Speakers 

 

Keynote presenters

 

Brian Greenfield

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 Brian Greenfield was born and raised in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Gonzaga College High School, he attended Seton Hall University. While there, God moved powerfully in Brian's heart and Life. He began to attend a weekly prayer meeting with other students, which eventually grew into a retreat ministry called the 12 Apostles Program. While leading a retreat, Brian promised God that he would stop living for himself and gave his life to Jesus Christ. After graduating with a degree in communications, Brian attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville for theology. While at Franciscan, he felt God calling him to give more of himself. Brian withdrew from school and entered the Community of the Franciscans of the Renewal. As a postulant, Brian lived in Harlem, served the poor, and began his formation as a Franciscan Friar. After finishing the postulancy, Brian returned to Washington, D.C. to further discern God's call for his life. Brian returned to Seton Hall University to study theology, where he served as a part-time campus minister for the university. Brian taught religion at Paramus Catholic High School. He also began his work with Hard as Nails Ministries. He received his master’s in Theology in May 2005 and a master’s in Education Leadership in 2012.

Brian has spoken to thousands of youth and young adults about the message of Jesus Christ. He has written numerous articles concerning various aspects of Christian living. He is also one of the few black catholic evangelists in the U.S. Brian believes God has given him gifts to bring the message of Jesus Christ to others and knows there is a prevailing hopelessness in this world that can only be remedied through an encounter with Christ. Brian is the Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida. He resides in Spring Hill, Florida with his wife Genevieve and his two children Mieko and Michael.


Paul J.Kim

Paul J. Kim is one of the most sought after Catholic speakers in America. The way he presents is a rare gift to witness & has impacted people of all ages in nearly all 50 states & several countries over the past decade. Paul utilizes his array of talents (i.e. music, beatboxing, comedy, inspirational talks) to communicate the Gospel message of Christ in a way that is engaging, entertaining, & altogether life-changing. He has released two music albums, his YouTube channel has accumulated over a 1.2 million views, & he presents to 30,000 people a year at events throughout the world. In his free time, he enjoys long walks on the beach, surfing, and speaking to strangers in random accents. He resides in Southern California with his beautiful wife & two children.

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Katie Prejean McGrady

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Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus and host of The Electric Waffle, a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. She has traveled across the country since 2007 engaging audiences of all ages and sizes with theological truths and a unique blend of humor. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, she writes for Ave Maria Press, LifeTeen, and EpicPew, and she has spoken in parishes and dioceses across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Katie was one of three delegates chosen by the USCCB to represent the U.S. at the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican in March 2018. She has a degree in Theology from the University of Dallas and lives with her husband, daughter and dog in Lake Charles, Louisiana.


Sarah Swafford

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Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. Sarah speaks nationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as: emotional virtue, dating and relationships, modesty of intentions, and interior confidence. She is a graduate of Benedictine College ad had been involved in ministry for over ten years. Sarah has appeared on EWTN's Life on the Rock and EWTN Live, and has been featured in the National Catholic Register. She is a contributor to Chosen, Ascension Press’ confirmation program and YDisciple’s True Beauty. She has also contributed videos for womenmadenew.com. Sarah is a proud team member of ChastityProject.com and has spoken at Steubenville Conferences around the United States and in Canada. She currently resides in Atchison, Kansas with her wonderful husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, and their four small children: Thomas, Fulton, Cate, and Kolbe. You can find more information about Sarah and Emotional Virtue Ministries at www.emotionalvirtue.com or by emailing contactsarahswafford@gmail.com.


workshop presenters

 

FR. Henry Cuellar

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Pd. Henry Cuellar Jr. es originario de Austin. Entro al seminario en el 2008 y fue ordenado como Sacerdote de Jesucristo en 2018. Antes del seminario, trabajo como trabajador social con estudiantes y familias. Ahora él sirve a la Parrocia de St. William en Round Rock como Pastor Asociado.

Fr. Henry Cuellar Jr. is originally from Austin. He entered the seminary in 2008 and was ordained as a Priest of Jesus Christ in 2018. Before the seminary, he worked as a social worker with students and families. He currently serves the parish of St. William in Round Rock as an Associate Pastor.


LUISA DE POO

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Luisa was born in Mexico City and was raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. In 1993 she graduated with the degree of Licensed Clinical Psychologist, later specializing in Play Therapy. She worked for 6 years in private practice and as a counselor for middle and high schools, putting a pause in her career to devote herself to her family. To continue their spiritual growth, Luisa and her husband were active in their daughters’ Catholic school serving as extraordinary ministers of holy Communion and attended weekly Adoration. They helped a hospital chaplain with taking communion to patients. In the Diocese of Tampico they helped organize retreats, conferences, days of reflection, nights of worship and Catholic concerts. She volunteered at an institution dedicated to providing home care, medical and legal assistance and education to pregnant women in distress, helping with tutoring and catechetical formation. Her professional background and spiritual formation allowed her to serve in various retreats as part of the team of intercession and spiritual healing. She earned her master’s degree in Theology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 2015. She worked as a Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Austin. She is now the Associate Director for Pro-life Activities in the Diocese of Austin.


Christian Esqueda

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Christian Esqueda works with NET Ministries based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. Christian has spoken at events all across America, sharing about purpose and the intense need for authentic Catholic men and women in our culture. He also likes coffee,’nuff said.


BRIAN HENRITZE

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Brian is an evangelist, speaker and missionary of Jesus Christ. He has a master’s in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as a Lay Minister over 12 years at the parish and diocesan level. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He and his wife Amanda have been married for eight years and have three children. He likes to eat homemade cookie dough, enjoys dancing in the rain, and is the s'mores making champion of the world.


Fr. Ryan Higdon

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Father Ryan is the administrator of St. Louis Parish in Waco and has been a priest for six years, serving both parishes and college students at Texas A&M. He loves being a priest and is known for his homilies, radio show, running marathons and taking groups of people up 14,000-foot mountains. He has a huge devotion of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and wants all to experience the heights of holiness.


audrey higgins

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Audrey Higgins is a certified personal trainer and partner trainer for Camp Gladiator fitness boot camps. She has a master’s in Theology and Christian Ministry from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is a former missionary teacher of religion at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo, Belize, a former director of Middle School Youth Ministry at St. William Parish in Round Rock and the former head cross-country coach at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School. She incorporates her love of health and fitness by training adults through her Camp Gladiator fitness camps and continues her passion for youth ministry by teaching part-time as a substitute Theology teacher at St. Dominic Savio.


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marcos martinez

Marcos Guerrero Martínez has spent a lifetime serving youth according to their needs. Marcos worked in the Diocese of Lubbock, for Catholic Charities and parish-based youth ministry. He broke ground in nearby Hobbes, New Mexico where he served as their first-ever full-time youth minister and was nominated for recognition of his outreach to Hispanic youth in particular. As their family grew, Marcos and his family moved to the Diocese of El Paso where he served as diocesan director of youth ministry. Marcos moved to San Antonio to work with the Mexican American Cultural Center, where he wove his expertise with youth into his work as a faculty member, including the RESPETO program of youth leadership, the Hispanic Leadership in the 21st Century program, and the cultural competency program Heart of Multi-culturalism. He also served as adjunct faculty with CMD’s Certificate for Youth Ministry program. As he began working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Marcos was invited to a 4-year term on the NFCYM Board of Directors and was a liaison with the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, (La RED). CRS has provided opportunities to again combine his longstanding commitment to youth and justice work. As relationship manager, Marcos is responsible for outreach and relationship development to seven dioceses where he educates and informs Catholics and others on global issues via workshops, training, and retreats, and provides opportunities for active engagement in CRS’ various programming. Marcos has traveled with CRS to Mexico, Ecuador, Senegal, Haiti, Lebanon and Jordan. He is married to Cyndi and they have five blessings from God: Marcos Roel, Mikaela, Amelia, Jesse, and Mia Graciela. They are active in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Selma TX, a suburb of San Antonio.


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Born and raised in Marlboro, New York, Joelle Maryn grew up in musical theatre and made her first stage appearance at 5.  She is an actress/singer and has modeled for national brands such as Jergens, appeared on numerous book covers, films and news interviews and is the former host of ABC's Trend TV. Joelle also founded a luxury line of anti-aging makeup, which was featured on ABC, NBC, VH1 and in Vanity Fair, Star and Redbook. In 2012, she hit rock bottom and was completely empty despite these worldly accomplishments. She had a major spiritual encounter with Jesus and in His mercy, was given another chance to love and lead others to Him. She now works with youth and adults to cultivate spiritual growth in their lives and to have a personal relationship with Jesus through her talks and the healing power of prayer, music and the sacraments. She is currently the Director of High School Youth Ministry at Emmaus Catholic Parish. Joelle is a member of the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites and has a certification in the Catechesis of Human Love from the Diocese of Austin. Her greatest claim to fame is that she is a mamma of two amazing children who are full of joy and have seen God work miracles in their lives. 


logan mayes

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Logan was born and raised in Bryan. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2001, with a bachelor’s in Political Science. He wanted to be a lawyer, but God called him in a different direction. He has spent the last 20 years in youth ministry, the last 13 as the Life Teen Coordinator at St. Thomas More Parish in Austin. He is married to his beautiful wife Sadie, who supports and encourages him so he can succeed.


LILY MORALES

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Lily Morales is the coordinator of Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Austin. She provides information and support to diocesan and parochial personnel regarding the formation of ministry and social needs among Hispanics / Latinos. Lily was born in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to Austin at an early age. Lily has served as a volunteer in the Hispanic Youth Ministry at the parish and diocesan level through assistance in the development, promotion and execution of numerous activities based on the needs of young adults. In her free time, Lily enjoys playing video games, trying all kinds of food and a good cup of tea.

Lily Morales es la coordinadora de Ministerio Hispano en la Diócesis de Austin. Ella provee información y apoyo a personal diocesano y parroquial en cuanto la formación de ministerio y necesidades sociales entre los Hispanos/Latinos. Lily nació en Monterrey, México y se mudo a Austin a una temprana edad. Lily ha servido como voluntaria en la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana a nivel parroquial y diocesano atreves de la asistencia del desarrollo, promoción y ejecución de numerosas actividades basado en las necesidades de jóvenes adultos. En su tiempo libre, Lily disfruta jugar video juegos, probar toda clase de comida y una buena taza de té.


chris ochoa

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Chris is a passionate disciple and teacher who revels in the chance to reveal the beauty and excitement of a life lived with Christ. Chris has been walking with teens and adults for over eight 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 three beautiful young daughters. Chris has taught numerous courses for catechists, youth ministers and Catholic school educators and currently serves as the Director of Formation and Ministry and a member of the theology faculty at Savio. Before returning to Austin, Chris spent six years in formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross in various ministries around the world and has a bachelor's in History, Philosophy and Theology and a master’s in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.