Speakers
This Year's Conference Theme: The Sanctification of The Family
This conference is sponsored by the Marian Center of Indianapolis in partnership with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Convention Center
500 Ballroom - Main Level
100 S. Capitol Ave.,
Indianapolis, IN 46225


Fr. Benjamin Luedtke
Fr. Benjamin Luedtke was ordained by Pope John Paul II in Rome. He personally knew Mother Teresa of Calcutta and was often her personal driver in Rome. Each Missionary of Charity prays for a special priest; Fr. Luedtke was Mother Teresa's special priest. Father currently resides at St. Albert the Great Parish in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Fr. Benjamin is a very sought after speaker, spiritual director and confessor, and is a missionary priest who has worked on three continents. He presently serves Mother Teresa's Missionary of Charity, and is a spiritual director for several Carmelite Monasteries


 

Mother Margaret Mary

Mother Margaret Mary was born in Sidney, Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree in education at the University of Dayton and her masters degree in counseling from Ohio State University. She was a teacher for 18 years in Columbus, Ohio. After a time, she had a profound conversion experience which changed the entire direction of her life. For five years she became very active in her parish but soon felt the Lord asking her to leave all to live a life of solitude and prayer.

She began to prepare, under the guidance of Bishop James A. Griffin, to take vows as a canonical hermit. In 1999, the bishop informed her that he thought that God wanted her to be open to starting a community. She spent a year in Toldeo with the Visitation nuns. During that time the Lord confirmed the bishop's discernement and gave her the charism for the community - to fill the world with love for Our Eucharistic Lord. Bishop Griffin consecrated her on January 17, 2002 and chose for her the religious name Margaret Mary.

Since that day woman have come to join her in giving their lives to quench the Thirst of Jesus to be loved in the Most Blessed Sacrament. There are currently 13 Sisters of Children of Mary. Some of which reside at the Motherhouse in teh Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the other live at Emmanuel, a retreat house, in the Diocese of Columbus. Mother is still a teacher at heart and instructs many lay people who wish to join in spreading love for Our Eucharistic Lord.

 

Sonja Corbitt

Sonja is a vital Catholic voice - an accomplished author, speaker, and broadcaster - who produces high-impact, uplifting multimedia Bible studies, including Unleashed, Fearless, Ignite, and Alive.


A Carolina native who was raised as a Southern Baptist, Corbitt attended Mitchell College and the Southern Baptist Seminary Extension and then converted to Catholicism. Corbitt served as director of religous education at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tennessee, and as executive director of Risen Radio in Lebanon, Tennessee.

She is the host of the Bible Study Evangelista Show. Corbitt is in formation as a Third Order Carmelite, a columnist at The Great Adventure Bible Study blog, a contributor to Magnificat, and hte author of Unleashed, Fearless, Ignite and Alive. Her Bible study, Unleashed was featured as a thirteen-part series on CatholicTV. A riveting guest on Catholic radio and television, she also wrote for the Gallatin News Examiner and Oremus, the Westminster Cathedral magazine. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Bob, with whom she home schools two sons.

Sonja is a regular guest on EWTN; writes for Jeff Cavins' The Great Adventure Bible Study Blog; Catholic Digest; Catechist Magazine; and Magnificat magazine; and speaks around the world.


 

Fr. Tony Hollowell

Fr. Tony Hollowell was born in Indianapolis and is the third oldest in a family of
eleven children. He graduated from Roncalli High School in 2000 and then
attended the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with degrees in
Environmental Science and Theology in 2004. He then entered Notre Dame’s ACE program and taught in Biloxi, Mississippi for two years, graduating with a Masters in Education in 2006. He taught for two more years at Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis, and after a year of sabbatical, he entered the seminary for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He studied at Saint Meinrad for two years, earning a Masters in Catholic Philosophical Studies in 2012. He then went to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, earning a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2015. He then earned a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Accademia Alfonsiana in 2017, and he is currently working on the completion of a Doctorate in Moral Theology. He now serves as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Greenwood in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

 

Sr. Diane Carollo, S.G.L.
Master of Ceremonies

 

Sister Diane, originally served in Brooklyn NY and the Archdiocese of Newark in positions of Master Teacher for Catechists and Pastoral Assistant. She arrived in Indianapolis in 2000 to serve as Director of Pro-Life Ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as well as director of Birthline Ministry. Sister, since 2012 is Director of Religious Education for the parish of St. Luke, in the Indianapolis area. And now she has added to her expertise; becoming an accomplished Author and Mystery writer! Working on her second book, Sister has a great sense of humor and will be an asset to our conference.

 

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