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|8:00 am||Doors Open|
|8:30 am||Program Begins|
|12 Noon||Lunch Provided|
|1:30 pm||Afternoon Program Begins|
|3:30 pm||Closing Mass with Bishop Thomas Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares|
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.
Read more about Bishop Thomas Olmsted >
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.
Read more about Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares >
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Catholic Evangelist and Preacher
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher whose no-nonsense, hands-on approach to living the Catholic faith will challenge and inspire you! He is the Founder and Director of DeaconHarold.com, a Christian evangelization and apologetics organization dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of Catholic values, principles, and teaching in complete faithfulness and total submission to Holy Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium. The goal of his apostolate is to bring as many people as possible to a deeper love of Christ and the Gospel by sharing the truth of the Catholic faith in love.
Read more about Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers >
Internationally Acclaimed Author and Speaker
Chris Stefanick has is an internationally acclaimed author and speaker, who has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold, contagious faith. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap calls Chris, “one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.”
Chris’s live seminars reach more than 85,000 people per year. His videos and radio spots reach more than 1,000,000 people per month, every month. And his educational initiatives are turning-the-tide in the Church. He authored what is being welcomed as the best Confirmation program in the English language: Chosen. Already used by almost 100,000 teens per week, entire parishes are being transformed. As one Latino parish in Florida recently stated: “After starting Chosen, we have moved from losing 90% of our kids after Confirmation, to keeping 90%!” Unprecedented.
Chris is also the founder of Real Life Catholic, a Denver-based non-profit which operates as the headquarters for Chris’s various initiatives.
Above all, Chris is proud to be the husband to his wife Natalie and father to their six children.
Read more about Chris Stefanick >
Fr. Paul Sullivan
Director of Vocations and Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish
Fr. Paul Sullivan was or ordained a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix in 2007. Since then he has served in as a parochial vicar, director of a retreat center, high school chaplain and pastor. He currently serves as Director of Vocations for the diocese and as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Phoenix. Fr. Sullivan grew up in New York blessed by the love of a faithful father and mother and seven siblings. He attended SUNY Albany for college where he earned a degree in accounting. After 3 years of work as a CPA, he entered Saint Meinrad Seminary for philosophy and theology studies prior to ordination. He has also completed the spiritual direction training through the Institute for Priestly Formation.
Terry Kennedy, Emcee
Terrence Edward Kennedy (on June 4, 1956 in Euclid, Ohio) 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, manager, and general manager Bob Kennedy.
In a 14-year career, Kennedy hit .264 with 113 home runs and 628 RBI in 1491 games. Kennedy tied Johnny Bench's NL mark of 40 doubles in a season in 1982. That same year Kennedy won the Silver Bat Award. He appeared in 4 All-Star games (1981, 1983, 1985, and 1987). He also played in 2 World Series with the Padres in 1984 and the Giants in 1989 (Earthquake Series). Terry and his father Bob became the first father and son duo to drive in runs in a World Series when Terry drove in 2 against the Tigers in 1984 in his first at bat.
After his playing days, Kennedy managed, coached, and instructed in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Kennedy was voted Manager-of-the-Year twice including Baseball America Manager-of-the-Year in 1998 when he led the Iowa Cubs to a first place finish. Currently, he is a Major League scout for the Chicago Cubs.
He played college baseball at Florida State University and was a two-time All-American and Sporting News College Player of the Year in 1976. Kennedy was inducted into the FSU Athletics hall of Fame in 1982.
Terry and his wife Teresa are parishioners of St. Timothy’s in Mesa, AZ. They have three children, Suzanna, Sarah, and Bart; and seven granddaughters.
Husband, Father, Musician, and Web-Designer, Co-Founder of The Catholic Web Company
Chris Muglia is singer/songwriter and speaker who writes music for prayer, worship, liturgy and personal reflection. His powerful presentations include testimony and reflection on the very real and tangible ways God has moved in his life and the lives of others. 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. In September 2015, Chris released his 6th CD, Be Still. Chris and His wife Sheila, and their 5 children, reside in Phoenix Arizona. Chris is available for Parish Missions, Retreats and Events
To book Chris for a mission or event visit www.chrismuglia.com >
Xavier College Preparatory - Performing Arts Center
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 College Prep. We have secured Valley Commerce Center located on the north east corner of 7th Street and Highland as our event parking lot (see map by clicking link above). 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.