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Sunday Night Speaker Series

Great Topics, Outstanding Speakers.

What do Catholics believe about Mary?

May 15, 2016 • Tom Perna, MTS

Tom Perna is the Director of Adult Evangelization and Catechesis at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church where he oversees RCIA, Adult Confirmation, the faith formation ministries, and the Porta Fidei Adult Faith Formation Program. In addition to his work at the parish, Tom writes at TomPerna.org. He just wrote his first book published through Emmaus Road Publishing titled, Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tom holds a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco, which includes a Great Books Certificate from the St. Ignatius Institute.

Christ in Civil Society: Evangelizing the Culture

May 1, 2016 • Mike Phelan, MTS

Mike Phelan serves as Director of Marriage and Respect Life for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix for the past 10 years. He holds a Masters degree in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies at the Catholic University of America. He is a periodic columnist for the Catholic Sun. Other than coaching and attempting to still play basketball as well as fighting the good fight for marriage, family and human life, he keeps his feet firmly planted in the soil of the Shire. Mike and his wife of nineteen years, Sharon, reside with their six children in Mesa, Arizona.

Consecrated Life

April 17, 2016 • Sr. Anthony Mary, RSM

I am delighted to be here in Phoenix and to serve as the new Director of the Office of Consecrated Life. Born in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in the Diocese of Arlington, VA, my parents are both refugees from Cuba. Bilingual from a young age, I have been blessed with the great gifts of a deep faith and a hopeful spirit. A graduate from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, I studied government with aspirations to go to Law School. I heard God’s call to become a Religious Sister when I was a senior in college. Not yet ready to enter, I went on to get at Masters in Secondary Education and continued to discern God’s will for me. With the grace of God and assistance from wise priests, I entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Alma, MI in September of 2001. Since then, I have had the privilege and joy to serve in Rome, Boston and Sydney, Australia prior to coming to Phoenix. Celebrating my 11th Anniversary of Profession of Vows during this Year of Consecrated Life, I offer myself to be a witness of the joy of the obedience of Religious Life and to assist those discerning a vocation to a life given in complete consecration to God.

The Year of Mercy

April 3, 2016 • Dcn. Rick Nevins

A longtime parishioner at St. Anne, Deacon Rick Nevins was ordained in November of 2014 and assigned to St. Anne. He is originally from Waltham, Massachusetts, and has been married for thirty-three years. Dcn. Rick and his wife, Liliana, have 5 beautiful children; he enjoys spending time with them as his pastime. His favorite saint is St. Pio of Pietrelcina and his favorite Bible story is Jesus’ healing of the centurions servant in the Gospel of Luke (7:1-10).

Who is Jesus Christ? Topics in Christology

March 13, 2016 • Fr. William Kosco

Fr. Billy Kosco, a native of Prescott, AZ, was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Phoenix in June of 2000. He currently serves as pastor at St. Henry Catholic Parish in Buckeye. He is a much loved priest and sought after speaker.

Faith and Reason

February 28, 2016 • Joe Cady

Joe Cady holds degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Arizona State University, as well as a master's degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He has worked for over ten years in Catholic parishes in youth ministry, adult faith formation, social ministry, and sacramental preparation. Joe is currently Director of Adult Catechesis at St. Timothy Catholic Church, adjunct professor of Theology at the University of Mary-Tempe, and instructor at Kino Catechetical Institute. He is the Author of Truth Be Told and Faith and Reason(s). Joe and his wife currently live in Tempe, AZ with their seven children.

Defending the Faith

February 14, 2016 • Chris Zajdzinski

Chris Zajdzinski is the Director of Marriage and Family Life at St. Mary Magdalene. He has spoken to groups throughout the United States and is the founder and Executive Director of Virtuous Life. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Mary-Tempe and the Kino Institute. Chris' mission is to be an encouragement to others in their faith and help equip them to share the 'Good News'. Chris and his wife Meg have 4 children and have been married for 20 years. He is currently finishing his M.A. in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver Colorado.

In the Beginning: Why is the Church’s Catechsis on Creation so Important?

January 24, 2016 • Katrina Zeno, MTS

Katrina J. Zeno, MTS, (www.katrinazeno.com) is the coordinator of the St. John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture for the Diocese of Phoenix, AZ, (www.tobcenter.org) and she has been speaking nationally and internationally on the theology of the body for 18 years. Katrina co-hosted a 13-part series on Theology of the Body for EWTN, and she is the author of over 50 articles and three books including The Body Reveals God and Discovering the Feminine Genius. Katrina received her master in theological studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D. C., and her BA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Besides teaching at the college level, Katrina assists Catholic dioceses, parishes, and organizations to integrate the theology of the body into every level of catechesis and formation. Her dynamic and engaging speaking style appeals to both married and single people. When not speaking, Katrina enjoys dancing salsa and Argentine tango, hiking, swimming, learning Spanish, and spending time with her married son, Michael.

Philosophical Proofs for the Existence of God

January 10, 2016 • Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem.

Originally from Pasadena, Fr. Sebastian Walshe is a Norbertine Canon of the Abbey of St. Michael in the Diocese of Orange, California, where he is a professor of philosophy for the seminary program. A convert to the faith, Fr. Sebastian obtained a degree in Electrical engineering at U.C. Irvine, and worked for seven years at an intellectual property law firm in Newport Beach. After realizing he had a job-training, but not an education, He decided to pursue studies at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. After completing his studies at Thomas Aquinas College, he continued studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., receiving a license in Philosophy. Later, he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas at Rome (the Angelicum) where he received a Masters in Sacred Theology and a Doctorate in Philosophy. His thesis was entitled: "The Primacy of the Common Good as the Root of Personal Dignity in the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas." From 2003-2005, Fr. Sebastian was also a visiting professor in the Philosophy Department at the Angelicum. When not teaching Philosophy, Fr. Sebastian often gives retreats to priests and religious communities.