Dr. Margarett A. Schlientz, Conference Chair, has a masters degrees in theology (Marquette University), and spirituality (Creighton University), psychiatric nursing (University of Maryland) and a doctorate in Psychiatric nursing (University of Pittsburgh). In her professional career as a university administrator and teacher (Marquette University) she has developed the integration of the psychological and spiritual relationship necessary for human growth and development. With her professional expertise she works as a national consultant as an agent of change affecting the internal culture within the health care system. Because of the value integration for human growth she has consulted with numerous religious communities and diocese. Presently in addition to her work with health care systems she is the Assistant Director at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University where she teaches and ministers to diocesan seminarians in an intensive ten week spiritual renewal program each summer. Committed to the ministry of healing she has taught numerous workshops throughout the world aiding clergy and laity in the ministry of healing and deliverance. Presently she is part of the team with the Institute training diocesan priests in a three year program in spiritual direction integrating the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Msgr. John Esseff. Msgr’s background is extensive with Masters degrees in Semitic Languages (Catholic University, Religious Education and Counseling (Marywood University) and a Doctorate in Ministry (Aquinas Institute, Dubuque, IA). His pastoral ministry has covered a myriad of needs serving the poor and destitute from the streets to prisons, homeless, handicapped in the Scranton area, Lebanon and Peru. He was pastor at numerous parishes in his diocese. Having served on numerous boards as consultant and advocate to interfaith groups, farm workers, prison chaplains, migrant workers, elderly etc. For two years he was director of the Pontifical Mission in Beirut, Lebanon. He also served as Director of the Propagation of the Faith and as Moderator for the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in Scranton. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. Pope John II awarded him the Prelate of Honor award in 1983. Recently he responded to a need of Bishop Samuel Aquila to help develop a formation program for seminarians at Cardinal Meunch Seminary in Fargo, ND. He has returned to the Diocese of Scranton where he continues in his role as spiritual director and exorcist for the diocese.
Rev. Dennis D. McManus is on the faculty of Georgetown Univ, Washington, DC. Fr. McManus received his bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages and Philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California. He completed a Master’s degree in historical ethics at Georgetown University and a doctorate in historical theology (patrology) at Drew University. Together with Rabbi Leon Klenicki of the Anti-Defamation League of New York, he is co-editor of a forthcoming series from the Stimulus Foundation entitled, The Word Set Free: Preaching the Lectionary Free of Anti-Judaism. He is also a founding member of the board of the Institute for International Criminal Investigation, which examines forensic evidence of genocides world-wide. He served as Associate Director of the Secretariat for the Liturgy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from l997 to 2005. From 2005-2006, Fr. McManus was Director of the Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture at The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., where he also held the Smilow Chair in Catholic-Jewish Relations. In 2006-7, he was Associate Professor at Conception Abbey Seminary in Missouri. . He serves as Managing Editor of Paulist Press’ Ancient Christian Writers series, a patristics publication of nearly sixty volumes.
Fr. Philip Scott, F.J. was born January 26, 1960. He was ordained in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida on May 6, 1989. On April 1, 1998 he was given permission to begin a community called the Family of Jesus. Their charism is to heal the family. Fr. Philip is now in Puerto Maldonado, Peru.
He is publishing a book on healing the father wound.
Paul Thigpen, PhD is the editor of TAN Books. An award-winning journalist and best-selling author, he has published forty-two books. His work has been translated into twelve languages and circulated worldwide.
Thigpen graduated from Yale University in 1977 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with Distinction in the Major of Religious Studies. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, where he earned an M.A. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1995) in Historical Theology.
In 2008 Thigpen was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to their National Advisory Council for a four-year term. He has served the Church as a theologian, historian, apologist, evangelist, and catechist in a number of settings, speaking frequently in Catholic and secular media broadcasts and at conferences, seminars, parish missions, and scholarly gatherings. He has recently published the book “Manual of Spiritual Warfare”.
Fr. Martin Pable O.F.M. Cap is a priest-psychologist who has been active in Capuchin ministries for many years. He is well known as a preacher for retreats and workshops, and as a spiritual director. One of his special interests is evangelization. He has developed a number of programs for parishes. He has four books in print: “The Quest for the Male Soul”, “Prayer: A Practical Guide, Remaining Catholic: Six Good Reasons to Stay in an Imperfect Church” and “Catholics and Fundamentalists: Understanding and Response”. A fifth book soon to be republished: “Reclaim the Fire: A Parish Guide to Evangelization”. He will speak on Franciscian Spirituality.
Fr. Ambrose Mary Little, O.P. will speak on Dominican Spirituality, more a way of life than a set of practices. We will look at how the life of prayer forms us to proclaim the Word and then we will look at how the confraternities of the Order of Friars Preachers, the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, the Confraternity of the Angelic Warfare, and the Confraternity of the Holy Name give the faithful a partricipation in the life of preach;ing through an apostolate of prayer and example.
|CONFERENCE TEAM:||Msgr. John Esseff, Rev. Carl Schmidt, C.Ss.R, Dr. Margarett Schlientz, Conference Chair; Tom & Rosalie Hersil, co-chairmen, Tina & Lisa Hersil, Ginny Kopp., Doris Kresheck, Sr. Marilyn Metz, Chris Nault.|