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Defending the Faith Conference

Standing for the Church with Boldness, Zeal, and Love

July 24 - 26, 2015

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Standing for the Church with Boldness, Zeal, and Love

In a time where the Truth of the Catholic Church is under relentless and sinister attack by a culture of relativism, atheism, hedonism, and secularism, men and women of faith need to join together, rise up, and defend the Beauty of Mother Church.  

In a time when the faith and love of many of our fellow Catholics have grown cold, the Church needs modern missionaries committed to rebuilding the faith through knowledge and holy witness. 

This is the heart of the Defending the Faith Conference. 

Participants learn more than how to win arguments – they learn to win souls.  They learn not only how to speak the truth, but how to pass on the faith.  They are challenged and empowered to go and take the lead in the New Evangelization with holy boldness, zeal, and love.  If you feel called to transform the Church by bringing the strength to defend the Church and witness to the people in your parish, then you will not want miss this opportunity for training, fellowship, and empowering.

2015 Conference Theme:

Always Forward! Siempre Adelante! 

"Fear not for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Then Elisha prayed... 'Oh Lord, open his eyes that he may see.'" 2 Kings 6:16-17

Our God is strong and our God is with us.  These words are not sentimentality but the foundation for our lives of courage and virtue. Come discover anew how awesome and beautiful living a courgageous life for Christ can be.

Conference Information

Location:

Held on the campus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH

Time: Conference begins with an Early Bird Session on Friday, July 24 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.; general sessions begin Friday at 7:00 p.m. and conclude on Sunday, July 26 by 12:30 p.m. (includes closing Sunday Mass)

Cost: $145 per person; $70 per person for religious brothers and sisters as well as for those 18-30 years old

Registration Information: Registration opens January 19, 2015

For more information, please call us 1-800-437-8368

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2015 Ministry Team

Dr. Scott Hahn


Dr. Scott Hahn is the author or editor of over forty books; his most recent titles are Evangelizing Catholics, Angels and Saints, and Consuming the Word. He holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he's taught since 1990. He is also the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Dr. Hahn graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with his master’s in divinity and received his PhD in theology from Marquette University. Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly since 1979. They live in Steubenville Ohio and have six children and ten grandchildren.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda


The Most Reverend Bernard Hebda was ordained for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1989. He held parish and Chancery assignments in the Pittsburgh Diocese until his appointment in 1996 to the staff of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts in Rome. In 2003, he became Under-secretary of the Council. In Rome, he also served as adjunct spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College, and confessor for the postulants of the Missionaries of Charity. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI named him the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, and in 2013 Pope Francis named him Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University; a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law; and Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate in Canon Law degrees from Pontifical Gregorian University.      

Mike Aquilina


Mike Aquilina is the author and editor of more than 40 books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has hosted many television series on EWTN, and he was a regular panelist on Catholic Familyland Network’s Weekly Roman Observer. Mike also contributes to Catholic radio and to Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He is the past editor of New Covenant and Pittsburgh Catholic, and his work has appeared in periodicals throughout the world. His books include The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and The Resilient Church. Mike and his wife, Terri, live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with their six children, who are the subjects of his book Love in the Little Things.

Patrick Coffin


Patrick Coffin is the co-founder of the indie film company Immaculata Pictures and the host of the top-rated Catholic radio show in America, Catholic Answers Live. He has degrees from McGill University in Montreal and Franciscan University, and is the author of Sex Au Naturel, with a Foreword by Peter Kreeft. Patrick has interviewed three presidential candidates, four cardinals, an astronaut, a Hollywood stuntman, TV comedy writers, and dozens of the top Bible scholars in the world. His family live in San Diego.

Ulf and Birgitta Ekman


Ulf and Birgitta Ekman founded Word of Life, a non-denominational Charismatic church in Uppsala, Sweden where Ulf was its Senior Pastor for 30 years.  In May of 2014, after 15 years of soul searching concerning the Catholic faith, they converted and joined the Church. Ulf has held conferences and leadership seminars in many nations including the USSR and India. He founded bible schools and a Theological Seminary, hosted a TV-show aired in many nations, and has written more than 40 books & booklets which have been translated into over 30 languages.  Birgitta was editor of a Missions magazine, authored of 5 books for children, and founded a humanitarian foundation to help children in India in 1998. The foundation supports schools in poor areas, feeds needy children and sponsors daycare centers for children of prostitutes. They presently live in Sweden and have four sons and seven grandchildren.

Jennifer Fulwiler


Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer who chronicles her experiences of faith, motherhood, and a never?ending scorpion infestation on her popular blog, ConversionDiary.com. Her memoir, Something Other than God, was released by Ignatius Press in April 2014 and was listed among Amazon.com’s top 20 memoirs. She’s been a guest a variety of national television and radio shows, and was the subject of a reality show called Minor Revisions. Before she was a writer she worked as a website developer, and graduated with honors from the University of Texas earning a degree in Advertising with a focus on New Media.  Her website has thousands of daily readers and has won in the categories of Best Written Blog, Most Spiritual Blog, Best Blog by a Woman, and People’s Choice Blog in the Catholic New Media Awards.  She lives with her husband and six young children in Austin, Texas.

Father Michael Gaitley, MIC


Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, is a member of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and author of the bestselling books, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, 33 Days to Morning Glory, and the new book 'You Did it to Me': A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action. When he is not traveling, Fr. Michael lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

Dr. Peter Kreeft


Dr. Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King’s College (located in the Empire State Building) in New York City. A regular contributor to several Christian publications, Dr. Kreeft is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences and has authored over 75 books, including Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Christianity for Modern Pagans, Making Sense Out of Sufffering, Back to Virtue, Refutation of Moral Relativism, and Fundamentals of the Faith.  His newest works, published Fall 2014, are Letters to an Atheist: Wrestling with the Faith and 100 Greatest Philosophers: Socrates Children.

Patrick Madrid


Patrick Madrid is president of the Catholic Apologetics Academy and author of 20 books, including Why Be Catholic?, Search and Rescue, Answer Me This, and Envoy for Christ:25 Years as a Catholic Apologist. He hosts the “Right Here, Right Now” radio show (M-F at 4:00 pm ET), broadcast on over 230 stations across the country. He earned a B.Phil. in philosophy and an MA in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum and is currently engaged in doctoral studies for a Ph.D. in Church history. He has taught theology at Franciscan University and is an adjunct professor of theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Patrick and his wife, Nancy, have 11 children and 15 grandchildren.

Dr. Taylor Marshall


Taylor Marshall PhD is a former Episcopalian priest and the President of the New Saint Thomas Institute, an initiative offering theology classes to over 1,100 students in 24 nations. He is the author of The Crucified Rabbi, The Catholic Perspective on Paul, The Eternal City, Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages, and Saint Augustine in 50 Pages. He appears regularly on Catholic Answers, EWTN, and Relevant Radio. He has a highly rated podcast “The Taylor Marshall Catholic Show” and is a blogger with nearly 100,000 followers. He and his wife Joy have seven children (four boys and three girls) and make their home in Dallas, Texas.

Father Sean Sheridan, TOR


Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, became president of Franciscan University of Steubenville on June 1, 2013. A Third Order Regular Franciscan Friar, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was ordained a priest in 2006. Before entering the Franciscans, Father Sean obtained a juris doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1990, practicing healthcare litigation in Sacramento and Pittsburgh. He obtained a doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in 2009. An assistant professor in the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America (2009-2012) and theology professor at Franciscan University (2012-Present), Father Sean concentrates his research and canonical consulting in consecrated life and the teaching office of the church.

Emily Stimpson


Emily Stimpson is a freelance Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio. Her books include The American Catholic Almanac: The Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed America (Image, 2014), These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road, 2013), and The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012). A contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor and Franciscan Way Magazine, her writing has also appeared in First Things, Touchstone, the National Catholic Register, Lay Witness, Catholic Digest, and elsewhere. Honored by both the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, Stimpson holds a BA from Miami University of Ohio and did her graduate work in theology at Franciscan University. She is a frequent blogger on www.catholicvote.com

   Bishop Jeffery Monforton
   Jul 27, 2014
   Kimberly Hahn
   Jul 27, 2014
   Dr. Ian Murphy
   Jul 27, 2014
   Fr. Sean Sheridan
   Jul 26, 2014
   Dr. Scott Hahn
   Jul 26, 2014
   Tim Staples
   Jul 26, 2014
   Patrick Madrid
   Jul 26, 2014
   Tim Staples
   Jul 25, 2014
   Fr. Sean Sheridan
   Jul 25, 2014
   Father David Meconi
   Jul 25, 2014
   Patrick Madrid
   Jul 25, 2014
   Dr. Ralph Martin
   Aug 26, 2013
   Dr. Scott Hahn
   Aug 26, 2013
   Jason Stellman
   Aug 24, 2013
   Jason Stellman
   Aug 24, 2013
   Patrick Madrid
   Aug 24, 2013
   Dr. Peter Kreeft
   Aug 24, 2013
   Dr. Edward Sri
   Aug 24, 2013
   Dr. Ralph Martin
   Aug 24, 2013
   Bishop Jeffery Monforton
   Aug 12, 2013
   Fr. Sean Sheridan
   Aug 12, 2013