2013 UDMC Speakers

Below you will find the list of the confirmed 2013 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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allen John L. Allen, Jr.
The Franciscan Revolution: Pope Francis and the Destiny of the Catholic Church

(08-01: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am )

John L. Allen, Jr. is the prize-winning senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the senior Vatican analyst for CNN, as well as the author of seven books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs and a popular speaker both in the United States and abroad. His weekly online column, "All Things Catholic," is read in more than 75 countries as a source of insight on the global Catholic scene. Allen goes beyond "just the facts" reporting, trying to supply context and analysis to help people ponder the implications of new developments, but he stops short of drawing conclusions or telling his audience what to think. As a result, he's a rare journalist in a highly partisan time with credibility across the usual ideological divides. Allen divides his time between Rome and his home in Denver, Colorado. He holds a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas.

Allison Helen Allison, M.Ed.
Embracing the Learning Different Child in a Catholic School Environment - co-presented with Emily Tucker & Periann Pancerz

(05-01: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Helen Allison graduated from SMU with a BS in Education of the Hearing Impaired and Elementary Education.  She received her M.Ed specializing in Language and Learning Differences, from East Texas State University, which is now Texas A&M in Commerce.  Helen taught the hearing impaired in Mesquite public schools, and tutored at the Beverly Presley Clinic for Learning Differences in the early 1980's.  She continued tutoring from her home while she raised her three children.  In 1993 she started the Special Services Department at Saint Paul the Apostle School where she worked until she retired from full time teaching in 2010.  She now tutors, volunteers and pursues other interests.

Amore Dr. Mary Amore
Weaving the Tapestry of Liturgy and Life, and Life and Liturgy

(02-01: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am & 08-02: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Dr. Amore holds a doctor of ministry degree in liturgy and a master of arts in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union. She is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation, as well as numerous articles on spirituality. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary is a highly sought after presenter of workshops, retreats, and parish missions. Dr. Amore is married, the mother of two young adults, and is the Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries in Lombard, IL.


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Bartlett Denise Bartlett
Let Your Math Assessment Be Your Guide

(05-02: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Denise Bartlett has been a classroom mathematics teacher for 32 years. She has taught all math classes in the middle school years from regular sixth grade to PreAP Algebra I. Denise's experiences in high school range from the Double Block Algebra I class to Math Models, including PreAP Geometry. Denise's Double Block Algebra I class was chosen by America's Choice to be videotaped for the company's nation widetraining program. Denise currently enjoys teaching at St. Monica School in Dallas, Texas.

Baumann Bruce Baumann
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Small Group Leaders

(06-01: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 08-03: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Bruce Baumann is currently the Director of Faith Formation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Plano, TX. He received his Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies from the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and has been involved in professional faith formation ministry for 16 years. He is passionate about training ministry leaders and has had the joy and privilege of presenting workshops on this topic at conferences and parishes around the country.

Belcher Beth Belcher, MTS
The Catholic School Mass- Better and Better! - co-presented with Mary Kuterbach

(04-02: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Beth holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas, and took several of her classes in Rome; an advanced certificate in Biblical Scholarship through the Catholic Biblical School; and a national certification in Youth Ministry. She is an author of more than 40 pamphlets leading families closer to God through the parables and miracles of Jesus, the New Mass translation and her series Faith on the Run, for busy parents. She is a co-author of the Come to the Table RCIA program, which is now also in Spanish. She has taught sacrament preparation, Junior High School Religion, and has been a guest lecturer for RCIA classes for numerous years. Beth has given retreats to teachers and RCIA candidates for the past five years. See her work at pastoralplanning.com

Benavides Luis M. Benavides
Cómo entender a los Niños y Jóvenes de Hoy

(04-21: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm & 07-21: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Cómo educar en valores y poner límites adecuados a los niños

(09-21: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Catequista, maestro y licenciado en Relaciones Humanas y Públicas. Es Director de Escuela Primaria, Formador y miembro del Equipo Directivo del Instituto Superior de Catequesis de Argentina (ISCA) y de la Asociación Española de Catequetas (AECA). Ha dictado charlas, conferencias y cursos en distintas instituciones religiosas y diócesis de Hispanoamérica y Estados Unidos; formando en su trayectoria a más de 40.000 catequistas, docentes, familias y agentes de pastoral. Sus libros han sido publicados en Argentina, México, España, Brasil, Bélgica y Estados Unidos. www.luis-catequesis.com


Dr. John S. Bergsma

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

How to Get Through the
Bible in an Hour!

(02-02: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)



Dr. John Bergsma is Associate Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, specializing in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. Bergsma speaks regularly at conferences and parishes nationwide, and has appeared on EWTN's The Journey Home, Life on the Rock, Franciscan University Presents, and Relevant Radio's Drew Mariani Show. He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio. More information on Dr. Bergsma and his talks (on CD and mp3) are available on his webpage, www.JohnBergsma.com and his blog, www.TheSacredPage.com. His new book is Bible Basics for Catholics from Ave Maria Press.

boazman Janette Boazman, M.S., Ph.D.
Fostering Positive Affect in the Classroom: The Importance of Hope

(05-03: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Janette Boazman, M.S., Ph.D., is an assistant professor at University of Dallas. She teaches preservice teachers in the department of education. Her specialization is in gifted education and her research focuses on psychological constructs that contribute to personal wellbeing, hopefulness, and success in academic settings. Her work on personal wellbeing in gifted student college populations has been published and presented at the national and international levels. She is a quantitative social science researcher. Her methodological areas include ANOVA, MANOVA, regression, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.

Burau Beth Burau
Tech Tips and Tricks for Teachers - co-presented with Kay Gentsch & Cari Schnurr

(03-01: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

The Bishop Lynch Instructional Technology Team (ITeam) collectively has over 60 years of teaching experience across multiple grade levels and subject areas.  Beth, Cari, and Kay are TCEA certified Campus Technology Specialists. They also teach at Bishop Lynch High School in addition to their technology duties.


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Dra. Pilar Calva-Mercado, M.D.

End of Life Issues: Caring When You Can Not Cure

(10-11: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Al final de la vida: cuidar cuando no se puede curar

(07-24: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

María del Pilar Calva Mercado obtained her M.D. in the School of Medicine. After training with Professor Jerome Lejeune at the Hopital des Enfants Malades in Paris, France, she received her certification on Cytogenetics from the Sorbonne University in Paris in 1987.She received her master on Bioethics in 2005. She currently teaches at Pontifical University of Mexico, and the University of Dallas. She has been a Natural Family Planning teacher since 1985. She is currently in charge of the Bioethics Community in (www.es.catholic.net). She has lectured at various national and international Congresses. She is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (2002-2012), the Bioethics Council of the Mexican Episcopal Commission for the Family(2004), the Pan-American Society of Bioethics, the Mexican Academy of Bioethics, the Regional Observatory for Women in Latin America and the Caribe, and the Mexican Association of Human Genetics. She is married, has 2 daughters, 2 sons and one granddaughter.

Pilar Calva es médico cirujano con especialidad en Genética Humana y una subespecialidad en Citogenética en Paris, Francia, donde laboró en el servicio del Profesor Jerôme Lejeune. Tiene una Maestría en Bioética. Actualmente es profesora de la Facultad de Bioética y de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad Anáhuac, del Instituto en Ciencias del Matrimonio y la Familia- Juan Pablo II. Es coordinadora y consultora de la sección de bioética del portal www.es.catholic.net. Instructora certificada del Método de la Ovulación Billings, ha impartido cursos desde 1984 en diversos países. Ha impartido conferencias y ponencias en congresos a nivel internacional. Tiene publicaciones en revistas nacionales y extranjeras, y en tres libros. Miembro de la Academia Pontificia para la Vida, del Consejo de Bioética del Episcopado Mexicano y del CELAM, de la Asociación Panamericana de Bioética, Academia Mexicana de Bioética y del Observatorio Regional para la Mujer de América Latina. Es casada, tiene cuatro hijos y una nieta.


David N. Calvillo

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

Real Men Pray The Rosary

(05-04: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

David N. Calvillo, a former adjunct law and university professor, is now a practicing civil trial lawyer and bilingual mediator with the Calvillo Law Firm. After a profound spiritual experience praying the rosary while on retreat, Calvillo and his wife Valerie founded Real Men Pray the Rosary, launching a global movement of prayer and devotion. Calvillo is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and has served his parishes on pastoral and finance councils and as Eucharistic minister and lector. Calvillo formerly served in leadership of his diocesan chapter of ACTS Catholic retreats and remains active in the organization. He served his community as president of the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen and lives in southern Texas with his wife and their seven children.

Chan Dr. H. Anthony Chan
Accompanying Jesus in Eucharist Even in Busy Life

(06-02: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Anthony (PhD, University of Maryland, College Park) had spent 15 years in research at the former AT&T Bell Labs after which he witnessed God's gift in science and technology to counteract the ingratitude and misuse of gifts today. He moved to South Africa as a professor in telecommunication at University of Cape Town to help the Africans bridge the Digital Divide and develop but also appreciate God's gift of Intelligence. Out of his busy life, he invests time for an intimate relationship with Jesus through regular adoration and daily mass. As he now continues his research career in US and has become a Fellow and Distinguished speaker in his professional society, he helps various churches to promote Eucharistic adoration by giving sharing, hosting his website: www.catholicworld.info and communicating with over 1500 people through emails. He has presented on adoration in over 20 cities in America, Asia and Europe.

chavez  Arturo Chávez, Ph.D.
Intercultural Competencies

(08-04: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Competencias Interculturales

(11-21: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Dr. Arturo Chávez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MACC, the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Texas. He has been a member of the MACC faculty since the year 2000, and was appointed President in 2007. Dr. Chávez has worked for over 28 years in a variety of ministries. As a teacher, youth minister, a chaplain to the incarcerated, and a community organizer. He founded the nonprofit youth organization, JOVEN and was instrumental in establishing other faith-based partnerships to address the urgent needs of families who are poor and disenfranchised. His commitment to community-based activism, education, and peace-building continues through his ministry as a teacher, facilitator, and international speaker. Dr. Chávez holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from UIW, an M.A. from Oblate School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies, from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology.

El Dr. Arturo Chávez es el Presidente y Oficial Ejecutivo Principal de MACC, el Colegio Católico México Americano en San Antonio, Texas. Ha sido un miembro del profesorado de MACC desde el año 2000, y se le nombró Presidente en 2007. El Dr. Chávez ha trabajado por más de 28 años en una variedad de apostolados. Como profesor, director de pastoral juvenil, capellán de los prisioneros, y organizador de la comunidad. Es el fundador de JOVEN, una organización juvenil sin fines de lucro y ha tenido mucho que ver para establecer otras asociaciones fundadas en la fe que responden a las necesidades urgentes de familias que son pobres y marginadas. Su compromiso con el activismo basado en la comunidad, con la educación y con el fomento de la paz continúa en todos su apostolado como profesor, facilitador, y conferencista internacional. El Dr. Chávez obtuvo su B.A. en Estudio Religiosos de la Universidad del Verbo Encarnado y una M.A. de la Escuela de Teología de los Oblatos, y el Doctorado (Ph.D.) en Estudios Religiosos y Teológicos de la Universidad de Denver y de la Escuela de Teología de Iliff.

Chavez, Eduardo  Rev. Msgr. Eduardo Chávez
Our Lady of Guadalupe:  Role Model of Evangelization, perfectly inculturated

(07-01: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Santa María de Guadalupe: Modelo de Evangelización perfectamente inculturada

(10-21: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez is co-founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies, and is a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe. Born in Mexico City, he studied philosophy and theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies at Mexico's Conciliar Seminary. He was ordained on Aug. 15, 1981, in the Archdiocese of Mexico. He holds a diploma in philosophy from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara and, a doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University. On May 17, 2001, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico, appointed him postulator for the cause of Saint Juan Diego, who was canonized on July 31, 2002. Msgr. Chávez was also general secretary for Pope John Paul II's visit to Mexico. Msgr. Chávez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles.

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.

Chronister Deanna Chronister
"Eye-Candy" For Your Foreign Language Lessons

(02-04: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Deanna Chronister has a B.A. degree in French and Spanish with a secondary teaching certificate from UNT, and has 28 years of teaching experience in Kindergarten – 12th grade. She has been the Spanish Teacher at St. Maria Goretti Catholic School in Arlington for the past 8 years.  She developed her own program to teach Spanish to Elementary students that includes puppet shows, handouts, worksheets, games, PowerPoint presentations, flashcards and story books. She enjoys making Spanish a fun and entertaining learning experience for her students.


Tom Collingwood, Ph.D.

Sponsored by CREATIO

Becoming a Creation Steward: Stewardship of the Environment and Body

(08-15: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Tom Collingwood, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of physical fitness and outdoor education. As the former Education Director for the Cooper Aerobics Research Center he instituted hundreds of physical fitness and outdoor education programs for employee groups and at-risk youth worldwide. He has instituted environmental education projects while a Master Naturalist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife, a volunteer Interpretive Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, and as a Hikemaster for the YMCA of the Rockies. He currently provides lectures and retreats on stewardship of the environment and the body (fitness) through the CREATIO faith based stewardship organization. Most recently he spoke at the 2013 World Youth Day. He served in many leadership capacities for the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is the recipient of the Healthy American Fitness Leader award as one of the 10 outstanding physical fitness leaders in the nation.


Tom Corcoran

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

Lead Where You Serve - co-presented with Rev. Michael White

(06-09: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Tom Corcoran received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Maryland and completed his graduate work in theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Corcoran has served Church of the Nativity in a variety of roles that give him a unique perspective on parish ministry and leadership. Beginning as a youth minister, Corcoran later held positions as coordinator of children's ministry and director of small groups. He currently serves in the position of associate to the pastor and is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning, and staff development. Corcoran is the coauthor of Rebuilt, which narrates the story of Nativity's rebirth. When he is not working, Corcoran enjoys spending time with his wife Mia and their six children, who are homeschooled in Parkville, MD.

cortez Jaime Cortez
El Maestro de Escuela Católica Como Líder de La Misa

(04-24: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Música Muliticultural Para La Misa: Celebrando La Vida

(09-23: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Jaime Cortez es un talentoso y popular compositor, arreglista y cantante. Nació en Nueva York y creció en la capital de El Salvador. Jaime ha dedicado gran parte de su ministerio a fomentar y mejorar las liturgias hispanas, al unir las diversas culturas en el culto divino.
Él es el director de liturgia y música de la parroquia de la Santa Cruz en Mesa, AZ donde hace ministerio en varias Misas cada domingo. Su música se encuentra a través de la casa editorial OCP. Unos de sus cantos más conocidos es Somos El Cuerpo De Cristo y Rain Down.


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De La Torre Marlon De La Torre, M.A., M.Ed.
How Would St. John Bosco Teach the Narcissistic Child?

(05-05: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Seven Common Mistakes Catechists Make When Teaching the Faith

(08-05: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Marlon M. De La Torre is currently the director of catechist formation and children's catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. He holds bachelor of art's degrees in theology and mental health and human service along with a master's degree in theology with a concentration in catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master's degree in educatioal administration and curriculum from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. He has over sixteen years of catechetical experience, serving the Church as a parish and diocesan director of religious education, Catholic high school principal, and diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools. Marlon is the author of multiple articles on catechesis, doctrine, and the Catholic faith, is a regular guest on EWTN radio, and has appeared on EWTN live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa regarding his books and articles. He is also a lead writer for several national Catholic publications including catholicexchange.com, catholiclane.com and the Sower International Catechetical Journal.

Dhuyvetter Gregory Dhuyvetter
10 Technology Trends that Will Change Education (and the World)

(02-05: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am & 04-03: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Greg Dhuyvetter is the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orange California.  He has been in Catholic Education for over thirty years, and he has been involved in educational technology for over fifteen.  From its infancy, he was using classroom technology as tools and communication for himself and his students.  In administration he was able to see even more ideas come into fruition including working with Extron communications on their integrated multimedia classroom initiatives, and developing 1:1 programs for teachers, and students.  He has presented to teachers, administrators and school boards at local and national conventions, trying to find new ways to give effective training and to demonstrate the necessity of technology integration in the classroom.  


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Elchlepp Michele Warren Elchlepp 
If Ignatius had an iPad - co-presented with Rich Perry

(03-02: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm) 

Michele Warren Elchlepp is currently employed at Jesuit College Prep, Dallas, TX, where she has been teaching in the Theology department since 1994, and has been Department Chair and Department Co-Chair since 2002. Prior to beginning at Jesuit, Michele taught at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Dallas. Michele has been very active in the Jesuit Secondary Association Seminars & Conferences, attending the JSEA Colloquiums, completing the Seminars in leadership and attending the two leadership academies, as well as Religious Education conferences.  Outside of JSEA, she has participated in a variety of Catholic school conferences including NCEA and UDMC, and locally Region 10 conferences.  Michele is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Studies from Southern Methodist Univeristy, and has a MTS from the University of Dallas (1994) and a BA in History & Anthropology from SMU (1981). Michele was awarded the University of Dallas School of Ministry Lumen Gentium Award in December 2009.


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Faggella-Luby Dr. Michael Faggella-Luby
Sharing the Message: Planning to Meet the Needs of Academically Diverse Learners

(04-04: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)


Dr. Faggella-Luby is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. He is also a member of the Institute Faculty at the Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute. Dr. Faggella-Luby teaches courses related to preparing educators to evaluate, select, plan, and implement research-based methods and instructional materials for teaching students with and without disabilities who are at risk for failure. His scholarly interests focus on learning disabilities, literacy, reading education, special education, diverse learning needs, instructional design, secondary education, and school reform. He has written publications related to cognitive learning strategies, response-to-intervention (RtI)/scientifically research-based instruction (SRBI), self-determination, literacy, and urban school reform. Dr. Faggella-Luby is is a former Catholic high school administrator and teacher of both English and Chemistry.

fernandez Santiago Fernandez
¿Qué está pasando con el coro en la Misa? ¡Ayuda!

(06-21: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Psalms and Antiphons: A Liturgical Treasure

(10-01: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Salmos y Antífonas: Un Tesoro Litúrgico

(07-22: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Santiago Fernández has been active in parish music ministry for the past 25 years and is currently Music Minister at St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Pontiac, Michigan, where he directs both the Spanish and English choirs. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Wayne State University in Detroit and is certified in both Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Ministry, locally by the Archdiocese of Detroit and nationally by the USCCB's Commission on Certification and Accreditation. Santiago is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at events and conferences around the country in the area of Hispanic liturgical music.

Santiago Fernández se ha desempeñado como músico pastoralista por los últimos 25 años en varias parroquias y ministerios, y es actualmente director de ministerios musicales en la parroquia de San Damián de Molokai en Pontiac, Michigan, en donde dirige los coros en español y en inglés. Él obtuvo su licenciatura en música en Wayne State University en Detroit y su certificación en ministerio litúrgico y ministerio pastoral en la Arquidiócesis de Detroit de acuerdo a la Comisión de Certificación y Acreditación de la USCCB (Conferencia Episcopal Norteamericana). Santiago es conferencista y presentador de talleres en eventos y congresos a nivel nacional en el área de música litúrgica hispana.

Foley Mary Foley 
Building a Sustainable School Model through Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention

(SB-01: Thursday, Oct 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm)

Mary J. Foley serves as a Partner with Partners in Mission and has served hundreds of not-for-profit organizations, internally as a Director of Development, and also as a fundraising and enrollment management consultant. For over 25 years Mary Foley's name has been synonymous with the promotion, advancement and excellence of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Mary is highly sought after far beyond Chicago as a keynote and speaker at professional conferences and Diocesan workshops around the country focused on advancing the mission and work of Catholic education. Mary chairs the Prayer Circle at St. Giles Parish in Oak Park, Illinois where she, her husband Steve and daughter Grace reside.


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Garcia Rev. David H. Garcia
"The Deacon and the New Evangelization:" How Can the Deacon Preach and Live Out the New Evangelization in his Ministry?

(02-06: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

El Diácono y la Nueva Evangelización: ¿Cómo puede el diácono predicar y convivir con la Nueva Evangelización en su ministerio?

(06-22: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

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 and Texas Public Radio Advisory Board. 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 para los Servicios Católicos de Ayuda del Clero. 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 y el Consejo de Asesores de la Radio Pública. 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.

gentsch Kay Gentsch
Tech Tips and Tricks for Teachers - co-presented with Beth Burau & Cari Schnurr

(03-01: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

The Bishop Lynch Instructional Technology Team (ITeam) collectively has over 60 years of teaching experience across multiple grade levels and subject areas.  Beth, Cari, and Kay are TCEA certified Campus Technology Specialists. They also teach at Bishop Lynch High School in addition to their technology duties.

giuliano Gene Giuliano, M.A.
The Word Became Flesh: Divine Forethought or Afterthought?

(05-09: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

"We Preach Christ Crucified...a Stumbling Block...and Foolishness"

(08-06: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Gene Giuliano earned a Master of Arts degree in sacred theology, with concentrations in systematic theology and sacred scripture from St. Thomas Seminary Graduate School in Denver, Colorado, and has more than 35 years experience in the area of adult faith formation. As an instructor at the University of Dallas School of Ministry for the past 11 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.

gomez Rev. Jose Abelardo Cobos Gomez
Los tres Papas del nuevo milenio

(07-23: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

La Nueva Evangelización

(04-22: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm & 09-24: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Nació en la Ciudad de Puebla de lo Ángeles, México. En 1985 ingreso a la Orden hospital de San Juan de Dios, prestando sus servicios en hospitales psiquiátricos de la misma Orden en las ciudades de Guadalajara, Puebla, y Ciudad de México. Realizo sus estudios de filosofía en el Instituto de Formación Sacerdotal de la Arquidiócesis de México en donde obtuvo el bachillerato Pontificio en Filosofía. Obtuvo su Maestría en Divinidad en la Universidad de Santo Tomas en Houston. En 2003, mismo año en el que fue ordenado sacerdote diocesano al servicio de la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston, fue vicario parroquial en la parroquia de Príncipe de Paz y actualmente es el Párroco de la Iglesia Resurrección. Su trabajo pastoral no se limita solo a la renovación de su parroquia y al colegio parroquial que tiene sino también se enfoca en la catequesis y la evangelización en los medios de comunicación.

Gray Eric B. "Graydog" Gray
Who's Helping Who? Catholic School Students with Public Special Education Students - co-presented with Terry Guthrie

(02-08: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Eric B. "Graydog" Gray has a B.A. in Secondary Education and a Masters of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas. He taught English as a second language in Vienna, Austria for two years as a Fulbright Scholar. He was campus minister at UNT, TWU, and UTA for seven years. He served on National Evangelization Teams for two years in Australia and New Zealand. He has taught high school for fifteen years, and the Christian Vocations and Ministry class at Nolan Catholic High School for six years, and has co-coordinated the student to student ministry with FWISD for four years.

Grzona Ricardo Grzona
La Oración con Fe

(08-21: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

María Ayúdanos a Desatar los Nudos de Nuestra Vida

(03-21: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Nació en Mendoza Argentina, tiene una larga carrera de estudios diversos. En el area eclesiástica es profesor catequista, licenciado y doctorando en Catequesis. Estudió en Argentina, México, Colombia (CELAM) y en Roma (Universidades Gregoriana y Salesiana). Fue rector de la Universidad Champagnat en su ciudad y también Director de Catequesis del ITEPAL (CELAM) y Secretario Ejecutivo de Catequesis y de Educación del CELAM. Actualmente es presidente de la FUNDACIÓN RAMÓN PANÉ, con sede en Miami, al servicio de la espiritualidad católica.

Guthrie Terry M. Guthrie
Who's Helping Who? Catholic School Students with Public Special Education Students - co-presented with Eric Gray

(02-08: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Terry M. Guthrie has a BS Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Special Education from West Texas A&M University.  He has a MEd in Educational Administration from Texas Woman's University. He is currently a doctoral student at TWU in the Special Education Program. His professional education experience includes: one year in HS teaching resource, three years in a self-contained behavior classroom, six years as a Behavior/Teacher Consultant, three years as a Teacher/Coordinator in a Transition Center Program, and two years as an Assistant Principal for two Special Education programs.


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Harrington  Linda S. Harrington, Ph.D.
Lectio Divina: Encountering Scripture, Encountering God

(03-03: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm  & 10-02: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Linda Harrington teaches in the theology department at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. She did her master's work at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and her doctoral work at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Her areas of interest include Christology, spirituality and scripture. Dr. Harrington is a member of the Associates of the Iowa Cistercians, a lay group assoicated with the Trappist monasteries near Dubuque, IA: New Melleray and Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey. As a senior member, she teaches on various topics in spirituality. She is married, the mother of four and the grandmother of five.


Kathy Hendricks

Sponsored by Sadlier

5 Effective Ways to Communicate with Families through Social Media

(10-03: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Kathy Hendricks is a National Consultant for William H. Sadlier and a contributing writer for their materials, including the We Believe with Project Disciple catechetical program and the blog, WeBelieveAndShare.com. She offers talks and retreats on topics of catechesis, everyday spirituality, and family and is author of the books, Pocket Prayers for Parents, Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known, , and A Prayerbook for Catechists.


Adrian Alberto Herrera, M.A.

Sponsored by Loyola Press

La Vocación del Discípulo en este Año de la fe

(06-23: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 11-22: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Discípulos en la Edad Digital

(07-25: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Adrián Alberto Herrera es actualmente Director Asociado para la Oficina de Evangelización y Catequesis en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston. Ha escrito artículos para varias publicaciones y materiales desarrollados por el Comité de Obispos para la Evangelización y la Catequesis para el Domingo Catequético 2010. Ha sido miembro del comité de planificación para NCCL 2007, 2008 y 2012. Adrián recibió su Licenciatura en Microbiología y Química de la Universidad de Texas en El Paso y su Maestría en Estudios Pastorales de la Escuela de Teología en el Seminario de Santa María en Houston. Además de sus intereses profesionales, Adrián disfruta de jugar al fútbol (él es un gran fan de la Selección Argentina de Fútbol), le gusta leer libros sobre la historia del mundo y Eclesiología. Le gusta pasar tiempo con sus hijos y escribe un blog sobre sus reflexiones en español.

hill Andrew Hill, J.D.
Ex-Spouses, Exorcisms, and Excommunication: Case Studies in Canon Law

(06-03: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 11-01: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Andrew Hill, J.D. teaches Philosophy and Ethics at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas, where he received the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from St. Mary's University, and a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He earned the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Loyola University School of Law, which also awarded him the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award. Hill previously served as the Assistant Director of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies at the University of Dallas when the twenty-year-old Institute was re-founded as the School of Ministry. At the University of Dallas, he taught canon law for the School of Ministry's graduate programs and their Adult Faith Formation program. He previously presented at the UDMC in 2008 and 2009.

Hughes Dr. Patricia J. Hughes
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Planning, Preparing and Implementing in the Parish

(08-07: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

A Survey of Popular Devotions: Spirituality that Arises from Discernment and Discretion

(10-04: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Dr. Patricia Hughes has ministered in the Church for over 45 years, initially as a parish organist and accompanist.  She earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education, and later graduate study includes a master's in pastoral theology from Loyola University (New Orleans), and a master's in divinity and a doctorate in ministry from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago).  She has served as a director of music and liturgy in Ohio and Indiana parishes, and has taught undergraduate and graduate students. 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 recently served as  director of worship for the Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky).  She serves on the board for the Southwest Liturgical Conference, and is a frequent contributor of articles solicited by the NPM and Abbey Press. She has worked nationally as a liturgical clinician for pastors, musicians and parish volunteers.


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Dulce M. Jiménez-Abreu

Sponsored by Sadlier
Maestros y catequistas como agentes de la nueva evangelización

(07-26: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Misión evangelizadora de los padres

(09-26: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Dulce es la directora de los programas bilingües de Sadlier. Profesora y traductora con una gran experiencia en el desarrollo de materiales para la educación religiosa de niños y desarrollo profesional para catequistas en la comunidad latina. Ha contribuido al desarrollo y producción de los materiales catequéticos bilingües de Sadlier y ha traducido un sin número de programas, libros y artículos. Dulce posee una maestría en ciencias sociales de Michigan State Univerity y una maestría en literatura española de Lehman College. En la actualidad estudia educación religiosa en Fordham University.

jodziewicz  Dr. Thomas W. Jodziewicz
Catholic and American?

(04-07: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

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; American Catholic Studies; The Homiletic and Pastoral Review; the American Philosophical Society Transactions; 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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Kevin Keil

Bilingual Music That Unites a Parish

(08-08: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Music Choices: Hymns, Songs and Antiphons

(02-14: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Kevin Keil brings over 40 years of musical experience to his love of sacred music. He received a bachelor of music degree from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio; and a master degree in Church Music and Liturgy from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. Before moving to Texas he had been an organist, pianist, guitarist, cantor and choir director in Catholic churches throughout Cleveland, Ohio for 30 years.
Kevin is a prolific composer of instrumental and vocal pieces and has music published by all the major Catholic Music Publishers. He has served on many music commissions and advisory committees, and is a recipient of the "Owen Award" for outstanding achievement in the field of liturgical music. Kevin has been Director of Music Ministries at Holy Cross Catholic Church in The Colony, Texas since August of 2009.


Mary E. Kuterbach

Encouraging Writing through Websites with Weebly  - co-presented with Carol Mayo

(02-09: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

The Catholic School Mass- Better and Better! - co-presented with Beth Belcher

(04-02: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Mary Kuterbach is a k-8 music teacher and technology integration specialist at Christ the King Catholic School in the Diocese of Dallas. Having worked in the Catholic school system for 18 years has given her experience in working with liturgies and other devotions throughout the school year. Mary earned her Bachelors in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. As a presenter, she has worked with Carol Mayo, the Professional Development Coordinator for the Diocese of Dallas, in presenting technology camps for teachers, sessions at the Texas Computer Educators Association,TCEA Area 10 & 11, NCEA, Region 10 Education Service Center Conferences. and at the Music EdVentures.


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steve landregan Steve Landregan
Texas History is Catholic History

(05-13: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)


Steve Landregan is historian and archivist for the Diocese of Dallas. He has written five books on Catholic history in Texas. He is a former editor of the Texas Catholic. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism degree from Southern Methodist University and a master of arts in religious education from the University of Dallas. He has held adjunct professorial appoints at UD, SMU, Our Lady of the Lake and Brookhaven College. He is a member of the School of Ministry Advisory Board.

lowery Dr. Mark D. Lowery
Marriage as a Sign of the Covenant and the Covenant as a Model for Marriage

(03-04: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)


Mark Lowery, Ph.D., has spoken to over 150 audiences in recent years on a variety of theological and practical topics.  He is professor of theology at the University of Dallas, former departmental chair, and former editor-in-chief of the Catholic Social Science Review. He has published articles, both in theological journals such as Communio, The Jurist, Faith and Reason, the Catholic Social Science Review, and the Irish Theological Quarterly, and in such popular periodicals as the This Rock, New Oxford Review, The Catholic Faith, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and the Social Justice Review. His introductory book on moral theology, Living the Good Life, is published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.  He and his wife Madeleine have nine children and live in Irving, Texas.

luby Dr. Dan Luby
Sacred Dialogue: Reflecting on "Preaching the Mystery of Faith"

(10-06: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)


Dr. Daniel Luby earned a doctorate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, where he also earned the licentiate in sacred theology. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a master's in theology from the University of Dallas. Dr. Luby was the long-time director of the Office of Adult Formation, and most recently the director of the Division of Christian Formation for the Diocese of Fort Worth. Luby served as Tschoepe Chair of Homiletics at the School of Ministry from 2007-2010. He is currently assistant professor and director of enrollment and student affairs at the School of Ministry of the University of Dallas.


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madeo Elizabeth Madeo
We must go UP before we go OUT!

(11-02: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Is your joy fuel tank JOY FULL?

(06-04: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Elizabeth graduated from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, KS, with a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry and has been the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at her parish in Kearney, MO for 11 years. After receiving a certificate in youth ministry from the Center for Ministry Development, she completed a master's degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and became an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS while providing workshops, training sessions and retreats as well.

Malloy Dr. Christopher J. Malloy
The Antichrist and the End Times: Eschatology vs. Apocalypticism and Rationalism

(10-07: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Dr. Christopher Malloy earned his Ph.D. in Theology at The Catholic University of America in 2001, and since then, has taught at the University of Dallas. He has published one book, Engrafted into Christ: A Critique of the Joint Declaration (New York: Peter Lang, 2005), and eight peer reviewed articles and chapters. Dr. Malloy is blessed with his wife Flory and their five children. Dr. Malloy approaches the theological vocation with the conviction that philosophy and theology, faith and reason, serious intellectual research and fidelity to the full deposit of Catholic faith, work harmoniously toward one end, the contemplation and love of Truth.

martinez Sr. Gabriela Martinez, SSMN
Compartir una Fe Vibrante

(09-27: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

La Espiritualidad y el Ministro Laico

(11-23: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

La Hermana Gabriela Martinez, SSMN, nació en Houston Texas. Ella es religiosa de la Congregación de las Hermanas de Santa María de Namur. Ella ejerció varios puestos de liderazago en su comunidad como provincial y consejera general. Su trabajo en la diócesis de Fort Worth ha sido de Directora Diocesana del ministerio Hispano para la Diocesis por varios años. Ha ayudado a establecer, desarollar, dirigir, y enseñar en los Ministerios Laicales, Evangelización, Renovar, y en el programa de Formación de diáconos. Actualmente es directora del Ministerio Hispano y Formación de la iglesia de San José, en Arlington, TX. La Hna. Gabriela tiene su Maestria en Teología, y una segunda Maestria en la Espiritualidad Cristiana.

Mayo Carol Mayo, M.S.
Encouraging Writing through Websites with Weebly - co-presented with Mary E. Kuterbach

(02-09: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

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 a yellow rescue lab, Buckley. Carol and Bruce live on Cedar Creek Lake where they enjoy many outdoor activities.

McCarty Dr. Robert J. McCarty
How to Talk with Young People about God!

(10-08: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Pastoral Leadership in the Faith Community: The Dance of Passion and Professionalism!

(06-05: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Bob McCarty has served as the Executive Director for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry since 1997. NFCYM provides networking, resources, and leadership for the development of youth ministry within the Catholic Church. Bob has been in professional youth ministry since 1973, serving in diocesan, parish, school, and community programs. He offers workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. His recent books are "Thriving in Youth Ministry" and "The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice" through Saint Mary's Press, "Be A Champion for Youth: Standing With, By and For Young People", co-authored with his wife, Maggie, and his newest book, "Raising Happy, Healthy and Holy Teenagers: A Primer for Parents" through NFCYM. Bob is also a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and now, grandparenting!

mcdonald Dr. Mary C. McDonald
A Call to be Christ's Arms in the World

(02-10: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am  & 04-08: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm) 

Dr. Mary Crowley McDonald, Consultant, Author, Talk Show Host, is nationally acclaimed as an innovative educator, and public speaker. She has been a professional educator for thirty-seven years as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Memphis. As Superintendent of Schools she was responsible for overseeing the system of Catholic Schools, as well as for the creation of the Jubilee Catholic Schools, eight long-closed Catholic schools that were reopened in the inner-city of Memphis under her leadership. During her tenure the Catholic schools experienced unprecedented growth, expanding from 14 to 29, in urban, as well as suburban, areas, and the highest enrollment since the 1970's. Dr. McDonald is an advisor to The Education Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was a featured speaker at the White House Summit on Urban Education, and Keynote speaker at the 2012 National Catholic Educational Association Convention.

mcgill James B. McGill, M.A.
The Book of Tobit: A Charming Old Testament Tale of Life and Family Values

(06-06: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Hope for Our World: What the Old Testament Teaches Us

(10-09: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

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. 

mendez  Christina Mendez
Celebrating the Saints and Seasons Throughout the School Year

(11-03: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

"The joy of the Lord is your strength" - Strengthening your school community by cultivating JOY!

(04-09: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Christina Mendez is a native of Fort Worth, TX. Ms. Mendez earned a BA in Theology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a Master of Catholic School Leadership from the University of Dallas. She has served with the National Evangelization Team based out of W. St. Paul, MN conducting small groups, leading and speaking at retreats to youth across the United States. After her service with NET, Christina has spent the past 13 years working in Catholic schools in both Dallas and Fort Worth. She has served as a school librarian and has taught at the elementary and middle school levels. Currently, Ms. Mendez is the principal of a Catholic school in Fort Worth. Christina also serves her parish as a lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a small church community facilitator and works with the RCIA and high school youth ministry.

Murphy Peter Murphy, D.Min.
Disciples Called to Witness: What does the New Evangelization Mean for Me?

(02-11: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Sacramental Catechesis: Integral to the New Evangelization

(11-04: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Dr. Peter J. Murphy works for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Executive Director for the Secretariat on Evangelization and Catechesis. He has a Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic University of America as well as Master's degrees in Theology and Counseling. Peter has worked as a elementary school teacher, residence hall director, College Director of Student Formation and Administrative Faculty, adjunct theology professor and the Director for the Office of Family Life in the Archdiocese of Washington. Peter is a parishioner at Sacred Heart parish in Bowie, MD where he lives with his wife Katie and their three beautiful boys.


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Natera  Deacon Ruben Natera, MTS
Quinceañeras – History, Preparation, Celebration, and Catechesis

(11-05: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Diálogo Sagrado: Reflexión sobre el documento "Predicando el Misterio de la Fe: la homilía dominical"

(04-23: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Quinceañeras - Historia, Preparación, Celebración y Catequesis

(07-27: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

La jornada sacramental de la persona humana – "Desde la matriz hasta la tumba."

(09-28: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Deacon Ruben Natera, MTS, a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Tyler, is assigned to Prince of Peace Parish in Whitehouse, Texas. He is a retired Civil Engineer from the U.S. Forest Service and a retired Commander from the U.S. Naval Construction Force (Seabees). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas. He is active throughout the Diocese of Tyler providing diaconal, catechetical and sacramental training, specializing in liturgy. Deacon Natera together with his wife Maria Guadalupe, have raised six children and "currently" have 15 grandchildren.

Diácono Rubén Natera, MTS, diácono permanente de la Diócesis de Tyler, está asignado a la parroquia de Príncipe de la Paz en Whitehouse, Texas. Él se jubiló como ingeniero civil del Servicio Forestal de los EE.UU. y como Comandante de los EE.UU. de la Fuerza de Construcción Naval (Seabees). El posee una licenciatura en Ciencias de la Universidad de Texas en El Paso, y una Maestría en Estudios Teológicos de la Universidad de Dallas. Él diácono Natera activo por toda la diócesis de Tyler, proporciona formación diaconal, catequética y sacramental, y se especializa en temas litúrgicos. El diácono Natera y su esposa María Guadalupe, fueron bendecidos con seis hijos y "actualmente" tienen 15 nietos.

nguyen Rev. Hy K. Nguyen, S.S.
"Tôi tin MỘT Thiên Chúa"

(07-51: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

"Tôi tin Chúa Giêsu Kitô, Con Một Thiên Chúa.... làm người."

(08-51: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

"Ngoài Giáo hội không có ơn cứu rỗi."

(09-51: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

"Ngoài Giáo hội không có ơn cứu rỗi." (tiếp theo)

(10-51: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Rev. Hy K. Nguyen, S.S. is a member of the Society of St. Sulpice. He obtained his doctoral degree in dogmatic theology, and has taught in Washington DC, Baltimore, and now at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. He is also a faculty member of Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, TX.

Linh mục Matthew Nguyễn Khắc Hy là thành viên của tu hội Xuân Bích tỉnh Hoa Kỳ. Theo học tại đại chủng viện St. Patrick, San Francisco, cha chịu chức cho giáo phận Oakland năm 1997 và gia nhập Xuân Bích năm 2000. Cha tốt nghiệp tiến sĩ Thần Học Tín Lý tại Đại Học Giáo hoàng Gregorian, Roma, và hiện là giáo sư thần học tín lý tại St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore.

norris Dr. John M. Norris
Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Science in High Schools

(05-06: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

John Norris is an associate professor of theology at the University of Dallas. He has also been a theology teacher at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas. His field of expertise is patristic theology, especially St. Augustine and early Christian interpretation of the Scriptures. He teaches the "Faith and Science" course in the Philosophy and History of Science Concentration.


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Olenick Dr. Richard P. Olenick
Creation: The Big Bang

(03-05: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Richard P. Olenick is a popular Professor of Physics at the University of Dallas where he teaches courses at all levels in physics and astronomy. He is the author of textbooks on physics that have been translated into a dozen languages and was Associate Project director of The Mechanical Universe 52-part series that aired on PBS. He currently conducts research searching for extrasolar planets and measuring properties of cataclysmic variable stars. He has received several awards for teaching including Texas Professor of the Year, the Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship, the Haggerty Teaching Fellow, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Moscow, Russia.


Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division


"My Parish is Becoming Hispanic!": Suggestions to Organize Effective Hispanic Ministry in your Community

(05-07: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

La esperanza cristiana a la luz de la experiencia del migrante

(03-22: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Dr. Hosffman Ospino is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. His research focuses on how the conversation between faith and culture shapes ministerial and educational practices in the Church. He is the editor of Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010) and the author of Peter's Catechism: Who Do You Say that I Am? Why Did You Doubt? Do You Love Me? (Liguori, 2011). He currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the 2011-2013 National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry.

El Dr. Hosffman Ospino es profesor de teología y educación religiosa en la Escuela de Teología y Ministerio de Boston College. Su investigación se concentra en el impacto de la conversación entre la fe y la cultura en las prácticas educativas y pastorales en la Iglesia. Él es editor del libro El ministerio hispano en el siglo XXI (Convivium Press, 2010) y el autor de El catecismo de Pedro: ¿Quién Dices Que Soy Yo? ¿Por Qué Dudas? ¿Me Amas? (Liguori, 2011). El Dr. Ospino es actualmente el investigador principal del Estudio Nacional de Parroquias Católicas con Ministerio Hispano (2011-2013).


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Pancerz  Periann Pancerz, ALT
Embracing the Learning Different Child in a Catholic School Environment - co-presented with Emily Tucker & Helen Allison

(05-01: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Periann Pancerz has been a teacher at Saint Paul the Apostle School for eight years.  She is the language lab teacher and an academic language therapist in the Saint Paul resource lab.  She enjoys having the opportunity to work with the students who have language, comprehension and reading based learning differences.  She loves to read and endeavors to instill that desire and ability in her students.  Periann attended Kansas State University then completed her B.S. degree at Texas Woman's University in 1986.  She has gone on to earn her Texas teacher's certification, and the qualifications to become an academic language therapist in order to facilitate the Scottish Rite Take Flight Dyslexia program.    She has two children that have attended Saint Paul since kindergarten. 


Sr. Rosa Monique Peña, OP

Sponsored by Sadlier

La Fe en Acción en una Iglesia

(07-28: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Retorno al Corazón de la Fe

(11-24: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

La Hermana Rosa Monique Peña, OP es una consultora catequética bilingue a nivel nacional para W. H. Sadlier, Inc. Por casi 20 años ella sirvió como directora del departamento de educación religiosa de la Arquidiócesis de Miami, Florida. Diseñó y desarrolló un programa exitoso en ingles y español para certificación de catequistas y estableció el proceso del catecumenado.

Perry Richard Perry
If Ignatius had an iPad - co-presented with Michele Warren Elchlepp

(03-02: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)


Richard Perry is currently employed at Jesuit College Prep, in Dallas, TX. He began teaching theology in 2002, and accepted a position as Director of Community Service and Social Justice in 2004. Perry seeks out opportunities for his students to live out their Catholic faith through social service volunteering. Structured reflection is an integral aspect of Jesuit's service learning program, where Perry's students are taught to examine their experiences in light of Catholic Social Teaching. He received a BA from Boston College in 2002 and has attended the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Conferences and National Service Learning Jesuit Conferences and Development Program.

Pollice Lucas Pollice, M.T.S.
Proclaiming Jesus Christ: Catechesis in the Catechumenate

(02-12: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am & 11-06: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Forming and Priestly People: Liturgical Formation in the Catechumenate

(06-07: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 08-09: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Lucas Pollice, M.T.S. is the Associate Director of Symbolon RCIA and Adult Faith Formation for the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to the Augustine Institute, Lucas was the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a B.A. in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a masters of theological studies degree from the Institute of Pastoral Theology at Ave Maria University. Lucas has been involved in full time parish and diocesan catechetical ministry since 1999. He has been involved in the RCIA process and Adult Faith Formation at both the parish and diocesan level for over 12 years and is and is the author of Open Wide the Doors to Christ: Discovering Catholicism, a complete curriculum for RCIA published by Emmaus Road Publications. Lucas and his wife Mary have five children and live in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Porter  Linda Khirallah Porter, MTS
Children's Initiation: Are We There Yet?

(10-10: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Moving from Hatched, Matched, & Dispatched...to Womb to Tomb

(06-08: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Since 1994, Linda has served as Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Tyler. She is also a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, a Board member for the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and the Advisory Council for the University of Dallas School of Ministry. She is married with three adult children and five grandchildren. Linda earned a Bachelors of Arts in Education from University of Dallas and a Masters of Theological Studies from University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies.  She was presented the first Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies in 2004 in recognition for distinguished service to faith formation in the Diocese of Tyler. She has published articles for the Tower Magazine from the University of Dallas, Catechetical Leader published by the National Conference Catechetical Leadership, and Catechumenate Magazine published by Liturgy Training Publications.   

prendergast Michael R. Prendergast
How To Start A Liturgy Committee in your Parish (and How to Improve It)

(06-10: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy—50 Years Later

(02-13: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am  & 10-12: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Michael R. Prendergast is a seasoned pastoral musician and liturgist, frequent speaker and clinician who has edited and authored numerous books and articles, including The Liturgical Ministry Series: Guide for Liturgy Committees (LTP), co-authored with Paul Turner and he was a contributor to the first three volumes in The Liturgy Documents series (LTP). Michael holds advanced degrees in theological studies and liturgy. Michael is director of liturgy and music at St. Andrew Church in Portland, Oregon; and an instructor in the theology department at the University of Portland. Michael is founder and executive director of Sacred Liturgy Ministries, a liturgical consulting firm; find out more at www.sacredliturgyministries.org.


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Diana Dudoit Raiche, PhD

The Catechumenate (RCIA) as Model for All Catechesis

(08-10: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

New Evangelization: An Urgent Agenda for Our Time

(04-01: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

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. 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, and managed NCEA's religious education assessments.  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.

ramirez Sister Guadalupe Ramirez, MCDP, D. Min.
Cristo transforma a los humildes en evangelizadores

(07-29: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Diálogo que produce éxito en grupos de trabajo

(09-29: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

La Hermana Guadalupe Ramirez es es miembra de la congregación religiosa, Misioneras Catequistas de la Divina Providencia de San Antonio, Texas. Recibió su bachillerato en estudios religiosos de la Universidad de Nuestra Señora del Lago y su maestría de la Universidad del Verbo Encarnado, ambos en San Antonio, Texas. El 18 de mayo, 2013, graduó de la Universidad Católica de América en Washington, DC. con su Doctorado de Ministerio. Su experiencia en el ministerio incluye directora de servicios catequéticos en la diócesis de Dallas y de Corpus Christi; miembra de la facultad del seminario de la Asunción en San Antonio, y directora de servicios pastorales en el hospital de la Merced en Laredo, Texas. También ha servido como consejera y como superiora de su congregación. Dirige retiros para adultos de ACTS y Guadalupanas y talleres para conferencias diocesanas y regionales de catequesis, ministerio hispano, y liturgia.

 Redmond Krista Redmond, M.Ed.  
Look, Listen, and Learn with Literature Circles

(05-08: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Krista Redmond earned her Bachelor's of Science in Education from Texas Christian University with a focus in middle school ELA, and Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington with a literacy emphasis. She holds certifications for 4-12 English/Language Arts, Reading Specialist K-12, Master Reading Teacher, and Texas State Principal with the completion of 18 additional graduate hours in administration.  Mrs. Redmond is currently the Assistant Principal at All Saints Catholic School in Dallas, Texas, and has served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M Commerce.

Rendon-Reyes Juan Rendon-Reyes
Algunas prácticas de la espiritualidad cristiana

(07-30: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Soy espiritual pero no religioso!

(09-30: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Juan Rendon-Reyes desempeña su labor como instructor en la Universidad de Dallas School of Ministry. Su labor incluye impartir clases de ministerio pastoral, Biblia y teología. Además de su trabajo en la universidad también es parte del equipo formador del seminario Holy Trinity de la Diócesis de Dallas. Su cargo es la dirección de la pastoral parroquial con los estudiantes de filosofía.


Sandy Rigsby

Sponsored by Saint Mary's Press

Bringing Scripture to Life with Children

(08-11: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Sandy Rigsby has published five books on scriptural activities and reflections for youth and adolescents. She has served as a director for children and adolescent catechesis and youth ministry, and has over twenty years experience in faith formation. She has been involved in catechist formation and has taught catechist certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit for twelve years. Sandy is currently a sales consultant for Saint Mary's Press. She and her family live in West Bloomfield, MI.

Cardinal Rodriguez His Eminence Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B.
The State of the Church: The Importance of the New Evangelization

(01-01: Friday, Oct 25, 9:15 - 10:00 am )

El estado de la iglesia: la importancia de la nueva evangelización

(05-21: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Cardinal Rodríguez was born in Tegucigalpa in Honduras, the third of the four children of Andrés Rodríguez Palacios and Raquel Maradiaga. As a boy, he dreamed of playing the saxophone in a dance band or becoming a pilot. Instead, he received an internal call for the religious life, and joined the Salesians on May 3, 1961.

He earned doctorates in philosophy from the Institute "Don Rua" in El Salvador, in theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, and moral theology from the Pontifical Lateran University. From the Austrian University of Innsbruck, Rodríguez received a diploma in clinical psychology and psychotherapy.

He was ordained a priest on July 28, 1970, by Archbishop Girolam Prigione in Guatemala City. Father Rodríguez was named the bishop's assistant in Tegucigalpa that same year. He was rector for three years at Guatemala's Francisco Marroquín University from 1975 to 1978.

He then taught chemistry, physics, and music at Salesian colleges in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala over the next fifteen years. During this time he also became a professor of moral theology and ecclesiology at the Salesian Theological Institute in Guatemala. He is also trained in classical piano, and did studies in music in El Salvador, Guatemala, and the United States.

On October 28, 1978, Rodríguez was named auxiliary bishop of Tegucigalpa and titular bishop of Pudentiana. He received episcopal consecration on the following December 8 from Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, with Archbishops Héctor Santos Hernández and Miguel Obando serving as co-consecrators. Rodríguez was named Archbishop of Tegucigalpa on January 8, 1993.

Archbishop Rodríguez was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001, becoming the first cardinal from Honduras.

In addition to his episcopal responsibilities, he is currently the President of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras. Rodríguez was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI, and in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

Cardinal Rodríguez was elected in June 2007 as the Caritas Internationalis President, and was re-elected in May 2011. As its President, he is the global representative of the Caritas Confederation.

On June 12, 2012, Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga was appointed a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and on April 13, 2013, he was appointed chairman of the eight advising cardinals to Pope Francis. This committee of cardinals will also review and revise Pastor Bonus, the Apostolic Constitution to the Roman Curia. Their first meeting is scheduled for October 1-3, 2013.

He speaks English, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese, in addition to his native Spanish.


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Samour Jake Samour, M.T.S.
The Special Gifts of the Sacrament of Marriage: Couples Walking Together in Faith to Fulfill Their Mission

(03-06: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Times are Changing... Marriage is Timeless

(11-07: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Los Dones del Sacramento del Matrimonio: Parejas Caminando juntas en la Fe para realizar su Misión

(09-31: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Los tiempos están cambiando... el Matrimonio no pasa de moda y es eterno

(07-31: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am)

Jake Samour, M.T.S., is the Director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas since March of this year. Prior to his current position, Jake was the director of the Office of Marriage, Family Life and Natural Family Planning of the Archdiocese of San Antonio for six years. He is originally from El Salvador, and emigrated from there 34 years ago with his family. His background is in engineering, which precedes a personal call to ministry to work with Hispanic youth and young adults. Jake received a master's degree in theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family Life in Washington, DC and is currently enrolled in a doctor of ministry program at Oblate School of Theology. Jake and his wife Ramie have three children.

Jacobo (Jake) Samour, M.T.S., desde marzo de este año es el Director de la Oficina de la Pastoral para Matrimonios y Vida Familiar en la Diócesis de Wichita, Kansas. Antes de este trabajo, Jake fue el Director de la Oficina de la Pastoral para Matrimonios, Vida Familiar y Planificación Natural de la Familia por seis años en la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio. Nació en El Salvador y es el mayor de 12 hijos. En 1979, debido a la guerra civil de ese país, emigro con su familia a los Estados Unidos. Jake sacó 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 sobre Estudios de Matrimonio y Familia en Washington, D.C. y actualmente está inscrito en un programa de doctorado en ministerio (D.Min.) en Oblate School of Theology TX. Él y su esposa Ramie tienen tres hijos.

scally Anna Scally
In the Real World: Reach Your Teens the Moment They Walk in the Door!

(11-08: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

Key to Happiness: Two Types of people, Those who are Happy and Those who are Working on It

(06-11: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

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.

schnurr  Cari Schnurr
Tech Tips and Tricks for Teachers - co-presented with Beth Burau & Kay Gentsch

(03-01: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

The Bishop Lynch Instructional Technology Team (ITeam) collectively has over 60 years of teaching experience across multiple grade levels and subject areas.  Beth, Cari, and Kay are TCEA certified Campus Technology Specialists. They also teach at Bishop Lynch High School in addition to their technology duties.

septien Pía Septién, MTS
El evangelio de Marcos: el primer retrato de Jésus

(07-32: Saturday, Oct 26, 9:15 - 10:15 am & 11-25: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

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 Escuela para los Ministerios de la Universidad de Dallas en el programa de la Escuela Bíblica Católica, en la formación diaconal de la Diócesis de Dallas y de Tyler y en el Programa del Certificado en Teología Pastoral. También ha dado clases en línea de Introducción al Antiguo Testamento para la Universidad de Dayton, Ohio. 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" de Libros Liguori. Actualmente es Directora de Estudios Continuos de la Escuela para los Ministerios de la Universidad de Dallas.


Ricardo Simmonds, S.C.V.

Sponsored by CREATIO

Jesús y naturaleza: Evangelización, Medio Ambiente y Reconciliación

(09-32: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Ricardo Simmonds es un laico consagrado en el Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, una Sociedad de Vida Apostólica aprobada por Juan Pablo II en 1997. Nascido en Brasil, Ricardo tiene una maestría en Ciencias Ambientales de la Universidad de Colorado en Boulder. Él es Director de "Creatio", una ONG Católica que se especializa en ayudar al medio ambiente a través de solidaridad con los pobres, misiones, conferencias y proyectos de adaptación de cambio climático. Ricardo es director de ministerio juvenil en Holy Name Parish y director espiritual. Es un conferencista internacional sobre ambientalismo Católico, con numerosas presentaciones en los Estados Unidos, España, Brasil y Ecuador. Ha producido un documental de 13 episodios para EWTN sobre el medio ambiente llamado "La 4th Ruptura: Un Camino Hacia La Reconciliación" con el P. Robert Spitzer, Bernard Amadei, Ar zobispo Charles Chaput y otros expertos de nivel internacional.


Brian Singer-Towns, MThS

Sponsored by Saint Mary's Press

Lectio Divina: Creative Scripture Reflection in Catechesis

(02-07: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)


Brian has spent over thirty years in youth ministry and adolescent catechesis. He has been a parish Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Catechesis, a diocesan Director of Ministry and Formation, and adjunct professor. He is currently a writer, product manager, and presenter for Saint Mary's Press. His published works include catechetical resources on scripture and four high school religion textbooks. He was the general editor for three best-selling Bibles (The Catholic Youth Bible, Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics, and The Catholic Children's Bible) and the principal author and general editor of two top-selling handbooks on the Catholic faith. Brian leads workshops for catechetical and youth ministry leaders around the country on the topics of biblical literacy and catechesis.


Julianne Stanz

Sponsored by Loyola Press

Leading with Laughter: Maintaining a Sense of Humor in

(05-10: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm & 11-09: Saturday, Oct 26, 3:30 - 4:30 pm)

At the Heart of Faith: Evangelization and Hospitality

(08-12: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

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 received her Bachelor's degree in Religious Science and History and a Master's Degree in Religion and Education from Mater Dei Institute of Education and is currently working on a Ph.D. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and serves on the NCCL Committee for adult faith formation. She is happily married to Wayne and they have two children, a son and a daughter.


Leslie Morgan Steiner

Crazy Love

(09-01: Saturday, Oct 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Leslie Morgan Steiner is the author of Crazy Love, a New York Times bestseller, her memoir about surviving domestic violence in her first marriage. Steiner is a regular guest on the Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC. She has been profiled in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Parenting, Parents, Self, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. She is a frequent speaker and corporate consultant on the subject of marketing to moms and family violence. Steiner is also the editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families (Random House) a frank, surprising, and utterly refreshing look at American motherhood. As a successful businesswoman at the Washington Post, Johnson & Johnson and Leo Burnett – and mother of three – Leslie Morgan Steiner has lived every side of the so-called "mommy wars" women face balancing work and family.


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Tucker Emily Tucker
Embracing the Learning Different Child in a Catholic School Environment - co-presented with Helen Allison & Periann Pancerz

(05-01: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Emily Tucker has worked in Catholic schools for the past fourteen years.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Emily then went on to receive her teaching certification in elementary education.  During her time at Saint Paul the Apostle, she has worked with various levels, concentrating on math and science.  As math coordinator for Saint Paul the Apostle resource lab, she cherishes her role in bridging the gap and embracing the learning different student. 


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Vader Erin P. Vader
Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of Culturally Diverse Students

(03-07: Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Erin earned her BA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, her MEd at Texas Wesleyan University, and is currently earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership, also at Texas Wesleyan University. She is certified in Catholic School Leadership through the University of Dallas and is a certified Catechist through the Diocese of Fort Worth. A graduate of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School in Arlington, and Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth, Erin is in her 17th Year as a teacher/administrator in Diocese of Fort Worth. She has worked at St. Andrew and St. Peter the Apostle, and is in her third year at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School. Erin was a Catholic School Honoree in 2003, an NCEA Presenter in 2012, Southeastern Research Association presenter in 2013, a member of Kappa Delta Pi, and a TCCED trained Accreditation Team Leader.


Rev. Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi, J.D.

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

Where Do We Meet Jesus?

(05-11: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm & 08-13: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Monsignor Peter J. Vaghi is pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He received seminary and theological training at the Pontifical North American College and Gregorian University, both in Rome. Also a graduate of University of Virginia Law School, Vaghi practiced law for many years and remains a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Vaghi serves as chaplain of the John Carroll Society, a group of professional men and women in service of the Archbishop of Washington. He is the author of the Pillars of Faith series, which currently includes The Faith We Profess, The Sacraments We Celebrate, The Commandments We Keep, and The Prayer We Offer. His newest book, Encountering Jesus in Word, Sacraments, and Works of Charity, will be released in September 2013. He has written a number of articles for America, Priest, Columbia, and Our Sunday Visitor. He has also a contributed to two collections of writings on priestly spirituality: Behold Your Mother and Born of the Eucharist.

Vaverek Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL
How Can Canon Law Help Me?

(04-10: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm & 10-14: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Rev. Vaverek was born in October 1958 during the interregnum of Pope Pius XII and Blessed John XXIII. In 1985 he left engineering to enter seminary. Graduating with an M.Div. and M.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, he was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler in June 1990. He was appointed the first Chancellor for the Diocese of Tyler in 1992; since 1994 he has been involved as a founding member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. In 1995 he received a J.C.L. from Catholic University of America. Since 1996 he has served as Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church and school in Longview, Texas. Since 2002 he has also served as Promoter of Justice, leading the response the protection of all God's people. Throughout his priestly service, he has been involved extensively with clergy and lay formation. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Dallas School of Ministry.

Vega-Aguirre Elisa Vega-Aguirre, M.Ed.
Little Hands on Big Books...Oh My!

(02-15: Friday, Oct 25, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

Mrs. Aguirre is a first time speaker at UDMC. She earned her Bachelors and both Master Degrees from Dallas Baptist University. Mrs. Aguirre holds several Texas certifications including: Principal, Special Education teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, and Generalist (Early Childhood-4th). She is currently a 1st grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in the Fort Worth Diocese. She has been in the field of education for approximately 15 years in both public and private schools.

Voigt Christine Voigt
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - One School's Story - co-presented with Paul Wood

(05-12: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Christine Voigt is the Director of Curriculum and IT at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, TX. She is an award winning author on integrating technology in the classroom and is a part of the ISTE Program Committee in charge of BYOD.


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Robert Wade

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

(04-11: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

Robert Wade has been a Social Studies teacher for 35 years and is fortunate to be in my 4th year at John Paul II high School in Plano. He has taught every social studies course there is at various times, and at the present he teaches both 9th grade World Cultures and Geography as well as 12th grade AP European History. Teaching both, Mr. Wade has learned the critical thinking skills that students need to develop in order to be successful at the university level. He has also been an AP Reader and National Consultant for the past 15 years which has helped him see the skills that students need. Wade has been married to his wonderful wife Karen for 37 years, has 3 fantastic children, a daughter-in-law who teaches at Bishop Lynch (where his daughter graduated) and 3 grandchildren who help him stay young!


Dr. Joseph D. White 

Sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division

Child Development and Religious Education: Speaking the Learner's Language

(06-12: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 08-14: Saturday, Oct 26, 10:30 - 11:30 am)

The New Evangelization: Practical Applications for the Catechist and Catechetical Leader 

(10-15: Saturday, Oct 26, 2:15 - 3:15 pm)

Dr. Joseph White is a clinical child psychologist and National Catechetical Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum. He has taught courses in Catechetics and Pastoral Guidance at the University of Dallas and the University of St. Thomas in Houston. 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 seven books and numerous articles on catechesis and ministry, and co-authored the "Allelu" and "Alive in Christ" catechetical series. Dr. White maintains a blog and resource site for catechists at www.SharingCatholicFaith.com.

White, Michael

Rev. Michael White

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

Lead Where You Serve - co-presented with Tom Corcoran

(06-09: Friday, Oct 25, 3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Fr. Michael White received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he worked for five years as personal secretary to William Cardinal Keeler, who was then archbishop. During that time, he served as the director of the papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore. During his tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance from 1,400 to over 4,000. More importantly, commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry, and much evidence of genuine spiritual renewal. White is the coauthor of Rebuilt, which narrates the story of Nativity's rebirth.


Beth Wise

Sponsored by Robert-Leslie Publishing

Let's Investigate! Hands on Science and Math

(04-06: Friday, Oct 25, 1:15 - 2:15 pm)

A distinguished author, speaker, and early childhood consultant, Beth Wise is also the Editor-in-Chief of Robert-Leslie Publishing. Ms. Wise has written more than 50 books and programs for young children and has been instrumental in the creation of nearly 150 highly acclaimed educational products. She also had the privilege of being part of Disney's creative development team. Heavily involved in science and math education, Ms. Wise volunteers as a judge for the Marine and Technology Education (MATE) international underwater robotics competitions every year.


Paul Wood

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - One School's Story - co-presented with Christine Voigt

(05-12: Friday, Oct 25, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Paul Wood is the Director of Technology for Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, TX. He is a member of TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). He is also a well respected member of one of the largest ed tech PLNs.


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