Thursday, October 11, 2018

Session 1: A Pope from the Americas

Bishop Jorge Rodríguez, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Denver
Bishop Jorge Rodríguez has a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has taught theology at universities in Rome and throughout the world. He served as vice-rector of the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver and was incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver in 2008. He now serves as the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Thornton. 

Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame
Timothy Matovina works in the area of theology and culture with specializations in U.S. Catholic and U.S. Latino theology and religion. His new book, “Theologies of Guadalupe: From the Era of Conquest to Pope Francis,” is forthcoming in November. 





M. T. Dávila, Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies,  Merrimack College
M.T. Dávila is an activist-scholar on race, racial justice, immigration and theological ethics. She is the co-editor, with Agnes Brazal, of “Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples.” She focuses on Christian discipleship and integrates her academic work with homeless ministries, community organizing and advocacy.

Conference Keynote Address: Pope Francis: Mercy in a Suffering World

Sister Patricia Murray, Executive Secretary, International Union of Superiors General
Sister Patricia Murray has master’s degrees in education and theology and a doctorate in practical theology. She was a member of the general council of her congregation, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sisters of Loreto), and was the first executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan.

Friday October 12, 2018

Session 2: The Cry of the Earth and “Laudato Sí”

Anselma Dolcich-Ashley, University of Notre Dame
Anselma Dolcich-Ashley serves as assistant professor of the Practice, Glynn Family Honors Program and concurrent assistant professor of Theology. With degrees in both theology and biology, her courses at Notre Dame include “Theology of Nature and the Environment” and “Does Fido Go To Heaven? Animals in Christian Theology.”

Susan Jacobson, Regis University
Susan Jacobson is Professor Emerita of Economics and Finance, Regis University. An advocate for wilderness conservation, she is the executive producer of the documentary “Wild Hope,” which challenges the economic underpinnings driving climate change and taps the power of nature to rejuvenate well-being and pro-social behaviors.



Bill Ritter, Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University
Bill Ritter Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He served as governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. During his term, Colorado became an international leader in clean energy. 

Lunch Session: Gaudete et exsultate: The Call to Holiness in a Suffering World

Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Professor of Theology and Director for the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos holds the Malcolm and Mari Stamper Endowed Chair in Catholic Intellectual and Cultural Traditions at Seattle University. She specializes in liberation theology, Christian anthropology and the relationship of science and religion. Her other areas of research include Philippine and Philippine-American theology and Ignatian spirituality.


Session 3: The Cry of the Poor and Encounters at the Margins

The Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director, Kino Border Initiative, Arizona
The Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., is the executive director of the Kino Border Initiative, a collaborative effort for humanitarian assistance, education, research and social-pastoral outreach on migration in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.



Sister Julia Prinz, Director of the Luce Grant Women of Wisdom and Action initiative, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University
Holding advanced degrees from across the globe, Sister Julia Prinz is a lecturer at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. As a missionary in the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, she has been involved in community work with Hispanic and Asian immigrant populations in San Francisco since 1995. Her current research includes spiritual and theological formation in Asia and the dialogue between theology and photography.

Conference Plenary Address: Embracing the Joy of the Gospel in a Church in Crisis 

J. Matthew Ashley, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
A scholar of science and theology, liberation theology, and Ignatian spirituality, Ashley directs the Master of Divinity Program at Notre Dame and has lectured widely on Pope Francis’s vision for the church. His books and articles include writings on Ignacio Ellacuría and the Salvadoran Jesuit martyrs, and a forthcoming book explores the relationship between Ignatian spirituality and theology.

Saturday October 13, 2018

Session 4: The Joy of Love: “Amoris Laetitia” and Family Life in the 21st Century

Bishop Steven Biegler, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Bishop Steven Biegler was named the ninth Bishop of Cheyenne by Pope Francis in 2017. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese in 1993. He has been a leader in activity promoting Amoris Laetitia and engaging lay Catholic leaders in dialogue.


Dr. Thomas M. Burke and Dr. Mary Frances Burke, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Wyoming
Dr. Thomas M. Burke and Dr. Mary Frances Burke have been married for 38 years and practice medicine together in Casper, Wyoming. They are leaders in Marriage Encounter, which provides weekend retreats for couples, and have served on the North American Leadership Council. Together with Bishop Steven Bielger, they presented a Day of Formation on Amoris Laetitia for the local Marriage Encounter teams. 


Julie Hanlon-Rubio, Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University 
Professor Hanlon-Rubio’s work finds common ground between traditional and progressive Catholics and addresses ethical issues in everyday life. Her books include “Family Ethics: Practices for Christians” and “A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family.” 

Lunch Session: The Joy of the Gospel and the Common Good in American Civic Life

The Rev. William O’Neill, S.J., Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought, University of San Francisco 

William O’Neill is a scholar of Catholic social ethics, whose writings address questions of human rights, social reconciliation, restorative justice, refugee and immigration policy, and the Church and public reason. He serves as a Catholic chaplain at a women’s prison in Dublin, California.

Session 5: The Joy of the Gospel in Interfaith and Ecumenical Engagement

The. Rev. Joe Daoust, S.J., Superior, Pine Ridge Indian Mission, South Dakota
A former general counselor to the Jesuit superior general in Rome, Rev. Daoust is currently superior of the Jesuits in ministry with the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was previously a member of the General Council of the Society of Jesus and superior of the Jesuits’ Pontifical Universities in Rome. An economist and lawyer, he has taught in African, European and U.S. universities. 


Rabbi Abie Ingber, Director for the Center for Interfaith Engagement, Xavier University

Rabbi Abie Ingber is an advocate for immigrant and refugee rights and interfaith collaboration. For more than 30 years, he served as the executive director of the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati. In 2008, he founded the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University and served as its executive director until retiring in 2018. 


Imam ShemsAdeen Ben-Masaud, Religious Director at Masjid Ikhlas, the Metropolitan Denver-North Islamic Center
Imam ShemsAdeen Ben-Masaud has been the full-time imam at Masjid Ikhlas since 2015. A Denver native, he is a key figure in the Muslim community. Born and raised in Denver, he worked in corporate America for a decade while serving his community as a speaker, volunteer and youth director.

Boyung Lee, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Iliff School of Theology, Denver
Boyung Lee, is a professor of practical theology at Iliff School of Theology and an ordained United Methodist minister. Her scholarly works include “Transforming Congregations through Community: Faith Formation from the Seminary to the Church.” Her interests include intercultural/interreligious pedagogy, postcolonial biblical studies, Asian/feminist theology and Protestant spiritual formation in the global south.