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Bishop Michael Byrnes
Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Detroit


 Bishop Hanchon 

Bishop Donald Hanchon
Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Detroit


Fr John Riccardo

Fr. John Riccardo, Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD)
Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel
Catholic Radio Host - "Christ is the Answer"
AOD - Assoc. Director of Evangelization  

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Dr. Ralph Martin
Director of Graduate Theology Programs, SHMS
Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Consultor
President, Renewal Ministries & Nationally acclaimed author


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Fr. James Mallon, Archdiocese of Halifax
Pastor, St. Benedict, (Largest parish in Nova Scotia) 
President, John Paul II Media Center
Creator of Catholicism 201  

Dr. Mary Healy 
Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Catholic conference speaker, author and editor

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Dr. Andrew Minto
Professor of Theology 
Franciscan University of Steubenville 
Ph.D., Catholic University of America
Dr Cooney-Hathaway

Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway
Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Catholic conference speaker and author
Deacon James OwensDeacon James Owens
Director, Office for Permanent Deacons,
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Dean, Permanent Diaconate Division,
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
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Deacon Bob Ervin
Associate Director, Deacon Formation
Archdiocese of Detroit
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Mr. Michael Timmis, Esq., Phd.
Chairman, Prison Fellowship
Trustee, John Paul II Cultural Center
Knight of Malta
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Mr. Paco Gavrilides
Associate Director
Evangelization and Catholic Men’s Ministry
Archdiocese of Detroit
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Mr. Neal Lozano
Leader, Heart of the Father Ministries
Coordinator, House of God's Light Community
Conference speaker and Author
Bishop Donald Hanchon is a graduate of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, St. John's Provincial Seminary and has Master's degrees in Theology from University of Detroit, Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame and Ministry from St. John's Seminary.
He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit on October 19, 1974. Since the mid 80’s he has completed studies in Spanish and Hispanic Culture in Mexico and has served as a pastor in parishes serving the Hispanic community.
He was named Monsignor in 2005, and in the fall of 2009 was designated collaborator in the Central Region of the Archdiocese of Detroit and will continue to serve as Regional Moderator. 
On March 22, 2011, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit and Titular Bishop of Orreomargo. 
Fr. John Riccardo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Ordained in 1996, he is the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth,MI, and the host of "Christ is the Answer" on many Catholic radio stations.  Fr. Riccardo is a graduate from University of Michigan, holds advanced degrees from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, The Pontifical Greagorian University in Rome and John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.  Fr. Riccardo also serves as the Director of Evangelzation for the Archbishop of Detroit.
Dr. Ralph Martin was recently named Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.  Dr. Martin is the  president of Renewal Ministries (, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of “The Choices We Face” a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than 27 countries.   
He is also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and an assistant professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is the author of a number of books the most recent of which is The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. He and his wife Anne reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Get a pdf letter with his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI to Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.
Most Rev. Michael Byrnes is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He recently served as Vice Rector, Dean of Formation and Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI.

Born in 1958 in Detroit, he received B.Sc. from the University of Michigan (microbiology) in 1979 and worked as a lab assistant in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School.

He served as campus minister at the University Christian Outreach: campuses of University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti). Before coming to Sacred Heart Major Seminary he lived as a member of the The Servants of the Word, a lay brotherhood and was the office manager for Servant Ministries in Ann Arbor.

He began priestly studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1990 and received a M.Div. and M.A in 1996.

He served as Parochial Vicar of St. Joan of Arc Parish and Part-time Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1996-1999. He received an S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2003 and returned to the Faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary. 

He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit on May 5th, 2011. 
Deacon James Owens is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Ordained in 1999, Deacon Owens currently has oversight of both ongoing formation of ordained deacons in the Archdiocese as well as those men who are in formation to be deacons at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Deacon Owens is an attorney by profession. For many years he has litigated on behalf of those who advocate for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. He is married to Catherine with two children and six grandchildren.
Deacon Bob Ervin was ordained as a Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2003 and is assigned to Holy Family Parish in Novi. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Deacon Bob spent his professional life at the University of Michigan and retired as Research Professor Emeritus. He directs the first year of deacon formation for the Archdiocese and serves in the charismatic Fellowship of St. Paul at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He serves as a speaker at parish events throughout the Detroit area, fostering personal conversion to Christ and maturity in Catholic living, by the power of the Holy Spirit. The parents of seven children, Deacon Bob and his wife Barbara teach regularly on Christian marriage as a communion of persons.
Fr. James Mallon is a priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax in Nova Scotia Canada. He was born and raised in Scotland and moved to Canada at the age of thirteen. He has been ordained a priest for thirteen years and currently serves as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish in Halifax. He is the founder and director of the John Paul II Media Institute. Fr. James has been running the Alpha Course for ten years in various settings, is an Alpha advisor, conference speaker and member of the Global Alpha Catholic Board. He serves as an advisor for Alpha in a Catholic Context U.S.A. He recently participated in a GAT (Global Alpha Training) conference in Mexico with several members of his parish. Fr. James is the creator of a Catholic follow-up to the Alpha Course entitled Catholicism 201 which is currently running in sixteen countries and has recently been translated into Chinese


Dr. Mary Healy is associate professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she earned an MA in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and a doctorate in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Dr. Healy served for several years as the Coordinator of Mother of God Community, a lay Catholic community in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is the author of Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and co-editor of three books on biblical interpretation. She addresses conferences nationally and internationally on topics related to biblical interpretation, the theology of the body, and the spiritual life. Dr. Healy is currently co-editing the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, a new series of commentaries that interpret Scripture from within the heart of the Church, and is author of its first volume, The Gospel of Mark.
Dr. Andrew Minto has served in numerous capacities during his tenure at Franciscan University of Steubenville beginning in 1982 including:
       Consultant, Redeemer Pacific College, Vancouver, British Columbia,
       Assistant Editor, Fides Quaerens Intellectum, 2004-2009
       Reviewer for Oxford University Press’s proposed New Study Bible in
          the Catholic Tradition, Spring 2006.
       Tenure Board, 2000 to 2007, 2009 to present
       Curriculum Committee, 2006 to 2007, 2009 to present
       Personnel Advisory Committee (elected position, 2 yrs),2006 to 2007
       Redeemer Pacific College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
       Board of Governors, 2004 to present
       Task Force on Merit, Promotion, and Tenure, Co-Chair, 2001 - 2005
           (appointment by Dean of Academic Affairs)
       Faculty Welfare Committee Fall 1998-Spring 2003 (elected position,
           Chair from Fall 1999-Spring 2003)
       Core Curriculum Task Force 1998-2000 (appointed by the Provost)
       Academic Standards Committee 1993-1998
       Director of Graduate Theology, Franciscan University 1988-1995
Recipient of Franciscan University Founders Award in 1999: For the Expertise and Dedication to the Advancement of Franciscan University of Steubenville in the Founding, Development, and Growth of the Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry and the Franciscan University and the Campus Leadership and Teaching Award, 2004
He is a Professor of Theology teaching many topics at both the graduate and under-graduate level.
Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway is a professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Previously, she taught at the Washington Theological Union. Dr. Cooney-Hathaway is the author of Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman’s Perspective.  She is the project director for a grant from the Lilly Foundation for the education and formation of ecclesial lay ministers. Cooney Hathaway has also traveled the nation giving lectures on various subjects, including theology, spirituality and the relationship between human and spiritual development. A regular contributor to Mosaic magazine, she is married to Thomas Hathaway and has one son and one daughter. 
Mr. Timmis was born in Detroit, Michigan where he has had a distinguished career as both an attorney and businessman. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and graduated with highest honors from the Wayne State Law School in 1965. He was an Editor of Law Review while in law school. He received the School’s Distinguished Law Alumni Award in 1979.   Mr. Timmis is a member of the Order of the Coif. Additionally, in 1991 Governor John Engler appointed Mr. Timmis as a Governor of Wayne State University, the term of which expired December 31, 1996. In 1993, Mr. Timmis was the recipient of the Business and Professional Award from Religious Heritage of America. Further, Mr. Timmis received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy in May of 1995 in recognition of his civic and humanitarian contributions. In May 2008, Mr. Timmis was the recipient of a Doctorate from Ave Maria University.  
Mr. Timmis was senior partner of the law firm of Timmis & Inman L.L.P. He was also the co-founder and vice-chairman of Talon LLC., a privately-owned company formed in 1973 with extensive interests in manufacturing and real estate companies, and retired on December 31, 2007. 
In addition to his legal and business involvements, Mr. Timmis holds memberships in many professional associations; is a director of numerous corporations and serves or has served in a leadership capacity on the boards of many charitable organizations and foundations including St. John Healthcare Systems, Cornerstone Schools, Inc., The Navigators, Alpha International, etc. Also, Mr. Timmis serves as Chairman of Prison Fellowship International comprising 116 chartered countries. In October 2006, Mr. Timmis succeeded Chuck Colson as Chairman of Prison Fellowship Ministries (USA) and, therefore, now co-chairs both Prison Fellowship entities. 
Mr. Timmis and his wife Nancy are deeply involved in the problems of the poor in the Third World and have developed self-help projects in Africa and Central and South America. They are also very active in addressing the educational needs of children in the City of Detroit. Along with his partner, Mr. Randolph Agley, Mr. Timmis was named one of the leaders of the Nineties by Crain's Detroit Business magazine. 
Mr. Timmis has been married to the former Nancy Lauppe for forty-seven years. The Timmises have two children, a son Michael and a daughter Laura, who died twenty-four years ago. Their son and his wife (also named Laura) lived in Uganda, East Africa, for seven years lifting up Christ to the poor through various projects, which work continues in the five schools and in various programs for street children and the rural poor in Uganda and Rwanda. Currently, Michael Timmis Jr. serves as President of the Timmis Family Foundation. The junior Timmises are graduates of University of Michigan receiving MBA’s from the School of Business. The junior Timmises live in Florida and have four daughters and one son. The senior Timmis family resides in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan and Naples, Florida. 
Mr. Timmis’ autobiography was published in February 2008 by NavPress entitled Between Two Worlds: The Journey of an Evangelical Catholic.
Francisco “Paco” Gavrilides is a full-time Instructor of Homiletics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and serves as the Coordinator of Catholic Men’s Ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is a Trustee of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men, a ministry of evangelization and spiritual renewal of men in the Church.
Paco is a conference speaker and teacher both in Spanish and English. He offers missions, conferences and retreats to parishes, charismatic groups, priests and seminarians locally, nationally and internationally.
Paco with his wife Inez have given marriage retreats for English speaking and Spanish speaking audiences as well as concerts of Inez’s original prayerful and inspirational songs.
Before settling into parish and diocesan work, Paco served as a Catholic missionary of evangelization and Christian community formation for twenty years throughout Latin America, and many other countries around the world for over 20 years. 
He received his STB from the Archdiocesan Seminary of Monterrey, Mexico and is currently pursing the Licentiate Degree in the New Evangelization from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.
Paco and his wife Inez have three children. They are active members of Christ the King parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 


Mr. Neal Lozano has a Master’s degree in religious education from Villanova University, where he also led an evangelistic outreach to students for 18 years. Married since 1973, Neal and Janet have four sons, nine grandchildren and reside in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. 


Neal has more than thirty five years of pastoral experience helping people find freedom in Christ. He is the author of UNBOUND: A Practical Guide to Deliverance and Resisting the Devil, A Catholic Perspective on Deliverance.  An international speaker, Neal has spoken at seminars and conferences throughout the world. Neal and Janet have traveled doing outreach ministry to Poland, Latvia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Haiti, Turkey, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. Neal has become a respected authority in deliverance ministry. He has developed a unique and balanced approach to this often controversial area of ministry which includes detailed biblical grounding, real-life examples and immense practicality.
Neal has also written The Older Brother Returns and three children’s books, Will You Bless Me?, Can God See Me in the Dark? , and What Can I Give God?.
Currently the Sr. Coordinator, Neal has served The House of God’s Light, a Christian ecumenical community for 35 years.