Together in Holiness is a marriage conference series for dioceses that inspires spouses to grow together in holiness and empowers parents to form their children in the Catholic faith. To learn more about the Together in Holiness marriage enrichment initiative, click here.
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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.
Susie Saenz 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. She and her husband, Victor, are parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston, TX.
Mario Sacasa, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Willwoods Community Faith and Marriage Apostolate. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in practice for over 15 years. Integrating the riches of the Catholic faith with sound counseling practice is the aim of his career and influences all his professional endeavors. Dr. Sacasa is the host of Always Hope, a personal growth podcast that sits at the crossroads of psychology and Catholicism. He travels the country offering lectures on hope, relationships, and mental health issues. He is the creator of two online courses: Dating Well, which helps young adults navigate the current dating scene, and Overcoming Stress and Anxiety, which offers clear guidance for managing stress in life. Dr. Sacasa is married to his wife of 20 years, Kristin, with whom he shares the joy parenting their four sons.
Victor Saenz, PhD, is Executive Director of the Houston Institute (HI), an academic non-profit whose mission is to help the people of Rice University think deeply about the best way to live through the study of the liberal arts, especially philosophy and literature. HI accomplishes these goals through reading groups, public lectures, and mentoring. He is also a Lecturer at the Rice Philosophy Department, where he regularly teaches courses in classical philosophy (especially Plato and Aristotle) and the philosophy of religion. His academic work has appeared in Apeiron, Ancient Philosophy Today, and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. He is currently working on a series of academic articles on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. He also serves as a bioethics scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and classics at the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M.
Father Brandon Jones currently serves as Parochial Vicar at St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. A native North Carolinian and convert to the Catholic Faith, Father Jones was ordained to the priesthood in 2008. He holds licentiate degrees from the Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. He has served the Diocese of Charlotte as a Pastor, Parochial Vicar, member of the Presbyteral Council, and spiritual director at St. Joseph College Seminary. He has an identical twin who is an Anglican clergyman.
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