GREG and JULIE ALEXANDER are co-founders and co-directors of The Alexander House Apostolate, a lay Catholic apostolate dedicated to proclaiming the beauty, goodness, and truth of God’s plan for marriage. They have presented numerous workshops, seminars, and talks to thousands of participants across the nation, including co-hosting 3 TV series on EWTN. They have co-authored a book and have launched an outreach called Strong Catholic Marriage. Greg and Julie also served on the Parish Implementation Committee for the USCCB’s document, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. They have been married for 29 years and have seven children and three grandsons. Read about Greg & Julie's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Essential Ingredients for a Strong Catholic Marriage.
JASON ANGELETTE is Co-Director of the Faith and Marriage Apostolate of the Willwoods Community, a Catholic non-profit in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He received his Master in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. His ministry experience includes high school campus ministry, teaching theology at the high school and college level, and speaking at retreats and events nationwide. Jason is also the co-host for a weekly television program on WLAE, “Issus & Faith.” Jason has been married since 2002 to his wife, Elise, and they have five children. Read about Jason's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Forming the Christian Spirituality of Marriage & Family Life.
MONICA ASHOUR is the executive director and national speaker for the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team (TOBET). She holds two master’s degrees from the University of Dallas in Theological Studies and Humanities and has published numerous Theology of the Body books and resources, including two young children’s series, a marriage preparation program, a parent’s guide, and an upcoming curriculum program for preschool through fourth grade. Monica presents nationally and internationally, and was part of the International Theology of the Body Symposium in Rome in 2011. Before becoming a TOB expert, she spent 25 years as a campus minister and a high school and grade school teacher. Read about Monica's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Teaching TOB to Teens, Tweens, and Tots.
REBECA BARBA gave her life to Christ as a Regnum Christi consecrated woman 28 years ago. She graduated with a major in education and minor in religious sciences. Her ministry is working mainly with youth (retreats, missions, spiritual direction). She has worked in Rome, Spain, Mexico City and the United States. She currently works at a school in Guadalajara, Mexico. In her free time, she helps an organization called Amor-Seguro which imparts TOB to Spanish speakers. Read about Rebeca's workshops at the 2016 TOB Congress: Givenness: Essential for Healthy Relationships in a Family and An Approach to Healing in Family.
REV. MSGR BRIAN J. BRANSFIELD serves as General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 21, 1994. Prior to his service at the USCCB, Msgr. Bransfield served as a Professor of Moral Theology on the faculty of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He has also served in parish ministry, and as a high-school faculty member teaching freshman and senior theology. He is an adjunct Instructor at School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is the author of a number of books, articles, and publications. Read about Rev. Msgr. Bransfield's Keynote Presentation at the 2016 TOB Congress: Compassion: The Thirst for God.
SR. HELENA BURNS, FSP, is a member and vocation directress of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God's Word through the media. She is finishing her M.A. in Media Literacy Education; has a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John's University, NYC; studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One, Hollywood; holds a Certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry; and studied at the Theology of the Body Institute. Sr. Helena gives Media Literacy and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada. Read about Sr. Helena's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Radical Feminist to TOB Feminist.
BRIAN BUTLER is executive director and co-founder of Dumb Ox Ministries, a non-profit organization offering evangelization and formation for teens, young adults, and families through the lens of the Theology of the Body. Brian holds a Bachelor in Communications and a Master in Theology from Notre Dame Seminary School of Theology. He has over 15 years of youth ministry experience, and is a popular speaker and trainer around the country. He has authored a number of books and resources. He enjoys music, sports, and spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their four children. Read about Brian's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: TOB, Teens, & the Digital Age.
ARCHBISHOP SALVARTORE CORDILEONE was born in San Diego on June 5, 1956. He attended public school through 12th grade and earned his BA in philosophy from the University of San Diego in 1978. He earned a second bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1981. Archbishop Cordileone was ordained to the priesthood on July 9, 1982. He continued his studies at Gregorian University from 1985-89, earning a doctorate in canon law.
He was appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of San Diego in 1990 and served as an assistant to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura from 1995-2002. On July 5, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, where he served until his appointment as Bishop of Oakland on March 23, 2009. On July 27, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the ninth Archbishop of San Francisco. He was installed on October 4, 2012.
Archbishop Cordileone chairs the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and sits on the Committee for Canonical Affairs. He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Theological Institute. Archbishop Cordileone will speak to Congress attendees in a keynote address the evening of Friday, September 23rd.
BILL DONAGHY is an instructor, international speaker, and curriculum specialist for the Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program. Bill worked for nearly a decade teaching theology at Malvern Preparatory School as well as Immaculata University, while giving talks, retreats, and conferences for the Theology of the Body Institute. He has worked in the fields of mission and evangelization since 1999 and has given talks and retreats to bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated men and women, and the lay faithful throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. He and his wife, Rebecca, live just outside of Philadelphia, PA with their four children. Read about Bill's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: The Beautiful Mess of the Family.
JASON EVERT is the best-selling author of more than ten books and has spoken to over one million high school and college students on six continents about the virtue of chastity. Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, as well as undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, minoring in Philosophy, from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He and his wife, Crystalina, are frequent guests on TV and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox News, the BBC, and EWTN. They run ChastityProject.com and lead an international alliance of young people who promote purity in more than 40 countries. Read about Jason's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body.
MATT FRADD is the Director of Content for Integrity Restored as well as the founder and executive director of The Porn Effect. He is the editor of Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women who Turned From Porn to Purity and coauthor of Victory: A Strategic Battle Plan for Freedom in the Struggle Against Pornography. Matt speaks to tens of thousands of people every year on the dangers of pornography and how to be free from it. He lives in Georgia with his wife Cameron and their four children. Read about Matt's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Porn: 7 Myths Exposed.
DR. ANGELA FRANKS has a doctorate in theology and an M.A. in philosophy. She is a full-time professor at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John’s Seminary. Angela is in demand as a speaker, author, and teacher. She is the author of Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility (2005) and contributed a chapter to Women, Sex, and the Church (2010). Her latest book is Contraception and Catholicism (2013). She writes and speaks on abortion, eugenics, the theology of the body, marriage, contraception, and feminism, among other topics. Angela blogs at AngelaFranks.com and lives with her family in Boston. Read about Dr. Franks's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Your Body as a Creative Task.
ADAM FUSELIER has been the Program Director at Dumb Ox Ministries since 2013. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Ave Maria University in 2011, writing his undergraduate thesis on the laity’s role in the Church’s mission of evangelization, a subject that he is pumped up about. Adam enjoys spending time outdoors, long-distance running, and copious amounts of coffee. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree with The Augustine Institute based near Denver, Colorado. He has a passion for living in the heart of the Church and inviting others into relationship with Jesus Christ. Read about Adam's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Love Looks Forward: TOB & The Single Life.
THE MOST REVEREND JOSE H. GOMEZ, Archbishop of Los Angeles since March 1, 2011, was born on December 26, 1951, in Monterrey, Mexico, ordained a priest on August 15, 1978, and a bishop on March 26, 2001.
Prior to his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles on April 6, 2010, he had served as Archbishop of San Antonio and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver. As a priest, Archbishop Gomez ministered primarily to lay people in Mexico and Texas. Before entering the seminary, he received a degree in Accounting.
Throughout the years, Archbishop Gomez has distinguished himself as a respected national leader in the United States. He has been involved with several initiatives and organizations, many of which serve the Hispanic community. At the same time, he is an enthusiastic supporter of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and constantly encourages Catholics of all walks of life to witness the faith in their daily lives.
He currently serves as Episcopal Moderator or member of the Board of Directors of several Catholic organizations in the United States, and at different committees of the Holy See and of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
In the last few years he has appeared a number of times in different lists of notable Hispanics, including Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States in 2005.
His Episcopal motto is taken from a scriptural passage of the Letter to the Hebrews: “Let us go forth with confidence to the Throne of Grace” (Heb. 4:16).
SR. REGINA MARIE GORMAN, O.C.D., is a native of Detroit, Michigan and was raised in Los Angeles, where she entered Carmel in 1972. She holds a master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. Sr. Regina Marie is known for her tireless commitment to bringing Jesus Christ to those with whom she works and serves. She has done this as Vicar General, Superior General, Directress of Novices, Junior High teacher, public speaker, and, above all, as a friend and companion. Through the gift of the Carmelite charism, Sr. Regina Marie continues to invite countless people into the presence of the living God. Read about Sr. Regina Marie Gorman's Keynote Presentation at the 2016 TOB Congress: Crowned with Honor & Glory.
DR. JOHN GRABOWSKI is Associate Professor of Moral Theology and the Director of the Moral Theology/Ethics area at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Claire were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XVI in the fall of 2009 where they serve as a member couple. He currently serves as a theological advisor to the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth. He has published widely in the areas of moral theology, marriage, sexuality, and bioethics and has also offered a variety of courses for adults, catechists, and lay ministers and presented at conferences across the U.S. Dr. Grabowski and Claire have five children, two grandchildren, and reside in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Read about Dr. Grabowski's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Discerning the Body: Understanding the Place of the Theology of the Body in the Ministry of Pope Francis. Read about Dr. Grabowski's Keynote Presentation at the 2016 TOB Congress: Discerning the Body: Understanding the Place of the Theology of the Body in the ministry of Pope Francis.
FR. SEAN KILCAWLEY is a nationally recognized speaker on Theology of the Body, human love, and pornography addiction. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 with a B.S. in Middle East Foreign Area Studies. After serving three years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, he entered seminary and earned a Master of Divinity and an S.T.B. in 2005, when he was also ordained. He served the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, for four years as a high school religion teacher and parochial vicar. In 2013, he completed an S.T.L. (Summa Cum Laude) at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome. Fr. Kilcawley currently serves as Diocesan Director of the Office of Family Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Lincoln. Read about Fr. Sean's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Pastoral Ministry and Addiction. Read about Fr. Sean's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Preventative Medicine: Theology of the Body and the Pornography Plague.
LESLIE KUHLMAN is the Executive Director and part of the founding team of Ruah Woods, a Theology of the Body Education and Counseling center located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The mission of Ruah Woods is to help men and women live their vocation to love, according to God’s plan, as informed by the Theology of the Body. She attended the very first Theology of the Body Head and Heart Immersion Course at the TOB Institute and has spent the last nine years continuing to study and teach TOB. Leslie earned her M.A. in Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Cincinnati and spent her early career working in corporate human resources and higher education. She resides in Cincinnati with her husband of 34 years, Mark, and has two grown daughters. Read about Leslie's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Integrating TOB Effectively in the Classroom.
EVAN LEMOINE is co-founder of the Amar al Máximo Institute and is recognized international speaker on the theology of the body, sexuality, courtship and marriage. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Psychology from Louisiana State University, a Master of Arts from Anahuac University of Mexico, and a Master of Theological Studies: Marriage and Family specializing in Theology of the Body, Love and Responsibility, Philosophy, and Thought of John Paul II from the John Paul II Institute. Read about Evan's workshops at the 2016 TOB Congress: Amoris Laetitia: La Teología del Cuerpo Continua (The Theology of the Body Continues), Vivir y Transmitir una Sexualidad Plena (Live and Transmit a Full Sexuality), and 8 Claves de Cómo Hablar con tus Hijos Sobre el Sexo (8 Keys to How to Talk to your Kids about Sex).
TOM MCCABE is an educator, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker with 20 years of experience serving diocesan and parish structures in the areas of evangelization, catechesis, marriage and family, and parish strategic planning. Since earning his Master in Theology, Tom has worked extensively within the Catholic Church at many levels, from parish to Catholic schools to diocese. He is a Diocesan Consultant with Ascension Press, co-author of Living a Joy-filled Marriage, and designer of the Marriage Action Plan. Tom and his wife, Rosemary, live in Georgia with their children. Read about Tom's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Better Homes & Pardons: The Power of Forgiveness to Transform Family.
ANASTASIA NORTHROP is founder and director of the TOB-based National Catholic Singles Conference and has been particularly involved in applying John Paul II's message to the single life since 2004. She studied at the International Theological Institute in Austria, she recently completed her Master in Catholic Applied Theology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family through Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England. She organizes other events, writes articles related to the Theology of the Body, and networks internationally with those disseminating John Paul II’s work. She has given talks and promoted study groups in the United States and around the world. Read about Anastasia's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: The Single's Guide to Theology of the Body.
DAMON OWENS served for four years as the first Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. Following fifteen years in the business world, Damon sold his ownership of a technology firm to work full-time in marriage and family ministry. Seen frequently on EWTN, he served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations. Since 2002, he has traveled the world teaching the beautiful truths about love, marriage, sexuality, Theology of the Body, Theology of the Family, NFP, and adoption. Read about Damon's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Love, Mercy, and the Gift of the Family.
MATTHEW PINTO is the founder and president of Ascension Press and has been at the forefront of several other Catholic initiatives, including Envoy Magazine, and Catholic Exchange. Matt is a founding board member of the Theology of the Body Institute, the board of regents of John Paul the Great University, the Association of Catholic Publishers, and several other boards. Matt has authored 11 books, including A Guide to the Passion, one of the highest-ranking Catholic books ever on the New York Times bestseller list. Matt and his wife, Maryanne, live in West Chester, PA, with their children. Read about Matt's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Building a Vibrant TOB Ministry at Your Parish.
JACOB (JAKE) SAMOUR is the Director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. He has delivered hundreds of lectures and presentations throughout the United States and Mexico and is considered an expert in the field of Human Sexuality, Marriage and Family Life. He is originally from El Salvador and immigrated with his family to the U.S. over 37 years ago. He received a Master in Theology from the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family and is a Candidate for a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) at Oblate School of Theology. He and his wife Ramie have five children. Read about Jake's workshops at the 2016 TOB Congress: Construyendo una Cultura de Encuentro a través de la Teología Del Cuerpo (Building a Culture of Encounter through the Theology of the Body) and La Familia: Lugar Privilegiado para la Santidad, el Amor y la Misericordia (The Family: A Privileged Place for Holiness, Love and Mercy).
DAVID SAVAGE is a Theology of the Body Institute co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He led the way in incorporating the organization in April, 2004. He is a principal in and the Chief Marketing Officer for Content Watch. He’s a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was inducted into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s CYO Hall of Fame in 2008. David serves on the Advisory Committee for the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. David and his wife Kim have four boys.
JEN SETTLE is currently serving as Managing Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. She has been part of TOBI since 2008 in various capacities, including Certification Course Manager and Director of Programs for the Internship, Certification, and Clergy Enrichment Programs. She has Bachelor and Master degrees in Theology and Parish Ministry from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Jen worked in religious education and adult faith formation for 15 years before joining the TOBI staff, teaching Theology of the Body throughout the country. Read about Jen's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Love Looks Forward: TOB & The Single Life.
DR. PIA DE SOLENNI studied in Rome at at the Angelicum (STB) and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (STL & SThD), and then returned to the U.S. to do policy work and to develop a more practical understanding of Thomistic Anthropology, Bio-Ethics, Feminism & Gender Studies, Marriage & Family, Culture and Catholicism. In 2001, St. John Paul II presented her with the annual Pontifical Academies Award for her published dissertation, Woman As Imago Dei. She has represented the United States at the United Nations and the Holy See at the Organization of American States. She frequently comments in popular and academic circles as an ethicist and cultural analyst, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, Patheos, and National Review Online. Currently a consulting member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, she also serves on the advisory board of the peer reviewed journal Annales Theologici. Through her work, Dr. Pia de Solenni has come to realize that almost every environment is a classroom of sorts: People of goodwill everywhere are looking to deepen their understanding of the essential truths about the human person. Read about Dr. Pia de Solenni's Breakout Session at the 2016 TOB Congress: Women in the Body of Christ.
DR. EDWARD SRI is a theologian, author, and well-known Catholic speaker. He is a founding leader, with Curtis Martin, of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) as well as author of several best-selling books, host of an acclaimed film series on the Catholic faith, and content director of a marriage program with the Augustine Institute. He currently serves as professor of theology and Vice President of Mission at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land. He resides with his wife Elizabeth and their seven children in Littleton, Colorado. Read about Dr. Sri's Keynote Presentation at the 2016 TOB Congress: Who Am I to Judge? Truth, Mercy, & Engaging the Culture of Moral Relativism or his workshop on Men, Women and the Mystery of Love.
ROSE SWEET is a Catholic author and speaker who draws on Theology of the Body to help people “Put your RELIGION into your RELATIONSHIPS.” With heart and humor she serves up powerful truths of the Catholic faith in bite-sized morsels that anyone in the family, community, or workplace can easily digest. In her books and talks, Rose expertly addresses the mysteries of the interior life, Scripture’s spousal analogy, timeless teaching of the four temperaments, laws of relationship building, dating, courtship, mercy in marriage, divorce healing, annulment, remarriage, and parenting. Rose has given hundreds of presentations at parish missions, retreats, and national conferences. Read about Rose's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: 7 Steps to Mercy for the Divorced.
ADRIANA VASQUEZ has a Bachelor in Theology and Humanities from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Master in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family. She has worked as Spanish Programs Coordinator for the Family Life + Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York, and has taught undergraduates and diocesan leaders in moral theology, marriage, and Natural Family Planning. She is currently a doctoral student in Systematic Theology at the Catholic University of America and lives in Virginia with her husband and children. Read about Adriana's workshop at the 2016 TOB Congress: Hope for Infertile Couples, which she will also present as a Spanish breakout session: Esperanza para las Parejas Infértiles.
SAMUEL VASQUEZ has a Bachelor in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. Samuel is writing his dissertation on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI. He has been a bilingual teacher for diaconate candidates and biblical studies in various dioceses, and is currently an adjunct instructor of Theology. Samuel specializes in biblical and moral apologetics. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children. Read about Samuel's workshops at the 2016 TOB Congress: Body, Love, & Joy: John Paul, Benedict, and Francis on Marriage and La Teología del Cuerpo y el Reto de Las Uniones Entre Homosexuales (The Theology of the Body and the Challenge of Same-Sex Unions).
CHRISTOPHER WEST co-founded the Theology of the Body Institute in 2004 and serves today as the Institute’s Senior Lecturer of Theology and Christian Anthropology. He also founded The Cor Project in 2010, an international outreach and membership organization devoted to helping others learn, live, and share John Paul II’s teaching. His global lecturing, best-selling books, and multiple audio and video programs have made him one of the world’s most recognized teachers of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. His work has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and countless Catholic and Evangelical media outlets. Read about Christopher's Keynote Presentation at the 2016 TOB Congress: Living The TOB: Journey from Head to Heart.
KATRINA J. ZENO, MTS, is the coordinator of the St. John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture for the Diocese of Phoenix, AZ. She has been speaking nationally and internationally on the Theology of the Body for 18 years. Katrina received her Master in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D. C., and her B.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has taught at the college level and assists Catholic dioceses, parishes, and organizations to integrate TOB into various levels of catechesis and formation. Katrina enjoys dancing salsa and Argentine tango, hiking, swimming, learning Spanish, and spending time with her married son, Michael. Read about Katrina's workshops at the 2016 TOB Congress: The One Flesh Union: God's Plan for Your Ultimate Happiness and La Virginidad y Nuestra Perfeccion en El Cielo (Virginity and Our Perfection in Heaven).