FATHER MIKE SCHMITZ

Fr. Michael Schmitz (Father Mike), the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the Chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, inspires and educates through his priesthood and preaching. Father Mike offers weekly homilies on iTunes and bulldogCatholic.org and has appeared in programs for youth and young adults through Ascension Press, as well as through regular short video messages on Ascension Presents. 

 

He is world-renowned for his popular YouTube videos, released weekly on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel. In addition, he is currently hosting the first complete “Catholic Bible in a Year” podcast, which ranks among Apple’s Top 5 podcasts with millions of daily downloads.

 

His Newman Center focuses on being fed through the Sacraments as well as study and knowledge of the Church and has thrived under his humble and Spirit-filled guidance. He has preached to youth and young adults across the country about the love of God and the call of Jesus Christ for saints to be raised up in the Church. Father Mike's hope is that these saints will redeem the entire world for Christ.

 

Father Mike will join us virtually.

DEACON HAROLD BURKE-SIVERS

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him.
 

He travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to everyone who desires to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

 

Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the Eternal Word Television’s Network’s popular radio program, “Morning Glory”, and the weekly broadcast “Living Stones” on Mater Dei Radio. Deacon has also appeared as a guest on numerous other national and international radio programs, including “Catholic Answers Live” and “Vocation Boom Radio.”

 

In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television and is featured on the award winning Chosen faith formation program by Ascension Press. Deacon Harold is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, co-author of Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before, and has written the acclaimed new book, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest.

 

Deacon Harold is featured on The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, a vibrant marriage-enrichment program rooted in biblical values and designed to help husbands and wives know God better, trust Him fully and love Him completely throughout the course of their married lives.

 

Retaining a deep love of Benedictine spirituality which he gained during his time discerning a call to that religious community, Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mt. Angel Abbey. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

As the president and CEO of The Saint Joseph Center, Deacon Harold oversees that nonprofit organization’s endeavors, which include hosting an international institute for Catholic male spirituality, coordinating dynamic speaking tours and life-changing retreats, and developing products and services that support family life.

 

Most importantly, he is married to his lovely wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children. They live in Portland, Oregon, where Deacon Harold is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.

 

Deacon Harold will join us in-person at the conference

JOHN LABRIOLA

John LaBriola is the founder of Onward Catholic Soldier, an organization committed to defending, healing and strengthening Catholic families. He is a dynamic speaker who passionately communicates the truth of the faith in a loving and accessible manner. John’s goal is to help Catholics of all ages deepen their love and knowledge of the one, true Church.

 

He has appeared numerous times on EWTN television, SJEN TV, Focus Worldwide Network, CatholicTV, and Shalom Media television. He has also appeared on EWTN Radio, Relevant Radio, Radio Maria, Immaculate Heart Radio and many local Catholic radio networks and affiliates.

John is the former host of St. Joseph Radio Presents, a weekly, worldwide radio program that can be heard over EWTN Radio that helps Catholics spread the truth of the Catholic faith. He has also been a frequent guest host for Catholic Answers Live radio program.

 

He is a frequent speaker at parish missions, Marian conferences, Homeschool Conferences, Days of Recollection, Men’s and Women’s conferences and retreats, Legatus meetings and Catholics@work meetings, often speaking on ethics and spirituality in the workplace.

 

John’s latest book is entitled Onward Catholic Soldier: Spiritual Warfare According to Scripture, the Church and the Saints. Relying heavily on Sacred Scripture and the advice of the Saints, the book presents the concepts of Spiritual Warfare in a simple, straight forward and safe manner.

He is also the author of the apologetics book, Catholic Truth for Catholic Teens: A Guide to Embracing and Defending Your Faith to help Catholics, especially younger ones, to understand not only what they believe, but also why they believe it. And he is author of Christ-Centered Selling: A Scripturally Based Guide to Principled, Profitable Persuasion. Its focus is to help lead businesspeople to a deeper relationship with God, through the practice of Christian principles at work.

 

He is currently working on two new books, No Soul Left Behind: Evangelizing Those Who Have Left the Church and Onward Catholic Soldier II: Healing According to Scripture the Church and the Saints.

 

John will join us in person.

DAVIS WATTS

Davis is the Music Director at Spirit FM 90.5 and father of two children, Madelyne who passed away at 22 while battling Cystic Fibrosis and Ethan who continues to fight this deadly disease every day. He is also stepfather of two boys, Liam and Graham. Davis and his wife Abby are parishioners at Nativity in Brandon. Davis holds a degree in Religious Studies from Saint Leo University and is an accomplished musician. Davis is a passionate speaker, knowledgeable on the Catholic faith, marriage, and music. You can hear him on Spirit FM weekdays from 10am-3pm.

DR. WAYNE PHILLIPS

I am a semiretired American physician Internist/Allergist.  My ministry is the spreading the "Science of the Shroud of  Turin". 

 

I am available for free live power point talks anytime  including Q&A on the "Science of the Shroud of Turin",  over the internet or in person. This includes the history,  C14 refutation, and science of the shroud that backs  authenticity. I speak from a medical forensic viewpoint as a  physician who is Certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy/ immunology. I have reached over 250,000 people through  live talks. 

 

I am a nationally certified speaker approaching more than  181 talks over 8 years. I have a degree in Shroud Science  from the Vatican Apostolorum College, Cum Laude, and I  am a member of the International Shroud Science Group  of active international scientist since 2011. In October  2017 I was one of 24 shroud experts inducted into the  American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud in Colorado  Springs with further training under the guidance of physics  professor Prof John Jackson, PhD of the USAF Academy.  It is under the auspices of the Turin Arch-Confraternity  established in 1539. 

 

I use WebEx for most long distance presentations. I have  completed 10 presentations on TV (EWTN-2011 +2015). 

 

I have also done many radio interviews, conferences,  retreats, fund raisers, jails, youth groups,high schools,  colleges, secular volunteer groups, Rotary, Kiwanis,  Optimist, Legatus Groups, and personal home gatherings.  All denominations are included. Wherever "two or more  are gathered", I'll be there. 

Google -“shroud-phillips”. Many of my talks & interviews  are there and on youtube. 

To organize a free WebEx internet talk live in real time  email me of your interest and we can set a date. Groups  organize and afternoon or evening and gather for  60-90min total presentation--whatever you like. My slides  are then projected onto a screen or large wall to your  group by connecting my computer to your local computer/  projector. After, this can be followed by a Q&A session with  the limits you set.. 

 

My ministry is "To save our youth from the secular world  with science", bring back the "Doubting Thomas's, and  strengthen the faithful". 

 

Let me know if my ministry can serve yours. I am  forwarding my ministry brochure for your consideration. All  talks are 100% free. 

FR. CHUCK DORNQUAST

Born and raised in a rural area of Zephyrhills, our newest Director of Vocations is very familiar with images of shepherds and harvests. Fr. Chuck Dornquast is one of five siblings and has grown up with an admiration and love of what the Church and her ministers can accomplish. For many years his own family was supported by the generosity of his home parish and he experienced firsthand the fruits of ministries led by the laity. As a student involved in High School youth ministry, Fr. Chuck experienced a deep call to the priesthood during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Shortly thereafter he was invited to attend a Vocation Awareness Weekend at St. John Vianney College Seminary which “sealed the deal” for him. After graduating from Zephyrhills High School, he entered seminary and spent his 9 years between St. John Vianney and St. Vincent de Paul. Throughout his seminary experience it was often the moments of ministering with the people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg which kept aflame his desire to serve as a priest of Jesus Christ. He was ordained May 16, 2015 and spent the first 4 years of his priesthood at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa. He loved being their priest. Throughout his time, he served as chaplain for the parish school, Tampa Catholic and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He began his time as Director of Vocations for the Diocese in July of 2019 and has hit the ground running. Fr. Chuck is a firm believer in the abundance of the harvest for vocations to the priesthood and religious life of our Diocese. He is grateful to any and all of the groups, especially Serra Club and the Knights of Columbus who were supports to him during his time in Seminary and who remain committed to promoting vocations within our Diocese. 

FR. SHAWN MONAHAN

Fr. Shawn Monahan, a native of Boston, entered the Oblates of the Virgin Mary seminary in 1995 after graduating from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2002. Before returning to the seminary as Novice Master in 2013, he enjoyed a variety of apostolic work in Youth Ministry, Prison Ministry, Hospital Chaplaincy and Parish life. He studied at Creighton University’s Christian Spirituality Program in Omaha, Nebraska and completed his certification as a spiritual director and guide of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Lanteri Center in Denver, Colorado. “Over the past eight years working in both the ministry of seminary formation and retreat ministry, I have developed a deeper understanding of the dynamics of growth and maturity in the Christian life and how to overcome and heal the wounds that hold us back from experiencing Jesus’ deepest desire for each of us: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BISHOP GREGORY L PARKES

Pope Francis appointed Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on November 28, 2016, and his Installation Mass was celebrated on January 4, 2017 at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral.  He succeeded Bishop Robert Lynch who retired at the age of 75 and is serving as Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

 

Bishop Parkes believes that serving for God’s glory is the guiding principle of his ministry, which is why he chose, “To your name give the glory” from Psalm 115, Verse 1 as his pastoral motto.

Prior to his appointment to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Bishop Parkes served as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee from 2012-2016.  Before answering the call to the priesthood, Bishop Parkes worked for several years in Tampa’s banking industry. During that time, he attended Christ the King Catholic Church in South Tampa.

 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. After much prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, he realized that God had other plans for his life and he began the path to priesthood. He entered the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach in 1993 and continued his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he graduated with a Sacred Bachelor of Theology (S.T.B.) and a Licentiate in Canon Law (J.C.L.).

 

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Orlando by Bishop Norbert Dorsey on June 26, 1999.

His assignments after ordination included parochial vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando and pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration. Bishop Parkes served the Diocese of Orlando as Vicar General and Chancellor for Canonical Affairs while also serving as pastor of Corpus Christi Parish.

Educational Background:

  • S. Finance, Florida State University, 1986

  • T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, 1998

  • C.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, 2000

USCCB Offices Held:

  • Treasurer, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, elected November 14, 2018

USCCB Committee Memberships:

  • USCCB Committee on Communications, Committee Member, appointed November 16, 2018

  • USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, Committee Member, appointed January 2, 2018

  • USCCB Subcommittee on Native American Affairs, Committee Member, appointed 2015

  • USCCB Committee on Budget and Finance, Committee Member

Other National/Curial Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services, 2017 to present

  • Episcopal Liaison to National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), 2016 to present

Bishop Parkes was born on April 2, 1964, in Mineola, NY to Ronald and Joan Parkes.  His younger brother Stephen, also a priest, was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Savanah on July 8, 2020.  Bishop Parkes’ parents and his older brother Christopher are deceased.