Hilton Baltimore, MD

Saturday, February 16, 2019--10:30-11:30 AM


Father Michael Schmitz, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, inspires and educates through his priesthood and preaching. He also works with Ascension Presents' online platform to share the Gospel. Ordained in 2003 at St. Paul Seminary, he has preached across the country about the love of God and the call of Jesus Christ for saints to be raised up in the Church. Father Mike’s hope is that these saints will redeem the entire world for Christ.

Thursday, February 14, 2019--7:30-8:30 PM


Cardinal Scan Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap is the Ninth bishop and Sixth Archbishop in the more than 200-year history of the Archdiocese of Boston. He was born in Lakewood, Ohio, June 29, 1944. He earned a master’s degree in religious education and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese Literature, at The Catholic University of’ America in Washington, D.C., where he also taught from 1969 to 1973. In 1973 he began serving as Executive Director of El Centro Catolico Hispano in the Washington Archdiocese before being named Episcopal Vicar for the Hispanic, Portuguese and Haitian communities and Executive Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Social Ministry in 1978. It was during these early days of’ his priesthood that Cardinal O’Malley developed a strong commitment to the issues of’ social justice and care for new immigrants. Before becoming archbishop of Boston, he served as bishop of the Dioceses of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Fall River, and Palm Beach, Fla., the latter of which had seen its previous bishop resign six months earlier after admitting to abuse of minors. In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Archbishop of Boston on July 30, 2003, and he was elevated to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. The Holy Father also named him a member of the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Shortly after Pope Francis’s March 2013 election, the Holy Father selected Cardinal O’Malley to be the only North American member of his Council of Cardinals, who advise the Holy Father on the restructuring of the Roman Curia. Pope Francis has also asked him to lead the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Saturday, February 16, 2019--12:30-1:30 PM


Oscar Azarcon Solis is a Philippine-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. Solis is the first Filipino-American to be consecrated a bishop. Pope Francis appointed him on January 10, 2017.

Friday, February 15, 2019--9:30-10:30 AM


Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. Her story has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home, at the USCCB Convocation, Relevant Radio and other outlets. She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks regularly on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, healing (and sports!). Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun 


Thursday, February 14, 2019--1:00-1:30 PM


Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, is a premiere international Catholic preacher, dynamic teacher, author, radio host, and founder of Hope and Purpose Ministries; whose mission is to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Matthew 10:7), encourage others that God has a plan and purpose for their lives (Jeremiah 29:11), and to help heal the broken-hearted (John 10:10b). Deacon Oney is a noted evangelist who has touched millions of lives across the globe from Europe to Africa to Brazil to Canada and throughout the United States through his ministry initiatives: New Evangelization, Urban Evangelization, International Outreach, Prayer, and Ecumenical Harmony. Deacon Oney is also the Chairman of the Board of the largest African-American owned third-party administration/program management firm in the United States—HGI-Global. Deacon Oney’s newest book Amazed by God’s Grace:  Overcoming Racial Divides by the Power of the Holy Spirit is now available from The Word Among Us Press.

Saturday, February 16, 2019--8:30-9:30 AM


​​Javier W. Bustamante is the Director of the Center for Cultural Engagement at The Catholic University of America. Previously, Javier served as Executive Director of the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach in the Archdiocese of Washington. Javier has been in active ministry for almost 20 years, primarily working with youth and young adults, at the parish, diocesan and national levels. Most recently he served as Director of the Catholic Youth Foundation USA. He previously served as Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey. He has also worked as a parish youth minister in Southern California and as a parish coordinator of Religious Education in Northern Virginia. Javier holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He completed his undergraduate degree in History and Pastoral Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He also holds a certificate in Catholic Social Teaching from The Catholic University of America; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.