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Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is creator and host of The Gist, a weekly Catholic women’s television talk show on CatholicTV and host of the Girlfriends podcast. Danielle is author of several books, including Momnipotent, You Are Enough, and most recent book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday. Danielle has a special heart for mothers, and she encourages women of all ages and stages of life to find humor in daily challenges and the joy God intends for every one of us. It is in her primary vocation to marriage and motherhood that Danielle finds the inspiration for all of her work.
The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., July 2, 1973. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix December 20, 2003. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector / President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1974, Bishop Olmsted has been a member of the Jesus Caritas fraternity of priests, and thus has been deeply influenced by the witness and wisdom of Charles de Foucauld and by the prayers and encouragement of many brother priests. For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology, a doctorate in Canon Law, and worked more than nine years in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. During the nine years of serving in the Holy See, he resided at the Pontifical North American College and assisted seminarians with spiritual direction. Having been reared on a family farm on the Kansas-Nebraska border, he attended a single-room grade school near Oketo, Kansas, and a small rural high school in Summerfield, Kansas. His first contact with Catholic schools came when he entered St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver, Colo., from which he graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Michael and Alicia Hernon are on a mission to empower parents, strengthen marriage, and bring families to Christ. Their ministry, The Messy Family Project, began as a podcast and has grown into a multi-media platform that provides free resources to couples to encourage them and give them the tools they need to nurture their marriage as well as the culture within their family. Although the podcast reaches over 20,000 families every month, the Hernons also travel throughout the United States and internationally inspiring husbands and wives and sparking conversations between them. They reside in Steubenville, OH, and are parents to ten children and grandparents to three. Learn more about them & their ministry at www.messyfamilyproject.org
John and Armida Escarcega have been married for over 35 years. She is a Native of Mexico, and is currently the Coordinator for the Office OF Natural Family Planning (NFP) for the Diocese of Phoenix and for the past 7 years has been producer and hostess of “Siempre Sí”, a radio Show in En Familia, Spanish Catholic Radio. John, born and raised in Arizona, is a Chemical Engineer looking forward to retirement… They are certified Diocesan Presenters of The Theology of the Body, St John Paul II’s seminal catechesis on human sexuality and the integrated vision of the human person, and have been volunteer instructors for NFP and presenters for Love for Live and God’s Plan for a Joy filled Marriage retreats for couples going through Diocesan Marriage Preparation. They speak extensively in matters of healthy sexuality and together they wrote “A New Language: Meditations on Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning”, a parish course for couples and single adults that offers a bird’s eye overview of St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and apologia for planning a family the natural way. Their greatest accomplishment has been a complete gift: their marriage. they enjoy tremendously the “…for better…” part of their vows, and continue to learn -later, sometimes much later- from the “..and for worse…” part. They consider themselves very blessed to be the parents of 5 great children.
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