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Archbishop Charles J.
Chaput, OFM Cap.
Bishop Paul Etienne

Most Reverend Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D., Archbishop of Denver was ordained a priest in 1970.  He was ordained Bishop a Rapid City, South Dakota in 1988 and was appointed Archbishop of Denver in 1997. Archbishop Chaput has addressed World Youth Day gatherings in both Toronto and Rome.  He was appointed in 2003 by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  In 2005, Archbishop Chaput gave the keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., which was attended by President Bush.  Archbishop Chaput, who’s ancestry is Native American, is also know for his writings.  The popular book, “Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics,” numerous articles and forward to books of many Catholic authors, are just some of his published works.  Archbishop Chaput is currently on the Board of Directors both Catholic University of America and Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Bishop Etienne was installed the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne in 2009. From a family of six children from Tell City, Indiana, he has two brothers who are priests for the Diocese of Evansville and a sister who is a Benedictine Sister.
Before entering college he was Manager of Siebert's Clothing Store in Tell City, Indiana. He attended Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of St. Thomas / St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He served with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as Assistant Coordinator for Papal Visits for Pope John Paul II to the United States. From 1988-1992 he attended the North American College in Rome and received a STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Bishop Etienne was ordained a priest on June 27, 1992 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. His first appointment was as Associate Pastor at St. Barnabas and had been pastor for St. Anne and St. Joseph, Jennings County, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Indiana, St. Simon and St. John the Evangelist, Indianapolis. He was also Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as well as Vice-Rector, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary, Indianapolis.

Msgr. Charles Pope
Deacon Larry Oney
Msgr. Charles Pope attended George Mason University for Undergraduate Studies were he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1984. He worked briefly with the Army Corp of Engineers as a Computer Systems Analyst. Fr. Pope’s interest in the priesthood stems from his experience as a church musician. Through his college years he served as a church organist, a cantor and choir director and through this work discovered his vocation to the priesthood. He entered Mt. Saint Mary’s Seminary in and was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1989 by James Cardinal Hickey. Fr. Pope’s first assignment was at Mt. Calvary Parish in Forestville, MD as Associate Pastor from 1989-1993. From 1993-1999 Fr. Pope served as Associate Pastor of Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C. From 1999-2000 he was Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Laurel, MD. In April of 2000 Fr. Pope was appointed Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C. In 2007 Msgr. Pope returned to Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian Parish where he currently serves as Pastor. From 1997-1999 Fr. Pope Conducted a Weekly Bible Study in the U.S. Congress. He also conducted a weekly Bible Study at the White House from 2004-2008. Other ongoing assignments for Fr. Pope include, being Archdiocesan Coordinator for the Celebration of the Latin Mass, and
Coordinator of Deliverance Ministry. He is has been a member of the Priest Council and an Archdiocesan Consultor as well as a member of the Priest Personnel Board. He was named a Monsignor in 2005. He has writes the weekly Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor, paper, and also for the Monthly Catholic Answers Magazine. He writes regularly for the National Catholic Register, has published a book on the Ten Commandments and 300 Questions and Answers on Catholic Faith. He blogs daily for the Archdiocese of
Washington. He has conducted numerous Priest retreats, parish missions and teaches at the Institute for Catholic Culture.Msgr. Pope immensely enjoys his work as a diocesan priest and a parish pastor.
Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans serving at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. Deacon Oney is the Chairman of HGI Global.He lives in theNew Orleans area with his wife Andi. Deacon Oney’s dynamic preaching style and message of hope has led to hundreds of speaking engagementsacross the globe; from Europe to Africa to Brazil to Canada and throughout the United States. Over thirty years of experience making critical business decisions while helping to awaken the faith of others has uniquely equipped Deacon Oney to present lively, invigorating, knowledgeable, and Spirit-filled presentations. Actively involved in the community, Deacon Oney serves on the Board of Directors for Renewal Ministries, serves on the Board of Trustees for Franciscan University, and is a member of the New Orleans Chapter of Legatus—an international group of Catholic CEOs and their spouses. Deacon Oney also serves on the Board of Regents for University of Holy Cross and is the founder and president of Hope and Purpose Ministries. The mission of Hope and Purpose Ministries is to participate in the New Evangelization through preaching, teaching, and the use of excellent media initiatives. Hope and Purpose Ministries was created to teach, mentor, and inspire people for the purpose of building the Kingdom of God through evangelization, catechesis, and education. Furthermore, Hope and Purpose Ministries works to grow the Kingdom of God with person-to- person witnessing, teaching, and mentoring through prayer opportunities, conferences, retreats, missions, and other speaking engagements. In support of his mission, Deacon Oney is an experienced and prolific orator, who has spoken at hundreds of events and appeared on many EWTN shows; including: Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic, The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, The Choices We Face with Ralph Martin, EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Franciscan University Presents, EWTN Bookmark, and Crossing the Goal with Danny Abramowicz.
Brian Patrick
Fr. Michael Gaitely, MIC
Longtime news anchor of Cincinnati’s ABC affiliate and a 40-year veteran of television and radio. Brian Patrick is well-known to viewers of the EWTN Global Catholic Network where he serves as moderator of the weekly television series, “Crossing the Goal,” which uses a sports show format to get men into spiritual shape. Brian Patrick is a prior television anchor for EWTN News Nightly and the host of “Son Rise Morning Show” on Sacred Heart Radio. Brian is the founder of GNN, The Good News Network, a not-for- profit media ministry spreading the Word of God through the electronic media of television, radio and the internet. He has served on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Communications Committee and is involved with Christ Renews His Parish and Cursillo. He is an active member of St. Barbara parish in Northern Kentucky and “Papa” to eight grandchildren. Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, is director of the Association of Marian Helpers, a spiritual benefits society of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He received his Masters in Theology from St. John's Seminary in Boston and his Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.
He has authored “Thirty Three Days to Morning Glory” and “Consoling the Heart of Jesus."  He has just recently completed a companion guide to his book. A familiar face on EWTN, Father Gaitley gives talks and retreats around the country on topics such as Divine Mercy, the merciful outlook as articulated by Pope John Paul II, and Consoling spirituality.  When he is not giving retreats and missions, Fr. Gaitley lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
Mark Hart
Bible Geek®
Tim Staples

Affectionately known as the "Bible Geek®”, Mark Hart is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame. Mark is a popular speaker,   award-winning   author, and weekly regular on Catholic radio programs. His  2006  book, Blessed are the Bored in Spirit   found  its way   onto the Catholic best-seller  list, and  his interactive  DVD Bible Study  series,  T3, and   weekly podcasts, are helping hundreds of  thousands of Catholics explore  Scripture in a new way.

"His big thing is to help people get into scripture," says Thaddeus Ruszkowski, of Notre Dame's Sacred Heart parish, who met Hart at a conference. "He's a humorous individual who knows his stuff." Mark Hart says "The Catholic faith is a beautiful faith," and "we need to rediscover the joy and laughter."  Hart also oversees his Hart Productions business. Along with producing, writing and directing secular projects, he has been the executive producer of JumboTron video operations for the Arizona Cardinals football team. Mark currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with his wife, Melanie, & their three children.
A popular apologist from Catholic Answers. He was a Southern Baptist and then a youth minister from the Assembly of God, who attended Jimmy Swaggart Bible College. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he studied his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church! Tim will help uncover the riches that are in our Catholic Church.
Dr. Scott Hahn
Dr. Ed Sri

Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, has been married to Kimberly since 1979, and has six children. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics talks related to Scripture and the Catholic faith.  Over 500 of these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph Communications.  These tapes have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia.  He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986. 

He is currently a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology.  Dr. Hahn has written dozens of books, including:

Letter and Spirit, Understanding the Scriptures,Swear to God, Scripture Matters,Lord Have Mercy, Understanding Our Father,First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity,Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God,The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Eart,A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love in Scripture,  co-author (along with his wife, Kimberly) of Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism, and co-editor of Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God. Dr. Hahn has also written numerous articles in lay and academic publications.


Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and nationally-known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. He has written several Catholic best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass. (Ascension Press) which was used in 1 out of 4 parishes in the USA in preparation for the new translation of the Mass. He currently serves as professor of theology and Vice President of Mission and Outreach at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He also is the host of a new 20-part video series on the Catholic faith called Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) and program director for a new marriage preparation and marriage enrichment program called Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage (Augustine Institute).
His most recent works include: Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel: Rediscovering the Heart of a Disciple (Our Sunday Visitor); Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross (Image Books); and a video-based Bible study program on the Mother of Jesus called Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother (Ascension Press)

Rich Donnelly
Major League Baseball Coach
Fr. Larry Richards

Rich Donnelly, signed as a catcher in 1967 by the Minnesota Twins, and is one of the most experienced coaches in Major League Baseball. He has coached 25 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburg Pirates, Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Texas Rangers.  He helped lead the Florida Marlins to the MLB World Championship, under manager Jim Leyland, with whom he worked for 14 seasons.

A man of strong faith, he is also noted for his participation in the film, “Champions of Faith - Baseball Addition.”  The Lifetime Network also had a television special on a moving and his compelling family, faith filled story. Rich Donnelly and his wife Bert have eight children: Bubba, Amy, John, Tiffany, Mike, Leigh Anne, Tim and Adam. Donnelly graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central High School in where he played baseball and basketball. He then received a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Father Larry Richards has been a priest since 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and he currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church / Bread of Life Community in Erie. In 2004, Father founded The Reason For Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to 'spreading the Good News' by educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through CDs, DVDs and books. he is the author or "Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be", a #1 best seller for Ignatius Press, having sold over 100,000 cpies. He also has a second book called Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will' published by Our Sunday Visitor which has sold over 40,000 copies. Father released a Catholic Men's Bible, NABRE, with Our Sunday Visitor in 2014, and also a Scripture Devotional Calendar entitled "No Bible, No Breakfast! No Bible No Bed!" Father hosts the EWTN radio show called "The Reason For Our Hope", and a live EWTN radio show called "Open Line". Fr. Larry also hosts a radio show called "Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards" that can be heard nationwide on Relevant Radio.


Jesse Romero

Fr. Donald Calloway
Fr. Rohan Murphy
Fr. Michael Lightner
Gus Lloyd
Fr. Cassain Folsom
George Weigel
Kerry Fraser
Fr. Stan Fortuna
Chris Godfrey
Fr. James Blount
Darrell Miller
Curtis Martin
Hector Molina
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