Fr. Michael Depcik, OSFS
Fr. Michael Depcik, OSFS, is among fewer than a handful of culturally Deaf priests worldwide. Fr. MD, as he is known, was ordained a priest in 2000 in the congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He currently ministers to deaf Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit. In 2008, Fr. MD established a vlog website called Fr. MD’s Kitchen Table at www.frmd.org. Fr. Depcik, a graduate of St. Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a Master of Arts degree in Divinity from Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University. Fr. MD, born and raised in Chicago, is a second generation member of a Deaf family.
Joan Rosenhauer joined CRS in April 2009 and is responsible for leadership of the agency’s mission of assisting Catholics in the U.S. to act on their faith by helping people in need around the world. She leads CRS’ domestic programs and advocacy, including five regional offices across the U.S. She also oversees CRS’ marketing strategy including communications, media, web and social media. As a member of the CRS executive team, Ms. Rosenhauer has visited CRS programming in East and Central Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Programs in these regions include agriculture and food security, health, microfinance, peacebuilding and others. Prior to joining CRS, Ms. Rosenhauer spent 16 years working for the Office of Justice and Peace at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Management from the University of Maryland. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Dominican College and St. Ambrose University as well as the Harry A. Fagan award from the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors. Ms. Rosenhauer serves on the Boards of Directors of Jesuit Refugee Services USA and the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Born December 7, 1947 in Chicago to Wilton Sr. and Ethel Duncan Gregory, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory attended St. Carthage Grammar School, where he converted to Catholicism. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Niles College (now St. Joseph’s College Seminary) of Loyola University and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 9, 1973. Three years after his ordination he began graduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’ Anselmo) in Rome. There he earned his doctorate in sacred liturgy in 1980. After having served as an associate pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glenview, IL as a member of the faculty of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein and as a master of ceremonies to Cardinals John Cody and Joseph Bernardin, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Chicago on December 13, 1983. On February 10, 1994, he was installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, IL where he served for the next eleven years. On December 9, 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Gregory as the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He was installed on January 17, 2005.
Hosffman Ospino, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. His research focuses on how the conversation between faith and culture shapes ministerial and educational practices in the Church. Professor Ospino has written and edited several books on Hispanic ministry, theology, and religious education. He served as the principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry, published in 2014, and the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families, published in 2016. He is an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and a member of the central team coordinating the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
For over forty years, Sister Regina Marie has lived out her calling as a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. She has served as a junior high teacher, Directress of Novices and Postulants, Vocation Directress, Superior General of the Carmelite Sisters, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the United States. Sister Regina Marie is currently serving as Vicar General for her thriving religious community. Over the years she has developed a national reputation as an inspiring speaker and a much sought-after retreat leader.