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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 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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 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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 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

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.

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

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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 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.
 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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 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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 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.
 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 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.

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 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.
 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.
 Dr. Jodi Hunt, PhD Dr. Jodi Hunt, PhD 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.

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 Dulce M. Jimenez Abreu Dulce M. Jimenez Abreu 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. 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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  Jesse Manibusan ALL ARE WELCOME? Not really, but we can change that by building authentic bridges. 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."
 Luis J. Medina Luis J. Medina 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.
 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.

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 Carmen Newstreet Carmen Newstreet 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.

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 Bobby Pantuso Bobby Pantuso SDS 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.
 Dr. Jo Ann Paradise Dr. Jo Ann Paradise

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.

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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.
 Jonathan Sitko Jonathan Sitko 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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 Marylynn Wesson Marylynn Wesson 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 the "Director of Discipleship Formation" which involves oversight of all formation programs - from birth to death - 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.

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. Two are married and one has a munchkin who brings great joy to the family.

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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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