MEET THE SPEAKERS
Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Ralph also co-hosts The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world.
Ralph is the director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu). He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and he continues to serve in this capacity. Ralph also was appointed as a theological expert for the Synod on the New Evangelization.
He is the author of the widely read The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and many books on spirituality and evangelization, such as Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization, and The Urgency of the New Evangelization, as well as many articles in scholarly and popular publications. His most recent book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, examines the forces
working to undermine the body of Christ while also using both Scripture and Tradition to fortify the faithful.
Ralph and his wife, Anne, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have six children and nineteen grandchildren.
Peter Herbeck is the executive vice president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries. For more than thirty years, he has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Peter co-hosts the weekly television show The Choices We Face. He hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power, When the Spirit Speaks, and numerous booklets, and is a frequent contributor to Renewal Ministries’ popular YouTube channel. He also co-authored Lessons from the School of Love: Cultivating a Christ-Centered Marriage, which has an anticipated release date of Spring 2023. Peter and his wife, Debbie, have four children and nine grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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). In early 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a cardinal. 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 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 and served as an Apostolic Visitor in Ireland and as the delegate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for Anglicanorum Coetibus.
Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, was born in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, and grew up Kamloops, British Columbia. He entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987. After serving with NET Catholic Youth Ministries USA, he joined 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. He was appointed by Pope Francis as Military Ordinary of Canada in 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 an 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 a liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.
Chris Stefanick is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and television host who has devoted his life to sharing the love of Jesus and helping others do the same. His ministry has reached millions through seminars, TV, radio, and video outreaches, as well as educational initiatives. Chris authored the Chosen Confirmation program, which has formed almost a million people for confirmation, the popular SEARCH program, and the recently released Living Joy.
Chris is a recipient of the Papal Benemerenti Medal, which was previously given by the pope for military valor but today is given for achievement in ministry.
A graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Chris is also the founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a non-profit organization that makes his initiatives for renewal a reality. Chris and his wife, Natalie, have six children and two grandchildren.
Angèle Regnier is co-founder, with her husband André, of Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), a Canadian university student movement dedicated to evangelization. They received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from Pope Francis in 2015. A natural teacher, Angèle pioneered CCO’s programs for evangelization and discipleship. In 2018, she spearheaded and was the media spokesperson for a national pilgrimage of the relic forearm of St. Francis Xavier.
She is an authentic, passionate speaker and author. She co-authored Brick by Brick with her husband, five children, and in-laws.
Pete Burak is the director of id, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. He is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville and has a master’s degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Pete is a frequent speaker on discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics, and he is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys’ Camp. Pete and his wife, Cait, have five children.
Rachel Herbeck is the director of missionaries for id. She received her BA in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked extensively in youth ministry and she speaks to youth and young adults at retreats, conferences, and events in the US and Canada. Rachel is passionate about life issues and has worked for multiple pro-life and political organizations both in Minnesota and Washington, DC. Before joining the id team, she worked for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, where she did outreach and lobbied on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
David Patterson reverted to the Catholic Church at the age of 21 after attending a retreat in 2009. Since those pivotal moments, David has led the way in youth ministry, high school chaplaincy and most recently as a social media influencer by founding Yes Catholic, an organization that calls young people to the catholic faith by sharing real life stories that have the power to change hearts. David and his wife, Alexandra have two sons.