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Dominick Albano is a nationally sought-after Catholic speaker and writer. After his powerful conversion at the age of sixteen and newfound passion for sharing the Catholic faith with others, Dominick began giving talks and leading retreats and small groups while still in high school. Seeing a need for ministry and evangelization outreach in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Dominick founded Arise Missions in 2010. He served as Executive Director for the ministry, which leads dynamic parish missions, young adult conferences, and parish leadership evangelization training sessions. Dominick has spent the last 15 years speaking at conferences, retreats, parish mission, and schools, and was hand picked by Matthew Kelly as a speaker for a series of events with Dynamic Catholic. Dominick is the author of three books including The Fundamental Theory of Happiness, The Essential Guide to Prayerful Decisionmaking, and The Story of My Life Prayer Journal. Dominick lives in the Cincinnati area with his high school sweetheart and their four young sons. When he isn’t working in ministry, Dominick can be found coaching his son’s baseball team. Visit dominickalbano.com to learn more or to connect directly with Dominick.
Kevin and Lisa Cotter met in high school, were married straight out of college, and are now raising their four kids, ranging from 16 to 3, in Denver, CO. After spending 11 years as a missionary family with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), Kevin is the Head of Content for the Hallow App, and Lisa is a mom who speaks and writes on the side. Together they are the author of "Dating Detox" and co-hosts of the How-to Catholic podcast. Kevin holds a Masters in Scripture from the Augustine Institute, and Lisa is currently pursuing her Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute.
Susie Lopez is Vice President of Operations at the St. John Paul II Foundation where she oversees and supports the Conference team as they plan and execute Converging Roads and Together in Holiness conferences, along with the Together in Holiness Formation series Business Development team as they expand this initiative to parishes and schools across the country. Susie earned her BS in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University and, prior to joining the St. John Paul II Foundation in 2017, worked at Baylor College of Medicine in the philanthropy and alumni relations office. Over the years, she has been involved with the Houston chapter of Young Catholic Professionals and is a parishioner at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX.
Fr. Norbert Maduzia, Jr., E.V., D. Min., a native Houston, began his formation at Christ the King Parish. Graduating from Cy-Fair High School, Father began seminary studies at St. Mary’s Seminary but completed studies at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario. Since ordination to the priesthood on April 16, 1982, he has served as a High School teacher and chaplain, Student Council Moderator, and Assistant Principal of St. Thomas High School. He has also served as Parochial Vicar and Pastor in several Archdiocesan parishes and presently is pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring, TX and Episcopal Vicar for the Northern Vicariate. Along with membership on the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consulters, Father serves as Co-Chair of the Ongoing Formation of Priests Committee and is a member of the Archdiocesan Building Commission. He is a past president of the NOCERCC Board of Directors. His passion is Liturgy and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Liturgy. Fr. Norbert was a consultant to the US Bishops’ Committee for the catechetical implementation of the new Roman Missal. He has served as a Committeeman and pseudo-Chaplain with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for over 20 years and has a Boxer named Groot.
Kevin and Courtnie have been married for 14 years. After meeting at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, they decided to plant their roots in The Woodlands, TX. Since that move, they have been blessed with 6 children here on earth and two little ones entrusted to our Lord in Heaven. Kevin is a mechanical engineer by education, and an entrepreneur by trade. He took over his family’s business in 2015 and in 2016 opened Deacon Baldy’s Bar and Food Truck Park in honor of his late father, Deacon Mike Mims. Courtnie had a short career in the corporate world before leaning into her true vocation as a wife, mother, and homemaker. The couple believes that if one has more than they need, we must build a longer table. That is the idea behind Deacon Baldy’s with its family style seating, as well as the couple’s mantra in their home. They love entertaining their family and friends and if you are in need, their door is always open.
Kate Mims was born in California, the sixth of seven Children to a loving Catholic family. Kate attended Cal state Fullerton where she was an education major and played volleyball. She met her husband, of 31 years, there while he was attending summer classes. Kate and her late husband, have 4 sons, 3 by birth and one by ‘covenant’ and 14 grandchildren. Kate was blessed to attend RCIA and then the seminary with her convert husband as he grew to be a deacon in the church. She is a certified Spiritual Director. Kate has taught, at her parish, Saint Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands, many things including bible studies, confirmation, adult confirmation, and a class she put together herself for Adult Catholics to learn more about their faith, called Catholic 101. She has been involved in youth ministry for 20 years, and is on the international board of directors for Lifeteen, a Catholic Apostolate that brings ‘teens closer to Christ.” Kate helped develop the senior class on ethics and culture at Frassati Catholic, a local high school and is part of their Board of Directors. She is also blessed to be part of the amazing Board of Directors for Gratia Plena a Catholic counseling Non-Profit that works within the diocese. Kate has been giving retreats for the last 9 years or so. Originally at the parish, and for the last six years at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston Texas. God called her to this ministry in a greater way after the passing of her husband in 2015. In July 2018 Kate took on a new role as the CEO of the retreat center. She loves to quilt and bake cookies in her free time. Kate is confidant that the words of Socrates regarding knowledge is absolutely true of her Catholic Faith, “The more I know, the more I realize I know nothing.”
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