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2018 Speakers

Fr. Calloway is speaking at Calvert Hall March 14, 2015

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a convert to Catholicism, is a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice and thrown in jail multiple times. After his radical conversion he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and an S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.

Fr. Calloway has written many academic articles and is the editor of two books: The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church (Marian Press, 2004) and The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body (Marian Press, 2005). He is also the author of Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina (Marian Press, 2008) and the Catholic bestsellers No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy (Marian Press, 2010), and Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest (Marian Press, 2013). Fr. Calloway’s latest book is titled Marian Gems: Daily Wisdom on Our Lady. (Marian Press, 2014).

Mark Teixeira once expressed, “If I can be a good person and help a few non-believers or even help people that are believers but need a little help along the way,…that’s a job that I take seriously.” As a professional baseball player, Mark also stated that baseball was his career not who he was. Mark has always taken pride in the way he lives his faith both on the field and off. Mark is a great role model as a courageous man of Christ--something he wants for all men.

After 14 years in Major League Baseball with the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angles Angels and the New York Yankees, Mr. Teixeira retired in 2016. As an accomplished first baseman, Mark won five Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards and was named to three MLB All-Star Teams. Currently, he works as a Baseball Analyst with ESPN.

Mr. Teixeira grew up in Severna Park, attended Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and The Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Management.

Mark, his wife Leigh and their three children live in Greenwich, Connecticut where they attend St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. He gives back to the community through education and scholarship programs at Mount St. Joseph High School, Georgia Tech and the DREAM Charter School in Harlem, New York. Along his faith journey, Mark leads small group Bible studies for various MLB Teams and contributes his talents to support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

2017 Speakers  

Dr. Scott Hahn

Topics: ■ “Evangelizing Catholics ■ “Lord Have Mercy” ■ “Consuming the Word”

Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their fourteenth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph Communications. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.

He has been awarded the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and president of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. From 2005 to 2011, he held the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 1979, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. Scott has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.

Deacon Paul Shelton

Topic: ■ “Called to Holiness not Perfection”

Deacon Paul Shelton has been an ordained servant of the people of God for over 30 years. He is a permanent deacon at the Blessed Sacrament Church. He has spent his years of service at two urban churches teaching, preaching, and journeying with people in their day to day struggles. Deacon Paul has practiced law for 35 years. His practice has enabled him to support a family of three children along with his lovely wife of 40 years, Michelle Shelton. They met while Paul was in his Master’s Degree program at UMBC. Currently, Deacon Paul also serves on the board of St. Frances's Academy, the oldest existing school dedicated to educating children of color in challenging communities.



Alex Zunca

Topic: ■ “God Blessed Me Then Saved My Heart”

Alex Zunca, was instrumental in the formation of the “North / South Relationship Program” [N/S] focused on establishing a relationship between the State of Maryland (Metropolitan Washington area) and countries in Latin America, that focused on opportunities to exchange information on the best available technologies, practices and education available in the in order to sustain and ensure economic viability, social, and environmental integrity.

For more than 14 years, Alex Zunca has been a liaison with officials in countries of Latin America and those in the State of Maryland and Metropolitan Washington Area. As Spanish and Portuguese Liaison with the Baltimore School Police Department, he has encouraged the opening of dialogue and exchange of information, technology and training between Maryland’s law enforcement and those in various countries of Latin America. Mr. Zunca has traveled throughout Latin America evaluating the education and public safety practices in place, looking for potential opportunities from which a community could benefit from changes in their social environment, and determine how these changes would help improve and enhance the quality of life, especially for the future.

2016 Speakers

John Harbaugh, Raven's Coach

Super Bowl-winning head coach John Harbaugh has led the Ravens to a playoff berth in six (2008-12 and 2014) of his seven seasons in Baltimore, and in 2012, captured the franchise’s second World Championship.  Though he never wants it to be about him, it’s become quite difficult to ignore Harbaugh’s measurable success.

Devoted to his family and his Christian faith, John is most active in helping the Baltimore area be better for families. He earned the 2011 “Power of Excellence Award” from the (Ben) Carson Scholars for “demonstrating excellence in life and being a role model.” He’s a board member for the Port Discovery Children’s Museum and a contributor to All Pro Dads, along with numerous Baltimore-area events and charities. Also a willing volunteer, his wife, Ingrid, contributes to both the Helping Up Mission and Sarah’s House.  For complete bio, check out the Raven's Website.

Deacon Larry Oney

Growing up as a sharecropper’s son on Holly Brook Plantation on Way Way Lane in rural northern Louisiana, Larry struggled with the reality of racism.

An excerpt from his book, Amazing Grace Overcoming Race:

“The undeniable, unavoidable chains of bondage held me, my family, and all the black folk around us. It felt as though we were simply manacled puppets and the white landowners pulled the strings, those invisible chains, as they pleased. There was no regard for age or sex. Men and women, young and old, were manipulated within the carefully crafted structure of the sharecropper economy.”

Larry did overcome and continued to grow and thrive in school and life. Today, he is the owner and CEO of HGI Global, a third party administration and project management firm with over 300 employees. 

It is not just in his professional life that Larry has overcome so many obstacles.  He strives to be faithful in his calling as a Deacon in the Catholic Church and an evangelist of his Christian faith.  Throughout the last few years, Deacon Larry Oney has spoken in several nations and throughout the United States of America.  You can learn more about his ministry at

Fr. Larry Richards

A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master and author, Father Larry Richards holds the answer to some of life’s most profound questions. He speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards has directed hundreds of Retreats, Parish Missions and Conferences for young and old alike. His inspirational talks and presentations, always authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the hearts, minds, and lives of millions of listeners worldwide. He continues to accept invitations for speaking engagements all over the United States and in Canada and has recently traveled abroad to continue his mission of evangelization.  Click Here for Father Larry Richards' Full Biography (pdf).

2015 Speakers
St. Andrew by the Bay spearheads call for men to evangelize without going it alone 
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George Weigel is speaking at Calvert Hall March 14, 2015George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress.

Mr. Weigel is the author or editor of some twenty other books, including The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010); Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac (Crossroad, 2012); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic, 2013) and Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic, 2013).His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Vatican analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to sixty newspapers.

Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science.

Dr. Edward Sri is speaking at Calvert Hall March 14, 2015

Dr Edward Sri is a Catholic theologian, author and speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. He has written several Catholic best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass, which was used in about 1 out of 4 parishes in the USA in preparation for the new translation of the Mass.

He is the author of Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: Rediscovering the Heart of a Disciple (Summer 2014– Our Sunday Visitor) and Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross (Image). He currently serves as a professor of theology and Vice President of Mission and Outreach at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He also is the director and host of a new 18-part video series on the Catholic faith for adult faith formation called Symbolon: The Catholic

Faith Explained (Augustine Institute), and he serves as the general editor of Opening the Word, a new app for Catholics with video, audio and written reflections on the Scripture readings from Mass (Augustine Institute).

Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land and regularly speaks at Catholic parishes, conferences and diocesan catechetical congresses. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and resides with his wife Elizabeth and their six children in Littleton, Colorado.

Other books by Edward Sri include:

• Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights on John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility (Servant)
• The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights for Praying the 20 Mysteries (Servant)
• The Advent of Christ: Scriptural Reflections to Prepare for Christmas (Servant Books)
• The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures (Ascension Press)
• Mystery of the Kingdom: On the Gospel of Matthew (Emmaus Road)
• Queen Mother: A Biblical Theology of Mary’s Queenship (Emmaus Road)
• Dawn of the Messiah: The Coming of Christ in Scripture (Servant)
• The Gospel of Matthew in the Catholic Commentary on Scripture series (coauthored with Curtis Mitch) (Baker Academic)

Fr. Calloway is speaking at Calvert Hall March 14, 2015

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a convert to Catholicism, is a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice and thrown in jail multiple times. After his radical conversion he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and an S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.

Fr. Calloway has written many academic articles and is the editor of two books: The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church (Marian Press, 2004) and The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body (Marian Press, 2005). He is also the author of Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina (Marian Press, 2008) and the Catholic bestsellers No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy (Marian Press, 2010), and Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest (Marian Press, 2013). Fr. Calloway’s latest book is titled Marian Gems: Daily Wisdom on Our Lady. (Marian Press, 2014).

2014 Speakers

 Cardinal Donald WuerlCardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. He participated in the March conclave that elected Pope Francis.

He serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America, chairman of the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and also of The Papal Foundation. He serves on the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for Clergy, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Cardinal Wuerl is known for his teaching ministry and is the author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way.  His recent books include, The Mass (2011), Seek First the Kingdom (2012), Faith That Transforms Us: Reflections on the Creed (January 2013), New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today (January 2013) and The Church (March 2013).

Cardinal Wuerl hosted Pope Benedict XVI in Washington in April 2008 on the Holy Father’s historic journey to the United States.  He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the Relator General for the October 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. 

The Cardinal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University while attending the North American College, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966, and ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He served as Auxiliary Bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington.  His titular church in Rome is Saint Peter in Chains.

Deacon Alex JonesDeacon Alex Jones is a married father of three sons, eleven grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons.  In 1965 he graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Art education.   From April 1975 to December 2000 he was the senior minister of two churches in the city of Detroit.  As well, he was a teacher in the Detroit School System for 28 years.  In 2007 he received a MAPS Degree (Masters in Pasto ral Studies) from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. 

In March of 1998, while reading the apostolic fathers and subsequent church history in preparation for a Wednesday evening bible study, he discovered the Church to be charismatic/liturgical, hierarchical, and Eucharistic-centered.  In light of that discovery, he and his wife began a two-year journey into the Catholic Church that culminated in fifty-four members of his previous congregation, including fourteen members of his family, entering the Catholic Church.  They entered R.C.I.A. at St. Suzanne Catholic Community on September 10, 2000, and were welcomed into the Catholic Church through confirmation during Easter Vigil on April 14, 2001.

His journey is chronicled in his book, No Price too High! 
"Some of the reactions I got when Catholics found out I was coming into the Church were disheartening. One priest actually asked why I would want to come into the Church. And there were other Catholics who expressed similar sentiments. There was no universal concept. They felt everyone has his own religion and it works for him--so great! They believed the unity lies in the belief in God and in Jesus Christ, not in the governmental unity of the church. Hey, we're all going to heaven, so just stay where you are! They are trying to be magnanimous. What they failed to realize is that when a person's heart has been stirred to see the truth of the Church, that kind of thinking comes across almost as that of an apostate....I don't think those people know what they are saying. It is a tremendous hindrance to tell someone seeking the truth to say where he is."

Tim StaplesTim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.

During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!

He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.

2013 Speakers

Ralph Martin is the  president of Renewal Ministries (, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of “The Choices We Face” a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than 30 countries.

He  is also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and an assistant professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.

In December of 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, for a five year term.

He is the author of a number of articles and books the most recent of which is The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. He and his wife Anne reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Richard Lane was born in Detroit, Michigan to Mary O. Alexander, retired Educator for the Highland Park School system and the Late Dick “Night Train” Lane; National Football League Hall of Fame Cornerback, Mr. Lane, Jr. attended Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia and also served honorably for nearly six years in the United States Army Military Police Corps in numerous domestic and international locations.

As a convert to the Faith in April 19, 2003, it was in early 2005 when Mr. Lane was lead to begin proclaiming the Gospel as a Street Corner Evangelist, sharing the Word of God, passing out Bibles, Crosses and other Religious items. Since that time Mr. Lane has been featured on “Catholic Answers Live”, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio, Our Sunday Visitor, the National Catholic Reporter, Sports Review Magazine, as well as Eternal Word Television Network’s (EWTN) the “Journey Home” with Marcus Grodi and is the Co-Founder of Catholic Men for Christ Men’s Conference in St. Louis, Missouri which continues to draw thousands of men each year to hear the Powerful Message of the Gospel.

Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and a scripture commentary entitled St. John’s Gospel). He is in great demand as a speaker for conferences and parishes around the world and is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio, EWTN and many other radio and TV programs. He is writer, producer and host of the 10-part video/DVD series “The Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine” filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Steve and his wife Janet and are certified guides to the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages throughout the Israel and other biblical lands. His website is He lives in Michigan with his wife Janet. He has four children and ten grandchildren.


2012 Speakers

  Danny Abramowicz

Former NFL all-pro wide receiver and coach, has created a television show with EWTN Global Catholic Network called "Crossing the Goal".  Danny is bringing his show to the conference for later airing on EWTN.  Join him and his co-hosts as they talk to us about what's difficult in our lives right now and how to do something about it.

Brian Patrick

 Host of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Catholic Radio.  He shares weekday mornings with Greater Cincinnati's Catholic Christians.  Brian mentors young men who struggle with addiction, and will speak openly with us of his own recovery and conversion.
  Curtis Martin

President and Founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).  Whether he is on college campuses or television, at conferences or working with corporate America, Curtis is always an inspirational speaker.  He'll share with us how faith in God gives the tools to discover the fullness of life.

 Peter Herbeck

VP & Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries.  Peter has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal thoughout the world for the past twenty-five years.  A nationally renowned speaker and author of books and CDs .  Peter will s
ak about discipleship, evangelization and our spiritual journey.

  2011 Speakers

Father Michael Lightner, Director of Apostolate of Prayer Father Michael Lightner

As a standout athlete in high school, Michael accepted a full scholarship to play football at the University of Eastern Michigan. Standing 6 ft. 4 in, in height and possessing a massive build of 330 lbs, he the ideal candidate for the NFL's next offensive lineman. On a Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, with his Mother Joyce, the Lord called to him, to come play for His team. Through his incredible Confession, to seeing God's Healing Power first-hand, this college football-player was deeply moved by God's Divine Mercy. Father Michael is now the Director of Campus Ministries of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is also the Director of Apostolate of Prayer in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI.
Father Paul Nicholson, pastor for the Diocese of London, ON
Father Paul Nicholson

 Fr Paul was ordained in 1997 and is a pastor for the Diocese of London, ON.  He is the youngest of six brothers and is an associate member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.  He is a humorous and dynamic speaker who is passionate about being Catholic and passing on the faith to those striving for holiness.  He is an enthusiastic and energenic preacher who will offer practical assistance to men to find and serve Christ in the midst of ordinary life.

Dave Durand, Catholic Personal Success Coach

Dave Durand

 Dave Durand was named as one of America’s top 100 minds in Personal Development by Leadership Excellence Magazine alongside Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. During his career as a Personal Success Coach, he has trained over 100,000 professionals.  He is also a Best Selling Author of Perpetual Motivation and Time Management For Catholics. Along with being an author and columnist, he is a radio personality and is heard in 40 markets worldwide.  His books, CD's and other materials have been translated into four languages.  So far, he has successfully started four profitable small businesses.

  2010 Speakers


George Weigel, Catholic Theologian

George Weigel, distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America's leading public intellectuals.

      Weigel is the author or editor of many books, including The Final Revolution.  The Resistance Church and Collapse of Communism (Oxford, 1992); Witness to Hope (HarperCollins, 1999); and God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church (HarperCollins, 2005).

      From 1989 through June 1996, Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues.


Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, Human Life International

 Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer became president of Human Life International in December 2000.  Human Life International is the world's largest pro-life organization with affiliate offices and associates in eighty countries around the world.  In nine years of service to this unique mission Fr. Euteneuer has traveled more than one million miles as a pro-life missionary and has visited fifty-seven countries.

     While in college, Fr. Euteneuer participated in the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program, attended basic training at Quantico, Virginia and graduated at the top of his Company.  After discerning that the Lord was calling him to the priesthood rather than the military, he entered the seminary.  His pro-life activity began in the early years of his priesthood with prayer vigils, pilgrimages, pickets at abortion mills, sidewalk counseling and the establishment of a crisis pregnancy center across the street from an abortion mill in 1999.

Rev. Rick Wendell

 Rev. Rick Wendell  As a thirty year old carpenter and soon to be married, Rick was involved in a construction accident that left him clinically dead for nearly three hours.  During that time he had an out of body experience.  Later, on an unplanned trip with his mother to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, Our Lord appeared to him as The Good Sheppard and asked him to become a priest.

      Rick entered the Seminary, and began a long and arduous road to the priesthood.  Fr. Rick was Ordained in May, 2006, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is now pastor at Tri-Parish Catholic Churches of Southwest Dodge County WI.  The individual parishes are: St. Columbkille, Columbus, WI; St. John the Baptist, Clyman WI; and Holy Family, Reeseville, WI.  His amazing story of life, death and the graces he was given in Medjugorje will truly touch you.

2009 Speakers

      Archbishop Edwin Frederick O'Brien attended St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York on May 29, 1965 by Francis Cardinal Spellman.
    His first assignment was as a civilian chaplain at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He would later be commissioned to become a military chaplain and serve a tour of duty in Vietnam leaving the service in 1973.  He served in many positions in the archdiocese of New York and on February 6, 1996, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of New York. On April 7 of the following year, he was named coadjutor bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services and on August 12, 1997, he succeeded as archbishop.
    On July 12, 2007, his appointment as Archbishop of Baltimore by Pope Benedict XVI was announced.
   Fr. Phillip Chavez is a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, the same congregation of Fr. John Corapi.  As the director of the Amator Institute, a men’s ministry based in south-central PA, he strives to awaken and strengthen the identity and mission of young men and fathers. He summons them to realize their natural longing to be a Leader, Protector, and Provider in their homes, churches, and community.  And he calls men to assume their supernatural calling to emulate Christ as Priest, Prophet, and King in order to edify others and build up the Kingdom of God.  Fr. Chavez gives several conferences each year on themes of “Masculine Spirituality.”  Currently, he is focusing on parish workshops where he presents his signature themes of a man’s (1) Identity, (2) Mission, and (3) Journey.
 Mark Houck, Co-Founder & President of The King's Men, is a 1997 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After pursuing his dreams to become a professional football player following his playing days in college, Mark worked in Human Resource Management as a recruiter, salesman & production manager. Feeling called to make a difference in young people's lives, he transitioned into a career as a counselor at a juvenile correction facility from 1998-2002. Upon receipt of his Master's Degree in Education in 2003 from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Mark began his career lecturing teens on their sexuality through the ministry of Generation Life. Since 2004, he has shared the messages of pro-life and chastity with thousands of teens and parents throughout the United States and Canada. After co-founding The King's Men in 2006, Mark launched his career forming men throughout the country on a variety of topics related to the development of authentic masculinity. He is 34 years old, married and is the proud father of a newborn son named Mark Jr.


2008 Speakers



Msgr. James P. Farmer graduated from Archbishop Curley High School in 1965 and from Loyola College in 1969. He then attended the Catholic University of America Columbus Law School graduating in 1972. He served in the U. S. Army as a captain and then was a public defender for five years before entering the seminary at Mt. St. Mary’s and being ordained a priest Nov. 24, 1979. As a parish priest he has been involved in the Pro-Life movement for 10 years, a columnist for the Catholic Review, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas for 14 1/2 years and now pastor of St. Ursula’s. He was made a Monsignor in 2007.

John Morales is a veteran bilingual sports reporter and anchor, who’s had a passion for sports during his extensive career in television and radio. John most recently served as the co-producer, writer, and narrator of “Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition,” a groundbreaking sports film that showcases the intersection of sports and faith in Major League Baseball. John’s other passion is the Catholic faith. He has been able to share his unique perspective on sports and faith on Relevant Radio, EWTN, Ave Maria Radio, and Michigan Catholic Radio. He also has been a speaker at many conferences and parishes around the country. Morales lives in Glenview, IL with his wife Cindy and their son Joseph Dominic.

Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D., was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Peoria, IL. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying at Oxford. He currently serves as Director of Homiletics and Pre-Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary and Special Counsel to the President for Catholic Identity and Mission at Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by His Holiness John Paul II and is a Knight Commander for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.


2007 Speakers




 Dr. Thomas H. Powell, PhD - Faith, Discovery, Leadership, Community

    Current President of Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD.  As Mount Saint Mary's University preparest for its bicentennial celebration in 2008, these four words have become the cornerstone of Thomas H. Powell's presidency.

    Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr. Powell was the president of Glenville State College (enrollment of 2,500) in Glenville, West Virginia.  While at Glenville, Dr. Powell was credited with completing a major campus renovation program, revitalizing the college's Foundation, developing its first annual fund program, increasing the college's endowment, and initiating a program titled "A Renaissance of Shared Values" to focus attention on the key values of academic integrity.
    Ed Reinhardt and his son, Eddie

    The story of a father and his son who faced a life threatening situation.  They will share their journey of anguish, love and empowerment and show us how ordinary individuals can do extraordinary things.  Eddie was a member of Coach Bill McCartney's first recruiting class at the University of Colorado.  He was the second leading pass receiver in the nation when he received a life changing football brain injury.  For 62 days, Eddie floated between life and death in a coma.  His parents have assisted him in his rehabilitation for the past 20 years.  Ed and Eddie travel the U.S. sharing their encouraging story, which inspires listeners to dedicate more time building strong relationships with family and friends.  Ed Sr. talks about the importance of the influence of fathers in the family.  The witness story is a must for all dads and their sons.  Don't miss it!

 James F Mutscheller, CLU

   Played professional football for the Baltimore Colts as an end.  Prior to his football career, James served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Japan and Korea.  His college football was played as a member of the University of Notre Dame squad and as Captain of hte team in 1951.

    James was a member of the Colts team in the 1958 NFL Championship game of the Baltimore Colts vs. the New York Giants (greatest game ever played.)

2006 Speakers

   Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

A theologian and father of five, Marcellino D'Ambrosio as an author answers questions with both theological depth and practical common sense. He has both contemplated on the Eucharist with the mystics and spent many of his Sunday mornings trying to keep infants and toddlers from disrupting the liturgy. His works are therefore enlightening, inspiring, entertaining, and eminently practical! He has written on many Catholic subjects including the Mass, the Rosary, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and the Doctors of the Church. After listening to this talk, your experience of being Catholic will be forever changed. More information can be found at:
   Fr. Gerry Francik

Is the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He has served at All Saints Parish in NW Baltimore City, St. Joseph Parish, Texas, MD, in addition to the O’Dwyer Retreat House where he was director providing retreats for the schools and parishes younger folks. Before his current position he was the director of campus ministry and Chaplin at Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmetsburg. He has a BA Towson State in Mass Communication, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity for St. Mary Seminary and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University.

 Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele

Since taking office in Jan. 2003 has helped redefine Maryland’s goals and commitment towards small and minority businesses and public education while chairing the Commissions on “Minority Business Enterprise Reform” and “Quality Education in Maryland”. After graduating from Archbishop Carroll High School and Johns Hopkins University he spent three years as a seminarian in the order of St. Augustine before getting his law degree from Georgetown in 1991. He was the 1 st African American to be elected to be a state (MD) Republican Party chair in 2000 and the first African American to hold a statewide office in Maryland in 2003. A recent honor was being chosen by Pres. Bush to be part of the U. S. delegation at the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI. He is an active member of St. Mary’s in Landover Hills where he attends mass with his wife and sons.

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