Dr. Peter Kreeft
Dr. Peter Kreeft is a theologian and professor of philosophy at Boston College. A noted Catholic apologist and philosopher, Dr. Kreeft has written 75 books, including “Handbook of Christian Apologetics,” “Christianity for Modern Pagans” and “Fundamentals of the Faith.” For more information about Dr. Peter Kreeft, please go to peterkreeft.com
Monica Ashour, TOBET
Executive Director, Author, National Speaker
Holding two Masters from the University of Dallas—one in Theological Studies and one in Humanities, Monica Ashour is an author, national speaker, and President for the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, known as TOBET. Named in 2010 by The Catholic National Register as one of the top six speakers on Saint John Paul’s seminal work known as the Theology of the Body, Monica has published several works. For more information about Monica Ashour and Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, please go to TOBET.org
Avera Maria Santo
Avera Maria Santo is a 21-year-old, vibrant, and joyful up and coming speaker, known for her love of the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality. In May of 2017, she created a blog titled Inside My Holy of Holies, where she blogs about her experiences as a Catholic woman carrying the cross of samesex attraction. Since its formation, the blog has received over 25,000 views. Her passion lies in traveling the country, and eventually the world, sharing the joy and freedom she’s experienced living according to the truth upheld by the Catholic Church. This joyful experience has caught the attention of people like Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Leah Darrow, author Daniel Mattson, and Courage International. Dedicated to upholding the true teachings of the Church in everything that she does, Avera provides a profound testament of faith, courage, and chastity for our youth. For more information about Avera Maria Santo, please go to http://couragegulfcoast.wixsite.com/blog. Please also take a moment to read Avera’s open letter to Father James Martin here: http://couragegulfcoast.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/10/10/Youre-Hurting-Me-Fr-James-Martin
Sean Forrest is a missionary, author, singer/songwriter, and evangelist. He cofounded Haiti180, for which he serves as president. Haiti180 serves the poorest of the poor through its orphanage, school, nursing home/elderly care, and a state-of-the-art medical clinic. Sean has spoken at venues such as the National Catholic Youth Conference and World Youth Day. He is also a regular keynote speaker at Steubenville youth conferences across the country. For more information about Sean Forrest, please go to seanforrest.com
Dave fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ. He serves as the Director of Evangelization for two large parishes in Wexford, PA. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dave is a popular speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Dave has years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of deliverance and exorcism. Dave is co-host of the popular Ascension Press podcast: “Every Knee Shall Bow.” Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.
Ashley Januszewski is a mother of five children and a passionate follower of Christ. She is an advocate for protecting children from cyber dangers. She speaks regularly to schools, churches and parent groups about internet pornography’s impact on youth and what parents can do to equip their children to fight for purity. She has written on the topic in The Dallas Morning News. She has also been featured on the Don’t Mom Alone podcast, and her research was highlighted on Dr. Albert Mohler’sThe Briefing. She is a certified trainer for Netsmartz, the educational arm of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Ashley is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Fr. Michael Champagne
Fr. Michael Champagne is the head of the Community of Jesus Crucified in St. Martinville Louisiana and a theology teacher at John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette. Fr. Champagne founder and organizer of the Fete Dieu Du Teche, an annual boat procession along the Bayou with the Blessed Sacrament to commemorate the the Acadians and with it, the Catholic faith. Fr. Champagne expanded his evangelization activity to include the purchase of an old ambulance and convert it into a Spiritual Care Unit to provide for evangelization at locations away from the parishes as well as for providing greater access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance. Champagne hopes to attract more priests to work the mobile confessional and travel to special events, school festivals, housing where residents aren’t able to drive to church — even the mall. For more information about Fr. Champagne and his ministry, please go to www.jesuscrucified.net. To see a video about his ambulance confessional ministry, click here. Fr. Michael will provide afternoon confessions for attendees of the Symposium.
Fr. James Lehrberger
Fr. James Lehrberger, O.Cist., Ph.D is a monk and priest of Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey. An expert on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, he has taught philosophy at the University of Dallas for many years . He was the first faculty moderator of the University's pro-life club, the "Crusaders for Life", and he served for several years as chaplain to the University's Renaissance liturgical choir, the "Collegium Cantorum". He regularly offers Mass at the University and he provides pastoral help at local parishes. Fr. James will provide afternoon confessions for attendees of the Symposium and will celebrate vigil mass directly following the Symposium.
Fr. Jonathan Austin
Fr. Jonathan Austin is the administrator of St. Jude Chapel in downtown Dallas, which serves everyone in the Diocese of Dallas, however primarily ministers to the business community downtown, downtown residents, and visitors from all over the world that come to Dallas for conventions, business, and pleasure. Fr. Jonathan is described by those who know him as a man, "with amazing compassion and empathy…a man with amazing strength, who constantly runs late because he will never say NO to a phone call or to hear a confession." It’s not unusual to see Austin strolling along Main Street, a walking advertisement in his priest collar or ceremonial vestment, always quick to chat. Fr. Jonathan will hear afternoon confessions for attendees at the Symposium.