21st Annual Conference
August 1-5, 2018
Presented by the
St. Thomas Aquinas Society
Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Bishop Michael Sheridan
Bishop Michael Sheridan was born in St. Louis, MO on March 4, 1945. He was ordained as a diocesan priest by Cardinal John J. Carberry on May 29, 1971. On September 3, 1997 Bishop Sheridan was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of St. Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali. On December 4, 2001 Bishop Sheridan was appointed coadjutor bishop of Colorado Springs and became the bishop of the diocese on January 30, 2003.
Bishop Sheridan has received several graduate degrees in theology, including a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome. We are honored to have Bishop Sheridan celebrate our Friday evening Mass this year. www.diocs.com
Fr. Chris Alar, MIC
Director of the Association of Marian Helpers
Father Chris entered the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy, as a postulant in July, 2006. Prior to that, he received a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After working several years at a Fortune 500 company, he began his own consulting company in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2000.
After answering the Lord's call, he attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, for his philosophy studies and earned his Masters of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Over the past several years he has been mentored by the world's leading experts in Divine Mercy, and he has spoken at over 100 parishes to date. Currently he lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, where he serves as "Fr. Joseph, MIC," the director of the Association of Marian Helpers.
Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza
Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and to the Organization of American States
His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, is a native of Talibon, Philippines. He earned a doctorate in Theology and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1990. He served at the Apostolic Nunciature in Madagascar, in Bulgaria, and then in Albania. He then served in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican and from there was appointed to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. He was named Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti on 8 May 2008 and was ordained an Archbishop on 3 July 2008. He was appointed Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York on 1 July 2014 and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States on 16 July 2014.
Fr. Lou Cerulli
Love and Power of the Eucharist
Father Lou Cerulli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the founder of the "Peace, Freedom and Healing Ministry" a ministry of Preaching, Teaching and Healing.
Father earned his Masters of Divinity from St. Peter's Seminary and King's College of the University of Western Ontario. In 1992 he began his journey to develop a series of teachings on "Healing in the Eucharist". Fr. Lou continues to travel internationally teaching and celebrating services on this important dimension of our Catholic faith.
"Do we really live our life as if the Love and Power of the Eucharist are transforming us, healing us and renewing our lives." (Fr. Lou)
Fr. Lou Cerulli joins Ralph Martin and describes how the Eucharist can bring us healing and deeper surrender to Christ
(Click image below).
Fr. Bill Halbing
God's Word Alive Today
Fr. Bill Halbing, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, is known for his gift of bible teaching. Fr. Bill, attended the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahwah, New Jersey, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on October 30th, 1982. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and received both his Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewish-Christian studies and his Master of Divinity degree at Seton Hall University.
Active in Charismatic Renewal since 1975, Fr. Bill has been a guest speaker at national charismatic conferences in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Denver, Florida, New Hampshire and Idaho and has traveled as far as Canada, Guyana, Eastern Europe and the Philippines to preach God's Word. He is also involved in door-to-door evangelization, Catechism for Filipino Catholics, Bookas Loob Sa Diyos and Hispanic ministry. He has been a featured guest speaker at conferences, retreats, days of renewal, parish missions and youth bible conferences.
Singer and Songwriter
Catholic singer, Annie Karto has traveled the country extensively these past 20 years, her ministry taking her to Europe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Africa, Guatemala, and Trinidad. Annie weaves her songs in and out of her testimonies.
Over 20 years ago, after a deep conversion experience before the Blessed Eucharist, Annie was given the penance to spread the Lord’s Divine Mercy for the rest of her life. This “penance” has become a great joy!
Annie has strived to use her gift of voice, and speaking skills to evangelize wherever the Lord calls her. A highlight in her ministry was writing and singing a song for Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, titled, “Song for Immaculee” leading to a trip to Immaculee’s village in Rwanda, Africa, in August of 2011.
Annie has been invited to major conferences, and also shared at Magnificat Breakfasts, Divine Mercy retreats and Days of Reflection. Some of Annie’s talks include Divine Mercy Flood My Soul” which is her focus, “Mary, Masterpiece of Mercy,” “Rise up and Shape the Culture, “The Beauty of being a Catholic Woman.”
Annie has recorded 6 CDs with some to the best musicians in N.Y. city.
She has appeared on EWTN’s Backstage program, and her ministry has taken her to Europe, New Zealand, Africa, Guatemala and Trinidad. The title song of Annie’s hit CD, “Overshadow Me” won an award from UCMVA. “You are a Priest Forever” has encouraged hundreds of priests throughout the country, and has received two apostolic blessings, one from blessed Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI.
Annie and her husband Dave have been married 35 years, and have 4 children and 9 grand children.
Fr. James R. Kelleher,
Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade
Fr. Kelleher is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of Eucharistic Adoration and the family rosary. He has fulfilled major speaking engagements at Marian and Eucharistic Conferences in the United States, England and India. Fr. Kelleher founded Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade on October 19, 2003 in Rome, Italy on the day Mother Teresa was beatified.
Fr. Kelleher launched his first large Rosary Crusade in the Diocese of Dallas with An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary on Friday night, May 13th in the Cotton Bowl with 22,000 people in attendance. On Sunday, May 25,2008, he organized An Afternoon of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary in the Kansas City Royals Baseball Stadium with 25,000 participants. Both events were broadcast around the world on EWTN. From 2013 through 2017, Fr. Kelleher did eight smaller Rosary Crusades throughout the country of Ireland. On Sunday night, July 23 2017, he organized An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary in the Spokane Avista Baseball Stadium with approximately 5,000 people attending.
Teaching Mariology, Spiritual Theology and Evangelization at the college and seminary levels, Fr. Kelleher holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology and a licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. After his graduation from Notre Dame, Fr. Kelleher worked for Coopers & Lybrand, a Big Eight public accounting firm, as well as Santa Fe Communications, a Catholic cable network, in Los Angeles.
Fr. James R. Kelleher, SOLT, S.T.D. was the founding President of Our Lady of Corpus Christi (OLCC), a Catholic undergraduate, liberal arts institution founded by the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. The vision of OLCC was the education and evangelization of the world's young people and their nations. Under Fr. Kelleher's leadership, a world-class Chapel of Perpetual Adoration was constructed from 2001-2003 on the OLCC campus.
Christian Convert, Evangelist, and Author
Nikki Kingsley’s remarkable journey of faith began in Karachi, Pakistan, where she was born into a Muslim family. As the result of a marriage ‘arranged’ by her parents, according to the traditions of their culture, Nikki went through a dark period of many years living an existence of fear, manipulation, and coercion. She joined the line of courageous women who have dared to escape the oppression of Islamic culture.
Eighteen years ago, she arrived in the United States with her two young children with the hope of providing a new life of freedom for her son and daughter. She fought through the family and culture dictates that followed her, and thanks to the equal rights and laws of America, Nikki built a new life for herself and her children. She discovered the promise found in the dream called America. Not long after, she met her present husband and is now happily married.
Despite her newly found opportunities, Nikki realized that she was still searching. Through an extraordinary series of mystical experiences and encounters, Nikki came to understand that what she was looking for was found in the person of Jesus Christ. This fundamental truth led Nikki to seriously question and reconsider the Muslim faith she was raised in and practiced for forty years. Her decisions ultimately led her to choose between God and family–– culture and traditions. What is the Truth? This burning question led Ms. Kingsley to journey from Islam to Christianity.
A compelling speaker, Nikki now shares her life-changing story—a story of a journey from the culture, faith, and traditions of the East to the freedom in the West that allowed her to find redemption and salvation in Jesus Christ.
"I was dead and now I’m alive!"
Nikki’s message is one of hope and faith that even when all seemed dark and lost, the Light of Christ came to transform and dispel the darkness. She offers hope to the scores of people who though living in a free country may still be bound in a prison of fear. Her story is an invitation to trust God and step out with freedom and redemption available to all people.
Nikki Kingsley gives talks about her conversion and the transformation that came from her faith journey in Jesus Christ. She has been a keynote speaker at many parish programs and events. Nikki has been interviewed on Immaculate Heart Radio, The Catholic Channel, and EWTN Radio, and a featured speaker in Washington, DC for C-FAM.
Nikki Kingsley’s dynamic account of her faith journey from darkness into Light is detailed in her recent book, Thirst for Truth: From Mohammad to Jesus and available on her website. Kindly visit Nikki Kingsley at:
Fr. Andre Mahanna
Instrument of Peace
A friend of freedom, Fr. Andre has informed and advised the U.S. Administration and members of Congress on issues pertaining to religious freedom at home and abroad. He was an honored guest of President Donald J. Trump for the signing of the executive order on religious freedom at the White House on the National Day of Prayer, May 4, 2017.
Elevated by election in November, 2017, Fr. Andre is the North American Councilor of the Apostolic Union of Clergy, a Vatican-associated office, and continues to also serve as the U.S.A. President. In addition, Fr. Andre is the Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Director for the U.S. Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, Secretary General of the Religious Advisory Board of In Defense of Christians (chaired by Cardinals Donald Wuerl and Timothy Dolan), Founder and President of the International Apostolate of Our Lady of Hope/St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy and pastor of St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church in Lakewood, CO.
In 2012, he was appointed head of the Apostolic Association of Ordained Ministers and he served on the Vatican’s 2010 Synod on the Middle East, helping deliver the document Exclessia En Medio Oreinte.
He grew up in war-torn Lebanon. As a boy accompanying his father on government trips to Muslim and Christians regions, he heard stories of religious-based crimes by both Muslims and Christians. At 10, his family with other families escaped Christian massacres by living in caves in Mount Lebanon. His bed was Phoenician tomb. By age 12, he had decided to become a Maronite Catholic monk. It was then that concern for precisely what the world is experiencing now – famine and massacre of women and children – gave him the resolve to address ecumenism and inter-faith understanding, thus devoting his life’s work to being an instrument of peace.
A citizen of the United States, Fr. Andre is fluent in seven languages and understands 12. Educated in Rome, France and the U.S.A., he addresses the hard realities of genocide, persecution and violence in the Middle East. He is a popular speaker and has authored many articles focused on the unity of Christians, religious freedom, and the Biblical foundation of Judeo-Christian values and traditions.
Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM
The Crux of the Matter
Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Fr. Wade is currently the Assistant General and has served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Wade has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. While at the Shrine, Fr. Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist, and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine.
Fr. Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests. Fr. Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations, and the Sacred Liturgy. He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death. He is also the host of the EWTN segment series “The Crux of the Matter” and “The Wonders of His Mercy”.
Michael Russell O'Brien
Catholic Entertainment's Best Kept Secret!
Michael has been a headliner at more than 100 Catholic Conferences and 800 Catholic Parishes. Each year Michael performs a "one man show" of classic Catholic Music Hits and humorous stories of his conversion back to the faith. The former BMG rock music category solo artist reached chart status and after an unexpected trip to Medjugorje, put that career on hold to become one of the top Catholic recording artists and conference speakers of the last 30 years!
Michael's Catholic Music recordings have received millions of views on YouTube.
Michael spent 10 years as a published advice columnist for a major Catholic Magazine.
Michael has a #1 Catholic YouTube music video for Hail Mary / Gentle Woman.
Michael was a 2013 Keynote Speaker for the Catholic Organization “Legatus”
Michael Russell O'Brien Facebook page has become one of the top Catholic related fan pages.
It all started with a visit to Medjugorie, Yugoslavia, where Michael’s faith was reawakened and his life touched by the Blessed Mother. Come and enjoy his concert at 7 pm on Thursday evening, August 2. Michael will also be participating throughout the conference.
Michael has recorded four albums, It's About Time, Sounds of Medjugorje, Songs Recorded Live!, and Merry Christmas.
Visit Michael's website at michaelrussellobrien.com.
Director of the Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima
Nuno Prazeres is the director of the Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima, in Portugal, since 2004.
He studied at the Catholic University of Lisbon and then went to London to conclude his studies in Theology. He spent two years in Africa as a lay missionary. He is married and has three children.
Nuno’s grandfather was a personal friend of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the three little shepherds of Fatima. He and some of his other relatives were at the site of the apparitions on that October 13th, 1917 when the “miracle of the sun” occurred.
Part of his work includes keeping contact and visiting the various centres of the World Apostolate of Fatima, assisting them in their formation and pastoral programs. He also welcomes the pilgrims in Fatima and shares with them the message of Our Lady, by pointing out its relevance for today’s world.
Salvation is from the Jews
Roy Schoeman, author of Salvation is from the Jews and Honey from the Rock: Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ, is a Jewish convert and was born in a suburb of New York City of "Conservative" Jewish parents who had fled Nazi Germany. His Jewish education and formation was received under some of the most prominent Rabbis in contemporary American Jewry, including Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, probably the foremost Conservative Rabbi in the U.S. and his hometown Rabbi growing up; Rabbi Arthur Green, later the head of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who was his religion teacher and mentor during high school and early college; and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a prominent Hasidic Rabbi with whom he lived in Israel for several months.
Roy's secular education included a B.Sc. from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard Business School. Midway through a career of teaching and consulting (he had been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Business School) he experienced an unexpected and instantaneous conversion to Christianity which led to a dramatic refocus of his activities. Since then he has pursued theological studies at several seminaries, and now writes and speaks on Catholic radio and television and at Catholic parishes and conferences around the world. This is his first full-length book.
One account of his conversion, as it originally appeared in Christ to the World, is here. Another version which appeared in the book Marian Shrines of France can be found by clicking here.
International Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
We are excited to have Judy Studer, Custodian of the United Nations Pilgrim Statue of the World Apostolate of Fatima, as well as the First Class Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco. She will be speaking as well as praying for healing for those present.
We will be having a special day to honor Our Lady of Fatima on
Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
Judy and the statue will be present at the conference during the 5 days.
Judy Studer is the President of the Rhode Island Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) and Custodian of the United Nations Pilgrim Statue of the WAF (pictured below left). Ms. Studer is bringing the First Class Relics of Saints Francisco and Jacinta. Be sure to meet Judy, be inspired by her story, and venerate the relics.
Image used with permission of Richard George
Musician, Liturgical Assistant
By helping to convey the love of God, and stressing a need for a personal relationship with Christ, Bernie's heartfelt songs present a call to action and a challenge to service. In the past 17 years he has told his miraculous story and performed his songs for thousands of youth throughout the country and abroad.
Some of Bernie's performances include appearances at the National Catholic Youth Convention - main stage at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis and main stage with his band at the Reliant Stadium in Houston. Bernie has also performed at 3 World Youth Days- Philippines, Rome and Toronto and was also asked to be on EWTN's "Back Stage" He also hosted a TV series geared for teens called "Be A Light" that he co-produced for Boston Catholic Television. Bernie is an artist for World Library Publications where his music is being published and distributed. He was also the winner for 2003 UCMVA Awards for his song Emmanuel.
General Program MC
Since 1997 Matt Werner has served as President of Queen of the Apostles Mission Association working to advance the interests of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Russia and former Soviet Union countries. This charitable non-profit group has helped many bishops, priests and sisters build and repair churches and monasteries that underwent neglect and destruction during Communist rule. He travels every year to monasteries, seminaries and parishes in the Ukraine bringing them hope, assessing their progress and bringing back reports. He and his wife always visit an orphanage where they teach the children the Rosary. You can learn more about QAMA on their website at www.facebook.com/QueenofApostlesMission.
Fr. Kyle Ingels
Breakout Program MC
A native of Colorado Springs, Fr Kyle Ingels serves as the Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He has served as Chaplain for the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland and as Pastor of Ascension Parish in Bowie, Maryland. Fr Kyle graduated from The Catholic University of America and Mount St. Mary's Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2005.
Fr. Mark Wheelan, SOLT
Fr. Mark Wheelan, SOLT, studied in Rome at the Angelicum. He was ordained in Corpus Christi, TX and was sent to serve the Native American Indians in North Dakota. Fr. Mark has been attending our conferences for several years to assist with the sacraments and is very much appreciated by all. Father has participated in conferences across the states as a sacramental minister where he is appreciated for his long hours in the confessional and his charism of reconciliation. We look forward to Father's return for this year's conference.