Meet the Speakers
Ralph Martin is president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome and is a professor and the director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and was also appointed as a “peritus” to the Synod on the New Evangelization in October of 2012. Ralph and his wife Anne have six children and sixteen grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Television: The Choices We Face
Books: “The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call”, Author. “The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints”, Author. “Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization”, Author.
Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He is the tenth and current Archbishop of Toronto, having previously served as Bishop of Saint Paul in Alberta (1997–1999) and Archbishop of Edmonton (1999–2006). On 6 January 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a cardinal at the 18 February 2012 consistory. While studying in Rome, specializing in sacred scripture and the Book of Revelation, he received his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1978 and a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in 1986.
During his time thus far in Toronto, Cardinal Collins has served the global church through his membership with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Congregation for Catholic Education and Commission of Cardinals for oversight of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). He has participated in the Synod on the Eucharist, and the Synod on the Middle East, served as an Apostolic Visitor in Ireland and also as the Delegate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for Anglicanorum Coetibus. Read more about Cardinal Thomas Collins
Father Mathias is the president of Encounter Ministries and Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Brighton, MI. He is both a graduate of St. John Vianney College Seminary and of the University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN where he earned bachelor degrees in both Philosophy and Catholic Studies. He served in several parishes for four years before joining the faculty of Sacred Heart as a spiritual director and assistant professor of theology. In 2016, Fr. Thelen earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome.
He is the author of the book, Biblical Foundations for the Role of Healing in Evangelization (Wipf and Stock, 2017) and has appeared in both the Fearless Documentary (2017) and the upcoming Revive Documentary (2020). Read more about Fr. Mathias Thelen
Peter Herbeck and his wife Debbie have four children and four grandchildren. Peter has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the US, Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for more than thirty years. He is a frequent conference speaker and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit.
Television: “The Choices We Face”, Co-Host, EWTN. “Crossing the Goal”, Co-Host, EWTN
Radio: “Fire on the Earth”, Radio Host
Books: “When the Spirit Comes in Power”, Author. “When the Spirit Speaks”, Author.
Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, was born in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, and grew up Kamloops, British Columbia and entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987. After serving with NET Catholic Youth Ministries USA, he joined the Society of Apostolic Life the Companions of the Cross in 1989 and later served two terms as general superior (2006 to 2016).
Bishop McCaig holds an undergraduate degree in history from Carleton University, a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the University of St. Paul, and a master of divinity degree from the University of Toronto. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1995, serving in numerous capacities. He was appointed by Pope Francis as Military Ordinary of Canada on April 8, 2016, and ordained to the episcopacy on the Feast of the Visitation, May 31, 2016.
Bishop McCaig serves on several boards, has participated in many missionary outreaches, and assists in training missionaries with NET Ministries of Canada. In addition, he is episcopal advisor for the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate in Ottawa, serves on the Committee for Ecumenical Dialogue for the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, and is liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.
Fr. Mark Goring grew up in Pembroke, ON and has been Catholic his whole life. He entered the seminary when he was 18 and ordained a priest in 2002.
Fr. Mark’s first assignment was associate pastor at St. Mary’s and he served there for 4 years. He returned to St. Mary’s as the Pastor in July 2019. He’s also worked as the Companions of the Cross Vocations Direction, Chaplain at York University in Toronto and Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas. He has a YouTube Channel and contributes to the television program ‘Food for Life’. His desire is to inspire people to know Jesus and live according to His word.
Andreì, along with his wife AngeÌle, founded Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) in Saskatoon in 1988. For almost 3 decades CCO has been affecting change in the lives of the students to whom it ministers, calling them to deeper conversion and a Christ-centred life. In 2015, Andreì and AngeÌle were awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal for distinguished service to the Church. This is the highest medal that can be awarded to laity by the Pope.
Andreì has led countless international missions, including ones to the Philippines, Poland, and Uganda. In Uganda he helped to establish an ongoing CCO presence on campuses that still remains active today. In 2016, he and AngeÌle led a CCO team at World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow. Working with the International Centre for Evangelization (ICE), the team shared 1 million copies of The Ultimate Relationshipbooklet in 10 different languages and evangelized people from all over the world who attended the WYD festivities.
Andreì is currently working on his Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute. He has written two books, Catholic Missionary Identity and Five Tenets to Renew the World, and is a motivating and engaging presenter who speaks nationally and internationally. His desire is to draw people to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ, and to be a catalyst for them to embrace the Church’s evangelical mission. He and AngeÌle live in Ottawa and have five children and two grandchildren.
While attending University, Christy Dupuis had a powerful encounter with Jesus and fell in love with her Catholic faith. After completing a B.A. in English she went on to serve as a lay missionary with Catholic Christian Outreach. While serving as a missionary Christy began speaking at conferences and retreats and leading workshops on a variety of topics. Her passion for evangelization and communicating the Gospel continues to drive her service to the church.
Christy is married to Daniel and the mother of four young children who challenge and inspire her. Believing that the parish is instrumental in evangelization efforts, Christy serves as a member of the Pastoral Team at her local parish where she co-labours with her pastor and others to form disciples and provide opportunities for all men and women to encounter Jesus. Christy has rejoined CCO to serve, once again, as a lay missionary; this time, as a Parish Missionary and consultant helping to equip and train leaders for the renewal of parishes and their communities. Read more about Christy Dupuis