Eight speakers will address Arizona Marian Conference 2008 Aug. 22-24 at the Double Tree Paradise Valley Resort, 5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Eight speakers will address Arizona Marian Conference 2008 Aug. 22-24 at the Double Tree Paradise Valley Resort, 5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. On a theme of “Find Us Ready, Lord,” the conference will draw Arizona Catholic scholars, authors and pastors, some of them involved in international ministries.
• The Rev. Robert Faricy is a Jesuit priest, author of 30 books, theologian and emeritus professor of the Spirituality of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He now teaches at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.
• John Pridmore is a full-time evangelist from Ireland whose early years were in London’s criminal underworld when he said he had more money than he could spend. After discovering the “grace of God,” he began preaching about his conversion. He is author of “From Gangland to Promised Land” and the “Gangster’s Guide to God.”
• Paul Harrigan became a rock ’n’ roll musician and Hollywood nightclub performer but found “misery and emptiness” that changed when he made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia. Now active in his Catholic faith, he performs worldwide, including at World Youth Day ’05 in Cologne, Germany, and this year’s event in Sydney, Australia.
• Marcus Grodi is a polymer engineer who had 15 years’ experience as a Protestant pastor, with an emphasis in spiritual renewal. In 1992, he and his family became Catholics, and he now serves as executive director and president of The Coming Home Network International that helps “separated clergy and laity come home to the Catholic Church. He hosts TV and radio programs in Catholic media.
• The Rev. Doug Lorig is pastor of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Scottsdale, who was an Episcopal priest. He and his family became Catholics in 1979, and he was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1984. He has served Queen Creek, Gilbert and Scottsdale parishes and was spiritual director of the MIR Center of Arizona.
• The Rev. Michael Sears is a California priest since 1994, who is active in healing and teaching ministries and frequent speaker at Charismatic and Marian conferences. He is author of “The Charism of Tongues: A Gift of Prayer and Edification.”
• Char Vance spent 25 years in broadcasting and was survivor of a tragic accident. She had a much-publicized spiritual and physical healing and now speaks widely with humor and joy.
• The Rev. Jozo Grbes is a native of Bosnia-Herzegovina who studied theology and philosophy in Sarajevo and then Great Britain, then came to the U.S. in 1992 and was ordained as a priest in 1993. Now a pastor in Chicago, he is working on another degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
• The Rev. John Greb is a Tempe native who became a heavy equipment mechanic but then went to seminary, graduated in 2002 and was ordained a priest in 2006 in the Diocese of Phoenix. He is associate pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa.
Holy Masses will be 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. the first day, 8:30 a.m. on the second and 2:30 p.m. on the final day. The conference cost is $50 for adults ($60 if registering after Aug. 1) and $25 for youth to 21 years old ($30 after Aug. 1). Priests and others in religious vocations are free. Mail registration is required; send to Arizona Marian Conference, 6879 S. Birdie Way, Gilbert, AZ, 85297.