“My Imitation of Christ”
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is in his 18th year as president of Belmont Abbey College. Under his leadership enrollment has more than doubled, 30 facilities have been built or refurbished, and the college has gained national recognition for its Catholic identity and academic and athletic excellence.
Prior to his appointment, he successfully led fitness legend York Barbell Co. He was also a principal in Joyner Sports Medicine Institute and served as executive director of the Player Management Group. He has helped thousands of athletes, including many at the Olympic and professional levels, achieve dramatic improvements in their athletic performances.
He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Sports Psychology and Human Movement from Boston University. He is a licensed psychologist, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry, and inductee of the Sports Faith International Hall of Fame. He is a former NCAA Division I Coach, National Champion, and a two-time All-American. He is the author of “Less Than A Minute To Go: The Secret to World-Class Performance in Sport, Business and Everyday Life.”
A New York City native, he is a Knight of Malta and lives just outside of Charlotte with his wife Mary, a Dame of Malta, and their 10 children.
“Consecration to St. Joseph in the Year of St. Joseph”
A Michigan native and Catholic convert, Father Donald Calloway was ordained a priest for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary on May 31, 2003, at The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice, and thrown in jail multiple times. After his radical conversion he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and an S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.
He has written many academic articles and is the editor of two books: “The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church” (Marian Press, 2004) and “The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body” (Marian Press, 2005). He is also the author of seven books, including “Mary of Nazareth: The Life of Our Lady in Pictures” (Ignatius Press, 2015), “Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary” (Marian Press, 2015), and “Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon” (Marian Press, 2016).
His favorite saints are the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, his guardian angel and St. Michael the Archangel, and his favorite devotions are the rosary and, of course, the Divine Mercy.
“St. Gianna and Pietro Molla: My Saint Mom and My Holy Dad. Living by Their Powerful Example of Love”
Gianna Beretta Molla was a pediatric physician, wife, mother and saint. When she was pregnant with her fourth child, doctors discovered Gianna had both a child and a tumor in her uterus. She allowed the surgeons to remove the tumor but not to perform the hysterectomy they recommended, which would have killed the child. Seven months later, in April 1962, Gianna Emanuela Molla was born, but post-operative complications resulted in an infection for her mother. The following week she died at home. She was beatified in 1994 and canonized 10 years later. She is the patron saint of mothers, physicians and unborn children. Her feast day is April 28.
Gianna Emanuela went on to become a physician herself. She says the world needs “my mother’s life with us, and perhaps today more than ever – her exemplary Christian life, her witness (and) her sacred respect for life.” She added, “Life is … the most sacramental gift we always honor, respect and defend.” A former geriatrician in Italy, she now works full-time at the Saint Gianna Foundation to honor and share her mother’s memory, example, testimony and spirituality.
“Eucharist: Service, Surrender and Love”
Father Romo was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and ordained as a priest on Aug. 15, 2016. He exercises his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Monterrey as parochial vicar in the parish of Christ the King and Sanctuary of the Holy Trinity.
He earned his degree in Dogmatic Theology at the University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He is very experienced in offering conferences and theological education courses. He is currently a professor at the Archdiocesan Seminary of Monterrey, where he teaches several courses in Dogmatic Theology. He is also Ecclesiastical Censor for the Archdiocese of Monterrey.
“Young People: Free to Love”
Gustavo Mejia is a layman completely committed to evangelization, especially with the youth, but also opening his field of work to many areas regarding the proclamation of the Gospel. His academic preparation is centered mainly on Theology of the Body and psychology. He has furthered his ministry by becoming a counselor for many of the people who attend his dynamic conferences and training workshops. Through the years he has achieved a wealth of experience in preaching and sharing his testimony. He has appeared on EWTN, Maria Vision and other channels and social networks. He offers conferences abroad and is a professor associated with the Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI).
“Love According to the Will of Christ”
Lupita Venegas is a psychologist with a master’s degree in family therapy and a diploma in Family Sciences with recognition from the Pontifical University of Rome.
She was born in 1963 in La Paz, BCS, Mexico. She was the first of four children born into a Catholic family whose parents, belonging to the Christian Family Movement, knew how to transmit their convictions with the congruence of their lives and the certain knowledge of the Magisterium of the Church.
She works in private practice, attending families with a systemic approach. In 1999 she ventured into the field of media conferences. She founded the civil association Valora, Conciencia en los Medios, whose purpose is to bring the Gospel through radio, television, press and cinema. She produces and hosts the programs “Desde el corazón” (“From the Heart”), “Para Florecer” (“To Flourish”), and “Alégrate” (“Be joyful”) on several radio and television stations. She is also author of two books, “Despierta Mujer Dormida” and “Desde El Corazón.” She has recorded numerous CDs with meditations and talks that effectively motivate personal growth. She gives conferences in Mexico, Central and South America and the United States.