Written by Women Of Christ | February 17th, 2014
Archbishop of Milwaukee, Main Celebrant
Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will be our main celebrant for the 4:00pm Mass.
Morning Mass Celebrant
Immaculate Heart of Mary – The Hope of the World
Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, is a member of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1967. Currently he is serving as a Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He has written ten books. He now hosts many of the EWTN “Sunday Night Prime” programs.
He has been active in teaching, preaching retreats and parish missions, and in giving spiritual direction. He was an adjunct faculty member of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York. In his community, he has served as Community Servant and Novice Director. He was instrumental in 1988 in helping to found the Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.
Fr. Apostoli can be contacted at:
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
St. Felix Friary
15 Trinity Plaza
Yonkers, N.Y. 10701
Building the Civilization of Love with the Heart of Jesus
Fr. James Kubicki is the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1971 and was ordained in 1983.
From 1984-88 he served as the Vocation Director and from 1995-99 as the Director of Formation for the Jesuits of the Wisconsin Province, a seven-state region in the upper Midwest.
He worked at the Sioux Spiritual Center, a retreat house for Native Americans in western South Dakota, from 1989-1995. During that time he was also the Assistant Director of the Diocese of Rapid City’s deacon and lay ministry formation program.
From 2000-03 he was the Assistant Director of Demontreville, the Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
In 2003 he became the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer. He travels around the country giving talks, retreats and parish missions. He has appeared on EWTN and is a regular contributor to Catholic radio stations throughout the country via the Relevant Radio and EWTN Radio Networks. His book “A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus” was published by Ave Maria Press in 2012 and was awarded third place in the category of “Best Prayer and Spirituality Book of the Year” by the Association of Catholic Book Publishers.
Finding a Forgiving Heart in the Midst of Tragedy
Rosario Rodriguez is a dynamic speaker who shares her inspirational message of healing and forgiveness to audiences all over the world. She candidly shares her journey of being a victim and miraculous survivor of two violent crimes.
Through her survival and recovery, Rosario discovers healing through forgiveness.
Before speaking, Rosario was heavily involved with missionary work in the US, Canada, and Mexico ranging from leading youth groups to teaching catechism to directing RCIA programs to volunteering for different pro-life organizations to working with the poor and inner-city youth. In Los Angeles, Rosario has worked in Hollywood for Act One, an organization training Christian writers and producers to work in the mainstream entertainment industry.
Now, Rosario shares her extraordinary story and speaks about her journey of healing through the sacraments, finding her worth and dignity as a daughter of God, and spreading awareness about the power of prayer and freedom of forgiveness.
Master of Ceremonies
Gina Loehr is a freelance writer and speaker who has authored four books, Saint Francis, Pope Francis: A Common Vision; Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women; The Four Teresas; and Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey. A frequent guest on national Catholic radio programs including EWTN, Relevant Radio, and Ave Maria Radio, Gina writes and speaks on a variety of Catholic topics including the saints, the virtues, the sacrament of marriage and the vocation of women. Her writing has appeared in The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, First Things, and St. Anthony Messenger Magazine among other periodicals. She has also participated, as one of only 100 women invited from around the world, in a study seminar sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s apostolic letter entitled “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.” Homeschooled in the primary grades, Gina went on to complete a degree in theatre studies and then served a year with the National Evangelization Team (NET). From there she earned her master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and later completed coursework to become an NFP instructor in the Billings Ovulation Method. Before moving to America’s Dairyland, she taught high school religion and theatre in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati where she was born and raised, and also worked extensively with pro-life outreach education as well as youth and young adult ministry. Gina currently teaches theology part-time at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where she lives on a 600-acre dairy farm with her husband and their four young children.
Gina Loehr’s Website: www.ginaloehr.com