Speakers

T.J. Berden

VP of Development and Production, ODB Films

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

Assistant Vocation Director, 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.

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.

Kim Daniels

Associate Director, Georgetown University

Kim Daniels is the Associate Director of Georgetown University’s 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.

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.

Director, 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.

Msgr. Ray East

Pastor, 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.

Eric Groth

President/CEO, ODB Films

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.

Sarah Kaczmarek

Associate Director of Alpha Catholic

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.

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.

Jonathan Reyes

Assistant Secretary, USCCB

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

Principal, 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

L’Arche

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.

Amy Uelmen

Lecturer, 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.

T.J. Berden

T.J. Berden

VP of Development and Production, ODB Films

T.J. Berden

VP of Development and Production, ODB Films

Sr. Faustina Bianchi

Sr. Faustina Bianchi

Assistant Vocation Director, Sisters of Life

Sr. Faustina Bianchi

Assistant Vocation Director, Sisters of Life

Sr. Deirdre Byrne, POSC

Sr. Deirdre Byrne, POSC

The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts

Sr. Deirdre Byrne, POSC

The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts

Kim Daniels

Kim Daniels

Associate Director, Georgetown University

Kim Daniels

Associate Director, Georgetown University

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.

Director, Catholic Apostolate Center

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.

Director, Catholic Apostolate Center

Msgr. Ray East

Msgr. Ray East

Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila Parish

Msgr. Ray East

Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila Parish

Eric Groth

Eric Groth

President/CEO, ODB Films

Eric Groth

President/CEO, ODB Films

Sarah Kaczmarek

Sarah Kaczmarek

Associate Director of Alpha Catholic

Sarah Kaczmarek

Associate Director of Alpha Catholic

Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified

Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified

Discalced Carmelite Friar

Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified

Discalced Carmelite Friar

Jonathan Reyes

Jonathan Reyes

Assistant Secretary, USCCB

Jonathan Reyes

Assistant Secretary, USCCB

Gerald D Smith Jr

Gerald D Smith Jr

Principal, St. Thomas More

Gerald D Smith Jr

Principal, St. Thomas More

Caitlin Smith + Fritz Schloss

L’Arche

Amy Uelmen

Amy Uelmen

Lecturer, Georgetown Law School

Amy Uelmen

Lecturer, Georgetown Law School

Musicians

Marie Miller

Musician

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

Musicians

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/

Hillbilly Thomists

Musicians

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.

The Hunts

Headline Musicians

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

Musician

Jorge Zurita Band

Musicians

Hillbilly Thomists

Musicians

The Hunts

The Hunts

Headline Musicians

The Hunts

Headline Musicians