ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS!

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

 

Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). His diverse background as an award-winning chef, radio and TV host, gives him a unique perspective on ministry and family life.  

Fr. Patrick Behm


TOPIC: Relationship Between the Church and Politics: Is the Garment Really Seamless?

We’ve often heard of the “seamless garment” when it comes to Catholic morality and an informed conscience in the political sphere. But, is this really the proper way to look at our political participation as Catholics?

Fr. Patrick Behm is a priest of the Diocese of Sioux City, IA. He is a graduate of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, CO, and he currently serves as parochial vicar of St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll, St. Mary’s in Willey, St. Joseph’s in Dedham, Annunciation in Coon Rapids, and as chaplain of Kuemper Catholic Schools in Carroll, Iowa. He loves being a priest of Jesus Christ.

 Sr. Alicia Torres

TOPIC: Testimonial: Turn and Become Like a Child
Sr. Alicia shares her testimony of how God called her to religious life and how she has learned that unless we turn and become like children we cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

 Sr. Alicia Torres, F.E., is a member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, a religious community that carries out the mission of the Church through service to the poor, evangelization, teaching and Eucharistic Adoration (www.FranciscansOfTheEucharistofChicago.com). She studied theology at Loyola University Chicago (BA) and Mundelein Seminary (MDiv), and received her MA in Teaching from Dominican University in River Forest. She currently works at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels on Chicago’s West Side, and serves as a religion teacher in an inner city Catholic School. She has been involved in many media projects and interviews, including competing & winning on the Food Network’s Chopped in 2015 and has contributed articles to several online and print outlets, including First Things, Catholic News Service and Living City.

Deacon Harold
Burke-Sivers

TOPIC: Dealing With The Tyranny of Relativism
Our culture tells us that freedom means “independence;” that I don’t need to subject myself to principles that are true in themselves, but that truth can be changed depending upon current trends or my particular situation. Christ, the Good Shepherd, tells us that man’s deepest truth and identity is to be in God–in the heart of the Trinity– to love as God loves.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network. Deacon Harold, a Benedictine Oblate, is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, and the acclaimed new book, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African American Priest. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Most importantly, Deacon Harold is married to his lovely wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children.

Rev. Brian P. Christensen


TOPIC: 
Ecumenism: Catholics Confidently Collaborating
This presentation will look at the call to Christian unity and the unique role that Catholic lay faithful play in dialogue and collaboration with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Father Christensen is a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City. After seven years of active duty service as an YS Air Force pilot, he entered seminary and was ordained in 1999. He served eight years as Vocations Director, three years as Director of Deacon Formation, and three years as Vice Rector at the Pontifical North American College. He is currently in his fourth year as pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, SD.

Fr. Michael Denk


TOPIC: 
Spirituality: Pray40Days – THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED!
Whether you are a beginner, want to grow, or have a very advanced prayer life, the exercises in Pray40Days will help you experience God—for real. Designed especially for people who want to grow in their prayer life but just don’t know how, it can also help those who may not realize they want to grow, but will soon discover how much deeper they can really go!

 

Fr. Michael J. Denk is the Founder of The Prodigal Father Productions whose mission is to inspire, introduce and guide people in a deep and authentic life of prayer, leading them to an intimate, mystical and personal relationship with God their Father, in and through Jesus Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit. He is a prolific writer and has been published in numerous periodicals including The Priest, Our Sunday Visitor, Emmaus, Crisis, Catholic-Link, UCatholic, Homiletics and Pastoral Review, and Shalom Tidings.

Fr. John Hollowell


TOPIC: Emotional or Physical Illness: The Good News on Suffering
The Catholic approach to suffering is one of the treasures of the Church that sets us apart, and needs to be known and shared with everyone.

Ordained in 2009 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Currently serving as pastor of Annunciation in Brazil and St. Paul’s in Greencastle and Chaplain to Putnamville Correctional Facility and DePauw University

Sr. Andrew Marie Tyler, fsp

TOPIC: My Vocation Story: finding a home in the heart of Jesus
A brief vocation story that shares how a girl from a non-practicing Catholic family with divorced parents discovers Jesus in the Eucharist and finds a home in the Church and then a call to the religious life.

Sr. Andrew Marie Tyler, fsp was born and raised in Texas. Growing up in a non-practicing Catholic family she never went to Mass on Sundays! Growing up she was very active in sports and music especially Karate and playing percussion. Towards the end of high school she had a profound encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and it forever changed her life. She studied English and Photography at Sam Houston State University and then entered her community in 2004, professing perpetual vows in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Sr. Andrew Marie is currently assigned to the Daughters of St. Paul community in Miami, Florida.

Fr. Rob Galea

TOPIC: Developing a Real Prayer Life for the Busy Catholic
Our life gets crazy sometimes but God remains constant. Fr Rob will talk about connecting with the Constant in our daily lives.

Fr Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr Rob has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences. He and his team currently minister to over 400,000 young people each year, carrying Christ’s message of hope and relationship with Jesus to all they encounter. Fr Rob’s passion is to draw others to the heart of God. He believes that music is an important instrument in helping people understanding the need for intimacy with God. Whilst greatly appreciating his gift of music, he recognises that before everything he is a follower of Christ, a priest and only then, a musician.

Fr. Patrick Hyde


TOPIC: 
Making the Liturgy Come to Life
When the Sunday Mass stands completely apart from our daily life, it can be difficult to engage. Making our life a preparation for, participation in, and thanksgiving from the Mass brings new life to our participation in the Mass and leads to new fruit from our reception of the Eucharist.

Fr. Patrick is the pastor and director of campus ministry at St. Paul Catholic Center in Bloomington, Indiana, the Newman Center for Indiana University.

Fr. Roger Landry

TOPIC: Making Better Confessions
This talk will discuss how better to understand the Sacrament of Penance, to examine one’s conscience, grow in sorrow, make firmer amendments and live by God’s mercy.

Fr. Roger J. Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, MA, who works for the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York. He was appointed by Pope Francis in 2016 a Missionary of Mercy, one of 600 priests throughout the world with a special papal mandate to preach on mercy, to remove penalties reserved to the Holy See in the confessional, and exemplify God’s summons to mercy. He writes regularly for the National Catholic Register and other publications, was an onsite commentator for EWTN’s coverage of the conclave that elected Pope Francis, and is the author of the 2018 Book Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker


TOPIC: 
Catholics and Politics: Common Sense and the Common Good
Finding a third way through the maze of American Politics.


Fr Dwight Longenecker was raised as an Evangelical and then became a priest in the Church of England. He and his family came into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1995 and ten years later they returned to the US where he was ordained as a Catholic priest through the Pastoral Provision for married former Protestant ministers. He is the author of over twenty books and booklets on Catholic faith and culture. His latest title is Immortal Combat-Confronting the Heart of Darkness. Follow his blog at dwightlongenecker.com

Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie Gitonga, FSP, PhD


TOPIC:
 God, Media and You: Holiness is Possible in our #Media Age
Do you love movies? Listening to music? Connecting with people on social media? Learning and keeping up to date on different things on the Internet? Media is the air we breath in our day and age – beginning with our daily use of phones for almost everything. But how do we integrate our Catholic faith with our media life? How do we strive to live the Gospel values online and offline? Many times it’s a struggle. There is a way however…because even in our day and age, it is possible to be the saints God has called us to be. God’s grace is super sufficient!

Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie Gitonga, FSP is a member of the Daughters of St Paul, a group of consecrated Catholic women religious dedicated to evangelization with social communications media. Born and raised Catholic in Kenya, Africa, she discovered her vocation to religious life during her doctoral studies in the US and is now currently missioned with her sisters at the Pauline Books and Media center in New Orleans, LA. She joyfully shares the treasures of her grace-soaked journey of life and Catholic faith with people of all walks of life through writing, faith formation talks, retreats and different social media platforms. She currently serves as the National Director of the Pauline Cooperators, a lay Institute of the Pauline Family.

Fr. Edward Looney


TOPIC: 
Developing a Real Prayer Life for the Busy Catholic
Fr. Edward Looney will introduce individuals to simple ways they can begin to foster a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in their life. 

Fr. Edward Looney is a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay and serves as pastor of two rural parishes. He is the author of the best-selling books “A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary,” “A Heart Like Mary’s,” and “A Rosary Litany.” He hosts the weekly podcast “How They Love Mary,” and is a frequent contributor to print and online platforms, and appears regularly on Relevant Radio.

Fr. Jonathan Meyer

TOPIC: Making the Liturgy Come to Life:
Devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament – 26 Easy Steps
Practical tips and step by step instruction on how to implement reverent celebrations of Mass with Chant, Ad Orientem, Adoration etc; while remaining relevant, relational and welcoming. Additional Talks
Youth and Young Adult Ministry – Our Best Investment.
Mission Statements to Purpose – Take the Mission Statement Off the Wall and Bring Purpose into Your Parish.

Father Jonathan Meyer was ordained a priest in 2003 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. After his ordination he served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese. He has also served at several parishes. In his spare time, he coaches Track and Cross Country; coaching at public schools for the past 10 years. He maintains a presence on the internet with weekly homilies and other teachings. He has written and published two children’s plays and recently wrote a chapter for Dynamic Catholic’s book, Beautiful Hope.

Fr. Bryan Patterson


TOPIC: Racism: When One Is Not One

Why racism is damaging to our efforts of Evangelization

Fr. Brian Patterson has been a priest for twenty-two years on the 27th of June 2020. Currently, he is the Rector of Saint James Cathedral in Brooklyn. He has served as a pastor once before, parochial vicar in many parishes often in ministry to Spanish and Italian speaking people. He has served as a university professor, was on the faculty of a Polish seminary in Michigan where he also taught and have taught in the seminaries here in New York. He became a Lutheran by choice as a teenager and ten years later converted to the Catholic faith.

Fr. Erik Pohlmeier


TOPIC: 
Marriage: Living Fidelity Every Day
Fidelity is much more than avoiding someone else. The daily practice of fidelity can’t be lived by accident. It depends on a conscious giving of self as promised in the wedding vows. 

Fr. Erik Pohlmeier is the pastor of Christ the King parish in Little Rock and the Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Little Rock.

Sr. Andrew Marie Tyler, FSP

TOPIC: My Vocation Story: Finding a home in the heart of Jesus
A brief vocation story that shares how a girl from a non-practicing Catholic family with divorced parents discovers Jesus in the Eucharist and finds a home in the Church and then a call to the religious life.

Sr. Andrew Marie Tyler, fsp was born and raised in Texas. Growing up in a non-practicing Catholic family she never went to Mass on Sundays! Growing up she was very active in sports and music especially Karate and playing percussion. Towards the end of high school she had a profound encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and it forever changed her life. She studied English and Photography at Sam Houston State University and then entered her community in 2004, professing perpetual vows in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Sr. Andrew Marie is currently assigned to the Daughters of St. Paul community in Miami, Florida.

Fr. Willy Raymond

TOPIC: The Tyranny of Relativism: How Hollywood uses the art form of film as propaganda
Film is an art form perfectly suited to combatting propaganda for the sake of the truth.

Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, a worldwide family of ministries founded by Venerable Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., as Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions. His work has brought him to five continents and more than 17 countries to promote family spirituality and prayer furthering Father Peyton’s vision: “The family that prays together stays together.” HCFM.org

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrink

TOPIC: How to Discern your Vocation
There are many ways to discern our sacred calling from Jesus. Fr. Chase offers a perspective that gets to the heart of discernment by asking the right questions. The right questions lead us to understand our relationship, identity, and the mission for which we were created. Only by getting the right answers will we be spiritually mature enough to embrace our sacred vocation and live inspiring lives on mission!

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck grew up Bloomington, IL, where his parents – Mike and Kim – raised he and his brother, Blaise, in the Catholic faith. Fr. Chase was a two-sport athlete at University High School, playing varsity basketball for three years, and varsity soccer for four years. He was a high school All-American in soccer while at U-High and played on the United States Under-17 National Team before moving on to play Division I soccer at Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference. While at Clemson, Fr. Chase was a four-year starter, helping the Tigers win the 2001 ACC Championship and four NCAA tournament berths, including two Elite-Eight appearances.

Fr. Chase was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ in the Diocese of Peoria on May 24th, 2014. Having served for two years in parish life and as a high school chaplain, Fr. Chase is now in his fifth year as a college chaplain at the country’s largest Catholic Newman Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.

Fr. Kyle Schnippel

TOPIC: Homosexuality: The Church says ‘Yes!’ Walking with those who experience Same Sex Attraction
Often, the Church is maligned as a body that says ‘no,’ in particular when it comes to our brothers and sisters who experience same sex attraction. Yet, the Church has a deep compassion on these sons and daughters of hers who experience the cross in a very particular ways; and all Catholics are called to reach out with warmth to these brothers and sisters of theirs. Sharing wisdom gleaned from working with the local chapter of Courage, International, this talk aims to provide a framework for how to pastorally accompany those who experience same sex attraction and their families.

Fr. Kyle Schnippel is a priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and has served as a high school religion teacher and Director of Vocations prior to assuming the role of Pastor of two parishes in northwest Cincinnati. Since 2014, he has served as the local chaplain for Courage, International.

 

Fr. Agustino M. Torres

TOPIC: Catholic Social Justice
Catholic Social Justice for beginners based on Scripture

Fr. Agustino Miguel Torres is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR), a community established in the Bronx, NY and dedicated to work with the poor and evangelization. He is the President and Founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos por la Vida, apostolates dedicated to awakening and accompanying leaders in areas of great need. Fr. Agustino is a presenter on programs with EWTN “Clic con Corazon Puro” in Spanish and “ICONS” in English. He is also one of the founders of “Catholic Underground;” Casa Guadalupe and the John Paul II House—houses of discernment for women and men respectively. He is internationally sought to speak about sexuality in the context of the Doctrine of the Church, vocational discernment, missionary discipleship, amongst others. Every year, Fr. Agustino speaks to more than 25,000 youth and millions of persons through the media.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

TOPIC: Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick: Getting It Right
We will make some distinctions about the Sacrament of Anointing, how it is to be administered, to whom, and under what conditions.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, or simply “Father Z”, is convert from Lutheranism. He was first drawn to the Church by the beauty of traditional Catholic liturgy. After studying Classical languages at the University of Minnesota he entered the seminary and completed his formation for the priesthood in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University. In 1991 he was ordained to the priesthood by St. John Paul II. He worked as a collaborator in the same Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” for many years, and did post-graduate work in Patristic Theology, the Fathers of the Church, at the Augustinianum in Rome. Fr. Zuhlsdorf has written for many print publications such as The Wanderer in which he had a column on liturgical translations for eleven years and now also the British Catholic weekly The Catholic Herald since 2011 and has appeared on Fox News, CBS and EWTN. Today Fr. Z is best known through his internet work through his award-winning blog. He lives and works in the Diocese of Madison, WI.