This Year's Conference Theme:
"In that little Host is the solution to all the problems of the world."
– Pope St. John Paul II
This conference is sponsored by the Marian Center of Indianapolis in partnership with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Convention Center
Sagamore Ballroom
100 S. Capitol Ave.,
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Fr. Pio Francesco Mandato

Fr. Pio Francesco Mandato is a Franciscan priest living as a missionary hermit in the Diocese of Scranton PA, under Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, D. D.. He was born in Italy. He and his parents came from Pietrelcina in Southern Italy, the same town as Saint Pio, the famous stigmatist priest whom they knew very well. Fr. Pio received his first holy communion from Saint Pio before coming to the USA. Fr. Mandato was ordained to the priesthood in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1985. He and his family made a trip to Italy so that he could celebrate his first Mass in Pietrelcina at the Madonna Della Libera altar (Our Lady of Liberty), at Our Lady of the Angels parish. It was the very same church and altar where Padre Pio had celebrated his first Mass on August 14, 1910.

Today, Father Pio Francesco Mandato, F.M.H.J., belongs to the Franciscan Missionary Hermits of St. Joseph and lives in Eastern Pennsylvania. He continues to live out his priestly vocation in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. He feels that Padre Pio is still guiding him and helping him on his spiritual journey. “More than anything else, I remember Padre Pio as a very loving man, like a loving father,” Father Pio Francesco Mandato said.


Gina Bauer

Gina captivates and engages her audience with lively stories and humor. She conveys Catholic teachings in a compassionate, down-to-earth style that reaches hearts of listeners. Her vocation as a wife and mother of four personally connects her to audiences on a very real and practical level. She will equip us with practical tools to live holy lives in today's culture
Gina has extensive experience training and mentoring religious leaders, lay leaders, and Catholic educators throughout the country. She has been a teacher and speaker for St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota, NET Ministries in the Twin Cities, and the St. John Bosco Conference for catechists and religious educators in Steubenville, Ohio. She has traveled the country serving as a retreat master and trainer for both youth and adult groups alike. She is an expert on the topic of the dignity of the human person and living holiness in today's culture.
. Gina received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and her Master's in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies.


Annie Karto

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever”! Psalm 89:1

As a Catholic singer-songwriter and inspirational speaker, Annie Karto hopes to stir the flame in the Catholic Church through the power of God’s great gift of music. The healing mercy of God is the heart of her music ministry, along with singing of the beautiful sacraments of the Church, and honoring the Blessed Mother Mary. “I love my Catholic faith so very much and I feel it can be felt in the songs Our Lord gives me.”

Annie belongs to a lay apostolate called The Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, which is an outreach of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Mass. They strive to promote Eucharistic Adoration and bring the Divine Mercy message to a hurting world.

Given the penance 27 years ago to spread the message of Divine Mercy, Annie travels to wherever the Lord sends her, weaving her songs in and out of her testimony. She has been a featured speaker at many major conferences throughout the country, and shares from her heart, including offering the message of hope and healing to families through Divine Mercy. Annie feels the challenge for all of us is to be a bridge of God’s love to close the gap between darkness and light, sadness and joy, despair and hope in our own families, and in our world.

Annie and her husband Dave have been married 35 years and have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. They live in Treasure Island, FL.


Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel, MS, MDiv

Born March 12, 1948. Ordained May 22, 1982. Associate pastor, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, and part-time instructor, Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School; 1983, full-time instructor, Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School, Indianapolis, while continuing as associate pastor, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis; 1987, assistant pastor, St. Monica, Indianapolis, and continuing as full-time instructor, Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School, Indianapolis, with residence at St. Anthony, Indianapolis; 1993, archdiocesan vocations director, while continuing as full-time instructor at Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School and providing assistance to the pastor of St. Monica, Indianapolis; 1994, moderator of the curia and continuing as archdiocesan vocations director, while providing assistance to the pastor of St. Malachy, Brownsburg; 1994, vicar general, while continuing as moderator of the curia and vocations director; 1995, continuing as vicar general and moderator of the curia; 1997, named prelate of honor; 1999, administrator, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, director, Office of Pro-Life Activities, Indianapolis, while continuing as vicar general and moderator of the curia; 2000, pastor, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, while continuing as vicar general and moderator of the curia; 2001, director of archdiocesan Mission Office and Society for the Propagation of the Faith, while continuing as vicar general and moderator of the curia and pastor, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis; 2011, sabbatical, appointed vicar for religious, while continuing as director of the archdiocesan Mission Office and Society for the Propagation of the Faith; 2011, (July), pastor, St. Luke the Evangelist, 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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