19th Annual Ignited By Truth Catholic Conference

The Veil Removed

The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church. It’s objective is to increase participation and understanding of the Eucharist by igniting amazement through the miraculous beauty of the Catholic Mass.


Dr. Edward Sri:
“The Art of Living: The Cardinal Virtues and the Freedom to Love”

Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and well-known speaker who presents to tens of thousands of people around the world each year. He has written several best-selling books, including No Greater Love; Who Am I to Judge?; and Walking with Mary. He is the presenter of several faith formation programs used by thousands of parishes, including the celebrated film series Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained. With Curtis Martin, he is a co-founder of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and currently serves as Sr. Vice President of Apostolic Outreach. Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land each year and is the host of the acclaimed podcast All Things Catholic. His latest book is The Art of Living: The Cardinal Virtues and the Freedom to Love. He and his wife Elizabeth are blessed with eight children and reside in Littleton, Colorado.


Fr. Chris Alar, MIC:
“Understanding Divine Mercy”

Father Chris Alar, MIC, is a priest with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Chris wrote and produced the popular “Divine Mercy 101” DVD and is the author of the bestselling book After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You. He is a regular host and guest on EWTN and he also hosts the online “Divine Mercy Matters” series at DivineMercyMatters.org. Currently he serves as “Fr. Joseph, MIC,” the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and is the head of Marian Press, located on the grounds of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.


Youth Lunch with Eric Burns:
“Leading a Meaningful Life”

Eric Burns is a member of the Diocese of Raleigh and has been involved in high school youth ministry in various forms for over 15 years.  He has learned a tremendous amount about what it means to be a person in a relationship with God from the teens with whom he has interacted.  He enjoys paying that information forward.

Eric and his wife Angie have three young boys and spend most of their time trying to convince them to eat their vegetables.

Father Ian
Eucharistic Adoration
with Fr. 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:


Patrick Madrid:
Open-Forum Q&A Workshop

Patrick Madrid hosts the “Patrick Madrid Show” radio program on Relevant Radio, which airs in major metro markets across the nation.

In 2012 Patrick launched the daily “Right Here, Right Now” radio show on the Immaculate Heart Radio, on Sirius Satellite Radio, and globally via shortwave. From 2007-2012 he hosted EWTN’s Thursday edition of the “Open Line” show. He also wrote and hosted several television series, including “Pope Fiction,” “Search & Rescue,” and “Where Is That in the Bible?”

Patrick established the Envoy Institute in 1996 and from 1996-2011 published the quarterly Catholic journal, Envoy Magazine. The Envoy Institute operated the Catholic Apologetics Academy and Catholic Apologetics Summer Camp.

He has authored or edited 26 books including, Why Be Catholic? (Random House) and Life Lessons: 50 Things I Learned in My First 50 Years (Ignatius Press). 

From 1988 to 1996, Patrick worked at Catholic Answers, where he served as vice president. While there, he wrote the booklet Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth, tens of millions of copies of which have been distributed globally in English, Spanish, and other languages.

Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

Patrick serves as an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. He also taught for several semesters as an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a research fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies.

A former member of the board of trustees of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, he now serves on the board of trustees of the Pontifical College Josephinum. He has served as an adviser for several national Catholic organizations and was a founding board member of the Catholic Marketing Network.

Christendom College bestowed its Pro Deo et Patria award upon Patrick when he delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of 2020.


Ralph Martin:
“A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward”

Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world, and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than thirty countries.

Ralph is also the director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu). He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and he continues to serve in this capacity. Ralph also was appointed as a theological expert for the Synod on the New Evangelization.

He is the author of the widely read The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saintsand many books on spirituality and evangelization, such as Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelizationand The Urgency of the New Evangelization, as well as many articles in scholarly and popular publications. His most recent book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, examines the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ while also using both Scripture and Tradition to fortify the faithful.

Ralph and his wife, Anne, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have six children and nineteen grandchildren.


Divine Mercy Chaplet,
sung by Kathy Pittman

Prayed on ordinary rosary beads, The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist, so it is especially appropriate to use it after having received Holy Communion at Holy Mass. It may be said at any time, but our Lord specifically told St. Faustina to recite it during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter). He then added: “By this Novena, [of Chaplets] I will grant every possible grace to souls.”

The Lord requested that this Chaplet be said not only by Sr. Faustina, but by others: “Encourage souls to say the Chaplet that I have given you.”

It is likewise appropriate to pray the Chaplet during the “Hour of Great Mercy” — three o’clock each afternoon (recalling the time of Christ’s death on the cross). In His revelations to St. Faustina, Our Lord asked for a special remembrance of His Passion at that hour. 

Jesus said to Sr. Faustina; “Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you.  Anyone who says it will receive great MERCY at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this chaplet even once, will receive grace from My infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy”

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti:
“The Modern-Day Battle Against Ancient Evil”

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse.  He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1973 and spent six years in the Air Force. 

After ordination, he served in two parishes before becoming Director of Education of the House of Affirmation. For 18 years, he served as the Executive Vice President and then the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, a residential treatment program for clergy and religious men and women. 

He is author of the Paulist Press bestseller I Am Awake and Twenty-Third Publications’ Fire on the Earth. He is author of the Ave Maria book: When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic.  His book The Joy of Priesthood won a Catholic Press Association award.  He edited Behold Your Mother: Priests Speak About Mary and Born of the Eucharist: A Spirituality for Priests.  His research book on priesthood called Why Priests are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests was released in Oct 2011.  He published in 2013: Letters to My Brothers: Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests. His latest work is: Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle against Ancient Evil published by Sophia Institute Press. 

A licensed psychologist in the States of Maryland and Massachusetts, Msgr. Rossetti has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic University.  He was chair of the Maryland Psychological Association’s ethics committee. 

He received a Proclaim Award from the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, a Lifetime Service Award from Theological College, a Touchstone Award from the NFPC, the 2013 John Paul II leadership award from the National Catholic Education Association, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Msgr. Rossetti is a research associate professor at the Catholic University of America (CUA) and the President of St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal (www.catholicexorcism.org). Msgr. Rossetti has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington for over 12 years.


Nikki Kingsley:
“The Truth Shall Set You Free”

What is the Truth?

This was the burning question that led Nikki  Kingsley  on her journey from Islam to Christianity.

Nikki’s  remarkable  story  began  in  Pakistan  where  she  was  born  in  a Muslim family. She arrived in America at the age of thirty with her two young children, seeking freedom from an arranged marriage, and discovered the promise found in the dream called America.

Nikki’s life as a Muslim went through a dramatic turn when she had an extraordinary  series  of  mystical  experiences.  These  events  prompted her to question and reconsider the Muslim faith that she had practiced for 40 years.

Ultimately, this led Nikki to The Truth in the person of Jesus Christ.

A  compelling  speaker,  Nikki  now  shares  her  life-changing  story  of faith and hope––a story of a journey from the culture, faith, and traditions of the East to the freedom of the West.

Nikki  Kingsley’s  dynamic  account  of  her  faith  journey into Light is detailed in her book, Thirst for Truth: From Mohammad to Jesus.


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