The Hunts are an all-sibling alternative indie-folk band from Chesapeake VA. These multi-instrumental vocalists have toured the country for over 10 years and have opened for world renown bands like The Fray, X Ambassadors, OAR, Judah and the Lion, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros while playing the nation's largest music festivals to include Austin City Limits, Firefly, Summerfest, and more.
Marie Miller is a singer/songwriter and mandolin player based out of Nashville, TN. She is one of ten children, opened for the Backstreet Boys, and performed for Pope Francis. Her favorite color is green.
Jorge Zurita Band
Nació en Perú en un hogar que compartió con 7 hermanos, de los cuales 3 fallecieron. Jorge también enfrento los mismos retos que esos tres hermanos, los médicos llegaron a desahuciarlo, pero Dios obro en él, concediéndole salud y vida para convertirlo en un instrumento para difundir su palabra. Jorge es músico y compositor de canciones católicas, tuvo el privilegio de encontrar al Señor en el 2007. En su trayectoria formo parte de la banda de Encuentro, donde tuvo la oportunidad de cantar junto a reconocidos músicos, entre ellos: Alfareros, Martin Valverde, Neil Velez , Luis Enrrique Ascoy , Son by Four, Kairy Marquez ,Darwin Lechler ,Jon Carlo ntre otros. Jorge trabaja con los MDJ y en la Renovación de Washington, donde obtuvo su formación espiritual bajo la guía del padre Roberto Cortes. Asimismo, se desempeña como discípulo-misionero llevando el mensaje de Dios a través de su música a diferentes ciudades en los Estados Unidos. Jorge se congrega en la parroquia de Santa Rosa de Lima en Gaithersburg, MD, en la que también sirve, hoy bajo la guía espiritual del padre Agustín Mateo. Bio courtesy of https://www.jorgezuritamusic.com/
The Hillbilly Thomists are a group of Dominican friars of the Province of St. Joseph. They play music that draws from bluegrass, American folk, and Scotch-Irish traditions. Their first album, released in 2017, spent 10 weeks in the top 10 selling albums on the Billboard Bluegrass charts.
PON*TEM- noun for "bridge" 1. a group of musicians who feel called for the music they make and the lives they live to be a bridge 2. a bridge between generations, between people, and between the church & the world
T.J. is VP of Development and Production for ODB Films, dedicated to artfully made, spiritually rich films. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, T.J. moved to Hollywood working on the marketing campaigns for speciality films such as Expelled, The Stoning of Soraya M., Waiting for ‘Superman’ and The Tree of Life. In 2014, alongside President/CEO of ODB Films Eric Groth and Writer/Director Andrew Hyatt, T.J. produced Full of Grace, an award-winning film distributed via Cinedigm. In 2018, he produced Paul, Apostle of Christ that was released by Sony Pictures, earning 22m+ world-wide.
Sr. Faustina Bianchi
Sisters of Life
Originally from CT, Sr. Faustina is the youngest of eight children and has a twin sister. She studied psychology and nursing prior to entering the Sisters of Life in 2009. She currently serves as the assistant Vocation Director. She loves life, all things rustic, but Jesus most of all! And yes, Jesus I trust in You, is her motto.
Mitch Boersma is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Leonine Forum, and COO of the Catholic Information Center. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Rosie and three children.
Sr. Deirdre Byrne, POSC
The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts
Sr. Deirdre Byrne, POSC is a Religious Sister the community The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts. Sr Deirdre is a full time medical missionary General Surgeon who serves refugees world wide. She also is a retired Colonel with the US Army Medical Corps.
Fr. Shawn Carey
Archdiocese of Boston's deaf Apostolate
Fr. Shawn Carey is one of the few Deaf priests in the United States and now works as the Director for the Archdiocese of Boston's deaf Apostolate and as a Parochial Vicar for the Braintree Collaborative (two parishes in one town). He also has led and coordinated Deaf Catholic Youth on World Youth Day pilgrimages - Sydney 2008, Madrid 2011, Rio de Janeiro 2013 and Krakow 2016. In his spare time, Fr. Shawn enjoys CrossFit, cycling, skiing, playing soccer, reading, movies, and traveling.
Robert Christian is the editor of Millennial, an online periodical by millennial Catholics on religion, politics, and culture. His writing has appeared at the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Catholic News Service, the National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, Crux, Commonweal, US Catholic, and various other publications.
Kim Daniels is the Associate Director of Georgetown University‚Äôs Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life. Kim is a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication and has been an advisor to the U.S. bishops and Catholic organizations on issues such as immigration, human life and dignity, religious liberty, and care for creation. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, and she and her husband have six children.
Leonard J. DeLorenzo
University of Notre Dame
Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D., is director of undergraduate studies at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, where he also teaches in the theology department. Among his areas of expertise are the theology of the communion of saints, Christian spirituality, young adult faith formation, and character development. He is the author of four books, including one on the communion of saints ('Work of Love', UND Press 2017) and empowering young Catholics for life's big decisions ('What Matters Most', Ave Maria 2018). Visit him online at leonardjdelorenzo.com.
Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.
Catholic Apostolate Center
Fr. Frank is Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. He also teaches and does pastoral ministry at The Catholic University of America.
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville
Archdiocese of Washington
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. His pastoral ministry has included parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, serving as vice president for mission for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and director of the Spanish Catholic Center, as well as adjunct spiritual director for St. John Paul II Seminary in Washington. He was named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington by Pope Francis in 2015 and in this capacity, he serves the Archdiocese as moderator of Ethnic Ministry.
Msgr. Ray East
St. Teresa of Avila Parish
Msgr. Ray East is a nationally recognized speaker and Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Washington, D.C.
Bread for the World
Dulce Gamboa is a native Mexican, who currently resides in Washington D.C. She studied political science at Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico City and received her Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University. Currently, she works at Bread for the World (Bread) as Latino Engagement Associate. Bread is a Christian-advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. that urges Congress to eradicate hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
Eric Groth is President/CEO of ODB Films. He has served as directory of high school campus ministries at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, IL and coordinator of evangelization programs for Cultivation Ministries. ODB Films is an award-winning not-for-profit Catholic video production ministry. Over the past 13 years, ODB has produced 250 short films, including the 60-film Video Catechism series for teens. In January 2016, ODB released its first feature film, Full of Grace. The film received a Gabriel Award for “Best Family Feature” in June 2016. Partnering with Sony AFFIRM Films, ODB launched its first theatrical release, Paul, Apostle of Christ.
A Simple House
Ryan Hehman is the Washington, D.C. Director of A Simple House of Sts. Francis and Alphonsus, a Catholic inner-city mission that serves the poor through friendship evangelization. Ryan has been a missionary with A Simple House since he graduated from Catholic University in 2006.
Joanna and Edward Herrera
Pontifical John Paul II Institute
Joanna and Edward are both graduates of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. Edward is the Director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Joanna homeschools their three children. They reside in Parkville, MD with their children, Max, Lucy, and Grace.
Jeanné L. L. Isler
Faith in Public Life
Jeanné is dedicated to building bridges between groups to find new ways to build just and empowered communities. Her Roman Catholic faith informs how she does this. In addition to her work at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, she has served in various ministry capacities at St. Augustine Parish in Washington, D.C. and currently serves as a board member of Faith in Public Life.
Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified
Discalced Carmelite Friar
Br. John-Mary is a Discalced Carmelite Friar studying theology at Catholic University in D.C. Originally from Alabama, he studied Wireless Engineering at Auburn University before answering God's call to Carmel in 2015. Following in the footsteps of Saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, he has devoted his life to contemplative prayer and apostolic service in union with Jesus Christ.
Sarah is the Associate Director of Alpha Catholic, co-founder of the Millennial Church Conference, and the Director of Pastoral Care with Encounter Ministry School. She holds a BA in English Literature from John Carroll University and an MA in Counseling from Oakland University. She believes and prays passionately for the evangelization of this generation.
Timothy P. O'Malley
University of Notre Dame
Timothy P. O'Malley, PhD is Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage (Ave Maria Press, 2018) and Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2017).
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Monsignor Panke, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, is the Rector of the Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, DC. He is also the Director of Clergy Formation for the Archdiocese of Washington and oversees the formation for seminarians, the continuing formation for priests, and the formation for candidates to the permanent diaconate.
Fr. Ivan Pertine
Saint John Society
FR. IVÁN PERTINÉ is the Director of the Saint John Society, a Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to the New Evangelization which works in Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, and the United States. After being ordained in 2001, Fr. Iván spent 14 years as a missionary priest in Argentina, where he led programs of evangelization for high school and college students, and among the poor. He holds a License Degree in Philosophy; and an STB in Theology by the Pontifical Catholic University of Buenos Aires – Argentina He has been serving in the United States for the last three years where he has charge of the Saint John Society’s house of formation in Washington, DC and serves as the Catholic Chaplain at American University. Learn more about The Saint John Society at www.socsj.org.
Most Reverend Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
Archbishop Christophe Pierre was born on January 30, 1946 in Rennes, France. He competed his primary education in Antisirabé, Madagascar, and his secondary schooling in Saint-Malo, France, and in Marrakech, Morocco. He attended the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Rennes (1963-1969) and the Catholic Institute of Paris (1969-1971). He did the Military Service from July, 1965, to October, 1966. Was ordained a priest on April 5, 1970, in Saint-Malo, France and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Rennes. He was Parochial Vicar of the St. Peter and St. Paul Parish in Colombes, Diocese of Nanterre, France (1970-1973). He has a Master in Sacred Theology (Paris, 1971) and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (1973-1977). He completed his studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, in Rome (1973-1977), and started his service in the Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See on March 5, 1977. He was appointed first to the Pontifical Representation in New Zealand and the Islands of the Pacific Ocean (1977-1981). Subsequently he served in Mozambique (1981); in Zimbabwe (1982-1986); in Cuba (1986-1989); in Brazil (1989-1991); at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (1991-1995). He was elected Titular Archbishop of Gunela on July 12, 1995, and received the Episcopal Consecration on September 24, 1995, in Saint-Malo, France. Archbishop Christophe Pierre was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, on July 12, 1995, where he served until 1999. He has been the Papal Representative to Uganda (19992007) and to Mexico (2007-2016). On April 12, 2016 His Holiness Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America. Archbishop Pierre speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Dr. Jonathan Reyes is the Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Executive Director for Justice Peace and Human Development. Before going to Washington DC, he helped co-found Christ in the City and the Augustine Institute, served as President and CEO of Catholic Charities in Denver, served as Vice President for FOCUS and was a professor and the Academic Vice President for Christendom College. He was a Rackham Graduate Fellow at the University of Michigan and completed his doctoral studies in intellectual History from the University of Notre Dame.
Gerald D Smith Jr
St. Thomas More
Gerald Smith is a Native Washingtonian that has worked as an educator within the ADW for seven years. After teaching science at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy and Bishop McNamara High School, Gerald has taken a leadership role as principal at St. Thomas More.
Caitlin Smith + Fritz Schloss
At L’Arche Greater Washington DC, core members (people with intellectual disabilities) have transformed our world, and work toward become a more human society. Core members and their Assistants will share their experience of making known and celebrating the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. Moving beyond our society’s simple acceptance and accommodation of disability, we value and honor the significant contributions people with disabilities make in our communities and in our churches.
Georgetown Law School
Amy Uelmen is a Lecturer at Georgetown Law School where her scholarship and teaching focus on the intersection between legal theory, religious values and professional life. She hold a B.A. in American Studies, a J.D. and an S.J.D. research doctorate from Georgetown, and an M.A. in Theology from Fordham. A longtime member of the Focolare Movement, she currently lives in the Silver Spring community house. Recent books include "Five Steps to Positive Political Dialogue," and "Five Steps to Healing Polarization in the Classroom" (with Michael Kessler), both published with New City Press.
The Catholic University of America
Dr. Brandon Vaidyanathan is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. He was born in Qatar and spent his childhood in Oman, India, and the UAE. He holds degrees in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and HEC Montreal, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. His research examines organizational cultures in commercial, religious, medical, and scientific institutions.
Trinity Washington University
Daniela Zelaya is a DACAmented Junior at Trinity Washington University.Her commitment to uplifting an empowering the Latinx community has led her to double major in Education and Sociology.