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Blessed Be God
17th Annual Conference
August 1-3, 2014
Presented by the
St. Thomas Aquinas Society
Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Download the Conference Brochure
(includes schedule) HERE!
Bishop Michael Sheridan
Bishop Michael Sheridan was born in St. Louis, MO on March 4, 1945. He was ordained as a diocesan priest by Cardinal John J. Carberry on May 29, 1971. On September 3, 1997 Bishop Sheridan was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of St. Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali. On December 4, 2001 Bishop Sheridan was appointed coadjutor bishop of Colorado Springs and became the bishop of the diocese on January 30, 2003.
Bishop Sheridan has received several graduate degrees in theology, including a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome. We are honored to have Bishop Sheridan celebrate our opening Mass this year. www.diocs.com
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
We are delighted to have Father Mitch Pacwa return to our conference again this year. Fr. Pacwa is the President and Founder of Ignatius Productions, and is best know for his appearances on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) where he hosts two programs: Threshold of Hope and EWTN Live. He also serves as the weekly host of EWTN Radio's Open Line program.
Father received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then continued his studies. He received his Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts, Ph.D. in Old Testament.
Father Mitch Pacwa has taught at the high school, university, and seminary levels. He is the founder and President of Ignatius Productions. The mission of Ignatius Productions is "to teach people the scriptures, to educate Catholics about their faith, and to promote unity and understanding within the mystical body of Christ." To that end, this well-known Biblical scholar has lectured and spoke at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world.
Father Pacwa is fluent in twelve languages and has a unique understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. Father’s extensive travels throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the Holy Land has inspired him to write the “Holy Land Prayer Book,” which has been published by his own apostolate, Ignatius Productions, and can be used as a prayer book guide for any pilgrim traveling to the Holy Land. Father Pacwa also has the privilege of being bi-ritual, which means he can also celebrate the Maronite Mass of the Eastern Catholic Church.
Rev. Christopher J. Crotty, C.P.M.
Inner / Spiritual Healing
Rev. Christopher J. Crotty C.P.M. was born in 1967 and is a native of San Francisco, California. He attended Kolbe Academy, which was co-founded by his parents, Francis and Margaret Crotty. Fr. Crotty was the first high school graduate of the program. In 1986 Fr. Crotty began service in the United States Navy. He served with distinction in the medical corps eventually attending the anesthesia technologist program. Fr. Crotty served as an anesthesia technologist at Balboa Naval Hospital for four years. Having completed military service Fr. Crotty went on to work as a civilian anesthesia technologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose California.
In 1995 Fr. Crotty became a member of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy. In 1996 Fr. Crotty began studies in philosophy and in theology at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. On May 31st, 2001 Fr. Crotty was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael Sheridan in Russellville Kentucky. Following ordination Fr. Crotty served as the associate pastor at St. Martin of Tours in downtown Louisville Kentucky.
Therese Lorentz has been on assignment the past 23 years with God.
Her first task was to gather the St. Thomas Aquinas Society, and the second was, with them, to bring retreat days, healing Masses and conferences to Colorado Springs. Since 1991, the St. Thomas Aquinas Society has hosted 17 annual free conferences encompassing three days of speakers, Mass, healing services and Eucharistic Adoration.
This year’s free conference, to be held Aug. 1-3 at Pikes Peak Center in downtown Colorado Springs, includes a noted Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) host as well as a speaker on Eucharistic miracles. The theme of the conference is “Blessed Be God.”
Lorentz, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Colorado Springs, explains her involvement with the St. Thomas Aquinas Society and the conferences: “Back in June of 1991, I woke up with the name, ‘St. Thomas Aquinas Society’ clearly in my mind, and the understanding to start a prayer group.