2013 Speaker Lineup

Fr. Dave Dwyer

Popular National Radio Host: The Busted Halo Show – Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM 129

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Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, is Director of Busted Halo®, a ministry and media outreach to Catholics in their twenties and thirties created by the Paulist Fathers. He is the publisher of BustedHalo.com®, an award-winning, daily web magazine for young adult spiritual seekers, and the host of “The Busted Halo® Show with Father Dave,” a call-in radio talk show airing five nights a week on Sirius XM satellite radio on which he answer listeners’ questions about faith and the Church for more than twenty-two million subscribers (7-10 p.m. Eastern time on The Catholic Channel, ch.129).  

Additionally, he co-hosts the weekly show, “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan” with U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President and Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.  He is also the host of the “Sacraments 101” video series on YouTube and publisher of “Young Adult Ministry in a Box” (yaminabox.com), a digital subscription service for parishes wishing to start up ministry to those in their 20s & 30s.  

Father Dave is frequently invited to speak to parishes, dioceses and ministry organizations around the U.S. about reconnecting young adults to the Catholic Church. He has offered commentary on or been profiled by NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, CNN, The New York Times, The Today Show, The History Channel, Newsweek, The Washington Times, WCBS-TV and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Father Dave served in campus ministry at the University of Colorado and the University of Texas, and worked with the Archdiocese for the Military Services to develop and produce a multi-media young adult peer ministry program called Catholics Seeking Christ. He is popular with young adults because of his dynamic and relevant preaching in person and downloaded as podcasts.  

He was ordained a Paulist priest in May 2000, but prior to answering the call to priesthood he produced and directed television programs for MTV and Comedy Central, and as an on-air personality for a hit music radio station, he was known to listeners as “Happy Dave.”  He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Syracuse University.

Fr. Josh Wagner

Engaging & Humorous Speaker; Host of Young Men’s Lunch

A 1996 graduate of Westerville North High School in Columbus, Ohio, Fr. Joshua Wagner entered seminary at age 18, entrolling at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington. He felt the calling to serve God early on in life, organizing and running a soup kitchen in his hometown to earn his Eagle Scout ranking with the Boy Scouts.

“I knew at age 16, and I fought it all I could,” he says. “It was a good fit for me, to become a priest. I enjoyed seminary and enjoyed learning. It was a persistent calling that truly never goes away.”

As part of his attempts at resistance, Fr. Wagner says he gave seminary one year, “I struck a deal with God, that I would go for one year but he would not leave me alone.”

Fr. Wagner earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum, with minors in classical languages and literature – learning to speak Greek, Latin, Spanish and Italian, all of which helped him in 2000 as headed to Rome for further studies. Fr. Wagner earned a degree in theology from Pontifical Gregorian University and later a master’s degree in spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (also located in Rome). Living south of Vatican City for several years. Fr. Wagner was blessed to have four audiences with Pope John Paul and developed a side interest, leading tours around Rome.

Upon his return to U.S., Fr. Wagner was assigned to St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, Ohio where he worked for three years as priest to the parish, elementary school and also Bishop Watterson High School. During this time, Fr. Wagner began to channel his inspirational and motivational thoughts online at Total Possibility which in turn led to several books.

Reflecting on his love of speaking, preaching and counseling, Fr. Wagner says he truly enjoys his chosen profession. “I love being there for people.”

 

William Federer

Historian & Leading Defender Of Religious Freedom

William Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. Bill’s American Minute radio feature is broadcast daily across America and by the Internet.

Bill’s first book “America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations” has sold over a half-million copies. His works, which have been quoted by authors, politicians, leaders, journalists, teachers, students and in court cases.

Other books include, Backfired - A nation Born for Religious Tolerance No Longer Tolerates Religion, Prayer & Presidents - Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past and The Ten Commandments & their Influence on American Law.

Born October 1, 1957, Bill was raised in south St. Louis, 5th of eleven children, Bill lettered in wrestling, football and was a state finalist in track-high hurdles. He graduated from St. Louis University High School (‘76), studied at the University of Dallas, Texas (‘76-`78); in Rome, Italy (‘78), and graduated from Saint Louis University (`80) with a degree in Accounting/Business Administration.

After college, Bill worked for Federer Realty, founded in 1913 by his grandfather, and later in the oil & gas industry. He has also held positions with community organizations, charity groups and churches - working with youth, families, elderly and minorities.

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Susan Maria Misko, on May 2, 1981. Bill and Sue have four grown children.

Bill’s campaign for Congress in 2000 captured national attention was key in keeping the U.S. House in majority control, as his opponent, Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, had to give up plans of campaigning for other candidates. Gephardt boasted of being the next “Speaker” but instead had his toughest re-election, spending $6 million against Federer’s $3 million from 35,000 contributors across America, in the nation’s 3rd most expensive Congressional race that year.

Bill has appeared on: CSPAN, FOX, Hannity & Colmes, O’Reilly Factor, NPR, MSNBC and numerous other national and local programs.

 

Fr. Richard Fragomeni

Nationally Acclaimed Author, Teacher & Preacher

Fr. Richard Fragomeni is the Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii and Associate Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics at Catholic Theological Union. His work comprises theology, interpretation theory, and poetry. A priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York, Fr. Fragomeni is a nationally acclaimed speaker, author, retreat master and teacher, traveling across North America presenting to conferences and workshops on liturgical, sacramental, and catechetical topics.

Oklahoma Fellowship of Catholic Men Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Joe Jacobi, has known Fr. Fragomeni for 25 years and has always come away from his encounters with him with his faith and hope renewed. “Fr. Fragomeni is a dynamic, engaging and energetic preacher of the word of God,” Jacobi said. “His creative approach to teaching the Faith enables his listeners to see their relationship to the Lord of Life in a new and fresh way.”

His current work is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to his work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of consciousness.

Fr. Fragomeni is author of Come to the Feast and In Shining Splendor, and is co-author with Br. Michael McGrath, O.C.F.S., of Blessed Art Thou Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen and At the Name of Jesus: The Way, The Truth, and The Life (both of which have won Catholic Press Association awards). His book, The Eucharist: 50 Questions from the Pews, is designed to bring a better understanding of the Eucharist and the rituals involved in Mass, devotion, and prayer to all seekers in a way that is easy to read and understand.

Speaking of his current assignment, the former Our Lady of Pompeii parish that was rededicated as the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in 1994, Fr. Fragomeni reflected, “The original parish never made it to 100. Now in our 16th year as a shrine, like a phoenix rising, we are a new creation, sustained by Italian culture and worship. We offer Mary’s home, a place to pray for peace, for all people of faith.”