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Jewell Bayhi
Jewell Bayhi is the Coordinator of Grief Ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Marriage and Family Life. She is an Advocate for RedBird Grief Ministry and a member of the National Alliance for Children's Grief. Jewell has been a Director of Religious Education for over 35 years and spent her life encouraging the hearts, minds and souls of children and adults to know and understand their faith with great love for the Catholic Church. For the last 6 years, she has been leading Grief groups, seminars, days of prayer and retreats for those grieving. She continues her studies of Grief Ministry so she can help others find hope for their grieving hearts.

Chris de Silva
Chris de Silva is a widely published composer of sacred music whose music appears in hymnals and compilations throughout the world. A native of Singapore, he currently resides in Los Angeles where he serves as music minister on the campus ministry team at Loyola Marymount University. Chris holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition and Film Scoring from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University and a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Carole Eipers, D.Min.
Carole is a National Religion Consultant for Sadlier. She served in parish and archdiocesan ministries for over 25 years. She has presented nationally and internationally on evangelization, catechesis and leadership. Carole has a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Twenty Third published her latest books: Pep Talks for Catholic School Teachers, Catechist 101: Wade Don’t Dive and Facing Difficult Social Issues in the Parish.

Timothy Glemkowski
Tim Glemkowski is the Executive Director of the National Eucharistic Congress. Most recently, he was Director of Strategy in the Archbishop’s Office for the Archdiocese of Denver, assisting with initiatives focused on building for a time of apostolic mission. He is the former founder and president of L'Alto Catholic Institute and Revive Parishes. Tim authored Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture, which was released in Fall 2019 through Our Sunday Visitor. He is an international speaker who has also consulted for many organizations, dioceses, and parishes. His writing has appeared in numerous print and web-based theological and catechetical publications. Tim and his wife, Maggie, live in Lakewood, CO with their three young children.

Dr. Tim Hogan
Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist, certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and author of just-released book, "The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes: Tools to Rebuild Authentic Spirituality" published by RCL Benziger. He previously published a series of guided meditations on the Insight Timer app. He teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and maintains a small private practice in Plymouth, MI.

Anne Kertz Kernion
Anne is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986. ( For fourteen years, Anne taught “Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning” at Carlow University; for seven years, she taught courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics at a local community college. Her book, “Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul,” was released in 2020 by Loyola Press and won several national awards, including two Association of Catholic Publishers awards for the intersection of science and spirituality. Her first book, "A Year of Spiritual Companionship" was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016. Currently, Anne is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality to groups across the US and Australia. She and her husband Jack have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

Tish Scargill
Tish Scargill is the Director for Catechetical Ministries for the Diocese of Monterey. She served in two parishes as Director of Religious Education before accepting her current position nineteen years ago. She has been a catechist for thirty-one years. Tish and her husband Ray have four adult children and nine grandchildren. They reside in Hollister California with her daughter, son-in-law, four grandsons, son, and dog Maggie.

Iván Díaz
Nacido y criado en Colombia, Javier Iván Díaz es un músico, locutor de radio y maestro que compone música desde que tenía sólo 17 años. Con una maestría en Dirección Coral y una licenciatura en Música, Iván comenzó su carrera en la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana en Bogotá, Colombia. Después se mudó a los Estados Unidos y culminó sus estudios en la Universidad Atlántica de Florida. Además de su rol como director musical, Iván es el director coral en una escuela secundaria y sus ensambles juveniles se presentan en concierto constantemente en la Florida. Dentro de sus trabajos musicales destacan su primer álbum musical, grabado con la Escuela de Alabanza/Minuto de Dios, y su primer álbum independiente, Nacer de Nuevo, grabado en 2001. Ivan ha participado, como invitado especial, en el programa Nuestra Fe en Vivo de la cadena EWTN y recientemente publicó su primer álbum con OCP, Honor y Gloria a Él, una colección contemporánea en español. Iván participa en eventos con jóvenes, convenciones hispanas, talleres de música y otros eventos en todo el país. Él espera que su música y su testimonio sean instrumento para que todos experimenten el amor de Dios. Actualmente vive en Miami, Florida, y es director de música en la Iglesia Católica San Francisco de Sales.

Rose Hernandez
Rose Hernández se trasladó de Los Ángeles a Fresno a principios de 2013. Al escuchar el llamado de Dios, dejó su hogar para ir a una nueva tierra y actualmente sirve como Directora de la Oficina de Formación y Evangelización en la Diócesis de Fresno. Ella trae consigo más de veinte años de experiencia tanto en el ministerio parroquial como en la educación católica de Los Ángeles, sirviendo como Catequista Experta, como Asociada Pastoral comisionada en dos parroquias, miembro de la Comisión Litúrgica de la Arquidiócesis , y en varias otras capacidades como presentadora de talleres y directora de retiros en la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles. También tuvo la oportunidad de servir al Foro Nacional sobre el Catecumenado y actualmente está asociada a Team RCIA y a Liturgical Training Publications. La Sra. Hernández obtuvo una licenciatura en Psicología Griega Antigua y una maestría en Ministerio Pastoral, ambas por la Universidad Loyola Marymount. Sus pasiones ministeriales son la liturgia y los sacramentos de iniciación, y sus pasiones personales son la lectura, la escritura, la música y las manualidades.

Ernesto Vega
Ernesto Vega tiene una maestria en psicoterapia familiar y de parejas de Loyola Marymount University, y esta terminando una segunda maestria en teologia pastoral con concentracion en direccion espiritual, de la misma universidad. Tambien ha hecho estudios del evento guadalupano, la espiritualidad indigena, y la espiritualidad ignaciana. Actualmente trabaja para la Arquidiócesis de Los Angeles en el ministerio de formación de fe para adultos de la Oficina de Educación Religiosa.



Nancy Bird
Nancy has been involved in religious education as a catechist, parish catechetical leader and youth minister. She combines practical experience, creativity and motivational enthusiasm to energize those called to embrace and live their Baptism joyfully. Nancy has been a featured speaker, workshop presenter and retreat facilitator across the US and Canada. Presently she serves as Director of Training and Professional Development for RCL Benziger Religion Publishing Company, resides in Tallmadge Ohio and continues to be a volunteer catechist.

Dr. Scott Hahn
Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics to read Scripture from the heart of the Church.
Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly for forty-two years. They have six kids and twenty-one grandkids. They also have one son ordained to the Diocese of Steubenville, Fr. Jeremiah Hahn.
As the author and editor of over forty popular and academic books, Dr. Hahn’s works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Hail Holy Queen. His most recent releases are titled Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body and It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion now available at

David Dziena
David Dziena is Vice President of Publishing for Bayard, Inc. as well as Publisher for Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard. He has also served as Executive Editor and Parish Projects Manager with Our Sunday Visitor. Prior to OSV, he was Editorial Manager for nine years at Silver Burdett Ginn Religion, followed by RCL Benziger. He also worked for St. Joseph's Parish in Croton Falls, NY for a total of ten years-first as Director of Religious Education and then Coordinator of Youth Ministries. Since 1993, he has led Confirmation workshops and retreats, and catechist formation classes. David is the co-author of the Catholic Prayer Book for the Separated and Divorced (OSV); Our Catholic Family: Activities, Conversations, and Prayer for Sharing Faith at Home (Pflaum); and the general editor for Singing Our Faith, Second Edition: Leader’s and Catechist’s Manual (GIA). David graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY with a Bachelor or Arts degree in Philosophy with a minor in Fine Arts and Religious Studies. He also received a Masters in Pastoral Theology from St. Joseph's College in Standish, ME. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Gloria, and has four children.

Br. John Eustice, CSV
Br. John Eustice, CSV has been a Viatorian brother for 17 years, professing first vows in 2005. He has studied graduate theology at Loyola University Chicago and Catholic Theological Union (also in Chicago), where he is currently a student preparing for ordination. In his religious life, Br. John has served in parish ministries in Belize, youth and young adult ministries in Kankakee County, Illinois, and high school campus ministries and administration in Arlington Heights, IL. He currently serves the congregation as its Director of Vocation Ministry. And all of this started in the Las Vegas area, where John grew up attending St. Thomas More Catholic Community and attending UNLV for his undergraduate studies.

Sr. Patricia McCormack,

Sister Patricia M. McCormack, IHM, Ed.D. is an international formation-education consultant. Her practical experience in education includes both classroom and administration experience at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. Her style of public speaking blends Catholic spirituality, psychology, and wisdom gathered from parents, teachers and students.

Joe Paprocki
Joe Paprocki, DMin, the National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press, has been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years, has authored over 20 books (including the best-selling Living the Mass), and presented in over 150 dioceses in North America. Joe received his Master’s degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies (Loyola University of Chicago) and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary). Joe blogs about his catechetical experiences and insights at

Rev Bob Stoeckig
Father Bob Stoeckig is a priest of the Diocese of Las Vegas. He holds degrees in music and theology. Father Bob has served at several parishes through the Diocese of Las Vegas since he was ordained in 1994. He is currently Rector at Guardian Angel Cathedral.

Marina Carrion
Marina Carrión, es de Origen Nicaragüense, tiene más de 45 años de servicio a la Iglesia en Renovación Carismática Católica. Ha participado en varios cursos de Formación para líderes (LTC) a nivel internacional en Roma y a nivel Nacional en Estados Unidos, ofrecidos por ICCRS (Internacional Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services / Servicios a la Renovación Carismática católica, a nivel Internacional). Es certificada en Teología Pastoral para ministerios Hispanos y Dirección Espiritual por la Universidad de Berkeley y Loyola (LMU). Marina dirige talleres de Sanación Interior y de espiritualidad para mujeres, hombres y familia en general, Misiona llevando el mensaje de esperanza y salvación a los distintos lugares donde le invitan en USA, Centroamérica y Latinoamérica. Ha sido directora de la Oficina Carismática, en la Diócesis de San Bernardino, California. Como directora tiene la función de cuidar, motivar y asistir a los grupos de oración de Renovación Carismática; cuyo servicio es propiciar continuamente la experiencia del encuentro con el amor de Dios.

Hna. Rosalía Meza, VDMF
Hna. Rosalía Meza, VDMF. es miembro de la comunidad Verbum Dei, ha servido al ministerio hispano en Estados Unidos por muchos años. Ha sido maestra de secundaria y directora de capacitación educativa en su nativo México y también en Brasil y Colombia. Hizo su doctorado en el área de misionología en la Facultad Jesuita de Teología en Berkeley, CA, dónde también recibió su maestría en teología (M.Div) y su licenciatura en teología sagrada (S.T.L.). Ella ha enseñado en el Instituto Teológico Verbum Dei y en el Instituto Hispano en la universidad de Santa Clara. También ha servido como directora de educación religiosa en la parroquia de San Antonio de Long Beach, CA. Fue maestra de novicias de su comunidad y directora de formación para los matrimonios involucrados en la comunidad Verbum Dei. Actualmente es la Provincial de su comunidad y la Directora de Educación Religiosa de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles.

Fr. Rogelio Molina
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