Celebrating 12 Years!
Fr. Timothy Combs
Fr. Timothy was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. He is the eldest of four children and is grateful to have received a devout, Catholic upbringing from his parents and extended family. In his Junior year of college at Truman State University, the Blessed Mother prevailed upon him to surrender his life to the Lord. This meant many things, including transferring to the seminary and drinking less beer. Upon graduating from Conception Seminary College in 2003, he entered the Dominican Order. After finishing theology studies at the Dominican Stadium in 2010, Fr. Timothy’s first three years of ministry were spent teaching theology at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL. Knowing how important faith formation was during his college years, Fr. Timothy is grateful for the opportunity to work in campus ministry and to do so with and among the wonderful resident parishioners at St. Tom’s.
Dr. Peter Howard
Dr. Peter Howard is married to Chantal Howard and they have five beautiful children. Peter is the founder and president of Heroic Families (HeroicFamilies.com), a global initiative with a mission to inspire and inform heroic families to be healthy, holy and free. In 2016 his family went on a nine-month missionary tour of the United States bringing the message of Heroic Families to Catholic families across the country. Dr. Howard is also an adjunct professor of Theology at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation (avila-institute.com). He is an author and sought after international Catholic speaker who has spoken at international, national, diocesan and family conferences; the United States Air Force Academy; diocesan and parish retreats and he has been featured on Catholic television and radio programs such as EWTN, Radio Maria and Relevant Radio. Dr. Howard earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome, Italy. He is the author of the 2015 book: The Woman: The Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen. Like his spiritual mentor, +Fulton Sheen, Dr. Howard is passionate about evangelizing families by communicating the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith as the answer to the challenges and errors of the world. His special 2018 speaking event is “What Now America: A Blueprint to Make America Great, Holy . . . FREE”. Visit HeroicFamilies.com to learn more!
Chantal is married to Dr. Peter Howard and the mother of five children. She is a national speaker and author of The School of the Family and The Family Rule. As a Catholic essential oils coach, she seeks to help families become healthy, holy and free. She is the creator of aromaRosary.com. Visit HeroicFamilies.com – a Catholic ministry dedicated to inspiring families for the New Evangelization to learn more about the ministry that she and her husband have founded.
Robert Rogers is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. He is the youngest of 8 children, born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied electrical engineering and piano music in college, and now resides in Fort Wayne- where he is a brother Knight, a Eucharistic Minister, and an active member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish. He has a compelling life story to share with you – that he prays will indelibly impact your life, and draw you passionately closer to Christ. An accomplished worship leader, pianist, songwriter, and author of 3 books (“Into the Deep”, “7 Steps to No Regrets”, and “Rise Above”), Robert teaches others to Live a Life of No Regrets with his inspiring words and original songs at the piano.
Randy is the principal at Eastern Elementary School in Greentown, Indiana. He is married to Tami, his wife of 22 years and they have 2 kids, Isaac (17) and Alexa (12). Randy also teaches Sunday Religious Education at St. Joan of Arc Parish. In his spare time he dabbles in stand-up comedy and loves making people laugh. Randy joins us this year for our Family Fun segment after lunch! We never know what he has up his sleeve!
“Every day is what you make it. Make it a great day!”
Paul joins us this year to oversee the High School conference. Over the years we have been able to utilize many of our awesome main presenters as well as separate ones for our High School Conference. Paul has been part of our conference in the past as a speaker and we look forward to his growing role this year!
Caitie Rose Beardmore joins us again this year as our MC. She did an awesome job last year! Caitie is the Assistant Campus Minister and High School Theology teacher at Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School in Lafayette, Indiana. She has a BA in Pastoral Theology from Marian University and, as the oldest of 8 children, has been doing youth ministry since she was in diapers; professionally for about 10 years. 🙂 With a deep love for the gift of the Church, Caitie’s passion is sharing the faith with young people so as to help them to be holy saints! We welcome Caitie back as the MC for our conference!
*Speakers are not guaranteed.