Bishop Perez, presently the Bishop of Cleveland, was born in Miami, Florida, of Cuban parents and raised in Northern New Jersey. He was ordained a priest of the Archdio-cese of Philadelphia in 1989. In 1998, he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and Prelate of Honor in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. He obtained his degree in Psychology from the University of New Jersey at Montclair and Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. In June 2012, Bishop Perez was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and received Episcopal Ordination on July 25, 2012. He served as the Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Vicar for Hispanic Min-istry for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. While in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Bishop Perez served as pastor of St. William Church in Philadelphia and as pastor of St. Agnes, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was the founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, an Archdiocesan center for Adult Faith Formation Devel-opment and Lay Ministry Training. In addition, Bishop Perez served as parochial vicar of St. Ambrose in Philadelphia and assistant director of the Office for Hispanic Catho-lics. He taught courses in religion and psychology as an adjunct faculty member at La Salle University, and has traveled within the United States offering conferences on evangelization, lay ministry, leadership development, retreats and parish days of recol-lection. Bishop Perez was a member of the Corporate Board of Directors for Catholic Health Services; Vice Chair of Catholic Charities; Priests Personnel Board, the Pres-byteral Council and the Diocesan Advisory Committee for Hispanic Ministry of the Dio-cese of Rockville Center. A member of the United States Catholic Conference of Bish-ops, Bishop Perez serves as Chair-elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church as well as the Chair of the Bishop’s Sub-Committee for Hispanic Affairs and former member of the Bishop’s Sub-Committee for the Campaign for Human Development.
Teresa is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker. Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and is also carried on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Teresa co-hosts the popular EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C. Teresa has also been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show, discussing issues of faith, media awareness, and Catholic Church teaching, especially as it relates to the culture.
Sean is a young, dynamic and influential speaker on the topics of pro-life, Christian apologetics, business and philanthropy. As a lifetime entrepreneur he has been founder and operator of multiple business ventures. His business interests have included technology, restaurants and cyber security. In the non-profit arena he is proud to serve as the Chairman of the Board for Students for Life of America. Students for Life is the largest pro-life organization dedicated to youth, high school and college students; with a presence on over 1000 college campuses! In addition, he recently acted as an advisor to the Vatican Library in Rome and in the past assisted the Council of Higher Education under Secretary Margaret Spellings. O’Hare graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rider University in 2003, where he played Division One Soccer and received the President’s Award. Upon graduation, O’Hare also was selected to deliver the commencement address. Sean has spoken at over 100 venues.
Sister Joseph Andrew is one of the four foundresses of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Her Community has grown from 4 to over 120 members in 17 years. As vocations director, she lectures and publishes on themes that employ Scripture, anthropology and psychology, speaking at youth conferences, parishes and to university students, religious women, priests, and seminarians. (www.sistersofmary.org)
Fr. Ken lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally
Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During
that time he earned a business degree and worked as a business profession in Advanced R&D and software testing;
a few years into his career he joined a few of his co-workers in establishing a $4.5 million Internet software company.
Focused on money, fitness, and success, he made little room for God; but God did not give up on him. During this
journey, God presented him with challenges that forced him to question his personal beliefs and the question “What is
Truth?” Through a series of conversions, years of struggle, study and questioning, Fr. Ken found his way from
agnosticism, to non-denominational Christianity, and ultimately back to the Catholic Church.
Fr. Ken joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and was ordained in 2012. For two years, he served as an associate pastor of a medium sized parish and currently serves as a Missionary, webmaster and vocation director for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Ken has a great understanding of the personal and societal pressures that individuals face and knows what it is like to “hate coming to church.” His mission talks are for people of all levels of faith; from those who are madly in love with Jesus to those who struggle with church and religion.Check back later for details on this speaker!
Jennifer is the Founder and Executive Director of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to ‘Work in Witness for Christ’. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Trinity University and her MBA from Texas A&M, graduating summa cum laude. Jennifer worked for Merrill Lynch in the Global Wealth Management practice and for FTI Consulting in the Corporate Restructuring practice before starting the YCP ministry in 2010. Jennifer has been interviewed on EWTN's "Life on the Rock", National Catholic Register, Word on Fire and several other international media outlets promoting the YCP apostolate.
Father Ryan is a spiritual director for college age students and young adults in the Diocese of Dallas, Texas. He is currently the chaplain of YCP Dallas and Executive Director of the Catholic Worldview Fellowship, a Summer experience in Europe for talented college students who desire to evangelize culture. He graduated summa cum laude in 2003 from Loyola University New Orleans, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics and received the John X Wegman Award for Most Outstanding Business Undergraduate. After graduation, he volunteered one year as Director of Chapter Development for COMPASS, a national network of Catholic college students. He was named the program’s Executive Director in 2004 and in 2005 joined the Legionaries of Christ. During his years of priestly formation he has served as an Assistant to the Instructor of Novices in Cheshire, CT and co-founder of Upper Room Rome, an apostolate that networks English speaking Catholic college students in the Eternal City. In 2016, he graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. He was ordained a priest on December 10, 2016.