A Charlotte native, Bishop Jugis is the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte. Ordained a priest in 1983 by Pope John Paul II, Bishop Jugis has served in parishes throughout the diocese. Under Bishop Jugis' guidance the diocese began holding the annual Eucharistic Congress in 2005.
After his conversion to the Catholic Faith, Trent Horn earned a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College.
He serves as a staff apologist for Catholic Answers and specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them. Trent models that approach each week on the radio program Catholic Answers Live where he dialogues with atheists, pro-choice advocates, and other non-Catholic callers.
Trent is also a lecturer who travels throughout the world speaking on subjects related to the Catholic faith and the co-host of Hearts and Minds, a weekly radio program that discusses timely issues from an eternal perspective. In addition to being a public speaker, Trent is the author of three books: Answering Atheism, Persuasive Pro-life, and his latest book Hard Sayings: A Catholic Approach to Answering Bible Difficulties.
Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.
Father Cassian Folsom was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Connecticut. In 1979 he started his religious life at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana . Father Cassian was ordained a priest in 1984, received his Doctoral Degree in Sacred Liturgy in Rome in 1989 and became the president of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in 1992. He founded the Monastery of San Benedetto in a small apartment in Rome in 1998, but then moved the community to Norcia (the birthplace of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica) in the year 2000 at the invitation of the Archbishop of Spoleto Norcia. The monastery there had been closed since 1810, but now the community has grown from three members to seventeen, and they follow a full observance of the Rule of Saint Benedict.
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 weekly broadcast, “Living Stones,” every Monday on Mater Dei Radio, and has 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. Deacon is featured on the award winning Chosen faith formation program by Ascension Press and the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality published by Ignatius Press, and co-author of the acclaimed new book, Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before.
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.
Sr. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, Ph.D.
The Catechism: A Gift to Prayer and Catholic Life
Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. Sr. Johanna earned an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England.
Sr. Johanna has been involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level. She began her catechetical apostolate as a 7th and 8th grade classroom teacher. In addition to teaching all subjects including religion, she organized a group of interested students into “Harmony.” This group of hearing-impaired junior high school students performed both popular and religious songs in American Sign Language.
After her classroom experience, she served as associate director of the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. She trained catechists, assisted in the implementation of the mandated textbook series in the diocese, helped design both the high school religious education curriculum and the chastity education curriculum. Sr. Johanna also worked with the Catholic Deaf Community in the diocese, interpreting Masses and teaching religious education classes to both deaf children and adults.
After her service to the Diocese of Lincoln, Sr. Johanna moved to Rock Island, Illinois. She taught freshmen religion and served as the chair of the Religion Department. She also served on the Diocesan Pastoral Council, and the Diocesan Education Committee. She traveled throughout the Diocese of Peoria giving workshops to catechists, as well as speaking to many groups of young people about chastity.
From Rock Island, she journeyed back to her provincial house and was the director of Religious Education for St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, Illinois. She was responsible for the parish religious education program and RCIA, as well as teaching religion daily to the 1st through 8th graders of St. Mary’s School. Sr. Johanna also taught a course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the first year seminarians at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis.
In 1999, Sr. Johanna joined the Theology faculty of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She specializes in catechetics, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate students.
Besides her teaching duties, Sr. Johanna travels throughout the country presenting workshops on catechist training, catechist retreats, and catechesis for persons with disabilities. She is a regular contributor to The Catechetical Review. In addition to her catechetical ministry, Sr. Johanna is engaged in research on the role of Catholic sisters in the American Civil War.
Lic. Marcial Padilla
Laico comprometido con la sociedad y los valores fundamentales de la familia, felizmente casado y con 3 hijos.
Obtuvo su licenciatura en filosofía con especialidad en Antropología Filosófica en el Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum en Roma en el año 1997. Posteriormente, alcanzo su licenciatura en Ingeniería Industrial y Administración con especialidad en dirección de operaciones en la Universidad Panamericana de Guadalajara México en el año 2005.
Más tarde saco una maestría en Bioética en el Colegio de Bioética de Nuevo León, México.
Desde el 2012, es director de la organización Con Participación, cuyo objetivo es abrir los ojos a la sociedad para tomar conciencia de lo que favorece o debilita los valores fundamentales, con el fin de que estos valores estén en la agenda pública. Actualmente más de 700 mil personas están adheridas a la plataforma de valores humanos, adquiriendo grandes triunfos en su lucha por evitar la legalización del aborto, la ideología del género y otros problemas sociales y morales que aquejan a nuestra sociedad. Sin duda alguna Marcial Padilla será una bendición para nuestro Congreso en este año.
P. Angel Espinosa de los Monteros
Hall C - 1:30 Sabado, 8 Septiembre
Grand Ballroom Saturday Afternoon, September 8