2017 Indiana Holy Family Catholic Conference Speakers!

Celebrating 11 Years!


Introducing the line-up of Catholic speakers for 2017!* We are so excited!


Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Fr. Leo is the host and founder of Grace Before Meals, an apostolate to strengthen families and communities around the dinner table. He is a priest ordained for the Archdiocse of Baltimore, serving as a sacramental and pastoral minister on a part-time basis.

As of January 1, 2014, the Archbishop of Baltimore has given Fr. Leo permission to be associated with a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (the latin phrase meaning “The Will of God”); a secular institute of Pontifical Rite. Under the auspice of Voluntas Dei, Fr. Leo’s main work is to further the apostolic mission to strengthen family life and evangelization through Grace Before Meals.

Further, Fr. Leo is an internationally renowned conference speaker, author, TV host, radio contributor on a variety of relevant topics – especially in the area of the new evangelization and new media. His unique background as a former martial arts championship title holder and choreographer for an award winning break-dancing group has provided him unique experiences and insights that has caught the attention and acclamation of diverse audiences, including PBS, ABC, CBS and even the Food Network, in which Fr. Leo defeated a world famous chef in the surprise cooking competition show, “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.
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Fr. Leo contributes a monthly food column in Baltimore’s The Catholic Review called “Catholic Culinary Confessions”, hosts a weekly cooking show on EWTN called “Savoring Our Faith”, co-hosts the Catholic Radio show “Entertaining Truth” with Tom Leopold, and shares his message across the country and the world through his website, videos, live presentations, retreats, & parish missions bringing people closer together – one meal at a time – with the hopes of one day drawing many to the Lord’s Banquet in heaven!

Dominick Albano


Dominick Albano is passionate about helping facilitate a life-changing encounter with Jesus. While in high school, he began giving talks, leading retreats and small groups, and sharing his story of conversion. Since then, he has spent his entire professional life in ministry as both a leader and evangelist. Dominick entered a parish with a youth ministry program in need of a new structure. He devoted two years to building relationships, restoring vision and direction, and providing leadership that helped the program to flourish.

Seeing a need for ministry and evangelization outreach in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Albano and a friend founded Arise Missions. Albano served as executive director for the ministry, which leads dynamic parish missions, young adult conferences, and parish leadership evangelization training sessions. Arise Missions received an overwhelmingly positive response throughout the diocese.

In 2016 Matthew Kelly encouraged Albano to join Dynamic Catholic as the RCIA team leader. Albano is also a speaker and evangelist, traveling the country to minister at parish missions, conferences, men’s groups, school events, youth groups, and retreats. He loves to share Saint John Paul II’s message, “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us!”

Dominick enjoys playing baseball, going to the beach, and eating burritos. He and his wife live in Kentucky with their three young children.


Dr. Chuck Dietzen


Growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, 150 foster children came through his family’s home. It then became apparent to his mother that he had a special gift with children and she encouraged him to become a pediatrician. Dr. Chuck is a distinguished graduate of Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1987, and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency from the University of Alabama in 1991. In 2015, Dr. Chuck was the recipient of the highest honor a Governor of the State of Indiana can give; the Sagamore of the Wabash. He also received the Indiana School of Medicine’s Distinguished Medical Alumni Award in recognition of his contributions on a national and global scale. Dr. Chuck is the author of many professional publications, grants, and professional presentations. Notably, his work was highlighted in the 1995 issue of 50 Most Positive Doctors in America, and also in the 2000 issue of Positive Profiles in Medicine, in addition to his numerous local, regional, and national awards for service and leadership. In March of 2016, he published a book entitled PintSized Prophets.

Complementing his work with Timmy Global Health, Dr. Chuck is also the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Medical Director for Inpatient Rehabilitation at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, the Co‐Founder and Chief Medical Officer of iSalus Healthcare, Medical Director of Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Medical Program Consultant at Bradford Woods, Chief of Bebor Model School, Chief Medical Officer of TransitionMed and the Medical Director of CHAMP Camp for medically fragile children needing respiratory support.


Fr. Rick Nagel

fr-nagel-with-thFather Rick Nagel is Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in downtown Indianapolis and Chaplain at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Father Nagel continues to diligently and joyfully work to attract young adult Catholics back to Mass and the Church. How does he do it? Click on his talk “Attracting Young Catholics Back to the Church: Making It Relevant in Modern Times”

More on Fr. Nagel by John Shaughnessy

The stunned and positive reactions from Catholic visitors across the country always make Father Rick Nagel smile. The visitors flock to downtown Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, national conventions, the Indianapolis 500 or an NCAA men’s basketball tournament and, looking for a church for Mass, they’re drawn by the convenience and beauty of St. John the Evangelist Church in the heart of the city. Yet what creates the most lasting impression on the visiting Catholics is the number of young adults who are in church for Mass. “With those visitors, every single weekend people will stop me after Mass and say, ‘What are you doing to bring young people to church?’ They’re blown away by that,” says Father Nagel, pastor of St. John. “I’ve had e-mails and letters from people about how it gives them such hope for the Church.”

Father Nagel shares that hope. He can also share the intriguing story of what St. John Parish has done to create an atmosphere where about 400 young adult Catholics attend Mass every Sunday evening, and where their youthful enthusiasm for their faith has helped to make an already faith-filled parish even stronger. It’s a story that offers insights and suggestions to other parishes hoping to attract more young adult Catholics. It’s a story that begins on a Sunday evening when the ever hopeful Father Nagel had his own doubts about whether young adult Catholics would show up for Mass. 

 Caitie Beardmore

caitie-beardsmoreCaitie Rose Beardmore is the Assistant Campus Minister and High School Theology teacher at Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School in Lafayette, Indiana. Caitie 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 as the MC for the conference this year!



* Some of these speakers are awaiting speaker approval.
** Speakers are not guaranteed.

Bishop Emeritus William Higi will celebrate Mass and

Theodore Guerin HS will provide the Liturgical Music




2017 promises to be another great year

for the Indiana Holy Family Catholic Conference!


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