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Bishop David A. Konderla is the second of twelve children, son of the late David and Ann Konderla. He grew up in Bryan, Texas; graduated from Bryan High School in 1978; and worked for several years as a machinist before entering the seminary in 1985. After graduating from the University of Dallas in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in history, he earned his Master of Divinity from the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary's Seminary, and was ordained on June 3, 1995. Bishop Konderla served at St. Louis Parish in Austin and St. Luke's Parish in Temple before his assignment as associate pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Center in College Station. After almost four years with the Aggies, he was named as Vocation Director for the Diocese of Austin, where he served the diocese for four years. He then returned to St. Mary's as pastor and Director of Campus Ministry in August 2005. Bishop Konderla was appointed the fourth Bishop of Tulsa on May 13, 2016 by Pope Francis. He was ordained and installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa on June 29, 2016.
Dr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation. Dr. Millare served as a member of the Theology Department at St. John XXIII College Preparatory for over 15 years. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has a MA in Theological Studies (with a concentration in Moral Theology) from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and a Licentiate (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Dr. Millare also serves as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates at St. Mary’s Seminary. He has published various book reviews and theological articles for Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars, Nova et Vetera, The Adoremus Bulletin, and the Heythrop Journal. His forthcoming book, A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger, will be published by Emmaus Academic in the fall of 2021. Dr. Millare has also contributed an article to a dictionary on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger, which will be published in Spanish, German, and English. Dr. Millare lives with his beautiful wife Veronica and two daughters, Gabriella and Karolina, in Sugar Land, TX.
Dan and Julianne have been married for 37 years. They are blessed with 3 children. Their oldest child, Fr. Sean, is a priest in Poteau, OK. Their daughter, Pamela, is married to David, and they are parents of 5 children. Their son, Allen, passed away at the age of 13. Dan has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years and Julianne works for the Diocese of Tulsa. They are both active in their parish of St. Benedict, along with diocesan organizations and events. They enjoy spending time with their family and friends.
Lisa Cotter is a leading Catholic speaker and author known for her practical insights on relationships, femininity, and living life with excellence. After serving as FOCUS missionaries for over 10 years, Lisa and her husband Kevin have continued to share their passion for evangelization with Catholics all around the world. She is the author of Reveal the Gift: Living the Feminine Genius and Dating Detox: 40 Days of Perfecting Love in an Imperfect World. She has traveled widely as a presenter for conferences such as SEEK and Steubenville youth conferences, and her work has been featured on Ascension Presents, EWTN, Formed.org, and dozens of other Catholic outlets. Living in Denver, CO, with her husband and four children, Lisa is wrapping up a Master’s in Theology from the Augustine Institute.
Father Donovan is a native of Tulsa who attended St. Mary’s Parish and School, Bishop Kelley High School, and the University of Notre Dame. After completing a degree in Philosophy and Theology at Notre Dame, he worked for Catholic Charities for 2 years, first in a brief time as a cook in the AIDS residence, then as a Case Worker in Emergency Aid, while also teaching Philosophy at night at St. Gregory’s College for Working Adults. He then attained two more Theological degrees at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, including a Master’s in Dogmatic Theology, before applying to the seminary. While in seminary, he received a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology and also finished the coursework for a Licentiate in Ecumenical Theology at the Angelicum University in Rome before being ordained a priest. He has served at the parishes of St. Thomas More and St. Bernard’s in Tulsa and has served at Immaculate Conception in Pawhuska, Barnsdall, and Shidler for the last 7 years. He is now the pastor of Saints Peter and Paul in Tulsa.
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