Group Leaders

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Host of Grace Before Meals

Fr. Leo E. Patalinghug IVDei is a priest member of the community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei, the will of God.  He’s the host for the international TV and Travel Show, “Savoring our Faith” on EWTN. Along with his evangelization ministry, he also hosts a radio show and podcast. He’s a best selling author, an internationally acclaimed speaker and presenter for audiences of diverse backgrounds, and is the founder and creator of the international food and faith movement, “Plating Grace: Elevating Culture and Family Life One Meal at a Time.”

His non-profit group, “The Table Foundation: Harvesting the Power of Food to Do Good” created “The Olive Mass” – to celebrate and bless those in the food and hospitality industry. Fr. Leo is creating a cafe serving great food but also serving returning citizens, ex-convicts, who will receive formation and job training. His ministry has appeared on all major networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, TBN, PBS, The Cooking Channel, and even The Food Network where Fr. Leo defeated the world famous Chef in the competition, “Throw Down with Bobby Flay!”

Fr. Leo’s background makes him a true leader for pilgrimages, which he’s been doing since 1999. Having lived in Europe and in Vatican City State while studying for priesthood, he’s gained extensive knowledge of the people and places where he travels but also pastoral understanding of the needs of each traveling passenger.  He’s more than a tour leader, he’s a shepherd that cares for his flock!  Pilgrims who have been on other tours agree, Fr. Leo’s “style” of pilgrimage is exceptional!  His trips offer a sincere and gentle approach to create an authentic and deep spiritual experience, combined with one-of-a-kind cultural and culinary excursions, mixed with “bite-sized” theology filled with practical life lessons presented in an entertaining way.  Pilgrims leave refreshed, entertained, and changed for the better. Join Fr. Leo on one of his unique tours!

 

Fr. Leo’s Scheduled Pilgrimages

Cardinal Justin Rigali

Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia

Cardinal Justin Rigali was born in Los Angeles on April 19, 1935, one of seven children of Henry Alphonsus Rigali and Frances Irene White. He attended Catholic schools in Los Angeles and studied in the archdiocesan seminaries at Los Angeles College, Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in San Fernando, and St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. He was ordained a priest by Cardinal James Francis McIntyre in the Cathedral of St. Vibiana in Los Angeles on April 25, 1961.

In October 1961 he entered the graduate division of the North American College in Rome and began graduate studies in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He obtained a doctorate in canon law from that university in 1964. From 1964 to 1966 he followed the course of studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy while serving in the English-language section of the Secretariat of State of the Vatican.

From September 1966 to February 1970 he served at the Apostolic Nunciature in Madagascar, which also was the Apostolic Delegation for the islands of Mauritius and La Reunión. In July 1967 he was named a Papal Chamberlain (Monsignor) to His Holiness Pope Paul VI.

In February 1970 Monsignor Rigali became the director of the English-language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State and the English-language translator for Pope Paul VI, whom he accompanied to various countries. Monsignor Rigali served as a professor at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome from 1972 to 1973.

During his service at the Vatican Secretariat of State, he also accompanied Pope John Paul II on a number of international pastoral visits, including the Holy Father’s two major journeys to the United States in 1979 and 1987. The 1979 trip included a visit to Philadelphia. On April 19, 1980, he was named a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness. He became a magistral chaplain in the Knights of Malta on Oct. 25, 1984. On Oct. 13, 1986, he became a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

On June 8, 1985, he was named President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and Titular Archbishop of Bolsena, Italy. Pope John Paul II ordained him to the episcopacy on Sept. 14, 1985 in the Cathedral of Albano in Albano Laziale, Italy.

From 1985 to 1990, in addition to being President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, he held a number of positions at the Vatican, serving the Secretariat of State, the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, the Congregation for Bishops, and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. On Dec. 21, 1989, he was named Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops, and on Jan. 2, 1990, he became the Secretary of the College of Cardinals. He was a member of the Permanent Interdicasterial Commission and served as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the same time he was also engaged in pastoral services to a number of parishes and seminaries in Rome.

On July 15, 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Rigali as the 12th Bishop and eighth Archbishop of Philadelphia. He was named a Cardinal on Sept. 28, 2003. On Oct. 7, 2003, he was installed Archbishop of Philadelphia by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Apostolic Nuncio, in the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

As Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Rigali was a successor of St. John Nepomucene Neumann, the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852–1860) and the first canonized male American saint.

Two weeks after his installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia, he was formally created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the Public Consistory in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 21, 2003. He was assigned the Titular Church of St. Prisca in Rome.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Rigali a member of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops on Sept. 26, 2007. The Cardinal is also a member of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See. He is on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. At the same time, he is Chair of the University Seminary Committee and member of the Administrative Committee. He is on the Board of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and the Chair of the Basilica’s Iconography Committee. His Eminence is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and of the Papal Foundation. He is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He became a magistral chaplain in the Order of the Knights of Malta in 1984 and received the Order’s Bailiff Grand Cross of Honor and Devotion in 2008. On June 5, 2004, he became a Knight of Peter Claver.

On July 19, 2011, Cardinal Rigali became Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia upon Pope Benedict XVI’s acceptance of his letter of resignation, written the previous year upon his having reached the age of 75. Cardinal Rigali now resides in Knoxville, and although retired from full-time episcopal ministry, he remains involved in the life of the universal Church through various pastoral and consultative activities.

Cardinal Rigali’s Scheduled Pilgrimages:

Ceci Triska

Journeys of Faith with Ceci

Ceci Triska is the president of Journeys of Faith based out of Texas.  She has been leading group pilgrimages for Select International for many years.

She wrote recently: “As I reflect back on our Faith and Heritage pilgrimage to Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary, I have come to see much more clearly what my vocation is….leading pilgrimages. I may not make a living at it, but my living is so much richer and my spiritual life deepens. I thank God every day for this gift, the guidance I get through prayer to Jesus and through the intercession of our blessed mother Mary.”

Cici’s Scheduled Pilgrimages

Stephen Binz

Author

Stephen J. Binz is an award-winning author of over 40 books, biblical scholar, and popular speaker. Following graduate degrees at the Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for three decades and has offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages to biblical lands. His books have earned awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Excellence in Publishing Awards of the Association of Catholic Publishers. He speaks frequently at churches and national conferences in the area of biblical studies, theology, and spirituality. He lives with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. To contact Stephen J. Binz and learn more about his publications visit www.Bridge-B.com

 

Deacon Tim Kennedy

Select International Tours Clergy Liaison

Deacon Tim is a retired Chief of Police with the New York City Health and Hospitals Police Department serving the last five years in upper Manhattan in the Village of Harlem.  He has worked in law enforcement for 28 years and now works in full time Ministry.  Archbishop Myers has appointed Deacon Tim as Chaplain to the Union County Police Department and as Staff Chaplain with the Perth Amboy Police Department Chaplain Corps.

Deacon Tim currently works with Select International Tours as Clergy Liaison assisting Clergy to plan Pilgrimage travel to all major pilgrimage destinations. He also leads a number of his own pilgrimage tours during the year with upcoming tours to Rome, Ireland and the Shrines of Canada as well as the Holy Land.  Deacon Tim is also a sought after conference speaker and ministers in healing as well as “Unbound – Freedom in Christ”

Deacon Tim’s Scheduled Pilgrimages:

Gus Lloyd

Host of "Seize the Day" on Sirius XM129

Gus grew up in the Catholic faith. As a kid, his family was like a cross between the Brady Bunch (3 boys and 3 girls…Gus is Greg Brady) and the Partridge Family (very musical). They used to have a family choir which sang at their local parish, Mary, Help of Christians in Fairborn, OH. He went to Catholic school, was an altar boy and did all the stuff that Catholic kids do.

Gus got his first radio gig in 1979 at WFIV, a small country AM station in Kissimmee, FL. Shortly after that, he moved back to Ohio to wed Michelle in 1980. From there he did the radio gypsy thing…moving from market to market to get better gigs and more money. Shortly after the birth of their first daughter, the couple decided to move to Florida to start a family business, Lloyd’s of Lawndom.

In 1992, after the death of his youngest brother, Gus was called back into radio. WBVM, the Catholic station in Tampa, FL asked if Gus would do a Friday contemporary Christian music show. Before long, they asked if he would host their morning show, and Gus agreed. After 3 years of hosting the morning show, Gus left to become a Sales Manager with a computer training company. But after 10 month and many calls asking that they bring Gus back, WBVM asked Gus to come back and start out their new format, Spirit FM. Gus was the popular morning show host at Spirit FM for another 9 years.

In the summer of 2006, the Archdiocese of New York called to talk with Gus about hosting the morning show on the new Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. He went on the air December 4, 2006. You can listen to Gus on Seize the Day, weekday mornings on Sirius XM 129.  Visit his blog at: https://gusllloyd.com

Lisa Morris

Pilgrimage Group Coordinator

After over 20 years with Delta Airlines and raising my family I now feel a call and pull to serve Our Lord and His church through the experience He has blessed me with through extensive world-wide travel. Following my years with Delta Airlines I have been able to go on many pilgrimages with our diocese to places such as Lourdes, Paray-Le-Monial, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, the Holy Land and more. I have organized and led several mission/pilgrimages to Kenya and Uganda, Africa serving on the US Team for the Apostolate for the Sacred Heart.  I am so grateful to be a part of Select International Tours…bringing people together to share in His glory through pilgrimages/travel around the world…Thank you Select International Tours for this opportunity to serve!

Fr. Ed Cimbala

Pastor, St. Mary’s, Hillsborough NJ

Fr. Ed Cimbala is a native son of St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church in Trenton, NJ where he was pastor before becoming pastor of St. Mary’s in Hillsborough. He was born in Trenton and graduated from St. Mary’s School. He attended St. Anthony High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Speech and Theatre with concentrations in marketing and communications from Glassboro State College. Fr. Cimbala was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Michael J. Dudick..  Fr. Ed earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1996. The basis of his dissertation was the shared responsibility of parishioners to call forth vocations from their own communities.

Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker who has a deep love for Jesus Christ and who communicates his zeal with clarity and enthusiasm. After twelve years as a Protestant pastor, Jeff Cavins returned to the Catholic Church under the guidance of Bishop Paul Dudley.

Cavins received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville with Catechetical Certification. Prior to that, Jeff received a BA with honors in Humanities from Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio and then went on to receive Bible training from Christ for the Nations Institute, Dallas, Texas and the Institute of Ministry, Bradenton, Florida. Cavins also graduated from Brown Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a school for radio and television broadcasting. Learn more about his classes and books at http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/map/

Leah Darrow

Speaker, Author

Leah Darrow is an international Catholic speaker, author and host of the popular Do Something Beautiful podcast. Leah is most notably known for her time on the TV show, America’s Next Top Model and subsequent years as a professional model. After an encounter with Christ which led to her reversion back to the Catholic Church, Leah left the modeling and fashion industries and now proclaims the mercy and love of Jesus. She is often a keynote speaker at men, women and youth conferences, leads mother-daughter retreats and author of the new book, Drowning In Beauty, to be released November 2017 by Thomas Nelson publishing house.

Leah’s unique background has been inspiring people to embrace the mercy of Jesus Christ, reclaim their God-given beauty and join in Christ’s mission in the world for over a decade. You can read her blog posts, listen to her podcast or contact her for a speaking engagement at www.leahdarrow.com. Leah lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Ricky, and their three wild saints-in-training.

Ted and Maureen Flynn

Authors

Ted Flynn is President and Founder of MaxKol Communications for twenty three years.  MaxKol has produced films, books, and distributed Catholic material throughout the world.  He and his wife Maureen authored the best selling book The Thunder of Justice in 1993 with a new edition in the year 2010.  Ted has spoken in over 700 venues of the world on the Blessed Mother’s apparitions, and done over 350 radio and television shows.  Ted has written several books with his most recent called The Great Transformation (2015). and produced films. Ted has been in government, the energy business, and not for profit foundations.   He has attended, the University of Massachusetts, American University, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the London School of Economics.  He has traveled to 50 countries in the world.

Maureen Flynn is President and founder of Signs and Wonders for Our Times for the last twenty six years.  She has authored several books.  Signs and Wonders is a major distributor of catholic books and all forms of media throughout the United States.  She has produced a quarterly magazine on stories of the apparitions of the Blessed Mother, as well as stories of inspiration.   She is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and founder of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting which has been in existence for the last twenty four years at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  Over 160 speakers have been brought in for the event.  She has attended Boston College and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Her website is Sign.org

Anna Nuzzo

Anna Nuzzo

Singer, Songwriter & TV Host

Anna is an acclaimed International Christian Singer, Songwriter & Shalom World TV Host.  She has been blessed to sing in many parts of the world, including the Holy Land, Italy, Canada, Trinidad  & the USA.  Anna has also sung in concert in Carnegie Hall in NY.  She’s been singing professionally for over 20 years and credits her Marian Consecration in 2012 for jumpstarting her Music Ministry.  She is known for her beautiful, heart-felt singing and inspiring Prayer Songs. She currently has 3 CDs available: BE LOVE, BELIEVE, and PRAY THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET. Visit her website at AnnaNuzzo.com

Bishop Michael John Sheridan

Bishop Michael John Sheridan

Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO

Bishop Michael John Sheridan was born in 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., the older of two children of Bernice and John Sheridan. He grew up in the suburb of Jennings, where he attended Corpus Christi Catholic School from 1951-59. He graduated from St. Louis University High School in St. Louis in 1963.

After attending Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo., for one year, Bishop Sheridan entered Cardinal Glennon College Seminary in St. Louis. He graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. From there, he entered Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal John J. Carberry in 1971, having earned a Master of Divinity degree.

After his ordination, he received a Master of Arts degree in Historical Theology in 1973 at St. Louis University. In 1974 he began a three-year stay in Rome, where he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). There he earned a License in Sacred Theology (S.Th.L.) in 1976 and, four years later, a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.Th.D.) His dissertation was entitled “The Theology of the Local Church in Vatican II.”

Bishop Sheridan served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as an associate pastor in several parishes before being named pastor of Christ the King Parish in University City, Mo. in 1988. He served as pastor of Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, Mo., from 1993 until 1997.

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali ordained Bishop Sheridan as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese on Sept. 3, 1997. On Dec. 4, 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Sheridan coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Bishop Sheridan was formally welcomed to the diocese on January 30, 2002. He became the diocesan bishop on January 30, 2003.

John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot

Artist and Author

John Michael Talbot is considered a “Christian Music Legend” being one of the pioneering artists of what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music. He is recognized as one of Catholic music’s most popular artists with multi-platinum sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world.  A best-selling author of 28 books, John Michael’s latest publication, “Monk Dynasty” (February 2016 – Troubadour for the Lord Publishing) is an engaging look at monastic history for everyday Christians in the modern world!

Since its premiere on The Church Channel (Trinity Broadcasting Network – TBN) in 2014, John Michael’s inspirational TV series “All Things Are Possible” continues to spread the gospel throughout the world. Beginning the third season this Fall 2016, watch for an inspiring new series based on his loved book “The Master Musician”.

Christopher West

Christopher West

Best Selling Author, Speaker, Teacher and World-Renowned Expert in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

Christopher West is a proud husband and father of five. His global lecturing, best selling books and multiple audio and video programs have also made him the world’s most recognized teacher of John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” – a bold, biblical vision of love and sexuality that takes us to the “cor” of what it means to be human. As Founder and President of The Cor Project, he leads an international outreach devoted to spreading this liberating teaching and empowering others to live and share it. His work has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and countless Catholic and Evangelical media outlets.

Beyond his work as a popularizer of the Theology of the Body, Christopher has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the subject since the late 1990s, having served on the faculties of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, and as a visiting professor of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In 2004 he co-founded the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia, PA and his week-long courses there continue to draw students from around the world.

The Swafford Family

The Swafford Family

Andrew Swafford is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College, where he regularly teaches courses on Scripture and Christian moral life. He holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake and a master’s degree in Old Testament & Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is author of Spiritual Survival in the Modern World: Insights from C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape LettersJohn Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again: A Christian Philosophy of Life; and Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement. He is contributing author to Letter & Spirit Vol. 11: Our Beloved Brother Paul—Reception History of Paul in Catholic TraditionDivinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy30-Second Bible: The 50 Most Meaningful Moments in the Bible; and I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics.

Andrew is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and Society of Biblical Literature; he is also a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Andrew has appeared on EWTN’s Catholicism on Campus and is a regular contributor to Ascension Press’ Bible blog as well as Chastity Project. He lives with his wife Sarah and their four children in Atchison, Kansas.

Bishop Brendan J. Cahill

Bishop Brendan J. Cahill

Diocese of Victoria

Bishop Brendan J. Cahill  was ordained the third bishop of the Diocese of Victoria on June 29, 2015 . Pope Francis named him bishop on April 23, 2015.

Bishop Cahill was an Administrator at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston, Texas and served in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Bishop Cahill was born in Coral Gables, Florida.  His family moved in 1971 to Houston where they still reside.  His parents are Joe and Joan Cahill.  He has two brothers and two sisters,  seven nieces and nephews and a great-nephew and two great nieces – all of whom live in Houston area.

Bishop Brendan attended St. Cecilia Catholic School, graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1981. Attended Rice University for a year before entering St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston in 1982.

 

Rita Dupres

Pilgrimage Coordinator

Rita Dupres coordinates pilgrimages/tours for South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming. Prior to joining Select, she was Youth Minister and Faith Formation Director for St. Therese.  Responsibilities include ministering to youth of our parish, including teaching, setting up and working retreats, setting up classroom environment, coordinating and training volunteers and teachers for preschool through young adult programs. She ensured SAFE training was managed properly, as well as the Confirmation program.  Before that she was a Management Analyst in Finance in the 28th Civil Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle

Author and Journalist

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a Catholic wife and mother of five and grandmother. She has been a catechist for almost thirty years, is an award-winning author and journalist, speaker, reviewer, and the EWTN television host and creator of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms, Catholic Mom’s Café and her newest series Feeding Your Family’s Soul. Donna-Marie enjoyed a decade-long friendship with Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta and for many years her spiritual director was Servant of God John A. Hardon, S.J., who also served as one of Mother Teresa’s spiritual directors. Donna-Marie is passionate about teaching the faith and strives to inspire others through her talks, shows, and writings.

Donna-Marie was invited by the Holy See in 2008 to participate in an international congress for women at the Vatican. She received apostolic blessings from Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on her books and work and a special blessing from Pope John Paul II for her work with Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Donna-Marie is the author of over twenty books on faith and family. Her memoir is titled The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me To Discover the Beauty of the Cross. Donna-Marie has been featured by Zenit News and Rome Reports, Vatican Radio, and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s Bookmark, Sunday Night Prime, Faith & Culture, and Vatican Insider, as well as national radio and television. Learn more at her websites: www.donnacooperoboyle.com and www.feedingyourfamilyssoul.com

Msgr. Charles Pope

Msgr. Charles Pope

Archdiocese of Washington, DC

Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, a vibrant parish community in Washington, DC. A native of Chicago with a bachelor degree in computer science, his interest in the priesthood stemmed from his experience as a church musician. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and was ordained in 1989. A pastor since 2000, he also has led Bible studies in the U.S. Congress and at the White House in past years.

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