Speakers the Forum Has Hosted in the Past

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Fr. Matthew Spencer, Host of St. Joseph's Workshop on Immaculate Heart Radio

"Real Life Spirituality for Busy Catholics"

June 8, 2017

When it comes to self improvement, we're always on the lookout for quick fixes to real problems, and this mentality often creeps into our spiritual lives as well.  As busy people with lots on our plates, we'd love to find that fast track path to holiness and happiness with God.  While there is no pain-free way to become a saint, Fr. Matthew will offer concrete ways to make the journey much more productive, enjoyable, and direct than maybe it's been for you.  No infomercials here. No fad techniques either; just practical advice for the busy Catholic to grow in your relationship with the Lord.

Mass:  6:30 a.m. followed by networking

Breakfast / Speaker:  7:30 a.m.

$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Deacon Mark Ruiz

"Personal Prayer in Our Daily Struggle"

May 11, 2017

We face temptation, fear and discouragement when crosses enter into our lives, in fact, we all know Catholics who have left the Church like the two disciples who were journeying on the road to Emmaus.  What will prevent us from abandoning our Lord and our hope when we feel the weight of our cross?  Prayer will keep us hopeful.  Prayer is how we expose our souls to the divine sunlight.  We need to expose ourselves to God's truth and love through prayer.  Join Deacon Mark Ruiz for this important and powerful discussion.

Mass:  6:30 a.m. followed by networking

Breakfast / Speaker:  7:30 a.m.

$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Terry Barber, Evangelist and EWTN Radio Show Host

"10 Commandments of Evangelization: "How to Share Your Faith With Anyone""

April 18, 2017

Probably best known as the co-host of the Terry and Jessie Show on Immaculate Heart Radio, Terry Barber is an internationally-known Catholic speaker with over 30 years in Catholic evangelization and was instrumental in founding St. Joseph Communications, The Catholic Resource Center, and Lighthouse Catholic Media.  Additionally, he has over 30 years of success in the Southern California real estate industry.  Archbishop Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles described Terry as “one of the Church's finest apologists and evangelists.”  

Terry’s presentation is sure to be full of energy and joy as he uses themes from his book and his “10 Commandments of Evangelization” to help us better live by example in the workplace. 

Mass:  6:30 a.m. followed by networking

Breakfast / Speaker:  7:30 a.m.

$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Lorcan Barnes, President of Christian Brothers High School

"Catholic Leadership and Management in Education"

March 15, 2017

Mr. Barnes will discuss the mission of Catholic education, the culture of Catholic secondary education and how that has evolved, governance models, what leadership looks like in a Catholic school, and comparisons between Catholic education and the business world.

Mass:  6:30 a.m. followed by networking

Breakfast / Speaker:  7:15 a.m.

$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Wynette Sills, Director, Californians for Life

"A Strategic Plan to End Abortion: Our Catholic Responsibility"

February 22, 2017

Wynette Sills has spent 12 years on the frontlines of the pro-life ministry, personally talking with thousands of abortion-bound women.  As Director of Californians for Life, she works strategically and collaboratively with people from all over, from all areas of expertise, to end abortion here in California where 1/5 of all US abortions occur. 2017 marks the 50th year of legalized abortion in our state.  Come hear how we can work together to save lives!

Mass: 6:30 a.m. followed by networking

Breakfast / Speaker: 7:15 a.m.

$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Bishop Jaime Soto

"Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)"

January 26, 2017


Join Bishop Soto on January 26th at Christ the King Retreat Center for Mass, breakfast and a talk on Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), a wealth of encouragement, guidance and wisdom about the beautiful gift and vocation of marriage and family life.

Mass:  6:30 am

Event: 7:15 am

Jenson Joseph, National Events Coordinator for Shalom Media USA

"Shalom Media Ministry and Its Mission of World Evangelization Through Media"

October 20, 2016

Jenson Joseph will discuss the call for world evangelization and the relevance of media in world evangelization.  The talk will include a brief overview on a variety of topics such as the humble beginnings of Shalom Ministry and how God has helped the ministry to grow, the impact the ministry has made in India and is now making internationally, and the programs on Shalom World TV.

Jenson Joseph has been active in Catholic charismatic ministry in the U.S since 1995.  While in Chicago from 1995 to 2005, he was a member of the Chicago Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center for Chicago Youth Service Team and actively worked in Youth Ministry including coordinating Youth conferences, retreats and other outreach events throughout Chicago land area. In July 2012, Jenson attended a Shalom Festival in Detroit and ever since has become actively involved in the Shalom Media Ministry. As the National Events Coordinator for the ministry, Jenson represents the ministry across the country, bringing many closer to Christ and to the ministry’s mission of world evangelization. He lives in Kalamazoo, MI with his wife and three children.


Cost: $40 at the door

Don Johnson

"Evangelizing a Postmodern Culture: How to Spread the Gospel to People Who Don't Believe in Truth"

September 15, 2016

In a country increasingly apathetic and even antagonistic toward Christianity, how are we to obey Jesus' command to make disciples of all people? Drawing on over 20 years of experience and study, Don analyzes the current situation and offers a four step strategy for more effective evangelization.

Don Johnson is an author, speaker, radio show host, and filmmaker. He is also the president of Don Johnson Evangelistic Ministries, a media apostolate dedicated to creatively proclaiming the Kingdom of God and training and equipping believers to share and defend the gospel. As a recent Catholic convert, Don is also passionate about helping non-Catholic Christians see the truth and beauty of Catholicism.

Don has a B.A. in Theology, Missions and Intercultural Studies from San Jose Christian College, an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has also done graduate work in the evangelism program at Multnomah Seminary and the philosophy of Religion program at Talbot School of Theology. 

Don hosts The Don Johnson Show on the Immaculate Heart Radio Network. His latest film is Convinced and his latest book is How to Talk to a Skeptic: An Easy to Follow Guide for Natural Conversations and Effective Apologetics.


Cost: $40 at the door

Deacon Joe Symkowick (of the Newman Center at Sacramento State University)

"Catholic Relief Services and the Corporal Works of Mercy in the Year of Mercy"

June 16, 2016

The preferential love for those oppressed by poverty is at the heart of the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). CRS has been reaching out to the poor and broken on behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States for more than 70 years. CRS programs feed the hungry and develop food security programs that help them feed themselves. They bring water to the driest places on earth. They reach out to the captive. They bring shelter to people made homeless by natural disasters or war. They serve the sick, reaching millions threatened by diseases like AIDS and malaria. And, yes, they even help bury the dead with dignity, and care for the orphan.

CRS does this for people of all faiths — and people who have no faith at all.  The simple reason is God wants all of God’s children to know mercy.

Deacon Joe Symkowick will share stories of CRS from the field.  He will also review and explain some resources that CRS has developed for the Year of Mercy for use by US Catholic Communities.

$40.00 at the door 

Father Mark Richards

"Understanding the New Annulment Procedures"

May 19, 2016

Fr. Mark Richards is the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Sacramento, and serves as the presiding judge of the Diocesan Tribunal, which is responsible for determining whether Catholic marriages may be annulled. He will speak about the new regulations for processing annulment cases issued by Pope Francis in 2015, which streamline some aspects of the process. Fr. Richards will also offer reflections on how these reforms relate to Francis’ pontificate and to the Year of Mercy.



$40 at the door