NEW BRAUNFELS

Fri: Beginning at 3pm

Offering: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Potato Soup, Beverages

Sat: 7am-12pm

Offering: Beignets, Cowboy Tacos, Apple Turnovers, Beverages

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Bubba's Food Truck

OUR GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Eduardo Chávez Sánchez

Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez holds a doctorate in Church history and served as postulator for the cause for the canonization of  Juan Diego.
He is co-founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies, and is a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe.
Msgr. Chávez was born in Mexico City on Dec. 31, 1956. He entered Mexico’s Conciliar Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies (Instituto Superior de Estudios Eclesiásticos). He was ordained on Aug. 15, 1981, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He holds a diploma in philosophy from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, a doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the thesis: La Iglesia en México hacia el Concilio Plenario Latinoamericano (1896-1899) (The Church in Mexico during the Latin American Plenary Council).
On May 17, 2001, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico, appointed him postulator for the cause of Juan Diego. St. Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002. Msgr. Chávez was also general secretary for the visit of Pope John Paul II in Mexico.
Through his work as postulator and beyond, Msgr. Chávez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles.
Msgr. Chávez was named canon of the National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2005. He was named the first rector of the Catholic University Lumen Gentium of the Archdiocese of Mexico, where he has served since 2002, and in 2003 he became a founding member and rector of the Institute of Guadalupan Studies.

Michael O'Neill

Michael O’Neill is a Relevant Radio host, author, and creator of the website MiracleHunter.com, the top online resource on miracles cited worldwide in news articles and books, including throughout renowned Mariologist Fr. René Laurentin’s comprehensive work “The Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary” (2010 Edizioni ART). O’Neill, a graduate of Stanford University and member of the Mariological Society of America and the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association, has been interviewed about his research numerous times for features on Catholic television programs like EWTN’s News Nightly and Bookmark and secular media like Fox & Friends, Live Science and The Dr. Oz Show. He was a consultant for the National Geographic magazine December 2015 cover story and map about the Virgin Mary “The Most Powerful Woman in the World” and was interviewed as the Marian expert on the corresponding television piece for NatGeo Explorer. O’Neill served as the expert commentator during the 2010 live broadcast of the first Marian apparition approval in history at Champion, WI and EWTN's coverage at the 100th Anniversary Mass of Our Lady of Fatima. He is the host of the weekly Relevant Radio® program “The Miracle Hunter®” and a frequent contributor to The Drew Mariani Show. His books include “Exploring the Miraculous” (Our Sunday Visitor 2015) and "365 Days with Mary" (Salt Media 2016). He was the co-host of the television special "Miracle Hunters" (UpTV 2015) and is the creator and host of the new EWTN docu-series "They Might Be Saints" about the lives of future saints and the search for canonization miracles. In 2016, O'Neill gave a presentation at Georgetown University, delivered the keynote at the Catholic Press Association, was accepted to present a paper at the Fatima Congress in Portugal and was selected to give a lecture on miracles in Catholicism as part of the interfaith "Comparison Project" at Drake University.

Tim Francis

One of six children,Tim grew up never missing Mass. College turned him to the party life leaving the Church behind, and by the time he left college he was addicted to cocaine. In 1999, his mother sent him a VHS tape she recorded “Signs From God-Science Tests Faith”, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he discovered the meaning of the miracles showcased on that FOX documentary. He has since conducted over 300 parish missions in the last seven years with results similar to this: “I wanted to thank you for changing my life…My mom got me to attend…I was an occasional Mass attendee, mostly holidays. After your talk I made a good confession and now attend Mass DAILY”.

 

Barrie Shwortz

 

“35 Years of Shroud Science: A Personal Perspective”

This presentation provides a detailed look at the Shroud of Turin, takes you behind the scenes with the STURP team that performed the first ever in-depth scientific examination of the cloth in 1978 and evaluates their scientific conclusions. I then discuss the personal impact that the cloth has had on my life and explain how and why a Jewish man ended up becoming an expert on the Shroud of Turin!

Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. Today, he plays an influential role in Shroud research and education as the editor and founder of the internationally recognized Shroud of Turin Website (www.shroud.com), the oldest, largest and most extensive Shroud resource on the Internet, with more than fifteen million visitors from over 160 countries. In 2009 he founded the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, to which he donated the website and his extensive Shroud photographic collection, as well as many other important Shroud resources, in order to preserve and maintain these materials and make them available for future research and study. He currently serves as the President of STERA, Inc.

Katie Pfeffer

 

“Theology of a Mother’s Heart” 

Katie is what is often called a “revert” to the Catholic Church. She’s been married to her husband, Kirk, for 37 yrs. and they have 6 children, 1 in heaven lost to miscarriage, and 5 grown children with 1 granddaughter. She has promoted perpetual Eucharistic adoration for 18 years, and has spoken in over 100 parishes. She now works for Corporis Christi Societas that helps fund the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, who are devoted to promoting perpetual adoration in parishes across the U.S., as well as in Europe and Africa. They also lead silent, directed adoration retreats on Long Island 9 months out of the year.

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