2014 Conference

8:00 amDoors to Founders Hall Open
8:30 amChris and the band take the stage
9:00 am - NoonConference officially begins
Noon - 2:00 pmLUNCH
Noon - 3:00 pmCONFESSION
2:00 pm - 4:40pmTalks continue
4:40 pm -Benediction and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted

Bishop, Diocese of Phoenix

Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., July 2, 1973. He was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix December 20, 2003. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector / President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Since 1974, Bishop Olmsted has been a member of the Jesus Caritas fraternity of priests, and thus has been deeply influenced by the witness and wisdom of Charles de Foucauld and by the prayers and encouragement of many brother priests.

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Fr. Larry Richards

Author and Evangelist, Founder of The Reason for our Hope Foundation

Father Larry Richards has been a priest since 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. In 2004 Father founded The Reason For Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ‘spreading the Good News’ by educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through CDs, DVDs and books.

He is the author of “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be”, a #1 best seller for Ignatius Press, having sold over 100,000 copies. He also has a second book called “Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will” published by Our Sunday Visitor which has sold over 40,000 copies. Fr. Larry will soon be releasing a Men’s Bible with Our Sunday Visitor. Fr. Larry also hosts a radio show called “Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards” that can be heard nationwide on Relevant Radio.


Jason Evert

Author and Speaker, Co-Founder of Chastity Project

Jason Evert earned a master's degree in theology, and undergraduate degrees in counseling and theology, with a minor in philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the author of more than ten books that challenge young people to embrace the virtue of chastity, including: If You Really Loved Me, How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing your soul, and Theology of the Body for Teens.

After giving chastity presentations solo for several years, Jason teamed up with Crystalina. The two married in 2003, and have spoken to more than one million teens on five continents, including World Youth Day in Spain and Australia. The Everts are on the Board of Advisors for the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, and are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country. Their television appearances include Fox News, the BBC, Donahue, WGN-TV news, and EWTN. They have hosted a pair of TV series for teens on EWTN: "The Pure Life" and "Theology of the Body for Teens".


Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, OCD

Vicar General of the Carmelite Sisters, Chair of the Board for the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the United States

Born in Detroit and raised in Los Angeles, Sister Regina Marie attended Catholic elementary and high school in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Her professional training includes a Masters Degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

For over forty years, Sister Regina Marie has lived her calling as a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles as junior-high teacher, as Directress of Novices and Postulants, as Vocation Directress, as Superior General of the Carmelite Sisters for twelve years and currently as Vicar General of the Carmelite Sisters and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the United States.


Matt Birk

Husband, Father, Center for the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, Founder of Matt Birk's HIKE Foundation

Matt was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th Round of the 1998 NFL Draft (173rd overall). He started 96 consecutive games, the NFL's second-longest active streak among centers. After spending eleven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Matt was the key off-season acquisition for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.

Awards:

  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2011
  • Baltimore Ravens' Man of the Year Award in 2009 and 2011.
  • Minesota Vikings' Man of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008.
  • JB Award Honoree in 2010
  • In 2009, Matt was the runner-up for the NFL Player Association's Man of the Year Award, which is known as the Byron Whizzer White Award.
  • In 2008, was one of three finalists for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.
  • Ed Block Courage Award winner 2006

Matt attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School (St. Paul, MN) and earned his Economics degree from Harvard University in 1998. Matt and his wife, Adrianna, reside full-time in Baltimore with their five children.

In 2002, Matt Birk's HIKE Foundation was established to impact the lives of at-risk children by providing interactive programs and resources needed to guide a child through the key educational transitions between elementary, middle, high school and college. H.I.K.E. stands for: Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge, and Education.


Terry Kennedy, Emcee

Terry is a former All-Star Major League Baseball catcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1978–80), San Diego Padres (1981–86), Baltimore Orioles (1987–88) and San Francisco Giants (1989–91). Kennedy batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He is the son of former major league player and manager Bob Kennedy.

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Chris Muglia

Husband, Father, Musician, and Web-Designer, Co-Founder of The Catholic Web Company

Chris Muglia is a Christian Musician and Web Designer. He is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist and pianist, and his music is published with Oregon Catholic Press. Chris served as a full time liturgist and music director in the Diocese of Phoenix for 20 years before starting The Catholic Web Company, a web design and maintenance company devoted to serving the Catholic Church.

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Fr. Kurt Perera

Parochial Vicar St. Simon & Jude Cathedral

"The earliest memories of my childhood consisted of going to Church and praying the rosary at home with my family. I saw great examples of living out the Catholic faith in my parents, family, parish priest and a close friend of mine who is a consecrated lay woman. In addition, my family always seemed to form close relationships with many good, holy priests who were joyful in living out their vocation. I believe this was the foundation of my calling to discern the life of the priesthood in the seminary.

Even though I recall thinking about the priesthood as early as 5th grade, I did not seriously consider entering the seminary until my last year of high school. At that point, I felt I was not completely ready to leave my home and family, and decided to attend Arizona State University.

I continued to go to Mass daily if my scheduled permitted it. I also spent time with Our Lord in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel located at my home parish. At this point, the feeling of wanting to discern the priesthood in the seminary never left me. So, during my senior year of college, I entered the Serra House of Discernment. After spending a year of discernment at the Serra House, I applied for the seminary with the Diocese of Phoenix. I graduated ASU with a Religious Studies and Mathematics degree and in June 2007, I was accepted into the seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio."

Fr. Kurt Perera began his first assignment as a priest at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral on July 1, 2013.


Xavier College Preparatory - Founders Hall

Xavier College Preparatory is a Roman Catholic High School for young women. The 1160 students from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds hail from more than 150 different middle schools from across the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Address: 4710 North Fifth Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85012 · Get Directions
Phone: 602-639-8999
Website: http://www.xcp.org

Parking

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Due to a number of other events planned for the same day there will be no parking available at Xavier, Brophy or St Francis Xavier Parish. We have secured Valley Commerce Center located on the north east corner of 7th Street and Highland as our primary lot, two lots at Central High School, and an open lot located on the west side of Central Avenue between Coolidge and Highland. Look for the electronic message boards and other signage located in both directions on 7th street.

It is recommended that if you park at either Central High or the open lot on Central Avenue that you walk the north path of the Grand Canal directly into Founders Hall (there will be signage along the way).

There will be a limited number of shuttles running to each of the lots but guys who have difficulty walking should receive priority. There will not be enough capacity for everyone to ride.