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Sat, Apr 6th, 2019
NC State Campus, Raleigh
Main Stage — Reynolds Coliseum : 8am-7pm
Student Programs : 11am-2pm ( Lunch Included )
Dr Tim Gray
Tim Gray is President of the Augustine Institute and a well-known Catholic speaker and author.
Under Dr. Gray’s leadership, the Augustine Institute has established the largest Catholic graduate school of theology in the country, and has created best-selling programs including: Symbolon, a comprehensive program of faith formation for adults; FORMED, a digital platform with a vast array of Catholic films, eBooks, and audio talks; and Signs of Grace, a sacramental preparation program for children. They are currently also developing a comprehensive Catholic curriculum for students in grades Kindergarten through high school.
Dr. Gray has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Catholic University of America., and is the author of several books including Peter: Keys to Following Jesus and Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina.
Tim and his wife Kris, and son Joseph, live in Littleton, Colorado.
Father Larry Richards
A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master and author, Father Larry Richards holds the answer to some of life’s most profound questions. He speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner-city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards has directed hundreds of Retreats, Parish Missions and Conferences for young and old alike. His inspirational talks and presentations, always authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the hearts, minds, and lives of millions of listeners worldwide.
In addition to his priestly duties as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie, PA, Father Larry founded and is president of The Reason For Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Good News by educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith. He hosts radio programs on Relevant Radio and EWTN Radio and is seen frequently on EWTN.
He is the author of Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You To Be and Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will.
Dr Peter Kreeft
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College. He is the author of numerous books on Christian philosophy, theology and apologetics. He also formulated, together with Ronald K. Tacelli, “Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God”.
He loves his five grandchildren, four children, one wife, one cat, and one God. His 75 books include:Handbook of Christian ApologeticsChristianity for Modern PagansFundamentals of the Faith
Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award-winning journalist is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the Director of Communications and New Age Research for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s Women of Grace® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
For the last 10 years she has been the lead researcher for Women of Grace’s New Age Q & A Blog which is the largest blog of its kind in the world. The library of information now exceeds 1200 entries on everything from acupuncture and angels to wicca and yoga.
She has also authored seven books, including The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Liguori Publications published the story of her conversion, entitled, We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl. Along with Johnnette Benkovic, she co-authored the Young Women of Grace Study Program which teaches girls ages 13+ about what it means to be authentically feminine. Her latest publication is The Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, published by Avila Institute, which has an imprimatur from the Diocese of Birmingham.
Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O’Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.
Adam Blai holds a Masters Degree in Adult Clinical Psychology from Penn State University. He is a Church decreed expert on religious demonology and exorcism FOR the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Blai is an auxiliary member of the International Association of Exorcists based in Rome. Over the last decade he has helped educate priests on exorcism at national conferences, seminars, and through consultation on many cases in a number of dioceses. He has assisted at dozens of solemn exorcisms, house exorcisms, and resolutions of hauntings. In addition to Church cases, he reaches out to educate people on the current paranormal craze, the dangers therein, and more ethical ways to resolve hauntings. He has put together a pastoral manual for priests on exorcism and resolving human spirit hauntings. Many young people today are subtly being drawn into Wicca and witchcraft. Adam will help us understand where Wicca came from, and the dangers therein.
His professional life has been spent working in the Pennsylvania State prison system as a Psychological Services Specialist, where he has done hundreds of psychological evaluations for the parole process and worked with the full range of mental illness and human evil.
For more information on Adam Blai please visit his website:
Father Dwight Longenecker
Fr. Dwight Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he studied theology at Oxford University. He was ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country priest on the Isle of Wight.
Realizing that the Anglican Church and he were on divergent paths, he and his family were received into the Catholic Church in 1995. For ten years they continued to live in England where he worked as a freelance writer and charity worker. In 2006 he returned to the USA was ordained as a Catholic priest.
He is a noted author of twenty books, booklets, and hundreds of articles. His latest book is titled, “Mystery of the Magi”. Visit his website to read his blog, listen to his podcasts, browse his books, and be in touch.
Fr. Longenecker currently serves as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
Father Ian Van Heusen
A priest of the Diocese of Raleigh who teaches, writes, and researches on prayer and meditation. Current assignments are ECU Newman and St. Peter’s in Greenville.
For more information on Father Ian Van Heusen please visit his website:
A young singer/songwriter and speaker, Dana travels throughout the U.S. to encourage and inspire others with her songs and witness. Growing up in a Catholic family, Dana always had a strong faith, but it wasn’t until she went to college that her relationship with God truly deepened.
Through the ups and downs of college life, Dana began to understand that true and lasting happiness, peace, and purpose is found in Christ alone. Only then did she realize that God was calling her to step out and share His truth and love with others using the musical gifts she was given.
Now, Dana finds abundant joy in allowing the Lord to use her and her music for His greater glory. Dana independently released her debut album, Glorious Horizons, in September 2015. After signing with a new Christian record label, Rekindle Records, she released her first single, “My Savior in Me,” and released her new album “Nothing in the World” in April 2018.
Nick De La Torre
“Nick as a speaker at a conference, retreat or event, will bring a solid message, a strong understanding of and fidelity to the Church, and a witness of authentic discipleship.”
– Bishop Daniel E. Thomas
A classically trained vocalist, Nick spent much of his youth and academia with the aspiration of becoming an opera singer. That is, until he encountered the Lord. Nick gave up the career he had been working towards to become a youth minister, then church music director, then pastoral associate, then director of marriage and family life ministries for the Diocese of Toledo. During its two-year run, Nick was the co-host of the internationally acclaimed podcast “The Catholic SIP.” Around the country Nick has served as musician for Dynamic Catholic, Renewal Ministries, Extraordinary Mission and Life Teen retreats, conferences and events.