Speakers List

2018 Dallas Ministry Conference Speakers List

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Below you will find the list of the confirmed 2018 speakers, their biographies, and the talks they will be presenting. The speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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 Picture Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
Dr. Mary Amore Dr. Mary Amore

Unlocking the Mysteries of Becoming Joyful Evangelizer

Embracing Transitions with Grace

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 creator of three DVD Series: Eucharist: Pathway of Transformation, Healing and Discipleship; From Mary’s Heart to Your, and the Blessed Sacrament: Fountain of Mercy published by Pauline Media. Dr. Amore is also the editor and co-contributor of Every Day with Mary, a daily devotional recently published by Our Sunday Visitor.
A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary is a national presenter and parish mission director. Dr. Amore is also the creator and host of two television shows: Soul Snackin with Dr. Mary Amore, and A Willing Spirit on ShalomWorld tv. Married, and the mother of two young adults, Dr. Amore serves as the full time Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries.

 Jason Angelette Jason Angelette Forming the Christian Spirituality of Marriage & Family Life Jason Angelette received his Masters in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. Since 2007 Jason and his wife Elise have been working as the Co-Directors of the Faith and Marriage Apostolate for the Willwoods Community which is a Catholic Non-profit located in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

His ministry experience includes high school campus ministry, teaching theology at the high school and college level, working on and speaking at various retreats and events nationwide as well as co-host for a weekly television program on WLAE entitled “Issues & Faith”.

Jason and Elise recently authored a marriage enrichment program called, United in Love United in Christ.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
Chris Bartlett Chris Bartlett

Volunteers Workshop: Recruit, Equip, Retain

Reaching Families Beyond the Pew

Chris Bartlett holds a MA in Theology, a BA in Religious Education and a BA in Business, Marketing. For the last 17 years, Chris has worked at both the parish and Diocesan level. He has been inspiring excellence in ministry leadership for over 7 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.
image Nicholas Brandt Using Theater for Evangelization Mr. Nicholas Brandt is a Dallas native and a proud member of the Diocese of Dallas. A graduate of St. Patrick Catholic School and Cistercian Preparatory School, he comes from a "beautiful big Irish-Italian Catholic family." Entering his fifth year as a Campus Minister at Bishop Dunne, he enjoys serving his students as a retreat leader, mass coordinator, and pastoral guide. He is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. and M.Ed.) and the ACE program. His passion is bringing Christ to others, especially through the beauty of the arts. He founded Genesian Ministries with fellow local young adults in 2017 to add to the momentum of the New Evangelization in our great diocese.
 Kim Brown Kim Brown Improving RCIA in 3 Steps Kim Brown is a speaker, author, and Spiritual Director. Her book, "Spiritual Lessons along the Camino" (in English and Spanish) has been featured on Ave Maria, EWTN, and Relevant Radio. After a decade working in Higher Education and being a leadership speaker, Kim resigned from her position as a Director of Student Life in 2012 to follow God’s call into full-time ministry. Kim travels as a speaker for both youth and adult events engaging her audience through story-telling and sharing the faith in a relatable way. She has taken courses at the Vita Consecrata Institute, part of Christendom College Graduate School as well as completed the Spiritual Direction program from the School of Faith. She holds a Masters in Higher Education with a concentration in Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Emergency Administration and Planning from UNT.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
 Dr. David L. Catlett, Jr. Dr. David L. Catlett, Jr. For God so loved the cosmos: science and theology as complementary approaches to Mystery Dr. David L. Catlett, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Indiana University and a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas. Since finishing his doctorate in 1985, he held appointments as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota, an assistant professor of chemistry at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and an adjunct instructor in the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas . For the last 29 years he has been a scientist, engineer and manager in the semiconductor industry. “Science and religion” has been an interest of Dr. Catlett’s for 50 years. The Master of Theological Studies curriculum at the University of Dallas has helped him refine a theological fluency that complements his deep understanding of physics and chemistry. Dave is a faithful parishioner at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, Texas and a Benedictine Oblate of Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas.
 Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp

Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp

*Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association

Disruptive Discipleship

Transferring Technology Skills to Faith Skills

Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp serves at the Assistant Director for Educational and Formation Programs at the National Catholic Educational Association. She has 18 years of teaching and ministry experience and had been a member of the NCEA staff from 2015. Andrea has held several leadership roles in the schools and parishes where she has served including: Social Studies Department Chair, iPad Coordinator, Google Apps Administrator, Curriculum Team Leader, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Confirmation Coordinator. In her work at NCEA she produces and hosts their webinar content, serves as the NCEA representative on several national committees and works closely with Catholic partner organizations as well as speaking and presenting at a variety of conferences and events. She lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband and 2 boys.

Sister Yolanda Cruz, SSMN

Llamados a Evangelizar por la Vía de la Santidad

La Sister Yolanda Cruz, ha sido religiosa por 33 años; y pertenece a la Congregación de las Hermanas de Santa María de Namur en Fort Worth, Texas. Es nativa de Nueva Jersey, de padres Puertorriqueños. Completó sus estudios religiosos teológicos en el Seminario Conciliar de Tlalpan en México, D.F. Tiene su licenciatura en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Rutgers en New Jersey, y obtuvo su Maestría en Estudios Teológicos de la Universidad de Dallas. Su experiencia incluye trabajo en el sector de Catequesis como directora en diversas diócesis y capacidades; a nivel Parroquial, de Decanato y Diocesano. Entre su experiencia pasada incluye trabajo en misiones transitorias en México, la República Dominicana y Brasil. Actualmente, forma parte del grupo de Instructores en la Universidad de Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry, dando cursos en sagrada escritura, pastoral y teología a los adultos dentro del programa de educación continua como también en el programa de formación para los Diáconos.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D. Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D. Reviving Communities of Faith with Stories of Grace Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D. is a faculty member of the McGrath Institute for Church Life and teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has created and directed faith formation programs for teens, young adults, and professional ministers since 2004. He is the author of 'Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace that Illumine Our Lives' (Ave Maria Press, 2016), 'Work of Love: A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints' (UND Press, 2017), and editor of 'Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person' (Cascade Books, 2017). His most recently published book, 'What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions,' was written, in part, for the 2018 Synod of Bishops. You can find him online at leonardjdelorenzo.com.
 Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.

*Sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Center

Living As Missionary Disciples

21st Century Evangelization

Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. is Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. He is a Consultant to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He also collaborated with the Conference on the development of Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization and on the Convocation of Catholic Leaders. Fr. Frank has served as Consultant to the Archdiocese of Baltimore for pastoral planning and assisted in the development of its Be Missionary Disciples planning process. Additionally, he has extensive teaching experience on pastoral ministry, including St. Joseph's College Online and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
 S. Dorothy Eggering, SSND S. Dorothy Eggering, SSND Spiritual Direction: A Luxury or a Lifeline? S. Dorothy is a member of the School Sisters in Notre Dame and lives in Bedford with another sister, Theresa Khirallah. Sister Dorothy’s first career was a high school teacher of science and mathematics. Later she served as a pastoral assistant at St. Michael’s in Bedford where she participated in numerous pastoral experiences and then in the new parish of Good Shepherd in Colleyville. S. Dorothy has enjoyed each of her ministries as teacher in several states, as a minister in two parishes, and is now delighting in her third career in spiritual formation and spiritual direction. Sister Dorothy currently ministers as a spiritual director as well as a facilitator in the HeartPaths DFW Certificate Programs in the Arts of Spiritual Leadership and Spiritual Direction.
Becky Eldredge

Becky Eldredge

*Sponsored by Loyola Press

Strengthening Our Faith in the Busyness
Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the book Busy Lives and Restless Souls. Becky holds a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans with a focus on Christian Spirituality. She has a Certificate of Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill University, a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. In 2014, she completed the Ignatian Preached Retreat Practicuum. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband and three children.
 John Eldridge John Eldridge Building Bridges through Apologetics John’s passion is helping Catholics to explain and defend their faith to others…without losing them as friends!
John started an apologetics ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Plano, TX) in 2012 speaking on a variety of topics in Catholic apologetics. A few years later, John was speaking to individual groups at the parish (RCIA, RCIY, CREW, 8th grade faith formation) and has started speaking to outside groups, most recently at the Dallas Catholic Youth Conference. His goal is to expand his reach within the diocese of Dallas, and expand the number of topics he presents on.
He’s the proud father of two adult boys, and the blessed husband of a wife of 28 years. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University, and just completed his 2nd semester towards a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
Dr. Douglas J. Fiore Dr. Douglas J. Fiore Dealing with Parents in Difficult Situations Dr. Douglas Fiore is the author of eight books for educators, most of which feature communication and problem solving 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, Catholic education, and state government education agencies throughout the past 30 years. 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 released Partners for Special Needs: How Teachers Can Effectively Collaborate with Parents and Other Advocates. They are the proud parents of five adult children.
 Carmen Florez-Mansi Carmen Flórez-Mansi Honoring our Oneness in Christ through the richness of our diversity.
Unity in prayer, Unity in Spirit, Unity in Mission, Unity in Christ
A native of New Mexico, Carmen Flórez–Mansi has a long history as a music director with various choral arts groups in Santa Fe. In addition to her role as Pastoral Associate for Music at the Cathedral Basilica, she has performed as a vocal artist, choral conductor, vocal instructor, and liturgy specialist throughout the Southwest, including solo appearances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Mrs. Flórez-Mansi is also the Director of the Choral Arts Society at St. Michael’s High School, which she founded in 2014. Under her direction, this advanced 42-member chorus won the New Mexico Music Educators 2017 State 4A Choral Championship which took place at Cleveland High School in Albuquerque. In just their third year, this was the Choral Arts Society’s first year competing in state finals. In December 2017, she joined The Santa Fe Opera as their Children’s Chorus Master and Vocal Coach for the return production of Shoes for the Santo Niño, an opera composed by Stephen Paulus based off the children’s story by New Mexico native Peggy Pond Church. She also founded the St. Celia Institute for Liturgical Arts for children as well as her private vocal studio, Mariposa, in 2010. In 2012, during a brief relocation from Santa Fe, Mrs. Flórez-Mansi and her family moved to Napa, California, where she was the Director of Liturgy & Music at John the Baptist Catholic Church & School. Mrs. Flórez-Mansi made her debut at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall as choral conductor for its Father’s Day concert on June 18, 2017, performing Mass of the Children by John Rutter. This was not her first appearance at Carnegie Hall, however. In June 2007, she and 55 members of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Pontifical Chorus performed Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of renowned composer John Rutter. That same year, she released a recording of sacred psalms titled “Salmos de mi Alma.” In February 2016, she returned to Carnegie Hall with nearly a hundred Santa Fe singers—most of them from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi’s Pontifical Chorus—to conduct Magnificat, under the direction of Dr. David R. Thye. She and her choristers were later honored with an invitation to join the Sistine Chapel Choir in November of that year for the Closing Mass of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. In June 2018 she was named Choral Director of the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
Esther Garcia Esther Garcia “Dando la Bienvenida a las Personas con Discapacidades: Orientaciones para la Celebración de los Sacramentos Edición Revisada." Esther está interesada en fomentar la integración de las personas con discapacidades hacia una completa participación en la vida de la Iglesia.
Tiene una Licenciatura en Comunicaciones, certificado de Maestro Catequista y Formación Pastoral de la diócesis de Dallas, certificado estudios Bíblicos en la Universidad de Dallas, y más de 29 años de experiencia como voluntaria en proyectos comunitarios y eclesiales, así como catequista y 10 años trabajando con personas con discapacidades, Esther se especializa en dirigir programas catequéticos para niños, jóvenes, adultos y familias. Asimismo, ella dirige programas de educación especial - autismo y otras discapacidades- y educación de la primera infancia en comunidades multiculturales. Esther es miembro de la Asociación Nacional de Lideres Catequéticos y de la Federación para la Catequesis con Hispanos (FCH). Fue Directora de Formación de Fe en la Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón en la Diócesis de Dallas y maestra en el Centro de Autismo en Dallas. En la actualidad es Directora de Extensión Comunitaria y Relaciones Diocesanas en la Alianza Nacional Católica Sobre la Discapacidad con sede en Washington DC. Provee consultoria y entrenamiento a Arquidiocesis y diocesis en los Estados Unidos y da conferencias en el area de catequesis y discapacidad a nivel nacionales y regional. Esther vive en Texas con su esposo y sus dos hijos. Su amor por las personas con discapacidades y su deseo que servirlas se originó por su hijo menor, Eric, quien tiene autismo.
 Sylvia M. Garcia Sylvia M. Garcia

Recepción en Plena Comunión a la Iglesia Católica

Fundamentos en RICA

Durante más de veinte años, Sylvia M. Garcia ha servido en varios apostolados en la Diócesis de Dallas tanto a nivel parroquial como diocesano. Sylvia recibió su Licenciatura en Administración Empresarial de la Dallas Baptist University y su Maestría en Ministerio Pastoral de la Universidad de Dallas. Actualmente, Sylvia es Directora Asociada de la Oficina para el Culto de la Diócesis de Dallas. Dentro de sus funciones se encuentran la Coordinación y Catequesis del Rito de Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos a nivel parroquial y diocesano y la instrucción de Talleres de Capacitación para Ministros Litúrgicos. Sylvia es miembro de la Junta Directiva de la Federación de Comisiones Litúrgicas Diocesanas (FDLC) y la Conferencia Litúrgica del Suroeste(SWLC).
 Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN Sister Josephine Garrett, CSFN The Freedom to Build Bridges through the Gift of the Evangelical Counsels Sister Josephine is a native Texas born and raised in Houston. She moved to Dallas in 1999 to begin studies at the University of Dallas where she completed a BA in Politics with a Business Concentration. Sister subsequently entered the banking industry where she served for 10 years as a Vice President in the Home Loans division of Bank of America in the roles of Operations Manager of a staff of 200 and later as a Project Manager. Sister entered the Catholic Church in 2005 and later in November of 2011 began her formation to be a religious Sister with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She professed her first vows in October of 2015, and after vows served for two years as the Public Relations Coordinator for the retreat center ministry in Grand Prairie. Sister is now studying to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, participating in an internship with the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County, serves in vocation ministry in her community, and also serves as a speaker, primarily for youth and young adult retreats and conferences, throughout the DFW area, and around the country.
Paul George Paul George

Rethink Happiness: Dare to embrace God and Experience True Joy

Rethinking Life: Walking People Through the Process of Conversion

Paul has spent over two decades helping people discover the “art of living” through searching themselves, finding true happiness and discovering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Throughout these years, Paul has served in various capacities including: president and co-founder of a non-profit (Adore inc.), speaker, mentor, consultant, coach, author, diocesan director (young adult ministry and evangelization), youth minister and college campus minister. It’s his role as a husband and father that Paul cherishes the most.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in education Paul went on to get a master’s degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas. A passiointe speaker and leader.
Paul has been married to his amazing wife Gretchen for twenty one years. They have five children: Paul is founder and director of Art of Living, Inc (discovertheartofliving.com) and is a sought after speaker, consultant, author and life coach. His book, Rethink Happiness release spring 2018 by Ave Maria Press has taken off. Paul also host a weekly national radio show and podcast. He resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.
 Lindee M. Greer Lindee M. Greer Baptismal Mission: A Retreat Day for Children in the RCIA Process After more than twenty years in the field of physical therapy, Lindee answered the call to work in lay ministry full-time and became one of the few 'middle-aged' undergraduate students in the UD School of Ministry. She completed her BA in Pastoral Ministry in 2016 and is now pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies. Lindee came into the Church through RCIA in 1997 and has more than 20 years of experience serving on RCIA teams in various capacities. She is currently RCIA Coordinator and Pastoral Assistant at Holy Spirit parish in Duncanville. She and her husband of 30 years have two adult daughters and are enjoying their newly empty nest in Ovilla, TX.
 Ricardo Gutierrez SDS

Ricardo Gutierrez SDS

*Sponsored by The Society of the Divine Savior and Sisters of the Divine Savior


Como Actuar Ante la Perdida de un Ser Querido Nacido en Michoacán, México, Ricardo y su hermano menor fueron criados como fieles católicos por sus padres. Cuando Ricardo terminó la escuela secundaria a los 15 años, tuvo que mudarse a trabajar como maestro (CONAFE) para obtener una beca para apoyar sus estudios.

Luego se inscribió en la universidad y comenzó sus estudios como Licenciado en Psicología Educativa, también estudiando Tanatología y Terapia Familiar. Durante este tiempo, reanudó su trabajo en el ministerio juvenil y se unió a un grupo del Movimiento de Jóvenes Franciscanos (JUFRA), ocupando el cargo de coordinador regional, participando en eventos y organizando retiros juveniles. También inició un curso juvenil llamado "Fortalece tu Encuentro con Cristo, la Fuerza Vital", en el cual ha predicado a más de 3,000 jóvenes.

Después su graduación, trabajó como profesor y psicólogo en una escuela preparatoria en el estado Michoacán. Pero Ricardo sentía el llamado a la vida religiosa, y por eso después de un discernimiento decidió ingresar en la Sociedad del Divino Salvador. Ahora, Ricardo está en su etapa de Noviciado dentro de la comunidad salvatoriana.
Luz Maria Gutierrez-Olvera

Luz Maria Gutierrez-Olvera

*Sponsored by the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry

No te escondas detrás de la desesperanza de tu pequeñez. Luz María Gutiérrez-Olvera es originaria de la ciudad de México donde completó sus estudios de Licenciatura en la Universidad Anáhuac. Una vez discernida su vocación al matrimonio, su esposo y sus cuatro hijos tomaron prioridad en su vida, así como su amor por Dios y la resuelta dedicación a madurar en la fe católica. Desde hace 10 años ha participado activamente en varios apostolados que promueven la formación espiritual de las mujeres. Coordina y supervisa retiros espirituales donde frecuentemente ofrece charlas de educación cristiana. Actualmente trabaja para la Escuela de Ministerios de la Universidad de Dallas en Irving Texas donde, con el favor de Dios, en el 2019 se graduará de la Maestría en Estudios Teológicos.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
 Sherry Hayes-Peirce Sherry Hayes-Peirce Meeting The Next Generation Where They Are - On Social Media and Using It To Evangelize the Digital Native aka "The Nones". Sherry Hayes-Peirce, has presented social media workshops as a faculty member of Graceland University's Skillpath Seminars division to over 10-thousand people in the U.S. and Australia. Now she is sharing her Catholic social media strategies with parishes and dioceses throughout the country. Strategies honed through her work with her home parish American Martyrs Catholic Community in Manhattan Beach, CA and the launch of her Church Social Tips Ministry. She has been a featured guest on EWTN Radio's "Call Me Catholic" and Sirius XM's Catholic Channel show "Just Love" to share her perspective on how social media fits into Pope John Paul II's call for new evangelization. Her television news background has served to help her share her Church Social Tips through a weekly Facebook Live broadcast, monthly articles on LinkedIn and as a contributor to the Catholicmom.com website. As a part of her stewardship commitment to the Los Angeles Archdiocese, she also serves as a lector at American Martyrs and Loyola Marymount University.
Kathy Hendricks Kathy Hendricks The Compassionate Minister Kathy Hendricks is the National Catechetical Consultant for William H. Sadlier and contributing writer for their programs as well as for the weekly blog, We Believe and Share. Kathy offers talks, retreats, and workshops throughout the country and is the author of several books on family and spirituality. Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Christian Community Development from Regis University and certification in spiritual direction from Benet Hill Center.
image Sr. Bernadette Hoai Huong Nguyen, OP Nên hay không dùng truyền thông xã hội để dạy giáo lý (giới trể)? 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.
 Mike Hopper, MS, ATC, LAT Mike Hopper, MS, ATC, LAT Preparations For Cardiac Emergencies In The School Setting Mike Hopper, MS, ATC, LAT is the Head Athletic Trainer at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, TX. Hopper began his athletic training career at Southeast Missouri State University where he obtained a bachelors degree in Health Management in 2010 and attended the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine where he obtained a masters degree in Medical Sciences. Hopper is a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Texas and is nationally certified as a Certified Athletic Trainer from the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers. He is also a CPR/First Aid/AED instructor through the American Heart Association. Hopper is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association. His clinical interests include all facets of Pediatric Sports Medicine and the Prevention of Sudden Death in Athletics.
Kristen B. Hughes Kristen B. Hughes Charting Peaceful Waters; smoothly navigating the relationship between a parish school and religious education. Kristen B. Hughes, a teacher and educator in the Archdiocese of Miami for many years, is presently serving as principal of Saint Andrew Catholic School in Coral Springs, Florida. Kristen Hughes has been an elementary and secondary school teacher as well as the Superintendent of Elementary Schools of the Archdiocese of Miami. Kristen has been involved in school accreditation, and federally funded program advocacy.
Dr. Patricia J. Hughes Dr. Patricia J. Hughes Liturgical Ministers Create the Firm Foundation for the Sunday Mass: Practical, Pastoral Ways to Make A Difference Currently the Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Dallas, Dr. Patricia J. Hughes formerly directed the Worship Office for the Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan), and subsequently served as Director of Worship for the Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky), assisting the Archdiocese of Louisville with teaching implementation for the Roman Missal, 3rd edition. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Liturgical Conference (FDLC Regions 10-13), and is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL). She has served as an adjunct professor of liturgy at the undergraduate and graduate level, most recently at the University of Dallas.
Dr. Hughes writes “Worship Committee Agenda,” a regular column in Pastoral Liturgy, published by Liturgy Training Publications. She authored Celebrating Sunday for Catholic Families 2017, which was used throughout the U.S. She is a contributor to 2019 Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays, published annually by LTP. She keynoted the second annual National Gathering on Christian Initiation, July 5-6 of this year in Chicago and chairs the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.
 Dr. Jodi Hunt, PhD

Dr. Jodi Hunt, PhD

*Sponsored by the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry

They’re Here, now what?: Building Bridges to the Post-Millennial Generations Dr. Jodi Hunt has over 10 years’ experience in teaching catechesis at both the parish and Catholic school levels Her research interests include exploring modern moral/ethical issues that Catholic youth and young adults encounter outside the walls of the Church and finding practical, meaningful ways of response formed within the walls of the Church.

Before moving to NYC to pursue her Doctorate in Religious Education at Fordham University, Dr. Hunt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University and a Masters' of Arts in Theology from the Oblate School of Theology (San Antonio, TX).

Currently, Dr. Hunt teaches at the University of Dallas as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Ministry in the Neuhoff School of Ministry. She resides in the Dallas, TX area with her husband and their three free spirited children.

Anna Huth

*Sponsored by Catholic Relief Services

The Church’s “3 Strong Pillars” for Astonishing Inclusion Anna Huth, Relationship Manager for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), holds a M. Div. degree from Oblate School of Theology and a B.A. degree from St. Mary’s University. Ms. Huth joined CRS Southwest in May 2006 after serving for more than three decades in pastoral ministry, pastoral administration and community development, with particular emphases on retreat and workshop leadership and the Church’s call to solidarity. She is responsible for CRS Southwest’s outreach in 7 dioceses, to people in ministry and other adults and youth regarding Catholic Social Teaching, global solidarity and the mission and work of CRS. She also serves as the Southwest Region’s point person for CRS Rice Bowl, clergy outreach and speaker tours.

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  Speaker Full Name Session Information Biography
 Dulce M. Jimenez Abreu

Dulce M. Jimenez Abreu

*Sponsored by Sadlier

Formando discípulos para el mundo de hoy. Dulce es la directora de mercadeo bilingüe de Sadlier, profesora y traductora con más de 25 años de experiencia en el campo de la catequesis bilingüe. Dulce jugó un papel fundamental en el desarrollo de los programas bilingües y en español de Sadlier, también ha presentado numerosos talleres sobre la integración de la cultura latina en la catequesis y formas prácticas para enseñar a niños bilingües. Tiene una maestría en ciencia sociales de la Universidad Estatal de Michigan, una maestría en literatura española de Lehman College y una maestría en educación religiosa de la Universidad de Fordham.

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 Barbara Khirallah, M.Ed.

Barbara Khirallah, M.Ed.

*Sponsored by the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry

Building Bridges: How Catholic Schools Serve Immigrant Populations Barbara Khirallah is a faculty member in the Department of Education at the University of Dallas, secretary of the Holy Family Catholic Academy School Advisory Committee, and an appointed member of the Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission. She was founder and director of the Dallas Area Network of Teaching and Education (DANTE), an academic "community of practice that served Catholic educators in the Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Tyler Dioceses. DANTE offered credit courses, workshops, and in-service education in support of Catholic school teachers and catechists for over 15 years. Barbara is a member of Holy Family parish in Irving, TX where she served as co-director of the RCIA program from 1985 – 2002 and as director of Vacation Bible School from 1984 -- 1994. She and her husband Ray have five children, all educated in Catholic schools.
 Linda Khirallah Porter, MTS Linda Khirallah Porter, MTS Catholic Leadership: Dramatic, Nontraditional, and Unexpected Linda served as Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Tyler for 23 years. Upon her retirement in 2017 she remains the Coordinator for Special Needs & Disabilities for the Diocese of Tyler.

She is married with three adult children and five grandchildren. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Education from University of Dallas and a Masters of Theology Studies from University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies.

She was presented the first Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies in 2004 in recognition for distinguished service to faith formation in the Diocese of Tyler. She also received the Women of Excellence Award in 2006 by the Baptist Church for promoting faith formation in East Texas Area. Linda also received the Benemerenti Medal from St. John Paul II while he was pope in 2004 for her efforts for development of faith formation. She has published articles for the Tower Magazine from the University of Dallas, Catechetical Leader published by the National Conference Catechetical Leadership, and The Catechumenate Magazine published by Liturgy Training Publications. In 2014 she created a program in the Diocese of Tyler entitled Bridging the Gap: Faith Formation for Special Needs.

She has served on several committees, commissions, and boards over the last 23 years both in the diocese and around the country.

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Diana Macalintal

Diana Macalintal

*Sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas Office of Worship

Mystagogy: A Lifelong Practice for Living Liturgically

RCIA that works!

The Awe-Inspiring Rites of the RCIA: Training for Baptismal Living

Your Parish *Is* the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Assembly

Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal are the codirectors of TeamRCIA.com, a free online resource for catechumenate ministry, which they began in 2007 from their home in San Jose, California. TeamRCIA now has over 22,000 subscribers worldwide. In addition to the website, TeamRCIA has provided more than 60 training institutes for catechumenate ministers in the United States, Canada, and Australia. TeamRCIA has also established a partnership with Liturgical Press to provide a series of books for RCIA ministers.
image Elizabeth Madeo Magnify Mass Elizabeth Madeo has had the joy of being the Director of Youth Ministries in the same parish since 2002! After receiving her Masters degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2009, she became an adjunct professor while giving workshops, training sessions & retreats. Elizabeth was a contributing author for Called to Mercy, for Saint Mary's Press. She is also an adjunct professor for the nationwide, online Executive Youth Ministry graduate program at the University of Dallas.
Jesse Manibusan Jesse Manibusan Take the Leap of Faith: Building a more welcoming Catholic community Jesse Manibusan is a Catholic itinerant witness, evangelizer, singer and storyteller. Jesse earned an MA in Multicultural Ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology, in Berkeley, CA (now in San Diego/UC San Diego, CA). His experience as an evangelizer, music minister, youth worker and catechist, in the Diocese of Oakland, CA, has given him a skill set to reach and connect with audiences of various cultures and generations. Jesse was Voted Catholic Entertainer of the Year, 5 years in a row by his mom. With a joy and passion that is highly contagious, Jesse will, like many of his beloved heroes, including Sr. Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, and Pope Francis, encourage the church to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."
image Robert J McCarty, D.Min.

Engaging Young People in God Talk! (2 Part Session)

Transferring Technology Skills to Faith Skills

Bob McCarty is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and has been in professional ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, diocesan, and national settings. He offers consultations, retreats, workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. Bob serves as the project coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press research project, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. Bob is a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, Bob is adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America and The University of Dallas. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and grandparenting!
 Luis J. Medina

Luis J. Medina

*Sponsored by Sadlier

Catequesis bilingüe para revitalizar la parroquia Luis J. Medina es Director de catequesis bilingüe de Sadlier. Su experiencia combina 15 años en editoriales, diócesis, parroquias y escuelas católicas, donde ha desarrollado programas de educación en la fe, catequesis, RICA, preparación sacramental, estudios bíblicos y devocionarios. Como Director Editorial ha dirigido la publicación de más de doscientos títulos de interés general, cultura y espiritualidad católica. Obtuvo la maestría en economía y gobierno en la Universidad Anáhuac de la Ciudad de México. Es licenciado en filosofía por la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana y el Ateneo Regina Apostolorum en Roma, Italia. En esa misma ciudad obtuvo el diploma de especialización en Santo Tomás de Aquino en la Pontificia Universidad Angelicum y estudió teología en el Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum. Además es profesor adjunto de University of Dallas, donde colabora en la preparación de diáconos permanentes enseñando filosofía y varios temas teológicos.
image Deacon Art Miller Lord Today, may I respond to you in quiet prayers and loud actions. Deacon, author, radio, and former television host, Viet Nam era veteran and veteran civil rights worker. Deacon Miller is the retired owner and president of A. Miller investments. Miller was ordained for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 2004. He recently retired as the director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries. Besides his assigned parish, he is the Chaplin at Hartford’s Capital Community College and Adjunct faculty for Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford and Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington, CT. Deacon Miller was arrested and jailed during the summer of 1963 as he sat in silent protest over the sustained use of racial bigotry to separate black Americans from the imbued rights of all Americans. Continuing the struggle for those oppressed he was arrested in October of 2015 in protest against the same racial injustices that continue to sully the dignity of America. A nationally known preacher of God’s Holy Scripture, he has traveled throughout the country raising the need of conversion to “Radical Love”. The kind of self-denying love that can only be accomplished through the grace and power offered to us through Jesus Christ. Deacon Miller has preached throughout the United States, from New England to the Katrina ravaged gulf coast of Mississippi, from the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico and Colorado, and the broad plains of Kansas, to the south side of Chicago, and the borough of Brooklyn in New York, he teaches and preaches Christ’s call to His life changing “Radical Love”. At public forums, houses of worship, schools and universities across the country, Deacon Miller addresses issues of social injustice. With firsthand knowledge he speaks to his audiences from the perspective of an African American who grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. Deacon Miller was 10 years old in 1955 when his schoolmate Emmett Till, age 14, was brutally murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman—an incident that energized the nascent Civil Rights Movement. His recently released book “The Journey to Chatham”, details the historic events seen through the eyes of Emmett’s friends. Deacon Miller is a certified trainer in Dr. King’s nonviolence philosophy as well as a Certified Spiritual Director and is a board member for Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. To this day he continues to addresses 21st-century examples of the societal tendency to embrace violence. Echoing the thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he believes that as part of the great human experience, no one can sit idly tolerant of the great injustices that happen anywhere in the world. “If God were to give us an 11th commandment,” Deacon Miller proposes, “I believe it would read: Thou shall not be a bystander.”
 Claudio A. Mora Claudio A Mora La Oración en la Familia Católica Mr. Claudio Mora es el Director del Departamento de Vida Familiar de la Diócesis de Dallas desde el año 2013. Claudio nació en Santiago de Chile y vino a los Estados Unidos en el año 1994 como Laico Misionero con los Misioneros de San Columbano. Después de servir durante seis años como laico misionero en la parroquia Inmaculada Concepción de Grand Prairie, comenzó a trabajar en la parroquia San Eduardo en Dallas como Director de Formación de Fe entre los años 2000 y 2011; luego se desempeñó como Director Asociado de la Catequesis para los niños de la Diócesis de Dallas. Claudio posee un titulo de Bachillerato en Educación Religiosa de Cloverdale College en Indiana, una Maestría en Educación Religiosa de Felician University en New Jersey y actualmente está estudiando para obtener su Doctorado en Ministerio en Oblate School of Theology en San Antonio. Claudio es casado y vive en Allen, Tx. con su esposa Aida y sus tres hijas.
image Juan Carlos Moreno Confirmando Testigos - La Urgente Necesidad de Evangelizar Juan Carlos Moreno es originario de Monterrey, México y tiene más de veinte años de experiencia trabajando en diversos ministerios como ministerio de música, ministerio universitario, ministerio catequético, y otros. Actualmente es director asociado en la Oficina de Evangelización y Catequesis de la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston, donde se desempeña en el área de formación sacramental y catequesis de grados primarios. También es profesor adjunto en la Universidad de Santo Tomás en Houston. Cuenta con una maestría en Estudios Pastorales, y otra en Estudios Teológicos, ambas otorgadas por la Universidad de Santo Tomás en Houston, TX donde actualmente reside con su esposa Elizabeth y sus tres hijos Isabella, Augustine, y Saúl.

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Roberto D. Navarro

Roberto D. Navarro

Caminando juntos para construir la comunidad católica de hoy. Roberto tiene más de veintiséis 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 América en Washington, DC.
Su estilo preferido de liderazgo es uno de colaboración en el ministerio compartido. Le gusta mucho la lectura y está convencido que la formación constante como ministro laico es de suma importancia.
 Carmen Newstreet

Carmen Newstreet

*Sponsored by the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry

Building Bridges: How Catholic Schools Serve Immigrant Populations Carmen Newstreet is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Dallas. She focuses her teaching, research, and consulting in the areas of literacy and study abroad impacts. Her research has been published in The Social Studies Journal, the 2016 Literacy Summit Yearbook, and English in Texas. She worked in the Broward County Public School system for 17 years teaching secondary social studies and received multiple awards for teaching excellence. Dr. Newstreet holds National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in Social Studies and is certified in Texas and Florida, with additional teaching endorsements in Reading, Gifted Education, and English Speakers of Other Languages. She attended Emory University where she graduated with a BA in Political Science. She received her Master’s (Multicultural Education) and Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Newstreet lives in Irving with her son and daughter. She has eight other children and ten grandchildren.
  Sr. Chau Nguyen, OP, Ph.D. Mầu nhiệm một Chúa Ba Ngôi và sự hiệp thông giữa người với người 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.
 Dana Nygaard Dana Nygaard, MA, LPC From Crisis to Cana: Caring for the Mission of Marriage Dana Nygaard is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private office in Plano, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of North Texas and her Master of Art in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Mrs. Nygaard proudly serves the Diocese of Dallas as a Marriage Readiness Assessor. Dana is the creator and facilitator of Cana Marriage Retreats.

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Ken Ogorek Ken Ogorek How to Eliminate Politics & Silos on Your Leadership Team Ken currently serves as a pastoral staff member for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and has been blessed to learn from several bishops and additional mentors during his 20+ years of Church-related work. It’s been said of Ken that even his enemies tend to like him. Put another way, he strikes a balance (by God’s grace) between zeal for the Faith and approachability in the eyes of those whose faith journey has them, temporarily at least, on a slightly different page—if not a different book! (Ken claims he can count his enemies on one hand, most of them holdovers from old CYO sports rivalries.) Ken is a dedicated husband and dad who enjoys helping Catholic leaders achieve and sustain clarity of purpose, consistency in implementation and effectiveness in mission—sharing the expertise he’s gained through years of service to our Lord and His holy people.

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 Bobby Pantuso

Bobby Pantuso SDS

*Sponsored by The Society of the Divine Savior and Sisters of the Divine Savior

The Spirituality of Social Media Bobby is a Lay Salvatorian and works as Director of Vocations for the Society of the Divine Savior and Associate Director of New Membership for the Sisters of the Divine Savior in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Bobby is also a social media coordinator and consultant for several religious orders and religious organizations.
Joe Paprockii, DMin

Joe Paprocki, DMin

*Sponsored by Loyola Press

Living the Sacraments: Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth

Joe Paprocki, DMin, the National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press, has nearly 40 years of experience in pastoral ministry, has presented in over 100 dioceses in North America, and is the author of numerous best-selling books including The Catechist's Toolbox, and his most recent, Living the Sacraments: Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth. Joe blogs about his catechetical experiences at www.catechistsjourney.com.
 Dr. Jo Ann Paradise

Dr. Jo Ann Paradise

*Sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor

It Takes Practice to Speak the Truth

What Does It Take to Be “One?”

Dr. Jo Ann Paradise is a National Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division and works with the product development team in creating resources for children and their families. She is the General Program Editor for Encounter With Christ, OSV’s completely new sacrament preparation program. Jo Ann has served as catechetical leader in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for over 32 years. A teacher at both the grade school and high school levels in Catholic schools as well as an adjunct faculty member of several universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jo Ann gives keynotes and workshops at Diocesan conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Through her stories, Jo Ann motivates educators and catechists to prepare their children to meet the risen Lord and then learn how to respond to his invitation through a life of discipleship. She is a popular retreat director and provides spiritual direction. Jo Ann lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Don and extended family.
Katie Prejean McGrady

Katie Prejean McGrady

*Sponsored by Ave Maria Press


Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author of "Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist" and "Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus," both published by Ave Maria Press, and co-host of "The Electric Waffle", a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. She has been traveling across the country since 2007 engaging audiences of all ages and sizes with theological truths and a unique blend of humor. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, she writes for Ave Maria Press, LifeTeen, and EpicPew, and she has spoken in parishes & dioceses across the United States, Canada, and the U.K. In the Spring of 2018, Katie was one of three delegates chosen by the USCCB to represent the United States at the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican. She has her degree in Theology from the University of Dallas and lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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La Eucaristía como manantial y sostén de las comunión eclesial

La Iglesia en Corinto y los desafíos a la unidad.

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. Estudio filosofia en la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana y Teologia en el Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum y Sagradas Escrituras en el Pontificio INstituto Biblico, donde obtuvo su doctorado en 2008. Realizo tambien estudios de especializacion en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalen. Ha ensenado y ejercido su ministerio sacerdotal en Mexico, Espana, Italia, Suiza y USA. Actualmente es miebmro de la facultad de "The School of Ministry de la Universidad de Dallas". E P. Ramirez ha recibido el premio "Cynthia and David Freemand Professor of Sacred Scripture".
image Matt Rice

Volunteers Workshop: Recruit, Equip, Retain

Reaching Families Beyond the Pew

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 17 years. 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.
Ana Marcela Rodriguez Ana Marcela Rodriguez, MS, LMFT-A Herramientas para Comunicarse Y Resolver Conflictos Eficazmente en Pareja
Ana Marcela Rodriguez, nació y creció en México donde estudió la licenciatura en Psicología y una especialización en educación y desarrollo del niño y adolescente en la Universidad de Monterrey. En México dio terapia a adolescentes, adultos y parejas en un centro para la comunidad. También impartió talleres a parejas sobre cómo tener una relación satisfactoria.

Posteriormente, se fue a vivir a los Estados Unidos dónde su pasión como psicóloga y las ganas de seguir dando terapia y ayudando a su comunidad la llevó a estudiar la maestría en ciencias en consejería (Masters in science of Counseling) en SMU. Finalmente, sacó su licencia como terapeuta de familia y pareja asociada en el estado de Texas (LMFT Associate).

Hoy en día Ana Marcela tiene su práctica privada, Therapy Works Counseling, en Mckinney donde atiende a adolescentes, adultos y parejas en español e inglés. También imparte talleres para parejas, facilita grupos para adolescentes que sufren depresión y ansiedad y da pláticas de diversos temas. De igual manera es consejera voluntaria para el Viñedo de Raquel y Marriage readiness assessor aprobada por la diócesis de Dallas.

image Roberto Rojas V Encuentro: Y ahora que...? Adonde vamos...? Nacido en Argentina, Roberto Rojas completó sus estudios de Filosofía y Teología en Mendoza (Argentina,), estudió Asesoría en la Universidad de Fu-Jen de Taiwán (República de China) y obtuvo su certificado de Ministerios de Pastoral Internacional en la Universidad de Loyola Marymount en Los Ángeles. Su extensa carrera internacional incluye 20 años de experiencia en docencia a varios niveles, incluyendo la escuela secundaria, colegio / universidad, y seminario católico, etc. Rojas ha sido parte del cuerpo de profesores en los Institutos de Formacion diocesanos en las diócesis de San José, San Diego, Orange y San Bernardino. En 2013 Rojas fue contratado por Catholic Relief Services (CRS) para trabajar como Gerente de Relaciones para la región del oeste de Estados Unidos y desde el 2014 trabaja con CRS como Asesor Nacional de Ministerio o Pastoral Hispana.

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Jake Samour Jake Samour

Let's Talk Family: Reflections on Pope Francis' "The Joy of Love"

Hablemos Familia: Reflexiones sobre La Alegría del Amor


Jake Samour is the Director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life in the Diocese of Wichita. He has over 20 years of ministry experience in the Catholic Church in a variety of fields. He has delivered hundreds of lectures and presentations both in English and Spanish throughout the United States and Mexico and is considered an expert in the field of Marriage and Family Life. He is originally from El Salvador and immigrated with his family to the U.S. over 39 years ago. He holds a master’s degree in theology from the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family and is currently a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX. Jake has appeared as a guest of EWTN shows and has been part of numerous radio shows both for English and Spanish stations. He and his wife Ramie have six children.

Jake Samour es el Director de la Oficina de la Pastoral para Matrimonios y Vida Familiar en la Diócesis de Wichita, Kansas desde marzo de 2013. Jake obtuvo una maestría en teología del Instituto Juan Pablo II sobre Estudios de Matrimonio y Familia en Washington, D.C. y actualmente es candidato para recibir su Doctorado en Ministerio en Oblate School of Theology TX. Jake Él y su esposa Ramie tienen seis hijos.

Taylor Schroll Taylor Schroll Becoming a Master of Facilitating Group Discussion Taylor Schroll is a full-time missionary with Ablaze Ministries in Bryan, Tx where he is a Director of Youth Ministries, training and overseeing a team of youth ministers. Ablaze's mission is to lead teens closer to Christ and form the next generation of youth ministers.

Taylor also is privileged to travel the country as a speaker & worship leader as well as host a weekly radio show/podcast "Forte Catholic: Making Catholicism Fun Again". Find out more at ForteCatholic.com.
Scott Seibert  Scott Seibert

Engaging Families: New Approaches that Really aren't that New

Where did all the men go? Creative Ways of Reaching Out to Men

Scott considers himself a full-time husband and father of four who happens to work full-time in ministry and social work. Scott is the Director of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Scott married his wife KC in 2009 and they reside in McCordsville, IN. Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Indiana and has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, treatment facilities, juvenile justice and Department of Child Services, and home-based settings. Scott specializes in working with couples and with male youth who have sexually maladaptive behaviors. Scott has traveled the country presenting on issues related to marriage and family life in a variety of settings including colleges, parishes, and conferences.
image Pia Septien MTS

¿Santo yo? Si, santo tú: explicación del Papa Francisco sobre el llamado a la santidad en el mundo actual

La vida es un peregrinar de la mano de Dios: enseñanzas del Camino de Santiago


Pía Septién posee una Maestría en Estudios Teológicos y un Certificado en Administración Pastoral de la Universidad de Dallas y una Licenciatura en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad Anáhuac, Ciudad de México. Instructora de tiempo completo en la Escuela para los Ministerios Neuhoff de Universidad de Dallas. Fue contratada en esta universidad en 2006 para comenzar los Programas de Educación Continua en español. Desde entonces se ha dedicado a lo que a aquello que es muy importante para ella: catequizar a los que hablan con Dios en español. Consultora de Catholic Extension Society y conferencista en la Conferencia del Ministerio de la Universidad de Dallas. Invitada habitual de Radio Guadalupe Dallas y Radio Cristo Rey, a parroquias en el área de DFW y en varias diócesis. Ha escrito cinco libros publicados por Liguori Publications, dos de los cuales han sido traducidos al inglés.
 Jonathan Sitko

Jonathan Sitko

*Sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Center

21st Century Evangelization Jonathan Sitko is the Assistant Director of Programs for the Catholic Apostolate Center, where he is responsible for managing and implementing the programmatic elements of the Center. He oversees among other things: audio/video, online resources, webinars, and other technological needs for the organization.

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Victoria Tanco Victoria Tanco Acompañamiento Espiritual: ¿De qué se trata? Victoria Tanco es una acompañante espiritual y fundadora de Reditus, un ministerio de acompañamiento espiritual para individuos y grupos de cualquier confesión de fe. Recibió su Maestría en Teología de la Universidad de Dallas y es catequista y oradora independiente, enseñando tanto en inglés como en español. Enseñó teología moral en Bishop Lynch High School. Sintiendo un llamado al acompañamiento espiritual, Tanco obtuvo un Certificado en Dirección Espiritual del Instituto de Teología de Aquinas en San Luis. Originaria de Filipinas, ha vivido en Chile, Brasil y en varios partes de los Estados Unidos. La ex actriz/modelo es esposa y madre de tres hijos. Su misión es ayudar a las personas a acercarse a Dios y discernir la voluntad de Dios para sus vidas.
image Aurora Q. Tinajero Un diálogo sobre la pena de muerte: ¿Qué ha cambiado? ¿importa? En 1993, Aurora Q. Tinajero fue invitada por el Obispo Charles V. Grahmann para servir en el Comité de Dirección del Obispo Pro-Vida para ayudar a llegar a la gente de habla Hispana de la Diócesis de Dallas con el mensaje pro-vida. Es anfitrión del programa semanal, "Celebrando la Vida" en La Red de Radio Guadalupe, KJON 850 AM desde marzo de 2009. Ha sido un invitada frecuente por el programa EWTN Radio Católica Mundial "Defiende la Vida", por Radio María Houston, Texas y radio ESNE (El Sembrador Nueva Evangelización-) Radio en Los Ángeles, California. Ha sido invitado en las estaciones de radio evangélicas en Dallas habla sobre el aborto y los riesgos y peligros de los anticonceptivos. Ha hablado en varias iglesias protestantes en los asuntos de la vida. Fue elegido al ganar un concurso de escritores por el Dallas News como columnista para "Voces de la Comunidad", para el período 2011-2012. En Marzo 17, 2012, fue invitada al programa de EWTN, “Nuestra Fe En Vivo”. Es parroquiana de la iglesia de Inmaculada Concepción en Grand Prairie, Texas
Fr. Agustino Torres Fr. Agustino Torres, C.F.R.

Repair My House:  St. Francis' 5 points of Renewal in the Church 

Repara mi casa: 5 puntos de renovación de la iglesia de San Francisco.

Fr. Agustino Torres, C.F.R. is a priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal based in the Bronx, NY, a community dedicated to working with the poor and to evangelization. He is founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos por la Vida, which are organizations dedicated to forming youth. He hosts the EWTN Español television show “Clic con Corazon Puro." In English, following in the footsteps of Fr. Benedict Groeshel, he hosted "Sunday Night Prime," and is now hosting a new show called "ICONS." He was one of the friars who founded Catholic Underground, an apostolate of the Friars of the Renewal; Casa Guadalupe, and JPII houses of discernment for women and men respectively. He is internationally sought to address topics like the Church’s teachings about human sexuality, vocational discernment, and missionary discipleship, among other topics.
He speaks to over 25,000 youth and young adults in person each year and millions through the media.


Comenzando con Amor hacía al Prójimo, San Francisco comenzó a seguir el llamado del Señor.
El Espíritu Santo obró prodigiósamente a través de este pequeño hombre de Asís para renovar la Iglesia en un momento de gran necesidad. Sus últimas palabras fueron: "El Señor me ha dado lo que era mío para hacer; que Él también te dé lo que es tuyo.” Hay mucho que podemos aprender de él para fortalecer nuestra fe en estos tiempos.
Éste tema examinará el camino que el nos señaló

image Sơ Janine Trần Ngọc Vân, CMR Đức Maria, Dấu Chỉ Lòng Cậy Trông Sơ Vân thuộc Dòng Nữ Tu Thừa Sai Đức Mẹ Trinh Vương.  Sơ kỷ niệm 25 năm bước
vào đời sống tận hiến năm 2018 vừa qua.  Sơ Vân có sở thích đọc sách, ngắm cảnh,
và trò chuyện với thân quyến bạn hữu.  Hiện giờ, Sơ Vân phục vụ ở Giáo Xứ Đức Mẹ
Hằng Cứu Giúp trong vai trò phụ trách chương trình Giáo lý.  Sơ có bằng cử nhân giáo dục cho cấp trung học và bằng cao học thần học của Đại học University of Dallas.
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Denise Utter Denise Utter Accompanying Families: Practical and Practiced Ways to Walk with Families Denise Utter is a speaker, coach, and writer who was a Director of Faith Formation for over a decade and the Catechetical Associate for Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Joliet from 2010-2017. Her experience at both parish and diocesan levels shapes her work as a consultant for Vibrant Faith, Our Sunday Visitor, and Families Living Faith, where she helps leaders reimagine faith formation in their own parishes and schools.

Denise's publications include articles for Catechetical Leader, Catechist Magazine, and Take Out: Our Faith on the Go! (OSV). She has written online curriculum for Our Sunday Visitor, Center for Ministry Development, and the Archdiocese of Chicago, and she is also a partner at Strong Catholic Family Faith (www.catholicfamilyfaith.org) an organizations that resources catechetical leaders to encourage, empower, and equip parents for the faith formation of their children.

Denise earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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image Estela Valdez Quick! Think on your feet! Mrs. Valdez graduated in 2002 from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is married and has 3 children, 1 boy and 2 girls. She was born and raised in Mexico, and came to the United States at the age of 16. She has her Texas Teaching Certification on Computer Systems and Spanish. She finished her Master's Degree in Technology and Education from Grand Canyon University in 2008 and she is currently enrolled in Creighton University in the Catholic School Leadership (CSL) Certificate Program.

Mrs.Valdez loves working with kids and has much experience running programs to help broaden kids horizons. She runs St.Cecilia's Cinco de Mayo program. It is a cross-cultural learning experience in which the kids learn about Mexican culture in preparation for the Cinco de Mayo show. Mrs.Valdez's experiences include: Bright Horizons summer camp counseling, assistant director for Education in Action's summer programs, Youth Digital Lead Teacher, Destination Imagination appraising, private tutoring and she is currently a health coach in the YMCA gym and attend to the Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute with the Perot Museum.
Norma Valdez

Norma L. Valdez, CRS Relationship Manager

*Sponsored by Catholic Relief Services

Building a Youth Friendly Church Community Ms. Valdez is a nationally recognized figure in the Tekawitha Conference and a member of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Nation where she is on the board of Tiwahu.

Norma L. Valdez, is currently working on her Ph.D in Psychology and holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of the Incarnate Word and a B.S. in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University.

Ms. Valdez has over eighteen years of ministry experience working at the parish and diocesan level. Prior to joining CRS, Ms. Valdez was the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of El Paso for over four years where she planned, developed and implemented programming for volunteers and parish staff in response to the formational, spiritual and pastoral needs of adult ministers who worked with youth and young adults.

As a Relationship Manager, Ms. Valdez is responsible for outreach and relationship development to 7 dioceses in the Southwest region which includes, Colorado Springs, Denver, Gallup, Pueblo, Phoenix, Santa Fe & Tucson

Lic. Mercedes Vallenilla de Gutiérrez

All Inclusive. Uniendo Mente y Alma.

¿Jefe o Líder? El liderazgo cristiano y la inteligencia emocional

Nace en Caracas, Venezuela en el año de 1969. Es Licenciada en Psicología con especialidad en Psicología Social por la Universidad Central de Venezuela con 25 años de experiencia profesional. Ha participado durante más de 30 años en diferentes obras sociales en el medio de la filantropía y apostólicas al servicio de la Iglesia Católica en Venezuela, Ha publicado cuatro libros sobre espiritualidad y psicología. Su tercer libro “Que el dolor no te robe el amor” y su cuarto libro “All´inclusive. Uniendo mente y alma” están de venta en Amazon.com. Ha impartido conferencias y cursos en México, Estados Unidos, El Salvador, Colombia, Filipinas e Italia. Ha sido invitada programas de radio y algunos programas católicos de Televisión en México y Estados Unidos. Se desempeñó durante 7 años como Directora General de una fundación en México orientada a la atención de mujeres de escasos recursos donde coordinó la operación de un centro de llamadas para brindar asesoría psicológica virtual. Actualmente vive en Cancún, México donde ejerce su profesión como psicóloga a través de un consultorio de Psicología Virtual atendiendo a pacientes de diferentes partes del mundo vía internet llamado Psicología Católica Integral. Está pronta a concluir la Maestría en Ciencias de la Familia en el Instituto Pontificio Juan Pablo II como preparación para ser candidata a Doctora a inicios del 2019. Su práctica como psicóloga está sustentada en un modelo de atención donde combina la psicología y la espiritualidad cristiana lo que le ha permitido ser asesora de diferentes comunidades y congregaciones religiosas en temas de discernimiento de candidatos y de atención de problemáticas humanas que se suscitan dentro de ellas.

Becky Visosky

A Dialogue on the Death Penalty: What has changed? Does it matter? Becky Visosky serves as Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas. She leads a devoted staff who provide critical client services, bilingual education for youth and adults and opportunities for community engagement to advance a Culture of Life. Becky has written, presented and been interviewed on current life issues ranging from legislative advocacy to women's health. Before joining the CPLC staff, Becky was a partner at Carrington Coleman where she practiced as a litigator for ten years, during which she was named a Rising Star in Texas Monthly. She currently serves on the board of the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas. Becky received her juris doctorate with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and, before that, graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s in English literature, a minor in philosophy, and an honors thesis on The Confessions of St. Augustine.

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Nick Wagner

Nick Wagner

*Sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas Office of Worship

“Go. Heal the Wounds” — Become a Field-Hospital for Faith

RCIA that works!

Seek the Living God: Five Questions for Conversion

The Awe-Inspiring Rites of the RCIA: Training for Baptismal Living 


Melissa Waldon

Welcoming Persons with Disabilities: Revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments. Melissa Waldon, M.S., is currently serving as the Coordinator of Ministry to Persons
with Disabilities for the Diocese of Dallas. One main job she has is helping to
coordinate catechesis for people with special needs at the parishes. She has taught
children with special needs at the elementary and secondary levels and has been a
school counselor. Her experience as a catechist includes multiple grade levels. Melissa
is married with 4 children. She has her own child with high functioning Aspergers. She
has 16 ½ years of combined experience as a parent, educator and of being an advocate for children with
special needs. She has done presentations for the UD Ministry Conference, for the Diocese of Corpus
Christi, as well as the Diocese of Tyler to help raise awareness of people with disabilities in order to help
them become more fully included in the life of the church.
image Greg Wasinski MAN UP - Building Bridges to Form Effective Men’s Fellowship. 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.
Scott Weeman

Scott Weeman

*Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Approach to Recovery Scott Weeman is a beloved son of God, proud husband of Jacqueline, and a proud father of his newborn daughter. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Catholic in Recovery, a nonprofit ministry that provides Catholic spiritual formation for those recovering from addiction. Scott is the author of 'The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery' and has appeared on a variety of Catholic media outlets. Furthermore, he is studying and training to become a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor, enjoys cooking, playing golf, beach volleyball, and coordinates young adult ministry at Saint Brigid Parish in San Diego with his wife, Jacqueline.
 Marylynn Wesson Marylynn Wesson, MTS Building a Firm Foundation: Evangelizing Parents Whose Children are Preparing for First Sacraments Marylynn Wesson is a Catholic University of America (go Cardinals!) doctoral candidate. Her D.Min concentration - and passion - is in evangelization. She received her Master's in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas (go Crusaders!) and her Bachelor's in Humanities from Southern Methodist University (go Mustangs!)

She is currently on the Diocese of Austin RCIA Task Force and a retreat/conference/mission speaker. A former "Director of Discipleship Formation" at St. Austin Parish in Austin. TX, her prior ministry experience was in Dallas, TX as a Pastoral Associate (Christ the King), RCIA Director (St. Monica), and Theology Teacher (Ursuline Academy). Additionally, she has taught World Religions at North Lake College in Irving, TX.

A native of Louisiana, Marylynn is married to native Texan, Dr. Gary Wesson, and they have 3 grown native Texan adult children who all have jobs and mortgages. One is married and one has a munchkin who brings great joy to the family.
Cheryl Orwig Whapham

Cheryl Orwig Whapham

Charting peaceful water: Navigating the relationship between a parochial school and a parish religious education program.

To know Him, to love Him and to serve Him; evangelizing children today.

Cheryl Orwig Whapham serves the Catholic Diocese of Dallas as the Director of Catechetical Services. She holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Cheryl has served the Catholic Church for over 25 years in the areas of Missions, Parish youth ministry, Parish Faith Formation, and Diocesan Leadership. She is a passionate and faith-filled woman who loves her vocations in lay leadership and as a wife and mother of three sons.

Theodore James Whapham, Ph.D.

Theodore James Whapham, Ph.D.

*Sponsored by the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry

What's All This Catholic Stuff Anyhow?: A Conversation about Teaching in Catholic Schools for Those of other Faiths Dr. Whapham is Dean and Associate Professor at the University of Dallas Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry. He has over twenty years experience teaching in Catholic schools at the elementary, secondary, and university level. He holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Catholic University of America and has published books and articles discussing the work of contemporary Protestant theologians.

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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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