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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Mission

The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles a deeper experience of Christ’s love, the strength to live as disciples, and the power to spread that love through witness and mission.

He wants to do the same in our lives.

The Power & Purpose Conference is for all Catholics who are interested in growing in their knowledge of the power and person of the Holy Spirit.  Come experience a New Pentecost for the New Evangelization.

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2018 THEME

 Let Us Begin

“Remember not the events of the past… See, I am doing something new!” – Isaiah 43:19

When we fall short of the life that we know God has planned for us, it can be very easy to become discouraged. But His mercy is always new, and at every moment of our lives, the Holy Spirit desires to transform us and give us the opportunity for a new beginning… we only have to welcome Him into our hearts.

Come experience the movement of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way this summer at the Power and Purpose Conference! He is ready to do something new in your life.

Registration opens Monday, November 6, 2017!

2018 pricing information coming soon!

2018 Pricing Information

Price per person: $139 (if registered by April 6th); $165 (if registered after April 6th); Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions (meals plan and housing charges still apply); $88 for other clergy, religious and those 30 or younger

Lodging: $85 (for non-A/C unit); $105 (for shared A/C unit); $120 (for private, non-A/C unit)

Meal plan: $70 (includes 6 meals)

*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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Dave VanVickle, Host, fell in love with the Lord at age 14 and has dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ. He currently serves as the director of Evangelization at St. Bonaventure’s Parish in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. In addition to his position at the parish, Dave is the young adult coordinator for the National Service Committee of the Charismatic Renewal. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dave is a popular speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare, and deliverance. Dave has years of experience assisting priests with their ministries of deliverance and exorcism. He residesin Pittsburgh with his wife, Amber, and their four children, Sam, Max, Judah, and Josie. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose 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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Father Joseph Freedy was born the youngest of five children in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Earning a football scholarship to the State University of New York at Buffalo, Father Joseph was the starting quarterback for three years before graduating with a degree in communication. After college he entered Saint Paul Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Duquesne University. He then was sent to the North American College in Rome for theological studies. Father Freedy earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a licentiate in sacred theology from the John Paul II Institute.  He was ordained a priest in 2008.  Father Freedy will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Barbara Heil is a former Pentecostal minister who has traveled the world as a missionary, teacher and evangelist.  After an amazing journey, Barbara came into full communion with the Catholic Church in April of 2013.  She is a dynamic and inspirational speaker with a passion to awaken others to their destiny and purpose in Christ, and to lead people in deepening their walk with God.  Barbara was a widow for 7 years before marrying her husband Jeff.  They reside in Iowa and together have 8 children and 10 grandchildren.  Barbara will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. An international speaker and preacher, Deacon Oney is the founder and President of Hope and Purpose Ministries; whose mission is to participate in the New Evangelization through preaching, teaching, and the use of excellent media initiatives.  In an effort to reach our global audience more effectively, Hope and Purpose Ministries is creating Hope and Purpose Nation; a group dedicated to our New Evangelization ministry around the world.  To learn more about Deacon Larry Oney or our work at Hope and Purpose Ministries, please visit www.HopeAndPurpose.org.

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Chris Padgett has been doing ministry for over twenty years. He is an author, musician, teacher and motivational speaker. Padgett has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and has 9 children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris was an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University and currently teaches at Catholic Distance University. The Padgett family currently lives in Central New York. Chris will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Sr. Ann Shields, S.G.L. is an internationally known evangelist, noted speaker, and author whose activities have taken her to Eastern Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Central America, Israel, the Philippines, and the British Isles. Based in Ann Arbor, Sister Ann is a member of the Servants of God’s Love, a Catholic charismatic religious community canonically established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.  Sr. Ann served in higher education for many years. She hosts the daily radio program, Food for the Journey, heard on 35 US and Canadian stations as well as on the internet. Some of Sister Ann Shields works include: Deeper Conversion: Extraordinary Grace in Ordinary Times, Hope in the Midst of Suffering, Why Forgive, Pray and Never Lose Heart, Yielding to the Power of God, God Answers Prayer, and co-authored And Their Eyes Were Opened: Encountering Jesus in the Sacraments with Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. She will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Casey Sprehe first experienced the power of the Holy Spirit at a retreat sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans in 2000. She has been deeply involved in Charismatic Renewal ever since. Casey earned a MA in Catechesis and Evangelization at The Augustine Institute. Over the past ten years Casey has traveled the country speaking on matters of faith. She was elected to the National Service Committee in 2013. She takes seriously the responsibility of bridging the generational gap which exists within the Renewal. She is especially determined to help the youth find their place in the Charismatic Renewal story, particularly as they participate in the New Evangelization. Casey and her husband, Kevin, have three children with a fourth on the way.  She will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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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 Matt Williams was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Boston in 2003. Father Matt served as a parochial vicar and was then assigned by Cardinal Seán O’Malley to establish and direct the Office for New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults. Cardinal O’Malley next assigned Father Matt to work as the director of Faith Formation for the newly created Office for Lifelong Faith Formation. Father Matt is the chaplain for LIFT Ministries and has been involved in the charismatic renewal since 1996. He loves working with young people, helping them to know the person of Jesus Christ, his love for us, and his plan for true happiness and authentic freedom. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.


2018 MINISTRY TEAM
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Chris Padgett, Host, has been doing ministry for over twenty years. He is an author, musician, teacher and motivational speaker. Padgett has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and has 9 children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris was an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University and currently teaches at Catholic Distance University. The Padgett family currently lives in Central New York.

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Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archdiocese of San Antonio – See link to full biography below!

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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.

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Michelle Benzinger is a national women’s speaker, creative entrepreneur, and advocate for marginalized women and children. She is the creative director and visionary leader of Transforming Beauty, a women’s ministry created to invest in women who in turn invest in the world. Michelle and her husband, Chris, have served in global and domestic missions for the past 15 years with their six children (two adopted from Haiti) and now reside in Pensacola, Florida.

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Pete Burak is the director of i.d.9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Theology at 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 three children.

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Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Sister Miriam graduated from the University of Nevada on a volleyball scholarship and, in a moment of radical conversion, heard Jesus call her to be his bride. She speaks often to young adults on the theology of the body, healing in Jesus, pop culture and beauty, and the transforming power of authentic love. Through engaging media, personal stories, and the beauty of Church teaching, Sister Miriam strives to bring the power of God’s love to life in the hearts of those to whom she speaks.

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Peter Herbeck – Biographical information coming soon!

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Father Dave Pivonka, TORhas 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.

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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 all of the Steubenville Adult Conferences.


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