María Antonia Amao

María Antonia Amao has more than 30 years of experience in the catechetical and theological environment, she is a catechist of the good shepherd and Master Catechist. She studied at the University of Santa Clara, obtaining his master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, along with being a co-editor of the Diocesan Newspaper “El Compas” and is currently the director of the Diocesan Continuous Ministry Formation Program better known as CMFP of the Institute of Ministry Formation (MFI) in the diocese of San Bernardino. Her hobby has been art and craft from a very young age, and now she has her small family business in craftsmanship.

Paul Canavese

Paul Canavese is the director of The Pastoral Center and its Growing Up Catholic ministry, along with his wife Ann. They live with their two daughters and five chickens in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and look for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood. Paul has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology (then in Berkeley), and is the author of Living the Good Life: Parent Small Group Sessions on Catholic Morality and author or editor of dozens of other practical pastoral resources.

Dallas Carter Jr., MPT

Aloha! My name is Dallas Carter, Jr., MPT. I am a husband, father of 6,  small business owner, Catholic Apologist, National Catholic Speaker, and a Diocesan Catechist for the Diocese of Honolulu. I have my degree in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville and my Master’s from Chaminade University in Honolulu.  I currently work as the director of a brand new virtual high school on the island of Oahu and I teach high school Theology for students on Oahu, the Big Island, Japan, Okinawa, and Saipan all through virtual means.

I have had the honor of having my lectures, articles, or interviews featured on EWTN, Relevant Radio, Catholic News Agency, The Maccabee Society, The National Catholic Register, & other outlets. I enjoy speaking and writing on all subjects related to our Catholic Faith as well as on the importance of culture in deepening one’s journey with our one True God.

Father Bob Chorey

Fr. Robert W. Chorey was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Reno in 2002. He has served in several parishes. Since 2012 he has served as Moderator of the Curia and from 2014 also as Chancellor. In 2018 he was also appointed as Pastor of Our Lady of the Snows. Prior to seminary, Fr. Chorey worked as an exploration geologist for the mining industry in Nevada.

Dn. Modesto Cordero

Deacon Modesto R. Cordero, MA, MPT is the Director for the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Honolulu, where he has worked since September of 2012. Before his appointment to the Office for Worship, Deacon Modesto was the Adult Faith Formation Coordinator for the diocese for three years. He is been the coordinator for the RCIA process at St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church since 2007. He earned his first Master Degree in Arts (Communication) at the University of Northern Colorado in 1992 and the second Master Degree in Pastoral Theology from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2015. He is an adjunct instructor for Chaminade University of Honolulu and Wayland Baptist University where he teaches courses in Public Speaking and Communications. Born and raised Catholic – in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean in the Island of Puerto Rico, as a child he was always attracted to do God’s work. He was ordained a Deacon in February 2007. Deacon Modesto has been happily married for the last 35 years and has three daughters. He loves speaking and working with people and enjoys bringing the Word to all God’s children.  

Terry Cotting-Mogan

Terry Cotting-Mogan is currently the Pflaum Publishing Group’s Western Regional Manager, Ms Cotting-Mogan has 40 years in catechetical, campus, family, and youth/youth adult ministries at the parish, school, and diocesan levels. She has spoken at numerous events at diocesan and national levels. She earned a BA from Marquette University, a MS from Cardinal Stritch College, both of Milwaukee WI, and an Advanced Studies Certificate in Youth Ministry Training from St Mary’s University, Baltimore MD

Kevin Dowd, Ph.D Cand.

Kevin Dowd, Ph.D Cand. is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, where he graduated first in his class at Burncoat Senior High School. He went on to study at Harvard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, cum laude. While pursuing his degree, he began his theological studies under Professors Jon D. Levenson and Gary Anderson, and future professor Hindi Najman. After college, Kevin spent two years volunteering with the Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries (CYFM) in Garrison, NY. A career in secondary school teaching ensued, with theology appointments at Mother Cabrini High School in Manhattan and then St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Kevin has also taught various subjects in the public schools of Sutton, Massachusetts. In 2008, Kevin earned his M.Ed. from Boston College, with a focus on religious education. He is currently in the final stages of earning his Ph.D. in Theology and Education, also from Boston College under the advisement of Thomas Groome. Kevin speaks nationally on a variety of topics, including working with children and adults to eliminate bullying from our schools. His research interests include religion and public education, inter-religious dialogue, Catholic Biblical hermeneutics, and bullying. Kevin is the author of Teaching Kids to Respect Others: Reflections, Activities, and Prayers on Bullying and Prejudice (Twenty-third Publications, 2018) and God’s Love Song: A Confirmation Bible Companion (Twenty-third, forthcoming 2020). In addition to teaching theology at Anna Maria College, Kevin is an active member of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Worcester.

Lindsay Fay

Lindsay Fay grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and is a 2015 graduate of Santa Clara University. After experiencing a profound conversion in college through St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body she dreamed of a way to impart these messages to her peers. Lindsay met The Culture Project while serving as an intern for the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia. She served as a missionary for three years, speaking to thousands of young people across the country about the messages of human dignity, sexual integrity, and virtue. She now lives in Philadelphia and works for The Culture Project as a Program Manager, a role that involves hands on training, mentorship, and support for a team of missionaries serving all over the country.

Catherine Mifsud Heller

Catherine Mifsud Heller has spent nearly two decades as a Theology teacher, Catholic School administrator, Campus Minister, and Retreat Director. Those who have attended a retreat or workshop offered by Catherine will know that her humor and joy are staples to her faith life. Catherine attended the University of San Francisco for her undergraduate work in Communications and Theology and holds a Master’s in Theology from Boston College. Catherine is the CEO and Co-Founder of Strada Leadership. Strada is a Catholic leadership training program for students rooted in the Gospel values of service, justice, and community. Through the lens of Student Government, Strada emphasizes the importance of effective collaboration, communication, and problem-solving, empowering students to actively serve the needs of their schools and communities. Strada leaders respond to the call to faithful citizenship by acknowledging and cultivating our unique contributions and God-given strengths. Catherine currently resides in Oakland, California with her husband, Rich.

Kathy Hendricks

Kathy Hendricks is a National Religion Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. and a contributing writer for their Christ In Us and We Believe catechetical program and other resources. She has over 25 years of experience working in Catholic schools, parishes, and dioceses, and is a certified spiritual director. She holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in adult Christian community development from Regis University in Denver. She received her certification as a spiritual director from Benet Hill Center. Kathy is the author of several books, including Seeking Spiritual Balance in an Off-Kilter World and Forming Families in Faith. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines. Kathy brings her audiences on a profound and deeply personal journey through the heart and soul of catechesis. Her many years of working with families give her the tools to present clear and practical ways for parents and children to recognize the presence of God in their homes and in their lives. Her talks are filled with real-life examples, solid theology, and an abiding sense of spirituality that acknowledges the sacred in everyday life. Kathy is equally adept at keynote presentations, retreats, catechist and teacher training sessions, parent gatherings, and workshops for pastoral ministers. She presents a model of Catholic discipleship that is compassionate, inspiring, and fully grounded in Church teaching.

Ed Hopfner

Ed Hopfner is the director of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  Originally from Seattle, he has a master’s degree in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, and in chemistry from Washington State University.  A dynamic and popular speaker, Ed has given talks throughout North America, taught classes, and conducted study groups and workshops, particularly on Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Additionally, he has extensive experience in education on the topics of sexuality and chastity, as well as pro-life efforts. In his spare time, he likes foreign films, trying to learn languages (he’s tried 6), red wine, the Oakland A’s, and bluegrass music.

Father John Hurley, CSP

Father John Hurley, CSP was ordained in 1977.  And, his Evangelization ministry leadership began the following year in Portland, OR with the founding of the Paulist Center for Catholic Evangelization. He graduated from Catholic University, the Washington Theological Union, and holds a D.Min from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He is the former Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Evangelization, the National Pastoral Life Center, and the Department of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese of San Jose.  He is also a consultant with Sadlier Publishing.  In 2014, he launched a new Paulist initiative NewEvangelizationStrategies.org where he serves as a consultant and missionary.  In this position, he works with dioceses and parishes in making the paradigm shift from maintenance to mission for the New Evangelization.  He is based at historic Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco where he once served as pastor. In the great Jubilee Year of Mercy, he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as a Missionary of Mercy, a mandate which was renewed.

Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson lives and works in Seattle, Washington as Team Leader for Maryknoll’s Young Adult Empowerment team, and she loves exploring the wisdom young adults have to bring to the teachings of and ways of living faith. Anna holds a degree in Peace Studies and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and graduated with a deep love for the non-violent teachings of Jesus. After college, she lived as an Overseas Lay Missioner with the Holy Cross in Bugembe, Uganda learning from and teaching Internally Displaced Communities. With Maryknoll, she strives to build a culture of mission in the US by fostering and accompanying communities of missionary disciples.

Anne Kertz Kernion

Anne Kertz Kernion is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality to groups around the US and Australia. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Penn State, an MA in Theology from Duquesne University, and will complete a graduate certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Missouri in December. Anne is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986 (cardsbyanne.com). Her second book, “Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul,” was just published by Loyola Press in October, 2020. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Louie Latina

Louie Latina moved from Ohio to the great state of Nevada in 1991, and it is in Las Vegas (yeah…Vegas baby!) that he graduated UNLV with a BA in Psychology and began his 20+ year involvement with youth ministry. Las Vegas is also where he met his incredible wife of 14 years and where they and  their two daughters call home. Louie serves the newest parish in Las Vegas – Holy Spirit – which was just dedicated in June of 2018. While he loves cheering on his hometown Vegas Golden Knights hockey team (ok…and maybe now the Raiders), he enjoys spending time with his girls the most…constantly having and finding new adventures each day!

Jordan Lewis

Jordan Lewis studied political science at Santa Clara University after which he spent four years teaching high school English and Special Education. Currently, he works as the Director of Faith Formation and Coordinator of Liturgy at Saint Angela Merici Parish, Diocese of Monterey.

Stephanie Luna

Stephanie Luna, Mission Educator Promoter Luna works with young adults, teachers and catechists, and serves the entire San Francisco, Bay Area in California as the Mission Educator with Maryknoll Missioners. She facilitates retreats, faith formation programs, workshops, and immersion programs to create a culture of mission in the US Church. Luna is an experienced faith formation coordinator, leader and is available to accompany groups and individuals as they strive to live out their call as missionary disciples.

Jesse Manibusan

Jesse Manibusan is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer. Well recognized throughout the country as a dynamic speaker and musician, Jesse shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. He holds a master’s in multicultural ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

The beloved anthem “Open My Eyes,” from his third album, Power of Peace, appears in Catholic and Protestant hymnals around the world and has been translated into many languages. His latest collection, Sing of Mary, is prayerful homage to the Mother of Jesus. In 2012, he collaborated with Santiago Fernández on a bilingual collection entitled Unidos. In 2003 he collaborated with Ken Canedo on the very successful Love Never Fails collection, featuring “Bless the Lord,” “Love Never Fails,” and “Fish with Me.”

Jesse is a familiar presence at national and diocesan conferences throughout the US, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) and internationally at World Youth Day (Panama 2019, his latest WYD). A true road warrior, he does ministry full-time now, traveling the globe to present parish missions, concerts, retreats, keynotes and youth conferences.

Jesse currently resides in Daly City, California, and is a volunteer at Good Shepherd Catholic School and Church.

Chris Mariano

Chris Mariano is a Roman Catholic youth minister for over 20 years, Chris Mariano has served different communities ranging in size, socio-economic status, ethnic groups and now serves as a Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministries for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. But one thing remains the same– our Catholic youth have talents and leadership skills that can greatly enrich and impact parish life. In addition to Youth Ministry, he has many years of experience in mass liturgy, music ministry, and religious education. He has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to share what he knows and what is known to work.

Terry McCaffrey

Terry McCaffrey has been active on abolition of the death penalty for over 30 years. He was a founding member of California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, and is currently the President of the statewide organization. He was the producer of a widely acclaimed video �Interview With an Executioner�. He is currently working on a feature length movie dealing with Restorative Justice titled “To Forgive a Killer?” He is married with two children living in Palo Alto, CA

Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy

Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy has served the Diocese of Honolulu as director for the Office of Religious Education and Faith Formation since 2005. She holds an M.A. in pastoral leadership from Chaminade University of Honolulu and served as Dean of curriculum and instruction in the Hawaii Catholic Schools prior to her appointment to the diocese.

Notable under Jayne’s diocesan leadership are a series of locally-produced and award-winning videos on the sacraments, revised curriculum guidelines for teaching religion, and guiding catechetical leaders through her diocese’s transition to restored order.  She is a national speaker, consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee for Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA), and past treasurer and vice-president for the National Conference for Catechetical Leaders (NCCL).  Jayne is the author of “Cultivating Your Catechists: How to Recruit, Encourage and Retain Successful Catechists” (Loyola Press) and a soon to be published book on restored order (Twenty-Third Publications).

Dr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM

Dr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM is an international formation- education consultant. Her practical experience in education includes both classroom and administration experience at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in theology and sociology and a master’s degree in K-8 education, she holds a doctorate in private school administration.

Currently, Dr. McCormack is director of the IHM Office of Formative Support for Parents and Teachers, Philadelphia, PA. She is the author of the “Parent Partnership Handbook” feature of Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine, numerous articles, and several books. 

Joe Paprocki, DMin

Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. He has over 40 years of experience in pastoral ministry and has presented in over 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 A Well-Built Faith and his most recent, Preparing Hearts and Minds: 9 Simple Ways for Catechesis to Cultivate a Living Faith  (all from Loyola Press). Joe, who earned his Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. Joe serves as catechist and blogs about the experience at www.catechistsjourney.com. He and his wife Joanne, who have two grown children and four grandchildren, live just outside of Chicago, IL.

Dr. Jo Ann Paradise

Dr. Jo Ann Paradise is a nationally known Catechetical author and speaker. After 32 years of ministry in several parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Jo Ann was employed by a national Catholic Publisher. She developed and wrote a curriculum for children and their parents. Jo Ann served as a teacher at both the grade school and high school levels in Catholic schools as well as an adjunct faculty member of several universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,

Jo Ann gives keynotes and workshops at Diocesan conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Through her stories, she motivates educators and catechists to prepare their children to
meet the risen Lord and form disciples. She is a popular retreat director and provides spiritual direction. Jo Ann lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Don and extended family.

John Michael Reyes

John Michael Reyes is Spiritual Life Coordinator and Director of Prayer & Worship for Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, CA, and assists with TeamRCIA, a free online resource for catechumenate ministry. He has experiences as a hospital chaplain, retreat director, and as a campus minister for Jesuit Universities particularly in the areas of Liturgy and Sacramental Formation.  He holds a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. His writings can be found at Twenty-Third Publications, Liturgical Press, and Paulist Press. John Michael lives in San Francisco, CA.

Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki, Training and Events Manager, Liturgy Training Publications. He is the author of “Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA” (LTP, 2018) and “Signs and Symbols of the Liturgy: An Experience of Ritual and Catechesis” (LTP, 2018) and serves as the director of music ministry at St. John Berchmans Parish in Chicago. Michael was also a team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.

Berta Sabrio

Berta Sabrio is the Vice President of Programming and Planning for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Prior to this position she served for 21 years as the Pastoral Associate for Worship and Adult Faith at St. Francis of Assisi in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She is also a certified cantor trainer and serves as both clinician and educator. She has a vocal performance degree from Loyola University New Orleans.

Fr Robert Spitzer

Fr Robert Spitzer
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 16, 1952, Fr. Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order, and is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (www.magiscenter.com) and the Spitzer Center (www.spitzercenter.org). The Magis Center produces documentaries, books, high school programs, college courses, adult-education programs, and social media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary physics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament. The Spitzer Center produces facilitated curricula to strengthen strategic planning, culture, and spiritual practice in Catholic organizations as well as culture and ethics in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. He is also the President, Master of Ceremonies, and speaker at the Napa Institute in Napa, California and Washington, D.C. (www.napa-institute.org).

Julianne Stanz

Julianne Stanz is Director of Discipleship and Leadership Development for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. Julianne received her Master’s Degree in Religion and Education from Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin and is currently working on a Ph.D. Julianne, the former Director of Adult Faith Formation and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Green Bay, is the author of Developing Disciples of Christ: Understanding the Critical Relationship between Catechesis and Evangelization (The Effective Catechetical Leader series – Loyola Press and NCCL) and is co-author of The Catechist’s Backpack: Spiritual Essentials for the Journey (Loyola Press). She previously served as a Director of Adult Faith Formation, Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and serves as a consultant to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the USCCB. She is married and has 3 children. Julianne has been the keynote at numerous conferences including NCCL, University of Dallas Ministry Conference, and NCCYM and was the MC for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

Fumiaki Tosu

Fumiaki Tosu is a teacher, story-teller, and peace-maker. He is a former high school and college Theology teacher, as well as former member of the Catholic Worker community in San Jose, CA. He currently works for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, and lives in Portland, Oregon. He has his Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is a teacher, story-teller, and peace-maker. He is a former high school and college Theology teacher, as well as former member of the Catholic Worker community in San Jose, CA. He currently works for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, and lives in Portland, Oregon. He has his Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

Father Paul Turner

Father Paul Turner is pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome.

His publications include At the Supper of the Lamb (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2011); Glory in the Cross (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011); and Celebrating Initiation: A Guide for Priests (Chicago: World Library Publications, 2008). He is a former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a member of Societas Liturgica and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He is a recipient of the Jubilate Deo Award (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) and the Frederick McManus Award (Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions). He serves as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. He answers questions about the liturgy daily on his blog.

He enjoys the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Royals.

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP is a Daughter of St Paul and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Media Literacy Education Specialist with degrees in Communications Arts and a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Sr. Nancy is a theologian, international speaker, writer, film reviewer and pop culture blogger for bemediamindful.org and CatholicMom.com. Her award-winning book entitled, A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics is published by Wipf & Stock. Sr. Nancy is also an adjunct professor of Theology and Film at John Paul the Great University in Escondido, CA.

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.


Maria Antonia Amao

Maria Antonia Amao tiene más de 30 años de experiencia en el ambiente catequético y teológico, es catequista del buen pastor y catequista maestra. Estudio en la universidad de Santa Clara, obteniendo su maestría en Ministerio Pastoral. Co-editora del Periódico Diocesano “El Compas” y actualmente es la directora del Programa Diocesano de Formación Continua para los Ministerios mejor conocido como CMFP del Instituto de Formación para los Ministerios (MFI) en la diócesis de San Bernardino. Su pasatiempo ha sido la creatividad y manualidades desde que era muy pequeña, y ahora tiene su pequeño negocio familiar en manualidades.

El diácono Modesto R. Cordero, MA, MPT

El diácono Modesto R. Cordero, MA, MPT es el Director de la Oficina de Culto de la Diócesis de Honolulu, donde ha trabajado desde septiembre del 2012.  Antes de su nombramiento en la Oficina de Culto, el diácono Modesto fue Coordinador de Formación de Fé de Adultos para la diócesis durante tres años.  Él es coordinador del proceso RICA en la iglesia San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista desde el 2007.  Obtuvo su primera maestría  en Artes (Comunicaciones) en Northern Colorado University en 1992 y la segunda maestría en Teología Pastoral de Chaminade University of Honolulu en 2015.  Es instructor adjunto de Chaminade University of Honolulu y Wayland Baptist University, donde imparte cursos de comunicación.   Modesto nació y fue criado en un hogar católico – en la Isla de Puerto Rico y de niño siempre se sintió atraído por hacer el trabajo de Dios.  Fue ordenado diácono en febrero del 2007.   El diácono Modesto ha estado felizmente casado durante los últimos 35 años y tiene tres hijas.

La Hermana Pilar Fandos, VDMF

La Hermana Pilar Fandos, VDMF es un miembro de la comunidad Dei Verbum por casi 20 años.    La Hermana Pilar tiene un Bachillerato en Teología por la Universidad del Angelicum en Roma (2010). Ella ha trabajado como Directora de Retiros, Coordinador de Actividades de Acercamiento, Facilitadora de Grupos de Oración y Directora Espiritual durante los últimos 10 años. Actualmente es directora subalterna del Programa de Dirección Espiritual en la Diócesis de Stockton, CA. (2018-2020)

Sr. Pilar Fandos, VDMF has been a member of the Verbum Dei Community for almost 20 years. She has a Baccalaureate in Theology by the University of the Angelicum in Rome (2010). She has worked as Retreat Director, Outreach Activities coordinator, Prayer Groups facilitator and Spiritual Director for the last 10 years. Currently she is a director for the Spiritual Direction Program in the Diocese of Stockton, CA. (2018-2020)

Padre Eduardo Fernández

Padre Eduardo Fernández es un Jesuita nacido en Texas de familia Mexicana.  Además de ser profesor en la escuela de Teología de Jesuitas, de la Universidad de Santa Clara, en Berkeley, él colabora en trabajo pastoral, da ejercicios espirituales y talleres, y ha escrito varios libros y artículos, además de haber grabado un programa para formar catequistas llamado “Enseñar como Jesús.”  Ha sido catequista desde los 12 años.

Fr. Eduardo Fernández, SJ is a Jesuit born in Texas to a Mexican family.  In addition to being Professor of practical theology at Santa Clara University’s, Jesuits School of Theology in Berkeley, California, he collaborates in pastoral work, gives retreats and workshops, and has written several books and articles, as well as having recorded a program to train catechists called “Teach as Jesus.”  He has been a Catechist since age 12.

Josie Longoria

Josie Longoria es actualmente Directora Espiritual y Capellán de Hospitales con experiencia de más de treinta años de trabajo en el ministerio cristiano,  con énfasis en la catequesis y el desarrollo espiritual. Se ha desempeñado como Catequista, Directora de Educación Religiosa, Coordinadora Diocesana de Catequesis y Coordinadora del Instituto de Formación Laica en la Diócesis de Fresno. Josie es miembro de  la Asociación Nacional de Capellanes Católicos (NACC), Presidenta del Comité Intercultural de NCCL (2014) y miembro de Toastmasters International. Obtuvo una Licenciatura en Estudios Religiosos en el Colegio de San Jose en Maine y una Maestría en Estudios Pastorales en la Universidad de Santa Clara, Candidato a doctorado en la Fundación Teológica de Posgrado y la Certificación de Pastoral Clínica ACPE de Stanford Healthcare. Josie afirma que la dignidad de cada individuo y la catequesis son principios clave para proporcionar una experiencia física y mental completa y sirven de base para sus talleres y retiros de formación catequética.

Josie Longoria is a Spiritual Director and Hospital Chaplain with over thirty years of working in ministry with emphasis on catechesis and spiritual development.   She has served as a catechist, Director of Religious Education, and Diocesan Catechetical Coordinator and Lay Formation Coordinator. Josie is a member of NACC, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, 2014 Chair of NCCL Intercultural Committee, and Toastmasters International member.  Earned a B.A in Religious Studies from St. Joseph College of Maine,  and an M.A in Pastoral Ministries from Santa Clara University, Doctoral candidate at Graduate Theological Foundation, and ACPE Clinical Pastoral Certification from Stanford Healthcare.  The dignity of each individual and catechesis are key principles in providing a whole body and mind experience and serve as the foundation for her catechetical formation workshops and  retreats.

Brenda Noreiga

Brenda Noriega nació y creció en Irapuato, Guanajuato; México. Ha estado sirviendo al pueblo de Dios desde edad temprana a nivel parroquial y diocesano. Brenda adquirió una maestría en ministerios pastorales de la Universidad de Santa Clara. Actualmente sirve a Dios en la Diócesis de San Bernardino como coordinadora de Pastoral Juvenil con jóvenes adultos. Brenda colabora a nivel regional como miembro del comite de Pastoral Juvenil de RECOSS (Comite de la Region XI de hispanohablantes). Ella es también miembro de la junta directiva del Equipo Nacional de Asesoramiento para el Ministerio con Jovenes Adultos. A Brenda le apasiona ayudar a personas en el discipulado y el desarrollo de liderazgo, especialmente acompañando a jóvenes ministros en su camino en el servicio de Dios y de su Iglesia.

Brenda Noriega was born and raised in Irapuato, Guanajuato; Mexico. She has been serving God’s people since early age at the parish and diocesan level. Brenda acquired a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries from the University of Santa Clara. She currently serves the Diocese of San Bernardino as the Young Adults Programs Coordinator. Brenda collaborates at the regional level as a member of the board of Pastoral Juvenil Committee at RECOSS (Region Eleven Committee of Spanish Speakers). She is also a board member of the National Advisory Board for Young Adult Ministry. Brenda is passionate about discipleship and leadership development, especially accompanying young ministers in their path serving God and his Church.

Dr. Gerardo ‘lalo’ Salazar

Dr. Gerardo ‘lalo’ Salazar  México-americano, originario de Los Ángeles California y San Luis Potosí México. Casado por 18 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 Doctorado en de Teología en Liderazgo Catequético. Es consultor nacional bilingüe de religión para Sadlier la editorial catequética. Es profesor de teología en la University of St Thomas en la Maestría en Teología Pastoral y fue por 8 años el subdirector de la Oficina de Evangelización y Catequesis en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston. Su proceso de conversión comenzó en mayo del 2007 a los pies del Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves en Belleville Illinois.

Deacon Miguel Torres

Deacon Miguel Torres  Nació en México y emigró a EEUU desde mediados de los 80’s. En México participó en los ministerios de Catequesis, Pastoral Juvenil, Música Litúrgica y Comunidades Eclesiales de Base. Fue ordenado diacono permanente para la Diócesis de Las Vegas y hasta meses recientes ha servido en una parroquia local (Príncipe de Paz) como Coordinador de Ministerio Hispano. Ha servido también en la formación de ministros, catequistas y voluntarios en varias parroquias de la ciudad en temas de Teología Sacramental, Música Litúrgica, Espiritualidad, Liturgia y Formación Bíblica.

Lupita Vital

Lupita Vital es de Jalisco México.  Ella tiene una gran experiencia en el ramo de la Catequesis, ha trabajado en este ministerio por los últimos 30 años.  Las diócesis en las que ha servido son las de Tabasco, Guadalajara, y San José, en California. 

Lupita tiene diplomas de la Escuela Catequística Diocesana y el Instituto Bíblico Católico de Guadalajara, Jalisco México.  Además obtuvo un Diploma en Teología de la Universidad de Notre Dame, Indiana y de la Escuela Jesuita de Teología en Berkeley, CA.  Tiene un Certificado en Especialización en la Vida Pastoral, de la Universidad de Loyola en New Orleans. 

 En el año 2005 obtuvo su Maestría en Catequesis de la Universidad de Santa Clara, en Santa Clara, CA.  En 2007, la Santa Sede la distinguió con la Cruz Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

 Exdirectora Directora del Apostolado Hispano para la Diócesis de San Jose California. En el año 2014 le otorgaron el premio “Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ” por una sobresaliente contribución a la Teología Hispana y a la Formación en el Liderazgo ministerial del Instituto Hispano de Berkeley y la Universidad de Santa Clara. 

 Ella ha escrito y publicado en la Editorial de Ligouri  reflexiones llamadas Un Nuevo Comienzo para Adviento y Navidad y para Cuaresma y Pascua. Escribió el libro de la editorial Loyola Press Un Año Lleno de Gracia 2016.  Actualmente escribe reflexiones dominicales para  LPI Ciclos de Fe. 

Mandarin – Cantonese

Father Francis Ching

Father Francis Ching

程明聰神父, 1972年出生於香港,1986年随隨家人移民加拿大。 在安省滑鐵盧攻讀大學期間,他經歷歸向耶穌的轉化,從此積極投入滑鐵盧華人天主教團體 及 ECCCLC (加拿大東岸天主教華人生活營,簡稱「加東」) 的工作。 程明聰神父於2005年在加拿大晉鐸,是第一位加入 十字架同行者修會 (Companions of the Cross) 的華人神父。目前,他是「加東」的神師,並積極參與《生命恩泉》的福傳工作。

Father Francis Ming Chung Ching was born in HK in 1972 into a Catholic family. His family immigrated to Toronto in 1986. During his undergraduate studies in Waterloo, he experienced a personal conversion to Jesus and became very active in his faith through involvement with Waterloo Chinese Catholic Community and an annual young adult retreat called Eastern Canada Chinese Catholic Living Camp (ECCCLC). He was ordained in 2005 and is the first Chinese ordained as a priest of the religious order Companions of the Cross. He is currently the spiritual director for ECCCLC (Eastern Canada Catholic Chinese Living Camp), and am actively involved in the Fountain of Love and Life Ministry, a Chinese Catholic TV and Radio programming.

Fr. Francis is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his contribution to the Chinese Catholic Community.

Most Rev Joseph Ha Chi-Shing

Most Rev Joseph Ha Chi-Shing


Most Rev Joseph Ha Chi-Shing is a friar of the Order of Friars Minor, ordained in 1990, got a bachelor degree in theology at the Pontifical Urban University and a Master degree in theology at the Pontifical St. Anthony University. He also studied religious formation at St. Louis University, USA and the Bible at the Franciscan Biblical College at Jerusalem.

He received the episcopal consecration in 2014. Now he is the Rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary, responsible for the formation of the seminarians, and oversees vocation promotion, justice and peace, and youth ministry of the Diocese of Hong Kong.


Sister Grace Yip


葉素貞修女是耶穌聖心會修女.修會在美國南加州.  她將於2022年慶祝金禧。修女在香港出生並長大。終身願後被派到台北天主教總教區, 主導要理推廣教育與成人入門課程, 長達16年。修女亦曾天主教耕薪醫院牧靈部前任督導。醫院同仁,住院病人及家屬做福傳及哀傷照顧。葉修女在天主教要理推廣教育中, 足跡遍佈亞美二洲, 包括: 香港,菲律賓,日本,台灣,中國各地和美國西岸。修女不斷的指導中國天主教友和牧靈團隊, 從事天主教教義推廣和進行哀傷輔導的課程。 目前,葉修女退而不休, 她正在南加州的橙縣為華人天主教友做牧靈與課程指導修女喜歡釣魚

Sister Grace Yip is a member of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart.  She was born and raised in Hong Kong. In 2022 she will celebrate her Golden Jubilee. Sister Grace was a missionary in Taiwan for 16 years, where she designed and launched the RCIA process in the Archdiocese of Taipei.   During this time, Sister Grace also supervised the Pastoral Care department of Cardinal Tien Hospital.  Her missionary footsteps cross over two continents. From Asia to North America she has left a positive mark in places like Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, China and in America, through the spearheading of the Catechist Formations & Grief Recovery courses to Chinese Catholics & Pastoral Care Teams.   Today, she continues doing the Lord’s work.  Currently Sister provides classes to Chinese Catholics in Orange County California and works at the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana.  Sister Grace enjoys fishing in her free time.