2021 Conference Info
24th Annual Conference
July 28 - August 1, 2021
Presented by the St. Thomas Aquinas Society
2886 S Circle Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
July 29, 2021 (Thurs) at 7:30 PM
July 31, 2021 (Sat) at 7:30 PM
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 and preached the EWTN Global Mass almost 2 dozen times.
Fr Stephen now travels around the country in his Mother Teresa Mobile Camper Chapel, ON THE ROAD FOR LIFE, under the mantle of LifeMinistriesUS. Fr Stephen has celebrated Mass more than 2 dozen times in front of more than a dozen abortion mills where he also has countless times prays minor exorcism prayers and ministers to frontline pro-lifers.
Fr Stephen has been arrested 5 times while trying to peacefully save babies from abortion as part of the Red Rose Rescue Movement. He has also founded 2 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 2nd year. His talks this year will cover topics such as…The Family, Christ’s Mercy. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Eucharist, and Prolife Activism.
Fr. Andre Mahanna
Instrument of Peace
A friend of freedom, Fr. Andre has informed and advised the U.S. Administration and members of Congress on issues pertaining to religious freedom 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.
Elevated by election in November, 2017, Fr. Andre is the North American Councilor of the Apostolic Union of Clergy, a Vatican-associated office, and continues to also serve as the U.S.A. President. In addition, Fr. Andre is the Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Director for the U.S. Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, Secretary General of the Religious Advisory Board of In Defense of Christians (chaired by Cardinals Donald Wuerl and Timothy Dolan), Founder and President of the International Apostolate of Our Lady of Hope/St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy and pastor of St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church in Lakewood, CO.
In 2012, he was appointed head of the Apostolic Association of Ordained Ministers and he served on the Vatican’s 2010 Synod on the Middle East, helping deliver the document Exclessia En Medio Oreinte.
He grew up in war-torn Lebanon. As a boy accompanying his father on government trips to Muslim and Christians regions, he heard stories of religious-based crimes by both Muslims and Christians. At 10, his family with other families escaped Christian massacres by living in caves in Mount Lebanon. His bed was 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, thus devoting his life’s work to being an instrument of peace.
A citizen of the United States, Fr. Andre is fluent in seven languages and understands 12. 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.
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.
Father Peter was ordained priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel on May 23rd 1990.
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
Padre Martin Scott
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. Philip Scott
Family of Jesus
Fr. Philip Scott was born in Lima, Peru in 1960. After a life away from Our Lord, he had a St. Paul conversion experience in 1980. Then after being engaged with a wonder girl Fr. Scott was called to ‘leave all’ and he entered the priesthood. Fr. Scott studied at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. and was ordained on May 6, 1989.
On April 1,1998 Fr. Scott received permission from his Bishop in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida to begin a community called Family of Jesus made up of priests, brothers and sisters. The community is in Puerto Maldonado, Peru (The Amazon Jungle). Now he travels all over giving retreats to priests, married couples, lay people, young adults, men and women.
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.
General Program MC
Dominic Cingoranelli, Co-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.
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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