God, The Father of Mercy

21st Annual Conference
  August 2-5, 2018

Presented by the
St. Thomas Aquinas Society


God The Father of Mercy

Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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 Friday evening Mass this year. www.diocs.com

Fr. Chris Alar, MIC

"Fr. Joseph"
Director of the Association of Marian Helpers

Father Chris entered the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy, as a postulant in July, 2006. Prior to that, he received a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After working several years at a Fortune 500 company, he began his own consulting company in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2000.

After answering the Lord's call, he attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, for his philosophy studies and earned his Masters of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Over the past several years he has been mentored by the world's leading experts in Divine Mercy, and he has spoken at over 100 parishes to date. Currently he lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, where he serves as "Fr. Joseph, MIC," the director of the Association of Marian Helpers.


Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza

Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

Annie Karto

Singer and Songwriter

Catholic singer, Annie Karto has traveled the country extensively these past 20 years, her ministry taking her to Europe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Africa, Guatemala, and Trinidad. Annie weaves her songs in and out of her testimonies.

Over 20 years ago, after a deep conversion experience before the Blessed Eucharist, Annie was given the penance to spread the Lord’s Divine Mercy for the rest of her life. This “penance” has become a great joy!

Annie has strived to use her gift of voice, and speaking skills to evangelize wherever the Lord calls her. A highlight in her ministry was writing and singing a song for Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, titled, “Song for Immaculee” leading to a trip to Immaculee’s village in Rwanda, Africa, in August of 2011.

Annie has been invited to major conferences, and also shared at Magnificat Breakfasts, Divine Mercy retreats and Days of Reflection. Some of Annie’s talks include Divine Mercy Flood My Soul” which is her focus, “Mary, Masterpiece of Mercy,” “Rise up and Shape the Culture, “The Beauty of being a Catholic Woman.”

Annie has recorded 6 CDs with some to the best musicians in N.Y. city.

She has appeared on EWTN’s Backstage program, and her ministry has taken her to Europe, New Zealand, Africa, Guatemala and Trinidad. The title song of Annie’s hit CD, “Overshadow Me” won an award from UCMVA. “You are a Priest Forever” has encouraged hundreds of priests throughout the country, and has received two apostolic blessings, one from blessed Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI.

Annie and her husband Dave have been married 35 years, and have 4 children and 9 grand children.


Fr. James R. Kelleher,

Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade

Fr. Kelleher is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of Eucharistic Adoration and the family rosary. He has fulfilled major speaking engagements at Marian and Eucharistic Conferences in the United States, England and India. Fr. Kelleher founded Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade on October 19, 2003 in Rome, Italy on the day Mother Teresa was beatified.

Fr. Kelleher launched his first large Rosary Crusade in the Diocese of Dallas with An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary on Friday night, May 13th in the Cotton Bowl with 22,000 people in attendance. On Sunday, May 25,2008, he organized An Afternoon of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary in the Kansas City Royals Baseball Stadium with 25,000 participants. Both events were broadcast around the world on EWTN. From 2013 through 2017, Fr. Kelleher did eight smaller Rosary Crusades throughout the country of Ireland. On Sunday night, July 23 2017, he organized An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary in the Spokane Avista Baseball Stadium with approximately 5,000 people attending.

Teaching Mariology, Spiritual Theology and Evangelization at the college and seminary levels, Fr. Kelleher holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology and a licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. After his graduation from Notre Dame, Fr. Kelleher worked for Coopers & Lybrand, a Big Eight public accounting firm, as well as Santa Fe Communications, a Catholic cable network, in Los Angeles.

Fr. James R. Kelleher, SOLT, S.T.D. was the founding President of Our Lady of Corpus Christi (OLCC), a Catholic undergraduate, liberal arts institution founded by the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. The vision of OLCC was the education and evangelization of the world's young people and their nations. Under Fr. Kelleher's leadership, a world-class Chapel of Perpetual Adoration was constructed from 2001-2003 on the OLCC campus.

Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM

The Crux of the Matter

Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Fr. Wade is currently the Assistant General and has served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Wade has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. While at the Shrine, Fr. Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist, and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine.

Fr. Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests. Fr. Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations, and the Sacred Liturgy. He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death. He is also the host of the EWTN segment series “The Crux of the Matter” and “The Wonders of His Mercy”.


Roy Schoeman

Salvation is from the Jews

Roy Schoeman, author of Salvation is from the Jews and Honey from the Rock: Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ, is a Jewish convert and was born in a suburb of New York City of "Conservative" Jewish parents who had fled Nazi Germany. His Jewish education and formation was received under some of the most prominent Rabbis in contemporary American Jewry, including Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, probably the foremost Conservative Rabbi in the U.S. and his hometown Rabbi growing up; Rabbi Arthur Green, later the head of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who was his religion teacher and mentor during high school and early college; and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a prominent Hasidic Rabbi with whom he lived in Israel for several months.

Roy's secular education included a B.Sc. from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard Business School. Midway through a career of teaching and consulting (he had been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Business School) he experienced an unexpected and instantaneous conversion to Christianity which led to a dramatic refocus of his activities. Since then he has pursued theological studies at several seminaries, and now writes and speaks on Catholic radio and television and at Catholic parishes and conferences around the world. This is his first full-length book.

One account of his conversion, as it originally appeared in Christ to the World, is here. Another version which appeared in the book Marian Shrines of France can be found by clicking here.


Judy Studer

International Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

We are excited to have Judy Studer attend our 2018 conference.  She will be bringing the United Nations International Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, as well as the relics of Jacinta and Francisco. She will also be praying for healing on those present. 

We will be having a special day to honor Our Lady of Fatima on
Wednesday, August 1, 2018.  
Judy and the statue will be present at the conference during the 5 days.

Imagine being told, “Prepare yourself, you have about six months to live.” These words to Judy Studer, a nurse, wife, mother, and grandmother, were totally unexpected. She had already experienced the loss of a young daughter and four-year-old grandson. At the same time of her diagnosis, Judy’s only grandchild, five-year-old Jessica, had childhood cancer. Judy’s world came to a sudden halt.

Judy’s elderly mother who was also Jessica’s great-grandmother, commanded her family to pray to Mary—a practice of which her immediate family members were unaccustomed. She said, “From this moment forward we will pray the Rosary daily and trust that our heavenly Mother will intercede to her Son.”

Cancer treatments continued for Judy and Jessica. One day, Judy received a call from her doctor who requested that she come to his office that day. Judy sensed the end was near. With Judy’s husband by her side, the doctor said, “You are totally cancer-free, the likes of which I have never seen before.”

Eventually, Judy returned to her work as a nurse. And over the next seven years, every family member continued the daily Rosary prayer for Jessica’s recovery. By the time she turned thirteen years old, Jessica showed signs of the family’s numerous petitions. Jessica’s cancer was in complete remission.

Never forgetting her promise to Jesus, Judy eventually became an active member of the World Apostolate of Fatima and custodian of the famous United Nations Pilgrim Statue of the WAF. For the past fifteen years, Judy has traveled the world and visited numerous countries and dioceses. Jessica, as a young child of five, learned to pray the Rosary and along with her mom and dad continue their daily Rosary prayer to this day.

Several years ago, the late Father Kondor, a Fatima, Portugal religious dignitary, presented Judy with a First Class Relic of the now Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco. Specifically, Father Kondor said, “I ask you to offer these relics for veneration to others, especially the young people of the world. May these bring comfort and healing while you travel with the icon of Our Lady sharing her message.

Image used with permission of Richard George

Bernie Choiniere

Musician, Liturgical Assistant

By helping to convey the love of God, and stressing a need for a personal relationship with Christ, Bernie's heartfelt songs present a call to action and a challenge to service. In the past 17 years he has told his miraculous story and performed his songs for thousands of youth throughout the country and abroad.

Some of Bernie's performances include appearances at the National Catholic Youth Convention - main stage at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis and main stage with his band at the Reliant Stadium in Houston.   Bernie has also performed at 3 World Youth Days- Philippines, Rome and Toronto and was also asked to be on EWTN's "Back Stage" He also hosted a TV series geared for teens called "Be A Light" that he co-produced for Boston Catholic Television. Bernie is an artist for World Library Publications where his music is being published and distributed. He was also the winner for 2003 UCMVA Awards for his song Emmanuel.