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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.


2017 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 the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, CC, is one of the youngest bishops in North America. He was born in Montreal, Quebec (Canada) and grew up in Ottawa. Bishop Riesbeck became a priest with the Companions of the Cross and obtained a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. He was ordained in 1996 and served as the Assistant General Superior of the Companions of the Cross from 2012 until 2014. In early 2014, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa by Pope Francis. He now serves as the Auxiliary bishop of Ottawa, while continuing as Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar for the National Language Parishes, Communities and Faithful. His Episcopal motto is Evangelii Gaudium, the joy of the Gospel.

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Deacon Craig Anderson is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, excluding the time he spent at Franciscan University, where he received a master’s degree in theology and Christian ministry. He met Mary Therese, his wife, at Franciscan. They have five adult children, some of whom have also attended the University. Deacon Craig serves the Byzantine Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the pope. In recent years, much of his focus has been men’s ministry. Deacon Craig works as a fire investigator and fire prevention officer with a municipal fire department. He will be presenting at the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Father Derek Anderson, SOLT, was ordained a priest for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity in 2003 and served as a parochial vicar in the Diocese of Rome for the first five years of his priesthood. Upon completion of his STL in dogmatic theology at the Angelicum, where he is also a doctoral candidate, Father Anderson was appointed academic dean of the SOLT Theological House of Studies in Rome. He currently serves as the director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, as well as pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish in Dover, New Jersey. He will be presenting at the Priest, Deacons, Seminarians Retreat and the St. John Bosco Conference.

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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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Father Joseph Espaillat II was raised in Manhattan and was ordained a diocesan priest in 2003 for the Archdiocese of New York. Prior to priesthood, he obtained a Masters of Divinity degree in Theology and His Master of Arts degree in Theology (specializing in Church History) from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY. Father Joe has served as a Parochial Vicar, Pastor, and the Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of NY. Currently, he is a pastor, the Director of the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic retreat house in the Bronx. Father has led numerous missionary trips to the Dominican Republic (his parent’s homeland) and Haiti and is the founder of the ministry “Messengers of Christ.”  He will be presenting at the Priests, Deacons, Seminarians Retreat.

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Dr. Andrew Minto and his wife, Pamela, have been married since 1978 and have four children. In the early 80’s, he left his position as an Account Executive with Merrill Lynch to obtain theological training. He obtained a PhD in Biblical Studies with a specialization in New Testament from the Catholic University of America. He’s taught courses in Old/New Testament literature and biblical Hebrew and Greek at Franciscan University since 1987. He’s a co-founder of a Task Force, which studies John’s interpretation of the Old Testament. His current research and writing includes the interpretation of Scripture in the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on liturgy. He’s the author of numerous articles and was recently commissioned to write fourteen articles for Liguorian Magazine on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

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Patti Mansfield participated in the Duquesne Weekend, which marked the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. For the past fifty years she has preached the Gospel on all five continents. Patti is a pioneer the New Evangelization, sharing the grace of the baptism in the Spirit.  She has ministered to priests and bishops at worldwide priests retreats.  Pope Francis acknowledged Patti as “the first to experience the Spirit in an intense way.”  She and her husband have four children, ten grandchildren and live near New Orleans, Louisiana.  Her new book, As By A New Pentecost: Golden Jubilee Edition, has been translated into many languages. The Mansfields received the papal medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Saint John Paul II.

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Deacon Ralph Poyo has been in ministry for over 30 years, serving the Church as a youth minister and DRE, and he became a deacon in 2004. He founded New Evangelization Ministries, equipping pastors and parish staff with training, resources, and strategies to help parishes become more effective in evangelization and discipleship. He has produced the first two booklets in the NEM Discipleship Formation Series and has also co-authored a book with Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, titled Encounter Jesus: From Discovery to Discipleship. Deacon Ralph will soon release a video evangelistic conversion process for parishes, titled Common Sense Catholic. He and his wife, Susan, have five daughters, three sons-in- law, and three grandchildren. He will be presenting at the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Bob Rice, Worship Leader, 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 Power and Purpose Conference; the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat; the Applied Biblical Studies Conference; the Defending the Faith Conference; and all Main Campus Youth Conferences. In addition, Bob will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.

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Father Thomas J. Valenti just celebrated his 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ, 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 . This year he will host the seminarians participating in the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.


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.


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