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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Mission

Renewed in Mind and Spirit

Come and receive a fresh outpouring of God’s love and grace upon your heart, mind and ministry with brothers who have set their life apart for Christ and the Church.  Go forth refreshed and strengthened to build the kingdom.

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2018 THEME

United 

“I pray… that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.” John 17:20-21

In our world today, in our countries, and even within the Catholic Church it is clear that we are experiencing immense division. It can be very difficult to have hope as we seem to only be moving further apart. As ministers of the Gospel, however, members of the clergy are in a unique position to be instruments of unity in both the Church and broader society – not solely through our actions, but rather through trust, prayer, and communion with Jesus Christ.

This summer, join your brothers for a week of renewal and fraternity at the Priests, Deacons, Seminarians Retreat, and experience anew the love and peace of Christ, who is our true source of unity.

Registration opens Monday, November 6, 2017!

2018 pricing information coming soon!

2018 PRICING

Price per person*: Priest and Deacon Registration: $220; Seminarians: FREE for 2018
Meal Plan: $150; Seminarians: FREE for 2018
Private A/C Housing: $195 (priest and deacons); Seminarians: FREE for 2018
Transportation: Airport to Campus Shuttle (6/18/18 only): $35; Campus to Airport Shuttle (6/22/18 only): $35

*For those who need financial assistance for the summer adult conferences, the Christian Outreach Office has a limited number of tickets to offset registration, room and board. Interested parties, please click here.


2018 Ministry Team
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Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, Host, has been saved by the love of God as revealed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The focus of his ministry is to proclaim the saving love of God for each of us. An evangelist who speaks at conferences, retreats, and parish missions around the U.S. and world, Father Dave is the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan community. He helps others come to know God’s love for them through his preaching, writings, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave’s most recent book is Breath of God – Living a Life Led by the Holy Spirit. He also produced The Wild Goose, a 14-part video series about living a life animated by the Holy Spirit. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference and the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Cardinal Peter Turkson, Archdiocese of Cape Coast – See link to full biography below!

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Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, Diocese of Steubenville, was ordained and installed as the bishop of Steubenville on September 10, 2012.  Since his appointment, he has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, November 2012, and November 2015, as a member of the development committee of the PNAC. Bishop Monforton also serves on the United States Conference of Bishops subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, also November 2012. He serves on the Board of Regents and the Priestly Formation Board at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, as well as Episcopal Moderator to the Diocesan Information Systems Conference (DISC), 2017. Bishop Monforton was awarded on May 10, 2014 with an honorary doctorate in Sacred Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Bishop Monforton is an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a regular presenter on three different Catholic radio stations heard throughout the Ohio Valley and pens a monthly article started in 2012 entitled, “Ask the Bishop” in the diocesan newspaper, The Steubenville Register.  See link to full biography below!

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Andres Arango – Biographical information coming soon!

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John Beaulieu has worked in the Christian Outreach Office of Franciscan University since 2003 and is the director of Marketing and Engagement. A graduate of Franciscan University, John has worked in youth ministry for over 20 years. He spent two years serving with NET in his youth and more recently has been a featured speaker at the National Catholic Youth Conference and the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers. John speaks on topics including the Holy Spirit, media and teen culture, and Christian evangelization. He has served as an adjunct professor, teaching youth ministry in the Catechetics Department at Franciscan University. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Steubenville with their five children. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference and the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Dr. John Bergsma is a professor of theology at Franciscan University and served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001. Dr. Bergsma holds a PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He speaks regularly at conferences and parishes nationwide and has appeared on EWTN’s The Journey Home and Life on the Rock, as well as Franciscan University Presents and Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show. He and his wife, Dawn, reside with their eight children in Steubenville. His new book is New Testament Basics for Catholics from Ave Maria Press. He will be presenting at the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat and the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Dr. Mary Healy – Biographical information coming soon!

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Bob Rice desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob teaches at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their seven children. He will be leading worship at the the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Father Thomas J. Valenti has been a priest for over 40 years, ministering in the Diocese of Rochester and the Archdiocese of New York . He served for 13 years in diocesan vocation ministry until 1993, when he left the position of assistant to the bishop for Vocations to become Catholic chaplain of Ithaca College . In 1997, he became a Catholic chaplain to the undergraduates of Columbia University . He maintains the position of chaplain for Columbia’s Athletic Department . For the past year he has also served as the pastoral administrator of four parishes that comprise all of New York State’s Tioga County. Since the 1980s, Father Valenti has been a yearly speaker at Franciscan University’s conferences and retreats.


DUPLICATE: 2018 Ministry Team
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Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, Host, has been saved by the love of God as revealed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The focus of his ministry is to proclaim the saving love of God for each of us. An evangelist who speaks at conferences, retreats, and parish missions around the U.S. and world, Father Dave is the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan community. He helps others come to know God’s love for them through his preaching, writings, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave’s most recent book is Breath of God – Living a Life Led by the Holy Spirit. He also produced The Wild Goose, a 14-part video series about living a life animated by the Holy Spirit. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference and the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Cardinal Peter Turkson, Archdiocese of Cape Coast – See link to full biography below!

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Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, Diocese of Steubenville, was ordained and installed as the bishop of Steubenville on September 10, 2012.  Since his appointment, he has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, November 2012, and November 2015, as a member of the development committee of the PNAC. Bishop Monforton also serves on the United States Conference of Bishops subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, also November 2012. He serves on the Board of Regents and the Priestly Formation Board at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, as well as Episcopal Moderator to the Diocesan Information Systems Conference (DISC), 2017. Bishop Monforton was awarded on May 10, 2014 with an honorary doctorate in Sacred Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Bishop Monforton is an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a regular presenter on three different Catholic radio stations heard throughout the Ohio Valley and pens a monthly article started in 2012 entitled, “Ask the Bishop” in the diocesan newspaper, The Steubenville Register.  See link to full biography below!

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Andrés Arango is the bishop’s delegate for Hispanic Ministry and director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Currently, he is the vice president of the Latin-American Catholic Charismatic Committee, serves as a consultant to the Subcommittee on Hispanics Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is a councilor member of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services based in the Vatican. Andrés has a master of Theological studies from the Franciscan School of Theology (Berkeley, California). He is the author of the books With Power… The Experience of Pentecost and Be my Witness. Andrés has been the keynote speaker for many conferences, both national and international. He and his wife, Kathia, are the parents of twin daughters.

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John Beaulieu has worked in the Christian Outreach Office of Franciscan University since 2003 and currently serves as director of Marketing and Engagement. A graduate of Franciscan University, John has served in ministry for over 30 years. He spent 2 years serving with NET and 19 years as a parish youth minister. He is a regular speaker on topics such as Life in the Spirit, media and teen culture, and Catholic evangelization at parish and diocesan events. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Steubenville with their five children.

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Dr. John Bergsma is a professor of Theology at Franciscan University and served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001. Dr. Bergsma holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He speaks regularly on Catholic radio and at conferences and parishes nationwide. He and his wife, Dawn, reside with their eight children in Steubenville. The author of several books, his latest is Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic from Our Sunday Visitor.

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Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

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Bob Rice desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob received his PhD in Evangelisation from Liverpool Hope University and currently is the director of the Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is married to his wife, Jennifer, and they have seven children. You can keep up with him at bob-rice.com.

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Father Tom Valenti was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ for the Diocese of Rochester. For 13 years he served as the assistant to the bishop for Vocations. He then became the Catholic chaplain of Ithaca College. In 1997 he accepted an assignment with the Archdiocese of New York as a Catholic chaplain to the undergraduates at Columbia University. Presently, he is a chaplain for Columbia’s Athletic Department. He in now in his third year serving as the pastoral administrator of four parishes comprising all of Tioga County in New York State. Since the early 1980s, he has been a speaker and a member of the planning teams for conferences and retreats.


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