is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Blessed John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and Pope Francis have called us into - to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization. She is the Assistant Director of the Evangelization and Development Office for Parish Evangelization for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception where she manages and advises for the Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs for the New Evangelization (www.AllHeartsAfire.org
). Kelly is also the Program Manager for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, editor of Catholicism 101 - a program by Jeff Cavins on the basics of Catholicism - and a contribution writer for CatholicMom.com, TheDivineMercy.org and The Integrated Catholic Life, an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work. Kelly, her husband Andy, and their three children live in Minnesota.
Read more about Kelly at her website: kellywahlquist.com
Singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker Kitty Cleveland
has been delighting audiences around the world for many years, having appeared numerous on television (EWTN, Boston Catholic TV), on the radio, in concert and as a keynote speaker throughout North America and in Europe. She recently shared her testimony and sang at the Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday 2013 at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, which was broadcast live on EWTN.
Though she put her singing on hold after college to pursue careers as a lawyer, university instructor and career counselor, Kitty's life as a recording artist began in earnest after launching her first CD in 2000. She has since released eight CDs, plus two popular CDs with Lighthouse Catholic Media. Also in the works is a collection of jazz standards with some of the world's finest jazz musicians, which Kitty hopes will expand her potential audience.
Read more about Kitty at her website: kittycleveland.com
is a dynamic speaker who has addressed thousands of people at events, universities and high schools across the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK.
Rosario has served in many different ministries, ranging from leading youth groups to teaching catechism to directing RCIA programs. She was selected as the Women's Evangelization Director at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University for the organization University Christian Outreach. She also lived in a mission house serving the poor as a lay missionary with the Community of St. John in Saltillo, Coahuila MX.
While living in Los Angeles, Rosario worked in Hollywood for Act One, an organization training Christian writers and producers to work in the mainstream entertainment industry. She was also involved in reaching out and sharing the Catholic faith to those in the entertainment industry with The Hollywood Project. She was an organizer for 40 Days For Life, volunteered at Los Angeles Pregnancy Services and was on the core team for Catholic Underground LA.
Read more about Rosario at her website: rosariorodriguez.org
Especially for Teens!
Special sessions will be conducted for teens. Rosario Rodriguez will tell about her work on college campuses as a missionary in many different avenues wiht different organizations.
Archbishop Michael Jackels
We are excited to announce that Archbishop Michael Jackels will be the presider and homilist at our closing Mass. Archbishop Jackels was appointed as Archbishop of Dubuque on April 8, 2013. Prior to that he was Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita (KS) from 2005-2013. Before being appointed Bishop of Wichita he worked for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome for eight years under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
"There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."
Reconciliation, and Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
will be available during the conference.