The 2019 Men's Conference was held on
Saturday, February 2, 2019
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 >
Pastor, Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina
I was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, I went to study theology at Oxford University. Eventually I was ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.
Realizing that the Anglican Church and I were on divergent paths, in 1995 I and my family were received into the Catholic Church. For ten years we continued to live in England where I worked as a freelance writer and charity worker. Then in 2006 the door opened to return to the USA and be ordained as a Catholic priest.
I now serve as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
Sister Bethany Madonna
Vocation Director, Sisters of Life
Sister Bethany Madonna entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. While attending the University of Central Florida, she had a profound encounter with the Lord, which drew her heart toward the vulnerable unborn and their mothers. After her graduation in 2006, she worked for the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Orlando before joining her religious community.
Immersed in Eucharistic prayer within a vibrant community life, their missions include caring for women who are pregnant and in crisis; accompanying college students on campus; inviting those suffering after abortion to receive the healing mercy of Jesus; intercessory prayer; retreat works; and fostering a Culture of Life through evangelization.
Sister Bethany made her final vows in 2015, and currently lives at the community’s Motherhouse serving as the Vocation Director. She is passionate about sharing the message of life and love.
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 >
The Catholic Man Show
Adam Minihan and David Niles, life-long best friends, started The Catholic Man Show after launching a Catholic radio station in Tulsa, OK.
The Catholic Man Show is a real, relatable, and often comical conversation promoting virtue and the role men have in their vocation.
“They say the Catholic Church is ‘both/and’. Adam and Dave have both style and substance, humor and depth. TCMS is a must listen for any man wanting to grow in their spiritual life.” - Fr. Brian O’Brien - Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma
To find out more about TCMS, visit www.thecatholicmanshow.com >
Fr. Paul Sullivan
Chaplain to Men and Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Phoenix. Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish Phoenix
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.
Fr. John Parks
Vicar of Evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix
Fr. John Parks was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix on June 5, 2010 and has served as parochial vicar of St. Daniel the Prophet and St. Timothy parishes. He has also served as the chaplain of Notre Dame Preparatory.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in Catholic Thought and Life and a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Fr. Parks is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.
On December of 2016, Fr. Parks was appointed by Bishop Olmsted as the new Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix. The Vicar for Evangelization is a new position in the Diocese of Phoenix that will provide counsel, advice and assistance to the bishop in the Church’s mission of evangelization. The Division of Evangelization includes the Catholic Schools Office, Parish Catechetical Departments (English and Spanish), Marriage and Respect Life, Kino Catechetical Institute and the Safe Environment Training Office.
Fr. Parks is also a frequent speaker at Steubenville Youth Conferences and is a regular contributor to catholicbreakfast.com, an online apostolate which seeks to engage and re-engage millennial Catholics.
|8:00 am||Doors Open|
|8:30 am||Program Begins|
|11:15 am||Breakout Sessions|
|12 Noon||Lunch Provided|
|1:30 pm||Afternoon Program Begins - Breakout Sessions|
|4:00 pm||Closing Mass with Bishop Thomas Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares|
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.