Fr. Carl Arico

Fr. Carl Arico is a founding member and the vice president of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Since Contemplative Outreach's beginnings in 1984, Fr. Arico has been an integral part of the organization's growth and development. As vice president, Fr. Arico considers himself as the "middle linebacker" of the organization, ready as needed to perform various duties.

Fr. Carl Arico is a co-author of the book Living Our Priesthood Today (Our Sunday Visitor, 1987) with Fr. Basil Pennington, and the author of Taste of Silence (The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc, 1999), a guide to the fundamentals of Centering Prayer.

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Deacon Hank Babin

Hank Babin is a Deacon and also Executive Secretary for the National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education. He is a great speaker that combines a strong spiritual message with homespun southern humor.

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Deacon Kevin Bagley

Deacon Kevin Bagley will be our featured speaker on our 2021 Deacon Couples Valentine Week Retreat at Sea.

During our 6-night Valentine’s cruise from Miami on the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas, we’ll join together for Morning Prayer before exploring the exciting ports of Key West, Puerto Costa Maya, and Cozumel, Mexico. On our two days at sea in the Western Caribbean, we’ll have time to relax poolside, meet deacon couples from around the country, and enjoy prayer and inciteful retreat talks by Deacon Kevin.

Originally ordained for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Deacon Kevin currently serves in the Diocese of Dallas/Fort Worth and nationally through Bagley Ministries which provides continuing formation opportunities for parish staffs and catechetical leaders, and parish missions and retreats. Regarded as an outstanding public speaker, homilist, educator, and retreat master, Deacon Kevin has been a featured presenter at the National Association of Diaconate Directors Conferences; the National Catholic Educators Conference (NCEA), and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).

Deacon Kevin currently serves as Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization and Parish Deacon at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth, Texas where he is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas - Neuhoff School of Ministry. He is also a featured writer for Deacon Digest.

Deacon Bagley earned a Doctorate in Ministry from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a specialization in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology. He earned a Master’s Degree in Theology, specializing in biblical studies, from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.

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Sister Theresa Betz, SND

Sister Theresa Betz is a Sister of Notre Dame from the Chardon, Ohio, province. She has a Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and a Masters in Religious Education from St. Thomas University in Rome, Italy. Sister’s retreats, talks, and courses on aspects of Christian spirituality have inspired many in several states in the USA as well as in Canada, the Bahamas, and the Philippines.

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Fr. Greg Boyle SJ

A charismatic visionary who launched the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the US. His programs including Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, and Homegirl Café have put hundreds of gang members to work, rather than into penitentiaries.

Father Greg’s first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, was released in 2010, and quickly became a NY Times Best Seller. The 2013 film “G-DOG” (the endearing name given to him by his homeys – all former LA gang members) tells the entertaining, hilarious and unlikely story of how a white Jesuit priest became an expert in transforming the lives of thousands of Latino, Asian, and African American gang members. A sought after speaker, Fr. Boyle delights audiences across the nation with his insightful and oftentimes humorous blending of gospel and street stories.

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Fr. Hugh Burns

Father Burns was ordained into Roman Catholic Priesthood in the Dominican Order of 1982. He has been an itinerant preacher on retreats and parish renewals throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America since 1989. Father Burns is also a com- mentator on National Public Radio (NPR) and New York Area Radio. Father Burns’ awards include 2 Best Commentary on Public Radio from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). 

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Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is ordained with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church and longtime leader in the ecumenical interfaith movement. She was General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches. Joan also served as Director of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution. She is published widely and serves a number of national and local organizations.

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Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker and bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking theological truths and expressing them in a practical way. He is the creator of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series published by Ascension Press. The foundational study, The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation, has enabled students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. Other Great Adventure Bible Studies taught and recorded by Jeff include Matthew, Acts, Revelation, Psalms and James. Over 6000 groups have used these studies in the US and other countries, and they have helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians engage in scripture in a life changing way. Jeff is the founding host of EWTN’s weekly program “Life on the Rock” as well as Relevant Radio’s daily show, “Morning Air.” He is author of several books including the best‐selling book, My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith and I’m Not Being Fed: The Food That Satisfies the Soul. Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible is co‐authored with Dr. Tim Gray and gives an insightful overview of the Bible. His latest books are Praise God and Thank Him: Biblical Keys for a Joyful Life and When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding both published through Servant Books. Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is on the board of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has served as director for 6 years. He is also a Fellow of the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado, and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Steubenville, Ohio. Jeff resides with his wife, Emily, and their daughters in Minnesota.

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Joan Chittister

Joan, a member of the Benedictine Sisters, Erie, PA, and executive director of Benetvision, has been a passionate advocate for peace, human rights, women’s issues and church renewal for over 40 years. She is a best-selling and award-winning author and a noted international lecturer. She writes for the National Catholic Reporter and Huffington Post and has been a guest on radio and TV programs including Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, Now with Bill Moyers and many others.

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Kathy Coffey

Kathy Coffey is the author of 16 award-winning books and many articles in Catholic periodicals like America, U.S. Catholic, St. Anthony

Messenger, Catholic Update, Everyday Catholic and National Catholic Reporter.

Kathy taught writing and literature for fifteen years at the University of Colorado, Denver, and Regis Jesuit University. She has won fifteen awards from the Catholic Press Association, the Foley Poetry Award from America magazine, the Independent Publishers Book Award and the Associated Church Press Award for Editorial Courage.

Kathy has spoken at national conventions such as the L.A. Congress, the East Coast Congress, NCCL, NCEA, and many diocesan gatherings. Kathy gives retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. The mother of four and grandmother of six, she enjoys hiking in the mountains, skiing, reading, and teaching yoga.

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