ST. LOUIS MARIAN CONFERENCE 2018

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS


Speakers only listed when they are confirmed.

Fr. Vincent Lampert


Fr. Joseph Coffey

Cdr. Joseph L Coffey serves as the Command Chaplain MCRD and Assistant Chief of Staff for Religious Ministries MCRD/Western Recruiting Region, San Diego, CA. He was born on May 31, 1960 in Rochester, Minnesota but grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He received his commission as an Ensign in the US Naval Chaplain Corps as a Chaplain Candidate Program Officer in May 1992. After his ordination to the priesthood in May of 1996, he served as an Assistant Pastor at a Catholic Church in Philadelphia. He remained in the Navy Reserves as a drilling reservist in Allentown, PA.

In September of 2001 he was given permission by his local Bishop to go on Active Duty as a Navy Chaplain. His first assignment was as Battalion Chaplain for the Combat Assault Battalion, Okinawa. His second tour of duty was as Division Officer on the USS George Washington from Dec 2002 - August 2005. He was then assigned as Command Chaplain at the US Coast Guard Boot Camp in Cape May, NJ until September 2008. Cdr. Coffer then asked his Detailer how he could take his turn as a Chaplain in Iraq or Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Air Group 39, Camp Pendleton, CA from October 2008 - November 2010. During this tour he deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan from September 2009 - April 2010.

In December 2010 Cdr. Coffey was assigned to recruiting duty for the Chaplain Corps in St. Louis, MO until August 2014. He traveled the country looking for the bets qualified Chaplains of many different faith groups.Cdr. Coffey's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Navy Achievement Medal (3rd Award), the Battle E (3rd Award) and various sea service ribbons. Cdr. Coffey lives in Ocean Beach, CA.


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. Robert J. Brockland, C.M

Fr. Brockland attended grammar school in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  He entered the Vincentian Fathers’ High School Seminary in Cape Girardeau, MO in August of 1965. Following the High School Seminary, Father Brockland spent two years in the Novitiate of the Vincentian Fathers in Perryville, MO (1965-1967) and finished the College Seminary at Perryville graduating with a B.A in 1970.

After taking Perpetual Vows in the Vincentian Fathers that same year, he moved to the Vincentian Theologate in Lemont, IL just outside of Chicago.  He was ordained June 8, 1974.  He earned a M.Div. in theology and a M.A. in theology from De Paul University. Then after Ordination Fr. Brockland worked for a Doctorate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  He was at the University from 1974-1976.

Following the studies at the Catholic University of America he taught one year at the St. Louis Archdiocesan Seminary Theology and one year at the St. Louis Seminary Preparatory High School. His next assignment was to teach Theology at the Vincentian High School Seminary in Lemont, IL.  Father Brockland taught nine years at the seminary until it closed in 1991. Father Brockland was assigned to be chaplain at De Paul Hospital in St. Louis for one year and then became pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Highland, MO.  He was pastor for 16 years until the parish was closed. He moved to St. Louis to be an author, spiritual director and counselor.  Father Brockland resides in St. Louis today.


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. Mitch Pacwa, SJ

In the year 2000, Father Mitchell Pacwa, S.J. established Ignatius Productions, a Catholic media production apostolate, under the Society of Jesus, whose mission is to teach people the scriptures, educate Catholics about their Faith, and promote unity and understanding within the Mystical Body of Christ. He is best known for his appearances on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), where he currently hosts two television programs – "Threshold of Hope" and "EWTN LIVE" and as the weekly host of EWTN Radio "OPEN LINE" program.

Father Pacwa is a best-selling Catholic author and you can find those books and follow his speaking schedule, pilgrimage information, CDs and DVDs and now MP3 files available on his web site at: http://ignatiusproductions.org/ or www.facebook.com/FrMitchPacwaEvents.


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.


John Carpenter

John Carpenter received a degree in Psychology from DePauw University in Indiana, followed by a Master in Psychiatric Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. For the past 38 years, he has served Southwest Missouri in the field of Psychiatry providing psychological assessments, individual, group, and family therapy, marriage counseling, and clinical hypnotherapy.

John became Catholic in 2010 and then found fascination with documented, alleged appearances of the Virgin Mary. He delved deeply into this research, going well beyond what most Catholics had been taught. By 2012 he was sending out a free e-mail newsletter every weekend on Marian Apparitions. In 2013 he became the Co-Director of the Marian Association for the diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau. By 2014 he was serving as the President of the Bishop’s Diocesan Pastoral Council as well as on the parish council of Our Lady of the Lake in Branson. That same year he was invited to begin broadcasting an on-going, weekly, international radio show, Journey with Mary, through the Internet that has listeners in 108 countries worldwide. In 2016 his fascinating research was selected by a major publisher in New York City for publication. Entitled "Be Not Afraid to Follow the Footprints from Heaven," his book contains an amazing investigation of Marian apparitions, miraculous images, artifacts, and Eucharistic miracles to inspire and grow our faith. Supported by medical, psychological, and scientific investigations, this book is being hailed as the “miraculous proof” needed for the conversion of disbelievers.


Wayne Weible

Wayne Weible is an internationally known speaker, newspaper publisher, and an international best-selling author. A convert to Catholicism, he shares a tremendous love of the Mass and the Sacraments. He has written several books about the messages of peace and conversion of heart. Wayne continues to travel the world as a lay evangelist emphasizing that the message of the Queen of Peace is for people of all faiths.


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