Our Retreat Directors
Our Retreat Directors

Meet Our Renowned Leaders, Speakers & Visitors

Each of our retreats has a designated Retreat Leader, and often a featured speaker, as well. These individuals, both clergy and lay people, represent a broad cross-section of dynamic, high-visibility retreat directors locally and nationally.

Br. Samuel, CFR

Br. Samuel is from Manhattan, IL. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Franciscan University, Steubenville in 2015. He served with NET Ministries as a Missionary from 2015-2018 and entered the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in September 2018. He loves reading, basketball, running, and spontaneously praising the Lord. He currently serves at St. Michael’s Friary in Paterson, NJ.

Fr Emmanuel Mansford, CFR

Fr. Emmanuel Mansford, CFR, was born in London, England. He served as a missionary with NET Ministries from 95-98 and joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in September of 1998. He was ordained in 2007 and spent 7 years at the Friars’ Mission in England. He has served as the Vocation Director, is now Director of Formation for the Community. He currently resides at St Michael’s Friary in Paterson, NJ. Fr. Emmanuel has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal since 1992 and wrote his Master’s Thesis on Baptism in the Holy Spirit, entitled, “A Catholic perspective on ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’.”

Fr. John Paul Mary

EWTN Employee Chaplain

Rev. Fr. John Paul Mary, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania.  While growing up he enjoyed skateboarding and rollerblading.  After high school he worked full-time for a hardware store and devoted much time and attention to his fixing and modifying his show car.  He went back to school in the late nineties and earned an associates degree in engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2000.  Feeling a call to the priesthood he became a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA shortly after his graduation.  During his philosophical studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, he visited the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word.  Following his graduation from Seminary, he entered the MFVA community in October 2004 and he professed final vows on August 14, 2010.  Br. John Paul completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on May 4, 2012 and earned a Masters in Divinity.  He was ordained a deacon on June 2, 2012.  On June 22, 2013 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert Baker.  Father now serves as the EWTN Employee Chaplain.

Commissioned by Pope Francis in 2015 as a Missionary of Mercy, Father John Paul has a special mandate to be the face of mercy and bring people to Christ through the sacrament of reconciliation. Numbering a little over a thousand, the Missionaries of Mercy were commissioned to facilitate a human encounter with Christ, as living expressions of the Father’s love for us and the Father’s embrace in the sacrament of penance.


Luke LeTourneau

Luke and his wife Mary have been blessed with 8 children ages 21, 15, 13, 11, 8, 5, 4 and 1yr. old. Born and raised in Springfield, PA, Luke for many years was going through motions of his Catholic faith and just “showing up” at best. It was not until the Holy Spirit went to work on him during a year long process that Luke had a strong reversion back to the Catholic faith, culminating with his miraculous healing of alcohol addiction. From that moment the Lord ignited a burning passion within Luke for His Love and Mercy and a desire to share it with as many as possible. The Lord had brought him out of some dark times, and now he is able to see the beauty of God’s light. A light that he wants to share with as many people as possible.

Rob Longo

Rob and his wife Megan are blessed to have five awesome kids ranging from 19 to 10 years old. After 33 years of checking the box when it came to his faith, Rob surrendered his life to the Lord on December 31, 2003. The age that Jesus died for his life Rob gave his life back to God. After 17 years serving in various sales and marketing roles in large, mid-size and start-up healthcare companies, Rob transitioned into full-time ministry when he helped start Stewardship: A Mission of Faith where He now serves as co-founder and Mission Ambassador. Faith and family are the two most important things in Rob’s life and he is all in for both!

Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins Biography

Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker and bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking theological truths and expressing them in a practical way.

He is the creator and founder of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series published by Ascension Press. The foundational study, The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation, has enabled students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. The teaching methodology is best expressed in the best-selling Great Adventure Catholic Bible. Other Great Adventure Bible Studies taught and recorded by Jeff include Matthew, Acts, Revelation, Psalms, James, Galatians and Ephesians. Over one million Catholics have benefited from these studies in the US and other countries, and they have helped them to engage in scripture in a life-changing way.

Jeff is the founding host of EWTN’s weekly program “Life on the Rock” as well as Relevant Radio’s daily show, “Morning Air.” He currently has a weekly podcast, “The Jeff Cavins Show.” He is author of several books including Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible co-authored with Dr. Tim Gray. Two other popular titles are Praise God and Thank Him: Biblical Keys for a Joyful Life and When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding both published through Franciscan Media. His latest book is The Activated Disciple: Taking Your Faith to the Next Level.

Jeff and his wife Emily host annual pilgrimages to the Holy Land and have guided thousands of pilgrims in the steps of Jesus, Mary and the disciples.

Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the Director Emeritus and teacher at the Catechetical Institute at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jeff and his wife Emily of forty years are the proud parents of three daughters, Carly, Jacqueline and Antonia and grandparents of three, Dominic, Francesco and Fiona.

Bishop Joseph Coffey

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Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, son of the late Dr. William F. X Coffey, M.D., and Roseanita Schubert
Coffey, was born in Rochester, MN, on May 31, 1960. He is the fifth of nine children and the proud uncle of 46 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and nephews. He was raised in Philadelphia and is a life-long fan of all the Philly sports teams.
Bishop Coffey graduated from La Salle University in 1982 with a double major in English/French which included a year of study at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

After college, Bishop Coffey worked as a grade school teacher, a ski instructor in Switzerland, and in the automobile industry in Germany and Belgium for five years. Heeding a call to the priesthood, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) and was ordained in 1996 by
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua. He earned a Master of Arts (MA) in Moral Theology, also from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 2000. While still in seminary, Father Coffey was given permission by Cardinal Bevilacqua to enter the U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Program in May of 1992 with the rank of Ensign. He stayed in
the Navy Reserve for the next nine years. Following ordination in 1996, Bishop Coffey was assigned as an Associate Pastor to St. Katherine of Siena parish in Philadelphia, PA. After five years in parish ministry, he was given permission by Cardinal Bevilacqua for full-time active duty as a Navy Chaplain in September of 2001.

Bishop Coffey’s duty assignments have included: Combat Assault Battalion, Okinawa, Japan; Division Officer and Command Chaplain onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), homeported in Norfolk, VA, with a 6-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf; Command Chaplain at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, NJ; Marine Air Group 39, Camp Pendleton, CA, an assignment that included a seven-month month deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Provence, Afghanistan; U.S. Navy Recruiting Command, St. Louis, MO; Command Chaplain on USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, with a six-month deployment to the South Pacific Ocean; and his final assignment as Assistant Chief of Staff for Religious Ministry, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. Bishop Coffey’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars, the Navy Sea Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Service Medal, 3 Battle E Ribbon



Born in Lima city, capital of Peru. I love the rich nature and folklore of my country, I love the ocean, the arts, and silence. I did four years of humanistic studies which opened my quest for deep existential questions. After finding Christ in the Catholic Church in 1999, I joined the Sodilitium Christianae Vitae (SCV). I studied three years of Philosophy and three of Theology, followed by a master’s in Dogmatic Theology and finally a Certificate in Theological Anthropology. My ministry has been dedicated to the youth, families, and Theology teaching.  

Fr. Remigio is the Spirituality Director of St Agatha-St James Parish in University City.  The Sodalitium Christianae Vitae is a Society of Apostolic Life made up of laymen and priests who live in community as brothers and have fully given their lives to God, proclaiming the Gospel in the diverse circumstances of human life. Born in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, the Sodalitium embraces the guidelines presented in the major Church documents of the time.  It was approved by St. John Paul II in 1997.  The SCV community serves the parish community of St Agatha-St. James in University City and the Catholic Center at the University of Penn and Drexel University. 


Dan Tarrant

Dan has been married to his wife Joanne for over fifteen years and is the father of three adopted children, two from Uganda and one from Philadelphia. Dan and Joanne’s story of how God led them to each of their children is a truly powerful and inspiring one about how a personal relationship with God and obedience to Catholic teaching will lead you to a love you would otherwise have never known. As a father in a biracial family, Dan is especially in awe of how God has made his dinner table a place where in many ways the sons and daughters of former slaves and former slave owners sit together at the table of fellowship as Martin Luther King dreamed. However, Dan shares his story with great honesty and humor revealing that being a dad for Christ in his house is not always so dreamy! Dan’s journey as a father is a reminder that God’s plans are always greater than our own and that a personal relationship with God, while not always easy, is always worth it.


Gloria Coyne

The Blessed Mother was instrumental in bringing Gloria Coyne back to the one, true faith in
1996. Upon her return, she asked the Lord to show her how to use her gifts and talents to serve
Him and build up His Kingdom. God took her up on her offer and He has always provided new
and exciting challenges in ministry and service. She had developed a great devotion to the Holy
Spirit and was led to Renewal in 1996. Currently, she is the Bishop’s appointed Liaison for the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Charismatic Renewal for over 15 years She served 10 years on the
National Service Council and was elected to the National Service Committee in 2018. Gloria
oversees over 80 prayer groups, Experiencing Full Life in the Spirit Seminars, Praise & Worship
and workshop events, and the annual Archdiocesan conference. She has served on the Board of
Catholic Charities and is on the Committee for the Archbishop’s Benefit for Children. Most
recently, Gloria was invited to the Vatican for the launch of CHARIS, an international service of

Sam Kelley

Samantha is the Founder and current President of FIERCE Athlete Inc. She played Division 1 Soccer at UConn, and is currently involved in competitive rowing. She has spent the last 10 years working for Catholic nonprofits and outreaching to female athletes. She graduated with a Masters in Catholic Psychology, holds certification in Strength & Conditioning and has extensively studied the Theology of the Body. It was actually through the teachings of Theology of the Body and the Catholic Church that she has discovered what it means to be both feminine and athletic. These teachings have the power to heal and through FIERCE Athlete she desires to share those truths with female athletes and women across the world.


Father Chris Walsh

Father Chris Walsh serves as a professional consultant with the Saint John Vianney Center providing religious workshops and convocations for Clergy and Religious across the country.

Father Chris is also the Pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Northwest Philadelphia. Prior to St. Raymond he was the School Minister at Archbishop Wood High School as well as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Ransom. Raised in Chester County, he is a graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School, Temple University (B.A. in Sociology) and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (M. Div.; M.A. in Systematic Theology). Father Chris received training in the Spiritual Exercises at the Jesuit Center at Wernersville and has preached retreats and days of recollection throughout the country. In addition, he serves priests throughout the United States and Canada in leadership formation through the Catholic Leadership Institute.

Fr. Sanjai Devis

Fr. Sanjai Devis is currently the Diocesan Director, Hospital Chaplaincy and Stephen Ministry, Camden, New Jersey.   He has served as the Parochial Vicar of Church of the Holy Family in Sewell, New Jersey, and was the Catholic Chaplain at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, New Jersey.  He also served as the Assistant Director of Tabor Ashram (a retreat center), Bombay, Maharashtra, India.  Among other assignments, Fr. Devis was the Principal of DePaul High School and Secretary of the Vincentian Mission Service Society in Maharashtra, India, Coordinator Integrated Tribal Development Program; Finance Officer, Vincentian House and a member of Popular Mission Retreat team,  Kerala, India.

Fr. Thomas Mary of Jesus, Er. Carm.

The Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholic Religious Order reviving the charism and religious observance of the ancient Carmelite Fathers. Zealous for the glory of God, the spiritual renewal of the Church, and the sanctification and salvation of souls amidst a secular and hostile culture, they are consecrated to a contemplative religious life of prayer and sacrifice. Thus united to Christ Crucified and the omnipotent prayer of that Great High Priest, they intercede for persons especially in those matters which only prayer and divine grace can remedy: “Human activities cannot help us, but only the suffering of Christ. It is my desire to share in it” (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross). However, in addition to the hidden influence of the community’s prayers and sacrifices, the community’s priests offer a specific, zealous apostolate of theological education, moral formation, spiritual direction, conferences, and retreats, especially for Catholic leaders, thus invigorating the spiritual vitality of the heart of the Church and deepening the Christian formation of priests, religious, seminarians, and the lay faithful. The community also produces spiritual writings and works to re-publish out-of-print Catholic spiritual, theological, and devotional books for the intellectual education and spiritual edification of the faithful. In addition, the Hermits translate into the English language spiritual and theological works that do not yet have an extant English version. Thus, striving to emulate their saintly predecessors, the Hermits labor night and day to form the next generation of Catholics at the most vital levels of their Catholic faith and spiritual life in order to bring the light of Christ into the darkness of the modern world and effect authentic spiritual renewal in the Church. The community has its monastery foundation in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, where it is working to accommodate its many young vocations, with an average age of 27 years of age in the Order. The Hermits will be establishing its next monastery foundation elsewhere in the country once the foundation in Fairfield is complete.


Fr. Thomas Mary of Jesus, Er. Carm. was ordained a priest by His Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is an outspoken supporter of the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and their spiritual mission. Fr. Thomas Mary presently serves in the office of Prior in the community. Fr. Thomas Mary of Jesus entered the diocesan seminary upon his graduation from high school, but he eventually discovered a vocation to the contemplative religious life in addition to his priestly calling. He was formed as a religious according to the Carmelite spiritual heritage, and he has spent years in the study of spiritual theology and sacred doctrine, especially as articulated by the Thomistic School of Theology and the Carmelite Doctors of the Church. In addition to providing spiritual direction for numerous individuals, he has preached retreats and conferences for various parishes and lay and religious organizations and religious communities.


Father Daniel J. Arechabala

Father Arechabala is the Parochial Vicar at St. Agnes Parish in West Chester PA.  He previously was a Parocial Vicar at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church.  He was ordained into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 16, 2015. Fr. Arechabala, who was called to the priesthood from a young age and attended Franciscan University in Stubenville, Ohio.

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Father Francis Berna

Father Francis Berna is a member of the secular institute Voluntas Dei. He currently serves as the director of graduate programs in Theology and Ministry at La Salle University. He received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and prior to coming to La Salle he taught Theology at St. Bonaventure University for eight years.  On weekends Fr. Berna assists at different parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as the Diocese of Trenton. He was ordained while a member of the Franciscan Friars in 1980. He has been a frequent presenter for adult faith formation and retreats.



Father James Blount, SOLT

Father James Blount is a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity, Georgia Mission. A very gifted spiritual director and confessor, FatherJim is a bold, charismatic preacher endowed and empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He speaks of living a life in relationship with each of the Persons of the Holy Trinity: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. His humble boldness and untiring drive to minister to the lost and ill are particularly noteworthy.

Dedicated to his healing and deliverance ministry, Father travels preaching and proclaiming the Gospel whenever and wherever he can, in the United States and abroad.

Rev. Msgr. Richard Bolger

Rev. Msgr. Richard Bolger is the Pastor Emeritus of St. David Church in Willow Grove, PA. Rev. Msgr. Bolger has been in the priesthood for more than 43 years, and says that serving people as a priest is what he has always wanted to do with his life. While at St. David Church, Rev. Msgr. Bolger worked with the parish’s parochial school as well as Our Lady of Confidence Day School, which is a program for 4 to 15-year-olds who are mentally challenged or developmentally delayed.

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Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

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Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order Discalced Carmelites.  She is the staff writer for Women of Grace and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s  Women of Grace television show.  In addition to two historical fiction novels published Harper Collins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, Lord Teach Us to Pray, published by The Catholic Standard and Times.  Her book, The Kinsey Corruption, which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press.  Susan also published The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age? with Simon Peter Press which has an impramatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl, published by Liguori Publications.

Lydia Britton

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Lydia Britton is the Director of Liturgy & Music for St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Kissimmee, Florida.  She has been married to Tim Britton for 25+ years and is the mother of four children, one of which is a Seminarian of the Diocese of Orlando.  In 2007, for a period of four years, she also served as Director of Liturgy for St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Avalon Park, Florida where she helped the newly formed community develop their Liturgical Ministries. She was commissioned by the Diocese of Orlando in 2007 as an Ecclesial Lay Liturgical Minister. She has served as a bilingual Instructor of the Foundations of Liturgy courses for the Lay Minister Formation program. Currently, she serves as a bilingual instructor for the Office of Evangelization and Family Life and is an instructor for ‘La Academia Inmaculada Concepcion’ a program of the Hispanic Ministries Office with a focus on the spiritual development and formation of the laity on a parish level.

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Prefect emeritus of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apoostolic Signatura, Archbishop emeritus of Saint Louis (USA), was born on 30 June 1948 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, USA. He was the youngest of six children and attended high school and college at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before becoming a Basselin scholar at the Catholic University of America in 1971.

He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI on 29 June 1975 in St. Peter’s Basilica. After his ordination, he returned to La Cross and served as associate rector at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman and taught religion at the Aquinas High School.

In 1980, he returned to Rome and earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 1984, he served as moderator of the curia and vice-chancellor of the diocese of La Crosse. In 1989, he was nominated defender of the bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

On 10 December 1994 he was appointed bishop of La Crosse and received episcopal ordination on 6 January 1995 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

On 2 December 2003 he was appointed Archbishop of Saint Louis.

On 27 June 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature.

On 8 November 2014 Pope Francis nominated him Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

He participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis.

Reverend Dennis Carbonaro

Reverend Dennis Carbonaro is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Ordained in 1981, in addition to his parish assignments as both parochial vicar and pastor, he has served on the faculty of Saint Charles Seminary for 19 years, in the capacity of  formation advisor of seminarians, teacher of theology in the College Division, and Director of the Permanent Diaconate Department.  Since 2017 he has served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for the College Seminary.  Since 1991, he has ministered to Religious in the capacity of retreat director, spiritual director and spiritual conferences.

Carmina Chapp, Ph.D.

Dr. Carmina Chapp is a Catholic theologian, educator and speaker who, with her husband Larry, started the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm in 2013. Having learned of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement during her undergraduate years at the University of Notre Dame, she admired the radical nature of Day’s commitment to her faith, and was inspired to try to imitate it. Led by the Spirit, she earned her doctorate at Duquesne University, and began her academic career at DeSales University. She then served as Academic Dean at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. She presently works from her farm for Saint Joseph’s College Online Theology Programs. She enjoys shearing her sheep and spinning their wool.

Msgr. Ralph Joseph Chieffo

Monsignor Ralph Joseph Chieffo is pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, PA and enjoys sharing the presence, power and peace of Jesus our Lord and Savior with others through witness stories based on scripture reflections. Father was ordained in 1975 after studying at Saint Charles Seminary and Villanova University. Father was born in Italy and came to Marcus Hook, PA when he was eight years old. He writes: “As a shoe shine boy, I polished shoes; now I pray I can polish your soul to prepare to join the Communion of Saints. Please pray that our retreat experience will help us grow in friendship with Jesus and all those dear to us who reveal the face of God to us.”

Fr. William J. Chiriaco

Fr. Chiriaco is the pastor of St. Anselm Parish in Philadelphia. Before being assigned to St. Anselm, he was a faculty member at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA. Fr. Chiriaco is a proponent of Catholic education and works tirelessly to promote and support it in his parish’s school.

Sarah Christmyer

Sarah Christmyer is a Catholic author, Bible teacher, and speaker with a special love for lectio divina and journaling as ways to draw close to Christ in Scripture. She co-developed with Jeff Cavins, The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program, serving as founding editor. Her latest book, “Becoming Women of the Word: How to Answer God’s Call with Purpose and Joy” will be published in 2019 by Ave Maria Press. Sarah has a Masters degree in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, where she is an adjunct faculty member. She is a member of the Board of Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA. She blogs at www.ComeIntotheWord.com and for Women in the New Evangelization (WINE) and the American Bible Society.

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Deacon Anthony Cincotta


Deacon Cincotta was ordained in 2013 and assigned to St. Mary Magdalen in Media, PA.  Deacon Tony attended the University of Maryland and received advanced degrees in Criminal Justice and American History.  After a thirty-year career with the Montgomery County Maryland Department of Police, he became a business executive with MVM, Inc. in McLean, Virginia.  After moving to Pennsylvania with his wife, Eileen, in 2002, he taught history at Widener University prior to entering St. Charles Seminary to study for the diaconate.  Deacon Tony has directed in numerous retreats at the Malvern Retreat House.


Deacon Al Clay

Al Clay is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in 2002, and serves at

Immaculate Conception Church in Jenkintown, and the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

At Immaculate Conception Parish, he serves on the Parish Council, Liturgy Committee, and is Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a regular homilist at the parish and performs many other pastoral duties in his role as deacon. He is a frequent speaker in the Archdiocese at parish, retreat, and other church functions on topics of the diaconate, stewardship, and other aspects of living the Catholic faith.

Al has worked in financial services for over 30 years, most recently as CEO of Davidson Trust Company, and of Pitcairn Trust Company before that. Currently, he is an independent consultant to the Wealth Management industry.

His charitable endeavors include The Archbishop’s Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the National Catholic Bioethics Center and St. Charles Seminary.

Formerly, Deacon Clay served on the Boards of BLOCS (Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools); Stewards of St John Neumann; the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Board of Education; LaSalle College High School; Pennsylvanians for Human Life; the Investment Committee of the Augustinian Friars; The Center for Study of Church Management at Villanova University; Bishop McDevitt High School: Mann Center for Performing Arts, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia,

He is a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA and is a member of its Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia CYO Hall of Fame. He is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Al is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and is a Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of Legatus.

Al earned a BS in Accounting and a Master of Taxation degree from Villanova University and is a CPA and a CFP. He has served on the Villanova School of Business adjunct faculty and is the author of a professional reference manual on partnership taxation. He has also published a series of columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer on the subject of Business Ethics. He is a frequent speaker on the taxation of investments, and other matters affecting wealth management for individuals and trusts, as well as business ethics.

Deacon Clay is one of ten children of Alvin (dec’d) and Nancy Clay of Springfield, PA. He and his wife Kathleen have seven children and four grandchildren and reside in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Meghan Cokeley

Meghan Cokeley is the Director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of New Evangelization. Cokeley models her work after Pope John Paul II’s message of spreading the Catholic faith, and she brings Catholicism to modern people who have lost touch with the church or who have never experienced faith at all. Cokeley helped to organize efforts during the World Meeting of Families and regularly speaks on the importance of marriage and family roles in the Catholic Church.

Sister Anita Constance

Sister Anita Constance is a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. For more than 15 years, she directed a pastoral healthcare facility. Now, as a full-time minister, Sister Anita leads Matt Talbot and Serenity retreats that focus on letting go, forgiveness, healing, emotional sobriety, anger and resentment.

Sister Anita also has experience as an editor and has published her own books, including “Night Vision…Praying Through Change.”

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Fr. Nathan Cromly

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Father Nathan Cromly has been a Brother with the Community of St. John. Working in fields as varied as youth ministry and book publishing, Father Nathan serves as Prior of the brothers of St. John in Laredo, Texas. While he was in formation, Father studied in France for five years, and traveled extensively in Europe and North America, preaching and teaching. He is the founder and director of Eagle Eye Ministries. He works extensively to promote Marian consecration through video, the web, and written publications. Father has hosted radio series through Radio Maria, has been a guest on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, Focus TV, and is a member of the Apostolate for Family Consecration’s teaching faculty. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Biblical Studies from John Paul the Great Catholic University.

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Sister Clare D’Auria

As a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Sr. Clare currently ministers as a staff member at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania. For half of her 45 years in ministry, Clare has served in retreat work, offering spiritual direction, directed and conference retreats, especially in Franciscan spirituality, throughout the United States. She also serves on the staff of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, leading pilgrims through the holy sites in both Assisi and Rome. Her other ministerial experience has included congregational and provincial leadership, secondary and collegiate education and a variety of additional administrative roles both within and outside of her congregation.

Rev. Stephen P. DeLacy

Rev. DeLacy was ordained in 2004 and serves as the Director of the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood for Philadelphia.  He was previously the school minister at Pope John Paul II High School.  His dynamic witness to the Gospel through his preaching and joyful approach to living the Christian Vocation has made him a popular preacher.

Mary Dillenback

Father Frank S. Donio, S.A.C. D.Min.

Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min. is Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. He is former Provincial Rector of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate(Pallottine Fathers and Brothers). Fr. Frank holds additional provincial, national and international leadership positions in administration, formation, development, and finance in the Society of the Catholic Apostolate and in the Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC), an international public association of the faithful founded by St. Vincent Pallotti in 1835. Some of his prior assignments include Provincial Director of Formation, Pastoral Director of St. Jude Shrine in Baltimore, MD and Chaplain of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, NJ. Fr. Frank is a Consultant to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy is a Catholic author, speaker and divorce recovery expert, who experienced an unwanted divorce in the early 1990s. She has more than 20 years of personal experience helping people rebuild their lives after divorce. Author of “A Road to Healing: Daily Reflections for Divorced Catholics”“The Catholic Guide To Dating After Divorce”, and “Divorced. Catholic. Now What?”, she has also instituted the Journey of Hope program for Catholic divorce support groups in parishes across the U.S. and in Canada. She blogs at Patheos’ A Million Unheard Souls as well as Catholic Match and contributes to many print and online publications, such as Aleteia. Aside from her dedication to her family, Lisa speaks at conferences, appears on television and radio, coaches one-on-one and in groups and holds online events. She resides in South Carolina with her husband and three children.

Msgr. John Esseff

Monsignor John Esseff serves in the Diocese of Scranton as a Priest & Exorcist. He was ordained in 1953. Padre Pio was one of his spiritual directors, & he also served as the spiritual director for Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  He promotes the urgency of  Devotion to the Sacred Heart with his Mission, “Building the Kingdom of Love: The Triumph of the Sacred Heart.” 

Fr. Vince Fortunato, OFM, Cap.

Fr. Fortunato is an ordained priest with the Capuchin Franciscan Friars. He has served his community for 20 years in formation ministry and as provincial minister for 6 years. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Darlington Seminary and a Master’s Degree in Spirituality from Creighton University. He has certifications in spiritual direction and directed retreats.

During the month of June, Fr. Vinny, with Fr. Joe Kelly, teaches a seminar on spiritual direction to priests and spiritual directors for the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton University. He has taught spiritual direction at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall and Washington Theological Union.  He is a presenter of spiritual direction for groups and training programs. He also is a preacher for parish missions and retreats. Presently, Father lives in Wilmington, DE.

Michelle Francl-Donnay

Michelle Francl-Donnay is a Catholic writer, teacher, wife, and the mother of two college-aged sons. She has been a cantor and altar server and regularly joins the Augustinian community at Our Mother of Good Counsel to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours. Michelle also is a professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, where she teaches and does research on molecules, and she is an Adjunct Scholar of the Vatican Observatory in Rome.

Michelle’s column, Catholic Spirituality, appears at the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s news site, CatholicPhilly.com, and her reflections on struggling to live a contemplative life in the midst of the everyday chaos can be found in a number of print and online venues, including Loyola Press’ DotMagis and in Liturgical Press’ Give Us This Day. She periodically directs retreats and also blogs on life, prayer and God at the blogspot Quantum Theology.

Catherine J. Frompovich

Catherine Frompovich has been a widow since August 27, 2005 and wrote a book about the journey a bereaved spouse embarks upon during grieving the loss of his or her spouse.The book is titled “Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss.” Catherine came to the realization of what she calls “Obedience of the Mind: Let go; let God.”  She shares how her faith and trust that she would overcome grief with God’s help made all the difference in coping with and managing grief.

Now retired, Catherine enjoyed an exciting career as a consumer health researcher, practicing nutrition consultant and health rights advocate since the late 1970s. Catherine’s latest book is Eat to Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities, which was published in July of 2016.

Fr. William Gaffney, CSSR

Rev. William F. Gaffney, a veteran Redemptorist Missionary of 54 years, has been a pastor, a coordinator of a retreat house and now is a spiritual director for the Sisters of Life. He has given parish missions throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Fr. Gaffney has directed retreats for priests, deacons, and sisters, and over the years he also has led countless Marriage Encounter weekends. This work has enabled Fr. Gaffney to develop a deeper understanding of the joys and trials of families.

Fr. Simeon Gallagher, OFM, Cap.

Simeon Gallagher, OFM Cap., is a member of the Mid-America Province of the Capuchin Order. Fr. Gallagher is currently the Director of the Preaching Ministry Office of the Mid-America Province of the Capuchin Order. He conducts retreats, parish development programs, parish missions and religious education workshops. His association with the Emmaus Spirituality Program for Priests has gained him an international reputation in conducting retreats for priests.

His work has taken him to Central America (El Salvador). He was instrumental in founding Emmaus in Great Britain, and he has presented ecumenical lectures at the Jean XXIII Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. For the past several years, he has worked closely with the US Armed Forces at military bases around the world. He recently returned from engagements in Asia and Australia. In June, 2011 he was a featured speaker at the Society of University Neuro-Surgeons (SUN) International Symposium in Athens, Istanbul, and Ephesus.

Sister J. Sheila Galligan, IHM

Sister Sheila is a Professor of Theology at Immaculata University. She has been teaching at Immaculata since 1990 and has also held courses at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Her studies include extensive research on C.S. Lewis and Pope John Paul II, both of whom she examines in a literary and theological context. She also studies the theological basis of forgiveness. Her volunteer experiences include the Villanova Consortium for Mission Effectiveness, the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Generation Life and serving as Immaculata University’s “Macs Respect Life” Club moderator.

Father Hugh J Gillespie SMM

Father Gillespie is the Preacher and Retreat Master at Montfort retreat houses in Litchfield, CT, and Bay Shore, NY. He is responsible for planning and presentation of weekend retreats and programs of formation in the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort. His ministry includes itinerant preaching of parish missions, days of renewal and recollection in English and Spanish, Youth retreats and Catechetical programs for youth and adults. He is the author of Preparation for Total Consecration according to St.Louis de Montfort and Presenting Total Consecration (DVD). Fr. Gillespie is Acting Director at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island. He serves as the Managing Editor of Montfort Publications, and National Moderator of the Association of Mary, Queen of All Hearts.

Fr. Gillespie is the Spiritual Director of The Legion of Mary Regina Cordium Praesidium. He was born in Jim Thorpe, PA. He graduated from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, MDiv, STL in Systematic Theology. He was ordained in 2006 at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church, Ozone Park, NY.

Pat Gohn

Pat Gohn is a nationally-known Catholic writer, speaker and host of the popular Catholic women’s podcast “Among Women.” She writes regular columns for PatheosCatholicmom.com, and Amazing Catechists, and has contributed to Catholic Digest, Catholic Exchange, and many other websites.  Gohn holds a Master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, plus certificates in adult faith formation leadership and theology of the body from the University of Dayton and the Theology of the Body Institute, respectively.  She has led parish-based ministries for more than 30 years, including service in the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Boston. Gohn’s media company, Behold Communications, produces Catholic content for catechetical publications, commercial and non-profit clients and voice-overs for radio, internet, and audio books. Gohn and her husband live in Massachusetts and have three grown children.

Dr Carrie Gress

Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She is the editor at Helena Daily, a faculty member at Pontifex University and a member of the International Marian Association.

Carrie is a regular blogger at The National Catholic Register and has written for numerous publications, including Aleteia, Catholic Vote, Catholic World Report, The Catholic Thing, The Federalist, and The Stream. She is a regular guest on Catholic Answers and is frequently on Ave Maria Radio, EWTN Radio, and Relevant Radio, and has appeared on BBC, CBC, EWTN and Shalom World television.

Carrie has lived and worked professionally in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy and her work has been translated into nine languages.

She is the author of Nudging Conversions (Dynamic Catholic 2015), Ultimate Makeover (Dynamic Catholic, 2016), The Marian Option (TAN Books, 2017), and Marian Consecration for Children (TAN Books, 2018). She co-authored City of Saints; A Pilgrim’s Guide to John Paul II’s Krakow with George Weigel. Her latest book, The Anti-Mary Exposed (TAN Books) was released in March 1, 2019.

Fr. Matt Guckin

Father Matt Guckin is a graduate of Father Judge High School and Penn State University. He worked as a Consultant to the Transportation Industry for Manugistics, Inc., outside of Washington D.C. and in Strategic Planning for Rite Aid Corporation in Camp Hill, PA. He entered the Seminary in 1992 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1999. He was assistant pastor at St. Cecilia’s Parish in Philadelphia and Chaplain at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He has also been an educator and chaplain at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Fr. Guckin currently serves as Director of Catholic Mission and Identity for Universities and High Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Father Bill Halbing

Father Bill Halbing is passionate about Biblical/scriptural exegesis. He is well known for his rare teachings of in-depth, line-by-line Bible studies, taking you into the deepest riches of the Sacred Scriptures. His animated and inspiring teachings keep you personally attentive to what God is saying as he reveals hidden mysteries and treasures that lay beneath His Precious Words.

The Lord called Father Bill at a young age to know Him through His Word. Father Bill attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahwah, NJ, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on October 30, 1982. He holds an M-Div and an MA in Jewish-Christian Studies as well as a BA in Spanish from Seton Hall University.

Father Bill has been in the Charismatic Renewal since 1975 and is a much sought-after Bible teacher and preacher. He has been a guest speaker at national charismatic conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Guyana, Philippines, and Eastern Europe preaching the Word of God with enthusiasm and humor!

Please search this website and delve into God’s Holy Word so that you too may become inflamed with the knowledge and love of our Great and Awesome God!

Fr. Anthony Hangholt

Fr. Anthony was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2012. In his first year as a priest, he served in Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Buckingham, PA. For the past four years, Fr. Anthony has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Philip Parish in Lafayette Hill, PA. Fr. Anthony will thrust us into the heart of the gospel where Jesus heals us from our flawed ways and transforms us into more faithful disciples.

Dr. Mary Healy

Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, is a bestselling author and international speaker. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include The Spiritual Gifts Handbook and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of CHARIS in Rome. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Mark Houck

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Mark Houck is the founder and president of The King’s Men, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and forming men into authentic leaders, protectors and providers. He lectures internationally and is a popular speaker at many Catholic men’s conferences in the United States. Mark is a published author and is considered one of the leading experts in the fight against pornography and the healing of those who are its victims. Mark is a graduate of Catholic University and holds a masters degree in Education from Holy Family University. He lives in Quakertown, PA with his wife Ryan-Marie and 5 children.

Jennifer Hubbard

Jennifer Hubbard graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA degree in art history and communications. Upon graduating from college, she worked for a Fortune 100 company for nine years. Jennifer left the professional workforce to raise her two children, Frederick and Catherine. Her youngest child, Catherine Violet, was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Jennifer and her husband, Matthew, established the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc.® to support those causes that best represent their daughter and her life. The foundation’s current focus is in creating and developing programming that will sustain the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary® in Newtown, CT. Jennifer is a monthly contributor for the Magnificat. Her essays focus on God’s healing presence and His faithfulness. She is the recipient of a 2014 and 2015 Catholic Press Awards and has had her work published in Fairfield County Catholic.


Anna Iatesta

Anna Iatesta and her husband, Bob, have been in full-time service to families and children since 1977 when they founded Families in Christ, a Catholic lay ministry dedicated to strengthening Christian family life. In 1985, Anna founded Living Bridges, with the mission of saving children, strengthening families, and stirring faith in God. This work has grown dramatically into the full-service organization as it is today. Anna co-hosted On the Way, a Gabriel award-winning television series; she is also the recipient of the Catholic Campaign for America’s Catholic Contribution Award. She is a national conference speaker and media guest on radio and television. Currently, Anna is the Director of a weekly support program for Catholic home-based educators and the Living Bridges Hosting Program for international orphan children.

Paul and Miriam Isenberg

Fr. Carl Janicki

Fr. Carl Janicki is the Director of Campus Ministry at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania. A priest for more than 20 years, he has also worked in ministry at Cardinal Dougherty High School. He served that community for 12 years as Campus Minister, then President, before moving on to his current position at Cabrini. Fr. Janicki represented Cabrini during the 2015 Papal visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, at which he served in Media Relations, and provided “color” commentary during the Pope’s Closing Mass on the Parkway for CBS 3, Philadelphia.

Marty Kenney

Father Anthony J. Killian

Father Killian grew up in Philadelphia. He has a Master’s degree in Government. Before entering the seminary, he worked for 16 years as Imagery Analyst for the US Government. He has a MDiv and certificate in Hispanic Ministry from Mount St. Mary Seminary. Father Killian was ordained a priest in 2008. Currently, he serves as a procurator/advocate in the tribunal of the Diocese of Arlington. He  made his Legion Promise in 1997. He has served as praesidium president, curia secretary and curia president. He is the Spiritual Director of two praesidia at St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg, VA.

Ann Koshute

Ann M. Koshute, M.T.S. holds a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. While studying at the JP II, Ann and her classmates founded Theophany Catholic Theatre Company to perform the plays and poetry of Karol Wojtyła /John Paul II, including at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. Following graduation Ann served as Assistant Director of the Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, assisting couples in preparing for marriage. Ann is currently Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, where she teaches theology online. She is a writer and speaker, and recently co-founded an apostolate dedicated to offering support for women and couples bearing the cross of infertility (www.springinthedesert.org). Ann is a columnist for The Eastern Catholic Life, the official publication of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic. She and her husband Keith live in Palmyra, PA.


Deacon Mark Kuhn

Deacon Mark Kuhn was baptized into the Catholic faith as an infant, but he was raised Protestant and belonged to three very different denominations in his formative years.  He was led back to Catholicism while getting his bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages at Holy Family University, partly through the kindness of the nuns and mostly through the example of his girlfriend Suzanne, now his wife for over 36 years.  They have been active members of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton for most of their married life and have raised four children in that parish.  Mark is a longtime employee of Kingsbury, Inc., where he works as Business Development Manager, overseeing the work of the firm’s international sales representatives.

Deacon Mark began his studies at Saint Charles Seminary after his youngest child turned 10 and was ordained by Archbishop Chaput in June 2015.  The primary focus of his diaconate ministry has been evangelization work, as in 2003, he felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to help revitalize the Church.   With the help of several faith-filled parishioners, he formed an evangelization team that now includes members from other local churches.  From the very outset, it has been an extraordinary experience for all involved in this ministry, and with the Lord’s help, Deacon Mark trusts that more workers will join the evangelization team in the vast harvest fields.

Father Chris LaBarge

Fr. John Large

Fr. John Large currently serves at the Parish of St. Thomas More in Manalapan, NJ. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, PA.

Rev Msgr Richard LaVergetta

Fr. Dan Leary

Fr. Dan Leary is the pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Silver Spring, MD. In addition to serving his parish at home, he has also completed missions trips in Jamaica with his parish.

Deacon Paul Logan

Deacon Paul Logan

Deacon Paul Logan was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2015 and is assigned to Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish in North Wales. He is a principal in the Philadelphia law firm of Post & Schell and has a trial lawyer for over 40 years, having tried well over 500 cases. His practice focuses on commercial and real estate litigation, construction claims, government contracts and major lawsuits arising from engineering and construction related accidents and failures. He represents owners, contractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and other businesses that deal with local, state, and federal governments. He earned his J.D. with Honors from the University of Toledo College of Law after his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. Deacon Paul is a member of the Bar in five states, the federal district and appellate courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware and the United States Supreme Court. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Drexel University’s College of Engineering.

Titles of presentations:

1. “Objection sustained.” – A lawyer’s look at Jesus’ trials on Holy Thursday (Sanhedrin) and Good Friday (Roman).

2. The Real Presence in the Eucharist. – The first Christians believed in the real presence in the Eucharist; what did they know that we don’t?

3. A personal walk on the Road to Emmaus. – ”Jesus, will you walk a bit further with me?”

4. “If there really is a loving God, explain brain cancer in children to me.” – Did Job get it wrong and the atheists are right?

5. Tough moral theology questions – “What do I do when it happens to me?” (Divorce and remarriage; terminal illness and euthanasia; “gay marriage” in my family; abortion)

6. Catholic “Jeopardy” – Answers to questions about the faith that we think we know, but really don’t.

Fr. Philip Lowe, Ed.D.

Fr. Lowe has a Doctor of Education degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and both a Master of Divinity degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He serves as the University Chaplain and assistant professor for Neumann University in Aston, PA. He previously served as director of the Doctor of Education program at Neumann and as the Director of the Newman Center at Temple. In addition, Father was previously the principal of St. Pius X High School in Pottstown and served in several other educational roles over the years.      

Rachel Lozano

A local to the Philadelphia area, Lozano works with Heart of the Father & Unbound Ministries on their Local Ministry Team. She is the Intake Coordinator, managing Prayer Team Events and Unbound Conferences. Lozano also serves as the ministry’s coordinator for media and communications. She is married and has four sons.

Fr. John Lyons

Father Daniel Mackle

Heather Makowicz

Heather Makowicz is a certified Catholic Spiritual Director, retreat director, speaker,and outdoor adventure leader who has a passionate love for the Lord.  Heather is founder and president of Peak Encounter Ministries where she organizes and leads hiking excursions along with other outdoor adventures that integrate prayer while encouraging people to encounter God in his creation.

Msgr. Michael T. Mannion, STL

Monsignor Mannion is a priest of the Diocese of Camden presently serving as Diocesan Director of Community Relations.  He enjoyed a 29-year friendship with Mother Teresa, which began in Rome while serving the poor and studying for the priesthood. Monsignor shares his personal experiences with this newly proclaimed saint, as well as the spiritual insights that he gained from her.

Rev. Msgr. Joseph T. Marino

Monsignor Marino entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1975. He also attended St. Joseph’s University for undergraduate studies in Sociology, and received a Master’s degree in sociology from Temple University in 1975. After working as pastor, secondary school teacher, administrator and spiritual director for many years, Monsignor Marino was appointed Rector of Malvern Retreat House in 2013.

Additionally, after serving for 10 years as a member of the Archdiocesan School Board, Monsignor now serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Executive Board for Elementary Education. He is also the current president for The Foundation for Catholic Education in Chester County.

Megan Mastroianni

Fr. Jim McBurney, OSA

Fr. McBurney has served as both a Pastor and Parochial Vicar in parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  He has also served his Augustinian Community as a Vocation Director and Director of Formation.

In addition to presently being the Parochial Vicar at Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, PA, he offers days of recollection and retreats.  He has been exploring spiritual direction with religious clergy and laity for 15 years.

Kathleen McCarthy

kathleen mccarthy

Kathleen McCarthy is a published author, Catholic radio broadcaster, and has been a Catholic lay evangelist for almost 40 years. Kathleen has traveled across the country and internationally as a sought-after conference speaker and facilitates workshops, days of renewal and parish retreats. She has the gift of storytelling that readily touches the hearts of all individuals.

Kathleen has experienced the death of a husband, loss of a house through fire, personal and family illness, and loss. Through it all, her uncompromising love of God and faith in His love for her has been her source of strength in weakness and her light in darkness. She is a gifted speaker who shares with enthusiasm and motivates many hearts to experience the living God.

Anne McGlone

Anne McGlone previously served as the Director of Marketing for Malvern Retreat House and is the retired President and Founder of McGlone & Associates and Agnus Dei Communications, Ltd. She is a seasoned retreat director and motivational speaker with forty years in corporate management and ministry. As a radio host, Anne broadcasts weekly on In His Sign Catholic Radio Network and formerly hosted a weekly program on Radio Maria USA for nine years. Many of her Catholic documentaries have appeared on EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network and the Arts & Entertainment Network (A& E); most notably, Marian Apparitions of the 20th Century with Ricardo Montalban and The Father’s Gift. As an international event planner for the Sacred Heart Apostolate in New York, Anne also managed marketing operations for several renowned Catholic personalities in her daily work. She authored a book in 2013 entitled, “‘The Whisper in the Wind,’ Does God Really Hear Me.”  Married for close to forty years to her husband, Jim, they are the proud parents of two married daughters and four grandsons.

Father James McGuinn







Father Jim is the Son of Eddie and Mary McGuinn, both of whom were born in Ireland.  He has one brother, three sisters, and lots of nieces and nephews.  He grew up in Philadelphia, went to college in Massachusetts, and lived for a year in a monastery in Pittsburgh.  He attended St. Charles Borromeo seminary in Wynnewood, PA. and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1988.  He has been a parochial vicar, a high school teacher and chaplain, the director of the Newman ministries at two universities and a pastor.  He is the author and founder of CONNECTIONS, which is a new process that inspires and equips Catholics to grow in their faith and be fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.  He loves Catholic evangelization, helping parishes achieve their redemptive potential, and forming leaders.

Fr. Douglas McKay

Fr. McKay is a nationally-recognized retreat director, author and evangelist. He became a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1982, and later founded Our House Ministries, a recovery-based ministry group located in Grays Ferry, Philadelphia. The Ministry is dedicated to helping those who are dependent on alcohol or drugs, who are depressed, or who have turned to crime. He has previously served as Chaplain for Holy Family Home and worked with Little Sisters of the Poor. Fr. McKay was awarded the St. Rita Peace Award in 2015.

Sister Suzanne Meyer, IHM

Tony Meléndez

José Antonio (Tony) Meléndez Rodríguez is a Nicaraguan-American guitar player, composer, singer and songwriter. Tony was born without arms and plays the guitar with his feet. He has performed during the Knights of Immaculata Men of Malvern retreat as well as given a general performance at Malvern Retreat House in November of 2016.

In 1987, Meléndez sang Never Be the Same while playing the guitar in a special performance for Pope John Paul II. The Pope was visibly moved by Tony’s performance. Currently, Tony and his band have a busy concert schedule. He also gives motivational talks, has written a book and campaigns for the pro-life cause.

Deacon Cody Miller

Deacon Cody Miller is the Legion of Mary Spiritual Director for the Diocese of Lafayette, LA

Hector Molina

Anita Morro

Morro is an RN/BSN Healing Minister at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, PA. She has been married for 30 years, and she and her husband Bob have four adult children.  They have been involved in the Pre-Cana Ministry, the Cursillo Movement, the fostering of young children, Kairos teenage retreats and adult faith formation. In 2007, with the encouragement of her pastor, Monsignor Chieffo, Morro established the St. Mary Magdalen Parish Healing Ministry dedicated to promoting spiritual, emotional and physical healing. The ministry’s focus is to provide a visible, tangible source of Christ’s light during a family’s time of need. Morro has been a nurse RN/BSN for 35 years and has been involved in end of life, critical care, homecare and addiction counseling.

Rev. Michael G. Mullan

Rev. Mullan was ordained as a Legionary of Christ, where he spent most of his 14 years of training in Europe, receiving degrees in Philosophy & Theology. From 2007-2013, he was director of the Faith and Family Centre in Dublin, Ireland. In 2014, he began discerning to come into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has served at St. Stanislaus in Lansdale and now at St. Agnes Parish, West Chester. He continues offering Retreats.

Monsignor Thomas Mullelly


Msgr. Tom Mullelly was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He is a graduate of Queen of Peace School, Ardsley and Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote. Monsignor graduated in 1974 from Mount Saint Mary’s University (summa cum laude) with a degree in political science. He has received master’s degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (counseling in higher education); Immaculate Conception Seminary, the graduate school of theology and pastoral ministry of Seton Hall University and from Princeton Theological Seminary. Monsignor received his J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.
Ordained a priest in service to the Diocese of Trenton in 1980, he has served in parish ministry, as director of the diocesan office of the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies and as Master of Ceremonies to the Most Reverend George W. Ahr. From 1989 till 1995 Monsignor Mullelly served as an administrator and lecturer in the sociology department at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD. In 1995 He was appointed Director of the Aquinas Institute and Roman Catholic Chaplain at Princeton University. While at Princeton University he served as a lecturer in the Politics Department (teaching precepts in Constitutional Interpretation and Civil Liberties). He served in that capacity until 2011 when he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life and Director of Seminarians by The Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton. In addition to his diocesan duties, Msgr. Mullelly is currently serving as interim Roman Catholic Chaplain at Princeton University.

Rev. Ronan Murphy

Rev. Murphy hails from Dublin, Ireland and is a priest of the Camden Diocese. Ordained on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima in the Jubilee Year 2000, he has served as Parochial Vicar in St. Mary’s, Gloucester City and St. Peter’s, Merchantville. He is presently chaplain to a Carmelite Monastery in New York and giving retreats for the Marian Movement of Priests.

Reverend Zachary Navit

Father Zachary Navit is Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Saint Mary Center and Saint Mary Villa in Lansdale, PA.  Ordained a priest in 1994 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father Navit has served in parishes in Montgomery and Bucks County and in Philadelphia, as well as in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.  An active pilgrimage promoter and group leader, Father Navit often incorporates his encounters with the Lord during travel to sacred places and for special events in his preaching to help bring the Scriptures to life.  Father Navit has degrees in pastoral and systematic theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and in law from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and is admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In residence at Saint Stanislaus Parish in Lansdale, Father Navit regularly assists at local parishes. 

Fr. John Nordeman

Father John Nordeman is a School Minister at Lansdale Catholic High School, where he ministers to more than 700 students each year. Fr. Nordeman works with students who attend Kiaros Retreats, holds weekly holy hours for students, and helps those who require spiritual guidance.

Fr. Dennis J.W. O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Fr. Dennis is the coordinator of Integrated Health Services (IHS). This program, offered by Holy Redeemer Health System, provides a holistic, integrated assessment of a person from a physical, psychological and spiritual perspective. Previously, from 1989 to 2006, Father O’Donnell served as the Rector and Spiritual Director of St. Joseph-in-the-Hills, today Malvern Retreat House, in Pennsylvania.

Fr. Dennis’ impressive career includes serving as a pastor at Maternity BVM Parish and a chaplain at Philadelphia State Mental Hospital, traveling to Honduras to found the orphanage Amigos de Jesus, serving as the assistant superintendent for Catholic Education in Philadelphia, earning a Ph.D. from Fordham University, and teaching at Cardinal Dougherty High School.

Father James Otto

Damon Owens

Fr. Matthew Palkowski, OFM Cap

Fr. Matthew was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the suburbs.  He received an BA in Finance from Michigan State University.  He was working at the Smithsonian in Washington DC when he joined the Capuchins.  He has an STB from The Catholic University of America, and he was ordained in 2005.

Fr. Matthew has worked as a parish priest in Washington DC and in Philadelphia, PA.  He has also served as a hospital chaplain in Harrisburg, PA.  Fr. Matthew is currently the chaplain at the city jail in Philadelphia.



Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr.

Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr. grew up in Saint Lucy’s Parish in Manayunk, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, a Master of Science degree from West Chester University, and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. He is a 1992 graduate of the Church Ministry Institute. In 2006, he entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and was ordained a permanent deacon on June 2, 2012, for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is currently assigned as the Associate to the Vicar for Clergy for Permanent Deacons. Prior to his appointment to his Archdiocesan post, he enjoyed a 35-year career in law enforcement.

Deacon Pascarella has been married for more than 30 years and has twin sons. He is also a Man of Malvern, having made more than 40 weekend retreats. He was originally a member of Our Lord of the Sea group. He is a former Associate Captain of Our Lady of Lourdes Group, and the founding Captain of Our Lady of the Rosary Family Retreat.

Fr. Leonard Peterson

Father Leonard Peterson was ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1967. After two years as a parochial vicar, he spent the next 23 years in the Education Apostolate. In 1991, he was appointed pastor of St. Bridget parish in Philadelphia until 1993, followed by a dual assignment as parochial vicar at St. Anastasia Parish, Newtown Square, PA and adjunct professor at (then) Immaculata College from 1993 – ’97. In 1997, he was appointed pastor of St Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield until 2012.

For more than 20 years, he wrote both op-ed pieces and homilies for the Catholic Standard and Times archdiocesan newspaper. Retired in 2012, Father now assists part time at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Marmora, NJ.  He also writes weekly Scriptural Reflections for the John Patrick Publishing Company.

June Piola

Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ

Fr. Putthoff has been a Jesuit for more than 30 years and has directed more than 60 retreats nationally, both preached and individually directed. He has worked in Camden, N.J. for more than 15 years and is the founder and Executive Director of Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a youth technology portal.

During the past 12 years, Hopeworks has worked with more than 1,700 youth, providing 300 youth jobs, 1,700 college credits, and helped more than 140 youth begin college. Fr. Putthoff has been recognized for this youth development work and often finds himself with the crucified Christ in Camden. As a Jesuit, he has asked to be close to Jesus, especially in His sufferings, and truly understood that after he began working in Camden.

Antone Raymundo, MD

Dr. Antone Raymundo is a medical consultant, former anesthesiologist and senior medical director. He is a Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant and pro-life physician trained in NaPro Technology from the Pope Paul VI Institute and earned an MBA in finance and accounting at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a lay Discalced Carmelite, lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a Bible study leader, apologist, and was a CCD/PREP instructor. He is a member of The King’s Men and The Knights of Immaculata. He is an evangelist who has volunteered in prison ministry for up to 250 inmates each week and speaks on Divine Mercy, medical Theology of the Body, Carmelite saints, male spirituality, marriage, family, fatherhood, and discovering one’s true self and mission in Christ. He also loves sharing his personal conversion testimony and various miracle stories. He lives in suburban Philadelphia and is a happily married man and a proud father of seven children, the oldest of which is currently a seminarian at St. Charles Borromeo.

Some of his other topics include:
• Carmelite Prayer and Carmelite Saints
• Spiritual Meaning behind Hollywood Movies (e.g. Bird Box)
• Marriage, Family (How to keep the Catholic Faith when everyone is leaving)
• Fatherhood (husbandly fatherhood and priestly fatherhood)
• Vocation Promotion (since my son will be a ordained a priest this May)
• Miracles (e.g. Eucharistic, Confession, Confirmation ,etc)
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Meaning behind the Picture)
• Spiritual Warfare/Deliverance/Exorcism: A Physician’s Perspective
• Angels and Demons
• Prolife/NFP vs (Abortion/contraception)
• Catholic Apologetics (defending the Catholic faith)
• Discovering Real Freedom in Christ
• Finding Your True Mission
• Coping with Pain/Disability

Kevin Reilly

After 16 years of Catholic Education Kevin Reilly entered the NFL with a promising career in football. From 1973-1976 he played with the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots. His career came to an abrupt and drastic end when he was diagnosed with a rare form of desmoid cancer, which forced him to undergo a major amputation of his arm, four ribs, and a large portion of his left shoulder. Later he was inducted in three sports hall of fames: Salesianum High School, Villanova University and Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.

Confronted with life threatening challenges, traumas, physical and mental setbacks, through sheer strength and will power, Kevin had a successful 30 year career as a senior executive in sales and marketing and Human Resources at the Xerox Corporation.

Kevin has now become not only a vibrant sports radio broadcaster for all Philadelphia Eagles games, but also a strong charismatic motivational speaker. He is qualified to counsel amputees at the Walter Reed National Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and spends his retirement helping cancer patients, recuperating soldiers, special needs students and victims of horrific accidents.

Fr. Scott Reilly, LC

Fr. Scott is originally from Kankakee, IL but later moved to St. Petersburg, FL. In 1983, he joined Immaculate Conception Apostolic School of the Legionaries of Christ located in Center Harbor, NH, and graduated 1984. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and Theology with the Legionaries Christ. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. Having served as a chaplain, a director for the Legionaries of the U.S. and on the boards of many Catholic High Schools, he is now the Regnum Christi Local Director chaplain to the Regnum Christi Movement in the Philadelphia locality. He enjoys, golf, tennis, hiking, working out and reading.

Father Salvatore Riccio

Fr. Salvatore M. Riccio lived and grew up in Montgomery County, PA.  He entered St. Charles Seminary in September of 1956 and was ordained on May 21, 1966 by John Cardinal Krol.  His assignments have all been within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Father Sal was a Parochial Vicar in five parishes, an Administrator in one parish and served as Pastor of St Francis of Assisi Parish in Springfield for 18 years.  In addition, he studied Music Composition at Temple University for three years and served on the Diocesan Music Commission for many years. Father Sal is now retired and assists in local parish work and at Malvern Retreat House.

Father Larry Richards

Father Larry Richards

Fr. Larry has directed hundreds of retreats, parish missions, and conferences for those of all ages. His inspirational talks, presentations, and books are always authentic and enthusiastic, and they have changed the hearts, minds and lives of millions of listeners and readers worldwide. He speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and evangelist.

Fr. Larry is the author of several best-selling books including, “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be,” challenging men to be strong . His second book, “Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God’s Will,”challenges you to let go of attachments and assumptions.

Father Larry can be seen on the EWTN televised programs “Living Right with Dr. Ray” and “Crossing the Goal.” He also hosts a radio show called “Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards.” Visit his website, thereasonforourhope.org, to learn more about his life and work. 

Father Dermot Roache, SMA

Father Dermot S. Roache is a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA Fathers). He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a former middle school teacher. After joining the Society, Fr. Roache completed his formation and his theological studies obtaining his STB, from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi Kenya). He spent several more years serving as a missionary priest in Kenya as well as in the northern region of South Africa following the charism of Bishop Marion de Brésillac his founder, which is to serve “the poorest of the poor.”  It is there on mission in South Africa where the prayer “Act of Consecration of the Family to the Divine Mercy” was given to him by Our Lord. The prayer itself has become a universal mission.

South Africa is presently journeying through a post-apartheid era. There is a deep cry for much healing.  The family systems are torn apart and the demands to keep them united are near impossible to meet.  Daily Fr. Roache prayed before the Blessed Sacrament to ask the Lord what he can offer to the people to help them. It was in the middle of these realities that the family consecration prayer came to him.  He heard the Lord clearly say,  “Give the families My Divine Mercy.”  The invitation to come to the homes of his parishioners and surrender their needs to The Divine Mercy was met with overwhelming acceptance.  He and their families and friends would gather around The Image, pray the Chaplet, consecrate and enthrone their families and homes to The Divine Mercy.  Deep healing began; profound changes were clear.  The family enthronement became a new beginning for the families who had been broken, torn, and without hope. The prayer is a gift to families.

In 2010, Fr. Roache was re-assigned to Boston only to discover that the family consecration prayer was meant not just for the families of a region in South Africa. The Lord had other plans. After receiving a nihil obstat from the Archdiocese of Newark and an imprimatur from Archbishop John J. Myers, D.D., JCD in 2013, the consecration prayer exploded onto the scene of the New England area and in a matter of a few short months was finding itself translated into other languages extending to other nations.  The answer to Fr. Roache’s initial question asking the Lord what he could offer to the people was answered:  The Divine Mercy is the answer to all the family problems.

Sister Mercedes Rojo, OSF

Sister Mercedes is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Sister Mercedes attended LaSalle University for her Bachelor’s degree in humanities, then went on to earn Master’s degrees in education and pastoral care and counseling from St. Joseph’s University and Neumann University, respectively. Today, she is a psychotherapist at a Sharon Hill mental health clinic and volunteers her time to the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA. Sister Mercedes has years of experience as an educator, a health professional and an impactful spiritual presenter.

Jesse Romero

Jesse is a full-time bilingual Catholic Lay Evangelist, who is nationally acclaimed for his dynamic, upbeat Christ centered preaching. His preaching apostolate is “On Fire Evangelization.”

Jesse is a resident of Arizona and a retired Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff who has been married to his wife Anita since 1983, and is parent of three children and grandchildren.

He has a B.A. from Mount St Mary’s University in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He is a bilingual Catholic author. (1) Recipient of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award, (2) The Fullness of Truth “Defender of Faith” Award & (3) “Sports Faith International Award”.

Jesse has been on Catholic radio for over 12 years now hosting teaching and speaking in English & Spanish. Currently on The Terry and Jesse Show, & En Familia Radio. Also, an occasional co-host on “Chips N Salsa” radio show.

He speaks on all things Catholic such as:
 Catholic Evangelization
 Apologetics
 Marriage & Family
 Male Spirituality
 Spiritual Warfare
 Culture Wars
 Teen & Chastity talks

Jesse has been preaching since 1995. He has also defended Holy Mother Church in several official debates with different Protestant Pastors, and on Spanish television against secular humanist.

Jesse’s motto is: Love God, Save Souls, & Slay Error!






Deacon John Rose

Deacon John is a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in June, 2001. He and his wife have been married for 33 years. They are the proud parents of five grown children – two sons and three daughters. They also have a daughter-in-law whom they consider another daughter. Their faith and the practice of their faith have always been an important part of their lives. Through all of life’s ups and downs, they have always found strength in Our Lord.

Marty Rotella

Marty Rotella is a singer, songwriter and evangelist who presents music and messages to diverse audiences. He has shared the Gospel message of Jesus’ love in 43 states in addition to Australia, Europe, Central and South America and Canada. With over thirty years of ministry through teaching and motivational speaking, he has presented in churches, schools, conferences and prisons.

A Grammy-nominated musician, Marty integrates his gift of music with his unique preaching style for men, women, young adults and teens. He has countless endorsements from bishops and clergy, religious, families and prison inmates. As a noted evangelist, Marty delivers a compelling message of Jesus’ love, forgiveness and mercy to all who encounter him.

Spirit Power is his trademark platform for music and evangelization. He brings the fire of God’s love to retreat houses, conferences, parishes and, most notably, to the streets.

Father Paul Scalia

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Father Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, grew up in the Diocese of Arlington and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.  Since his ordination in 1996 he has served as parochial vicar at several parishes and as pastor of Saint John the Beloved in McLean.  He currently serves as the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy.  He has written for various publications and is a frequent speaker on matters of faith and doctrine.  Father Scalia’s first book, That Nothing May Be Lost, was published by Ignatius Press in 2017.

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Deacon David Schaffer

Deacon David Schaffer was ordained a permanent deacon in May 1986. He currently serves at Saint John Neumann Parish. Deacon David is a graduate of Neumann University with a Master’s degree in pastoral counseling and a Master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Deacon David worked for many years at the Archdiocesan Office Center in the areas of Family Life, Respect Life and Evangelization.  Deacon Schaffer and his wife Mary, now deceased, raised two children, and he has two grandsons.


Megan Schrieber

Megan Schrieber, is the Chief Creative Officer of Helena Daily, Theology of Home and Source & Canvas. She is a married Catholic mother of six, entrepreneur, writer and speaker who is eager to address and defend the Catholic Church’s beautiful vision of womanhood and religious freedom.

Rev. Paul Schneck

The Rev. Paul Schenck is a married Catholic priest.  You may think that’s a poorly written sentence that should read “…a former Catholic priest who is now married.” But, no, Schenck, of York, really is a married Catholic priest, one of about 200 in the nation and another 200 worldwide. He and his wife, Becky, have been married 37 years and have nine children,  including “one in heaven.”

And that’s not all. Schenck, 57, was raised Jewish, converted to Christianity at age 16 and was a Protestant pastor for about 20 years before becoming Catholic in 2004.

And there’s more. Schenck served one month in prison and 18 months in home detention for leafleting and offering support to women and their companions at abortion clinics before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor in the 1997 case of Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York.

Ordained in the Catholic Church in 2010, Schenk has served as director of respect life activities and continuing education for clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg since 2008 and chairs the Washington, D.C., National Pro-Life Center, an ecumenical mission at the Supreme Court, which he founded in 2004.

Wednesday evening, he spoke about his unusual faith journey at Theology on Tap, at Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub on East King Street. About 35 people attended and were so spellbound that they didn’t seem to move a muscle, except perhaps to widen their eyes or cover their mouths when they dropped open in shock and disbelief.

Ethan Demme, 32, of East Lampeter Township and a member of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, South Duke Street, introduced Schenck at the social event for young adults, sponsored by the diocese and held about eight times a year on the second floor of the pub.

“It’s a very compelling story,” Demme said after Schenck spoke. “I really want to talk to him because I had a very similar journey.”

Schenck’s journey began in Western New York, where he was raised. There he attended Hebrew school for six years, learning Babylonian Aramaic. When he was in ninth grade, two classmates — one a son of a United Methodist minister and the other who became the first female minister ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — introduced him to Christianity.

“I listened to them very closely,” Schenck said. “I grew up in a home where Jesus was respected. I was told Jesus was a great rabbi that Christians mistakenly turned into a God.  “He began reading the New Testament, which he found very familiar, with names such as Isaiah, Solomon and David and references to circumcision and bar mitzvahs.  “There was nothing non-Jewish about it,” he said.

Schenck used the Yiddish word mishmash to describe his family, explaining that his mother was baptized a Catholic and raised an Episcopalian before marrying the son of Jewish refugees and converting to Judaism to please her husband’s father. The priest, whose twin brother is a UMC pastor in Chicago, confirmed his mother and baptized his father in the Catholic Church before they died.

Schenck graduated in 1979 from Elim Bible Institute, in Lima, N.Y. He then attended the Institute of Jewish Studies at the State University of New York because he wanted to study the Old Testament in Hebrew. He graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in 1982.  By then, he and his wife, who married at 19, had six children and lived in a garage apartment without enough heat.  “We were in desperate straits, but we didn’t know it. We were enormously happy. Our family life and ministry fulfilled us. Our children were our treasures and still are.”

In 1984, Schenck read “The Jewish People and Jesus Christ after Auschwitz,” by Jakob Jocz, a third-generation Jewish Christian from Ukraine and a professor at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. The two met and became colleagues, collaborating on a series of articles for the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

When Jocz died three years later, he left his entire library — four floors in a Victorian townhouse, to Schenck. In a journal on Judaica, Schenck found an article about a fragment in Hebrew found in Syria before the fourth century believed to be a Haggadah, a Jewish text of the order of the Passover Seder, but which on further study was found to be the oldest known Christian Eucharistic liturgy.

“I was convinced that the Church of the Apostles, the Hebrew speaking church of Jerusalem, was liturgical and Eucharistic,” Schenck said. “That led me to conclude that the earliest church was Catholic.”

Although Schenck was a Protestant clergyman, he said he felt Catholic. When he learned that Pope John Paul II would grant pastoral provisions to married Anglican priests, allowing them to become Catholic priests, he joined a Reformed Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican communion.

“I have tremendous respect and admiration for my brother unmarried priests,” Schenck said, “because they voluntarily surrender what is a right that every Christian man has — a wife and a family. They do that for the love of Christ and his church. And I think that’s heroic.”


Nancy Scimone

Nancy Scimone is a classically trained singer who has performed in concert halls and churches throughout North America. She has composed a melody of the Chaplet used at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and the National Basilica in Washington, D.C. She spreads the message of Mercy through her drama on the life of St. Faustina.

Father Philip Scott, FJ

Jen Settle

JEN SETTLE is a Consecrated Virgin in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She was consecrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, February 2, 2017. She has been a staff member at the Theology of the Body Institute in Aston, PA since 2008 where she currently serves as the Director of Programs. She has Bachelor and Master degrees in Theology and Parish Ministry from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Jen worked in religious education and adult faith formation for 15 years before joining the TOBI staff, teaching Theology of the Body throughout the country. She is the co-author of the book Consecration to Jesus through Saint Joseph: An Integrated Look at the Holy Family.

Rev. Michael J. Shea, CM

Rev. Michael J. Shea, C.M. was born in Brooklyn, New York as the youngest of six children. After graduation from high school, he entered the Vincentian minor seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and for the next 13 years he taught in a number of high schools in Philadelphia.

From 1983 to 1993 Father Shea divided his time between Niagara University, NY and Auburn Univ., AL. In 1993 he was assigned to St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI and served there until his recent assignment as the Associate Director to the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.

Fr. Shea is a 2005 Life Achievement Award recipient of the Right to Life of Michigan.

Sister Ann Shields

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, is an internationally noted conference and retreat speaker, and the author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality, including “Deeper Conversion,” “To Be like Jesus,” and “More of the Holy Spirit.” She currently hosts the popular daily radio program Food for the Journey. She is part of Renewal Ministries’ leadership team and a member of The Servants of God’s Love, a charismatic religious community established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Sr. Ann was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in September of 2012 for service to the Church. She also is a recipient of the Aggiornamento Award, given by the Catholic Library Association in recognition of outstanding contribution through her books and articles for the renewal of parish and community life.

Michael Skinner

Michael Skinner is the founder of Gratia Reflections and the author of Men of Virtue Rosary, a special Marian devotion designed for men and their families. Inspired at Malvern during the 2016 Our Lady of Fatima retreat, Men of Virtue – and its motto “There has never been a greater need for good men!” – debuted at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Victory. Since then, Men of Virtue has grown in popularity across the world, and has been featured in the Catholic Review, on Radio Maria USA, and at Mount Saint Mary’s University. In 2017, during the centennial year of the Fatima apparitions, Michael was invited to share his testimony and the story behind Men of Virtue on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the largest religious media network in the world with a reach of 250 million households. Today, the Men of Virtue podcast (available on iTunes and Google Podcasts) has been downloaded in 40 countries across the world and in 48 states in the U.S. Michael is blessed with his wife of 25 years and their three wonderful boys, and is inspired by Saint John Paul II’s declaration, “The future of humanity passes by way of the family.”

Fr. Michael Speziale

Fr. Speziale was ordained to the priesthood in 2009. Previously, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity degree. He teaches Theology at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, PA.

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Father James Sullivan

Father James F. Sullivan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  He is a graduate of Malvern Prep, Villanova University, and St. Charles Seminary.  Father Sullivan was ordained a priest in 1987.  He has served in parish ministry as a parochial vicar and since 2014 has had the privilege to be the chaplain of Holy Family Home in southwest Philadelphia.

Fr. Michael P. Sullivan, OSA

Father Michael P. Sullivan, O.S.A., travels the country year-round providing parishes with unique and dynamic retreats.

The letters from pastors seeking his services come to the Province Office, where Father Sullivan reviews them and sends a letter of confirmation if the time and place are suitable to his schedule. If airfare is required the Parish reimburses the Augustinians for expenses incurred. Father Sullivan only asks for a ‘love offering’ that is taken up the last day of the retreat. This offering goes to retired Augustinian priests. This is all that Father Sullivan requires for his services.

Father Sullivan’s mission schedule concentrates on the seven Sacraments. The first night is Baptism, Confirmation, and the power of the Spirit. The second night is reconciling, healing, and forgiveness. The third night is fidelity and commitment. The fourth night is “call to be one bread, one body.” Father Sullivan makes his message known while adding a bit of humor and fun to the mission. Fear is not part of Father Sullivan’s mission talk approach. People leave with a smile, his message well taken, and a feeling of pride in being Catholic.

Fr. Tom Sullivan

Originally from Havertown, PA, Fr. Sullivan joined the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy in 1998. This group is dedicated to parish missions and retreats across the U.S. Before joining this Congregation, Fr. Sullivan owned his own roofing company and did extensive charity work. After his time with the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Sullivan graduated from Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut, where he was ordained in 2004.

Father John Wackerman

Rev. Peter Walsh

Rev. Peter Walsh is the Spiritual Director of Regina Pacis Curia.

Johnnette Benkovic Williams

Johnnette Benkovic Williams is the Founder and President of Women of Grace, a Catholic apostolate for women featuring a number of outreaches including conferences, media, study groups and more. She is also Founder and President of Living His Life Abundantly® International, Inc. a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, in 1981 Benkovic  Williams experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith. Her conversion sparked a new vocation: that is, one of sharing the Gospel message through the utilization of media. She has been an inspiring and consistent presence on Catholic radio (since 1987) and in Catholic television (since 1988) ever since.

She is the Executive Producer of the Women of Grace® television program, a program highlighting contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective which also discusses authentic femininity™ in the world today. She is also host of Women of Grace® Live, a call-in radio talk show airing five times a week. She is heard nationally on AM/FM stations, SiriusXM Channel 130, and internationally via short wave radio.

In addition, Johnnette is a popular conference speaker, published author, retreat director, and seminar presenter. She is the author of several books including “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life,” “Grace-Filled Moments,” “Living Life Abundantly: Stories of People Who Have Encountered God,” and “Experience Grace in Abundance: Ten Strategies for Your Spiritual Life and The New Age Counterfeit.” She also developed the internationally recognized Women of Grace® Foundational Study Series which has transformed thousands of women worldwide through the healing love of Jesus Christ.

Jack Williams

Jack Williams is the General Manager of EWTN Radio.  After a radical conversion in 1981 Jack traveled college campuses in the United States and Australia as part of a charismatic, evangelical campus outreach.   He later spend a decade providing sports talk radio programming and live high school sports coverage in the Des Moines, IA market.  After entering the Catholic Church in 2002, Jack began doing an hour long Catholic program every weekday on a local evangelical radio station.  He was later a member of the team that transformed that very station into a Catholic Radio Station.  After spending time at the local EWTN radio affiliate in Birmingham, AL, Jack joined EWTN in 2014.  EWTN Radio programming can be heard on over 350 affiliated stations in the United States, online at ewtn.com, on the ewtn app, on Sirius/XM channel 130 and on a myriad of streaming and social media platforms.  In addition to his responsibilities as General Manager, Jack can be heard Monday through Friday at 3pm ET on EWTN Open Line.

Bill Wingard

Bill Wingard is the speaker for SHROUD TALKS, a recently established organization dedicated to presenting the history, the science and the passion of Jesus Christ as seen in the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the world. Bill attended Maryknoll Seminary in Glen Ellen, IL for a year and graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.

Sister Anne Winkelmann

Sister Anne Winkelmann is the Chief Clinical Officer of SODAT of New Jersey, Inc. Sister has more than 25 years of clinical experience in the addiction field. She is a licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has opened and supervised various inpatient and outpatient programs in New Jersey. Sister is a member of the Congregation Assistance Core Team for the Diocese of Camden. For the past 25 years, she has been a retreat leader for recovering men and women in the numerous states. She also has experience with children of alcoholics and victims of incest and co-dependency.

Sister also is a consultant for St. Mary’s Parish in Williamstown, New Jersey. She has given many lectures for local community schools and organizations and has a hot line to direct those needing help in the parish. In 2006, she received The Prodigal House Foundation Service Award in recognition of her Spirit of Generosity in giving of her time to all who suffer from addictions. Also in 2006, the Addiction Treatment Providers of New Jersey awarded her the Denis Mansmen Award for her dedication to the addiction recovery field.

Father Joseph Zaleski

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Gary Zimak

Gary Zimak is the author of “A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible,” “Listen To Your Blessed Mother,” “From Fear To Faith” and “Faith, Hope and Clarity.” He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio. For more information, visit his website www.followingthetruth.com.

Father Charles Zlock

Image result for father charles zlockFather Zlock was born in Pottsville, and grew up in Warminster and Doylestown. His parents are Dr. Charles Zlock, a retired dentist, and Loretta (Walko) Zlock, a real estate agent. He has one brother, Dr. Gregory Zlock who is a dentist. Gregory and his wife Margot (a nurse) live in Missoula, Montana.

After high school at St. Joseph Prep, he graduated from Susquehanna University with a BS in Management with a Business Certificate in German. He later matriculated at the University of South Carolina with a Master’s in International Business. After graduation, he worked in industry both in Germany and the United States.

Fr. Zlock entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1989 and was ordained by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua in 1994. Previous assignments included St. Martin of Tours parish then 10 years in education (Archbishop Wood in Warminster; Neumann-Goretti in South Philadelphia then Chaplain-Director at the Newman Center at the University of Penn). Later he served as a member of the Office for Clergy, responsible for “Ongoing Formation” organizing retreats, continuing education, assignment specific training, etc.) for the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. One year as Rector of Malvern Retreat House, he was appointed as Pastor of the Parish of St. Monica in Berwyn, PA.

Among his interests are various outdoor activities—fly-fishing, back packing, canoe camping, golf, reading and cooking. He has also been involved in martial arts for many years and achieved a second-degree black belt Korean Tang-Soo-Do karate.

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