Reignite Your Faith
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This project was inspired to help share a message of inspiration and hope. Each speaker shares their unique story, their love for Jesus and the Catholic faith. Our prayer through this online interview series is to help provide you with a spark to reengage, reconnect, rediscover and Reignite Your Faith during this season of Lent.
“The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for GREATNESS.” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
SPEAKER LINE UP
Speaker Profile / Bio
Chris Stefanick is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and television host who has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold, contagious faith.
Recipient of the Papal Benemerenti Medal, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput calls Chris “one of the most engaging defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” Chris’s live seminars reach more than 85,000 people per year. . He authored the Chosen Confirmation program which has already formed more than 600,000 teens.
A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Chris is also the founder and president of Real Life Catholic.
Above all, Chris is proud to be the husband to his wife Natalie and father to their six children.
Jennifer Baugh is the Founder and National Executive Director of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages young professionals to embrace their faith and Work in Witness for Christ. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Trinity University and her MBA from Texas A&M, graduating summa cum laude. Jennifer worked for Merrill Lynch in the Global Wealth Management practice and for FTI Consulting in the Corporate Restructuring practice before starting the YCP apostolate in 2010.
YCP exists to raise up a new generation to serve the Church and the world. By challenging, training, and inspiring young adults, YCP offers dynamic programs to empower Catholic professionals in their twenties and thirties.
From mentoring opportunities with seasoned professionals to hearing faithful executives discuss hiring practices,YCP offers numerous and accessible resources to help young adults deepen their spiritual lives while excelling personally and professionally
Stephen K. Ray was born in 1954 to parents who had just become Christians through a Billy Graham Crusade. He was raised in a Fundamentalist Baptist family and was dedicated to Jesus in the local Baptist Church. At four years old he “asked Jesus into his heart” and was “born again” according to Baptist tradition.
After searching, studying, and reading many books, on Pentecost Sunday 1994, Steve and his wife Janet entered into the Catholic Church at Christ the King Parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Steve is a regular guest on Catholic radio and TV including Catholic Answers, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio, & EWTN. He also writes Bible studies for Catholic Scripture Study International.
Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck
While at Clemson, he was a four-year starter, helping the Tigers win the 2001 ACC Championship and four NCAA tournament berths, including two Elite-Eight appearances.
After graduating from Clemson in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Trade, Fr. Chase signed with Huachipato of the Chilean First Division. He then spent four years playing in the Chilean league, winning a league championship with Ñublense in 2006. Fr. Chase played the 2007 season in the first division while completing his fourth and final year in Chile. During two of those years, he was selected the league’s most valuable player at the left fullback position. He later signed with the New England Revolution in the United States’ Major League Soccer before retiring in 2008.
Fr. Chase left his professional soccer career to enter the seminary and to become a Catholic priest and was ordained for Diocese of Peoria on May 24th 2014. After two years in Hispanic ministry and high school chaplaincy, Fr. Chase became the Assistant Chaplain at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, the nation’s largest Newman Center. He is in his fourth year as a university chaplain.
John Sablan is co-founder and president of World Ablaze Inc., a Catholic apostolate dedicated to discipleship and evangelization. By day, John is a technology executive with a MBA and BS in Computer Information Systems. John is also Catholic Speaker, Evangelist and podcaster and has been featured on EWTN, Ave Maria and Sacred Heart Radio programs.
He is the co-author and co-host along with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of Real Men produced by Shalom World Media and is also featured on the men’s spirituality series of That Man Is You! as well as Men Rise Up. John received his graduate certificate in theology from Augustine Institute and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. John is also a life professed Third Order Dominican. John’s greatest gifts are his beloved bride Nichole, their three children and granddaughter.
Matthew Lozano serves as Director of Training for Heart of the Father Ministries. He has twelve years of teaching experience and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Villanova University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute. He and his wife Jennifer have five children and live in the Philadelphia area. He is the coauthor of the Unbound Ministry Guidebook and Abba’s Heart.
Roy Schoeman was born and raised Jewish, by German Jewish parents who had fled Nazi Germany. Growing up he received a thorough Jewish education, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT, and an M.B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard Business School, where he then joined the faculty as a professor of marketing.
While a Jewish Marketing Professor at Harvard Business School, he received two supernatural experiences –one of Christ and one of the Blessed Virgin Mary – that resulted in his unanticipated and enthusiastic conversion to Catholicism.
Roy hosts a weekly Catholic radio show on Radio Maria, and has appeared frequently on EWTN television, including on “EWTN Live”, “The Journey Home”, “Bookmark”, and “Women of Grace”, and gives talks, missions, and retreats throughout the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and South and Central America.
Brittany Bock, 7-year retired pro soccer player, speaker, mentor, coach and massage therapist, strives to help people overcome adversity to live their best life. She attended the University of Notre Dame. There she became a 2x All-American/2x Academic All-American, competed in 2 NCAA National Championship title games, and earned Big East Offensive Player of the year in 2007.
Brittany was drafted 1st round, 5th over all by the Los Angeles Sol in the Women’s Professional Soccer league in 2009, training with the US Women’s National Team for the entire year, winning the league and the WPS Championship and again in 2011. Throughout her decorated career she endured and overcame 11 surgeries, concussions and several broken ribs. Frustrated and in pain, she battled mentally, physically and emotionally as she had to surrender her dream of the Olympics and hang up the cleats.
Through all of this, she credits her ability to overcome and persevere by surrendering her frustration and pain to Christ through her Catholic faith. She has found the courage and ability to dream again and to passionately pursue her purpose that God has designed for her. She calls this new strength a “Surrendered Strength”ea
Fr. Ed Broom OMV
Father Ed Broom, OMV is a member of the Religious Order, Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a Priest, Speaker, Author, Radio Talk Show Host, and Retreat Master. He was ordained to the priesthood by Saint Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 25, 1986. He serves as Associate Pastor at St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens, CA.
Father Broom teaches Catholic Ignatian Marian Spirituality through his homilies, classes, popular missions, retreats, podcasts, blog articles, live streaming of his videos, homilies, and classes on Facebook, a weekly radio show on Guadalupe Radio, and articles regularly published on Catholic Exchange. He has two published books: The Road Map to Heaven and Total Consecration through the Mysteries of the Rosary – Consecration to Jesus through Mary.
Amanda Vernon is a Catholic evangelist who has shared her faith across the U.S. and in six foreign countries. An accomplished recording artist, Amanda co-authored the memoir When God Wrecks Your Romance: Orthodox Faith, Unorthodox Story. She uses music, writing, and speaking to share her experience of God and the Church. Originally from the Midwest, Amanda resides in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and their four young children.
With over a decade of experience in studio production, live performance, and liturgical music, Amanda refers to her musical style as “soulful pop with gospel and jazz roots.” Her eighth album, Secretos Navideños, debuted in 2018 as Amanda’s first full-length Spanish project. Supported by a growing number of Amanda Vernon Patrons, she releases scripture reflections and songs weekly.
She’s performed World Youth Days in Sydney, Australia (2008) and Madrid, Spain (2011). She also had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers (2014 Bishop’s Charities Game and 2015 Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Paul J. Kim
Paul J. Kim is one of the most sought after Catholic speakers in America. His presentations have impacted people of all ages in 46 states and 7 countries over the past decade, leading them to life-changing encounters with Christ. He has released two music albums, he is the founder of the Triumph Men’s Conference, and his videos online have accumulated over 2 million views. His background includes work as a marriage and family therapist, and religious formation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. In his free time he enjoys long walks on the beach, talking to strangers in random accents, and taco Tuesdays. He resides in Southern California with his beautiful wife & three children.
Dr. Allen Hunt
A little over 25 years ago, Allen Hunt left his job in a management consulting firm on Wall Street to answer God’s call to ministry and become a pastor. He received a Master of Divinity from Emory University and a PhD in New Testament and Ancient Studies from Yale University. Allen faithfully pastored Methodist churches for twenty years. He became the senior pastor of a mega-church, one of the largest Methodist congregations in the USA.
But there was a longing inside that eventually he could no longer ignore. His search for truth and a deeper relationship with Christ Jesus brought him to another life-changing decision: he would step down from his senior pastor position and convert to Catholicism.
Dr. Allen Hunt’s story is a compelling one. He is a best-selling author and speaker and now partners with Matthew Kelly at the Dynamic Catholic Institute. He and his wife, Anita, share 30 years of marriage, two beautiful grown married daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.
Angela Baraquio Grey
Angela Perez Baraquio is a former Miss America (2001) who broke ground and made history as the first Asian-American woman, the only Filipina woman, and the only teacher to win since the pageant’s inception in 1921.
Angela earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Speech and an Master’s degree in Educational Administration both from the University of Hawaii. In 2003, Angela was invited by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush as a special guest to a State Dinner at the White House honoring Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. From 2006-2008 she served as a Presidential appointee to President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation with 25 high-profiled members: including AOL’s Jean Case, Colt’s NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy, Michael W. Smith, singer Hillary Duff, and Patricia Heaton, actress from Everybody Loves Raymond.
Angela is a pro-life advocate who promotes the idea of “Whole Life.” She believes in the intrinsic dignity of the human person from natural conception to natural death. After her brother shockingly died by suicide in 2006. Angela began to speak out publicly on pro-life issues and the importance of faith and family. She is the author of the faith-based inspirational memoir, “Amazing Win, Amazing Loss: Miss America Living Happily, EVEN After.”
Tim Staples was a fallen-away Southern Baptist who as a teen came back to faith in Christ through the witness of televangelists. During his four-year tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, he became friends with a Marine well-versed in his Catholic Faith who challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources.
That sparked a two-year search for the truth. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim attended Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. He was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he studied his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church.
He converted in 1988 and spent six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy and studying theology at the graduate level. Realizing that his calling was not to be a priest, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.
Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He currently resides in Baltimore as the host a weekly international TV show Savoring our Faith on EWTN, a best- selling author, radio and podcast host, and an internationally acclaimed speaker.
His unique background as a two-time black belt martial arts instructor, award winning break dancer and choreographer and an award- winning cook has caught the attention of many media and entertainment outlets, from ABC, PBS, NBC, FOX, the Cooking Channel, and also the Food Network where Fr. Leo defeated the world-famous chef in a competition called, “Throw Down with Bobby Flay!”
With an attention for making deep discussions more bite sizable, Fr. Leo and his movement, “Plating Grace” and the non-profit group, “The Table Foundation” is helping to bring out world together one plate of grace at a time.
Abby Johnson worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years, working her way up through the ranks to become the clinic director a clinic in Bryan, Texas. She was Planned Parenthood’s Employee of the Year in 2008 but she walked away from her job after witnessing the abortion of a 13-week-old fetus during an ultrasound-guided abortion. She left Planned Parenthood and instantly became a national news headline for her defection, which led to a pro-life speaking career. In 2012, she founded And Then There Were None, the only ministry in the nation that helps abortion workers leave their jobs and find new ones out of the industry. To date, she has helped over 530 abortion workers quit. She also founded ProLove Ministries and LoveLine in the fall of 2019. Her bestselling book, Unplanned, was made into a feature film that debuted in theaters nationwide March 2019 under the same name. She and her husband, Doug, have eight children.
Dr. Tim Millea, MD
Tim Millea is a native Iowan who returned to his home state in 1992 to begin practice as an orthopedic spine surgeon. He and his wife, Beth, have been married for 40 years and blessed with five children, and soon will welcome their eleventh grandchild.
Dr. Millea is an active member of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) and serves on the Board of Directors. He is the CMA’s state representative for Iowa and also serves on the national organization’s Health Care Policy, Regional and State Directors, and Catholic Clinic Initiative Committees. He is co-founder and current president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, a chartered guild of the CMA.
After graduating with a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, he worked several years as a physical therapist. He then attended and graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1986. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency and spine surgery fellowship training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.