Keynote presenters

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jeremy rodriguez

conference emcee

A familiar face at DCYC, Jeremy is a singer-songwriter and speaker-performer who has been leading worship since 2000 in his home parish in Lockhart. He formed a rock band named Soundwave in 2007. They led worship all over Texas for various events, youth conferences and churches, and also opened up for top Christian bands such as Robbie Seay, Tenth Avenue North, Mercy Me and The Newsboys. Jeremy has also written with artists such as Paul Colman, StuG, Claas Jambor and Matt Maher. Jeremy writes and preforms music to inspire others to get through struggles and difficulties in their lives. You can follow his new music and band at www.toloveandrescue.com.

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joe melendrez

Joe Melendrez has forged a unique path to becoming one of America’s most exciting Catholic performers. At 15, Joe was featured on MTV and developed a love for performing. Later that year, on a Teen ACTS Retreat, Joe encountered the awesome love of God. It was then that he decided to dedicate his life to sharing the Good News. Joe shares the Gospel in many unique ways, including his development of a faith-based clothing line God Swagg Apparel, his release of three major Catholic hip-hop albums, and even sharing the winnings from a college Chipotle contest (a year of free burritos), as a means to evangelize to different people with each meal! With a bachelor’s in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton, Joe has become a professional retreat leader and religion teacher at a Catholic high school in Los Angeles. In addition to his work in Catholic education, Joe’s electric ministry of music and evangelization has taken him to Europe, Africa, Australia, South America and all across the U.S.  Joe uses his skills to animate huge crowds of teens and continues to share these gifts at major youth rallies, conferences and national events. Today, Joe Melendrez is a husband and father as well as a natural emcee, a dynamic musical performer, an inspiring speaker and an expert retreat leader.

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matt regitz

Matt Regitz took an unlikely path to ministry by taking over his struggling home parish youth program in Houston after five years as an oilfield salesman. More than a decade later Matt is still sharing the Gospel with the teens at Prince of Peace Church alongside his brother, Dave, while reaching thousands more beyond their parish walls. Matt has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and a master’s in theology from the University of St. Thomas. He and his bride, Stephanie, have been blessed with five children, but their oldest daughter, Mary Clare, beat them to heaven.

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lizzie velasquez

Lizzie Velasquez is a global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, social media personality and author. Lizzie was born with a rare syndrome. At this time there are only two other people in the world that are known to be living with this rare syndrome. In December 2013, she took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen and gave a talk titled “How Do You Define Yourself?” that has garnered more than 13 million views. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, Associated Press, AOL, MSN, and Yahoo! among many other national and international media outlets. She is an executive producer of the award-winning documentary based on her life, “A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story,” which chronicles her journey from cyber bullying victim to global anti-bullying activist. The film had an Academy-qualifying release in the U.S. in Fall 2015 and began its international release in Spring 2016. Lizzie's latest book "Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World" was released June 6, 2017. You can watch her show "Unzipped with Lizzie Velasquez," available via the Fullscreen app. You can also catch Lizzie on all social media platforms - where she has more than 1.5 million followers combined - posting about anything and everything in her life - her travels, hangouts with her friends and family, her style and makeup routines, and of course, her little pups Ollie and Olivia.

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jared zimmerer

Jared is a Catholic author, speaker, writer, husband and father of six and the director of Outreach and Mission at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, has been a competitive all-natural bodybuilder, trains in mixed martial arts and powerlifting, and is a passionate advocate of evangelizing the fitness and bodybuilding culture with the help of the Catholic Faith. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

workshop presenters

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Bishop Daniel Garcia

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez appointed then-Very Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as the Vicar General for the Diocese of Austin and Moderator of the Curia on March 3, 2014. On Jan. 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Austin. Bishop Garcia is the first auxiliary bishop in the history of the diocese. He was ordained on March 3, 2015.

Bishop Garcia was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin on May 28, 1988.  Since then he has served at the parishes of St. Catherine of Siena, Cristo Rey, St. Louis, and St. Vincent de Paul, all in Austin.  He also served three years in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Humble, Texas.  In the Diocese of Austin, he has served as a dean, and as a member of the Priests' Personnel Board, College of Consultors, and Diocesan Liturgical Commission, as well as a member and chairman of the Presbyteral Council.

Bishop Garcia currently serves as Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Worship in Spanish, as a member of the USCCB Committee on Worship, as a member of the USCCB Communications Committee and as a consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.

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anna huth

Anna Huth, relationship manager for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), holds a master’s degree from Oblate School of Theology and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University. She joined CRS Southwest in May 2006 after serving for more than three decades in pastoral ministry, pastoral administration and community development, with particular emphases on retreat and workshop leadership and the Church’s call to solidarity. She is responsible for CRS Southwest’s outreach in seven dioceses, to people in ministry and other adults and youth regarding Catholic Social Teaching, global solidarity and the mission and work of CRS.

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chris ochoa

Chris Ochoa has been walking with teens and young people for more than seven years as a youth minister, theology teacher and campus minister. He and his wife, Jessica, are blessed to partner in almost everything they do, including both teaching and ministering at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School in Austin and raising two beautiful young daughters. Chris is a passionate teacher and believes that the best way to bring people to love God and His Church is by revealing the beauty and excitement of life lived with Christ. He has taught numerous courses for catechists, youth ministers and Catholic school educators. Chris spent six years in formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross in various ministries around the world and has a bachelor's degree in History, Philosophy and Theology and a master’s degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.

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fr. alex caudillo

Father Alex Caudillo was born in Guanajuato Mexico. He is the youngest of 13 children. Father Alex went to seminary at Holy Trinity in Dallas and St. Mary's in Houston and was ordained to the priesthood in 2013. He is now an associate pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Alex enjoys reading, art, listening to different types of music, learning about different cultures, and sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball and football, among other but his favorite is soccer). His favorite soccer teams are Arsenal from England, Barcelona from Spain and Pumas from Mexico. 

Padre Alex Caudillo nació en Guanajuato México. Es el más pequeño de 13 hijos. Padre Alex fue al seminario de Holy Trinity en Dallas y St. Mary's en Houston y fue ordenado al sacerdocio en el 2013. Ahora es pastor asociado en la Iglesia Católica de Sacred Heart. Padre Alex disfruta leer, el arte, escuchar diferentes tipos de música, aprender de distintas culturas, y los deportes (futbol, basquetbol, volibol y futbol americano, entre otros pero su favorito es el futbol). Sus equipos de futbol favoritos son Arsenal de Inglaterra, Barcelona de España y Pumas de México.

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juliana Rueda

Juliana is the Coordinator of Evangelization and Outreach for the Diocese of Austin. She is responsible for implementing diocesan programs, initiatives and resources related to strengthening the Church’s impact in fulfilling its ongoing mission of evangelization. Juliana also serves on the diocesan leadership team for the V Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry, a process to build missionary disciples in our church through missionary activity, consultation and leadership development. She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Texas State University.

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Sr. maria josé, o.p.

Sister Maria Jose is a Dominican Sister from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Congregation. During the last 11 years she has been at the community with their mother house at Ann Arbor, MI. She’s originally from El Paso, TX and currently is one of fourteen sisters from the Austin community. She lives at a convent in Georgetown, TX, where she fundraises to build their convent that will house 112 sisters. 

Hermana María José es una Hermana Dominicana de la congregación Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Ella ha estado con la comunidad, cuya casa madre está en Ann Arbor, MI, durante los últimos 11 años. Ella es originaria de El Paso, TX y actualmente es una de las catorce hermanas de su comunidad en Austin. Ella vive en el convento de Georgetown, TX, donde al presente trabaja en la recaudación de fondos para construir un gran convento que será el hogar para 112 Hermanas.

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stephanie regitz

Stephanie Regitz is the proud wife of her best friend, Matt. They met her first week on campus at Texas A&M, but they didn't date until she was a senior and he had graduated. She and Matt married in 2001 and she started teaching pre-Kindergarten in Houston. She now stays home raising their four children while writing a children's book series, assisting in youth ministry, and supporting women in her community both in their joy and grief. Her other interests include traveling, decorating, two-stepping and avoiding laundry.

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taylor schroll

Taylor Schroll is a Catholic husband, father of three, speaker, worship leader and radio show host at ForteCatholic.com. He also serves as a full-time missionary with Ablaze Ministries in Bryan/College Station. He loves bringing joy to people through a combination of the Gospel and comedy.

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that catholic couple

Daniel and ana glaze

Daniel and Ana Glaze are the creators of That Catholic Couple, a Youtube channel with more than 6,000 subscribers that is focused on having fun and reaching sainthood together. As of October 2017, they have become the first full-time Catholic family on Youtube. With more than 400,000 channel views and 1.6 million minutes of content watched, you can say promoting the vocation of marriage through vlogging is their thing. The Glazes have been interviewed on multiple podcasts, blogs and websites including Word on Fire and Catholic TV, have received nominations two years in a row for Best Catholic Youtube Channel in the Fisher’s Net Awards: Recognizing the Best in Catholic Media, and have participated in Youtube Creator Days. Ana and Daniel reside in central Texas, with their (almost) 2-year-old daughter, Lily Michele.