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2020 Speakers

Joe Paprocki

Keynote Speaker

Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. His experience in pastoral ministry spans over four decades and he has presented in nearly 150 dioceses in North America. Joe is the author of numerous books on pastoral ministry and catechesis, including the best-selling The Catechist’s Toolbox and his most recent, Preparing Hearts and Minds: 9 Simple Ways for Catechists to Cultivate a Living Faith. Joe blogs about his catechetical experiences at www.catechistsjourney.com.

Gerardo Salazar

Orador principal

México-americano, originario de Los Ángeles California y San Luis Potosí México. Casado por 16 años con Nancy con quien tiene 10 hijos. Hijo de padres campesinos migrantes. Su madre lo consagró a San Gerardo cuyo nombre significa “espada de Dios” y a la Virgen del Carmen. Tiene una Licenciatura en Periodismo y Comunicaciones, una Maestría en Teología y Ministerio y actualmente está defendiendo su disertación de su Doctorado en Ministerio Hispano. Es el Director Asociado para la formación de catequistas y líderes catequéticos hispanos en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston en Texas. Es consultor nacional para Sadlier y director de la Maestria en Teología Pastoral en la Universidad de Santo Tomás. Su proceso de conversión comenzó en mayo del 2007 a los pies del Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves en Belleville Illinois.

 

Kathy Bearden

Kathy Bearden is a storyteller,  motivational speaker, executive coach and facilitator. She has taught PSR at St. Joseph’s in  Marietta  for over 15 years.  Kathy speaks to many groups about living with joy and positivity. She leads women’s retreats and heads the Women of St. Joseph ministry.

 

Anne Boshinski

Anne has served in educational ministry for more than 40 years in both  school and parish settings as the Director of Children’s Ministries. She has  presented at numerous workshops and events for children and adults. Anne holds a B.S. in Ed. and Music Ed, a M.S. in Ed. Admin. and a M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. She is also an accomplished musician, serving as organist and ensemble leader.

 

Rosanne Bowen

Rosanne Bowen served as the Director of Religious Education at St. Jude the Apostle School and Parish as well as the Cathedral of Christ the King. She started the Religion Department for Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Alpharetta when it opened. Rosanne was the Religious Education Coordinator at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School and now is a Spiritual Director for women and a speaker for many Archdiocesan events. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UGA and a Masters in Pastoral Family Counseling from Loyola University. 

 

Msgr. Michael Clay

Msgr. Michael Clay, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, is an associate dean in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and an internationally recognized expert on the R.C.I.A. He has led workshops in over 75 dioceses across the United States and Canada on the rite and is known for his engaging and insightful presentations.

 

Dec. Tom Coffey

Deacon Tom Coffey was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1992 in Dallas, TX and currently serves at St Francis of Assisi in Cartersville.  Tom has been assigned to parishes in several dioceses.  Deacon Tom has a special interest in adult education, social justice issues, and sacramental preparation programs.

 

Dr. Zimena DeBroeck

Ximena DeBroeck, STL, PHD, es Directora de Formación Catequética y Pastoral de la Arquidiócesis de Baltimore. También es profesora adjunta de Sagrada Escritura en el Seminario Mount St. Mary’s, Emmitsburg, MD, y miembro del St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Es autora de cursos pastorales, enseñados en línea, en la Universidad de Notre Dame y en la Universidad de Dayton, de la “Guía de Estudio” para el libro de Sherry Weddell, Formación de Discípulos Intencionales y de artículos sobre formación sacramental.

 

Linda Eberenz

Linda posee una certificación en Teología Pastoral de la Universidad de Dallas y una certificación de los Roles y las Habilidades del Liderazgo para el Aprendizaje y la Formación de la Fe de los Adultos, patrocinada por la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta. Además pertenece a la parroquia de San José en Athens y tuvo el privilegio de ser interprete para el Papa Francisco durante las actividades de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en Panamá en 2019.

 

Alicia Guerrero

Alicia Guerrero es originaria de México, D.F., tiene más de 20 años de experiencia ministerial incluyendo la enseñanza en programas parroquiales de educación religiosa, evangelización, iniciación cristiana, formación en la fe continua para adultos, retiros familiares de preparación sacramental y de renovación. Alicia tiene un bachillerato en Ciencias de la UAG, un Certificado en Teología Pastoral de la Universidad de Dallas y es la Coordinadora de Formación en la Fe de la parroquia del Inmaculado Corazón de Maria por más de 15 años.

 

Luis Guzmán

Luis Guzmán nació en México, DF. Tiene un doctorado en Telecomunicaciones Inalámbricas, un doctorado en Teología y Filosofía (PhD) y varias maestrías. Es miembro del FORUM para el RICA de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta, capacitador de la Oficina del Culto Divino de la Cancillería, coordinador diocesano del programa de Preparación Matrimonial “Pareja a Pareja” y catequista de adultos y del RICA en la Catedral de Cristo Rey.

 

Maria Goretti Guzman

Originaria de Mérida, Yucatán (México), María ha sido catequista desde los 15 años y posee maestrías en catecismo, teología del cuerpo y teología. Además, pertenece al FORUM para el RICA de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta y es coordinadora diocesana en el programa de Preparación Matrimonial “Pareja a Pareja, en las Buenas y para Siempre”. Ha sido directora de educación religiosa del Ministerio Hispano de la Catedral de Cristo Rey, en Atlanta, desde el 2004.

Carol Hamill

Carol has served as a spiritual director, the director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA, and an Archdiocesean Consultant for Adult Faith Formation. She holds advanced degrees in counseling, pastoral theology and a certificate in spiritual direction.

 

Kathy Hoffman

Kathy Hoffman earned an MA in Scripture and a certificate in spiritual direction from Spring Hill College and is currently in her 8th year as a Sacred Scripture instructor for the Archdiocese of Atlanta deacon formation program. Kathy taught World Religions at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Georgia Perimeter College and an adult course about the faith and practices of the Abrahamic religions.

 

Maureen Ingalls

Originally from New York, Maureen  has  lived in Georgia for 40 years. She has been a spiritual director for 13 years and is presently a member of Transfiguration parish in Marietta. Maureen is a Master Catechist and facilitates a Tuesday morning spirituality group there.  She is proud of how this inter-generational group of men and women, grows together in age, wisdom, and grace.

 

Jenny Kiehl

Jenny Kiehl is a former elementary school teacher, who felt called to move beyond the classroom. She is now the Director of Children’s Ministry at St. Ann. She holds Master’s of Organizational Development and Leadership, which has helped her to transform their PSR program into a faith formation sessions that children love attending.

 

Lucia Baez Luzondo

Lucía es abogada licenciada de inmigración, consultora, cantautora, evangelizadora y escritora católica. Es cofundadora del Ministerio de Renovación Familiar. Actualmente es directora de la Oficina de los Ministerios Interculturales de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta y trabaja en programas radio y televisión de estaciones católicas.

 

Dr. Ricardo Luzondo

El Dr. Ricardo Luzondo, M.D. es conferencista internacional, autor y cofundador de Renovación Familiar. Además es coanfitrión de la serie de televisión “Creados para Amar”,  en EWTN en español, y del programa semanal de radio en vivo “En el Día a Día con Ricardo y Lucía”, en EWTN Radio Católica Mundial. Se desempeñó como director de la Oficina para la Vida Parroquial en la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio y ha sido consultor de varias secretarías en la USCCB. Actualmente es director de discipulado y corresponsabilidad en la parroquia de Santo Tomás de Aquino.

 

Sheila Murray

Sheila Murray has served in Religious Education for 13 years at Transfiguration Catholic Church.  After 5 years in Youth Ministry, she has since worked in Preschool and Elementary Faith Formation.  Sheila is a Master Catechist and has received a Certificate of Lay Ecclesial Ministry from Spring Hill College. 

 

Monica Oppermann

Monica Oppermann es Directora Asociada de Evangelización en la Oficina de Formación y Discipulado de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta. Ha servido en la Iglesia de Atlanta durante los pasados 20 años, enfocándose en evangelización, formación de adultos, desarrollo de discípulos y renovación parroquial. Es una presentadora apasionada por la evangelización y su importancia para ayudar a las personas a conocer el amor de Jesucristo.

 

Paul Sanfrancesco

Paul Sanfrancesco is a Religion/Technology Consultant for Sadlier.  He has worked in Catholic, private, and public education  as a teacher, Assistant Principal and Director of Technology as well as collegiate teaching. The NSBA named him one of the “20 to Watch” Educators for his work in Instructional Technology. He was also named  CTO of 2018 for the state of PA. Additionally he has written for Tech & Learning, School CIO and EdTech Magazine.

 

Bev Sauer

Bev has been teaching catechists for 40 years, including grades pre-school through high school. A Master Catechist in California, Wisconsin, and Georgia, she has done pastoral theology studies in both under and postgraduate areas. She has been a Spiritual Director, Adult Education Director, and a Public School Elementary teacher.

 

Marjie Schutz

Marjie Schutz has been an active member in Adult Faith Formation for 20 years. She currently leads a Senior Spirituality Group, as well as being involved in Women in Faith Group and initiated the Mercy Mat Ministry at Transfiguration Catholic Church. 

 

Pia Septién

Pía Septién obtuvo su licenciatura en administración de empresas en México. Además tiene una maestría en estudios teológicos y una certificación en administración pastoral de la Universidad de Dallas. A partir del 2006 ha estado dando clases en la Universidad de Dallas en diversas áreas. También ha dado clases por Internet de Introducción al Antiguo Testamento para la Universidad de Dayton. Es co-autora de una serie de libros de texto de educación religiosa para grados entre 7 y 9 y autora de otros libros.

 

Patrice Spirou

Patrice Spirou has more than more than twenty-five years of experience ministering, teaching and presenting in Catholic schools, parishes and dioceses around the country.  Patrice is an educator with a passion for family centered formation education. She and her family are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  As a member of the OFD team, she supports rural parishes in the area of Evangelization and Catechesis Outreach.

 

Joel Stepanek

Joel Stepanek has been actively and passionately involved in ministry for over 15 years and currently serves as the Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen. Joel is a sought after speaker, author of several books, and adjunct faculty for Franciscan University of Steubenville. Joel is an avid Crossfitter, Spartan-racer, and marathon runner. He enjoys cooking and gardening, and loves spending time with his wife, Colleen, and two children, Elijah and Sophia.

 

Mario Trujillo

Mario is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was a youth minister while in college at his home parish. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he received a degree in Communications and Spanish. After college, the Lord called him to be a full-time missionary with Life Teen, based at Camp Covecrest. After his year of formation and mission, he began serving as a Parish Care Specialist for Life Teen. He keeps active in his parish by serving as a Core Member for high schoolers.

 

Loretta Uhlmann

Loretta has been involved in Catechetical Ministry for 40 years. In that time she’s been a Director of Faith Formation at four different parishes, a Diocesan Master Catechist, an educator of children with special needs, a Diocesan Director for Persons with Disabilities, and trainer of advocates for persons with disabilities.

 

Joe Von Kanel

Joe is a master catechist in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and an RCIA leader who led family catechesis in the Diocese of New York. He lives and works in DC and helps with RCIA at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill Parish.

 

Marcus Villalba

Marcos Villalba es profesor de teología en Loyola College Prep en Shreveport, LA. También fue coordinador de jóvenes hispanos y jóvenes adultos en la Diócesis de Shreveport y ministro juvenil en varias parroquias. Tiene una maestría en teología bíblica de la Universidad Católica de Juan Pablo II Magno y estudió artes pastorales en los jóvenes, el  matrimonio y la familia en el Colegio Católico Mexicano Americano.

 

Dr. Joseph White

Dr. Joseph White is a child and family psychologist and Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum. He previously worked as a parish catechetical leader and spent seven years as Director of Family Counseling and Family Life in the Diocese of Austin. A frequent guest on Catholic radio and television, Dr. White is the author of twelve books and numerous articles on catechesis and ministry, and co-authored the Allelu and Alive in Christ catechetical series.