2015 UDMC Speakers

Below you will find the list of the confirmed 2015 speakers, their biographies, and the talks they will be presenting. The speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name, click the links below to skip to that letter in the alphabet. Check back regularly to see updates.




Session Information



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aguilera-titus Alejandro Aguilera-Titus
Best Practices in Hispanic Ministry

Period 02

Lideres excelentes hacen parroquias excelentes

Period 04



Alejandro Aguilera-Titus has thirty years of experience in ministry with emphasis on leadership development, faith formation and ministry with youth and family. He is a nationally known speaker and writer highly regarded for his practical application of theological thought to ministry in culturally diverse settings. Alejandro holds a M.A. in Theology from the University of Portland and is a Doctor in Ministry Candidate at Barry University. He currently works at the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB. In addition, Alejandro is an adjunct faculty member at Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus tiene treinta años de experiencia ministerial con énfasis en formación y catequesis, pastoral juvenil y familiar y justicia social. Alejandro es un conferencista y escritor reconocido a nivel nacional como teólogo práctico y pastoralista en contextos multiculturales. Tiene una Maestría en Teología de la University of Portland y es candidato al Doctorado en Ministerio en Barry University. Actualmente, Alejandro es el responsable nacional de la pastoral hispana bajo es Secretariado para la Diversidad Cultural en la Iglesia, USCCB. Además, Alejandro es profesor adjunte en Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary, en Emmetsburg, Maryland.

alarilla Margaret Alarilla
Walking Hand in Hand with our Children: Faith and Family

Period 11

Confirmation: Moving from Graduation to Lifelong Formation!

Period 14

Margaret Alarilla is currently the Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. With her undergraduate and graduate degree in theology from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, she brings a youthful and fresh approach to our Catholic Identity. Currently seeking her doctorate in educational leadership, with a cognate in organizational development, Margaret combines the study of God, the transformation aspects of leadership and what it means to live a truly authentic Catholic life to her presentations. She is married to her husband of seven years and has three children, two daughters and a son who keep her on her toes…constantly. 

allen John L. Allen, Jr.
Synod on the Family: What Happened, Why It Matters


John L. Allen Jr. is associate editor of The Boston Globe after 16 years as the prize-winning Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. He also serves as the Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN. He’s the author of seven best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and writes frequently on the Church for major national and international publications. He’s also a popular speaker on Catholic affairs, both in the United States and abroad.

The London Tablet has called Allen “the most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs in the English language,” and renowned papal biographer George Weigel has called him “the best Anglophone Vatican reporter ever.” When Allen was called upon to put the first question to Pope Benedict XVI aboard the papal plane en route to the United States in April 2008, the Vatican spokesperson said to the pope: “Holy Father, this man needs no introduction.” That’s not just a Vatican judgment. Veteran religion writer Kenneth Woodward of Newsweek described Allen as “the journalist other reporters – and not a few cardinals – look to for the inside story on how all the pope’s men direct the world’s largest church.”

Allen’s work is admired across ideological divides. Liberal commentator Fr. Andrew Greeley calls his writing “indispensable,” while the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, a conservative, called Allen’s reporting “possibly the best source of information on the Vatican published in the United States.” His weekly internet column, “All Things Catholic,” is widely read as a source of insight on the global Church.

Allen’s most recent book is The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution. John divides his time between Rome and his home in Denver, Colorado. He grew up in Western Kansas, and holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas.

amore Dr. Mary Amore
Renovating the People 

Period 08 & 13

Living the Liturgy

Period 11

Dr. Mary Amore holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Liturgy and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union. Dr. Amore is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation, as well as the creator of the DVD entitled: Eucharist: Journey of Transformation, Healing and Discipleship, by Pauline Media and Press. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary is a monthly columnist at Ministry and Liturgy Magazine, a monthly contributor to Catholicmom.com and a highly sought after presenter of workshops, parish missions, and retreats. Dr. Amore currently serves as the Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries in Downers Grove, Il. 

araque Nelson Araque
“Su Casa es Mi Casa;” Cuidémosla. Reflexiones sobre Laudato Si’ 

Period 09

La Creación de Dios: Regalo y Fiesta para todos

Period 12

Nelson Araque nacío en Colombia y desde hace más de 10 años vive en Dania FL con su esposa y hija. Por más de una década ha desarrollado su rol como laico comprometido, siendo catequista y profesor. Ha enseñado Teología en una escuela Católica y ha facilitado algunos cursos para la Oficina de Catequesis de la Arquidiócesis de Miami. También ha enseñado algunos cursos de Teología en St. Thomas University en Miami, FL. Trabaja para la Alianza Católica por el Clima como Coordinador de Asuntos Hispanos. Como parte de su formación académica, cuenta con una Licenciatura en Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de La Salle en Colombia y una maestría en Ministerios Pastorales de St. Thomas University en Miami. Es candidato del programa de doctorado en teología en Barry University, donde pronto espera recibir un DMIN. Su tesis explora la relación que existe entre los hispanos y medio ambiente.

argumaniz Samuel Argumaniz
Head, Heart, Hands: Engaging Young People in the Social Mission of the Church

Period 07

Samuel Argumaniz is a Coordinator of Strategic Ministry Development for the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries for the Diocese of Dallas. He currently specializes in parish ministry development, intercultural ministry, and the support of initiatives involving marginalized youth. Samuel has 8 years of professional ministry experience, having previously served as a Coordinator of Youth Ministry in Abilene, TX and as a Campus Minister at SMU. A man who wears many hats, some people may recognize him as Catholic Hip-Hop artist/speaker Sammy Blaze. Since 2004, he has produced several albums and performed for many audiences throughout the U.S., U.K., and Ireland.


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Dcn. Kevin Bagley, D.Min.

Sponsored by Verbum Bible Software

Deacon as Minister of Charity

Period 12

Making Church History Exciting

Period 06

Deacon Kevin Bagley has extensive proficiencies in leadership and pastoral ministry. He volunteered in liturgical ministries, served on pastoral councils and as a catechist; he has served in professional positions as Pastoral Associate and Pastoral Life Director - leading to a wealth of experience in pastoral settings. He has served in leadership and management positions always advancing the mission and objectives in a fair, objective, pastoral, and compassionate manner. Deacon Bagley’s educational experience include: B.S. in Education, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, and a Doctorate in Ministry from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. Deacon Bagley is married with four children and four grandchildren. He is published in Deacon Digest, given talks at a past University of Dallas Ministry Conference, and National Catholic Education Association conference, also leading deacon retreats and days of reflection.



Cynthia Gill Bates

You are the Face of the Church - Communicating Effectively with the Love of Christ (part 1) - Co-presenting with Annette Gonzales Taylor

Period 02

You are the Face of the Church - Communicating Effectively with the Love of Christ (part 2) - Co-presenting with Annette Gonzales Taylor

Period 03

Cynthia Gill Bates has served as the New Media Specialist for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas since September 2012. Cynthia acts as webmaster for the diocesan website and social media content creator for the diocese, as well as technical consultant for sites such as Bishop Kevin Farrell’s blog and DallasVocations.org. Cynthia is a member of the Catholic Academy for Communications Professionals. After a conversion moment at a Catholic wedding in October 2005, Cynthia received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion on Easter Vigil 2006. In her spare time, Cynthia volunteers as webmaster for Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish in Irving where she lives with her husband and four cats. Learn more about Cynthia at her personal website, cynthiagillbates.com, or connect at facebook.com/cynthiagillbates or linkedin.com/in/cynthiabates.



Anne P. Battes, M.Ed.

Sponsored by RCL Benzinger

Getting to the Head and the Heart of the Matter

Period 01

Linking Assessment and Growth in Faith

Period 09

As a graduate of the Marianist University of Dayton in Ohio, Anne Battes has over thirty years actively involved in Catholic Education, serving as a catechist, teacher, principal, and at the diocesan level as curriculum consultant, deputy superintendent, and president of the Catholic Education Collaborative. Having served in both the dioceses of Dallas and Cincinnati, Anne combines practical experience with passion and creativity for new models of learning related to faith formation. Anne is currently publisher for RCL Benziger Religion Publishing Company and lives in Dayton Ohio.


Jim Beckman

Forming an Authentic and Relevant Discipleship Program Within Youth Ministry Settings

Period 07

Empowering Parents in Their Role as the Primary Disciplers of their Children

Period 09

Jim Beckman is a Visiting Associate Professor of Leadership at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO where he serves as a Professor of Leadership, Evangelization and Discipleship. He also coordinates the Leadership for the New Evangelization Program for the Institute. Jim has been involved with parish ministry, evangelization and leadership development for more than 30 years. A graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1987, Jim has served in various roles of leadership of national, regional and local ministry ever since. He is a dynamic and passionate speaker and has a great love for the Church. He has built solid and thriving ministry programs in several parishes over the years. He and his wife, Meg, live in Highlands Ranch, CO with their five children: Aaron, Claire, Daniel, Jonathan and Brian.


Lic. Luis M. Benavides

Cómo preparar un encuentro de manera atractiva para los niños y jóvenes de hoy

Period 09 & 12

Discípulos con olor a oveja: una espiritualidad para el siglo XXI

Period 10

Nacido en Buenos Aires, en 1959. Es laico, casado con Liliana. Catequista, maestro, director de escuela, licenciado en Relaciones Humanas y Públicas. Formador de catequistas y agentes de pastoral. Consultor en catequesis y Pastoral Educativa. Miembro del equipo directivo del Instituto Superior de Catequesis de Argentina (ISCA) y de la Asociación Española de Catequetas (AECA). Integrante de la Junta Arquidiocesana de Buenos Aires, bajo la gestión del Cardenal Jorge Bergoglio, actual Papa Francisco. Ha dictado charlas, conferencias y cursos en distintas instituciones religiosas y diócesis de Hispanoamérica y Estados Unidos; formando en su trayectoria a más de 56.000 catequistas, docentes, familias y agentes de pastoral. Sus obras han sido publicadas en Argentina, México, Brasil, España, Bélgica y Estados Unidos. www.luis-benavides.com



James J. Bitting Jr., M.A.

The Story of Salvation History as the Context for All Catechesis

Period 12

The Relationship between Evangelization and Catechesis

Period 08

James and his wife Catherine grew up in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. They have been married for eleven years and have two children; Michael age 10 and Cecilia age 8. James attended Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio where he earned both his bachelors and masters degrees. James’ major area of study was theology and catechetics. He has served the Church in various catechetical ministries including high school teaching, youth ministry, adult faith formation, RCIA, and sacramental preparation. James has taught catechetics at the diocesan and university levels. In addition to formal catechetical instruction, James speaks at youth conferences, adult days of reflection and parish ministry events. Currently, James is an Instructor and Assistant Chair of the Religion Department at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas as well as an adjunct Instructor for Newman University’s Graduate Theology program.


Shelly Bole

No Technology? No Worries! Creative and Engaging Catechesis

Period 09

Shelly has over 25 years experience in parish youth ministry and diocesan catechetical ministry. Shelly is from the central plains of Oklahoma and Kansas, receiving both her BA and MTS from Newman University. She recently moved to the south to work as the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Shreveport, LA. As a single adult, she has committed her life to what God created her to be and do. 



Jane Borland

Using Rubrics To Track Student Progress and Success

Period 07

Jane Borland has a master’s degree in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and has taught biology, chemistry and environmental science for 32 years. In 1999, Ms. Borland was named a Tandy Scholar and was a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the White House and the National Science Foundation. In 2001, she received the Milken Educator Award for Excellence in Teaching. Throughout her career, Ms. Borland has written countless curriculum guides, she has published scientific research on monarch butterflies, and she has mentored hundreds of teachers and thousands of students. Ms. Borland currently teaches science at John Paul II Catholic High School in Plano, Texas.



Nicholas Brandt

How to Make Your Classroom More Theatrical

Period 08

Nicholas Brandt is the Theater Department head at Bishop Dunne Catholic school, and a lifelong lover of Catholic education. He attended St. Patrick Catholic School, Cistercian Preparatory School, and the University of Notre Dame, where he received a B.A. in Theater and Program of Liberal Studies and an Masters in Education. He directs two productions each year at Bishop Dunne and moderates the Drama Club. He feels blessed to be a part of a wonderful school and of the wonderful apostolate of Catholic Education, where students can express true freedom in body, mind, and spirit.


Shannon Burk

Clinical Pastoral Education: A Resource to Enhance Your Pastoral Imagination

Period 12

Shannon Burk is a Catholic Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She began the CPE program at UT Southwestern in 2012, and led it through the Accreditation process to becoming a fully-accredited CPE center in November, 2014. She also serves UT Southwestern in various other capacities, including serving on their Ethics Committee and co-facilitating a seminar for third-year medical students in Psychiatry rotations. She came to UT Southwestern from Children’s Medical Center, where she did a year-long chaplain residency followed by five years of CPE supervisory education. She has a Master of Divinity Summa Cum Laude from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. A Catholic convert, she is a parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She is married to husband Bailey, and together they have three sons, Travis, 26, and identical twins, Austin & Logan, 22.



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Rev. Ernesto Maria Caro

Las consecuencias de un mundo sin evangelio

Period 09

La Evangelización por medio de los medios digitales

Period 14


EL Padre Caro nació el 24/07/1953 en Monterrey, México. Fue ordenado sacerdote el 15/08/1991. Sus estudios incluyen Ingenieria Mecánica y Administración-UNAL, Estudios de Maestría en Administración de Empresas – ITESM. Licenciado en Espiritualidad - Universidad Gregoriana (Roma, It), Doctorado en Mariología - Universidad Marianum (Roma, It) y en el International Marian Research Institute (Dayton, OH - USA) Es Miembro del Tribunal Eclesiástico de Monterrey, Párroco en la Parroquia de la Santa Cruz, Profesor del Seminario Arquidiocesano de Monterrey. Es Fundador y director espiritual de ARXE Instituto, colegio Católico que busca la excelencia académica y la perfección Cristiana (www.arxe.edu.mx), de Vivir en Cristo, movimiento Católico para la formación de familias extendido actualmente en diversas Diócesis de México y de USA (www.vivirencristo.org.mx), de la Evangelización Activa, Institución dedicada a difundir la palabra de Dios y a Evangelizar usando el medio de Internet así como diferentes publicaciones en audio (www.evangelizacion.mx). El Padre Ernesto Caro ha publicado los siguientes libros: A Jesús por María, Quiero ser Santo, El Evangelio de San Marcos comentario litúrgico diario, El Evangelio de San Mateo comentario litúrgico diario.


Dr. Francisco Castillo

Sponsored by RCL Benziger

La alegría evangélica: Repensar/re-imaginar catequesis y evangelización a la luz del pensamiento de Francisco

Period 05 & 13

Nueva Terra Incognita en Nueva Evangelización: Alcanzar habitantes en continentes digitales 

Period 10

Diakonia: El servicio como base de la misericordia y la justicia

Period 09

El Dr. Francisco Castillo, catequista desde los doce años, trabaja como editor para RCL Benziger Publishing. También como profesor de estudios religiosos en Broward College, en Florida. Trabajó como educador católico de la Arquidiócesis de Miami sirviendo como jefe del Departamento de Teología y Director de Pastoral Colegial. Es miembro de la Academia de Teólogos Católicos Hispanos de los Estados Unidos, miembro del Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia y del Festival Internacional de Cine Juan Pablo II. Sus intereses profesionales incluyen la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia, teología litúrgica, la teología y liturgia estética, la teología de la liberación. Sus publicaciones se pueden encontrar en Momentum, Ministry and Liturgy, Amen y en línea en www.ushispanicministry.com. También es escritor y poeta, su libro de poesía titulado, Mis Primeros Poemas, fue publicado en 2013.



Rev. Msgr. Eduardo Chávez

El laico es elegido por Santa María de Guadalupe

Period 08

Santa María de Guadalupe, la mujer vestida del Amor

Period 11

Nació en la Ciudad de México, Monseñor Eduardo Chávez sirvió como Postulador de la Causa de Canonización de San Juan Diego. Es cofundador del Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos, así como Canónigo de la Basílica de Guadalupe en México. También, Coordinador General de México por la Pontificia Comisión para los 50 Años del Concilio Vaticano II. A lo largo de su trabajo como Postulador; y hasta hoy, Mons. Chávez ha hecho grandes contribuciones al estudio del Evento Guadalupano, dirigiéndose a las principales instituciones académicas internacionales.

clarke Kevin Clarke
Oscar Romero: Revising an Understanding of Martyrdom 

Period 11 & 13

Kevin Clarke is senior editor and chief correspondent for America magazine and its web site, americamagazine.org, where he contributes podcasts, video reports, news reports, and features. He is a columnist for U.S. Catholic magazine (Margin Notes) and its former senior editor and web content manager. He is the former editor of Salt of the Earth magazine and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press, 2014).

clay Jennifer Clay
Teaching History and Literature with a Cross-curricular Catholic Twist - co-presenting with Jane Wegmann

Period 07

Jennifer attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School through 8th grade. After graduating from Bishop Lynch High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer has nine years of teaching experience in both public schools and in the Diocese of Dallas. She currently teaches 7th and 8th grade History and English at St. Patrick Catholic School in Dallas.


Dr. David Cloutier

Sponsored by Liturgical Press

Thinking, Living, and Praying Green: Environmental Action Rooted in Catholic Faith

Period 06 & 13

Dr. Cloutier teaches moral theology at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. He is the author of Walking God's Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith and a commentary on Pope Francis's environment encyclical (both from Liturgical Press). He has also written numerous articles on environmental ethics, and a textbook on Catholic sexual ethics, Love, Reason, and God's Story. He is the editor of catholicmoraltheology.com and a contributor to the dotCommonweal blog. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Cloutier serves on the board of directors of the Common Market, a consumer food co-operative in Frederick, MD, and enjoys baseball, running, and serving as a music minister.



Sonja Corbitt

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

The New Evangelism in Action: Leaders of Faith in the Scriptures and How to Be One Too!

Period 11

Dew of Heaven

Period 14

Sonja P. Corbitt is a dynamic Catholic author and speaker who has produced several high-impact, uplifting multimedia Bible studies, including Soul of the World and Fearless: How to Conquer Your Demons and Love with Abandon. A California native who was raised as a Southern Baptist, Corbitt attended Mitchell College and the Southern Baptist Seminary Extension and then converted to Catholicism. Corbitt served as director of religious education at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tennessee, and as executive director of Risen Radio in Lebanon, Tennessee. Corbitt is in formation as a Third Order Carmelite and is a columnist at Catholic Online. She has appeared numerous times on radio and television and wrote for the Gallatin News Examiner and Oremus, the Westminster Cathedral magazine. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Bob, and two sons.


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d'ambrosio Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Confirmation: Sacrament of Champions 

Period 03

¿Por Qué Ser Católico?

Period 10

Reciba más de la Misa

Period 14

Marcellino D’Ambrosio earned his Ph.D. in theology and biblical interpretation under the guidance of the renowned Avery Cardinal Dulles. In 2001 he left university teaching to direct the Crossroads Initiative, an international apostolate of evangelization and renewal. Dr. D’Ambrosio is a New York Times best-selling author, Catholic TV host, and has appeared on Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera At Large and Bill O’Reilly’s radio show as an expert commentator on Catholic issues. You can visit him at www.dritaly.com or his dr.italy facebook page, and even travel with him to Jerusalem this December on his special Holy Land Pilgrimage.

Marcellino D'Ambrosio obtuvo su Ph.D. en teología e interpretación bíblica, bajo la dirección del famoso cardenal Avery Dulles. En 2001 dejó la docencia universitaria para dirigir la Iniciativa de Crossroads, un apostolado internacional de la evangelización y la renovación. Dr. D'Ambrosio es un New York Times best‐ seller autor, presentador de televisión católica, y ha aparecido en Fox News Geraldo Rivera en general y el programa de radio de Bill O'Reilly como comentarista experto en temas católicos. Usted lo puede visitar en www.dritaly.com o de su página de facebook dr.italy, e incluso viajar con él a Jerusalén este mes de diciembre en su especial Peregrinación a Tierra Santa.

de la torre Marlon De La Torre
What Do You Do When Ignorance of the Faith Becomes Doctrine?

Period 07


Marlon currently serve as the Department Director of Catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. In nineteen years, Marlon has served as a Catechetics professor, Parish/Diocesan DRE, Catholic HS Principal and Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Memphis, and Kansas City-St. Joseph. He is the author of Screwtape Teaches the Faith (Tan/Saint Benedict Press 2011) and Man Up: Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man (Bezalel Books 2014). He writes for Catholiclane.com, catholicmom.com, North Texas Catholic, newadvent.org and knowingisdoing.org. He has been on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, the Sonrise Morning Show, Al Kresta Live , and Catholic Connection. Education: BA and MA Theology with a Catechetics concentration-Franciscan University of Steubenville. MEd. University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS. Marlon is joyfully married to his wife Amy of over eighteen years and have four wonderful children Miguel (16), Gabriella (13), Maria (10) and Gianna (16 months).

deitz Shannon M. Deitz
EXPOSED - The Ugly Truth of Abuse and God's Healing Grace

Period 01

Shannon is the author of EXPOSED: Inexcusable Me…Irreplaceable Him and founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry, an advocacy non-profit organization (501 c3) giving a VOICE to survivors of abuse and the spokesperson for the Maria Goretti Network a Catholic peer to peer support group for survivors of abuse. She is a featured columnist with Choose-Now Ministries.com “Shannon Deitz: On Hope”, has been featured on CatholicLane.com, Lifestyle & Charity magazine and Catholic Women’s magazine. She and her husband, Neal, live in Kingwood, Texas, where they are active in their local church and community. The couple has two sons, Ryan and Seth, who provide them with endless joy and reason to continually count their blessings.

deuterman Jason Deuterman
Evangelize Like The Master: From Disciple-Maker to Disciple-Maker-Maker

Period 09


With a fearless passion for Christ, Jason Deuterman has made it his mission to be counter cultural and share God’s love with all those he comes into contact with. His ability to uniquely combine his love of Scripture with his fervor for ministry allow him to create a dynamic and welcoming atmosphere tailored towards the generations of today. Jason graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English, received a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, and serves as the director of the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Jason’s zeal for evangelization and discipleship formation is eclipsed only by his passion for his vocation—to be a great husband to his wife of four years, Allison, and a father to his beautiful daughter, Emmalynn Grace.

dhuyvetter Greg Dhuyvetter
Square Pegs into Round Goals: College, Career, and World Readiness for Students (and Educators) 

Period 06

The Good, the Bad, and the Data: Effectively Using Data to Increase Student Learning

Period 08

Greg Dhuyvetter is celebrating his 34rd year in Education. For the first 28 years he was an English teacher and administrator at Mater Dei High School and for the past five he has served as Superintendent for the Diocese of Orange California. He has been involved in educational technology for over fifteen years. He has worked with strategic planning, program development, and faculty development, trying to anticipate and create the new realities of education. He has presented at conferences for the National Catholic Educators Association, and Chief Executives of Catholic Education and local and regional teacher and principal conferences for Catholic and non-Catholic educators throughout the country.


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eggering Sr. Dorothy Eggering, SSND
The Lector: God’s Instrument to Touch the Hearts of the Congregation

Period 04

The Soul of Ministry—a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ 

Period 07

Sr. Dorothy Eggering, SSND, has served as a teacher, a pastoral minister, an administrative assistant, a spiritual director, as well as a workshop presenter on various topics, including parish workshops for lectors and the spirituality of ministers. Sister Dorothy is a lover of enlivening liturgy with a powerful passion for the proclamation of God’s Word. She is a firm believer in God’s unconditional love and thus also the importance of the minister’s own spirituality. She has masters’ degrees in chemistry, theology, and human services, as well as a certificate in spiritual direction. 


Pamela Elsey

Sponsored by Saint Mary's Press

¡Historias Bíblicas en 3D Para Niños!

Period 10 & 14

Pamela Elsey ha servido en varios apostolados dentro del campo de la formación en la fe y la educación católica durante más de veinte años, tanto a nivel parroquial y escolar como diocesano. Pamela recibió su Maestría en Teología de la Universidad de Notre Dame y comenzó su carrera como profesora de Teología a nivel secundaria por diez años, y después era Coordinadora del programa misionero “Rostro de Cristo” en Ecuador. También, era Directora Diocesana de la Escuela del Ministerio Laico para la comunidad latina en la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta, y después, era Directora del Programa de Educación Religiosa para la Iglesia Santísima Trinidad en Peachtree City, GA. Actualmente, Pamela es Consultora del sureste para la editorial Saint Mary’s Press.



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farias Dcn. Edgardo J. Farias
Cuidado Pastoral, retos y oportunidades

Period 14

Plan de Atención Integral en la Pastoral Penitenciaria

Period 10

El Diácono Edgardo Farías es el Director de la Pastoral Penitenciaria, ministerio de compasión y presencia a las personas afectadas por la encarcelación en el sistema de justicia criminal. Director del Ministerio El Buen Pastor en la Parroquia Santa Inés, asistiendo a las necesidades de las empleadas domésticas que trabajan para las familias de Key Biscayne y el condado Miami-Dade. Profesor del Instituto Pastoral del Sudeste (SEPI), Profesor de la Oficina de Catequesis y Anfitrión radial del programa de la Pastoral Penitenciaria en Radio Paz de la Arquidiócesis de Miami. El Diácono Farias es un orador Católico con un auténtico espíritu evangélico. El Diácono Farías nació en Argentina, casado con Mónica por más de 30 años, siendo padres de Maria Belén. El Diácono Farías obtuvo su Bachillerato en Artes en Liderazgo Organizacional y la Maestría en Divinidad con honores en St. Thomas University de la Arquidiócesis de Miami.


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garcia-d Rev. David H. Garcia
Pope Francis and the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Period 09

El Pape Francisco y el Jubileo de la Misericordia

Period 07

Rev. David H. Garcia is Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach for Catholic Relief Services, based in San Antonio, Texas. Fr. Garcia is also Director of the Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio and Administrator of Mission Conception. He was rector of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio from 1995 - 2008. Fr. Garcia holds two masters degrees from Notre Dame University, in Theology and Institutional Administration, and a B.A. in History from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He was the Charles Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1994. He has published articles on religious topics for Origins, US Catholic, Church, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, New Catholic World, Gracias, Today's Catholic and Columbia. He serves as board member of the Mexican American Catholic College. In 2001, his parish, San Fernando Cathedral, was cited in Excellent Catholic Parishes as an outstanding parish.


El Padre David García es el director las Antiguas Misiones Españoles de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio y es el administrador parroquial de la Misión Concepción. Él también es el asesor superior de Alcance del Clero para Catholic Relief Services. El Padre sirvió como rector de la Catedral de San Fernando en San Antonio de 1995 al 2008. El Padre García obtuvo Maestrías en Teología y Administración Institucional de la Universidad de Notre Dame, y una licenciatura en Historia de la Universidad St. Mary's en San Antonio. Fue miembro de la junta rectora de la Escuela de Divinidad de Harvard en 1994. El Padre García ha publicado artículos de una varidad de tópicos religiosos para publicaciones como Origins, US Catholic, Church, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, New Catholic World, Gracias, Today's Catholic y Columbia. Ha Servido en varios consejos sin fines de lucro, incluyendo al Colegio Católico Mexico Americano. En el 2001, su parroquia, la Catedral de San Fernando, fue mencionada en Excellent Catholic Parishes como una de las parroquias más destacadas del país.

garcia-s Sylvia M. Garcia
La Iniciación Cristiana y el Discipulado

Period 02 & 14

Espiritualidad de los Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión y Lectores

Period 04

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 University of 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 de Ministros Litúrgicos. Sylvia es miembro de la Junta Directiva de la Federación de Comisiones Litúrgicas Diocesanas (FDLC) y la Conferencia Litúrgica del Suroeste(SWLC).

gitzinger  Jessica Gitzinger
Gifted Education Cram Session - co-presenting with Sarah Parker

Period 06


Jessica Gitzinger is a Gifted and Talented teacher, with 8 years teaching experience in the GT classroom. She received her GT certification through the UNT Graduate School. Jessica has taught at Prince of Peace, All Saints, and St Mark Catholic Schools, as well as in the Copperas Cove ISD and Allen ISD school districts. She is a certified SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent group facilitator. Jessica is originally from Dayton, Ohio and earned her bachelor of arts degree from Wright State University.


Gene Giuliano, M.A.

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

"Come to me...and I will give you rest." 

Period 12

Pope Francis: Ministry Defined by Mercy and Compassion

Period 14

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



Dr. Mark Goodwin

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

Understanding, Living, and Proclaiming Luke's Gospel in Cycle C

Diaconal Ministry Session - Thursday, Oct 22 » 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Dr. Goodwin has taught in the University of Dallas' department of theology nearly two decades, and has served as department chair since 2010. He also served as interim dean of the School of Ministry, 2012-14. Dr. Goodwin received his BA in Near Eastern Studies and a doctorate from Yale University in New Testament studies in 1992. His interests in scripture are wide-ranging, but are focused on the New Testament and its first century Jewish environment. In 2001, he published a book entitled Paul, Apostle of the Living God: Kerygma and Conversion in 2 Corinthians, which explores the Jewish background of Paul's God-talk. Dr. Goodwin lives in the mid-cities with his wife and daughter, and attends St. Michael's Church in Bedford.


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Holly Hammonds

Google Classroom...Start Here - co-presenting with Sue Schleusner

Period 06

Holly Hammonds has a B.A. in Communications from University of Arkansas and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. She has worked in the education field for 11 years, teaching for 7 years and as a Media Resource Specialist for 3 years in McKinney ISD. She is currently in her 1st year as Coordinator of Media Services for John Paul II High School. 



Dr. James Healy

Blessing the Family as It Encounters the Paschal Mystery 

Period 06

Challenging Issues in Marriage Preparation: Couples who are Cohabiting and the Spiritual but not Religious

Period 11

Making Happiness a Habit: Four Steps to a More Joyful Marriage

Period 13

Dr. Jim Healy has spoken on marriage and family issues in over 85 dioceses across the United States and beyond. His marriage materials, most notably his "How to Be Married and Stay Engaged," his "Living Together and Christian Commitment," and his "Spirituality and Religion in Your Marriage" have been widely used. Since 1989, Dr. Healy has been the director of the Office of Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1985. Dr. Healy has served as an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Marriage and the Family. He was honored with the 2000 Family Ministry Award by the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. He and his wife Madonna have four adult children.


Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T.

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

The Transforming Power of Authentic Love

Period 04

Healed and Set Free

Period 06

Sr. Miriam James was raised in Woodland, WA and is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno where she played volleyball on a scholarship and majored in Communications. Upon graduation, she joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), a missionary community that serves global areas of deepest apostolic need. Sr. Miriam has served at various SOLT missions including Rome, Seattle, and Texas. In addition to speaking, her apostolates have included working with elementary school students, parish ministry, coaching high school volleyball, and co-hosting a Catholic radio program.


Silas S. Henderson, MTS

Praying With The Church: Fostering a Liturgical Spirituality 

Period 11

Celebrating Evangelization: The Mission of the Church

Period 03

Celebrating Initiation: The RCIA Process and Evangelization

Period 06

With a passion for adult faith formation and the RCIA, Silas Henderson is a popular retreat leader and catechist and currently serves as the Managing Editor of Abbey Press Publications and Deacon Digest Magazine. His articles and reflections appear in a number of prominent Catholic publications and he is the author of several books, including "Moving Beyond Doubt" and "Lights for a Waiting World: Celebrating Advent With the Saints."


Julie Hendry

Growth Mindset in the Classroom - co-presenting with Colleen Santoni

Period 07

Mrs. Julie Hendry became assistant principal at St. Patrick School in 2010. Prior to this position she had taught science at SPS on the junior high level since 1996. In her role as assistant principal she seeks to collaborate with the administration in the spiritual, instructional, and organizational leadership of the school. Mrs. Hendry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas, and completed a Masters of Catholic School Leadership from the University of Dallas in May 2012.



Claudia H. Herrera

Redescubriendo la identidad Católica en la generación 1.5: Jóvenes Adultos Latinos/as en los Estados Unidos

Period 13

Imaginando a Maria de Nazaret a la luz de “La Alegría del Evangelio”

Period 10

Claudia H. Herrera, nacida en Bogotá, Colombia, es Directora de la Pastoral Universitaria (Campus Ministry) en St. Thomas University en Miami, Florida, pastoral con la cual tiene cinco años de experiencia. Claudia está terminando su (PhD) Doctorado en Teología Practica en la misma Universidad. Así mismo, su tema de investigación doctoral se centra en un estudio sobre la identidad religiosa de jóvenes Universitarias Católicas Latinas de primera y segunda generación a la luz del marianismo. Claudia tiene una Maestría en Ministerios Pastorales en St. Thomas University y estudió sus estudios de pregrado en la Universidad de Nuestra Señora del Rosario en Bogotá, Colombia. Claudia y su esposo Andrés son miembros activos en la Arquidiócesis de Miami y padres de Mariana Guadalupe.


Laura Hudec

Invest in Your Team - co-presenting with Soriya Nelson

Period 06

Mrs. Hudec is the chair for the Foreign Language department, sponsor of the Junior Classical League/Latin Club/Latin Honor Society and is Assistant Coach of the Speech & Debate team at John Paul II High School in Plano, TX.



Barry Hudock

Sponsored by Liturgical Press


John Courtney Murray at Vatican II: A Theological Adventure

Period 09


Barry Hudock is the author of "Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray's Journey toward Vatican II" and two other books. His articles have appeared in America, Commonweal, Our Sunday Visitor, U.S. Catholic, and elsewhere. He works as a publisher at Liturgical Press and lives with his family in central Minnesota.


Patricia J. Hughes, D. Min.

The Celebration of Sunday: Mass from the Inside OUT

Period 12

How Funerals Can Evangelize: Renewing Parish Planning and Hospitality 

Period 02

Dr. Patricia Hughes’ ministry in the Church began as a parish organist. She earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (Cincinnati) and later graduate study includes a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Loyola University (New Orleans), and a Masters in Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). Currently the Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Dallas, she formerly directed the Worship Office for the Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan), and was Director of Worship for the Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky). She serves on the board for the Southwest Liturgical Conference (FDLC Region 10), Sacred Liturgy Ministries (Oregon), Mayslake Ministries (Chicago) and is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the NPM. Dr. Hughes is adjunct faculty at the University of Dallas, and she also writes a regular column in Pastoral Liturgy, published by Liturgy Training Publications.



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Dr. Steve Janco

Holy Harmony: The Ministry of Choir and Ensemble 

Period 03

Glorifying the Lord by Our Lives: Liturgical Music, Discipleship, and Mission 

Period 07

Path to the Table: Preparing Baptized Adults for Reception into Full Communion 

Period 10

Dr. Steve Janco is Associate Professor and Director of the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, which offers summer study in liturgy and music—three-day intensives as well as courses leading to Master of Arts degrees. Steve also serves part-time as Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Eulalia, a multicultural parish in Maywood, Illinois. A well-known composer of liturgical music, Steve has contributed to several recent books, including The Liturgy Documents, Volumes One and Three. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy.


Marti R. Jewell, D.Min.

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

Skills for Good Pastoral Ministry

Period 11

El ministerio: un llamado a acompañar al otro en su caminar - Sesion traducida por Pia Septien 

Period 09

Dr. Marti R. Jewell is an associate professor of pastoral theology in the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. She served as the Director of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, a national research project studying excellence in parish leadership. Her books include Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Parish Leaders’ Guide, The Changing Face of Church, and The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders. She also served as an agency director in the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1990 to 2003. Dr. Jewell holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America.

La Dra. Marti R. Jewell es una profesora asociada del estudio de teología pastoral en la escuela para los ministerios en la universidad de Dallas. Se desempeñó como directora de los emergentes modelos de liderazgo pastoral, proyecto nacional de investigación estudiando la excelencia en el liderazgo de la parroquia. Sus libros incluyen navegando las transiciones pastorales: Guía para dirigentes de una parroquia, el rostro cambiante de la iglesia y la próxima generación de líderes pastorales. También se desempeñó como directora de la agencia en la Arquidiócesis de Louisville del 1990 al 2003. Dra. Jewell obtuvo su doctorado en ministerio de la universidad Católica de América.



Thomas W. Jodziewicz

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

Catholic and American

Period 06


Professor of history at the University of Dallas (1978-present). Providence College (AB), Tufts University (MA) and the College of William and Mary (PhD). Two monographs and a number of articles and presentations on early American history, American Catholic history, and American diplomatic history in such journals as The New England Quarterly; The Catholic Historical Review; the American Philosophical Society Transactions; American National Biography; Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity; Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; and Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. President of the Texas Catholic Historical Society (2004-2008, 2012-2014); book review editor of Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture since 1990; the chairman of the department of history at the University of Dallas, 1991-2009.


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Rev. Fred Kammer, SJ

Full Gospel: The Roots and Branches of Catholic Social Teaching

Period 07

Fred Kammer is a priest, an attorney, and a member of the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits. He is the director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans. From 2002 - 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the New Orleans Province. From 1992 to 2001, he was the President/CEO of Catholic Charities USA. Prior to that he worked primarily in legal services for the poor in Atlanta and in Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge. He has written three books: Doing Faithjustice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought, [Paulist Press 1991, 1992, 2005], Salted with Fire: Spirituality for the Faithjustice Journey [Paulist Press 1995, Wipf and Stock Publishers 2008], and Faith. Works. Wonders.—An Insider’s Guide to Catholic Charities [Wipf and Stock, 2009]. He holds a B.A. from Spring Hill College; J.D. from Yale University School of Law; and an M.Div. from Loyola University of Chicago.


Dr. Saundra Kennedy

Sponsored by OSV - Curriculum Division

Embracing the Heart of Our Catholic Identity

Period 04

Motivator, Model, Minister...Catechist, Who Do You Say You Are? 

Period 06

Dr. Saundra Kennedy holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans; a Masters of Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans and a Doctorate in Education and Religion from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, New York City. As a Catholic school teacher, Dr. Kennedy taught at elementary, junior high and high school levels. After leaving formal classroom teaching, she began working in the Catholic publishing industry where she's shared her gifts for 26 years. She's been a consultant, contributor to catechetical basal series and materials that are used in parishes and Catholic schools across the country. She is actively involved in parish ministry, as well as, in ministry to incarcerated women in a Louisiana penitentiary. Dr. Kennedy is Our Sunday Visitor’s National Curriculum Consultant and travels the U.S. and Canada sharing her insights, experience and love of catechetics and Catholic education.


Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Catholic Identity: The Measurable and the Immeasurable; The Inspiration and the Aspiration

Period 08

Dr. Mary Jane Krebbs is the Associate Dean at St.John's University School of Education and the Executive Director of the Institute for Catholic Schools. Dr. Krebbs completed 40 years with the New York Archdiocese as an elementary and secondary school teacher, a high school administrator and a central office administrator. While in central office, Dr. Krebbs was the Associate Superintendent working in curriculum and staff development for educators in grades pre-K though 12 as well as governance and partnership initiatives. Dr. Krebbs currently coordinates programs under St.John's Institute for Catholic Schools. These include programs for principals and boards in the new governance structure in the Brooklyn Diocese, pre-K through 12 curriculum programs and a Management Program with St.John's Tobin School of Business and the Vincentian Center for the three neighboring dioceses. Dr. Krebbs is a national presenter on curriculum and the integration of Gospel values throughout the curriculum.



Mary Kuterbach

Formative Assessment: A Requirement for Learning - co-presenting with Carol Mayo

Period 08

Mary Kuterbach is the instructional technologist at St. Patrick Catholic School in the Diocese of Dallas. Mary had been a music teacher for over 30 years and her music students regularly used web tools in their music classes. Now teaching technology classes at St. Patrick, Mary also assists the teachers on her campus to integrate technology in their curriculum. Mary earned her Bachelors in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received her Master of Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology through the program designed by Discovery Education and Wilkes University. Mary and her husband. Brian, have 3 grown children and 4 very large, furry dogs.


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Steve Landregan

Prologue to the Future: 125 years of the Diocese of Dallas

Period 07

Steve Landregan is historian for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the author of seven published books primarily on Catholic Church history, the latest of which is Prologue to the Future, an eBook, the quasquicentennial history of the Diocese of Dallas which is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. He writes two columns on history in the Texas Catholic. Landregan holds a B.S. in journalism from SMU and an M.A, in religious education from UD. He has served as adjunct professor at UD, SMU, UT Southwestern Medical School, Our Lady of the Lake and Brookhaven College.


Rev. Alejandro López-Cardinale

Sean mis testigos. Formación para la Nueva Evangelización

Period 10 & 14

Pbro. Alejandro López-Cardinale es sacerdote diocesano de la Arquidiócesis de Caracas, Venezuela, colaborando en la Arquidiócesis de Newark, New Jersey desde el 2004. Responsable Pastoral y Coordinador del Ministerio Hispano en RENEW International, para implementar LEVÁNTATE Unámonos en Cristo y ¿Por qué ser católico? en las diócesis de Estados Unidos, y al mismo tiempo Director de RENEW América Latina en su país natal. Maestría en Pastoral Catequética en Université Catholique de Paris. Candidato al doctorado en Teología Práctica en Université Laval, Québec, Canadá, finalizando una Maestría en Pastoral Juvenil en la Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Quito-Ecuador, recopilando la experiencia de jóvenes indocumentados líderes en comunidades eclesiales y grupos juveniles y el impacto que ellos tienen en medio de otros jóvenes. Es presidente de National Catholic Network of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, La RED. Consultor permanente del Departamento del CELAM para la Familia y Juventud y miembro de SCALA (Sociedad de Catequetas Latinoamericanos).



Dr. Phi Le, D.Min.

Ý nghĩa của Hôn Nhân Công Giáo

Period 12

Gia Đình là Hình Ảnh Thiên Chúa Ba Ngôi

Period 13

Cha Mẹ là những Nhà Giáo Dục Đức Tin Đầu Tiên

Period 14



Tiến sĩ Lê Phi đến Hoa Kỳ năm 1995 cùng với gia đình và định cư tại Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ông tốt nghiệp Đại học bang Louisiana tại Baton Rouge năm 2003 với bằng Cử nhân Triết học và Cử nhân Sinh vật học. Ông đậu bằng Thạc sĩ Văn học tôn giáo năm 2006 và bằng Thạc sĩ nghiên cứu Mục vụ năm 2013 từ trường Loyola New Orleans. Trong suốt thời gian sau bão Katrina 2005, ông về nghiên cứu tại trường Thần Học Dòng Tên ở Berkeley, California. Ông đã được trường Đại Học Công Giáo ở Washington, D.C. trao bằng Tiến sĩ Mục vụ vào năm 2013, sau khi bảo vệ thành công luận án về đề tài gia đình là giáo hội tại gia. Ts. Lê Phi hiện đang phục vụ ở Giáo phận Austin, Texas, trong công tác mục vụ Hôn nhân và Gia đình Công Giáo.


Dr. Dan Luby, STD

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

"Proclamation of God's Wonderful Works" -- the New Homiletic Directory and Sunday Preaching 

Period 08

"Ars Praedicandi" -- Mining the Rites and Symbols of Eastertide

Period 12

Dan Luby has been married to Theresa Luby for over 40 years and is the father of two and grandfather of two. He is a graduate of Catholic schools, from first grade through graduate school, including Notre Dame, the University of Dallas and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum), where he received his doctorate in theology. From 1975 to 2007, he served in pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Fort Worth, primarily in adult catechesis and ministerial formation. He was a founding faculty member of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies, the predecessor to the School of Ministry. Since, 2007 he has served as Tschoepe Chair of Homiletics (2007 - 2010) and assistant professor in the UD School of Ministry. He teaches chiefly in the realm of pastoral theology including homiletics and pastoral administration.


Lori Luna

Breaking the Code - Academic Language Therapy at St. Monica - co-presenting with Krisztina Shields

Period 08

Lori was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She is a product of the Catholic school system here in Dallas, as she attended St. Paul the Apostle and Bishop Lynch High School. She received a B.S in Psychology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She returned to Dallas after graduation and started her teaching career at The Shelton School. While at Shelton, Lori received a Masters of Arts and Teaching with a Specialization in Multisensory Learning from Dallas Baptist University, she became a Certified Academic Language Therapist and received her Dyslexia Therapist License. She also received training in multiple language therapies. After teaching language therapy at Shelton for 13 years, Lori decided to go and help those in the Catholic school system who struggle with reading. She started working at St. Monica four years ago. Her goal at St. Monica is to help those students who learn differently become successful in the classroom.



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Colin MacIver

Sponsored by Ascension Press

TOB: Dressing the Wounds - Theology of the Body in the Teen Battle Field 

Period 10

Chosen: From Boredom to Deep Impact Seven Strategic Principals in Confirmation Prep

Period 13

Colin MacIver is one of the lead authors of the TOB Teens Middle School and High School studies. Colin MacIver and his wife, Aimee, are the co-authors of the Chosen Parent and Sponsor Guides. He currently teach theology at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana, where he serves as the religion department chair and campus ministry coordinator. In addition to teaching in Catholic high schools, they have also served in various youth ministries for nearly ten years. Colin travels nationally and internationally as a team member and speaker for Dumb Ox Productions, bringing the message of purpose and purity to youth. Colin holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master's degree in theology from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. The MacIvers have two children, Leo, and Zelie.


Elizabeth Madeo

Reflect, Discern, Reboot, Rest

Period 08


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



Karla Matos, MPM

After the Retreat High...Ways to Capitalize on Teen's Enthusiasm Following a Powerful Retreat Experience 

Period 11


Karla Matos received her B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dallas School of Ministry, and her National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development. Currently, she is the project manager for the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Youth Conference and is a dedicated volunteer youth minister at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Plano, Texas. Karla has co-developed weekend retreats and semester-based small group programs that engage, evangelize, educate and form youth. Karla's extensive hands-on experience and education has kept her actively involved in faith formation for all ages for over fifteen years. She works with teens and adult volunteers to encourage and develop faith-filled leaders that exemplify and share the teachings of Jesus and our Catholic faith. She is also a recent contributing author to CMD’s Youth Ministry Access.



Timothy Matovina

Eucaristía: Sacramento de Vida

Period 12

Understanding Hispanic Marian Spirituality 

Period 11

The Writing of the Gospels

Period 14

Timothy Matovina is Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He works in the area of Theology and Culture, with specialization in U.S. Catholic and U.S. Latino theology and religion. His most recent book is the award-winning Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church. In addition to his scholarly work, Matovina offers presentations and workshops on U.S. Catholicism and Latino ministry and theology throughout the United States.


Timoteo Matovina tiene más de treinta años de experiencia sirviendo entre los católicos hispanos. Actualmente es Profesor de Teología y Co-Director del Instituto de Estudios Latinos en la Universidad de Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Sus publicaciones incluyen el nuevo libro Catolicismo Latino: La transformación de la Iglesia en Estados Unidos (Libros Liguori, 2013). Además de sus trabajos académicos, ha dado presentaciones sobre temas pastorales y teológicos en numerosos diócesis, institutos pastorales, y programas de formación.


Carol Mayo

Formative Assessment: A Requirement for Learning - co-presenting with Mary Kuterbach

Period 08

Carol Mayo is the Coordinator of Professional Development for the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools Office where she focuses on the infusion of technology into the standards based curriculum. Carol started in education in 78 in Tucson, Arizona. She left education for corporate work when she moved to Texas. In 94 she rejoined the world of education. She holds an MS in Corporate Training from the University of North Texas and a BA in Education from the University of Arizona, go Wildcats! Carol’s family includes her husband Bruce, his two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She is an avid dog lover and currently has two rescue dogs; a yellow lab, Buckley and a shepherd mix, Bogey. Carol and Bruce live on Cedar Creek Lake where they enjoy many outdoor activities.



Robert J. McCarty, D.Min.

How to Talk with Young People About God!

Period 10

Spirituality: I know it's important, but I am just so busy! 

Period 07

Bob is the Executive Director for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, which provides networking, resources, and leadership for the development of youth ministry within the Catholic Church. He has been in professional youth ministry since 1973, serving in diocesan, parish, school and community programs. Bob offers workshops and training programs in youth ministry skills and issues internationally. His recent books include "Thriving in Youth Ministry"and "The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice" through Saint Mary's Press and "Tips for Raising Teens: A Primer for Parents" through NFCYM. Bob serves as adjunct faculty at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and he is a volunteer in his parish youth ministry program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. His hobbies include rockclimbing, cycling, and now - grandparenting! 



James McGill

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

Monasticism: A Surprising Model for Contemporary Lay Ministry and Spirituality

Period 13

Science and Religion

Period 11

James McGill earned a bachelor's in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a master's in theology from St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California. Professor McGill had been an instructor of theology and sacred Scripture for the Greco Institute in Shreveport, Louisiana, for 18 years. He currently is an instructor in the Catholic Biblical School of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas, serving as the Janice Kay Peterson Professor of Applied Ministry.



Anne C. McGuire, Ph.D.

Liturgical Prayer Services Blending the Liturgical Year and Parish Identity

Period 01 & 13

Prayer of Faith that Serves Parish Needs

Period 11

A liturgist and musician, Anne McGuire is both a University professor and a parish minister. Currently at the Shrine of the Holy Relics in Maria Stein, Ohio, Anne serves as director of programs, pilgrimages, and tours. Her expertise is a blend of knowledge and pastoral application. Dr. McGuire has a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, with emphases in Liturgy, Sacraments, and Christology. Her love of the liturgical year is demonstrated in her work with parishes, educators, liturgical ministers, and artists of all kinds.


Rev. Hector Medina

Matrimonio: Hasta que nos separe la muerte

Period 10

Proclamando la palabra de Dios: el otro altar sagrado

Period 12

Reverendo Héctor Medina es sacerdote ordenado de Diócesis de Fort Worth desde Junio 23, 1984. Ha servido en las parroquias de: Inmaculada Concepción, Denton, Texas, San Juan Apóstol, North Richland Hills, párroco de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Wichita Falls, y actualmente es párroco de St. Matthew, en Arlington, Texas. Ha trabajado con Ministerio de divorcio durante años, estudió derecho canónico en Universidad Católica de América, y ha trabajado en el Tribunal Matrimonial de la Diócesis de Fort Worth. Se ha desempeñado como capellán de DFW Beginning Experience, realizado talleres de capacitación en Inglés/Español sobre anulaciones, y dado charlas en conferencias con Conferencia Nacional de católicos separados y divorciados (NACSDC.ORG). Autor de December Roses: Reflexiones pastorales sobre el divorcio y compositor de cuatro canciones con Oregon Catholic Press. Tiene dos programas en el radio Si Fueras El Predicador en Radio Guadalupe 850 AM y Construyendo Mi Vida En Cristo en RadioCatolicaCristoRey.com.


Michael James Mette

Arts + Humanity - A Multimedia Concert Experience 

Period 08 & 11

Since May 2013, when he began traveling full-time, Michael has played over 250 dates in 43 states. Balancing his occupation and vocation, his wife and 6 children join him on the road throughout these adventures. Michael has released 3 full-length albums. Providing a bridge between the sacred and the secular, Michael's latest album, Arts + Humanity (2015) is planted firmly at the intersection of the church and culture. Bring Forth the Light (2012) explores the themes of eternal life, human love, and redemptive suffering. Always What I Need (2010) invites listeners to trust in God's providence. Although music is his passion, Michael's heart is always focused toward ministry. As a cradle Catholic, Michael has spent most of his life sharing his creative gifts with the broader church. In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing board games with his kids, following Cardinal's baseball, cooking new recipes, and running.


Claudio A. Mora, MRE

El Matrimonio el Amor y la Vida en el Plan Divino

Period 03 & 14

Claudio nació en Santiago de Chile y vino a Estados Unidos en 1994 como Misionero Laico con los Padres Misioneros de San Columbano. Posee una licenciatura en Educación Religiosa de Cloverdale College en Indiana y una Maestría en Educación Religiosa de Felician College en New Jersey. Claudio trabaja como Coordinador del Ministerio de Vida Familiar en la Diócesis de Dallas, Tx. Claudio y su esposa Aida viven en Allen, TX y tienen 3 hijas.


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nelson Soriya Nelson
Invest in Your Team - co-presenting with Laura Hudec

Period 06

Mrs. Nelson has taught for over 15 years. During that time she has taught various levels of Spanish, served as department chair, sponsored honor societies, a student lead honor council. Mrs. Nelson is now the Coordinator of Student Services for John Paul II High School.

Nguyen Rev. Paul Hai Nguyen, C.Ss.R.
Tiến Trình “Tiêu Hôn”: Hoang Mang? Gánh Nặng? Giải Thoát? Hoặc Điều Gì Khác?

Period 10


Linh mục Phaolô Nguyễn Tất Hải thuộc Phụ tỉnh Dòng Chúa Cứu Thế Hải Ngoại. Sau khi học xong Triết học tại Đại Chủng viện Thánh Gioan thuộc Tổng Giáo phận Los Angeles và Thần học tại Đại Chủng viện St. Mary ở Houston, Cha đã được truyền chức linh mục vào năm 1997. Cha Phaolô cũng có bằng Cao học về Giáo luật tại Đại học Công giáo St. Paul ở Ottawa (Canada). Hiện nay, Cha Nguyễn Tất Hải là Chánh xứ Giáo xứ Đức Mẹ Hằng Cứu Giúp ở Garland và là một thẩm phán trong Tòa Án Hôn Phối Giáo phận Dallas.


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olson Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, S.T.D. M.A.
TBA (English Plenary Address)

Period 10

 Bishop Michael Fors Olson, S.T.D., M.A. was born in Park Ridge, Illinois on June 29, 1966. He was raised in Des Plaines, Illinois where he attended St. Mary’s Parochial School. Bishop Olson graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary North in 1984 and began collegiate seminary studies for the Archdiocese of Chicago in August of that same year. In 1985, his family moved to Fort Worth as part of the corporate relocation of GTE/DC. In 1988, Bishop Olson officially transferred as a seminarian to the Diocese of Fort Worth. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth on June 3, 1994, and began his priestly ministry as the parochial vicar of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Bedford, Texas, from July 1994 through June, 1997. Bishop Olson was a recipient of the Basselin Scholarship at the Catholic University of America from which he earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in philosophy in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Bishop Olson also has degrees (M.Div. and M.A.) in theological studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He was a charter recipient of the CRS Global Fellowship in 1993 through which he traveled to Egypt and Burkina Faso to learn about global development in social justice. He is also a past recipient of the Presidential Fellowship of Saint Louis University where he studied at the Center for Health Care Ethics in the Catholic Tradition between 1997 and 2001. In March of 2011 he successfully earned his doctorate in moral theology at the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome. He has served as a community representative on the Ethics Committee for Research Involving Human Subjects at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston. He was a member of the formation faculty at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas and lectured at the University of Saint Thomas School of Theology between 2001 and 2006. From July, 2006, through June, 2008 Bishop Olson served in the Diocese of Fort Worth as Vicar General and as Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Since July 1, 2008 Bishop Olson has been serving as the Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary. On May 6, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI granted him the Papal Honor of Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of "Monsignor." On January 29, 2014 Bishop Olson was ordained bishop and installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Approximately 8,500 Catholics from across North Texas and beyond were in attendance.


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Sarah Parker

Gifted Education Cram Session - co-presenting with Jessica Gitzinger

Period 06

Sarah Parker graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Education from Southern Methodist University specializing in Gifted and Talented Education and Educational Technology. She began teaching as the gifted and talented teacher at Prince of Peace Catholic School, then held the position of the Director of Technology Integration, and is now currently serving as the Lower School Assistant Principal.



Paul Philp

The 7 Minute Paragraph

Period 06

Paul Philp received both a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He earned his State of Texas certificate in secondary education in social studies from the University of Texas in Dallas. Both his Master of Art’s degree in Modern History and State of Texas endorsement in gifted and talented education are from Texas A&M University – Commerce. Paul Philp became an administrator of curriculum and special educational programs in both public and private schools for ten years. While no longer an administrator he teaches a full load of AP, Pre-AP and regular World Geography and World History classes. He is a presenter for the College Board, has written multiple choice questions for the Advanced Placement World History exam, was a national grader of the Advanced Placement World History essays for five years, and taught history at the local community college for nine years.



Matthew Pinto

Sponsored by Ascension Press

Where Catholicism is Headed: Five Trends that Will Affect Your Parish, Ministry and Personal Faith 

Period 06

Adult Faith Formation: An Essential Key to the ‘New Evangelization 

Period 08

Matt is the founder and president of Ascension Press and the author or co-author of a variety of best-selling works, including the teen question-and-answer books Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons? Matt also co-authored A Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions About the Passion of the Christ, which hit #6 on the New York Times Religion Best-Seller List. Matt has appeared on numerous television and radio programs explaining and defending the Catholic Faith, and he has conducted seminars on a variety of Catholic issues throughout the country. He was also a recipient of the Catholic Leadership Institute's 2004 Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership. Matt serves on advisory boards for a number of institutions and apostolates including Theology of the Body Institute, Association of Catholic Publishers and John Paul the Great University. Matt and his wife, Maryanne, live in Pennsylvania, and are the parents of six children.


Linda Khirallah Porter, MTS

Bridging the Gap: Liturgical Catechesis for Special Needs

Period 06

Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Tyler since 1994. She earned a Masters in Theology Studies from the School of Ministry University of Dallas and serves on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. Linda has an autistic grandson who is 20 years old and another grandson who is 10 with Sensory Processing Disorder. She has both personal and professional experience with special needs. The Diocese of Tyler has launched a program for special needs by formation of clergy and laity.



Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ

DEAD MAN WALKING: The Journey Continues

Period 12

Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. She considers herself a southern storyteller. Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students. Realizing that being on the side of poor people is an essential part of the Gospel she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House from 1981 – 1984. During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola. She agreed and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. It became a movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges. Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004. Sr. Helen is presently at work on another book - RIVER OF FIRE: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.



Kevin Prevou

Effective Ministry Leaders LEAD with their God-Given Strengths!

Period 12


Kevin Prevou has served his entire adult life as a lay minister in the Catholic Church and presently serves as the director of the office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Shreveport. Kevin also served in the same capacity, the Diocese of Fort Worth for almost 20 years. Kevin’s approach has been to engage and empower parish leaders seeking to build an effective pastoral outreach to adolescents and young adults. Prior to diocesan ministry, Kevin served as a parish Coordinator of Youth Ministry in San Antonio and in Houston Texas. Kevin earned his bachelor of arts degree in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University and a master of arts degree in Religious Education from St. Thomas University in Houston. Kevin and his wife, Nicki, have been married for 26 years. They are the parents of three young adult sons.



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Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

RCIA: Pastoral Concerns

Period 13


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


Rev. Rafael M. Ramirez, SSD

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

Jesús, la bondad de Dios. El mensaje de Lucas. 
Diaconal Ministry Session - Period 10 & 11 (2 part)


Los seis días de la creación, un camino de discernimiento espiritual

Period 14


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 filosofía en la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana y Teología en el Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum y Sagradas Escrituras en el Pontificio Instituto Bíblico, donde obtuvo su doctorado en 2008. Realizó también estudios de especialización en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén. Ha enseñado y ejercido su ministerio sacerdotal en México, España, Italia, Suiza y USA. Actualmente es miembro de la facultad de The School of Ministry de la Universidad de Dallas.


Bridget Burke Ravizza, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Liturgical Press

Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints: Real Wisdom from Real Married Couples

Period 03 & 08

Bridget Burke Ravizza is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, where she regularly teaches a course on marriage and family as vocation. Bridget earned her doctorate in Theological Ethics at Boston College, and her work focuses on the ethics of marriage and family and sexual ethics. She is co-author (with Julie Donovan Massey, M.Div.) of the recently released Project Holiness: Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints, a book rooted in the experience of married couples in Catholic parishes.


Juan Rendon, D.Min. (cand.)

La espiritualiad ecologica en el pensamiento del Papa Francisco

Period 05

El Sr. Rendon es actualmente el Director de Formación Diaconal en la Diócesis de Fort Worth. En el pasado ha sido instructor afiliado en la University of Dallas School of Ministry donde impartió cursos en estudios bíblicos, teológicos y pastorales. Tiene experiencia en la formación pastoral parroquial de seminaristas diocesanos al haber sido parte del equipo formador en el Seminario Holy Trinity en Irving, TX. Tambien ha colaborado en la formacion sacramental en parroquias y formacion en la fe de adolescentes. Actualmente es candidato doctoral en la Catholic University of America en Washington, DC. Su área de investigación es la aplicación de la espiritualidad San juanista (San Juan de la Cruz) entre los jóvenes universitarios que se consideran espirituales pero no religiosos.


Rev. Victor Reyes

El Poder de Símbolos y Rituales: Celebrando el Rito de Iniciación Cristiana

Period 10

El reverendo Victor Reyes es un sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta y actualmente sirve como párroco de Our Lady of La Salette Parish en Canton, Georgia. El reverendo Reyes tiene amplia experiencia en ministerios catequéticos y de iniciación a nivel parroquial, diocesano y nacional. Victor se ha desempeñado como instructor de liturgia y homilética para programas de formación ministerial tanto para laicos como para el clero. Su labor pastoral a nivel parroquial, diocesano, regional y nacional le ha llevado a servir extensamente facilitando talleres, dirigiendo retiros, y predicando renovaciones parroquiales. El es consultor bilingüe en las áreas de Iniciación Cristiana, Formación Litúrgica, Ministerios Multiculturales y Desarrollo de Liderazgo. El reverendo Reyes se desempeñó por muchos años como miembro del equipo nacional del North American Forum on the Catechumenate, actualmente sirve en el Atlanta Forum on the Catechumenate.


Rev. Peter Ruggere, MM

Theology of Liberation and Solidarity with Migrants 

Period 12

The Palestinian/Israeli Conflict: the position of the Catholic Church

Period 14

Teología de la Liberación y la Solidaridad con los Inmigrantes

Period 05

El Conflicto Israelí-palestino: la posición de la Iglesia Católica

Period 09

Ruggere, Peter born: New York City, 1941 and was ordained a Catholic priest on June 8, 1968. Earned and MA in Theology. OnDecember 1968 was assigned to the Maryknoll Peru region to a large poor urban parish in the city of Lima. In 1974, he continued post graduate studies in Theology at the Institute Catholique in Paris. In 1977 was named associate professor of Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, for ten years. July 1990 to June 1993 was the Rector of Maryknoll Seminary. In 1993- 96 worked with the Egyptian Catholic Church's Catholic Charities program in Cairo, Egypt, Palestine and North Africa. March 1996- 2002 assigned to Maryknoll Justice and Peace Office in Washington, DC. From 2003 – 2007 he was the director of the diocesan Mission Office in San Diego Diocese. Presently works at Corpus Christi parish in Hispanic ministry In Tampa, Florida.

EL Padre Peter Ruggere nació: la ciudad de Nueva York de 1941 y fue ordenado sacerdote católico el 8 de junio de 1968. Obtuvo una maestría en Teología. En Diciembre 1968 fue asignado a la región Maryknoll en Perú en una parroquia pobre urbana en la ciudad de Lima. En 1974, continuó sus estudios de postgrado en Teología en el Instituto Católico de París. En 1977 fue nombrado profesor asociado de Teología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Lima Perú, durante diez años. De julio del 1990 hasta junio del 1993 fue el Rector de Maryknoll Seminario. Del 1993‐ 96 trabajó con el programa de Caridades Católicas de la Iglesia Católica en Cairo, Egipto, Palestina y África del Norte. De marzo 1996‐ 2002 fue asignado al departamento Maryknoll de Justicia y Paz en Washington, DC. A partir de 2003 ‐ 2007 fue director de la Oficina de Misión diocesana en la Diócesis de San Diego. Actualmente trabaja en la parroquia Corpus Christi en el ministerio hispano en Tampa, Florida.


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C.D. Sabathier

GRACE: Community Responsibility

Period 02

Mr. Coulter David Sabathier (C. D.) had 30 years of experience in the energy industry. During the course of his career, his leadership responsibilities spanned business unit management, foreign venture development, corporate planning, operations and project management and engineering. Geographical locations of assignments included the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America and the Central Asia Sea Republics. After retirement, he worked as an energy industry management consultant. C. D. received his BS from Louisiana Tech University, and his MS from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Beverly live in Southlake, Texas, and have three married daughters and eight grandchildren. They are members of Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Colleyville, Texas, and are frequent volunteers for church and community service. C. D. has volunteered for GRACE for twenty years, including nine years on the GRACE Board of Directors, serving two years as Board President.


Lic. Juan Pablo Saju

Sponsored by Verbum Bible Software

Conocer a Jesús para ser eficaces en el liderazgo parroquial

Period 04

La misión instrumento esencial del líder parroquial

Period 12

Significado de la Misión en la Iglesia

Period 10

Juan Pablo Saju, nació en Mendoza, Argentina, y vive en Guaymallénm, Argentina, es gerente general de Agape International Enterprise. Fue traductor de la Biblia China del griego al chino en el Instituto Bíblico Franciscano y fue profesor de Biblia en el Instituto Bíblico Diocesano de Hong Kong. Entre sus varias experiencias profesionales participó en la creación y el desarrollo de una editorial en Asia. Ha escrito tres libros, dos en chino y uno en Inglés, “Comentario a la carta de Pablo a los Gálatas.” Tiene un libro en proceso en la carta de Pablo a los Efesios.


Lisa Salas

Listening Evangelization - How to have a “Cup of Tea” with a Stranger 

Period 12

RCIA adapted for Children (Youth & Teens) - Celebrating Sacraments at Any Age

Period 14

Lisa is the Coordinator for RCIA adapted for Children at Saint William Catholic Church in Round Rock, Texas. Each year, she serves more than 100 children ranging from 2nd through 12th grade who are seeking sacraments. The process serves the parents of children as well youth with special needs. She focuses on building relationships to evangelize families and help them establish a new beginning in the life of Christ. Lisa, a graduate of St. Edward’s University, has successfully completed a Diocesan Institute for Ecclesial Ministry in the Diocese of Austin, Texas and is pursuing a national certification from the NCCL. She lives in Round Rock, Texas with her amazing husband, Hector, of 17 years and their two sons, Ivan and Isaac.


Jake Samour, Cand. D.Min., MTS

Dios en Mi Vida, Dios en Mi Familia

Period 05 & 13

Enviando una Ayuda Urgente a La Familia Arrebatada

Period 09

Jake Samour, Cand. D. Min., M.T.S., es el Director de la Oficina de la Pastoral para Matrimonios y Vida Familiar en la Diócesis de Wichita, Kansas. Anteriormente, Jake fue Director de la Oficina para Matrimonios y Vida Familiar por seis años en la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio. Jake nació en El Salvador y es el mayor de 12 hijos. En 1979, debido a la guerra civil de ese país, inmigro con su familia a los Estados Unidos. Jake obtuvo una maestría en Ingeniería en 1990 y trabajó para una compañía aeroespacial antes de una llamada personal al ministerio. A continuación, trabajó durante tres años en la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana. Posteriormente, obtuvo una maestría en teología del Instituto Juan Pablo II y actualmente es candidato para el Doctorado en Ministerio en Oblate School of Theology. Jake y su esposa Ramie tienen cinco hijos.



Colleen Santoni

Growth Mindset in the Classroom - co-presenting with Julie Hendry

Period 07

Colleen grew up in El Paso, Texas before heading to the Midwest to attend the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduating she joined the Alliance for Catholic Education and earned her Masters in the Art of Teaching. She returned to Notre Dame to work at the Center for Social Concerns. Colleen currently teaches 8th grade Religion and 5th/6th grade Guidance at St. Patrick Catholic School in Dallas and also serves as Director for Spiritual Life. She hopes that each of her students will learn that they are beloved and will be challenged to bless others with their God-given gifts.



Anna Scally

New Approach! Volunteers – Getting Them, Keeping Them, Surviving Them

Period 08

Same Lord, New Soundtrack 

Period 14

Anna Scally is president of Cornerstone Media, Inc. Anna has been effective and creative in relaying the message of good decision making and being a true friend. She is the columnist for Cornerstone Media's Top Music Countdown, an on-line resource, and host of the radio show, Burning Issues, which deals with relevant youth topics. She just received the National Youth Ministry Performer/Artist/Author of the Year Award from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. Her book, Keys to Happiness, published by Saint Mary's Press, is inspiring people all over North America. She has been the master of ceremonies at World Youth Day in Denver, Toronto, and Germany.



Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP

Creating a Welcoming Adult Faith Formation Environment

Period 08

Innovative Options for Adult Faith Formation 

Period 11

The Spirituality of our Children: Today’s Pray-ers, Tomorrow’s Prophets

Period 13


A facilitator of days of reflection/retreats, parish missions, workshops/presentations, author, and facilitator of online classes (University of Dayton and Boston College), Janet Schaeffler, OP continues the ministry in which she was involved in parishes and as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Janet created and publishes GEMS - a monthly newsletter from an ongoing international best practices study on adult faith formation. Two of her recent books are The Spirituality of the Catechist and The Creed: Understanding and Sharing What We Believe and two forth-coming ones on adult faith formation. In April 2010 Janet received the Distinguished Service Award in Catechetics from NCCL. Janet has been named one of the people who have made a "significant contribution" to the field of Christian religious education in the North American context by the "Christian Educators of the 20th Century Project,” Talbot School of Theology. 



Sue Schleusner

Google Classroom...Start Here - co-presenting with Holly Hammonds

Period 06

This starts Sue Schleusner’s ninth year at John Paul II High School. She spends the academic year teaching Health I, the newly developed class of Health II for Junior and Seniors, and oversees Off Campus Physical Education. She is a BLS Certified Instructor and trains the Health II students for the American Heart Association to be certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Mrs. Schleusner also serves as the Health and Physical Education Department Chair. She also serves as a Lead Teacher for the technology department, working directly with teachers to facilitate technology into the classroom. Her past duties of coaching 9th grade Volleyball and JV Tennis have helped her understand the value of working with teenagers to mold them both physically and spiritually. Her husband Bill has been her best friend and companion for the last 39 years. The couple has one son named Tripp, a Fireman and EMT-P.



Jaime Septién

La familia que quiere el papa y la familia que dicen los medios que el papa quiere

Period 09 & 13

Nació en Tampico, México. Se licenció en Comunicación por la Universidad Iberoamericana. Realizó estudios de doctorado en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Está casado con Maité Urquiza Guzzy y es padre de tres hijos: Francisco, Luisa y Mayte. Junto con su mujer, ha emprendido una serie de empresas sociales que miran desde Cristo la ayuda al más necesitado, como el Banco de Alimentos y el Banco de Ropa, en Querétaro, donde residen actualmente. Es responsable para América Central, México, El Caribe y Estados Unidos (áreas hispanas) de Aleteia. Escribe para diversos medios en México, entre los que destacan las revistas Siempre! y Vida Nueva. Ha dirigido el periódico católico El Observador, desde sus inicios en julio de 1995. Ha publicado numerosos libros entre los que destacan La familia secuestrada, Almanaque de historia de México, Las cien mejores poesías religiosas de México, entre otros textos.


Pía Septién, MTS

Sponsored by the University of Dallas School of Ministry

Doctrina Social de la Iglesia: una guía para seguir las huellas de Jesús

Period 03

El ministerio: un llamado a acompañar al otro en su caminar - Presentado por Marti Jewell y traducida por Pia Septien

Period 09

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



Krisztina Shields

Breaking the Code - Academic Language Therapy at St. Monica - co-presenting with Lori Luna

Period 08

Originally from Hungary, Krisztina received her M.A. degree in Hungary with a specialization in linguistics. At the same time, she obtained licensure in the teaching of English, Russian and Hungarian as second languages. After graduation she taught ESL, Russian and Hungarian at college for three years. After moving to the US, Krisztina continued to teach ESL and Hungarian in Washington D.C. Upon relocating to Dallas, she continued her studies at SMU. She received certification in learning therapy along with an M.Ed. degree from SMU. Krisztina worked as a dyslexia therapist with students at various schools in North Dallas before joining the faculty of St. Monica. She attended a certification course at Scottish Rite Hospital which enabled her to use their Take Flight program for the remediation of dyslexia. She has been a faculty member at St. Monica for 7 years working as an academic language therapist.



Jacquelyn Smith

Sponsored by the Catholic Pro-life Committee of North Texas


Life Issues in Real Life

Period 14

Jacquelyn Smith is Youth For Life Director for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, a position she has held since 1999. Pro-life work is her passion and she feels blessed to have it as her career. She is a product of Dallas Catholic schools having attended St. Mark, St. Paul, Bishop Lynch and the University of Dallas. From UD she holds a degree in Elementary Education and a Master in Theology. She has spoken on Respect Life issues to thousands of youth at parishes and schools, is Founder and Co-Director of Pro-Life Boot Camp and organizes pro-life trainings and activities for teens believing youth are the pro-life leaders of today. Jacquelyn is a wife of 10 years and her most important pro-life work is being mother to 6 children ages 8, 6, 4, 3 and 20 months plus one miscarried baby in heaven.


Shelley Kolman Smith


Commissioning a Liturgical Artist - How, Why, Where, What, When

Period 04

After her children were born, Shelley drew their portraits and a number of her friends began asking her to draw their children as well. Later she tried her hand at watercolor portraits, and soon after that taught herself to work in oil. In 2003, she took a short sculpting workshop and was hooked. Months later, she created her first bronze sculpture, "Jesus, the Living Water" portraying Christ, arms outstretched as water flows from one hand to the other. This sculpture won a BENE thru Ministry and Liturgy Magazine and was later published on one of their covers. Shelley had always felt that God was directing her art and guiding her hands, now she’s certain He lead her to this new medium. Her sculptures can be found all over the U.S. including 2 in Washington, DC. She and her husband live in Poetry, Tx with a studio in their backyard.


James D. Spurgin

Sponsored by RCL Benzinger

Embracing Our Brokenness

Period 13

James is from Texas (born and raised in the Dallas area), and serves RCL Benziger as a senior editor with an emphasis on digital content development. He earned a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, and a MA in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. With nearly twenty years of educating children, youth, and adults, James continues to blend his passion for the visual arts with his ministry for the Church. James and his wife, Brandi, currently live in Willis, Texas off Lake Conroe.


Julianne Stanz

Sponsored by Loyola Press

The Spirituality of Administration: Pathways for Leadership

Period 09

All My Children- Reconnecting with Young Adults 

Period 11

Your Spiritual Backpack:Spiritual Necessities for the Journey

Period 13

Julianne Stanz is the Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. Born in Ireland and raised in a picturesque village set in the Wicklow Mountains, Julianne has been profoundly influenced by her life in Ireland and by the witness of saints such as St. Patrick and St. Brigid. She loves to share her passion for the Catholic faith with others and is a nationally known speaker, retreat leader and story teller. She is the co-author with Joe Paprocki of the book “The Catechist’s Backpack- Spiritual Essentials for the Journey” by Loyola Press. She is happily married to Wayne and they have three children, two sons and a daughter.



Rev. Leon Strieder

Sacraments and the Rite of Baptism 

Period 06

Sacramentos y el rito del bautismo

Period 03

Fr. Leon Strieder is am the associate professor of liturgy and sacraments at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is a priest of the Diocese of Austin and have been teaching the various deacon programs for many years. Fr. Leon has a doctorate in liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of San Anselmo in Rome.

El Padre Leon Strieder es profesor asociado de la liturgia y de los sacramentos de la Universidad de St. Thomas Escuela de Teología en el Seminario de Santa María en Houston, Texas. Él es un sacerdote de la Diócesis de Austin y ha enseñado diversos programas para la formación de diácono durante muchos años. Padre León tiene un doctorado en la liturgia de la Pontificia Instituto Litúrgico de San Anselmo en Roma.


Dcn. Charles Stump, MS, MPM

Discerning the Call to Ministry: But What Ministry? Sacramental, Pastoral or Social?

Period 01

Deacon Charles Stump was ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas January 1992 and has been assigned to the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, in downtown Dallas for the last 22 years. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University majoring in Psychology; from Texas A&M Commerce, with a Master of Science in Counseling; and from the University of Dallas, with a Masters of Pastoral Ministries. Deacon Stump is the Director of Pastoral Services for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas overseeing the Catholic Hospital Chaplains, Prison Chaplains, Disabled Ministry, Deaf Ministry, Grief Ministry, and is representative of the Diocese to the Physician’s Guild. Deacon Stump is the Director of Foreign Missions working with their Diocese of Dallas Sister Diocese of Trujillo, Honduras and coordinating Youth and Medical mission trips into the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefield, Nicaragua.


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Annette Gonzales Taylor

You are the Face of the Church - Communicating Effectively with the Love of Christ - Co-presenting with Cynthia Gill Bates (part 1)

Period 02

You are the Face of the Church - Communicating Effectively with the Love of Christ - Co-presenting with Cynthia Gill Bates (part 2)

Period 03

As Director of Communications for the Diocese of Dallas, Annette Gonzales Taylor is the official spokesperson for the diocese, handles all public relations, deals with local and national media, oversees the diocesan newspaper, Spanish language magazine, the diocesan website and social media. Prior to the Diocese of Dallas, Annette spent seven years as Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Before her work for the Church, Annette had a 19–year career as an award-winning TV journalist. Annette currently serves on the national board of directors of the Catholic Academy for Communications Professionals and is a member of the Holy Trinity Seminary advisory board in Dallas. She has also served on the USCCB Communications Committee. Born in Corsicana, Texas, Annette graduated from the University of North Texas. She lives with her husband Myles and their daughter Jessica in Dallas where they are members of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.


  Aurora Q. Tinajero

Sponsored by the Catholic Pro-life Committee of North Texas

Asuntos Pro-Vida en la Vida Real

Period 12

Educación Pro-Vida Hecho Fácil

Period 02


 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. En 2007, con su marido difunto, Xavier, recibió el Premio de 2007 de Personas Pro-Vida del Año d el Padre Edward Robinson, OP. En 2008, organizó el primer Nacional Hispano Pro-Life Congreso, que reunió a líderes de 14 estados y México. En 2010, ayudo a organizar el 2do Congreso Bi-Nacional Hispano de Respeto de la Vida y Evangelización en Phoenix, Az. Organizo el 3er Congreso Hispano Pro-Vida de las Americas. Es anfitrión del programa semanal, "Celebrando la Vida" en La Red de Radio Guadalupe, KJON 850 AM. Invitada al programa de EWTN, “Nuestra Fe En Vivo.” Perteneze a Inmaculada Concepcion en Grand Prairie, Texas.


Rev. Joseph Trinh

Giáo Lý Viên: Loan báo Chúa Kitô trong một thế giới nhiều thay đổi

Period 11


Rev. Hoa Duc Trinh (Fr. Joseph) is the Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Community in Grand Prairie, Texas.


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vallenilla Lic. Mercedes Vallenilla de Gutiérrez
Cómo afrontar un sufrimiento 

Period 07 & 13

Herramientas psicologicas espirituales para afrontar ​l​a Resiliencia 

Period 09

Nace en Caracas Venezuela en el año de 1969. Es Licenciada en Psicología Social por la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Ha sido asesora durante más de 18 años en diferentes obras apostólicas al servicio de la Iglesia Católica en diferentes países. Ha publicado tres libros. El último “Que el dolor no te robe el amor” de venta en Amazon.com.Ha impartido conferencias y cursos en México, Estados Unidos, El Salvador, Colombia, Filipinas e Italia entre otros. Se desempeño durante 7 años como Directora General de una fundación en Mexico donde coordinó la operación de un centro de llamadas para brindar asesoría psicológica virtual.Ha sido asesora de algunos programas de prevención de la mujer con el Gobierno mexicano. Fundadora de un consultorio de psicología católica virtual llamado Psicología Católica Integral.Imparte conferencias compartiendo sus experiencias de vida por medio del dolor debido a que padece una enfermedad desde hace 18 años.

vanvranken Mike Van Vranken
Building Effective and Dynamic Teams: For Parish, School, Diocesan and Business Environments (part 1)

Period 03

Building Effective and Dynamic Teams: For Parish, School, Diocesan and Business Environments (part 1)

Period 04

Saints and Virtues: Does One Teach Us About the Other? 

Period 06

Evangelization Through the Sunday Homily: But is Anyone Listening?

Period 10

Mike Van Vranken is a lifelong Catholic following his calling to bring Jesus to the world. Following 40 years of working for two Fortune 50 companies, Mike is now a much sought after Speaker, Author, Retreat Leader and Spiritual Director. His business years include experiences as an entrepreneur and executive leader. His books include: Faith Positive in a Negative World, which chronicles five bible-based core practices for living our faith at work; and The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood, which is a medley of the personal stories of nine dads who also happen to be authors. Mike earned his Masters degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas and a Bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife Barbara have been married 43 years and currently live in Shreveport, LA. They have one daughter, Emily.

vaverek Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL
Marriage: Pastorally and Canonically does it really matter?

Period 02

Rev. Vaverek is a priest of the Diocese of Tyler. He has over 20 years experience in marriage as a pastor and as a canon lawyer in the Tribunal. He is a frequent presenter to adults on Theology, Pastoral practice, and Canon Law. An Engineer before entering the seminary. In 1990 he received a M. Div. and an M. A. from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and in 1995 a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) from Catholic University of America. Currently he is Promoter of Justice, Defender of the Bond and Pastor (with a school). In his spare time he is Chaplain for the Daughters of Divine Hope, a nascent religious community for women "over 25".


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waldon Melissa Waldon, M.S.
Intercultural Competencies: Ministry to Persons with Disabilities and the New Evangelization 

Period 01

Capacidades interculturales: Ministerio a personas con discapacidades y la nueva evangelización

Period 14

 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 Christie, 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.

Melissa Waldon, M.S., actualmente brinda sus servicios como Coordinador del Ministerio para Personas con Discapacidades en la Diócesis Católica de Dallas. Una de sus principales responsabilidades consiste en la coordinación de la catequesis, enseñanzas basadas en la fe, para personas con necesidades especiales a nivel parroquial. Ella ha impartido instrucción a niños con necesidades especiales a nivel primaria y secundaria y ha sido consejera escolar a nivel preescolar. Su experiencia como catequista incluye múltiples niveles de enseñanza. Melissa está casada y tiene 4 hijos. Su propio hijo tiene Asperger de alto nivel de funcionamiento. Melissa cuenta con quince años y medio de experiencia combinada entre madre, educadora y promotora de niños con necesidades especiales. Ella ha sido expositora tanto en la Conferencia de Ministerio de la Universidad de Dallas como en la Diócesis de Corpus Christie, ayudando a crear conciencia acerca de las personas con discapacidades para que sean incluidas plenamente en la vida de la Iglesia.

wasinski Greg Wasinski
Ministry Incorporated (part 1)

Period 01

Ministry Incorporated (part 2)

Period 02

Free to "Bee" Me

Period 08

Who Will I Be Tomorrow: Growth, Trail and Change

Period 13

Greg Wasinski is a full time Catholic Inspirational Speaker and Author from Cleveland, OH. He holds a certificate of Scriptural Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University. Greg is heard daily on SiriusXM Ch. 129, The Catholic Channel, with his "Faith & Real Life Moments." Prior to answering his call into ministry and founding "Let Me Be..." Ministries, Greg successfully held a career as a corporate executive. As a presenter, he offers workshops, parish missions, keynotes and confirmation retreats across the country. Greg's message makes faith attainable across all ages to assist them in finding the real life application of their Catholic faith while encountering the person of Jesus Christ in the world. His ministry is identified nationally by its signature "bee" logo as a reminder to "be nothing more than God created you to be." Greg is married 20 years with two children ages 15 & 13. www.FaithandRealLife.com

wegmann Jane Wegmann
Teaching History and Literature with a Cross-curricular Catholic Twist - co-presenting with Jennifer Clay

Period 07

Jane has taught middle school students for 13 years. She is currently teaching 7th & 8th grade Literature and English at St. Patrick Catholic School in Dallas. She received an Associate Degree from St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, OK. She also has a B.S. in Business and Public Administration and a B.A. in Literature with a minor in Education from The University of Texas at Dallas. Jane has taught both in Plano I.S.D. and in the Diocese of Dallas.

weitzel-oneill Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.
Designing and Establishing a Rigorous, Inclusive and Catholic Curriculum: Mission Impossible?

Period 07

Governance Challenges: Mission, Authority, Leadership and Focus
School Board Session - Thursday, Oct 22 » 7:00 - 9:00 pm 


Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph. D., the Executive Director of the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education, Lynch School of Education (LSOE), Boston College is responsible for Catholic School professional development, facilitating applied research projects with LSOE and other departments and advocates for Catholic schools, locally and nationally. Previously she served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC.


Christopher Wesley

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

Rebuilding Youth Ministry

Period 09

Next Generation Small Groups 

Period 11

Christopher Wesley is director of student ministry at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland. He is also team leader for the parish’s family ministry programs and serves on the pastor’s strategic leadership team. He is active with unCUFFed Ministries in Baltimore. Chris writes the Marathon Youth Ministry blog (christopherwesley.org), is the host of the weekly Rebuilt podcast, and writes content for downloadyouthministry.com. Wesley has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts, electronic media, from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio (2003). A native of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Chris has lived in Tokyo; Hong Kong; Auckland, New Zealand; Cincinnati; and Baltimore. Chris and his wife, Katherine, have two sons.



Cheryl Orwig Whapham

Pope Francis and the Family

Period 06

Cheryl Orwig Whapham is a native of New Jersey and has lived in eight states but now calls Irving, Texas home. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her Masters Degree in Religious Studies from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio where she met her husband Ted Whapham. Cheryl has served the Roman Catholic Church for 23 years in the areas of youth and young adult ministry, adult faith formation, lay ministry and children’s catechetical formation. She has a passion for spreading the Joy of the Gospel wherever she goes and for spending time with her husband and their three sons.


Joseph D. White, Ph.D.

 Sponsored by OSV - Curriculum Division

Engaging Parents, Involving Families

Period 06

Inspiring Children to Share their Faith 

Period 11

Do the Right Thing: Forming Catholic Conscience in Children and Youth

Period 12

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


D. Todd Williamson

Sponsored by Loyola Press

Understanding the Mass: The Theology of the Liturgy of the Word 

Period 09

Understanding the Mass: Lifting Up Our Hearts in the Liturgy of the Eucharist 

Period 13

D. Todd Williamson is the Director of the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is a speaker, author and liturgist whose ministerial experience includes teaching and parish pastoral ministry. He is co-author of Great is the Mystery: The Formational Power of Liturgy and the author of two editions of Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons: An Almanac of Parish Liturgy 2007 and 2008 (Liturgy Training Publications). He has most recently written and spoken extensively on the Third Edition of the Roman Missal.


Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy, Ph.D.

Everyone's Called to God's Table, Even the Ones Who Can't Sit Still in Their Seats 

Period 08

God Calls Me to Dance, Even if I'm Out of Step

Period 12

Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy is the mother of four adult children, an educational consultant and vice president of Rooted in Love, Inc. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology, has taught in public and Catholic universities and elementary schools, and is a parish catechist. Her mission is to include all children in the life of the Church. Madonna enjoys sharing what she has learned raising her own children with special needs and using those skills in the classroom, and has presented at conferences across the U.S. She has served on the Autism Task Force of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and has helped develop a course on ADHD for the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. She is the author of "The ABC's of ADD for Catechists," "The Day that Matthew Changed" and "The Secret of Your Success."



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zsupan-jerome  Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D. 
Connected Toward Communion: A Practical Theology of Communication for the Church in the Digital Age 

Period 06

Facing Violent Words: Engaging in a Prophetic Ministry of Digital Communication 

Period 08

Spirit-Filled Words and Listening Hearts: Faithful Communication in Digital Contexts 

Period 10

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D., is assistant professor at Loyola University New Orleans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in liturgy from St. John’s University in Collegeville, a master’s degree in religion and the arts from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D . in theology and education from Boston College. Her research focuses on media and ministry, especially digital media and its potential for faith formation. She is a consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Communication and author of the book Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014.) She has also published a number of practical and devotional resources, including Liturgy Training Publication’s Daily Prayer 2013, Arts and Faith Advent and Lent from Loyola Press, and regularly contributes to Liturgical Press’ Give Us This Day series.