2014 Conference

"Our World Needs Catholic Heroes"

A presentation on the New Evangelization, featuring humor, stories, helpful tools to bring loved ones home to the Church, and a call to action for all baptized Catholics to help bring Jesus to a world in need.


Following 25 years as an award-winning advertising executive, Tom Peterson’s life would radically change forever, after receiving a transforming Spiritual conversion while on a Catholic men’s retreat.  Soon afterward, he founded VirtueMedia (pro-life) and CatholicsComeHome.org. 


In the first six years, Catholics Come Home® has aired Catholic evangelization commercials in 36 dioceses and nationally, helping lead nearly 500,000 souls home to the Catholic Church.  

Learn more about Tom at www.virtuemedia.org.


Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious

Pat Gohn has a message for women: you are blessed, beautiful, and bodacious. Gohn encourages women to embrace the riches of the Catholic faith that “values and esteems womanhood much more than our present culture does.” Christianity “has a view of femininity that is blessed, beautiful, and yes, downright bodacious.” As she shares her own discoveries found in scripture, Church wisdom, and especially the contemporary writings of Blessed John Paul II on the feminine genius, Gohn suggests that a woman’s blessed dignity, paired with the beautiful gifts of her womanhood— receptivity, generosity, sensitivity and maternity—equals a most excellent and bodacious mission.

Learn more about Pat at www.patgohn.net.



“The Shepherd Cannot Run – The Life of Fr. Stanley Rother and His Gift to Our Faith”

Catholic music artist, Jamie Biller beautifully conveys through stories and songs the life of Fr. Stanley Rother.  Fr. Rother, a native Oklahoman, was a humble and heroic priest, giving his own life spiritually and physically for his parishioners in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala.  His cause for canonization is currently being considered by Vatican officials.  To honor Fr. Rother, Jamie wrote a song inspired by his own words, “The Shepherd Cannot Run” hoping to bring about awareness and prayer for his cause.  Experience the path to sainthood through Fr. Rother’s extraordinary acts that went beyond pastoral care and love for the people he served in this musical tribute. 



Jamie Biller’s latest offering, “The Shepherd Cannot Run” is an album inspired by the life of Okarche, Oklahoma’s missionary priest, Fr. Stanley Rother who was murdered in Guatemala in 1981.  Hoping to bring awareness to Fr. Rother’s cause for canonization in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Jamie wrote the title song in honor of Fr. Rother by using his own words, “the shepherd cannot run.”  Jamie has said, “It is my hope that the song will not only help promote awareness about his cause, but also inspire others to imitate Fr. Stan’s Christ-like example of love, service, and devotion to others.”


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Jamie’s, “The Shepherd Cannot Run” CD goes to support efforts of The Fr. Stanley Rother Guild. 

 

For more information about Jamie,  go to  www.jamiebiller.com



Youth: Overcoming Eating Disorders

Main: Unhealthy relationships

Maura Byrne was born and raised in northern New Jersey, where she graduated from Seton Hall University. After college she worked for Varsity Catholic, which is a subdivision of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). She worked as a Catholic missionary to bring the love of the Gospel to student-athletes on college campuses, since she was a collegiate athlete herself. In 2009, God etched in her heart the desire to one day launch a ministry for women called Made in His Image. Maura then moved to Nashville, TN, during which time she worked as a baker and pastry chef. In September 2011, Maura left her job to answer God’s call and officially launch Made in His Image.

Maura has an immense yearning to inspire others to choose to see beauty in their suffering and in the ambiguity of life. It is her desire to use her story, to foster hope and healing in the lives of all she encounters. Maura is dedicated to educating women about their inherent dignity as daughters of God, created in His image and likeness and the love of God the Father.