2024 Speakers

Fr. Pacwa

Father Pacwa received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus, as a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts as well as his Ph.D. in Old Testament. He is best known for his appearances on EWTN for almost forty years. Fr. Pacwa is a best-selling Catholic author and has written numerous books on a variety of topics about the Scripture and our Catholic Faith to continue to teach us and generations to come.

Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin is an internationally known author and speaker. As the senior apologist at Catholic Answers, he has more than twenty-five years of experience defending and explaining the Faith.

Jimmy is a convert to the Faith and has an extensive background in the Bible, theology, the Church Fathers, philosophy, canon law, and liturgy.

Jimmy is a weekly guest on the national radio program Catholic Answers Live, a regular contributor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a popular blogger and podcaster.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio and television programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Deacon Harold is the award-winning author of five books, including Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality and Building a Civilization of Love: A Catholic Response to Racism. 

      Kendra Tierney

Kendra Tierney is a recently widowed mother of ten living in the wilds of unincorporated Los Angeles county. She has a passion for liturgical living in the home and believes that anything worth doing is worth overdoing. She is the founder and CEO of Catholic All Year, the author of books including The Catholic All Year Compendium and A Little Book About Confession for Children, and the creator of the show Catholic All Year at Home on FORMED.

Annie Muller

Annie grew up as a Protestant Missionary in East Texas and came into the Catholic Church while attending The University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. After completing her B.A. in Literature, she and her husband, Adam, stayed in Irving to raise their family. She is a mother to seven children and grandmother to two beautiful girls. After almost two decades as a stay-at-home-mom, in 2019, Annie took a position as a writer and speaker for the Catholic Mother’s Ministry Mighty Is Her Call. You can hear her on the Mighty is Her Call Podcast and as a coordinator and speaker at their retreats around the country. She is very passionate about encouraging women in the vocation of motherhood and believes it is a uniquely Christ-like vocation. Her heart is to see the world reimagine motherhood and embrace it as a sacred and worthy life calling, thereby reinvigorating the family as the heart of the church. 

Fr. Dennis McManus

Fr. Dennis McManus is a priest of the Archdiocese of Mobile in Alabama. From 1997-2006, he worked as Associate Director of the Secretariat for the Liturgy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. Pope John Paul II named him as consultor and theologian to the newly established Vox Clara commission of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on which he has served since 2001; Pope Benedict XVI then appointed Fr. McManus as consultor to the Congregation itself in 2010 and then as peritus to the Vox Clara commission. He has taught as professor of liturgy at several seminaries, just completing his last assignment at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg. Fr. McManus has written widely on liturgical topics. He served as pastoral coordinator for the Archdiocese of New York in deliverance and exorcism ministry from 2009-2011. He is also the USCCB consultant for Jewish Affairs and membered on both the Vatican-Baptist dialogue (2007-20012) and the USCCB-Reform Churches dialogue which issued its historic joint agreement on the form and recognition of baptism (2012). He was general editor of Paulist Press’ Ancient Christian Writers Series from 1994-2007 and translation editor of Varsity Press’ Ancient Christian Commentary from 1995-1998 . Fr. McManus has taught courses in theology, medieval literature, classical languages and Jewish studies for over 40 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classical languages and philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California; a master’s degree in historical ethics from Georgetown University and a doctorate in patristics from Drew University. He just completed 25 years as Professor in the department of Jewish civilization at Georgetown University. He is presently assigned as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California and professor of theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.

Dr. William Lile, D.O., FACOG

 “The ProLifeDoc”, is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is licensed to practice medicine in both Florida and Alabama. He has been an instructor for both the University of Florida and Florida State University, OB/GYN residency programs. He is the former chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL. He has an active practice in Pensacola.

Mike Debus

Mike was raised in the Kansas City area and proudly still calls KC his home, living in the Historic West Bottoms District. Always having a passion for drawing and painting, Mike studied art and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. With the exception of a handful of years in corporate America, Mike has been a full-time freelance artist his entire career. He has successfully created countless portraits, murals, and commissioned works and continues to fulfill his life-long dream of creating, painting, and inspiring.