Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Host of Grace Before Meals
Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (Latin phrase that means ‘The Will of God’). This community is a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite. He is the Founder, Host, and Director of Grace Before Meals, an international apostolate to help strengthen families and relationship through God’s gift of a family meal. He is also establishing a non-profit organization called “The Table Foundation” with the mission to elevate culture and family life, one meal at a time.
Along with his priestly duties, Fr. Leo is the host for the TV Show Savoring our Faith on EWTN, Co-Host for the radio show Entertaining Truth on Sirius XM Radio, bestselling author, contributor for newspaper and magazines, and rated as one of the best speakers for the New Evangelization. Fr. Leo has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, EWTN, and even the Food Network, where Fr. Leo defeated a world famous chef in a cooking competition called, “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.” His message combines faithful Catholic theology presented in a way that everyone can understand and appreciate.
Using his unique background as a chef, a 3rd degree Black Belt Martial Arts Teacher, and former award winning choreographer for a break dancing group, Fr. Leo’s presentations, retreats, parish missions, and keynote talks have brought diverse audiences closer to the Lord’s Table.
Catholic Match Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Leo Palalinghug: October 6-15, 2017
Pilgrimage of Food and Faith in the Holy Land with Fr. Leo Patalinghug: October 22 – November 1, 2017
A Taste of Italy with Fr. Leo Patalinghug: April 9-19, 2018
Danube River Cruise plus Prague with Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Gus and Michelle Lloyd: June 4 – 13, 2018
Theology of Beauty Pilgrimage Through Faith, Fashion & Food with Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Leah Darrow: July 7-16, 2018 with an Extension to Rome July 16-20, 2018
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
Pilgrimage to Greece – In the Footsteps of St. Paul with Stephen J. Binz and Fr. Mike Schatzle: April 21-May 1, 2018
Saint Junipero Serra’s California Missions with Stephen J. Binz, Spiritual Leader: June 7 – 15, 2018
Come Back to the Holy Land with optional extension to Jordan with Stephen J. Binz, Pilgrimage Leader and Fr. Michael Alello, Spiritual Director
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!
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
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”
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. Ceci was recently featured in a segment produced by Shalom World TV which can watch below by clicking the “play” button:
Journeys of Faith with Ceci presents a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Marty Goetz: November 8-17, 2017
Journeys of Faith with Ceci presents a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land at Christmastime with Anna Nuzzo and Fr. Peter Jankowski: November 28-December 7, 2017
Journeys of Faith with Ceci presents Faith of the Irish with Rev. Bob Knippenberg: May 1-11, 2018
Journeys of Faith with Ceci presents a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and an optional extension to Jordan with Rev. Michael Rother: June 6-16, 2018, Extension: June 16-19, 2018
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has been teaching and preaching retreats and parish missions for several decades. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the apparitions at Fatima. He is the author of numerous books, including Following Mary to Jesus and Walk Humbly With Your God. Fr. Apostoli is the vice-postulator for the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. A frequent presence on EWTN television, he hosted the TV special “Our Lady of Fatima and the First Saturday Devotion.” He also hosted a three-part series on Fatima on Catholic TV.
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 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.
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
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Ted and Maureen Flynn
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
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.