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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Most Reverend Eduardo A. Nevares
Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Phoenix
Most Reverend Eduardo A. Nevares was ordained as the first Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Phoenix on July 19, 2010, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale. He began his priesthood as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette on July 18, 1981, and was later incardinated into the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, in May 2007.
Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Vice Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, after serving as the Co-Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, from 2002 until 2008. Before serving in Tyler, he was the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin, Texas. For 25 years, Bishop Nevares served as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette before he sought incardination to the Diocese of Tyler.
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Dr. Peter Kreeft
Professor of Philosophy at Boston College
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He loves his five grandchildren, four children, one wife, one cat, and one God. His 75 books include:
- Handbook of Christian Apologetics
- Christianity for Modern Pagans
- Fundamentals of the Faith
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President & Founder: Catholics Come Home.org and VirtueMedia.org
Following 25 years as an award-winning corporate advertising executive, Tom Peterson’s life would radically change forever, after receiving a transforming Spiritual conversion while on a Catholic men’s retreat. Soon afterward, he founded VirtueMedia (pro-life) and CatholicsComeHome.org.
In the first six years, Catholics Come Home® has aired Catholic evangelization commercials in 35 dioceses and nationally, helping lead a half million souls home to the Catholic Church.
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Fr. John Parks
Priest for the Diocese of Phoenix
Father John Parks is a priest for the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. Before seminary, Father Parks received a degree in theatre from Arizona State University and was a youth speaker specializing in pro-life and chastity topics. Father Parks was ordained a priest in 2010 and will begin teaching high school theology at Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, next year. Father Parks has a great passion for the Gospel and loves being a priest.
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President and CEO of Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants
In 1984 while pursuing a career in the golf business Ric’s father asked him to join the Family Business and open their second location in Tempe. He jumped at the opportunity and through hard work and God’s Blessings the restaurants have grown to 7 East Valley locations.
Over the past several years Ric has been involved with numerous business organizations and local non profits, Chandler Chamber of Commerce, First National Bank of Arizona, Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health) and the Cursillo Movement to name a few.
In 2009 Ric and his wife Davonna were asked to serve as Co Chairs for the Charity and Development Appeal by Bishop Olmsted. Through his involvement and participation Ric brings his Faith / Family / Food. Ric & Davonna along with their children Sarah and Stephen are active parishioners at St. Mary Magdalene in Gilbert.
Jon Leonetti - Emcee
Catholic Author, Speaker and Radio Host
Jon Leonetti is an international Catholic speaker, author and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Through Jon's keynote presentations and parish missions, thousands of Catholics each year discover the freedom Christ offers by way of his life and love.
Jon's two books - Mission Of The Family and Your God Is Too Boring - are published and featured in Matthew Kelly's Dynamic Catholic book program. They have been endorsed by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz; the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Mark Hart, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Brandon Vogt, Tom Peterson and more.
Jon believes that our deepest longing for happiness and wholeness is fulfilled in the encounter with Jesus Christ. With this message Jon has been featured and interviewed by the nations top Catholic websites, blogs and radio shows, helping Catholics in all walks of life to fall in love and stay in love with the living God.
At home, Jon enjoys reading, sports, exercising, coffee and, most of all, spending time with his wife Teresa and their son Joseph. Jon is currently pursuing a masters degree in moral theology.
Husband, Father, Musician, and Web-Designer, Co-Founder of The Catholic Web Company
Chris Muglia is a Catholic singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona who writes faith-based music about the trials and joys of everyday life. His music is published with OCP/Spirit & Song and includes songs such as "Our God is Here", "Do This in Memory of Me", and "Let it Be Done".
Although a Baptized Catholic, he did not practice his faith as a child. It wasn't until college that Chris discovered his faith, and became a fully initiated Catholic. Chris spent ten years (2002 - 2012) traveling the United States with Sound Mission Ministries, a ministry devoted to renewing the family. Chris stepped down from the ministry in 2012. After two years off, he has returned to parish mission ministry and has resumed his speaking/singing schedule.
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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.
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. There will be a limited number of shuttles running in the morning and at the close of the conference for men who have difficulty walking. There will not be enough capacity for everyone to ride.