ST. LOUIS MARIAN CONFERENCE 2019

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS


Speakers only listed when they are confirmed.

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Prefect emeritus of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apoostolic Signatura, Archbishop emeritus of Saint Louis (USA), was born on 30 June 1948 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, USA. He was the youngest of six children and attended high school and college at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before becoming a Basselin scholar at the Catholic University of America in 1971.

He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI on 29 June 1975 in St. Peter’s Basilica. After his ordination, he returned to La Cross and served as associate rector at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman and taught religion at the Aquinas High School.

In 1980, he returned to Rome and earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 1984, he served as moderator of the curia and vice-chancellor of the diocese of La Crosse. In 1989, he was nominated defender of the bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

On 10 December 1994 he was appointed bishop of La Crosse and received episcopal ordination on 6 January 1995 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

On 2 December 2003 he was appointed Archbishop of Saint Louis.

On 27 June 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature.

On 8 November 2014 Pope Francis nominated him Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

He participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis.


Fr. Vincent Lampert

Fr. Vincent Lampert was born April 7, 1963. He attended St. Meinrad College in Southern Indiana and the University of St. Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. Fr. Lampert was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on June 1, 1991. He has served at several parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and is currently the pastor of St. Malachy in Brownsburg, Indiana. He was appointed the Exorcist for the Archdiocese in 2005 and trained in Rome in 2006. Fr. Lampert is a member of the International Association of Exorcists.


Bishop Robert Hermann

The Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann has served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Auxiliary Bishop-emeritus since 2010, having been appointed Auxiliary Bishop by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Over the years, Bishop Hermann has served the Archdiocese in a wide variety of capacities, including as Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center, columnist for the St. Louis Review, Retreat Director, teacher, and pastor of several parishes. He graduated from Kenrick Seminary in 1963 and received his Master of Arts degree in English from Saint Louis University in 1966. A native of Weingarten, Mo, Bishop Hermann is currently in residence at the Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica rectory.


Fr. Charles Becker

Fr. Charles Becker is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Three years after his ordination in 1986 he was invited to go to Medjugorje. Upon his return he was introduced to the prayer group format of the Marian Movement of Priests based on Our Lady's messages to Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Milan, Italy. These experiences coupled with his Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in October 1990 began to change Father's whole perspective on his life as a priest, of the Church and of the world. He began to develop Cenacles of the Marian Movement of Priests and other Marian Rosary Groups throughout the Archdiocese in response to Our Lady's call to prayer in order to assist others who had similar experiences. Fr. Becker has assisted approximately 2 to 3 trips to Medjugorje yearly since 1990 and has participated in the annual International Marian Movement of Priest Retreat in Italy since 1997. Father has been a guest homilist on EWTN. For more information please visit, www.olpgchicago.org or www.medjugorjechicago.org.


Fr. Tom Sullivan, CPM

Fr. Tom Sullivan, C.P.M. was born in 1959 and is a native of Havertown, PA. In 1998, Fr. Thomas became a member of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy. He is a 2004 graduate of Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2004. Prior to his joining the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Thomas owned and operated his own roofing company and worked extensively with the Missionaries of Charity throughout the world and with the Padre Pio Center in Barto, Pennsylvania. Fr. Thomas will encourage and challenge us to make a stronger, deeper commitment to Christ, His Church and the Sacraments. Among the topics he will speak on are: the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary, the Mercy of God, the Ten Commandments, and the Angels and Saints.


Dr. Gregory Thompson

Dr. Gregory Mary Thompson is the Director of the Marian Association and is also a Eucharistic Apostle of Divine Mercy. Dr. Thompson is a Marian Helper with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy. He is also a Marian Catechist with Cardinal Raymond Burke, based out of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Dr. Thompson speaks at conferences from San Diego to Boston, but is now focusing in Missouri. He has spoken at Marian Family Conferences in three of the four dioceses in Missouri, along with Igniting a Fire Parish Missions, and at Catholic schools. Dr. Thompson's strives to make the words of St. Paul real in his life: "I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me."


Patty Schneier

Patty Schneier is a life-long Catholic, housewife, and mother of three from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She and her husband Larry are active members of St. Ferdinand Parish in Florissant, where Patty is a cantor at Sunday Mass. Their son, Fr. John Schneier, was recently ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

For the past 15 years, Patty has been speaking at parishes and Catholic Conferences across the United States. In 2007, Bishop Paul Zipfel sent 25,000 copies of her testimony, "Prove It, God!". . . And He Did, to every Catholic household in the diocese of Bismarck, ND, and in June 2013, it was distributed nationwide as the "CD of the Month" for Lighthouse Catholic Media. With additional talks on a wide variety of topics, Patty gives witness to the beauty of the Church’s teachings and her love of the Catholic Faith.

Patty has been a guest on EWTN and various Catholic Radio shows, including Covenant Network, Ave Maria Radio, and Catholic Answers Live. From 2007-2008, she was host of the radio show, Ask the Archbishop, with Cardinal Raymond Burke (who was Archbishop at the time.) Currently, she hosts a weekly radio show on Covenant Network to promote vocations called The Pearl of Great Price.

Her book, Love Letters from Mom on What Matters Most, is a compilation of personal letters written to her children as they mature into adulthood and venture out on their own. Without preaching or scolding, she candidly discusses the joys of living a faith-filled life, what it means to be a Catholic in the world today, and why it matters. It is a book to inspire and encourage all parents and their children—no matter what their age—to live for Christ, to strive for holiness, and desire Heaven.

Patty is the recipient of the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Excellence in Communication Award from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She was also named 2015 Woman of the Year for her work in Evangelization by the executive board for the Daughters of St. Paul in St. Louis.


Mary Lou McCall

As a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Mary Lou McCall teaches the science of addiction to youth, parents, public policy makers, and the community through evidence-based programs that help prevent the onset of the brain disease of addiction. She also shares her family’s recovery from this devastating darkness, through the sustaining power of the Sacraments of our Catholic faith. Mary Lou’s oldest son, Johnny, found hope and healing from addiction nearly 10 years ago through Comunita Cenacolo, a worldwide Catholic community founded by Mother Elvira Petrozzi. Today, Johnny is a Catholic missionary in Liberia, West Africa.

For more than 30 years Mary Lou has been a media strategist, motivational speaker and award-winning international documentary writer/producer, television host and V.P. of "Focus Worldwide Network." Awards include two national "Gabriel" awards for documentaries she produced as co-founder and co-host of the renowned television program, FOCUS. She has interviewed many notable individuals including Mother Teresa, and flew with Pope John Paul II aboard his papal airplane to the former Czechoslovakia. She has traveled to and reported on the political and religious changes in several countries including Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Lithuania, Bosnia, and the former East Berlin. She has also interviewed people who have undergone near death experiences and miracle healings.

In 1986 while working in the secular news business, McCall and her co-anchor were the first two American journalists to report on the apparitions of the Blessed Mother in Medjugorje through a documentary called "Miracles in Medjugorje." Her personal conversion in Medjugorje inspired her to leave the mainstream media, and use her talents in Catholic media.

McCall holds a B.S. in Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, N.O. She is currently a graduate student at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, seeking a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology. She is an annulled Catholic and single mom of five sons ages 33, 29, 25, 21, and 20.