25th Annual Conference
August 3-7, 2022
Presented by the St. Thomas Aquinas Society
2886 S Circle Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
CONFERENCE SPEAKERS and GUESTS
Bishop James Golka
Bishop James R. Golka was born Sept. 22, 1966 in Grand Island, Nebraska, the fourth of 10 children born to Robert and Patricia Golka. He graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School and attended Creighton University from 1985-89, where he earned degrees in philosophy and theology.
He served as a Jesuit lay missionary volunteer for the Native American Missions in South Dakota from 1989-1990 before entering St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota, where he received both a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Sacramental Theology. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Grand Island on June 3, 1994, by Bishop Lawrence McNamara.
Bishop Golka has also served as a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors, the Vicar General for the Diocese of Grand Island and as rector and pastor of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are honored to have Bishop Golka celebrate our Friday evening Mass this year. www.diocs.com
Bishop Emeritus 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
The Road to Purity
Dann Aungst is a Certified Addiction Counselor, speaker, author and a recovering sex addict. Dann has authored several books including From One Addict to Another, 40 Days to Freedom, Winning the Battle for Sexual Purity, and God’s Plan for Healthy Sexuality Workshop. Dann also published the internationally distributed pamphlet 5 Keys to Freedom from sexual sin which was granted an imprimatur by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. Additionally, Dann does presentations to Seminarians on how to effectively address pornography in the confessional.
Dann also pioneered the first Catholic men’s sexual integrity small group program called Restoring God’s Foundation which also has an imprimatur by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. Dann coordinates multiple groups using the Restoring God’s Foundation program at the St. John Vianney seminary in Denver. Dann has been a guest on Catholic Radio, The Terry and Jesse Show, is a guest writer for Covenant Eyes and has spoken at numerous conferences, men's groups and parishes. Dann also does training for priests and deacons to help them better address the topic of pornography in their parishes.
Dann’s recovery was fueled by his personal drive for change, education about himself, the addiction, and restored relationship with Jesus Christ. Dann’s restored relationship with Jesus was so powerful that he felt personally called to devote his life to telling others that the profound emptiness, worthlessness, rejection and abandonment felt by most addicts is not the truth of their identity in Christ and to help these men and women in this bondage of lies to find truth, healing and authentic love in God and their personal relationships. Dann has answered the call through the mission of Road to Purity, a non-profit organization he founded in 2015.
Patrick and Joy Campbell
Healing of Families
Featured on EWTN, and numerous Catholic publications around the world, Patrick and Joy Campbell have a blended family of nine children. Unexpectedly and without much spiritual preparation, their family was forced to do battle with the enemy. Ultimately, this experience called them to learn and teach other families how to prepare, defend and sanctify their own families.
The Cross of St. Benedict Society and Joyful Hope Missionaries, which they founded, has an international membership of over 58,000 intercessors united in prayer for the healing of families. Together with Father Scott Francis Benet of the Missionaries of Mercy (M.O.M) they travel internationally, ministering to 1000s with their Breakthrough Healing Workshops, which is an online course offered by Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University.
Patrick was commissioned by the Vatican to create and install the 12 foot Cross of the Renewal which is located at Ark and The Dove Retreat Center in Pittsburgh, PA for the 50th Jubilee of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
The Campbell family also creates handcrafted crucifixes of St. Benedict, and other artisan items which are available for purchase at:
You can keep up with the Campbell family on their YouTube channel Joyful Hope TV:
Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM
Making Room for God
Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, 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.
Fr. Bill Halbing
God's Word Alive Today
Fr. Bill Halbing, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, is known for his gift of bible teaching. Fr. Bill, attended the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahwah, New Jersey, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on October 30th, 1982. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and received both his Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewish-Christian studies and his Master of Divinity degree at Seton Hall University.
Active in Charismatic Renewal since 1975, Fr. Bill has been a guest speaker at national charismatic conferences in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Denver, Florida, New Hampshire and Idaho and has traveled as far as Canada, Guyana, Eastern Europe and the Philippines to preach God's Word. He is also involved in door-to-door evangelization, Catechism for Filipino Catholics, Bookas Loob Sa Diyos and Hispanic ministry. He has been a featured guest speaker at conferences, retreats, days of renewal, parish missions and youth bible conferences.
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato
Silent No More - Defending Life!
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, ordained in 2005, is officially a retired priest from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fr Stephen has the unique grace of having 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and has been a pastor of 3 parishes over a 10 year period before going to work for Priests for Life for 3 1/2 years during which time he cohosted the EWTN Defending Life TV Show.
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato travels from city to city in his Mother Teresa Mobile Chapel ministering to frontline pro-life activists throughout the country. Fr Stephen has been arrested numerous times in attempts to peacefully save babies from abortion as part of Red Rose Rescue. He has appeared and preached many times on EWTN and is well known for his retreats and parish missions.
Fr. Stephen has also founded two Pregnancy Resource Centers and does extensive Rachel ministry to post abortive women and men as well as those affected by suicide and cancer as his adopted son took his own life in 2014 and his oldest granddaughter is a cancer survivor.
Fr. Stephen brings his family and ministry life experiences to the St Thomas Aquinas Society Conference for the 3rd year. His talks this year will cover topics such as…The Holy Trinity, The Climactic Battle of Good vs Evil, the Mass and the Eucharist, and Mary, Our Mother.
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. Fr. Bill Casey, Fathers of Mercy, recently called the song, “a classic.”
Annie is available to travel to any state in the country, and lives in Treasure Island, Florida, with her husband, David. They have four children, and nine grandchildren.
Fr. Andre Mahanna
Instrument of Peace
Father Andre YS Mahanna is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of religious freedom in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the United States. A friend of freedom, Fr. Andre has informed and advised the U.S. Administration and members of Congress on these issues at home and abroad. He was an honored guest of President Donald J. Trump for the signing of the executive order on religious freedom at the White House on the National Day of Prayer, May 4, 2017, and has been invited back to this event as one of 40 select religious leaders every year since then.
In November 2017, Fr. Andre was elected the North American Councilor of the Apostolic Union of Clergy, a Vatican-associated office, and continues to serve as U.S. president. Fr. Andre is also the Founder and President of the Apostolate of Our Lady of Hope/St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy. He served on the Vatican’s 2010 Synod on the Middle East, helping deliver the document “Ecclesia in Medio Oriente”.
He grew up in war-torn Lebanon. As a boy accompanying his father on government trips to Muslim and Christian regions, he heard stories of religion-based crimes by both groups. At 10, his family with other families escaped Christian massacres by living in caves in Mount Lebanon. His bed was a Phoenician tomb. By age 12, he had decided to become a Maronite Catholic monk. It was then that concern for precisely what the world is experiencing now – famine and massacre of women and children – gave him the resolve to address ecumenism and inter-faith understanding and to devote his life’s work to be an instrument of peace.r the document Exclessia En Medio Oreinte.
A citizen of the United States, Fr. Andre is fluent in seven languages and understands twelve. Educated in Rome, France, and the U.S.A., he addresses the hard realities of genocide, persecution, and violence in the Middle East. He is a popular speaker and has authored many articles focused on the unity of Christians, religious freedom, and the biblical foundation of Judeo-Christian values and traditions.
An opera-trained vocalist, Fr. Andre, known simply as “Abouna”, is a recognized thought-leader on the historical, religious, social, and cultural complexities of the many regions that comprise the Middle East and North Africa. He is a trusted friend of many international faith leaders including Orthodox and Catholic bishops, cardinals, patriarchs, and popes as well as Protestant pastors, Jewish rabbis, and Muslim imams. He works tirelessly to encourage American leaders to keep God in the public square and to defend religious freedom at home and abroad so that all might live in peace, love, and conviviality for the glory and honor of God.
Fr. Piotr Prusakiewicz, CSMA
Divine Mercy and the Holy Angels
Internationally renowned retreat master from Poland, he is an authority on Holy Angels and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine "The Angels". Fr. Peter is an expert on St. Faustina Kowalska and the Divine Mercy devotion.
By God’s providence from 1993 – 1996 he served as chaplain to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw where St Faustina began her religious life. This was one of the most treasured periods in his life. He learned much about her character, trials, spiritual battles and revelations given to St Faustina in her writings and from the sisters who were still alive and knew St Faustina personally.
Fr. Peter (Piotr) on EWTN
Fr. Ernie Rush
Healing of Hearts
Fr. Rush was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 2nd, 1964, Fr. Rush attended Saint Peter’s College and Union County College. After graduating he began working in healthcare. His work included mobile intensive care unit paramedic, administrator at Jersey City Medical Center and then as an Educator and Paramedic at Clara Maass Medical Center. Impacting his decision whether or not to continue his work in healthcare was God’s call to the priesthood, which was present since his altar serving days. This strong call to a vocation to the priesthood continued as he prepared to enter medical school, instead he entered the seminary in 1997. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, graduating in 2002 with a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry and a Master of Arts in Theology with concentration in Sacred Scripture, he is currently studying for his degree in mental health counseling as Divine Mercy University, Sterling, Virginia.
Father Rush was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 2002 at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey. He served as a transitional deacon at Holy Trinity at Holy Trinity Parish, Hackensack, under the guidance of Bishop Charles McDonnell, Pastor of Holy Trinity. Fr. Rush’s first parish assignment was as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Philomena Parish, Livingston. During his time at Saint Philomena’s within six months Fr. Rush became gravely ill and needed a heart transplant which he miraculously received through the Intercession of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, just before her cause for sainthood commenced and this ultimately led to his Healing of Hearts Ministry that he discerned and received during his recovery from the transplant surgery.
Fr. Rush’s second assignment was parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bayonne. He served as pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish in Nutley, New Jersey before taking on the short but enriching duties as Chaplain at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark prior to his assignment to Saint Michael’s in Palisades Park, New Jersey. In addition, he has served as Chaplain at Hackensack University Medical Center and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, both in New Jersey that reconfirmed his mission to begin his Healing of Hearts Ministry. Currently, he serves as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Lyndhurst, New Jersey and continues to provide pastoral care services at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center along with continuing his Healing of Hearts Ministry. In Conjunction with the John Leaps Foundation’s Evangelization and Patrick and Joy Campbell’s Healing of Families. Fr. Rush continues with his Healing of Hearts Ministry outreach.
Padre Martin Scott, SDM
Our Lord's Divine Mercy
Padre Martín Scott attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmittsburg, Maryland. In May 1988 he was ordained a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. For the next 15 years he was assigned to several parishes in the diocese. In 2003 he was granted permission from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. to move to Peru with all of his priestly faculties.
Padre Scott is the founder of the religious community called “Servants of the Divine Mercy” in Chosica, Peru. He is a missionary priest whose religious community lives entirely off Divine Providence. The charism of his religious community life is based on the messages concerning our Lord’s infinite Divine Mercy given to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.
Fr. Zachary of the Mother of God, SOLT
Love Made Visible
The St. Thomas Aquinas Society is very proud to have Fr. Zachary of the Mother of God share with us his devotion to the importance of Perpetual Adoration in our lives. Fr. Zachary, a former attorney, is a Priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). He currently serves as the Director of Formation and Vocations Director for the American Region of SOLT. In 2018 he completed his service as the Rector of the Post-Novitiate House of Formation in the Asia-Pacific Region of SOLT. Formerly, Father served as the General Lay Servant of the Worldwide Community and has responsibilities for Administration and Formation for the Lay Faithful in the Immaculate Conception Project.
Fr. Zachary's appearances on EWTN as well as his worldwide travels enables him to help teach and lead Catholics to live their Baptismal promises by responding to the universal call to holiness. Father spoke frequently at conferences and parish missions; and served regularly as a retreat master for the lay faithful, sisters, seminarians and brother Priests.
Fr. Zachary believes, as St. Pope John Paul II declared, that "the church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist; by Him she is fed and by Him she is enlightened." We are honored and excited to have Fr. Zachary at our conference, and grateful to him for sharing with us his passion for the infinite blessings of Perpetual Adoration.
Singer, Musician and Song Writer
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 19 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.
General Program MC
Since 1997 Matt Werner has served as President of Queen of the Apostles Mission Association working to advance the interests of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Russia and former Soviet Union countries. This charitable non-profit group has helped many bishops, priests and sisters build and repair churches and monasteries that underwent neglect and destruction during Communist rule. He travels every year to monasteries, seminaries and parishes in the Ukraine bringing them hope, assessing their progress and bringing back reports. He and his wife always visit an orphanage where they teach the children the Rosary. You can learn more about QAMA on their website at www.facebook.com/QueenofApostlesMission.
General Program Co-MC
Dominic Cingoranelli is a Benedictine-educated cradle Catholic—a revert to the faith—and an Oblate of St. Benedict. Recently retired from consulting to management in the CPA profession and elsewhere, he and his wife of 40+ years attempt to live according to the three pillars of Church authority--Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. They are both active at their parish where he serves as an Instituted Acolyte, spiritual director, and instructor in adult faith formation, among other volunteer activities.
Fr. Mark Wheelan, SOLT
Fr. Mark Wheelan, SOLT, studied in Rome at the Angelicum. He was ordained in Corpus Christi, TX and was sent to serve the Native American Indians in North Dakota. Fr. Mark has been attending our conferences for several years to assist with the sacraments and is very much appreciated by all. Father has participated in conferences across the states as a sacramental minister where he is appreciated for his long hours in the confessional and his charism of reconciliation. We look forward to Father's return for this year's conference.
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