22nd Annual Conference
July 31 - August 4, 2019
Presented by the St. Thomas Aquinas Society
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Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
We are delighted to have Father Mitch Pacwa return to our conference again this year. Fr. Pacwa is Founder and President of Ignatius Productions, and is best know for his appearances on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) where he hosts two programs: Threshold of Hope and EWTN Live. He also serves as the weekly host of EWTN Radio's Open Line program.
Father is fluent in twelve languages and received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then continued his studies. He received his Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Old Testament.
The mission of Ignatius Productions is "to teach people the scriptures, to educate Catholics about their faith, and to promote unity and understanding within the mystical body of Christ." To that end, this well-known Biblical scholar has lectured and spoke at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world.
In April 2016, quite unexpectedly Father suffered a heart attack. He was planning on stopping at Hamburger Heaven for a hamburger, but he amost went to the other heaven. "Heaven doesn't want me, and Hell was afraid I'd take over."
With renewed strength, Fr. Pacwa is launching a new apostolate called Legacy of Faith, with is staff, Ray and Linda King. The mission is to offer young adults the opportunity to talk with Father in informal, smaller venues. He wants to listen to, support, and strengthen the next generation of Catholics as they strive to live their Faith in today's culture.
Fr. Pacwa asks for your continued prayers as he begins this new adventure for the Greater Glory of God.
Fr. Piotr Prusakiewicz, CSMA
Divine Mercy and the Holy Angels
Internationally renowned retreat master from Poland, he is an authority on Holy Angels and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine "The Angels". Fr. Peter is an expert on St. Faustina Kowalska and the Divine Mercy devotion.
Father Peter was ordained priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel on May 23rd 1990.
By God’s providence from 1993 – 1996 he served as chaplain to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw where St Faustina began her religious life. This was one of the most treasured periods in his life. He learned much about her character, trials, spiritual battles and revelations given to St Faustina in her writings and from the sisters who were still alive and knew St Faustina personally.
Fr. Peter (Piotr) on EWTN
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.
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato
Silent No More - Defending Life!
Fr Stephen Imbarrato is a Pastoral Associate with Priests for Life. He is also the cohost of EWTN's weekly Defending Life series and has preached on EWTN's global Mass numerous times.
Fr Stephen is a great grandpa priest and has been doing pro-life activism for more than two decades. His pro-life activism ranges from being the 1st man to witness with SilentNoMoreAwareness to his numerous Red Rose Rescues to his founding of two women's pregnancy help centers. He was ordained in 2005 at the age of 53.
One would be hard pressed to find a Catholic priest who wouldn't describe his path to the priesthood as a "grace filled journey." Father Stephen Imbarrato of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has good reason to make that claim. For Father Stephen that grace includes great blessings - such as the joy of adopting a son as a single person and his dedicated involvement in various pro-life initiatives. It also includes the knowledge that it was a painful past - namely his own complicity in an abortion many years ago- that brought him to the pro-life movement in the first place, opened him to the priesthood and now allows him to preach the Gospel of Life "from the standpoint of mercy."
In 1974, he said, "I did not stand up for my girlfriend when I got her pregnant," and today he counts himself as sharing the guilt for her decision to abort. It wasn't until years later as a seminarian that he learned she had been carrying twins.
As a Deacon, he was the 1st postabortive man to give his witness as part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Father founded Project Defending Life (www.defendinglife.org) which now has many pro-life activities under its direction including the Holy Innocents Chapel located directly across from Planned Parenthood. Fr. Stephen has been a pastor of country parishes, a suburban parish, and a city parish. He has since moved on from Project Defending Life and has founded ProtestAbq of which he is still an advisor. He began working full time for Priests for Life as of June, 2015.
Fr. Phillip Scott
Family of Jesus
Fr. Philip Scott was born in Lima, Peru in 1960. After a life away from Our Lord, he had a St. Paul conversion experience in 1980. Then after being engaged with a wonder girl Fr. Scott was called to ‘leave all’ and he entered the priesthood. Fr. Scott studied at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. and was ordained on May 6, 1989.
On April 1,1998 Fr. Scott received permission from his Bishop in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida to begin a community called Family of Jesus made up of priests, brothers and sisters. The community is in Puerto Maldonado, Peru (The Amazon Jungle). Now he travels all over giving retreats to priests, married couples, lay people, young adults, men and women.
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.