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February 17, 2024

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2024 Speakers

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Heather Khym

Heather Khym is the cohost of the internationally popular Abiding Together Podcast and Author of the book “Abide: A Pathway to Transformative Healing and Intimacy with Jesus.” She and her husband, Jake, are the cofounders of Life Restoration Ministries, where she serves as director of vision and ministry of the British Columbia-based apostolate. She is also codirector of the Celtic Cross Foundation. She has thirty years of experience as a speaker and retreat leader, offering workshops and conferences in the United States and Canada. She attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, studying theology and catechetics. Heather is passionate about evangelization, discipleship, and creating an environment for people to have a personal encounter with God. She lives with her husband and three children in British Columbia, Canada.

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Fr. John Burns

Fr. John Burns is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He is the author of the bestselling books “Adore: A Guided Advent Journal for Prayer and Meditation“, “Return: A Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation” and “Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales.” Ordained in 2010, Fr. Burns has served as an associate pastor and pastor in Milwaukee in addition to being an adjunct professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He completed a doctorate in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in 2019. His doctoral research focused on the theology of healing through forgiveness. Father Burns works extensively in healing and renewal ministry with communities of women religious. He is founder of Friends of the Bridegroom, www.renewreligious.org, an apostolate dedicated to the renewal of the Church through the renewal of the priesthood and women’s religious life.

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Claire Dwyer

Claire Dwyer is the author of “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.” For the past three years she has given talks and retreats on the life and teachings of this relatively unknown saint, introducing her to new friends all over the country. She is also a contributor to Blessed is She’s devotional, New Wine, and writes and edits for the Avila Foundation, where she works full time, primarily as content editor of spirtualdirection.com. As a Spiritual director with a degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a certification in Spiritual Theology, Claire finds her ‘sweet spot’ at the curious intersection of the mystery of the interior life and the power of story and the written word. To that end, she is co-founder and content director of ‘Write These Words’ and ‘the Praise Writers Catholic writer membership community’, encouraging Catholic writers to follow their call with courage and creativity. Her deep desire is that all women embrace the beautiful story of their lives and see it in light of the ongoing drama of salvation history, of which they are an unrepeatable, necessary part. Claire lives in Phoenix with her husband of twenty-six years, their six children, and one grandson.

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Fr. Timothy Anastos

Fr. Timothy Anastos is one of 50 National Eucharistic Preachers, a diverse group of priests who have been commissioned to enkindle the flame of eucharistic faith and devotion in the United States through kerygmatic eucharistic preaching. Father Anastos is Associate Chaplain at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago; he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Linguistics and completed his Theology studies at the North American College in Rome. Fr. Tim is also the host of the popular video series “Reel Homilies,” presented by Spirit Juice. In these minute-long reflections, Father Tim unpacks the Sunday Gospel readings through the lenses of Church tradition, pop culture, and self-improvement. Fr. Tim is the author of the brand-new book, “Jesus, Make Me Fully Alive: 30 Holy Hour Reflections.

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Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio was born in 1951 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was ordained in the Cleveland Diocese and began his service as an associate pastor is South Euclid. For two decades, He served in many critical positions in Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico for St. John Paul II. He is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, and French. Bishop Broglio was ordained as an Archbishop by His Holiness St. John Paul II in March of 2001. In 2007, Archbishop Broglio was named the fourth Archbishop for the Military Services USA, and installed on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. Archbishop Broglio is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and currently serves as President of the Conference.

Archbishop Broglio will also be our Mass celebrant. 

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Music By:

Marie Miller

Marie Miller is a recording artist triple threat: singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, the third of ten children, Miller began singing at the age of seven. At twelve she joined her family band, playing festivals and churches, with her sister Justina. The bluegrass duo was billed as the Miller Sisters. Marie has opened for artists like the Backstreet Boys and Five for Fighting, in addition to performing for Pope Francis during his visit for the World Meeting of Families. Listen to Marie at MarieMillerMusic.com

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Emcee:

Jennifer Rice

Jennifer Rice is the Director of Missionary Discipleship at St. Brendan the Navigator in Hilliard where she supports its culture of prayer, community, and service. Jennifer started her path as a psychology and theatre major, utilizing drama therapy in her work as a clinical social worker with women in prison, trauma survivors, and the grieving. Seeking a deeper knowledge of our faith to better support her clients, she completed a masters in theology, leading her to the role of pastoral associate at St. Brendan for 8 years before her current role. Above and through all, Jennifer is a wife and mother of teenage triplet boys, looking to our Blessed Mother for guidance and intercession in loving them all well.

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