Our conference speakers are among the best in the Catholic world.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Known internationally for his gift of teaching the Faith and his catechetical ministry, Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Wuerl has written several important books, including The Mass and recently published The Gift of Blessed John Paul II, which reveals his deep appreciation for John Paul’s teachings and writings.
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller
The eldest of 15 children and the youngest archbishop from Mexico, Archbishop Garcia-Siller was installed as the Archbishop of San Antonio in the fall of 2011. Working tirelessly for justice and peace,this beloved archbishop has infused new energy and hope among the faithful, and reminds us that “love is point of it all.”
Photo credit: Al Rendon, courtesy of the San Antonio Diocese.
Bishop Richard E. Pates
The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, will provide the Welcome Address for the Conference. Ordained in 1968 in Rome, he was appointed the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines in 2008. Highly energetic and proactive, Bishop Pates has served many roles, including the Vatican's representative in the U.S.
Fr. Michael Gaitley, M.I.C.
Regarded as young on the job but advanced in knowledge, Fr. Michael states, “the most important message for humanity in our time is Divine Mercy.” He shows us how to live through the example of St. Therese of the Little Way and awakens in each of us a deeper desire to please Christ. His recent book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, is now in its second printing.
Until four years ago, Allen Hunt was one of the most powerful and dynamic pastors in America, shepherding an enormously successful Methodist mega church. Then the True Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist was revealed to Allen and this amazing grace led him to become Catholic. Today he joyfully proclaims the Truth on the airwaves and in his book, Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor.
Hiding in a tiny bathroom for 91 days with seven other women as machete-wielding killers hunted for her, Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee experienced a nightmare few can imagine. Her stunning story will bring listeners full circle from unimaginable horror to unconditional love and forgiveness.
MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary’s Meals’ founder, will return to our Christ Our Life gathering to provide an update, including the great work accomplished through the 2010 Regional Conference with three school kitchens being built in Malawi, Africa. Mary’s Meals, feeds some 600,000 children daily at their place of education, at an annual average cost of $16.80 per child in 16 countries.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow selected as one of the CNN Heroes of 2010
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Roy Schoeman took a walk in the woods, fell into heaven and had a life-changing meeting with God! Exactly one year later his fall into grace culminated in a dream in which Roy, a Harvard M.B.A. magna cum laude graduate, fell “hopelessly in love with our Blessed Mother.” Roy relates how his unique and dramatic experience led to his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism.
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London gangster John Pridmore thought he had it all… showy cars, women, crack-cocaine and power. Yet he felt a great void in his life. Now, speaking from his perspective as a reformed criminal, John shares the moment when he felt no remorse after almost killing a man and how the love of Christ gave him the courage to turn it all around.
Versatile musician, composer and storyteller Steve Angrisano will provide the non-liturgical music ministry for the 2012 Christ Our Life Regional Conference. As a committed witness to Jesus Christ, Steve has provided music ministry at six Catholic World Youth Days, a myriad of conferences, retreats and NCYC events. As Steve weaves his music and storytelling throughout his performances, he invites all who hear him into a deeper relationship with Christ.