Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Healy
Since 1989, Dr. Healy has been the director of the Center for Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. Jim Healy has spoken on marriage in over 85 dioceses across the country and beyond. His marriage preparation and enrichment materials, most notably his CD, When the Cake is Gone: How to Get Married and Stay Engaged, and his Living Together and Christian Commitment materials, have been used in every diocese in the United States. Dr. Healy has contributed chapters to a number of books, and has written for such magazines as Family Perspectives, Catholic World, Liguorian, Marriage, and Deacon Digest. He has also written online for the USCCB website, For Your Marriage, for the First Day and For Ever electronic newsletter for the newly married, and for Everyday Catholic. Dr. Healy was the founding president of Illinois Catholic Family Ministries, and has served as an advisor to the National Council of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Marriage and the Family. He was honored with the 2000 Family Ministry Award by the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. He and his wife Madonna have four children.
Catholic Schools: Victor Valenzuela
Victor is a National Religion Consultant for Bilingual Resources for William H. Sadlier, Inc. He has presented workshops to numerous groups both regionally and nationally. Victor has been in ministry for 25 years including classroom teaching, youth ministry, teacher training, and writing and development of new materials. He has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph Seminary in Menlo Park, CA and a Masters of Arts from the University of San Francisco. Curently, enrolled in a doctor of ministry degree at Barry University in Miami. Born in Arizona to parents of Mexican descent, he is fully bilingual and bicultural. He currently lives in Alameda, CA.
Víctor es consultor bilingüe a nivel nacional de William H. Sadlier Inc. Por más de 25 años ha estado trabajando en el ministerio hispano. Ha sido maestro de secundaria y ha colaborado en diversos ministerios parroquiales incluyendo pastoral juvenil y educación religiosa, donde tiene una gran experiencia preparando materiales. Terminó sus estudios superiores en el seminario St. Joseph en Mountain View, California y tiene dos años de teología cursados en el seminario St. Patricks. También tiene su maestría en educación religiosa de la Universidad de San Francisco. Actualmente esta matriculado en un programa para el doctorado en teología en Barry Univeristy en Miami. Nació en Arizona de padres mexicanos, ha vivido la mayor parte de su vida en el área de la bahía. Actualmente vive en Alameda, CA.
Family Life: Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10, a clinical psychologist, an author, a public speaker and a host for nationally syndicated radio and television. His radio show, The Doctor Is In can be heard weekdays or on Sirius/XM satellite radio, channel 130. Dr. Ray’s national television show, Living Right With Dr. Ray, is entering its 4th season. Dr. Ray’s has worked in school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and in a private practice. Dr. Ray has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning. He has been the program psychologist for Cleveland’s The Morning Exchange and Pittsburgh 2-Day. He has written many books on parenting, adoption, marriage and family life.
Family Life: Monica Gatlin
Monica Gatlin serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Curia for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, is a mother of four children and a wife of 26 years. Prior to working for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Monica served as the Administrative Assistant for four principals of a nationally known architect firm. Monica has spent over 20 years working closely with her Parish’s religious education, Adult Faith Formation (R.C.I.A.) and other catechetical programs. She also is Co-developer and instructor of a youth program for teenage girls named “Generation Esther” that provides a safe learning environment for young girls and their mothers to openly discuss the virtues and characteristics of Esther, based on the Book of Esther and book titled “Generation Esther”. Monica is frequently invited to share her experiences, from a mother’s perspective, of the great joys and challenges of balancing a demanding schedule in a career, in the church and in the family; while still finding time with God.
Hispanic Ministry: Hector Molina
Hector Molina is a dynamic lay Catholic speaker and apologist with over 20 years of experience in professional pastoral ministry and leadership in the Church. It was during his early years as a Youth Minister that Hector discerned his call to lay ecclesial ministry. He pursued his theological studies at St. John's University while serving as Pastoral Associate at the historic St. John the Baptist Parish in his home Diocese of Brooklyn. He served in this capacity for over a decade before relocating to the Archdiocese of St. Louis where he served for six years as Director of Hispanic Ministry and later as founding Director of The Office for the New Evangelization. In 2009, Hector launched his own full-time speaking apostolate, conducting Parish Seminars, Missions, Retreats and Conferences throughout the United States and abroad. In 2012, Hector joined the staff of Catholic Answers, the largest lay-run apostolate of Catholic apologetics and evangelization in North America, where he currently serves as an Apologist and Speaker. With his great wealth of knowledge and pastoral experience, Hector has developed a solid reputation as being one of the most passionate and articulate expositors and defenders of the Catholic faith. A devoted husband and father of five, Hector's fervent desire is to reach others for Christ, who, as the great apostle Paul put it, “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
Life, Justice & Human Dignity: Dr. Angela Franks
Popularly known as “Theologian Mom” Angela Franks, PhD is a professor of the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston. An acclaimed author and lecturer, Dr. Franks has recently penned an important work at the intersection of catechism, apologetics and human sexuality within our culture. With insight and clarity, Dr. Franks draws from a deep reservoir of authentic Church teaching that is so often considered but rarely communicated in a reasonable, coherent way. She has two books published - Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why and Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility. In Angela’s “spare time” she blogs alongside fellow theologian and husband Dr. David Franks while maintaining an impressive travel schedule to lecture across the country on everything from her book, to the the topic of marriage to Margaret Sanger on which she is a noted expert. The Franks reside in the City of Boston with their six children, all of whom are home-schooled.
Life, Justice & Human Dignity: Marco Crawford
Marco Crawford is the Vice-Chancellor and In-House Legal Counsel for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. He received his B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and is active in politics and serves on various boards for the City of Corpus Christi. His greatest accomplishment is being a husband and father to four daughters.
Religious Education: Dr. Madonna Healy
Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy is an educational consultant and Vice President of Rooted in Love, Inc. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois. Madonna has taught at both public and Catholic universities, and public and Catholic elementary schools. She is also an experienced volunteer catechist, a role she continues to enjoy. Her mission is to include all children, whatever their needs, in the educational and spiritual life of the Church. Madonna serves on the Autism Task Force of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. She is also currently helping to develop the curriculum on ADHD for the University of Dayton’s online learning program for catechists. Madonna herself has children with special needs She is the author of The ABC’s of A.D.D. for Catechists
, which has been used across the United States, as well as of The Day That Matthew Changed
and The Secret of Your Success
. Madonna and her husband Jim live in Joliet, Illinois. They have four adult children.
Religious Education: Rita Martinez
Rita Martinez is currently the Educational Sales Consultant for Loyola Press. She has had 31 years in the Catechetical field as a youth minister, DRE, and Catholic School Teacher in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and Diocese of New Mexico and presently in Galveston-Houston. She teaches formation classes in both English and Spanish for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for other PCL’s. She was president of a local professional PCL chapter in Galveston- Houston, Archdiocesan of Catechetical and Pastoral Ministers (ACPM). She is presently the vice president of the National Federation of Catechesis with Hispanics (FCH). She has a BA in Religious Studies and a MA in Theology from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She has certifications in youth ministry, pastoral ministry coordination. The National Certification from the USCCB for Parish Catechetical leader.
Stewardship: Scott Whitaker
After a life-changing pilgrimage to Italy, Whitaker began his faith-based fundraising career with the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis as the Director of Parish Services. As Director, he managed the annual $5 million archdiocesan appeal, cultivated major gifts and strengthened individual parish stewardship education. Presently, he serves as the Secretariat Director for Stewardship, Development and Communications for the Diocese of Austin and Executive Director for the Catholic Foundation – Diocese of Austin. Under his direction, the annual appeal rose 35% to over $5.5 million. He also directed the first-ever Diocesan capital campaign which exceeded its goal of $45 million with pledges over $84 million and directed a $10 million campaign for a new Catholic High School in north Austin. Currently, the Catholic Foundation has over $30 million in assets under management. Whitaker is an active volunteer at his parish. He also serves as regional Board representative to the International Catholic Stewardship Council Board of Directors and is board president for Hand to Hold, a non-profit that serves to educate the public about infant prematurity and infant loss. He received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and his M.S. degree from Iowa State University. He and his wife, Kathryn, have five children and reside in Austin, Texas.
Vocations: Father Jeff Kirby
Father Jeff Kirby is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, SC. Currently, he serves as the Vicar of Vocations and Director of the Drexel House: Catholic Residence for Men. Father Kirby holds a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome. He has been an elementary school catechist, a co-author of children's books, a middle school teacher, and a high school chaplain. Through his work with college students and professional young adults, he wrote the book, Lord, Teach Us to Pray.
Father Kirby seeks to highlight the importance of discipleship and the abundant life offered to all by Jesus Christ.
Young Adults: John Leonetti
Jon Leonetti is an international Catholic speaker, author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Jon desires to cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus and help others do the same through prayer, the sacraments, family life, Mary and the saints. Through Jon's keynote presentations and parish missions, thousands of Catholics each year discover the freedom Christ offers by way of his life and love.
Youth Track: Kevin Prevou
Kevin was a former Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Fort Worth, has served as a leader in youth ministry for over 30 years. He offers practical, step-by-step guidance to parishes and organizations seeking to build an effective outreach to adolescents.
Youth Track: Roy Petitfils
Roy Petitfils is a counselor who specializes in working with youth and young adults. He has been involved in youth and young adult ministry for nearly 20 years at the parish, diocesan, school and national levels. Roy is passionate about bridging the ever-expanding gap between adult and youth generations. He has written four books including God Wears Running Shoes—Reflections for those Working with Today’s Youth, which was downloaded over a half million times when it was released as an ebook.