Eucharistic Life and
the “Science of Sainthood”


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February 23 - 25, 2024

Randolph Riverfront Center

Alexandria, LA

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Event Description

We are all called to sainthood. Yes, but since we're fallen, that just not going to happen on its own. It requires a process. 

So, this Lent, on February 23- 25, 2024 at the Randolph Riverfront Center of Alexandria, LA, in the midst of our great national Catholic Eucharistic Revival, Fullness of Truth-LA & the Diocese of Alexandria invite you to a supernaturally powerful event entitled, “Real Presence, Real Power: The Eucharistic Life & the Science of Sainthood”. Take your Spiritual Life to new depths with the Founder of the online spiritual formation platform, the “Science of Sainthood”, MATTHEW LEONARD; the Louisiana-native and internationally-renown scripture scholar, prolific author and Augustine Institute professor/theologian DR. BRANT PITRE; the engaging theologian for the Augustine Institute, DR. MICHAEL BARBER; Louisiana’s own Catholic “Mom” blogger & author ERIFRANCO; and with “The Spirit World” radio co-host DEBBIE GEORGIANNI. A Youth Track will be offered, as well as Concert/Sacred Music with the hometown return of the JOSH BLAKESLEY BAND.

Once grasped, this "Science of Sainthood" may be then unleashed towards the ultimate target of the Mass and all the Sacraments - a more intimate Union with Our Creator! Our Lord said that this is the "one thing" necessary for one simple reason – it’s how YOU get to heaven! So don't miss it! 

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Main Track Conference Schedule

Schedule is subject to change. Scroll down for full Youth Schedule. 

Announcements will be made throughout the conference regarding hours that confession will be available

Friday, February 23

4:00 p.m. - Registration & Bookstore Opens

5:30 p.m. - Reconciliation available (closes at 8:30 p.m.) 

6:00 p.m. - Family Stations of the Cross

7:00 p.m. - Registration closes 

7:15 p.m. - Praise & Worship Concert with Josh Blakesley & Band

8:30 p.m. - Concert Concludes

9:00 p.m. - Registration, Bookstore & Building Closes

Saturday, February 24

7:00 a.m. - Registration & Bookstore Opens*

7:30 a.m. - Conference Begins - Welcome Remarks

                     Holy Rosary 

7:50 a.m. - Break

8:15 a.m. - Holy Mass - Celebrant Fr. Charlie Ray

9:15 a.m. - Break

9:45 a.m. - "No Regrets: The Art of Living as a Catholic" - Matthew Leonard

                         Youth Track Session #1 Begins

10:35 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - "Real Presence, Real Person: How Suffering Helped Me Meet Jesus in the Eucharist" - Erin Franco

11:50 a.m. - Angelus & Lunch Break

12:00 p.m. - Youth Track Session #1 Concludes 

1:00 p.m. - Praise & Worship Concert

1:30 p.m. - Main Conference Break
                     Youth Track Session #2 Begins

1:50 p.m. - "Salvation Through Communion: The Eucharist & the Church in St. Paul's Teaching" - Dr. Michael Barber

2:40 p.m. - Break

3:00 p.m. - Adoration & Eucharistic Procession with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3:50 p.m. - Break 

4:10 p.m. - "Lectio Divina - A Stairway to Heaven" - Dr. Brant Pitre

5:00 p.m. - Day 1 Closing Remarks 
                      Youth Track Session #2 Concludes 

5:30 p.m. - Bookstore & Conference Closes

                      Conference ends for Saturday, February 24

*Please note the bookstore cash registers will be closed for check out during all liturgical events*

Schedule subject to change

Sunday, February 25

7:00 a.m. - Registration and Bookstore Opens*

7:30 a.m. - Conference Begins - Welcome Remarks

                     Holy Rosary

8:00 a.m. - "The Carlo Way: The 7 C's of the Eucharist" - Debbie Georgianni

8:50 a.m. - Break

9:20 a.m. - "The 3 Stages of Prayer & the Science of Sainthood" - Matthew Leonard

10:10 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - Holy Mass Celebrated by Bishop Robert Marshall

12:00 p.m. - Angelus/Lunch

1:10 p.m. - "The Eucharist as Sacrificial Meal: St. Paul & the Table of the Lord"
                        - Dr. Michael Barber

2:00 p.m. - Break

2:30 p.m. - "The Jewish Roots of Eucharistic Adoration" - Dr. Brant Pitre

3:20 p.m. - Break

3:45 p.m. - Adoration, Eucharistic Procession & Benediction

4:30 p.m. - Conference Conclusion - Closing remarks

5:00 p.m. - Bookstore closes

*Please note the bookstore cash registers will be closed for check out during all liturgical events*

Schedule subject to change

Youth Conference Schedule

Schedule is subject to change

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Speaker lineup

Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard is an international speaker, author, podcaster, and founder of the Science of Sainthood, a powerful online teaching platform focused on transformative prayer and authentic spirituality.  Also an accomplished filmmaker, he has written, produced, directed, and hosted multiple best-selling series which have been translated into almost a dozen languages and broadcast around the world.  

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Matthew is a former missionary and convert to Catholicism, and appears regularly on radio and television programs across the country like EWTN, Relevant Radio, and SiriusXM.  His own popular podcast, “The Art of Catholic,” is listened to around the world.  Matthew holds a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and lives in Ohio with his wife Veronica and their six children. See all he’s doing at


Dr. Brant Pitre

Dr. Brant Pitre is a Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. He is the author of several articles and books including, Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005), Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books, 2011), Jesus the Bridegroom(Image Books, 2014), Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), The Case for Jesus (Image Books, 2016), and Introduction to the Spiritual Life (Image Books, 2021).

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Dr. Pitre is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Louisiana with his wife Elizabeth, and their five children.

Dr. Michael Barber

Michael Patrick Barber is Associate Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He has authored scholarly articles for academic journals (including Journal of Biblical Literature and Letter & Spirit) and has published popular level books on the Psalms and the Apocalypse. He contributed the Catholic perspective to Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Zondervan Academic), co-authored by James D. G. Dunn, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Robert N. Wilkin and edited by Alan Stanley. Most recently he has published Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know (Augustine Institute) and, along with co-authors Brant Pitre and John Kincaid, Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology (Eerdmans).

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Barber received his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he wrote a dissertation under Colin Brown, entitled, The Historical Jesus and Cultic Restoration Eschatology: The New Temple, the New Priesthood and the New Cult, which focused on bridging the fields of the study of the Historical Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels with Sacramental Theology and Eschatology. It is currently being revised for publication.

With Senior Fellow John Bergsma and Brant Pitre, Barber writes for the blog,, one of the top-ranked “biblioblogs” (Bible blogs written by academics).

Barber is a regular on the Catholic speaking circuit, speaking at conferences and parish missions.

Debbie Georgianni

Debbie Georgianni is a writer, inspirational speaker and certified health/wellness coach. She also holds a Masters Degree in Theology. She dedicated 25 years to Catechetical Ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix working with all age groups. Debbie studied angels for over 13 years and she is very enthusiastic about sharing what she knows and lives, especially about the Guardian Angels.  

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Debbie spent 5 years in Community Relations and as an Announcer for a Catholic Radio Station. For the past 8 years, Debbie co-hosts with Jerry Usher, Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie, a live weekday radio show on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. This interactive, fast paced show takes a fresh look at life from a whole new perspective. Debbie also co-hosts The Spirit World with Adam Blai.  Both shows have won Gabriel Awards for Outstanding Radio. Debbie is co founder with Jerry Usher of Stand Tall Today, an outreach ministry of life coaching and retreats. Debbie’s lifelong passion has always been to assist people in nurturing their mind, body and spirit so that a healthy balance will lead towards a blessed life.

Debbie has two married sons and three precious grandchildren, Debbie and her husband Marty enjoy life with family, friends, and a great game of golf!

Erin Franco

Erin is a native of Baton Rouge and a parishioner at Our Lady of Mercy. She has been married to her husband Michael for 15 years, and has six children ages 14 to 1. Erin and Michael currently serve together as the National Couple for the Domestic Church movement in the United States. Erin's story-led talks share powerful, practical spiritual truths she's learned from both ordinary and extraordinary experiences in her life, and she has a special devotion to the Sacred Heart. Erin has been writing and speaking about faith and family since 2009 on her website,, and currently hosts "The Catholic Mom Minute" on Catholic Community Radio in South Louisiana.

Josh Blakesley

Josh Blakesley has acknowledged a simple calling: To make music that moves people into prayer and action. Josh has been stirred by the rhythms, melodies and chord progressions of contemporary songs long before he was old enough to know what these words meant.

As he learned about Mozart, Bach and others, he began to realize that contemporary music is very simply the music of the people. The overtures and opuses of the 1700s were the popular songs of that era. People identified with those songs in the same way that today's “hits” appeal to the masses of this generation. As a songwriter in 2023, the question that provokes him is: How do I create a song that will honor traditions and music yet speak to the modern Church and lead them to worship?

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Josh’s most recent release, “Summer 2023 LIVE”, is a 3-song EP that captures the heart of his ministry on the road. Filled with the energy of live crowds, the project offers an opportunity to feel the worship just as it occurred in venues across the country this summer. The live recording is a follow up to his 2022 release entitled “Outpoured” which features brand new original songs such as “Jesus, I Trust in You” and “Love is Above All Things.” Both albums are available anywhere you stream music.

After numerous projects as an artist and as a producer, Josh Blakesley is a constant in Christian music. He continues to write and record with a wealth of talented people like Grammy Nominated producer/singer- songwriter, Michael Farren, Mia Fieldes (Hillsong), Dove Award winner Marc Byrd (God of Wonders) and Grammy Award Nominated, Sarah Hart (Better than a Hallelujah). Currently, Josh is working on full-length and self-produced project, set to release in 2024 featuring a collection of songs inspired by the quotes of various saints.

Blakesley has been featured on Sirius XM, EWTN’s Life on the Rock, Relevant Radio, KLOVE and has performed with wide variety of Christian artists like Matt Maher, Andrew Peterson, Jars of Clay and the Newsboys as well as several International Papal events. He continues to tour the US and Canada in 2024; please visit his tour listing for more info on where to find him and the band next year. He also works directly with the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Life Teen International, Catholic HeartWork Camp, Adore Ministries, as well as many churches and conferences of all sizes, all in an effort to live out his calling and to “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18)

Josh Blakesley currently lives in the Houston, TX area with his wife Heather and their two children, Sophie and Sutton. He is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Faustina Church in Fulshear, TX.

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