Live Keynote Speakers

Emily Wilson Hussem is a speaker, YouTuber, award-winning author, wife and mom who shares her faith online and travels the world sharing her witness of faith at conferences and events across the globe. She writes, speaks, and creates videos on femininity, faith, dating, motherhood, and relationships – and her books, videos, social media content, courses, and talks continue to inspire and encourage people of all ages.

Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR entered the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 2002. In 2011, Timothy Cardinal Dolan ordained him a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He currently lives as a hermit at the Monastery of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor, New York, where he serves as a chaplain to the nuns. He is author of Amid Passing Things: Life, Prayer, and Relationship with God and Mary and the Interior Life, blogs at From the Friars and has a podcast: https://soundcloud.com/franciscan-friars/sets/fr-jeremiah-shryock-cfr

Stephanie Burke is wife to Dan Burke, mother of four and grandmother of one.  She co-hosts, along with Dan, the popular weekly Divine Intimacy Radio program. Together they serve as servant leaders of the Avila Foundation and the community of Apostoli Viae.

In that capacity, Stephanie devotes the majority of her time in spiritual direction and deliverance ministry and is privileged to see the fruits of the healing and liberating power of God unleashed in the lives of individuals and marriages at their talks, retreats, conferences, and online events.

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck grew up Bloomington, IL, in a family that loved the Catholic Church and sports.  He was a high school All-American in soccer and played on the United States Under-17 National Team before moving on to play Division I soccer at Clemson University.  

After graduating from Clemson with a degree in Spanish and International Trade, Fr. Chase signed his first professional soccer contract in the country of Chile. He then spent four years playing in the Chilean league, and eventually winning a league championship with Ñublense.  Fr. Chase later signed with the New England Revolution in the United States’ Major League Soccer (MLS) before retiring in 2008 in order to enter the seminary and to become a Catholic priest.  He was ordained for Diocese of Peoria in 2014.  

As a priest, Fr. Chase has spent two years in Hispanic ministry and high school chaplaincy, four years as an Assistant Chaplain at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, and is now the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Peoria.

Lisa is the founder and chief purpose officer of Walking with Purpose. A convert to Catholicism, she wrote her first Bible study in 2002 out of a desire to see Catholic women come to know Christ personally. In 2008, WWP became a fully independent non-profit organization with 501c(3) status and a mission of helping every Catholic woman and girl in America open her heart to Jesus Christ. Today, more than 49,000 women, young women, and girls participate in WWP each year.

Lisa has been recognized by the Catholic Leadership Institute as a National Catholic Leader, and was a presenter at the USCCB Convocation of Catholic Leaders. She has presented the unique model of WWP at national conferences throughout the country, and has been a guest on a number of radio, television, and podcast shows as well.

Lisa holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College and is pursuing her master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She and her husband Leo have seven children and three grandsons and reside in St. Augustine, Florida.

The Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann was installed as the 4th Archbishop and the 11th Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas on January 15, 2005.

His chosen episcopal motto is, “Vitae Victoria Erit” (Life will be Victorious).  Archbishop Naumann has championed the cause for the right to life throughout his ministry. He seeks to lead his flock in upholding and promoting the immense dignity of every human person from conception to natural death.

Through education and evangelization, Archbishop Naumann seeks to facilitate opportunities for encounters with the person of Jesus Christ, winning disciples that will live the Joy of the Gospel and lead others to Christ by the fruit of their lives.

Archbishop Naumann was born on June 4, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1975, and Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis/Titular Bishop of Caput Cilla on September 3, 1997. He was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas on January 7, 2004, and assumed responsibilities as Archbishop on January 15, 2005.

A native of England, Joseph Pearce is the internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Croatian and Polish.

He has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. His verse drama, Death Comes for the War Poets, was performed off-Broadway to critical acclaim. He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America.

He is Visiting Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University and Visiting Chair of Catholic Studies at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, New Hampshire). He is editor of the St. Austin Review, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, senior instructor with Homeschool Connections, and senior contributor at the Imaginative Conservative and Crisis Magazine. His personal website is www.jpearce.co.

Joshua is devoted to building a culture in which each one can flourish in his/her personal vocation for building up the Body of Christ and sanctifying the world.

He is the co-author with Luke Burgis of Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person (2018) and a contributing author to The Motivation Code (2020).

Joshua is a leader in the field of narrative-based motivational assessment. For the last 20 years, he has applied his expertise in a variety of applications, including coaching, executive search, organizational development, and talent management. He is a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation.

He is a co-developer of MCODE, the first on-line assessment that blends a person’s own achievement stories with established psychometric constructs.

In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Inscape Center for Personal Vocation, Joshua serves as Director of Programming & Coaching at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Office of Personal Vocation. He co-founded The Center for Leadership at FUS, leads the freshmen seminar of CFL, Personal Vocation & Christ-Centered Leadership, and developed the Center’s Vocation Coach Program.

He has an MA & Ph.D. in Philosophy of the Human Person.

He and his wife, Brooke, are joyfully Catholic, have six dear children and live in Steubenville, Ohio.

Live Prayer Sessions

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti PhD DMin is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse and a research associate professor at the Catholic University of America. He is a licensed psychologist and has been the Chief Exorcist of the Archdiocese of Washington for over 13 years. He is the author of many books and articles, particularly on priestly formation and spirituality. He currently heads the St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal, whose ministry involves exorcisms, deliverance praying and the support and renewal of priestly spirituality.

Father Chris Clay is chaplain of Legatus’ Lexington Chapter and pastor of St. Leo Church in Versailles, KY. He grew up in the Lexington suburb of Paris, the fifth of eight children. His father was part of the family business of breeding thoroughbreds for the horse racing industry. The family practiced their Catholic faith, and an aunt and an uncle were part of religious communities.

Father Clay was managing editor of a horse race industry publication before entering the seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lexington in 2007 and is now in his fourth parish assignment. The Lexington Diocese serves 50,000 Catholics with 50 priests.

Live Spiritual Direction Q&A Sessions

Dan Burke is the past President and C.O.O. of EWTN’s worldwide news network. He is presently the founder and President of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, which offers graduate and personal enrichment studies in spiritual theology to priests, deacons, religious, and laity in 90 countries and prepares men for seminary in over 40 dioceses.

Dan is a best-selling author and editor of numerous books on authentic Catholic spirituality and hosts the Divine Intimacy Radio show with his wife, Stephanie, broadcast weekly on EWTN Radio. Past episodes can be found, along with thousands of articles on the interior life, at SpiritualDirection.com.

In his deep commitment to the advancement of faithful Catholic spirituality, he is also the founder of Apostoli Viae, a world-wide, private association of the faithful dedicated to living and advancing the authentic spiritual patrimony of the Church.

Most importantly, Dan is a blessed husband, father of four, grandfather of one—and grateful to be Catholic.

Dr. Anthony Lilles, completed his graduate and post-graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Living in Oxnard, California with his wife Agnes, they are blessed to be parents of three young adults. Dr. Lilles also serves as Associate Professor, Admissions Director and Academic Advisor to the Academic Dean of St. John’s Seminary; and has been appointed as the Academic Dean of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park. Having taught graduate level theology for over 20 years, Dr. Lilles is specialized in Spiritual Theology, Spiritual Direction, and various classics of Catholic Spirituality. His expertise is in the spiritual doctrine of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and the Carmelite Doctors of the Church: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. He’s the author of Fire From Above, published by Sophia Institute Press, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux and 30 days with Teresa of Avila – both published by Emmaus Road.

Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. became a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1998. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 2004 he has provided spiritual direction for many men and women, including married couples, seminarians, consecrated religious and priests, even as he completed his Ph.D. in computer science at Penn State University. He became the programming manager and an on-air contributor for We Are One Body® Catholic radio in 2010 and has recorded thousands of radio programs on theology and the spiritual life. He has extensive experience as a retreat master for laity, consecrated religious and priests. He became the Director for Spiritual Formation for Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016 and Director of the Institute for Ministry Formation at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2019 and has offered many courses on spiritual direction and the spiritual life. While continuing his other responsibilities he is also currently enrolled in the STL program at Sacred Heart Seminary on the New Evangelization. He is author of Through the Heart of St. Joseph and together with Fr. Thomas Acklin, OSB he is author of the book Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love and Personal Prayer: A Guide for Receiving the Father’s Love, all published by Emmaus Road Publishing.

On-Demand Breakout Speakers

Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries (www.renewalministries.net), an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world, and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than thirty countries. Ralph also is the director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu). He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and he continues to serve in this capacity. Ralph also was appointed as a theological expert for the Synod on the New Evangelization. He is the author of the widely read The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and many books on spirituality and evangelization, such as Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization, and The Urgency of the New Evangelization, as well as many articles in scholarly and popular publications. Ralph and his wife, Anne, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have six children and seventeen grandchildren.

Simone Rizkallah

Simone Rizkallah is currently the Director of Program Growth for Endow Groups. Previously she worked at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona as Theology Department Chair and Senior Theology Teacher. She is also an Institute of Catholic Theology Fellow based on the campus of St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix, Arizona.

Her graduate degree is in Theological Studies from Christendom College with an emphasis in Systematic Theology. Her undergraduate studies and professional background include marketing communications, media, radio, and theatre before discovering her passion for the Faith and the call to evangelize through teaching and speaking.

Simone is also a Witherspoon/John Jay Institute Fellow and an Acton Institute Fellow. She has studied at the St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies in Norcia, Italy, at the Phoenix Institute at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria, and at the Tertio Millennio Seminar in Krakow, Poland.

She has led local chapters of the ecclesial movement of Communion and Liberation in Virginia and Arizona and the Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization In Defense of Christians. She is also a member of Women Speak For Themselves. As the daughter of immigrants from the Armenian Diaspora in Cairo, Egypt, she has a particular interest in matters of religious freedom and culture. In her free time she enjoys teaching RCIA, speaking and writing. She has been published in ChurchPOP, Aleteia, Verily, CatholicU, Ethika Politika, The Catechetical Review and Angelus and was featured as a Guest Contributor in the book Road Signs for Catholic Teens published by Our Sunday Visitor.

She blogs at www.culturalgypsy.com

Dr. Pia de Solenni

Pia de Solenni is an internationally recognized Catholic theologian and speaker. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and National Catholic Register; she has appeared on CNN, ABC News, and other television programs.

Solenni is an alumna of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum where she earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology. On November 8, 2001, she received the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies for her doctoral work. The award was presented by John Paul II. Dr. de Solenni has served on the Family Research Council.

Solenni has a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. She is currently the chancellor of the Diocese of Orange.

 

Fr. Chuck Dornquast

Fr. Chuck was born and raised in the small town of Zephyrhills near Tampa, FL. His practice of the faith began after his family experienced the generosity of his local parish. He entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, FL immediately following High School. He then attended St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of St. Petersburg on May 16, 2015. He served 4 years as the associate pastor of St. Lawrence in Tampa where he also became the team priest for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2019 he was appointed Director of Vocations, serving as both vocations promoter and director of seminarians. He currently serves as a member-at-large on the executive board for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.

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Matthew Bunson is an American author of more than fifty books, a historian, professor, editor, Roman Catholic theologian, Senior Contributor for EWTN, the Catholic multimedia network, Senior Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and Faculty Chair at Catholic Distance University.

Laura Mary Phelps

Laura Phelps is a Catholic speaker, author, and Content Creation Manager at Walking With Purpose, a national women’s Bible study that enables women to know Christ through Scripture. Not too long ago, she discovered that the Bible was actually meant to be opened and read, and now she wants everyone to open and read their Bibles, too.

Because God’s Word changes everything. Relatable, honest, and often hilarious, Laura generously shares the pain of her life, offering you the hope and healing she has found through Jesus and Mary. You will undoubtedly walk away feeling lighter, stronger, and not so alone.  Author of Victorious Secret: Everyday Battles And How To Win Them and Sweet Cross: A Marian Guide To Suffering (highlighted on The Abiding Together podcast as Michelle Benzinger’s “one good thing”!), Laura is on a personal mission to wake women up to the battle and to hold fast to the truth we try so hard to ignore: that there is no way around your cross, so you might as well embrace it.

Fr. Ignatius Schweitzer

Fr. Ignatius John Schweitzer, O.P. is a Dominican priest of the St. Joseph (Eastern) Province. He was ordained in 2011. He spent six years living as a monk in a Carthusian monastery. He then returned to the Dominicans, discerning a strong call from the Lord to help others grow in the spiritual and mystical life. Upon returning, he completed his STL, writing on The Life, Light, and Fire of Triune Love: A Trinitarian Spirituality from Scripture, Aquinas, Ruusbroec, and John of the Cross. He is the prior of St. Catherine of Siena Priory in New York City, the promoter of the Dominican Laity, and adjunct professor, spiritual director, and formator at St. Joseph’s seminary in Dunwoodie. He hopes to be of service to the Lord’s loving cry to souls and souls’ cry for the Lord: “Abyss calls to abyss!”

Dr. Alphonso Pinto

Alphonso Lopez Pinto is an Associate Professor of Theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado.

His main field of research is the relationship between Sacred Art and Theology during the Catholic Restoration of 16th – 17th century Rome and Bologna.

Liturgical and spirituality studies also play an important role in this research, illuminated by the eclectic resources of Catholic Tradition.

He also believes that after a great deal of theological research, there is nothing better than listening to Opera, especially in the works of Jules Massenet and Gioachino Rossini.

 

Deacon Colin Coleman

Deacon Colin Coleman was baptized a Catholic but not raised in the faith, first encountering our Lord in a real way at age twenty-one, just before he met his wife. After their marriage, Deacon Colin helped found the St Vinnies Youth Movement in New Zealand and then was asked by the bishop to join the diocesan youth team as director, a position he held for two years. Desiring a deeper and more radical relationship with Jesus, Deacon Colin and his wife joined the Community of the Beatitudes in 1993, joining in a Beatitude house in France that was only a few miles from Lourdes. They were then asked to help found the Beatitude house in Christchurch, New Zealand, where they stayed for nine years. During this time, Deacon Colin was asked take over as superior of the house. They were then led to the United States to assist in the mission in Denver, Colorado, where he works for the parish of St. Catherine of Siena as Director of Religious Education. On behalf of the Archdiocese, Deacon Colin teaches and provides formation for engaged couple preparing for marriage. As part of his responsibilities with the Beatitude community, he is in charge of the lay branch and assists in the formation of new members and the ongoing formation of existing members. Deacon Colin was ordained in 2013 and has been married to Maria for the past twenty six years and they have been blessed with seven children (four daughters, two sons and one son waiting for them in heaven).

Christine Flynn

Christine Flynn is a wife and mother of five children. On fire for the Catholic faith, Christine podcasts and blogs about all things Catholicism to help fellow parents feel more sure in their faith and raise confidently Catholic children. 

Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma is Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. A former Protestant pastor, Dr. Bergsma entered the Catholic Church in 2001 while getting his Ph.D. in Bible from the University of Notre Dame. A close collaborator of Dr. Scott Hahn, Bergsma speaks regularly on Catholic radio and at conferences and parishes nationally and internationally He has authored over a dozen books on Scripture and the Catholic faith, including Bible Basics for Catholics (Ave Maria Press), Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic (Our Sunday Visitor), and A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament (with Brant Pitre; Ignatius Press).  Dr. Bergsma’s talks and studies are available on CD and mp3 from catholicproductions.com.  He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio.

Fr. Bob Shriner

Fr. Schreiner is a priest of the Diocese of Crookston, ordained in 1989. He completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois and completed Doctoral Studies at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Washington, DC.  He has served as Rector of the Cathedral and Director of the Office of the New Evangelization, and he is currently the pastor of two parishes in the Diocese. 

Fr. Samuel Morehead

A native of Colorado, Fr. Sam Morehead was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Denver in 2012. Having first studied broadcasting journalism and English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he completed his formation and studies for the priesthood at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. Having a passion for priestly formation, he has also served over the years as a regular guest lecturer on the Sacred Liturgy and the spiritual life for the Spirituality Year of his alma mater seminary, in addition to being a visiting professor for the Midwest Theological Forum’s Rome Experience summer formation program. He currently serves as Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Dean of the Cathedral Deanery. With a penchant for history and culture, he is particularly passionate about his family’s English homeland. Yet, his greatest loves are Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and the Catholic Church.

Christopher Carstens

Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, a visiting faculty member at Mundelein Seminary and the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, and editor of the Adoremus Bulletin. Along with Father Douglas Martis, Christopher is the co-author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass (Liturgy Training Publications). He lives in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, with his wife and eight children.

Fr. Boniface Hicks

Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. became a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1998. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 2004 he has provided spiritual direction for many men and women, including married couples, seminarians, consecrated religious and priests, even as he completed his Ph.D. in computer science at Penn State University. He became the programming manager and an on-air contributor for We Are One Body® Catholic radio in 2010 and has recorded thousands of radio programs on theology and the spiritual life. He has extensive experience as a retreat master for laity, consecrated religious and priests. He became the Director for Spiritual Formation for Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016 and Director of the Institute for Ministry Formation at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2019 and has offered many courses on spiritual direction and the spiritual life. While continuing his other responsibilities he is also currently enrolled in the STL program at Sacred Heart Seminary on the New Evangelization. He is author of Through the Heart of St. Joseph and together with Fr. Thomas Acklin, OSB he is author of the book Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love and Personal Prayer: A Guide for Receiving the Father’s Love, all published by Emmaus Road Publishing.

Sterling Jaquith
Sterling Jaquith is an author, podcaster and life coach for Catholic moms. She converted to Catholicism at 24 right before she got married. She homeschools her six young children in Northern Idaho. She teaches women to discern the will of God so they can have more peace in everyday life.
Stacey Sumereau

Stacey Sumereau’s unique journey spans performing in Broadway National Tours of The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast, to discerning religious life on Reality TV in The Sisterhood, Becoming Nuns (Lifetime 2014), to marriage and motherhood. Stacey founded and hosted the Be Not Afraid Conference and the God’s Adventure Awaits Summit, serving over 20,000 people in 2020. Stacey hosts the popular Called and Caffeinated Podcast and YouTube show. In 2020 she wrote and taught the True North Discernment Course to people in 13 countries around the world. Stacey has contributed to the Ascension Presents YouTube Channel and has written for the National Catholic Register, Vocations and Prayer Magazine, and Life News. She and her husband John are raising their four children (aged six and under) in the Washington, D.C. area. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference, the LA Religious Education Congress, and dioceses across the country encouraging young people to know their worth and to embrace God’s adventure.

Dr. Michael Gama

Dr. Michael Gama was born and baptized into Roman Catholicism, though at five years of age, his family left the Catholic Church. They then spent years in Evangelicalism.

Dr. Gama attended and graduated from Evangelical schools (Westmont College and Fuller Theological Seminary, respectively) for his BA and M.Div. degrees. Post-seminary he had a sense that even with, or perhaps even because of, his educational experience, his faith was missing something vitally important. He began reading extensively in the patristics, particularly in the monastics and the eastern fathers.

As a result, about 25 years ago he, his wife, and three children began attending an Orthodox church where they remained for five years. Then, 20 years ago they moved permanently to the Maronite Catholic Church, attending St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon.

While there, Michael received his Abouna’s blessing to go through a doctoral program at a local seminary where he did his work primarily in the area of soteriology — theosis — the eastern Christian understanding of union with God, by grace. His doctoral dissertation was published by Wipf & Stock and is entitled, Theosis; Patristic Remedy for Evangelical Yearning at the Close of the Modern Age.

Dr. Gama is grateful for the opportunity to participate as an instructor at the Avila Institute, where he engages with students in exploring the call to grow toward being partakers of the divine nature, and entering into the fellowship of the Holy Trinity.

He and his wife, Carol, have been married 43 years, have three children and thirteen grandchildren.

Their entire family now lives in north Idaho, where they attend St. Thomas Catholic Church in Coeur d’ Alene.

Dr. Joseph Hollcraft

Dr. Joseph Hollcraft has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels. He was also a Catholic radio host and apologist for fifteen years. Currently, Joseph Hollcraft is a Professor and Director of the High Calling Program at the Avila Institute.

Dr. Hollcraft is the author of A Heart for Evangelizing (Emmaus Road, 2016) and Unleashing the Power of Intercessory Prayer (Sophia Institute, 2020). Joseph has been seen on EWTN Live with Fr Mitch Pacwa, SJ, and Women of Grace with Johnette Williams. Dr. Hollcraft regularly contributes to multiple Catholic online journals and is frequently heard on Catholic radio airwaves discussing spiritual theology.

Joseph earned his B.A. and M.A. from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and received his Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Foundation with studies completed at Oxford University.

Most importantly, Joseph is a devoted husband and father. He lives in Canal Fulton, OH, with his beautiful wife Jackie and their four children: Kolbe, Avila, Isaac, and Siena.

Dr. Andrew Seeley

For more than two decades, Dr. Andrew Seeley has been a Tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where his love has been teaching and learning with his fellow faculty and students from the greatest minds of Western Civilization. A 1987 graduate of Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Seeley received his Licentiate from the Pontifical Institute in Medieval Studies (Toronto) and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto (1995). His dissertation was a study in St. Thomas’s teaching about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

His teaching experience includes courses in Biblical Studies; Patristics; Logic; Language; Natural Philosophy; Biology; Geometry; Cartesian Algebra; Differential Calculus; Number Theory; non-Euclidean Geometry; Ancient, Medieval and Modern Philosophy and Literature; Classical Physics and Relativity; and Music Theory.

Desiring to share his love of learning, in 2005 Dr. Seeley became Executive Director of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has spoken at conferences, led in-service workshops, offered consultations to schools and colleges and directed the Institute’s Academic Retreat for Teachers.

Dr. Seeley is on the National Policy Advisory Board for the Catholic High School Honor Roll, Wyoming Catholic College’s Catholic Scholars Advisory Board, and a number of Catholic liberal arts schools around the country.  His articles have been published on-line in CrisisFirst Things and The Imaginative Conservative, among others. He is co-author of Declaration Statesmanship: A Course in American Government.

Dr. Seeley is married to Lisa Seeley and is father to six children and grandfather to three.

Emanuela Hall

Emanuela Hall is a Catholic Speaking Coach and Story Consultant who helps mission-driven leaders and entrepreneurs captivate their audience, by mastering their presence, voice and storytelling, so that they can attract raving fan clients, explode their impact, and change the world.  As a professionally-trained theatre actress, Emanuela shared her intimate story in her award-winning, one-woman play, My Breast Self. She is also a homeschooling mama of three, published co-author, improvisation workshop facilitator, and the Artistic Director of (soon to come) Magdalen Theatre Ministries. Emanuela is on a mission to raise the voices of Christ-led women because she believes our stories have the power to change the world.

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