Dr. Tom Curran
Talk: The Gift of Holiness in Family Life
Dr. Thomas Curran is director of My Catholic Faith Ministries, a non-profit ministry dedicated to helping Catholics understand, live and share their Catholic faith.
Dr. Curran is the host of the popular weekday radio program Sound Insight and has given countless talks at parishes, retreats and conferences. His dynamic, humorous and insightful teaching style has helped thousands of Catholics grow in their faith and relationship with God.
Talk: The Gift of Holiness in Family Life
Kari is a vibrant woman of faith and mother of eight children (with one on the way). With humor, practical examples and wisdom, Tom and Kari will bring to life the beauty of a marriage and family that is centered in holiness.
Fr. Bryan Dolejsi
Talk: The Gift of Vocation
Fr. Bryan is an energetic and dynamic speaker, engaging all ages with his humor and strong messages. As the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle, he has a gift of sharing the secrets to happiness hidden by God within each of our vocations.
Fr. Bryan Dolejsi was born and raised in the Catholic Church in the Seattle area. After earning an undergraduate degree at WWU in Bellingham in History/Secondary Education he served as a Catholic High School teacher and coach for one year. He then served as a JVI in Guam before entering the Domincan seminary in CA. After four years of initial formation with a year of exchange in Kenya, he returned home to finish his seminary with the Archdiocese of Seattle. Ordained in 2006, Fr. Bryan served at four parishes in Tacoma as a parochial vicar, three years as the priest administrator at St. Joseph in Issaquah and since July, 2011 now serves as the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle and chaplain at Kennedy Catholic High School. He regularly teaches and offers retreats throughout the Archdiocese.
Fr. Jack Shrum
Talk: The Gift of Adoration
Fr. Jack’s love for Adoration radiates from his humble manner. He is well known for his engaging homilies, iconography, and gift of sharing the beauty of God with others.
Born in Billings, Montana, Fr. Jack has lived in the Seattle area since 1988. When he was Confirmed in 2000, he knew that he was called to serve God in His Church. Later that same year, he was visiting the Church of Saint Alphonsus in Rome. It was there, before the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help that a grace was given that confirmed his call to the priesthood. He went on to study theology for seven years at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, OR. While at the seminary, he also studied iconography a discipline that for him is relaxing, rewarding, and spiritually edifying. Ordained by Archbishop Burnett in 2008, he was first assigned as parochial vicar for the parishes of Lewis County. He is an oblate of St. Benedict and has traveled to Guatemala and Haiti as a Global Fellow for Catholic Relief Services. He is currently the priest administrator for St. Andrew Parish in Sumner and St. Cosmos and Damian Mission in Orting.
Fr. Jim Northrop
Talk: The Gift of Mercy
Fr. Jim is well known for his incredible singing voice, which lifts us up and strengthens our connection to the Holy Trinity. His compelling speaking style will fill you with the knowledge of God’s mercy.
Fr. Northrop has served as a priest for over 14 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. During that time he has served at St. Michael’s in Olympia, Sacred Heart in Enumclaw, and most recently at St. Brendan’s in Bothel. In addition to serving in parishes, Fr. Northrop has served as the spiritual director for Western Washington Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and as the State Chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of America.
And morning Mass will be celebrated by:
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain
Archbishop Peter Sartain (pronounced SAR-tin) was born to Joseph and Catherine Sartain on June 6, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee.
On July 15, 1978 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Memphis.
Archbishop Sartain attended Memphis State University 1970-71 before earning his bachelor’s degree in English at St. Meinrad College, Indiana in 1974. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome in 1977, and earned a licentiate of sacred theology with specialization in sacramental theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum San Anselmo in Rome in 1979.
He was appointed associate pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Memphis from 1979 to 1981 and served as pastor of St. Louis Church from 1992 to 2000. From 1981 to 2000 he held numerous positions in the Diocese of Memphis including director of vocations, chancellor, moderator of the curia, vicar for clergy and vicar general. He was the diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Memphis from Sept. 9, 1992 to May 5, 1993 while the See of Memphis was vacant.
Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Sartain bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock, Ark., on January 4, 2000. He was ordained on March 6, 2000 and took as his episcopal motto: “Of You My Heart Has Spoken” (Psalm 27:8). He was appointed bishop of Joliet, Ill., by Pope Benedict XVI on May 16, 2006 and was installed on June 27.
Archbishop Sartain currently is a member of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.