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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monica Oppermann

Monica Oppermann es Directora Asociada de Evangelización en la Oficina de Formación y Discipulado de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta. Monica es originaria de la Ciudad de México y ha servido en la Iglesia de Atlanta durante los pasados 20 años, enfocándose en evangelización, desarrollo de discípulos y renovación parroquial. Experta en el manejo y capacitación de diferentes recursos de evangelización y acompañamiento, especialmente en Alpha, Amazing Parish, Llamados y Dotados, y Entrenamiento Ananías, ente otros. Es una presentadora apasionada por la evangelización y su importancia para ayudar a las personas a conocer el amor de Jesucristo