10th annual youth Conference
Michael Gormley (GOMER)
Michael Gormley who has been fondly called Gomer since the 10th grade is married to his beautiful wife Shannon and they have four children under the age of six (so he doesn’t sleep much). Gomer has been part of the AMU Youth Conferences since its beginning and uses the gift of humor to share the knowledge and grace of the Holy Spirit with young people and adults all over the country in order to evangelize and catechize those belonging to the new evangelization. More about Mike Gormley’s ministry can be found at http://www.layevangelist.com/.
Bishop Frank Dewane
Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Dewane serves as the spiritual leader of more than 227,000 Catholics in the 10-county Diocese of Venice in Florida. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 as the second Bishop of the Diocese.
Bishop Dewane currently serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the charitable arm of the Holy See; the USCCB National Catholic Rural Life Committee as President of the Board of Directors which examines rural areas and determines what the Church is doing to help; the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace; and the Florida Catholic Conference Committee for Farmworker Justice and Immigration.
Father ERIC Scanlan
Father Eric Scanlan serves as the Vocations Director for Diocese of Venice.
Fr. Chris argano
Father Christopher Argano, is the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of New York. He calls his assignment “an incredible responsibility” to promote the priesthood through recruitment and interviews with men considering a priestly vocation.
Fr. Christopher was ordained in 2009, in Cardinal Dolan’s first class of new priests as Archbishop of New York and studied for the priesthood at St. John Neumann Residence and St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie.
Born in Brooklyn, he moved with his family to Staten Island at age 12 and is a graduate of Msgr. Farrell High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Siena College in Loudonville.
Born in Indianapolis, Mary grew up in a dynamic, loving family as the youngest of five children. With both parents involved in ministry and Catholic evangelization, the seeds of faith were impressed upon her at a young age. As an active teen, Mary was involved in student council, three varsity sports, and leadership roles in high school. To all, she seemed to have her act together, but internally Mary’s high school years were a time of great struggle. She wrestled with deep questions about herself, life, and God.
Mary, like so many teens, sought answers to these questions in the world. In college, she lived her faith in the gray, with one foot in the party scene and the other in church. “I swayed back and forth between those two worlds because it’s easy living in the middle,” Mary says. “But when God calls us, He calls us TOTALLY – just like Jesus on the cross. He desires not just part of our hearts, not just part of our lives. He desires all of us. In the summer after her freshman year of college, this “total call” swept into Mary’s life and heart and led to a strong conversion of faith that changed her life forever. Now, Mary speaks across the country, sharing her heart and her love for God. http://www.marybielski.com/
BOB LESNEFSKY (righteous B)
For the last 10 years Bob has been a full time Christian Hip Hop artist and speaker, traveling to over 100 venues a year using rap music as an outreach to people in all walks of life. He and his wife have seven beautiful children where he lives in Steubenville, OH as an urban missionary. Bob also has a lot of tattoos and is the Music Director of Mountaineer Catholic Ministry.