August 26 - 27, 2017
August 26 - 27, 2017
"The Reformation’s 500-Year Report Card: Catholicism Remains Christ’s Prayer for Unity"
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
9800 Hyatt Resort Drive; San Antonio, Texas 78251
Rooms for Saturday night have SOLD OUT. There are still discounted rooms available on other nights. These rooms will be first come first serve.
OUR GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Archbishop Gustavo-García-Siller, M.Sp.S.:
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller was named Archbishop of San Antonio by Pope Benedict XVI on October 14, 2010. Installed as Archbishop on November 23, 2010 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in San Antonio, TX, he succeeded Archbishop José H. Gomez as the sixth Archbishop of San Antonio. In 1975, Archbishop Gustavo professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. He was sent to the United States by his order in 1980, where he worked closely with the immigrant community. He was ordained a priest on June 22, 1984 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He became a citizen of the United States on December 15, 1998.
Francis J. Beckwith
Francis J. Beckwith is the 2016-2017 Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy and Co-Director of the Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). With his appointment in Baylor’s Department of Philosophy, he also teaches courses in medical humanities, political science, religion, and church-state studies. From July 2003 through January 2007, he served as the Associate Director of Baylor’s J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies.
Born in 1960 in New York City, Professor Beckwith grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, the eldest of the four children of Harold (“Pat”) and Elizabeth Beckwith. He graduated in 1974 from St. Viator’s Elementary Schooland in 1978 from Bishop Gorman High School, where he was a three-sport letterman and a member of the 1978 Nevada State AAA Basketball Championship Team.
In 2008-09 he served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as the Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics & Culture. A 2002-03 Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, Professor Beckwith currently serves as a member of Princeton’s James Madison Society. He has also held full-time faculty appointments at Trinity International University (1997-2002), Whittier College (1996-97), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1989-96).
A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he won a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Reproductive Control Seminar.
Dr. Michael Barber:
Michael Patrick Barber is Chair of the Graduate School of Biblical Theology at JP Catholic University in San Diego, CA. 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. Most recently 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.
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 Fellows, John Bergsma and Brant Pitre, Barber writes for the blog, TheSacredPage.com, 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. He resides in San Diego, CA, with his wife, Kimberly. They have four children.
Dr. David Anders:
Dr. David Anders is a former Calvinist and Protestant historian who has embraced the riches of the Catholic Church. He received his B.A at Wheaton College, his M.A. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Dr. Anders lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife of 21 years and their five children. Dr. Anders is a Catholic catechist, speaker, and writer. He hosts the EWTN radio program, “Called to Communion”. He grew up in the Presbyterian Church (PCA) and attended a Protestant college and seminary. During his Ph.D. studies in Reformation History, he became persuaded of the truth of the Catholic Faith. Dr. Anders entered the Church in 2003, along with his wife, Jill, and his children.
Fr. Ken Geraci:
Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominal Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During that time he earned a business degree and worked as a business profession in Advanced R&D and software testing; a few years into his career he joined a few of his co-workers in establishing a $4.5 million Internet software company. Focused on money, fitness and success, he made little room for God; but God did not give up on him. During this journey, God presented him with challenges that forced him to question his personal beliefs and the question “What is Truth?” Through a series of conversions, years of struggle, study and questioning, Fr. Ken found his way from agnosticism, to non-denominational Christianity, and ultimately back to the Catholic Church.
Fr. Ken joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and was ordained in 2012. For the last two years, he has served as the associate pastor of a medium sized parish in Western Kentucky and has recently been assigned to the Mission Band of the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Ken has a great understanding of the personal and societal pressures that individuals face and knows what it is like to “hate coming to church.” His mission talks are for people of all levels of faith; from those who are madly in love with Jesus, to those who pretty much hate church and religion.
Gail Buckley is the Founder and Executive Director of Catholic Scripture Study International, the world’s fastest-growing Catholic Bible study program. CSS, as it is better known, has thousands of members throughout the U.S. and in 40 countries around the world. In addition to her work with CSS, Gail serves on the Board of Directors of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) and on the Steering Committee for the Catholic Leadership Conference. Gail is a convert to Catholicism; her story was featured in a recent issue of Envoy magazine. She has been a speaker at several national Catholic conferences and a featured guest on many Catholic radio shows including Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria radio: Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, Al Kresta Live, The Journey Home, and others.
Join us for the Matt Maher & John Tibbs Concert on Friday Night, August 25th! Conference attendees can take advantage of the special add-on rate of $15 for this 'High Praise in the Hill Country' concert to kick off the weekend! Over 1000 attendees have already registered!