19th Annual Conference
August 4-7, 2016
Presented by the
St. Thomas Aquinas Society
Image used with permission of Dan Lynch Apostolates
Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
August 4, 2016 at 7:00pm
John Michael Talbot
It All Began With A Vision
"God gave me a mission of itinerant ministry going from parish to parish in a time of great need in our culture. I believe that our current ministry is fulfilling that vision. We are bringing REVIVAL to Catholics and Christians of all faiths throughout the world!"
The path our Lord has guided John Michael on has uniquely prepared him for this time in the Church. After responding to the Lord's call, God used John Michael to bless millions of lives through his unique and multi-faceted ministry.
John Michael Talbot is considered a "Christian Music Legend" being one of the pioneering artists of what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music. He is recognized as Catholic music's most popular artist with platinum sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world.
John Michael is a best-selling author and television host of "All Things Are Possible" which premiered in April, 2014. John Michael leads his very active ministry from the Little Portion Hermitage in AR and St. Clare Monastery in TX where he is the Founder and General Minister of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.
His artistic and humanitarian efforts have been recognized with multiple awards including the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Association, Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary International, Mercy Corps and the Mother Theresa Award!
John Michael Talbot is one of the most active ministers traveling throughout the world inspiring and renewing the faith of Christians of all denominations through sacred music and inspired preaching. Like a modern St. Francis, John Michael Talbot's ministry is bringing revival to God's Church, "one parish at a time, and renewing hearts one life at a time."
August 5-7, 2016
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. Bill Casey, C.P.M.
Father of Mercy
Father Bill Casey is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a 1979 graduate of Temple University. After graduating from college, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Upon leaving the Army, he entered the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy. He studied Philosophy at Christendom College and Theology at Holy Apostles Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1991. In 1997, Fr. Casey was elected the Superior General of the Congregation. Father attributes his call to the priesthood to the Mercy of God, his love for the study of Sacred Scripture, and his strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Father Casey is a nationally renowned speaker and a frequent guest on EWTN. www.fathersofmercy.com
Fr. Bill Casey on Spiritual Combat
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.
Sr. Caterina Esselen, OLM
Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
Sr. M. Caterina Esselen is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to which Saint Faustina belonged. Sr. Caterina joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1995 and made her perpetual profession of vows in 2003.
Sister has been proclaiming the message of the Divine Mercy at conferences, in parishes, schools and prisons. Sr. Caterina has served as Vocation and Formation Directress. She currently is the Superior of the Sisters’ community in Boston, MA.
Singer and Songwriter
Annie Karto is a Catholic singer/songwriter celebrating over 20 years in ministry. Divine Mercy has been Annie’s focus, and she continues to share the "mercies of the Lord forever" through song and witness.
This Year of Mercy, Annie is releasing two new cd’s, "Rise Up All People" and "Mother of Mercy".
Annie and her husband Dave have been married 34 years, and have 4 children and 9 grand children.
Dcn. Tim Kennedy
God's Mercy and Freedom in Christ
Deacon Tim Kennedy was ordained on May 21, 2011 with 34 other men to the Sacred Order of Deacon for service to the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. He is currently Pastoral Associate at Saint John the Apostle Parish in Linden, NJ where he serves as Chair of the Respect Life Committee and is Spiritual Director of the Beloved Disciple Charismatic Prayer Group.
Deacon Tim is also the Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation at Christ the King Parish in Hillside New Jersey. (This is the parish where he was Baptized!) Deacon Tim is a retired Chief of Police with the New York City Health and Hospitals Police Department serving the last five years in upper Manhattan in the Village of Harlem. He has worked in law enforcement for 30 years and now works in full time Ministry. Archbishop Myers has appointed Deacon Tim as Chaplain to the Union County Police Department, Union County Sheriff's Office and as Staff Chaplain with the Perth Amboy Police Department Chaplain Corps.
Deacon Tim loves the Lord, he goes wherever he is called to preach the Gospel of Life and Love of God throughout the Archdiocese of Newark and beyond! He has preached in numerous dioceses in the United States, Italy and in Ireland.
Deacon Tim is a Pastoral Musician and is active in the Charismatic Renewal since 1978 having been baptized in the Holy Spirit in October 1978 after the Life in the Spirit seminar with the Body of Christ Prayer Group at Saint Francis Church in Metuchen. He attended one of the first Youth Conferences at Franciscan University and is also part of the Cursillo Movement. He made his Cursillo in the Archdiocese of Newark at the Men’s 178th weekend and now serves as Spiritual Director. Deacon Tim is also committed to the Gospel of Life and works with Deacons for Life to promote the Church's teaching for a respect for all life from conception until natural death. Deacon Tim currently works with Select International Tours as Clergy Liaison assisting Clergy to plan Pilgrimage travel to all major pilgrimage destinations. He also leads a number of his own pilgrimage tours during the year with upcoming tours to Rome and the Shrines of Canada as well as the Holy Land.
Deacon Tim is also a sought after conference speaker and ministers in healing as well as “Unbound – Freedom in Christ”
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
Father Aniello Salicone, SX
We welcome Fr. Aniello Salicone to this year's conference where he will share his experience of how God has called him to special ministry. Fr. Aniello's presentation will be thought-provoking and humorous. You will delight and be inspired when he touches on God's infinite love for all of us. Fr. Salicone will be available for individual healing prayer for all those in attendance.
Father Aniello Salicone of the Xaverian Missionaries was born in Italy in 1940. In 1952 he entered a Minor Seminary because he wanted to become a priest. In 1961 he left the Pontifical Seminary of Salerno (Italy) to join the Xaverian Missionaries in Parma. He was ordained a priest in 1966. He has served in Italy, London, West Africa and many states throughout the United States most recently at St. Therese in Chinatown. Fr. Salicone is currently the assistant to the Rector at the Xaverian house in Franklin, Wisconsin.
Fr. Aniello began his healing ministry in 1995 after an extraordinary personal experience of God’s love for each person. He has being doing healing masses in through the United States and in Italy. He feels that his main duty is to speak about the personal love of God for each person.
In September 2005, he went to Medjugorje with John and Colleen Willard for the third anniversary of Colleen's extraordinary physical healing. Father Aniello had encouraged Colleen to go to Medjugorje where she would see His Glory. She went and was healed from seven terminal illnesses. In September 2007, John and Colleen Willard took Father Aniello with them again to Medjugorje. In June 2008, Father Aniello became a United States citizen. As of July 1, 2010 Fr. Aniello has been at the Xaverian Missionary House in Franklin, WI, where he serves as the Assistant to the Rector and Vocations Director.
Fr. Greg Bramlage
Fr. Greg Bramlage was born in 1964 in Covington, Kentucky. He received a B.S. in Business Administration and graduated Cum Laude from Marian College. He worked 13 years in the Shipping and Transportation Industry. In 1996 he graduated Cum Laude from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary with a Masters Degree in Theology and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN.
Fr. Greg has worked 15 years pastoring multiple parishes and Catholic Schools. He incorporated a full-time Healing and Deliverance ministry into St. Nicholas Parish and began a monthly Healing Service. Fr. Greg has been a guest speaker on Radio Maria as well as a guest on Ave Maria Radio.
In July of 2011, Archbishop Buechlein released Fr. Greg from diocesan ministry to pursue full-time work in Evangelization to the third world under the supervision of Bishop Sam Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. In October of 2011, Fr. Greg founded "Missionaries of the New Evangelization" to accomplish this purpose. Fr. Greg now travels the world teaching others how to pray for miracles with expectant faith. His goal is to share the healing love of Jesus with those whom he meets and thus bring about the renewal of all God’s people.
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's 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 for 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.
Dcn. Mattie Henry
General Program MC
A gifted Irish baritone will be our Master of Ceremony. Mattie immigrated from Ireland with his family in 1970. He and his brothers formed the Noel Henry Irish Show Band and they toured for 20 years. Mattie spreads the Word of God through music and has been an indispensable M.C. for our conferences.
Fr. Kyle Ingels
Young Adult Program MC
A native of Colorado Springs, Fr Kyle Ingels serves as the Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He has served as Chaplain for the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland and as Pastor of Ascension Parish in Bowie, Maryland. Fr Kyle graduated from The Catholic University of America and Mount St. Mary's Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2005.
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.