CONFERENCE HOUSING UPDATE:
The SEAC Conference is scheduled for St. Paul the Apostle Church from September 30-October 2. People will be traveling to Juneau from throughout the diocese and many will need housing. If you live in Juneau, and have an extra bedroom or two in your home and are willing to share it with these attendees please email Sr. Marie Lucek at email@example.com with details on the space you have to offer, or phone her at 209-3577.
Frontier Suites is offering $99/night special conference rate. Call Frontier Suites and ask for rooms under 'Diocese of Juneau' special conference rate. (907-790-6600) or 1-800-544-2250.
The Diocese received a small grant from Catholic Extension Society to assist with transportation costs for folks from outlying parishes to come to our Southeast Alaska Catholic Conference. If you need a Travel Grant to enable you to attend, please submit a request with your need by September 9th to Deacon Mike Monagle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Peggy Mattson @ email@example.com.
Dr. Jonathan Reyes selected as Keynote speaker for fall Conference
The planning committee for the Southeast Alaska Catholic Conference has announced their selection of nationally recognized Catholic leader, Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes, as keynote speaker for the fall conference, ‘Infinite Mercy’, to take place in Juneau from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016.
Since 2012, Dr. Reyes has served as the Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, overseeing their efforts in domestic and international affairs and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the bishops’ anti-poverty program.
Prior to working with the USCCB, Dr. Reyes served the Denver Archdiocese as president and CEO of Denver Catholic Charities from 2009 - 2012. During his time with Catholic Charities, Dr. Reyes founded a national volunteer and formation program for college students, Christ in the City. The organization has seen over 200 participants serve the homeless of Denver while developing in their Catholic faith. He also oversaw the creation of Regina Caeli Catholic Counseling Center, the Lighthouse Women’s Care Center in Denver, and completed the Guadalupe Community Assistance Center in Greeley, Colo. Along with his role at Catholic Charities, Dr. Reyes co-founded and was the first president of Denver-based Catholic theological graduate school, the Augustine Institute, from 2005-2008.
From 2004-2005, he was vice president for campus ministry and leadership formation of the team-based evangelization program aimed toward students on college campuses, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) in Denver.
Dr. Reyes has served on the staff of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. as an assistant professor of history and later as vice president of academic affairs from 1998-2004. In 2000, he received a doctorate in European history from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1990.
Other Southeast Alaska Catholic Conference speakers lined up for the fall 2016 event include guest musician and youth speaker, Craig Colson, and Sisters of Life from Denver, Sr. Maris Stella, SV and Sr. Cecilia Rose, SV.
Craig Colson: Guest Musician and Youth Speaker
Craig Colson has been a music and liturgy director in the Phoenix area since 1993. He provides music suggestions and writes articles for the Life Teen liturgy planning guides. Skilled in piano, guitar, voice, percussion and drums, he has served in the Diocese of Phoenix at many diocesan events.
Craig is the Music & Liturgy Director at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona and ministers along with his wife, Kristen. They have been featured as speakers on programs for Life Teen music conferences and National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) conventions.
Craig’s latest contemporary liturgical album published with WLP is I Am the Way. He has also recorded a contemporary psalm collection CD, Fill Us with Your Love (Spirit and Song) as well as his first album, A Better Place, which is available on iTunes.
Married since 1998, Craig, Kristen and their two children, live in Glendale, Arizona
Sisters of Life, Denver:
Sr. Cecilia Rose, SV and Sr. Maris Stella, SV
Sr. Maris Stella entered the Sisters of Life in 2006. She has served the community in the formation of postulants, by working with pregnant women, and by accompanying women in the Hope and Healing Mission for those suffering after an abortion. She lives in Denver and loves sharing the Gospel of Life and the good news of God’s redemptive love and mercy on college campuses.
Sr. Cecilia Rose entered the Sisters of Life in 2009. After professing her first vows in 2012, she served in the Holy Respite Mission, where pregnant women are invited to live in the convent as guests. Currently she serves in the Visitation Mission in Toronto caring for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn children. Some of her favourite activities include playing the guitar and shooting hoops.
The Sisters of Life are consecrated to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Their missions include caring for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn children; inviting those wounded by abortion into the healing mercy of Jesus; fostering a Culture of Life through evangelization; retreat works; and upholding the beauty of marriage and family life.
Missionary of Mercy
Father John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA
Father John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA is a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, a religious community of men, founded by the late Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA. The MFVA’s were founded in 1987 by Mother Mary Angelica to preach and teach the Catholic Faith through the modern means of social communication, television, radio, internet and printed word, as well as leading retreats and attending to the spiritual and sacramental needs of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.
Father John Paul was ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency Robert J. Baker on June 22, 2013 in the Cathedral of St. Paul in the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. His current assignment is at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama as the Assistant Chaplain.
On Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Father John Paul Mary was commissioned by His Holiness Pope Francis, as a Missionary of Mercy during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. He received a special mandate to preach and to teach about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, Forgiveness, the Mercy of God and in Pope Francis own words— “the closeness of God.”
Pope Francis gave all the Missionaries of Mercy the faculties to lift the excommunication and absolve from 4 specific penalties or “sins” otherwise reserved to the Holy See. The four specifics are: Profaning the Eucharistic species by taking them away or keeping them for a sacrilegious purpose; the use of physical force against the Roman Pontiff; the absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the Sixth Commandment and a direct violation against the sacramental seal by a confessor.
Pope Francis reminded each of the Missionaries of Mercy that it is Christ who welcomes, it is Christ who listens and it is Christ who forgives in the Confessional.