Published June 4, 2009
Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio, serves on the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, Evangelization and Catechesis, and chairs the Subcommittee on the Catechism.
The General Track includes radio personalities Lino Rulli, Greg and Jennifer Willits, and Teresa Tomeo, as well as inspirational speaker Frederick Berretta. Russ Spencer, a veteran award-winning news journalist and evening anchor for FOX 5 News in Atlanta, will be emcee.
Hailing from Conyers, Jennifer and Greg Willits host “The Catholics Next Door with Greg & Jennifer Willits” on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Greg and Jennifer are also the creators of both the award-winning Rosary Army Catholic podcast and the mega-popular “That Catholic Show” video series.
Father Andrew Apostoli is a member of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the author of eight books and a host for multiple series on EWTN.
Lino Rulli hosts “The Catholic Guy” on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. This three-time Emmy Award winner has won several of the nation’s top awards in journalism.
Teresa Tomeo hosts “Catholic Connection” on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. She is a columnist and special correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor, as well as a writer for the Zenit Catholic News Agency.
Frederick Berretta was a passenger on Flight 1549 that made an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009. The experience has had a deep impact on his spiritual life and drawn him much closer to his Catholic faith.
Russ Spencer, emcee, is a veteran award-winning news journalist and evening anchor for FOX 5 News in Atlanta.
A member of the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate, Father Thomas Coughlin works as a missionary, chaplain and pastor and founded a deaf formation program for seminarians that has evolved into the apostolate and may become a new religious institute.
In addition to Jesse Manibusan, who participates in Revive! on Friday evening, the Teen Track includes musicians and speakers with a message geared to the youth of the Archdiocese.
Curtis Stephan and Band is comprised of Stephan, a Catholic musician and youth music minister from St. Ann Church in Coppell, Texas, and his supporting musicians. After earning a master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, Stephan found in Christian music the opportunity to minister with a message of hope through his music.
Lisa Epperson has been involved with Life Teen for 16 years as a teen, core member and youth minister. Lisa currently creates catechetical resources for high school and middle school ministries.
Oscar Rivera, known as IIX (that’s 210), was raised to be a street survivor whose faith faced trials and led him to a new way of surviving—hip-hop. He is a “hip-hop super star” expected to tear up the hip-hop music scene across the world.
Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh is the bishop of Kontum Diocese, Vietnam, and chairman of the Episcopal Committee on Evangelization.
Father Thomas Nguyen Van Thuong is the director of a mission seminary in Kontum, Vietnam.
Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas is the archbishop of Villavicencio, Colombia, and the vice president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. He worked at the Holy See in Rome as an official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1985-1996.
Father Domingo Rodriguez-Zambrana, ST, is an award-winning writer and lecturer who has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Father Pedro Poloche Rodriguez has served as a parochial vicar at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Atlanta, Transfiguration Church, Marietta, Christ the King Cathedral, Atlanta, and St. John the Evangelist Church, Hapeville. He currently serves at the Metropolitan Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and holds licentiates in theology and canon law.
Oscar Henao, Ph.D, is the director and founder of the international Bible school Yeshu’a in the Archdiocese of Medellin, Colombia, which has expanded to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miami and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Velasco, emcee, is a young adult leader of the Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and a parishioner at Good Shepherd Church in Cumming.
Children participating in the Kid Track will enjoy Christ Music Kids, an enthusiastic team who engage children through music, energetic motions and dance to worship, and make a joyful noise to the Lord.
The Eucharistic Congress will conclude with the celebration of the Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. in the main hall at the convention center. The principal celebrant and homilist will be Cardinal John P. Foley.
Cardinal John P. Foley is the grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament. He was president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for over 25 years, during the papacy of John Paul II, particularly reaching out to the world through various media with the message of the Catholic faith.