Speakers

Bishop ThomasMost Reverend Daniel E. Thomas

On August 26, 2014, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo. Bishop Thomas had served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since his Episcopal Ordination on July 26, 2006.

Bishop Thomas was born and raised in Philadelphia, attending Catholic elementary and high schools. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., where he earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree. He also earned a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) in 1989 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 18, 1985. Bishop Thomas was first assigned as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Joseph Parish in Aston, Pa. In 1990, he was assigned to serve the Holy See as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops, the Directory of the Roman Curia primarily charged with assisting the Holy Father in the selection of candidates for the episcopacy. While serving 15 years at the Congregation for Bishops, Bishop Thomas also served as an Adjunct Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary in Rome.

In 1995, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness (Monsignor), and in 2005, was named a Prelate of Honor, both by Pope John Paul II. In October of the same year, Bishop Thomas returned to Pennsylvania and was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford. In 2006, he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, to assist the Archbishop with pastoral responsibilities and administrative duties. Bishop Thomas’ responsibilities included serving as a Vicar General, and as a Regional Bishop, in addition to overseeing the Media Affairs Departments, the Office for Clergy, the Vocations Office for the Priesthood and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

In addition to his priestly assignments, Bishop Thomas served on a number of Archdiocesan boards and remains a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, the Ad Hoc Committee on Catechism, and the Committee for Divine Worship. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Saint John Vianney Center in Downington, Pa., as well as a member of the Episcopal Advisory Board for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.

The Installation of Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, as the eighth Bishop of Toledo took place on the first Memorial of Pope Saint John Paul II at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral on October 22, 2014.

 


 

Peter HerbeckPeter Herbeck is the Vice President and Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries. He has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for the past thirty years. Peter is a co-host for the weekly television programs The Choices We Face and Crossing the Goal. He also hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks, and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit. Peter is involved with i.d.916, an outreach to Catholic young adults sponsored by Renewal Ministries.Peter and his wife Debbie have four children and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 


 

Stephanie Schlueter

 

Stephanie Schlueter is a wife and mother of seven (one in heaven) and an engaging speaker and leader of Image Trinity / Mass Impact, a Catholic, non-profit movement committed to personal, family, parish and world transformation in the heart of the Church. (MassImpact.us)

 

 


  

Deacon PoyoEvangelization Ministries (NEM), Deacon Ralph Poyo seeks to be a useful tool for assisting pastors in training their parish leadership in evangelization. He has traveled extensively around the United States, serving as an evangelist and speaker. He incorporates what he learned and experienced in five years of research in rural, inner-city, and suburban parishes. After almost thirty years of parish ministry, he understands the complexities of various ministry environments.

When Deacon Ralph is not consulting with parishes through NEM (www.newevangelizationministries.org), he is a popular national speaker capable of communicating with a wide variety of audiences. His passionate, humorous, and playful style has captivated adult and teen audiences across the country with the truth of the gospel of Christ. His presentation style disarms audiences and speaks directly to the issues that plague our efforts to live the Catholic faith. Information about his presentations can be found at www.DeaconRalphPoyo.com. You can follow Deacon Ralph on twitter at @HobbitDeacon.

Deacon Ralph is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, and has five daughters, one son-in-law, and two granddaughters.


 

Dr. HortonDr. Bob Horton has been engaged in soil science research and teaching at Iowa State University since 1981, and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Soil Science there and an Honorary Professor at China Agricultural University. He studies soil physical properties and processes and is internationally recognized for his many contributions to our understanding of coupled heat and water movement in soil. He has published over 200 journal papers and is co-author of a leading textbook in his field.  In 2002, he received the Don and Betty Kirkham Award, which is the highest honor in the discipline of soil physics.

Bob is a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish in Ames, Iowa, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Pastoral Council. Bob Horton is married, a father of 7 children, and a grandfather of 9.  He has traveled extensively in the US, Europe, and especially China sharing his science knowledge and witnessing to his Christian faith.