Thursday, February 27 (1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, President and Executive Director of RENEW International, is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, New York. She holds the degree of Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. She also earned the degrees of Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University, both in New York City. Sr. Terry is a well-known retreat leader and workshop presenter. Before joining the staff of RENEW, she ministered in two inner-city parishes in the South Bronx, was Director of Vocation and Formation ministry for her Dominican congregation, and was a member of the Archdiocese of New York Parish Mission Team. Sr. Terry is also a contributing author to the books Preaching in the Sunday Assembly and Spiritual Manifestos. She also wrote a series on praying the new Roman Missalfor Living With Christ, and is the author of The Living Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2014, Ave Maria Press.
Sponsor: RENEW International
Thursday, February 27 (7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is the fourth archbishop and ninth bishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville. Before coming to Louisville, Archbishop Kurtz served as Bishop of Knoxville from 1999 to 2007. He earned bachelor (1968) and master of divinity (1972) degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and a master’s degree in social work (1976) from the Marywood School of Social Work in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Archbishop Kurtz was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Allentown on March 18, 1972. Before becoming Bishop of Knoxville, Archbishop Kurtz served for 27 years in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in charge of social services, diocesan administration, and parish ministry. He taught at both Mary Immaculate Seminary and St. Pius Seminary.Archbishop Kurtz has served on numerous boards, including as the personal representative of the bishop to the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference from 1992 to 1998, as the president of the board of directors of the Catholic Social Agency from 1988 to 1999, and in Knoxville, as a member of the Association of Christian Denominational Leaders from 2000 to 2007. As vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Kurtz serves on the executive and administrative committees of that body.He is the vice chancellor of the board of the Catholic Extension Society, the episcopal advisor to the Catholic Social Workers National Association, and serves on the board of trustees of the Catholic University of America and on the board of directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He also serves on the boards of St. Charles Seminary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Leadership Louisville, and on the advisory board to the Cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification.
Hosffman Ospino, PhD,is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. His research focuses on how the conversation between faith and culture shapes ministerial and educational practices in the Church. Professor Ospino is the editor of Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010) and the author of Peter’s Catechism: Who Do You Say that I Am? Why Did You Doubt? Do You Love Me? (Liguori, 2011).
Sponsor: Our Sunday Visitor
Blessed with an extraordinary voice, ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded singer, composer and recording artist. She is also an experienced college professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States and abroad. ValLimar Jansen has a long history of singing sacred music. She received most of her training in music and performance at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and she holds professional degrees in the Arts from California State University and The University of California. Today, ValLimar tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker, a storyteller, a psalmist, a song leader, a principal vocalist, and/or an emcee.
Sponsor: RCL Benziger/OCP
Friday Morning, February 28 (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)
Msgr. Rick Hilgartner
Msgr. Rick Hilgartner is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. A priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Msgr. Hilgartner has worked in parish ministry and campus ministry, and has taught theology and preaching. He completed his Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Theology degrees at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and an licentiate in Sacred Theology in Liturgical and Sacramental Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate in Sacred Theology in Sacramental and Liturgical Theology. In his work with the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, he helped prepare for the implementation of the Roman Missal and is a frequent presenter on a variety of liturgical matters.
Sponsor: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Sr. Rosa Monique Pena
Sr. Rosa Monique Peña, OP, is a National Bilingual Catechetical Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. For almost twenty years she served as Director of the Religious Education Department of the Archdiocese of Miami, FL. She designed a very successful English/Spanish Catechist Certification Program and established theCatechumenate Process.
Sponsor: William H. Sadlier, Inc.
Dr. Karen Ristau
Karen M. Ristau Ed.D., served as the president of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) from 2005 until 2013. In previous years, Dr. Ristau worked as a teacher and administrator in Catholic schools for over a decade. In subsequent years, she was a faculty member and director of programs in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She held administrative positions at Saint Joseph College in Connecticut and then at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Dr. Ristau is published in many scholarly educational journals and is a frequent speaker at educational gatherings. She has received the Neil D’Amour Award from the NCEA, the Murray Medallion from the University of St. Thomas, an outstanding service award from the University of San Francisco and has been awarded several honorary degrees. The NCEA’s Innovation Award is named after Dr. Ristau.
Sponsor: National Catholic Educational Association
Saturday, March 1 (12 Noon-1:30 p.m.)
Rev. Bob Barron
A native of Chicago, Barron received his Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1982 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986. He served as associate pastor at St. Paul of the Cross parish in Park Ridge, IL, from 1986-1989. From 1989-1992, he pursued doctoral studies in theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris, receiving his degree with a mention of trèshonorable in June of 1992. He has published numerous books including his thesis, A Study of the De Potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich, Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master, And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation,Heaven in Stone and Glass, The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path, and Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative, Evangelical Catholic and DVDs including Untold Blessings: The Three Paths of Holiness, Conversion, and Seven Deadly Sins; Seven Lively Virtues. In 2008, Fr. Barron was named the first holder of the Francis Cardinal George chair of Faith and Culture at University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago. In July 2012, Cardinal George appointed him President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and tenth rector of Mundelein Seminary.