suffering

Gwen Bartlett holds an MA in Pastoral Theology from the Augustine Institute and a BA in Theology and Religious Education from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She dove headfirst into ministry after college and has been in the trenches for over 13 years. Gwen has been invited to emcee events such as World Youth Day, ecumenical conferences, and gives numerous engaging talks to inspire teens and empower ministry leaders on a national, diocesan, and parish level. This includes the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry and the Austin Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference. She inspires excellence in ministry leadership as the Director of Next Level Ministry and is passionate about coaching and mentoring youth ministers, training and equipping leaders and volunteers, and leading others to encounter Christ in new ways.


Cynthia Bates

Live Video Streaming Solutions: How to successfully live stream your next parish or ministry event

Cynthia Gill Bates is the Digital Media Strategist for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, and has served in the Communications Department since September 2012. Cynthia acts as webmaster for the diocesan website, Cathdal.org, as well as content creator and community manager for all diocese social media. She served with the USCCB Communications Committee’s social media response team in DC, New York and Philadelphia during the historic 2015 US Papal Visit. Cynthia lives in the Heritage District of South Irving with her husband and three cats and is a parishioner of Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish.


Bruce Baumann

StrengthsFinder Seminar - Maximizing Your Ministry Muscle


Bruce Baumann is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, TX. He received his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and has been involved in professional faith formation ministry for 20+ years. Bruce is also a certified coach for the Living Your Strengths process. He is passionate about training ministry leaders and has had the joy of presenting workshops and retreats at conferences and parishes around the country.


Fr. John Bayer

Faith and Science: Exciting Resources for the Catholic Mission

Fr. John Bayer is a monk at Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey in Irving, Texas (www.cistercian.org). Born in Texas but raised in California and New York, he is a graduate of the University of Dallas (BA 2006, MA 2012) and a doctoral student at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, where he is writing a dissertation on the relationship between faith and reason in Anselm of Canterbury. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the theology department at the University of Dallas and as a teacher in Cistercian Preparatory School teaching Latin, English grammar and theology.


Donna Beegle, Ed.D.

Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty

Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she had two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable skills. Within 10 short years, she got her GED and advanced through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice with which to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty. She is president of Communication Across Barriers--a firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers. She works with individuals currently in poverty, as well as professionals who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. For over 27 years, Dr. Beegle's work has spread to all 50 states and 6 countries. Dr. Beelge is also the founder of the Opportunity Community Model which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty.


Janette Boazman, Ph.D.

The What Why and How of Gifted Learners in the Catholic School Classroom

Dr. Janette Boazman is the Chair of the Education Department and an Associate Professor of education at the University of Dallas. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology. Between attending and teaching at Catholic schools and universities, she has been involved in Catholic education for 28 years. Dr. Boazman specializes in gifted education and also teaches mathematics and science methods for elementary educators and principles of elementary education. Her research centers on the personal and psychological well-being of the gifted. She readily presents her research and publishes her work nationally. She holds leadership positions in the National Association for Gifted Children and is the voice for gifted learners on the National Catholic Education Association’s Exceptional Learner Council. She is a mother of a gifted son who is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and an advocate for all gifted individuals.


Fr. Ian G. Bordenave, O.P.

 Telling the Story

Fr. Ian Bordenave, O.P., is an itinerant preacher. He preaches retreats and missions and gives workshops on preaching. He is working on a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching through Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis. He served as a campus minister at the University of Dallas from 2015 to 2017, the pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Houston from 2009 to 2015, the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Orleans from 2002 to 2009, and a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans from 2000 to 2002. He has been a professed member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) since 1994 and a priest since 2000. Before joining the Order, he served in the U.S. Army as a Patriot Missile Officer from 1988 to 1992. He is from Valparaiso, Florida, and enjoys reading and running.


Manuel Bravo

Como fomentar una cultura de misión y discipulado entre los miembros del ministerio de música

Manuel Bravo y Vicente Luján han servido al ministerio de música desde el 2003 en La Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción en Denton, TX. Durante estos años se han presentado en innumerables parroquias y ministerios para servir en la liturgia, retiros, conciertos, conferencias, grupo de jóvenes, Día Mundial Juvenil Diocesano, también llamados a participar en la organización Catholic Underground En Nueva York y Los Ángeles. Trabajan Individual, dúo o como grupo musical Jesus Team A (Jesus Te Ama). La misión de ellos es construir puentes entre diferentes generaciones, leguajes y culturas, compartiendo historias, cantos; ayudando a entender que si compartimos experiencia encontramos a Cristo vivo en cada uno de nosotros.


Mike Brock, Psy.D., LPC

Don't Be Defeatist Sourpusses! --Pope Francis

Dr. Mike Brock has worked in Catholic education for 46 consecutive years on the elementary, secondary, and university levels as a teacher, principal, and university counselor and adjunct professor. He holds two master's degrees (history and counseling) and a doctorate in psychology focusing on clinical and pastoral psychotherapy. In addition, he is a credentialed spiritual director. He is the author or co-author of several books, including "Be Still and Know that I Am God: Reflections on God, Connection, and the Gift of Presence" and : "Parenting through the School Years . . . and Beyond!" He has spoken at numerous national conferences over the years and has presented throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Central America. He was the past director of the Counseling Center at the University of Dallas and presently a therapist in private practice in Dallas.


Bishop Edward J. Burns

Missionary Disciples: Called to Follow, Love & Serve

Bishop Burns is the eighth Bishop of Dallas. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1983, served in parishes and seminary work in the Diocese before working at the USCCB as Executive Director of Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations. He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. He was named the Bishop of Dallas by Pope Francis on December 13, 2016.

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Sean Callahan

Who should be saved?

Sean Callahan is president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. A 28-year veteran of CRS, Sean, had held a wide variety of leadership roles including regional director for South Asia where he led the regional response to floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones and man-made emergencies. He has also worked closely with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity. Sean holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Spanish. Sean is first vice president of Caritas Internationalis (2015-2019), and the president of Caritas North America (2015‒2019), and he serves on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities USA (2014‒present). Sean and his wife have two children and he is a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, Maryland.


Laura Castillo

La Imagen de Santa María de Guadalupe en la Tilma de San Juan Diego

Laura Castillo Basurto estudió la Maestría en Historia del Arte en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; es investigadora del tema Guadalupano desde hace más de 25 años, una ardua labor que la ha consolidado como conferencista a nivel internacional, se ha especializado en de la Tilma de San Juan Diego con la Imagen de la Virgen de Guadalupe, profundizando en el estudio de los textiles prehispánicos, realizando trabajo de campo para la investigación de las fibras de agave, la técnica de tejido en telar de cintura, la técnica pictórica prehispánica y virreinal y las pinturas de caballete virreinales, copia de la Imagen original de la Santísima Virgen de Guadalupe. Ha impartido más de cincuenta conferencias donde expone sus temas de investigación. Es miembro activo del Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos de la Insigne y Nacional Basilica de Santa María de Guadalupe en la Ciudad de México.


John Collins

Building a House Where All Are Welcome… 4 Pillars, 6 Tasks, 1 Mission

John is a retired elementary school principal, former Director of Curriculum and Professional Development and elementary school teacher in Massachusetts. John has been involved in religious education in various capacities since 1972. He is a former DRE and catechist. John has worked with Sadlier in the northeast for many years. He is now a full-time National Religion Consultant with Sadlier. He is a keynote speaker and presenter at both national and regional catechetical congresses, and provides catechist training in parishes giving practical ideas, strategies and activities on how to teach and be a catechist. He also has provided presentations for catechetical leaders and Catholic school teachers, as well as days of reflection/retreats for various audiences. His presentations always bring the practical and realistic to catechesis with his experience as both a professional educator and a catechetical leader.


Sr. Yolanda Cruz

¿Cómo enriquecer nuestra espiritualidad para el discipulado?

Miembro en la Congregación de las Hermanas de Santa María de Namur y de nacionalidad Puertorriqueña. Tiene 30 años de vida religiosa sirviendo en misiones, en el área de Catequesis y en asignaciones diocesanas en diversos estados y países. Recibió una licenciatura en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Rutgers, una Maestría en estudios Teológicos de la Universidad de Dallas. Actualmente es instructora en Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry de la Universidad de Dallas.

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Marlon de la Torre, M.A., M.Ed.

Does teaching the Catechism to religion teachers make sense?

Marlon currently serve as the Department Director for Evangelization and Catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. His professional catechetical background spans over twenty years in the following areas: Professor of Catechetics for the Diaconate program for the Diocese of Fort Worth (Current); Adjunct professor of Catechetics for The Catholic Distance University (Current); Holy See Canonical Administrator for the Pastoral Provision in the United States; Instructor for the Augustine Institute’s Symbolon RCIA and Adult Ed programs; Superintendent of Catholic Schools (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph); Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic High School Principal (Diocese of Memphis); Diocesan Director of Religious Education (Diocese of Memphis); Parish Director of Religious Education (Diocese of Youngstown); Published works include his book entitled: Screwtape Teaches the Faith which parallels C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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Joel De Loera

Youth Ministry 101: What youth really desire and why we should give them that.

Pastoral Juvenil 101: Lo que los jóvenes realmente desean y porque debemos dárselo.

Familias Evangelizadoras y Misioneras

After experiencing many difficulties during his childhood, Joel ended up with the wrong crowd and was introduced to a promiscuous lifestyle that would lead him to stray away from his family, the Church and God for nearly 10 years. Thanks to his mother’s prayers and persistence, Joel had a personal encounter with Jesus at a retreat that changed his life. Joel discovered who he really was in Christ and he received a call to become an evangelist. Joel has a MA Degree in Pastoral Theology, a BA Degree in Theology, and a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and Addictions. Joel has traveled across the U.S. and abroad sharing his powerful testimony. He is also a retreat leader, musician and songwriter. He is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Joseph Old Cathedral in OKC, OK, President of Familias Para Cristo and the Music Director for the Charismatic Group. Joel considers his family the most important ministry; he is happily married to Nora and is a proud father of 5 beautiful children.

Después de muchas dificultades durante su infancia, Joel terminó con las malas amistades y viviendo una vida promiscua que lo llevaría a alejarse de su familia, de la Iglesia y de Dios durante casi 10 años. Gracias a las oraciones y la persistencia de su madre, Joel tuvo un encuentro personal con Jesús en un retiro que cambiaría su vida. Ahí descubrió su identidad en Cristo y su misión de llevar el evangelio a otras personas. Joel tiene una Maestría en Teología Pastoral, una Licenciatura en Teología, y un Certificado en Ministerio Pastoral y en Adicciones. Ha viajado en los EE.UU. y en el extranjero compartiendo su poderoso testimonio. Joel es director de retiros, músico y compositor. Él es el Director Juvenil en la Antigua Catedral de San José en OKC, OK, el Presidente de Familias Para Cristo y el Director Musical de la Renovación Carismática en inglés. Joel considera su familia su ministerio más importante. Esta felizmente casado con Nora y tienen 5 hijos preciosos.

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Sal Della Bella, M.A.

A Road to Discovery: Using Reflective Practice in Ministry

Moving from Silos to Teams

Tools for Navigating Difficult Conversations

Sal Della Bella is currently the Director of the Office of Parish Leadership Development and previously served as the Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Louisville. He served on the Board for the National Association for Lay Ministry from 2003 - 2006. His publications include “Dialogue” for the Initiative Report for the Catholic Common Ground Initiative and a monthly Catholic newspaper column entitled “A View from the Pew”. Throughout his 26 years of ministry experience, Sal has served as an Archdiocesan Director of Faith Formation, Parish Director of Religious Education, Family Life Minister, and Director of the Office of Ministry & Spirituality for the Archdiocese of Louisville. He earned his Master in Arts Degree in the area of Applied Spiritual Theology from Mount St Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA and his Master Catechist Certification from the Archdiocese of Louisville. He is completing the final phase needed to be awarded a Certificate in Reflective Practice in the area of Pastoral Care from St. Meinrad School of Theology to be used for supervision of pastors, deacons, and lay leaders within the Archdiocese of Louisville.

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Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., S.T.D.

Strengthening the Disciple for Mission: Praying as a Family

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., a member of the Saint Cecilia Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Nashville, Tennessee, holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy, and currently serves as Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Dallas. Sister has served as Editor-in-Chief for her Community’s latest book already in its second printing: Praying as a Family (available also in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese). She has directed a television series of the same name with EWTN, and presented on topics related to theology, religious life, and marriage and family, speaking at various conferences, as well as to university students, religious, priests, deacons, and seminarians.


Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D.Min.

Seven Keys to Christ Centered Collaboration

Apostles on Mission

Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. is Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center and Provincial Rector of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers). He is a Consultant to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and collaborated with the Conference on the development of Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization. Fr. Frank has an extensive background in young adult ministry, particularly at the collegiate level, and has assisted pastorally at various universities in Maryland and the District of Columbia over the last nineteen years. Currently, he assists the Office of Campus Ministry at The Catholic University of America.

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Santiago Fernandez

El canto en la misa, fuente de esperanza

Santiago Fernández se ha desempeñado como músico pastoralista por los últimos 30 años en varias parroquias y ministerios, y es actualmente director de ministerios musicales en la parroquia de La Sagrada Familia en Novi, Michigan. Él obtuvo su licenciatura en música en Wayne State University en Detroit y su certificación en ministerio litúrgico y ministerio pastoral en la Arquidiócesis de Detroit de acuerdo a la Comisión de Certificación y Acreditación de la USCCB (Conferencia Episcopal Norteamericana). Santiago es conferencista y presentador de talleres en eventos y congresos a nivel nacional en el área de música litúrgica hispana.


Fr. Stephen J. Fichter, Ph.D

Priests as Missionary Disciples 

Sacerdotes como discípulos misioneros: estado actual de la investigación sobre el sacerdocio en América

Father Stephen Fichter served as seminary formator, vice rector, and chief financial officer while living in Europe in the 1990s. Back in the US after his ordination in 2000, he received a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Masters and a Doctorate in Sociology from Rutgers University. As parochial vicar at Saint Gabriel Parish, he founded the FOCUS youth group. In 2008, as pastor of Sacred Heart in Haworth, he founded the VITA youth group. Stephen, a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, has authored two books. His third book covering American Catholic Bishops is due in 2018. Stephen, who has taught Ministry of Leadership at Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary, was also a visiting scholar at Fordham last year. He is also the co-creator of the 3D immersive prayer experience app called PeaceQuest.

El Padre Stephen Fichter ha servido como formador de seminario, vicerrector y director financiero mientras vivió en Europa en los años noventa. Regresó a los EE.UU. después de su ordenación en el año 2000. Recibió su licenciatura superior de la Universidad Fordham, New York, en trabajo social. También recibió de la Universidad Rutgers, New Jersey, su licenciatura superior y un doctorado en Sociología. Como vicario parroquial en la parroquia de San Gabriel, él fundó el grupo de jóvenes llamado FOCUS. En el año 2008, como pastor de la iglesia Sagrado Corazón en Haworth, New Jersey, estableció el grupo de jóvenes llamado VITA. Stephen es un investigador asociado en el Centro de Investigación Aplicada en el Apostolado (CARA) de la Universidad de Georgetown y ha escrito dos libros. Su tercer libro a cerca de los obispos católicos de los EE.UU. será publicado en el 2018. El padre ha enseñado Ministerio de Liderazgo en la Universidad Seton Hall, New Jersey, Seminario de la Inmaculada Concepción y ha sido también un profesor visitante en la Universidad Fordham, New York, el año pasado. Es el co-creador del APP llamado PeaceQuest, que es una experiencia de oración profunda que se desarrolla en la tercera dimensión.


Douglas Fiore, Ph.D


Dealing with Parents in Difficult Situations 

Dr. Douglas Fiore is the author of eight books for educators, most of which feature communication and problem soliving strategies. His graduate textbook, School Community Relations, 4th edition, is the bestselling textbook nationwide in School-Community Relations courses. His book, Dealing with Difficult Parents, 2nd edition, written with Dr. Todd Whitaker, has been translated into two languages, and is utilized in hundreds of school districts worldwide. Dr. Fiore has worked in K-12 education, higher education, and state government education agencies throughout the past 30 yaers. He is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Fiore is married to Julie Fiore, and they are co-authors of the recently relseased Partners for Special Needs: How Teachers Can Effectively Collaborate with Parents and Other Advocates. They are proud parents of five adult children.


William Frank

Collaborating with Parish Leaders: An Artist's Perspective 

William Frank works as Artist in Residence at Emil Frei & Associates (a Saint Louis based stained glass ad mosaic studio). His “Christ Hymn” window at Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, TX received a 2015 IFRAA Religious Art: Visual Art Award. Over the past decade, Frank has collaborated with numerous parish councils to design and execute stained glass and mosaics. His projects range widely in scope, content, and style, but each design begins in conversations with the parish leaders. Beyond the studio, you will find him making dioramas for his wife’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium, digging in the garden, riding bikes, and chasing chickens with his four children.


Carol Frenning

Buildings that Send Us Forth

Carol Frenning is a liturgical design consultant who works with congregations throughout the country as they build or renovate their worship spaces. Trained as an art historian, her academic work is in the area of American religious architecture. She taught Sacred Architecture at the University of Saint Thomas and lectures at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. A graduate of the first class of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Carol serves as a founder and president for the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space. She served as chair of the national advisory board for IFRAA-AIA and on the board of Faith and Form. She was on the national planning board for the Form/Reform conference. She served as the convener for the Visual Arts and the Liturgy Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy and past chair of the Society of Architectural Historians Minnesota and past chair of the Art and Environment Committee for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Jerry Galipeau, D.Min.

Cultivating Intentional Hospitality in the Parish

Jerry Galipeau is the Executive Director of Mission Integration at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Past Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer for the J.S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publication, Jerry has presented keynotes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, liturgical spirituality, ritual music, evangelization and adult spiritual formation. Past chair of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, Jerry was a frequent team member for Forum's institutes. A popular parish mission presenter and retreat leader, he earned the Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in liturgical studies from Catholic Theological Union at Chicago in 1999. Jerry's articles have appeared in Catechumenate, Liturgical Singer, Pastoral Music, Today's Parish, Rite, and Church magazines, as well as Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons. Jerry's books and recordings are published by World Library Publications, including Prayer Services for Parish Life, Apprenticed to Christ: Activities for Practicing the Catholic Way of Life, and his latest book You Have Put on Christ: Cultivating a Baptismal Spirituality.


Fr. David Garcia

Misioneros desde la parroquia al mundo

El Padre David Garcia es sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio desde 1975. Es Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach de Catholic Relief Services, la agencia oficial de la Iglesia de los EUA para el desarrollo e asistencia de los países en desarrollo. También sirve como Director de las Antiguas Misiones Españolas en San Antonio e Administrador de la Misión Concepcion. Ha servido en cuatro parroquias, incluso la Catedral de San Fernando desde 1995 - 2008, secretario del Arzobispo Patricio Flores, rector del Seminario de la Asunción y Promotor de Vocaciones. Estudio en Notre Dame University, Harvard, University of London, Instituto Teologico en la Ciudad de México, y St Mary's University en San Antonio.


Gene Giuliano, M.A.

The God Who Repents: Reconciling God's Justice and Mercy 

Gene Giuliano earned a Master of Arts degree in sacred theology from St. Thomas Seminary Graduate School in Denver, Colorado, and has more than 37 years experience in the area of adult faith formation. As an instructor at the University of Dallas School of Ministry for the past 13 years, he has taught scripture classes using The Catholic Biblical School Program, which he co-authored for Paulist Press, and has presented deacon formation classes for the dioceses of Dallas, Texas, Tyler, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Gene also has given numerous presentations, workshops, retreats, and missions at local parishes and has spoken at a variety of diocesan conferences. He authored the introductions to the twelve Minor Prophets in the St. Mary’s Press College Study Bible and was awarded the Cynthia and David Freeman Professorship of Sacred Scripture in 2011 and again in 2014.


Hno. Ricardo Grzona

La misionariedad del discípulo

Familia: Jesús resucitado te llama a dar testimonio



Es Presidente de la Fundación Ramón Pané, que toma el nombre del primer evangelizador llegado a América en el segundo viaje de Colón (1494). Está dedicado a ofrecer Retiros Espirituales, talleres y conferencias especialmente desde la Espiritualidad Bíblica de la Lectio Divina. Dirige la Serie CRISTONAUTAS de EWTN y varios programas de Radio y TV encaminados a conocer las Sagradas Escrituras. Fue secretario de los Departamentos de Catequesis y Educación del CELAM (1990- 1995), y también Rector de la Universidad Champagnat en Argentina (1994-1995). Es un misionero que recorre las Américas capacitando a agentes de Pastoral de las diversas Diócesis.

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Jim Heck, AIA

Starting a Building Program? Advice to help you through what may seem to be a daunting process

Jim Heck is the Senior Vice President of Fisher Heck, Inc., Architects of San Antonio, Texas. His firm specializes in religious architecture, historic preservation and master planning. Jim oversees all the firm’s religious architecture. His firm has worked on over 165 church projects of all types, sizes and denominations throughout Texas. Jim has served as a member of the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture Design Committee in 2013-2014. He was a workshop panelist for the Southwest Liturgical Conference in 2015 and was the presenter for a September 2016 ACLS webinar about the restoration of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. Jim has been a member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Spaces since 2011. Fisher Heck was honored by the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture with a 2015 Religious Art and Architecture Award for Liturgical/Interior Design for its renovation of St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas.


Br. Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

Mary: A Model of Discipleship

Brother Silas Henderson, a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (the Salvatorians), is an author, catechist, and retreat leader. Bro. Silas has published dozens of articles and reflections on spirituality, liturgy, the RCIA, Mary and the saints and his books include "Moving Beyond Doubt," "Lights for a Waiting World: Celebrating Advent With the Saints," and "Saint Aloysius Gonzaga: With an Undivided Heart."

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Sr. Bernadette Nguyễn Hoài Hương, O.P.

Hãy trở nên người Thiên Chúa ao ước nơi bạn, thì bạn sẽ làm cho thế giới bừng cháy

Sơ Hoài Hương được sinh ra và lớn lên ở thành phố Houston, Texas. Sơ thuộc Hội Dòng Nữ ĐaMinh Thánh Tâm – Tỉnh dòng Đức Maria Vô Nhiễm, Hoa kỳ và đã khấn dòng được 22 năm. Sơ có bằng Cao học ngành Giáo dục (Master of Education), với nhiều năm kinh nghiệm dạy học tại các trường Công Giáo cũng như dạy giáo lý tại các giáo xứ. Đồng thời, Sơ đã từng thuyết trình tại các Đại Hội Giáo lý Việt Nam. Hiện nay, ngoài vai trò School Administrator và Instructional Specialist tại trường St. Cecilia Catholic School, Sơ Hoài Hương còn là Thư ký Tỉnh dòng của các nữ tu Đa Minh tại Houston.


Brett Hoover, Ph.D.


The Shared Parish: Latinos, Anglos, and the Future of the American Parish

La parroquia multicultural: Discípulos frente a los retos de diferencias de cultura y de poder

Brett C. Hoover, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles and director of LMU's graduate program in Theological Studies. Dr. Hoover is the author of THE SHARED PARISH: LATINOS, ANGLOS, AND THE FUTURE OF US CATHOLICISM (NYU Press).

El Doctor Brett C. Hoover es profesor asistente de la pastoral en la Universidad de Loyola y Marymount en Los Angeles, California. Es autor del libro LA PARROQUIA COMPARTIDA: HISPANOS, ANGLOS, Y EL FUTURO DE CATOLICISMO EN ESTADOS UNIDOS (NYU Press). Trabajabé en el ministerio hispano por muchos años en Nueva York y California.


Jodi Hunt, Ph.D.


(Re)Lighting the Way: Addressing Cyberbullying through Digital Discipleship

Jodi Hunt has over 10 years experience in teaching catechesis at both the parish and Catholic school levels; she has researched and presented on various modern moral/ethical issues, with a special interest in cyberbullying, that Catholic Youth and Young Adults are called to respond to as they live out their daily lives. Jodi’s research interests also include exploring how Catholic tradition and theology is still relevant and helpful in discerning the pop/political culture which surrounds us. After completing her BA in Anthropology at Texas A&M, Jodi had the privilege of studying at the Oblate School of Theology where she earned her MA in Theology before moving to NYC to complete a Ph.D. in Religious Education at Fordham University. When not running from her kids and husband who constantly chase her wanting to be fed, Jodi enjoys traveling, reading a good Catholic mom blog, and mindless TV watching every now and then.

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Marti R. Jewell, D.Min.


Re-imagining Parish Leadership for the 21st Century

Tools for Navigating Difficult Conversations

Dr. Marti R. Jewell is an associate professor at the University of Dallas' Neuhoff School of Ministry. She was named the University's 2017 Michael A. Haggar Scholar. Previously she directed the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, a nationwide study of excellence in parish leadership. Dr. Jewell has written and spoken extensively on the topic of parishes and pastoral leadership, and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America.


Thomas W. Jodziewicz, Ph.D


"I have become all things to all": Living the Faith in America 

Professor of History, University of Dallas (1978-to present). Providence College (BA); Tufts University (MA); College of William and Mary (PhD). Two monographs and articles on early American history, American Catholic history in such journals as American Philosophical Society Transactions; New England Quarterly; Touchstone: a Journal of Mere Christianity; the Catholic Historical Review; and Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. Chairman, Department of History, UD, 1991-2009. Book review editor, Catholic Southwest: a Journal of History and Culture, since 1990. President of Texas Catholic Historical Society, 2004-2008; 2012-2014.

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Jeanne Kamat, Ph.D.


Prayer and Prophets 

A native born New Yorker but now a resident of Dallas, Jeanne received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx and then a Master’s Degree in literature from Fordham University specializing in Medieval and American studies. She spent two years on a study grant at Vanderbilt University to do work in comparative literature and in 1997 received an MA in Theology from the University of Dallas. More recently, she completed a doctorate in Theology at the Catholic University of America. Jeanne has taught for several years on the elementary and middle school levels with the Diocese of Dallas, and at Skyline High School. During this time she has been a member of the Dallas Institute and attended the Teacher Institutes of 1996 through 1998. She has traveled to Europe, the Middle East, and India, and has been invited to give papers at the Mater Dei Institute in Dublin and the Friendship University in Moscow. Jeanne is presently an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Dallas.


Peter Kolar 

Music Serves the Liturgy. Musicians Serve the People. It’s That Simple.

La música en servicio a la liturgia. Los músicos en servicio al pueblo.

Peter Kolar is the Senior Editor of Hispanic Resources for World Library Publications and J. S. Paluch Company. An accomplished composer and pianist, his works include the bilingual mass setting, “Misa Luna,” and a solo piano CD, “Variations.” Peter holds a Master’s degree in music composition from Northwestern University and sits on the board of directors for the Southwest Liturgical Conference. He resides in El Paso, TX, where he is the Director of the El Paso Diocesan Choir.

Peter Kolar es Editor Principal de Música y Recursos Hispanos en la casa editorial World Library Publications. Como compositor y pianista, sus obras incluyen la misa bilingüe, “Misa Luna” y un álbum de piano clásico, “Variaciones”. Peter tiene sus grados en composición musical de la Universidad Northwestern y es miembro de la mesa directiva de la Conferencia Litúrgica del Suroeste. Vive en El Paso, Texas, donde es el director del Coro Diocesano de El Paso.

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Fr. John Lan Tran 

Lưu truyền đức tin trong gia đình: vài suy niệm về Tông Huấn Niềm vui của Tình yêu và sứ vụ tông đồ trong gia đình Việt nam.

Linh mục Gioan Trần Hùng Lân, Dòng Tên, sinh tại Bảo lộc, Lâm Đồng, năm 1969. Năm 1983, cha Lân sang tị nạn tại Kansas city, Missouri. Cha tốt nghiệp đại học nắm 1991. Năm 1997, cha gia nhập Dòng Tên, thuộc Tỉnh Dòng Missouri. Trong thời gian huấn luyện, cha đã tốt nghiệp Cao học về Triết Học Xã hội (Đại Học Loyola tại Chicago, 2003), Cao học về Thần học (Đại học Boston College, 2008), và Thạc sĩ Thần học Kinh Thánh (Licenciate, tức là bằng dạy đại chủng viện, Boston College, 2009). Sau khi lãnh nhận tác vụ linh mục năm 2008, từ năm 2009-2012, Cha Lân đã dạy học và làm Trưởng phòng Mục vụ tại trường trung học St. Louis University High School. Từ năm 2014-2016, cha đã dạy học và làm Trưởng phòng Sứ vụ tại trường Cao đẳng St. John (St. John's Junior College, thuộc nước Belize, Trung mỹ); từ tháng 11 năm 2016 cho tới nay, cha được chuyển về để giảng tĩnh tâm tại Trung tâm tĩnh tâm Montserrat, Lake Dallas, TX. Ngoài ra cha còn là tuyên úy cho Nhóm Đồng Hành tại Mỹ.


Dr. Brett Landry

Cybersecurity threats for the churches and nonprofit organizations

Brett J. L. Landry is the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business dean and professor of cybersecurity. For more than 25 years, he has worked in information security in the public and private sectors. Landry has been instrumental in the college's AACSB accreditation efforts, the implementation of M.S. in technology programs, and university technology initiatives; additionally, he is responsible for the University of Dallas' certification as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Landry earned his doctorate from Mississippi State University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).


Evan Lemoine 

Amor, Sexo y Dios

Amor sin Barreras

Vivir y Transmitir una Sexualidad Plena

Evan Lemoine es Licenciado en Bellas Artes por Louisiana State University (USA) con especialidad en Psicología, es Maestro en Humanidades por la Universidad Anáhuac de México y graduado de la Maestría en Ciencias de la Familia por el Instituto Juan Pablo II. Es graduado del Theology of the Body Institute de Philadelphia (USA) donde se ha especializado en la Teología del Cuerpo, Amor y Responsabilidad, Filosofía y Pensamiento de Juan Pablo II. Es co-fundador del Instituto Amar al Máximo y es conferencista internacional reconocido sobre la Teología del Cuerpo, sexualidad, noviazgo y matrimonio.


Jonathan Lewis

Apostles on Mission

Jonathan Lewis is the Executive Director of Evangelization, Young Adult Ministry, and Chaplaincies for the Archdiocese of Washington. He is an alumnus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame through the ECHO: Faith Formation Leadership Program. Jonathan is originally from the Kansas City area and has served in parish catechetical ministry for 10 years in in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Diocese of Wilmington, Archdiocese of San Francisco, and Archdiocese of Washington.


Daniel Luby, S.T.L., S.T.D. 

Pilgrim, Poet, Preacher of the Word: Notes on a Spirituality of Preaching

Dan Luby, married to Theresa for over 45 years, is the father of two and grandfather of three. He is a graduate of Catholic schools, from first grade through graduate school, including Bishop Dunne, Notre Dame, the University of Dallas and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum), where he received his doctorate in theology. From 1975 to 2007 he served in pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Fort Worth, primarily in adult catechesis and ministerial formation. He was a founding faculty member of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies, the predecessor to the Neuhoff School of Ministry. Since 2007 he's taught full time the graduate and undergrad programs. He teaches chiefly in the realm of pastoral theology including homiletics and pastoral administration.


Vicente Lujan 

Como fomentar una cultura de misión y discipulado entre los miembros del ministerio de música

Manuel Bravo y Vicente Luján han servido al ministerio de música desde el 2003 en La Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción en Denton, TX. Durante estos años se han presentado en innumerables parroquias y ministerios para servir en la liturgia, retiros, conciertos, conferencias, grupo de jóvenes, Día Mundial Juvenil Diocesano, también llamados a participar en la organización Catholic Underground En Nueva York y Los Ángeles. Trabajan Individual, dúo o como grupo musical Jesus Team A (Jesus Te Ama). La misión de ellos es construir puentes entre diferentes generaciones, leguajes y culturas, compartiendo historias, cantos; ayudando a entender que si compartimos experiencia encontramos a Cristo vivo en cada uno de nosotros.

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Elizabeth Madeo


Elizabeth graduated from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, KS with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, followed by a certificate in youth ministry from the Center for Ministry Development and a Masters Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Since 2002, Elizabeth has had the joy of being the Director of Youth Ministries at Annunciation Parish in Kearney, MO and became an adjunct professor, while continuing to offer many different workshops, training sessions and retreats along the way.


Rev. Seán C. Martin

Pauline Paradigms for Missionary Discipleship

The Formation of the Twelve during the Ministry of Jesus

Father Seán Charles Martin, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas since 1981, is president of Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis, Missouri. A biblical scholar, he holds a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), and specializes in the letters of Saint Paul.


Coleen Kelly Mast, M.S., D.H.L.

Chastity Education: What Are we Supposed to Do

Dr. Coleen Kelly Mast, author, speaker and radio personality, speaks on family life issues throughout the world and hosts a syndicated call-in radio advice show on more than 500 Catholic Radio Stations via the EWTN Radio network. She is the author of Sex Respect, Love & Life and her new LoveEd, a parent-guided, age-appropriate, gender-specific video/discussion program for parishes that helps parents teach children the science and theology of God’s plan for life, love, sexuality, and purity.


Tim Matovina, Ph.D.

The Fifth Encuentro: Historical Roots and Vision for Pastoral Renewal

El Quinto Encuentro: Raíces históricas y propuesta para la renovación pastoral

Timothy Matovina is a professorand chair for the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in US Catholic and US Latino theology and religion. He has written numerous books and articles about US Hispanic Catholic history, theology, ministry, and religious traditions. Matovina’s most recent books include Ministerio hispano: Una introduccion; the award-winning Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church; and Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present. Research support for Matovina’s work includes grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Religion, and the Association of Theological Schools. In 2010, Matovina received the Virgilio Elizondo Award from the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. He has won two teaching awards at Notre Dame, including the Julian Samora Award. Matovina gives presentations and workshops on US Catholicism and Latino ministry and theology throughout the United States.

Timoteo Matovina es profesor y director ejecutivo de teología en la Universidad de Notre Dame. Se especializa en el estudio de la teología norteamericana y de las prácticas religiosas y producción teológica Latina en los Estados Unidos. Es autor de numerosos libros y artículos sobre la historia, la teología, el ministerio, y las tradiciones religiosas de los hispanos católicos. Su libro más reciente en español es Ministerio Hispano: Una introducción (Ave Maria Press).


Robert McCarty, D.Min. 

Going, Going, Gone … the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

Recalibration: moving to a personal grace-filled future!

Bob is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and has been in professional youth ministry since 1973, serving in diocesan, parish, school and community programs. Bob offers workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Catholic Mobilizing Network against the death penalty. His recent books include "Thriving in Youth Ministry" and "The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice" through Saint Mary's Press and "Tips for Raising Teens: A Primer for Parents" through NFCYM. Bob serves as adjunct faculty at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and works with the University of Dallas in their MPM program. Bob is a volunteer in his parish youth ministry program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and now - grandparenting!


Barbara McCrabb, M.Div. and Don McCrabb, D.Min.

Rise, Take the Child - Missionary Discipleship and the call to Adoption

Seven Keys to Christ Centered Collaboration

Barbara and Don McCrabb have three adopted sons and are authors of Rise, Take the Child - Reflections on the Vocation of Adoption. They are advisors to the Catholic Apostolate Center. Barbara, a campus minister, is the Assistant Director for Higher Education, Secretariat of Catholic Education, at the USCCB. Don, a pastoral theologian, is the Executive Director of the United States Catholic Mission Association.

James McGill, M.A.

Grace and Sin in the 21st Century

James McGill has worked in adult faith formation programs at the parish, diocesan and university levels for nearly forty years. He is currently the Peterson Professor of Applied Ministry in the Neuhoff School of Ministry at the University of Dallas.


Michael James Mette

Seven Habits for Balancing Family and Ministry

Michael James Mette is a Catholic musician and speaker who travels the country with his wife and 7 kids. Over the past 4 years, they have traveled to 44 states, sharing evening concerts that are passionate like a Friday night and reverent like a Sunday morning. Michael shares the gospel in a unique way, combining testimony, technology, faith, and family to break open the gospel message. Before traveling, Michael served in the Air Force, completed his degree in Theology and worked for 10 years in parish ministry.


Juan Moreno

Catequesis evangelizante- un modelo de formación en la confirmación de adultos

Juan Carlos Moreno ha sido director asociado en la Oficina de Evangelización y Catequesis durante los últimos 4 años. En consulta con sacerdotes, líderes catequéticos y catequistas dirigió el proyecto que dio como resultado un proceso de formación renovado para los adultos que se preparan para el Sacramento de la Confirmación en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston.


Daniel Mulhall

Empowering Parents in the Faith Formation of their Children

Daniel S. Mulhall holds an MA in Theology from the Catholic University of America and an MA in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University in Denver. During his nearly 40 years in catechetical ministry he has worked as a parish catechist for children and adults, taught high school religion, served on the catechetical staff in dioceses and at the USCCB--where he served for 10 years as the Assistant Secretary for Catechesis and Inculturation. He has also worked as a publisher of catechetical materials with RCL Benziger. He speaks nationally on catechetical and family life issues, and writes regularly for the Catholic News Service Faith Alive feature. Dan and his wife, Kathleen, have three young adult children and three grandchildren. He lives in Louisville, KY.

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Roberto Navarro

El laico como discípulo misionero en el mundo: Cristo, su Evangelio y la Justicia Social

Roberto tiene más de veinticinco años sirviendo en diferentes capacidades en la iglesia Católica y desde el 2013 empezó su servicio con Catholic Relief Services como director de la región suroeste. Roberto tiene una Maestría en Teología y una Maestría en Ministerio Pastoral de la Universidad de St. Mary en San Antonio, TX. y es candidato a un Doctorado en Ministerio con especialización en Formación Espiritual para Adultos de la Universidad Católica de America en Washington, DC. Su estilo preferido de liderazgo es uno de colaboración en el ministerio compartido. Le gusta mucho la lectura y esta convencido que la formación constante como ministro laico es de suma importancia.


Sr. Châu Nguyễn, O.P., Ph.D.

Nghĩa Bóng trong Thánh Kinh và Niềm Vui Tin Mừng

Sr. Việt Châu là nữ tu dòng ĐaMinh, Tỉnh dòng Đức Maria Vô Nhiễm tại Hoa Kỳ. Sơ mới tốt nghiệp tiến sĩ Thần học hệ thống tại trường Đại Học Công Gíao Hoa Kỳ (The Catholic University of America) ở Hoa-Thịnh-Đốn. Nay Sơ là gíao sư trường Đại Học Thánh Tôma (University of St. Thomas) tại Houston.

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Carla Ortiz, M.A.

Jóvenes discípulos misioneros: Viviendo su fe en acción

Carla Ortiz tiene una licenciatura en Artes en Inglés/Comunicaciones y una maestría en Relaciones Internacionales con un énfasis en resolución de conflicto internacional de la Universidad de St. Mary’s, San Antonio, TX. Antes de trabajar para CRS Suroeste, Carla trabajó en el campo de la planificación de eventos especiales/de recaudación de fondos. Carla sirvió como Directora de Comunicaciones y Desarrollo para Merced Housing Texas y ha trabajado como reportera para varios medios de publicación. Como Gerente de Relaciones para CRS Suroeste, Carla es responsable de educar e informar a católicos y otros sobre temas globales a través de talleres, entrenamientos, etc., y provee oportunidades para la participación activa de las diócesis en varios programas de CRS.


Hosffman Ospino, M.A., Ph.D.

The Fifth Encuentro: Historical Roots and Vision for Pastoral Renewal

El Quinto Encuentro: Raíces históricas y propuesta para la renovación pastoral

El Credo: Un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia

Hosffman Ospino is an associate professor of theology and education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. Within the field of theology he specializes in pastoral/practical theology. He earned a doctorate in theology and education and a master’s degree in theology with concentration in Church history, both from Boston College. He did advanced undergraduate studies in philosophy in Colombia, South America. He serves as a consultant for various projects studying topics on cultural diversity, Hispanic Catholicism, theological education, religious education, and evangelization in the Catholic Church in the United Sates. He has lectured and presented, both in English in Spanish, throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. He serves on the board of the National Catholic Educational Association and as an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.

El Dr. Hosffman Ospino es profesor de teología pastoral y educación religiosa en la Universidad Jesuita Boston College, donde también es director de programas de postgrado en ministerio hispano. Su trabajo académico y pastoral le ha llevado a dar conferencias en Norteamérica, Latinoamérica y Europa. La investigación del Dr. Ospino se enfoca en el dialogo entre fe y cultura. Fue él investigador principal del estudio nacional de parroquias católicas con ministerios hispanos (2011-2014). Su libro más reciente es “Interculturalismo y catequesis: Guía del catequista para responder a la diversidad cultural”. Actualmente se encuentra trabajando en un libro sobre parroquias multiculturales.

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Camille Pauley

From Dreaded Pro-Life Talk to BEST CLASS EVER!

Camille Pauley is co-founder and President of Healing the Culture, a nonprofit organization that evangelizes and converts people to be deeply, authentically, and permanently pro-life. Under Camille’s leadership, Healing the Culture has quickly grown into an internationally recognized organization with a powerful pro-life message, a multitude of nationally acclaimed products and resources, and tremendous influence in the cultural battle over abortion and euthanasia. In over 20 years as a professional pro-life advocate, Camille has inspired politicians, judges, lawyers, medical professionals, and church leaders to defend the sanctity of human life. She has trained tens of thousands of students, teachers, religious educators, business leaders, and pro-life professionals, has co-produced six video series and authored dozens of articles, and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across North America and around the world.


Sr. Norma Pimentel

Misericordia en la frontera

Norma Pimentel es una hermana de las Misioneras de Jesús. Como Directora Ejecutiva de Caridades Católicas del Valle del Río Grande en el sur de Texas, ayudó a organizar rápidamente los recursos de la comunidad para responder a la oleada de centroamericanos que buscaban asilo en los Estados Unidos. Ella estableció el Centro de Refugio Humanitario en la Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón en McAllen, Texas. Estos esfuerzos captaron la atención a nivel global, atrayendo a los medios de comunicación de todo el mundo al Valle del Río Grande para cubrir la difícil situación de los innumerables y angustiados refugiados, tanto individuos como familias, convenciendo a miles de personas, de este y otros países, de aportar su tiempo, talentos y tesoros para servir y apoyar la causa. Un momento muy especial fue capturado por satélite en septiembre del 2015, y transmitido a la Iglesia Católica del Sagrado Corazón, en el cual el Papa Francisco reconoció a la hermana Norma por su trabajo con los inmigrantes y le pidió que se presentara para poder verla. Le dio las gracias por su humildad y sus esfuerzos y la animó a continuar.


Reg Platt

Men and Abortion: His Pain is Real

Reg Platt is a passionate, dynamic pro-life speaker focusing primarily on men's post-abortive experiences. Mr. Platt was invited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to be a speaker and panelist for the 2016 National Project Rachel Director's Training Conference in Washington, D.C. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of Project Joseph, a ground-breaking healing retreat specifically designed for post-abortive men, and he continues to serve as a facilitator for the retreats. A sought-after speaker, Mr. Platt has shared the pro-life message at several DFW Metroplex Youth Conferences, Youth For Life Pro-Life Boot Camps, the White Rose Women's Center, and Redemptoris Mater Seminary. He wrote the preface, "A Man's Pain from Abortion is Real" for After Abortion: A Prayer Booklet for Men, published by The Word Among Us Press.


Lucas Pollice

The New Evangelization: The Extraordinary Mission of our Time

What exactly is the New Evangelization? Why is it "new" and is this just a buzzword in the Church or is it a real and crucial mission? This session will take an in-depth look at the mission of the New Evangelization and the new eccelsial and cultural realities that make this a truly extraordinary mission for the Church of our day. The session will also explore the key methods and pastoral approaches that will help the gospel reach the minds and hearts of modern men and women.

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Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D.

Making Disciples: What RCIA Tells Us About Faith Formation

Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D., is currently assistant professor of theology in the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. Her area of concentration is the intersection between liturgy and catechesis, with a focus on appropriate catechetical methods for catechesis in pastoral situations across the life cycle. Her dissertation focused on liturgy and catechesis in the RCIA. In her capacity as former executive director of the department of religious education at the NCEA, she served as a consultant to the Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, on the planning team for the Diocesan Educational Catechetical Leadership Institute with USCCB and NCCL, as a founding member of the Partnership on Adolescent Catechesis that developed the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis. While at NCEA, she managed religious education assessments for students and adults. Her experiences as a teacher in Catholic schools, director of parish catechetical programs and the catechumenate for adults and children, and as a former chairperson of a diocesan education commission, inform her work as a consultant to numerous dioceses regarding sacramental catechesis, the baptismal catechumenate, and catechetical method.


Rev. Rafael M. Ramirez, S.S.D.

¿Qué es la espiritualidad bíblica?

Construyendo una espiritualidad bíblica

El P. Rafael M. Ramírez es originario de Arandas, Jalisco, México. Fue ordenado el 25 de Noviembre de 1994 en la ciudad de México. Recibió su formación en México, España e Italia. Estudió filosofía en la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana y Teología en el Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum y Sagradas Escrituras en el Pontificio Instituto Bíblico, donde obtuvo su doctorado en 2008. Realizó también estudios de especialización en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén. Ha enseñado y ejercido su ministerio sacerdotal en México, España, Italia, Suiza y USA. Actualmente es miembro de la facultad de "The School of Ministry de la Universidad de Dallas". El P. Ramírez ha recibido el premio "Cynthia and David Freeman Professor of Sacred Scripture".


Matt Rice, M.Div.

Death to Fundraising

Widowed by Ministry: Navigating Ministry and Married Life

Matt Rice is the founder and President of Ablaze Ministries. Wanting to raise the standards of youth ministry across all parishes, no matter their income-level, Matt began Ablaze Ministries to hire and train a new generation of youth ministers who work together as they gain real world experience in ministry. Matt has a M.Div in Biblical Studies and has been working in youth ministry for 15 years. Matt, like all members of Ablaze, is a missionary, and is completely supported by donations from his support team. Matt has been married for 15 years and has 5 children, the oldest of which is now participating in an Ablaze ministry. Matt’s personal interests include golf, video games, and cheering for his kids' sports.


Obispo Jorge Rodriguez, S.T.D.

Discipulado misionero: del encuentro a la misión

Doctor en Sagrada Teología por la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana en Roma. Decano de Teología del Pontificio AteneoRegina Apostolorum en Roma (1994-1997). Ha enseñado teología en la Pontificia Universidad Lateranense, en el Pontificio Instituto Regina Mundi y en el Instituto Superior de Estudios Religiosos de la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana en Roma. Fue Vicario parroquial en la parroquia Stella Maris de la Diócesis de Roma, y en la parroquia de Santa Teresa, en Denver. Del 2007 al 2014 fue Vicerrector del Seminario Teológico San Juan María Vianney en Denver. Del 2014 al 2017 fue párroco de la parroquia de Holy Cross en Thornton, CO. Fue ordenado Obispo Auxiliar para la Archidiócesis de Denver en noviembre del 2016. Actualmente es Vicario General de la Arquidiócesis y Vicario para el Clero.

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Lisa Salas 

Resolve to Listen Better! - 9 "Action" Tips for Listening Success 

Lisa has a passion for people and finds that in listening, the doors of evangelization open wide. She utilizes her professional background and skill set to strengthen the bonds and communication within ministry. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration specializing in Management, completed a Diocesan Institute for Ecclesial Ministy in the Diocese of Austin, is a co-founder of Next Level Ministry and lives in Round Rock, Texas with her husband and two teenage sons.


Gerardo Salazar

Marketing y publicidad en la catequesis: ¡que atractiva evangelización!

Homilética catequética: ¡técnicas de comunicación!


México-americano, originario de Los Ángeles California y San Luis Potosí México. Casado por 13 años con Nancy con quien tiene 7 hijos. Hijo de padres campesinos migrantes. Su madre lo consagró a San Gerardo cuyo nombre significa “espada de Dios” y a la Virgen del Carmen. Tiene una Licenciatura en Periodismo y Comunicaciones, una Maestría en Teología y Ministerio y actualmente está cursando su Doctorado en Ministerio Hispano. Es el Director Asociado para la formación de catequistas y líderes catequéticos hispanos en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston en Texas y consultor nacional para Sadlier. Su proceso de conversión comenzó en mayo del 2007 a los pies del Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves en Belleville, Illinois.


Fr. Christopher Schroeder, M.A.

Becoming Disciples of Prayer: Learning Practical Ways Prayer Can Become Regular and Transforming

Fr. Chris Schroeder, S.J., is a retreat director at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, TX. He holds an M.A. in philosophy, an M.Div., and an S.T.L. He has been a member of the Jesuits for 15 years. During that time he has engaged in a variety of ministries, including teaching at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, prison ministry at San Quentin State Prison in California, writing for TheJesuitPost.org, and pastoral work in Belize and El Salvador. Throughout that time, he has had a passion for retreat giving, spiritual direction, and all forms of spiritual ministry. He has long held a deep conviction that he should bring the same seriousness of study to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and to concrete spiritual experience (both his own and that shared with him in spiritual direction) that he happily gave in the classroom to matters of philosophy and theology.


Pía Septién, M.T.S.

Abraza tus circunstancias personales 

Pía Septién obtuvo su licenciatura en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Anáhuac en la Ciudad de México, maestría en Estudios Teológicos y Certificación en Administración Pastoral por la Universidad de Dallas. Ha dado clases desde el año 2006 hasta el presente en la Universidad de Dallas en la Escuela Bíblica Católica, en la formación diaconal de la Diócesis de Dallas, Fort Worth y Tyler y en el Certificado en Teología Pastoral. También ha dado clases en línea de Introducción al Antiguo Testamento para la Universidad de Dayton. Es co-autora de una serie de libros de texto de educación religiosa para los grados 7 al 9 y autora de los libros "Mujeres del Antiguo Testamento" y "Mujeres del Nuevo Testamento" “El Evangelio de Mateo y Marcos” y “Lucas, Juan y Hechos” de Libros Liguori.


Bernice Simmons, M.S., LPC, CCTP

Sexual Assault & Beyond - What Can We Do


Bernice Simmons is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's of Science in Community Counseling. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional trained specifically in counseling for trauma, crisis, grief, and loss. She is a certified PREPARE Counselor, a trained FOCCUS Facilitator and Trainer, as well as trained in Active Relationships. Over the course of the past 20 years, Bernice has ministered and worked within the Catholic Church in Adult Faith Formation including positions as an RCIA Director, Family and Adult Ministry Associate Director, Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, as a counselor, as a Pro-Life Speaker with the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, a Confirmation teacher, and a Procurator Advocate and Marriage Readiness Assessor for the Diocese Marriage Tribunal. In addition to her Master's degree training and continuing education as a counselor, Bernice has completed 3 years of the UD School of Ministry Biblical School.


Shelley Kolman Smith

Commissioning Art for Your Parish

As a sculptor, Shelley has art in churches all over the US and has learned that most people have no idea of how to hire an artist or what to expect. She has been a professional artist for over 28 years, first working in graphite, then watercolor, to oil and finally to clay. She thoroughly enjoys celebrating the gifts God has blessed her with. As a self taught artist, she has dedicated her life to sharing her talent and knows that it has come to her “By God’s Grace, For God’s Glory”. Shelley was President of the Texas Sculpture Association from 2012 to 2014. She’s a founding member of the NorthEast Texas Fine Art Alliance and is a Board Member of the Terrell Alliance for Education and the Arts. She is also serving as Secretary of the ACLS. She has 3 grown children, a dedicated husband and lives on a small farm in Poetry, TX where she raises chickens, cows, goats and fruit trees. Her studio is steps from her back porch. Clients are encouraged to visit! Her work can be seen on her website: ShelleyKolmanSmith.com


Luis Soto

Llamado urgente a la nueva evangelización

Luis Soto es Director de Implementación Parroquial y Ministerio Hispano del “Augustine Institute” en Denver, particularmente para la plataforma formed.org. Antes de unirse al equipo del AI, Luis fue Director de Desarrollo del Ministerio para el “Catholic Leadership Institute.” Sin embargo, fue como miembro del equipo fundador y Director Ejecutivo del Ministerio Hispano y Centro San Juan Diego de la Arquidiócesis de Denver, que Luis se convirtió en uno de los líderes católicos hispanos más influyentes en la Iglesia norteamericana. Luis tiene una Licenciatura en Filosofía y una maestría en Teología. Originario de Sonora, México, Luis identifica como una de sus grandes pasiones en apoyar el crecimiento de la fe de los hispanos al tiempo que se integran a la sociedad norteamericana manteniendo su riquísima herencia cultural hispana. Luis desarrolló la iniciativa Una Familia Bajo un Mismo Dios, la cual es un modelo de unidad e integración para parroquias que enfrentan diversidad cultural y el reto de la unidad. En reconocimiento a sus contribuciones a la Iglesia y la Sociedad, Su Santidad el Papa Benedicto XVI entregó a Luis la medalla Benemerenti, uno de los reconocimientos más destacados que se ofrecen a laicos católicos en el mundo. Luis y su esposa Maira, viven en Denver Colorado con sus tres hijos Daniel, Diego y Sarah.


Dcn. Lawrence Sutton

Meaningful Inclusion of those with Autism in our Catholic Parish's

Lawrence R. Sutton, Ph.D. is a Deacon in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Director of Pre-Theology Formation at St. Vincent College and Seminary. He also works as a Psychologist at the Wesley Spectrum Services in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and was the former Manager of the Western Region Office of the Bureau of Autism Services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and has been licensed as a psychologist since 1983. He is the author of "How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Autism and other Special Needs" and co-author of "Healthy Relationship, a Guide to Adulthood" with Wesley Spectrum Services.

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Victoria Tanco


What's all the buzz about spiritual direction? 

Victoria Tanco is an active spiritual director and founder of Reditus, a ministry to former Catholics who are considering a return to the faith. She has a Master of Theology from the University of Dallas and is a freelance catechist, teaching in both English and Spanish. She also spent some time teaching moral theology to high school juniors. Feeling a call to the ministry of spiritual accompaniment, Tanco recently earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Originally from the Philippines, Tanco has lived in Chile, Brazil, and throughout the U.S. The former actress/model is a wife, mother of three and revert to the Catholic faith. Her mission is to help people get closer to God.


Rev. Joseph Tetlow, S.J. 

Spiritual Direction, Mature Discernment, and Missionary Discipleship

Joseph Tetlow, a Jesuit ordained priest in 1960, has been privileged to listen to Christ’s disciples for decades. His priestly formation included graduate work in philosophy and theology and doctoral work in American religious and intellectual history. He has been professor of theology at St. Louis University, president of the Jesuit Theologate in Berkeley, and assistant for Ignatian spirituality to the Jesuit General in Rome. He led Montserrat Retreat House in Lake Dallas and has been spiritual director for and given retreats to the bishops, priests, and deacons’ couples of several dioceses. He has guided thirty-day retreats and preached the silent Ignatian weekend retreat since 1962. He has published extensively in journals and in books, and is recognized worldwide as an authority on Ignatian spirituality. His guide to Exercises in Daily Life, Choosing Christ in the World (Institute of Jesuits Sources, 1989) continues in use in several languages and the most recent of his books is Always Discerning (Loyola Press).


Aurora Tinajero

El tiempo es ahora: prevención de la normalización del suicidio asistido

Aurora comenzó a colaborar con el Comité Católico Pro-Vida en 1993. Ha servido como Directora del Ministerio Pastoral Hispano durante 15 años. Durante 5 años, escribió una columna en el Texas Catholic, y por 1 año en el Dallas Morning News. Además, ha sido invitada a hablar en la reunión de Directores de Ministerio de la USCCB, en Colombia, España y en la mayoría de las parroquias de la diócesis de Dallas. Ha sido anfitriona del programa "Celebrando la Vida" en la Radio Guadalupe durante los últimos 7 años. Es parroquiana en la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción en Grand Prairie, Texas.


Douglas Tooke

21st Century Parish Youth Ministry: From Maintenance to Mobilization 

Doug Tooke is the Director of Youth Ministry events at the Diocese of Helena, Youth Minister at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish and the owner of Monarch Catholic Ministries. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Theology and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry he has over twenty years of professional ministry experience. He has traveled to over 75 Diocese in the past 15 years teaching, keynoting conventions, and training youth ministers. He has spoken at World Youth Day, NCYC, NCCYM, Los Angeles RE Congress and continues to serve as a leader in the field. He is the recipient of the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.


Minh Tran

Đời Sống Phục Vụ

Minh Tran currently teaches at the University of Phoenix Online. He is a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano of the Dallas diocese.

Ông Trần Thanh Minh hiện đang dậy tại đại học Phoenix Online. Ông là một giáo dân thuộc giáo xứ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton tại thành phố Plano trong điạ phận Dallas.


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Dr. Matthew Vereecke

For Planning Boards – Developing a Three Year Strategic Plan

Dr. Matthew Vereecke is the current Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Dallas, a growing school system with approximately 15,000 students across nearly 40 different schools. As Superintendent, he is responsible for the spiritual and academic formation of students within the diocese, and works hard to ensure that every student has the ability to access both college and heaven. Under the direction of Bishop Burns, Dr. Vereecke and his staff have developed new sustainability pilots, connected with national organizations and have elevated the Diocese of Dallas to be a major player in the national conversation on Catholic Schools. Dr. Vereecke graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his Master of Education from the same. He earned his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. In his experience within education, he has served as a teacher, principal and president of various schools, but is most passionate about his current work here in Dallas.


Becky Visosky

The Time is Now: Preventing the Normalization of Assisted Suicide

Becky Visosky serves as Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas. Becky has written, presented and been interviewed by media outlets on current life issues ranging from legislative efforts to women's health. Before joining the CPLC staff, Becky was a partner with the law firm Carrington Coleman where she practiced as a litigator for ten years, during which she was named a Rising Star in Texas Monthly from 2005-2009. She currently serves on the board of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas, the Catholic Lawyers Guild. Becky graduated Summa Cum Laude from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. She received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in the year 2000.


Brandon Vogt 

Why I am Catholic (and Everyone Should Be Too)

Brandon Vogt is an award-winning author and speaker who serves as content director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. He's the bestselling author of “RETURN: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church” (Numinous Books, 2015) and “Why I am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)” (Ave Maria Press, 2017).

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Greg Wasinski

"Who Do You Say I Am?' The Call to be a True Disciple"

Greg Wasinski is an internationally recognized, full-time, Catholic Christian Inspirational Speaker and Author from Cleveland, OH. He also offers his radio talents as a daily contributor to SiriusXM Radio’s, The Catholic Channel with his “Faith & Real Life Moments.” Greg has quickly become one of the freshest and compelling voices in the church to help others find faith in the real world while once again understanding the beauty of why they believe what they believe.  He draws from real life experiences, scriptural reflection and specific “God instances” to creatively illustrate how God is at work in all of us at all times. Greg is married 22 years and has two teenage children. He holds a Certificate in Scriptural Catholic Theology from John Paul the Great University in Escondido, CA.


Christopher Wesley

Shape A Dynamic Team 

Christopher Wesley is a youth ministry coach and consultant with Marathon Youth Ministry (christopherwesley.org). He is the former director of student ministry at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland. He also serves as the president of the unCUFFed Ministries Board of Directors in Baltimore, Maryland. The author of Rebuilding Youth Ministry and the forthcoming Rebuilding Confirmation (February 2017), Wesley writes content for downloadyouthministry.com. Wesley has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts, electronic media, from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. A native of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Chris has lived in Tokyo; Hong Kong; Auckland, New Zealand; Cincinnati; and Baltimore. He and his wife, Katherine, have two sons and live in Pikesville, Maryland.


Dr. Joseph D. White

Pope Francis' Vision for Catechesis: Forming Missionary Disciples

Dr. Joseph White is a clinical psychologist and National Catechetical Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum. He previously worked as a parish catechetical leader and spent seven years as Director of Family Counseling and Family Life in the Diocese of Austin. Dr. White is the author of ten books and numerous articles on catechesis and ministry, and co-authored the Allelu and Alive in Christ catechetical series.


Fr. Joseph Whitfield

10 Rules for Listening to a Homily: A Spirituality

Fr. Joshua J. Whitfield is the Pastoral Administrator at St. Rita Catholic Community in Dallas, Texas. A former Episcopal priest, he trained for ministry in England and then at Duke University. In 2009 he became a Catholic and was then ordained a Catholic priest in 2012 under the Pastoral Provision of Pope John Paul II—a special provision allowing married ministers from other denominations to be ordained Catholic priests. He’s married to Alli, and they have four children—Maggie, Peter, Zoe-Catherine, and Bernadette. He writes regularly for The Dallas Morning News, and he is also the author of Pilgrim Holiness: Martyrdom as Descriptive Witness (Cascade, 2009).


J. Lee Whittington, Ph.D. 

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Spiritual Disciplines for Sustainable Leadership 

J.Lee Whittington, Ph.D. is Professor of Management in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas. He teaches courses on Leadership and Followership, Organizational Behavior, and Complex Organizations. He is the author of Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) Leading the Sustainable Organization (with Tim Galpin and Greg Bell, Routledge, 2012). His new book, Enhancing Employee Engagement: An Evidence-Based Approach (with Simone Meskelis, Enoch Asare, and Sri Beldona) will be published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2017. His research has been published in The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Review, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. His consulting experience includes engagements with Life.Church, Nokia, FedEx-Kinko’s, City of Arlington, City of Southlake, Army Corps of Engineers, and Siemens.


Fr. Adam Wilczak

Amoris Laetitia from a young pastor 

Fr. Adam is from Topeka, KS and attended St. Matthew parish and Hayden High School. His undergrad is from Benedictine College, receiving a religious studies degree. After graduation he entered formation in Atchison, KS at St. Benedict’s Abbey. While he loved his time there, he knew that God had other plans for him. He taught high school theology and coached football and track in St. Joseph, MO for a year at Bishop Leblond High School. In the middle of that year he felt the call to the priesthood and entered Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago, the following year in 2009. He was ordained a deacon on May 18, 2013 and a priest on May 24, 2014. He served as associate Pastor at Prince of Peace in Olathe, KS for two years before being assigned to St. John the Baptist and Holy Angels in Garnett and Greeley, KS.

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University of Dallas Ministry Conference Renamed Dallas Ministry Conference

The University of Dallas and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, co-sponsors of the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, announced that to better reflect their partnership, the conference will henceforth be known as the Dallas Ministry Conference. The 10th annual conference will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.

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