Keynote Speakers

Fr. Brendan McGuire
Fr. Brendan McGuire
Ron Huntley
Ron Huntley
Brett Powell
Brett Powell
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB

 

Stewarding Christ’s Mission

Fr. Brendan McGuire
Fr. Brendan McGuire is pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and School and Vicar General of Special Projects for the Diocese of San Jose. Fr. Brendan was ordained a priest in 2000. He has a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master’s degree in theology from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, CA. Fr. Brendan is a speaker on Stewardship, Forgiveness, Mobilizing the Parish for Mission and Parish Leadership for parish retreats and diocesan clergy gatherings.

“…the parish is the center of Church life and by reaching out to those most in need we become who we are called to be as Church.” – Fr. Brendan McGuire

Identifying Deadly Assumptions undermining Stewardship

Ron Huntley
Director of Pastoral Ministries in Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, NS.
Ron has a heart for parish renewal models that are sustainable, scalable and transferable. He believes that a healthy culture and skilled leadership are critical factors that we must be intentional about. Ron has implemented Alpha in 3 parishes in two dioceses under three different pastors and has coached numerous churches of all sizes and shapes. He currently works as a leadership coach with the Divine Renovation Network, as well as serving on staff here at Saint Benedict Parish.

“Stewardship to me is a proposition for the evangelized, a mirror, and tool to self evaluate how I am doing living my faith.” – Ron Huntley

Choosing the Better Part, the Starting Point for Stewardship

Brett Powell
Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Brett was a lay missionary for 18 years with Catholic Christian Outreach and is currently Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He has a Bachelor of Science from University of Saskatchewan and Masters in leadership from Royal Roads University.

“On a daily basis, discipleship means a lived out surrender to Jesus.” – Brett Powell

Daring for Stewardship Greatness

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver since 2009.
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, became Archbishop of Vancouver in 2009. He previously served as Archbishop Secretary of the Congregation of Catholic Education in Rome, as President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. He is a member of the Commission for Christian Unity of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and represents the Conference on the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. Archbishop Miller taught theology for many years in Houston, Mexico and Rome and is a prolific author, a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching, and a popular speaker at international conferences.

“Putting God first in our lives by practising stewardship deepens our faith in a way that we never dreamed possible.” – Archbishop Miller

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – 10:45am to 12pm

Fr. Darrin J.G. Gurr
Founding pastor of St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish, a comprehensive stewardship parish, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Father Darrin J.G. Gurr, B.A., M. Div., M.A., is a priest of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg ordained to the priesthood in 1989. He has worked in both rural and urban parishes and has employed the principles of stewardship in all aspects of ministry. Fr. Darrin has facilitated workshops, conferences, study days and retreats in stewardship throughout Canada and in parts of the United States. He also serves as the Archdiocesan Director for Liturgy.

“Stewardship is a profound spirituality that enables us to live out our Christian discipleship to the full. It is a way of re-connecting what seems to be the ‘ordinariness’ of our daily living with the extra-ordinariness of our life in God.” – Father Darrin J.G. Gurr

Brett Powell
Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Brett was a lay missionary for 18 years with Catholic Christian Outreach and is currently Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He has a Bachelor of Science from University of Saskatchewan and Masters in leadership from Royal Roads University.

“On a daily basis, discipleship means a lived out surrender to Jesus.” – Brett Powell

Ron Huntley
Director of Pastoral Ministries in Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, NS.
Ron has a heart for parish renewal models that are sustainable, scalable and transferable. He believes that a healthy culture and skilled leadership are critical factors that we must be intentional about. Ron has implemented Alpha in 3 parishes in two dioceses under three different pastors and has coached numerous churches of all sizes and shapes. He currently works as a leadership coach with the Divine Renovation Network, as well as serving on staff here at Saint Benedict Parish.

“Stewardship to me is a proposition for the evangelized, a mirror, and tool to self evaluate how I am doing living my faith.” – Ron Huntley

Stephanie Moore

Director of Engagement and Stewardship for St. Anne Parish in Byron, CA.

Stephanie Moore has worked in the areas of Engagement, Stewardship, Leadership, and Gifts Discernment for the past 10+ years and built her practical experience as the Director of Engagement and Stewardship for St. Anne Parish in Byron, CA.

She is a founding member of Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC) and is also a certified Strengths Performance Coach for both individuals and teams (Level One and Two) through the Gallup organization.

Stephanie has been a teacher and coach for the Catherine of Siena Institute’s “Called and Gifted” process for the past 8 years and was instrumental in implementing the Called and Gifted process in an East Bay Deanery in the Diocese of Oakland.

 “My passion lies in helping faith communities form individuals to live their lives as disciples and stewards by helping them discern and live out of their God-given gifts and talents.” – Stephanie Moore


Kirsten DeMersseman Hangas

Strengths and Engagement Coordinator at Christ the King Church in Missoula, Montana Area.

Kirsten worked for eleven years in campus ministry with Christ the King Parish at the University of Montana. During that time she became a Gallup certified Strengths Performance Coach leading students and parishioners through the process of discovering and using their talents. She has worked with strengths and engagement for the last six years and is passionate about equipping communities with tools that build a path to discipleship.

 “I wrestled with the idea of discipleship for many years until I came to understand a disciple as a life-long student of Christ.” – Kirsten Hangas

Doug Tooke

Director of Youth Ministry events at Diocese of Helena.

Doug Tooke is the Director of Youth Ministry events at the Diocese of Helena, Youth Minister at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish and the owner of Monarch Catholic Ministries. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Theology and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry he has over twenty years of professional ministry experience.  He has traveled to over 75 Diocese in the past 15 years teaching, keynoting conventions, and training youth ministers. He has spoken at World Youth Day, NCYC, NCCYM, Los Angeles RE Congress and continues to serve as a leader in the field.  He is the recipient of the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

Session 2 – 2:00pm to 3:15 pm

Deacon Keith Strohm

Executive Director of M3 Ministries and deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Deacon Keith Strohm is the former Director of the Office for the New Evangelization and a deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Deacon Keith has extensive experience in creating and sustaining processes and programs of evangelization and formation at the group, parish and diocesan level that focus on the making, maturation and missioning of disciples of Jesus Christ. He is also a long-time teacher and collaborator with the Catherine of Siena Institute.

Ron Huntley
Director of Pastoral Ministries in Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, NS.
Ron has a heart for parish renewal models that are sustainable, scalable and transferable. He believes that a healthy culture and skilled leadership are critical factors that we must be intentional about. Ron has implemented Alpha in 3 parishes in two dioceses under three different pastors and has coached numerous churches of all sizes and shapes. He currently works as a leadership coach with the Divine Renovation Network, as well as serving on staff here at Saint Benedict Parish.

“Stewardship to me is a proposition for the evangelized, a mirror, and tool to self evaluate how I am doing living my faith.” – Ron Huntley

Stephanie Moore

Director of Engagement and Stewardship for St. Anne Parish in Byron, CA.

Stephanie Moore has worked in the areas of Engagement, Stewardship, Leadership, and Gifts Discernment for the past 10+ years and built her practical experience as the Director of Engagement and Stewardship for St. Anne Parish in Byron, CA.

She is a founding member of Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC) and is also a certified Strengths Performance Coach for both individuals and teams (Level One and Two) through the Gallup organization.

Stephanie has been a teacher and coach for the Catherine of Siena Institute’s “Called and Gifted” process for the past 8 years and was instrumental in implementing the Called and Gifted process in an East Bay Deanery in the Diocese of Oakland.

 “My passion lies in helping faith communities form individuals to live their lives as disciples and stewards by helping them discern and live out of their God-given gifts and talents.” – Stephanie Moore


Kirsten DeMersseman Hangas

Strengths and Engagement Coordinator at Christ the King Church in Missoula, Montana Area.

Kirsten worked for eleven years in campus ministry with Christ the King Parish at the University of Montana. During that time she became a Gallup certified Strengths Performance Coach leading students and parishioners through the process of discovering and using their talents. She has worked with strengths and engagement for the last six years and is passionate about equipping communities with tools that build a path to discipleship.

 “I wrestled with the idea of discipleship for many years until I came to understand a disciple as a life-long student of Christ.” – Kirsten Hangas

Sr. John Mary Sullivan, FSE

Associate Director of Ministries & Outreach at the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Sister John Mary Sullivan, a graduate of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington, D.C., worked as a family therapist for eight years. Former Director of the Life, Marriage and Family Office, Sr. John Mary ran many programs for marriage preparation, fertility awareness and natural family planning, personal formation, marriage enrichment, and parenting. She is currently the Associate Director of Ministries & Outreach and leads the parenting ministry at the Archdiocese of Vancouver. She belongs to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.

Session 3 – 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Amber Zolc

International Coordinator and Campus Team Leader at Catholic Christian Outreach.

Amber Zolc spent the last fourteen years working for Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) where much of her time has been spent in the role of Campus Team Leader. Her current role is CCO’s International Coordinator in the Office of the President. In this particular role she has had the opportunity to work with partners overseas, mentoring them as they build movements on campuses in their countries. She is also leading Project Timothy for the next year, working with the Ministries & Outreach team at the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

 “Since a very young age, my relationship with Jesus has been a constant in my life; even in the midst of much turmoil, I have always been able to find peace with the Lord.” – Amber Zolc

Deacon Keith Strohm

Executive Director of M3 Ministries and deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Deacon Keith Strohm is the former Director of the Office for the New Evangelization and a deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Deacon Keith has extensive experience in creating and sustaining processes and programs of evangelization and formation at the group, parish and diocesan level that focus on the making, maturation and missioning of disciples of Jesus Christ. He is also a long-time teacher and collaborator with the Catherine of Siena Institute.

Stephanie Moore

Director of Engagement and Stewardship for St. Anne Parish in Byron, CA.

Stephanie Moore has worked in the areas of Engagement, Stewardship, Leadership, and Gifts Discernment for the past 10+ years and built her practical experience as the Director of Engagement and Stewardship for St. Anne Parish in Byron, CA.

She is a founding member of Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC) and is also a certified Strengths Performance Coach for both individuals and teams (Level One and Two) through the Gallup organization.

Stephanie has been a teacher and coach for the Catherine of Siena Institute’s “Called and Gifted” process for the past 8 years and was instrumental in implementing the Called and Gifted process in an East Bay Deanery in the Diocese of Oakland.

 “My passion lies in helping faith communities form individuals to live their lives as disciples and stewards by helping them discern and live out of their God-given gifts and talents.” – Stephanie Moore


Kirsten DeMersseman Hangas

Strengths and Engagement Coordinator at Christ the King Church in Missoula, Montana Area.

Kirsten worked for eleven years in campus ministry with Christ the King Parish at the University of Montana. During that time she became a Gallup certified Strengths Performance Coach leading students and parishioners through the process of discovering and using their talents. She has worked with strengths and engagement for the last six years and is passionate about equipping communities with tools that build a path to discipleship.

 “I wrestled with the idea of discipleship for many years until I came to understand a disciple as a life-long student of Christ.” – Kirsten Hangas

Speaker to be announced ….

Esther Jang, CFRE

Professional fundraiser with a background in capital campaign and leadership giving.

Esther Jang is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with over more than 15 years in the fundraising sector.  As an experienced fundraising practitioner, Esther has worked on capital campaigns, a deep knowledge of major giving and a passion for legacy giving. She has raised millions of dollars for BC Children’s Hospital, the University of BC and other not-for-profits in BC.  In her current role as the Associate Director, Planned Gifts at the Archdiocese of Vancouver, she brings with her an understanding and skill set  to grow legacy giving at the Archdiocese.