2021 Conference Speakers

Fr. James Blount, S.O.L.T.

An internationally-known priest of The Society of Our Lady of The Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), Father James Blount currently travels the United States and abroad, preaching at retreats and missions. Teaching the faith by prayer and personal stories, Father brings passion and awareness that through the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s Church can make a difference in the World today. He is currently based out of Covington, GA. Fr. Blount will share with us all the gifts of the Holy Spirit with us during the conference day!

Gina Bauer

Gina captivates and engages her audience with lively stories and humor. She is able to convey Catholic teachings in a compassionate, down-to-earth style that reaches hearts of listeners. Her vocation as a wife and mother of four personally connects her to audiences on a very real and practical level, drawing them in the beautiful love story of the Catholic Church.  She equips listeners with practical tools to live holy lives in today’s culture. Gina received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and her Master’s in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies.

Gina has extensive experience training and mentoring religious leaders, lay leaders, and Catholic educators throughout the country. She has been a teacher and speaker for St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota, NET Ministries in the Twin Cities, and the St. John Bosco Conference for catechists and religious educators in Steubenville, Ohio. She has traveled the country serving as a retreat master and trainer for both youth and adult groups alike in such venues as the Ave Maria Catholic Conference in Florida, diocesan-sponsored events, individual parish programs, and private retreats. She is an expert on the topic of the dignity of the human person and living holiness in today’s culture.

 

Annie Karto

Annie Karto is a gifted musician, as we have seen at past conferences.  She is also a gifted speaker, which you will hear this year.

Catholic singer, Annie Karto has traveled the country extensively these past 20 years, her ministry taking her to Europe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Africa, Guatemala, and Trinidad. Annie weaves her songs in and out of her testimonies.

Over 20 years ago, after a deep conversion experience before the Blessed Eucharist, Annie was given the penance to spread the Lord’s Divine Mercy for the rest of her life. This “penance” has become a great joy!

Annie has strived to use her gift of voice, and speaking skills to evangelize wherever the Lord calls her. A highlight in her ministry was writing and singing a song for Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, titled, “Song for Immaculee” leading to a trip to Immaculee’s village in Rwanda, Africa, in August of 2011.

Annie has been invited to major conferences, and also shared at Magnificat Breakfasts, Divine Mercy retreats and Days of Reflection. Some of Annie’s talks include “Divine Mercy Flood My Soul” which is her focus, “Mary, Masterpiece of Mercy,” “Rise up and Shape the Culture, “The Beauty of being a Catholic Woman.”

Most noteworthy, Annie wrote a song for priests, “You are a Priest Forever” This song has been featured on EWTN for many years and has received two apostolic blessings, one from Pope John Paul 11, and Pope Benedict XVI. Fr. Bill Casey, Fathers of Mercy, recently called the song, “a classic.”

Msgr. Joseph Schaedel

Ordained on May 22, 1982, Msgr. Schaedel is the pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis. He is the past vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and vicar for religious and director of the archdiocesan Mission Office and Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  He has been involved with numerous Catholic organizations and is currently the chaplain for Legatus Society of Indianapolis and One in Christ Marriage Preparation. Past assignments have been at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, St. Malachy, St. Monica, St. Michael the Archangel and Cardinal Ritter High School.

Additional Speakers

We are working on having additional speakers join us this year.

Please check back soon.