KurtzNov2012-239x300Friday Keynote:

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. Archbishop of Louisville

His Holiness Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Joseph Kurtz as the fourth Archbishop and ninth bishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville on June 12, 2007. He was installed as Archbishop of Louisville on August 15, 2007. Before coming to Louisville, Archbishop Kurtz served as Bishop of Knoxville from 1999 to 2007.

Born on August 18, 1946 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz earned bachelor (1968) and master of divinity (1972) degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and a master’s degree in social work from the Marywood School of Social Work in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1976. Archbishop Kurtz was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Allentown on March 18, 1972.

Before becoming Bishop of Knoxville, Archbishop Kurtz served for 27 years in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in charge of social services, diocesan administration, and parish ministry. He was pastor of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Parish in Bethlehem, PA, from 1996 to 1999, and St. Mary Parish in Catasauqua, PA from 1988 to 1996, associate director and later executive director of the Catholic Social Agency and Family Life Bureau from 1976 to 1994, and diocesan coordinator for health affairs from 1991 to 1998.  He taught at both Mary Immaculate Seminary and St. Pius X Seminary. Archbishop Kurtz received the distinguished title of monsignor in 1986.

Archbishop Kurtz has served on numerous boards, including service on the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference from 1977 to 1998, as the president of the board of directors of the Catholic Social Agency from 1988 to 1999, and in Knoxville, as a member of the Association of Christian Denominational Leaders from 2000 to 2007. He was a member of the 2002 class of Leadership Knoxville, and he served as Vice President of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010 to 2013.

Elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on November 12, 2013, Archbishop Kurtz serves on the executive and administrative committees of that body. He is the vice chancellor of the board of the Catholic Extension Society. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America and on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He also serves on the boards of St. Charles Seminary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Leadership Louisville, and on the Advisory Board to the Cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification.

Archbishop Kurtz is the son of the (late) George and Stella (Zmijewski) Kurtz and the brother of (the late) Rosemarie Quinn, Patricia Cameli, Theresa Bakos, and (the late) George S. Kurtz.

The oldest Roman Catholic Archdiocese west of the Appalachians, the Archdiocese of Louisville was founded as the Diocese of Bardstown in 1808, transferred to Louisville in 1841, and elevated to Archdiocese in 1937. The Archdiocese covers 24 counties and hosts a Catholic population of more than 200,000 individuals.

Saturday Keynote:

Phil Lenahan, Veritas Financial Ministries

Phil Lenahan, and his wife Chelsey are both Southern California natives. Phil grew up in Orange County when it was truly known for its orange groves. He attended Catholic schools through high school before obtaining his accounting degree from California State University, Fullerton in 1983. Phil interviewed with what then were a number of the Big Eight accounting firms, and accepted a position with the now infamous accounting firm of Arthur Andersen and Co. Phil’s experiences and training were good at Arthur Andersen, but after about five years with the firm, he decided to pursue a path that provided for a more balanced family life. In 1987, Phil joined the financial ranks of Fleetwood Enterprises, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. Phil spent about eight years with Fleetwood in various financial roles. This was also a time when his family continued to grow. In 1995, Phil received a call about a need for a financial person at Catholic Answers, the apologetics organization. After talking it over with Chelsey, it was decided that Phil would accept the CFO position at the apostolate. His responsibilities grew over the years, and it was a pleasure to see various initiatives blossom, including the popular radio program “Catholic Answers Live.” During 2005, Phil stepped into a part time role at Catholic Answers to begin working with Our Sunday Visitor to develop the materials for the 7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free Group Study and to launch Veritas Financial Ministries. Phil now resides in Temecula, California, with his wife Chelsey and their seven children. Please keep Phil, his family, and the intentions of Veritas Financial Ministries in your daily prayers.

Other Featured Speakers–

Michele Quigley
michelleMichele Quigley is the mother of ten and homeschooling veteran of 20 years, Michele is co-author and administrator of the Mater Amabilis Charlotte Mason style curriculum for Catholics and creator of the popular Catholic Daily Planner. Michele and her husband Tim live in Lancaster County Pennsylvania where they homeschool their five children  still at home and run their small business.



Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC

frdanielSince no other viable options presented themselves growing up in rural Iowa, I became a Chicago Cubs fan early on and persisted in my stubborn ways over the years… though I would rather play baseball than watch it. Perhaps that was an early indicator of the character that later led me to write the book analyzing our current culture “The New Fundamentalists: the Intolerance of Tolerance” published in 2007 and reprinted in 2008.

Besides playing baseball, I enjoyed (and still enjoy) all other sports, as well as music (singing, playing guitar, trumpet and French horn) and intellectual endeavors growing up. So when I first encountered the Legion of Christ in the summer of 1993, I found myself right at home. I took God’s call to heart and responded by entering the seminary that year, immediately after high school. After 2 years of novitiate and 2 more of classical humanities in Cheshire, CT, I attained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in Rome and then spent 3 years on apostolic internship working with youth in Denver, Colorado. From the fall of 2002 until 2008 I obtained a licentiate degree in philosophy from the Regina Apostolorum, and then a bachelor’s and licentiate in theology while also collaborating in the general headquarters of the Legion in Rome.

Since the summer of 2008, I returned to the United States and served as “assistant for apostolate” to the territorial directors of the New York territory and then the combined territory of North America. In the summer of 2012, I received a new assignment as regional director of Regnum Christi and director of Regnum Christi youth work in the Ohio Valley. I enjoy the service of organization of Legionaries and Regnum Christi members, but even more so I enjoy being a priest of Jesus Christ, able to bring to bear His mercy through confession and His presence through the Eucharist. I published “Better with God? Why be ‘Good without God’ when you can be Better with God?” in 2013.

Mr. Paul Schaeffer

Paul S.Paul Schaeffer received a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Bellarmine University. Coming from a home-schooled background that started in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic homeschool group in Louisville, KY, he has taught middle school, high school, and college Latin in the US and Canada as well as for Memoria Press’ Online Academy. He studied philosophy in Rome where he was also the assistant formation director of the International Leadership Semester.He currently teaches Latin online and is the assistant director of the Classical Latin School Association. Paul will speak at the Teen Track on Saturday about revisionist history.


Mr. Martin Cothran

martin_cothran_400x380-300x285Martin Cothran is a writer and teacher who lives in Danville, Kentucky, with his wife and four children. He is the author of Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs. Mr. Cothran also developed and manages Memoria Press’ online academy. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School. He still serves, on a consulting basis, as senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation of Kentucky. He practices the art of rhetoric in frequent articles on public policy issues that have appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Louisville Courier-Journal, The Lexington Herald-Leader, and various other newspapers around the state. He has served on several state commissions dealing with state education policy and has been a frequent guest on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program.

Mrs. Shannon Shearin

shannonShannon Shearin currently lives in Oldham County, KY and has been married to her husband, Patrick for 12 years.  They have four children ranging from ages 3 to 10 and are currently expecting their 5th child.   They have been homeschooling for 1 year for their Kindergarten through 4th graders.  Shannon graduated from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN in 1998 with a major in Economics/Finance.  Shannon has been working with and for several Fortune 500 companies in the retirement sector since graduating. Currently, she is working part-time from her home as a technical analyst.


Dianna Kennedy

dianneDianna Kennedy is the Catholic homeschooling mother of six and the creator of The Kennedy Adventures. She loves to share stories about her loud, messy life with a large family, how she is living her Catholic faith and her misadventures in homeschooling. Together with her husband Brett, she’s learning to take things in stride while striving to make faith relevant, relatable and fun for her family.
You can also see her heading up the weekly iHomeschool Hangouts along with sharing her faith and encouraging readers online at The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Mothers Online and New Evangelizers. She hopes that her practical homeschooling and parenting advice makes you laugh and helps you to realize you’re not alone on this motherhood journey.


Tony Cecil

TonyCecil_6130_(2)Tony has been a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Louisville since 2011. He will be entering his senior year of college in the fall of 2014. Tony attends Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary and Marian University in Indianapolis. He is a 2011 graduate of Bethlehem High School in Bardstown and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown. He has served as a college intern for two years at the “One Bread, One Cup” program for youth at St. Meinrad Archabbey and has been a part of LouTec, CLI, and Ignite Your Torch. Tony is the son of Mr. Anthony Cecil, Sr. and Ms. Violet Vincent.


Jacquie Lustig

Jacquie  is currently serving in Cincinnati Ohio in her first year of apostolic internship with the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. Born and raised on a cattle ranch in North Idaho, she is the oldest of four children and has fond memories of cobalt mountains, dirt roads, and family barbeques. After graduating from high school, Jacquie volunteered with NET Ministries and then studied part of her degree at the University of Idaho before discovering–quite spontaneously–her call to consecrate her life to Jesus. Jacquie knelt at the altar and took her first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in 2009, and celebrated her temporary
renewal of vows in June of 2013. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies from Mater Ecclesiae College and was assigned to Cincinnati last spring. In her free time she enjoys listening to country music, getting out in the fresh air, catching up with good friends…and, of course, spending quality time with the Lord.