2024 Schedule

UPCOMING SPEAKERS FOR 2024

Welcome! Registrations are open on a limited first-come basis. See details below:

Upcoming Speakers

Fernande Benjamin, May 11 — Reservation Closed! 

Fernande was born in Canada, where rural life proved very challenging, especially after the death of her mother when Fernande was only five. Her childhood was influenced by her devout Catholic father and stepmother. Her first three years of education were conducted in French. At age eight, Fernande immigrated to the United States, unable to speak a word of English. Although she was in third grade in Canada, when she enrolled in classes taught by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Congregation, she was placed in first grade to learn English.

Fernande became a naturalized citizen in 1957. That same year, she left home to follow her call to enter religious life.  She could not sustain the severe regime required, and the Mother Provincial forced her to leave.  However, in the novitiate, Fernande developed a powerful devotion to the Holy Spirit. Fernande was forced to adjust to her new life.  Marriage followed. After being childless for six years, the couple adopted two children. Fernande and her husband Ray made a Cursillo. Both began work in prison ministry.

They moved to Florida in 1981. Shortly after, Ray was diagnosed with cancer. At that time, they were introduced to the charismatic prayer group. Life in the Spirit seminar followed. Fernande learned how forgiveness is essential for Jesus to set us free and journey on in life in freedom. She served in many ministries throughout the years, including the service team for the Mother of Mercy Chapter, one of the founding members. At present, she serves as chairperson for Magnificat greeters.

“For many are called but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22: 14

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Esperanza Liszewski, Date: September 14, 2024

Maria Boylan, Date: October 26, 2024

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NEW!!!   Life in the Spirit Seminar

               For Magnificat Women

                   TBA

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PAST SPEAKERS 2023-2024

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~ Kim Rodriguez-Torres

“God is love.” 1 John 4:16

Kim Rodriguez-Torres is a wife, mother, grandmother, and woman of God. She has been involved in different areas of Ministry for the past 30 years. She is a Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Minister, Certified Advanced Catechist, Retreat Facilitator, Prayer Group Leader and Evangelist. She has worked as a Catholic School Teacher, a Representative of Family Life, and MOM’s Ministry. Kim assisted on the Board of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for Orlando and the Archdiocese of Miami. Formerly, she served on the Central Service Team for Magnificat, the governing body for this World Wide International Ministry to Catholic Women. The Magnificat Ministry was born out of the Charismatic Renewal, open to the working of the Holy Spirit in sharing their love, service, and the Good News of salvation.

Kim is the founder of Bella’s Blanket of Blessings, a prayer blanket ministry that was started after her four-year-old niece and goddaughter, Bella, became paralyzed and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. These prayer blankets are for the sick, suffering, and anyone who needs prayer. These blankets have spread internationally, including Canada, Haiti, India, and the Dominican Republic. They have been sent to hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and seminaries. Bella’s Blanket of Blessings helps promote vocations to the priesthood through prayer and spiritual adoption of seminarians and priests.

Kim shares the power of prayer, God’s love, and Christ’s mission any chance she gets. Realizing that what happened on the Cross was done out of love for you changes your life forever. God is love…and Kim strives to do all in love for the greater glory of God.

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Fr. Ananda Reddy

Registration is closed!

Father Ananda Reddy serves as parochial vicar at St Andrew’s Catholic Church in Cape Coral. He hails from the diocese of Cuddapah, India, born on the 10th of June, 1982, in south India.

He joined the minor seminary responding to the divine call at the age of fifteen. He was ordained on the 27th of December, 2010, with the motto of Live to Love. As a newly ordained priest, he served for two years in one of India’s most popular retreat centers, the Divine Retreat Center, Chalakudy.

Later he was called back to his native diocese to be appointed as director of Anandhashram Retreat Center in the diocese. He was appointed pastor after serving five years in two different Charismatic Retreat Centers. He facilitated life in spirit and healing retreats in and out of India to various groups counting, including Priests, religious nuns, and lay people. He traveled extensively to preach retreats to family and youth groups in various parts of the world, mostly in Europe, Africa, South East Asia, and the Middle East. He also has bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Education along with a Master’s Degree in Social work.

Father Reddy loves to lead people in healing adorations and the word of God.

Reservations are Closed. 

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Barbara Rygiel

Registration Closed

Barbara Rygiel is an inspirational speaker, teacher, and religious playwright who has worked in the Catholic Church for over thirty years, touching hearts with God’s love. She attended Catholic Schools for eighteen years, becoming a Catholic High School English, Speech, and Drama teacher.  She began spreading God’s word as a religious playwright, retreat facilitator, and Catholic Lay Woman.

Recognizing her gifts, the  Archbishop of Milwaukee appointed her as Administrator of Catholic Charismatic Renewal for Southeastern Wisconsin.  She spoke at National Catholic Leadership Conferences and chaired a committee of English-speaking delegates at the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Rome. Her report on that conference with Cardinal Suenens was published in the Vatican’s ICCRO newsletter and distributed worldwide.

After moving to Chicago, Barbara founded “He Art Productions”  and directed retreats and parish programs, including children’s Vacation Bible Schools. She assisted in bringing Cursillo to Northern Ireland and served on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Pastoral Council. Barbara moved to Naples, Florida, where she joined the staff of St. Agnes Parish and served on the Bishop’s Board for Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She continues to present programs on the Life of Mary and recently published a book entitled “The Story Rosary.”

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The April Magnificat Tea

The April Magnifcat Tea was a blessing and a success! Please be sure to sign up for our email list to be informed of upcoming events.

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Margaret Vasquez

Margaret is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Trauma Therapist, Certified Intensive Trauma Therapy Instructor, Certified Traumatologist and Field Traumatologist, and Certified in Myers-Briggs.

After over 15+ years of treating trauma clients of all ages, presenting to a wide variety of groups in-person and through guest appearances on EWTN, radio shows, and podcasts, she founded Sacred Heart Healing Ministries, which provides intensive trauma therapy, healing retreats, and trauma-informed care certification training. Margaret began serving as a consultant for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Institute for Diaconal Renewal, presenting workshops and retreats to religious, priests, deacons, and lay people. She now makes these same retreats and workshops available to you in her new book, Fearless, and through in-person and online retreats and workshops.

Margaret suffered for many years as a traumatized person before finding healing and freedom through a variation of the therapy she has honed. Due to this experience and a degree in Theology from Franciscan University, she sees life’s challenges from a perspective of human and spiritual integration. Understanding that wholeness and holiness are inextricable and interwoven, Margaret is passionate about helping you live in the freedom and peace the Lord has for you. Visit her podcast here.

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Copies of CDs are available for purchase at all of our meals.

Karen Dwyer

 

Karen Dwyer is an inspirational speaker and has been an award-winning college teacher specializing in helping students and adults of all ages conquer their public speaking anxiety.

Karen is the author of 10 books, including WRAP Yourself in JOY: Find the JOY & Fight the Fear, WRAP Yourself in Scripture, Esther for Such a Time as This: Prayer, Reversals & Joy, Nehemiah—Rebuilding Hope & Joy in Your Life, The Joy of Advent—Journey with the People, Events &, Prayers at the First Coming of Jesus Christ, and I Conquer Speech Anxiety.

Karen has been a guest on EWTN’s The Choices We Face and on several Catholic radio programs, including programs on Spirit Catholic Radio. She is the Coordinator for Magnificat-Omaha, founder of the Heart of Jesus Prayer Groups, a Council Member of USA Pentecost Today, and has served on the Board of Directors for KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio and the national Mission Advisory Council for the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF).

Karen says, “The Lord Jesus Christ wants to share His joy with you (John 15: 11).  He is the One who sustained me through great tragedy and gave me His JOY.  Our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, our Savior, and the Holy Spirit want to give YOU more JOY.”  Visit her podcast here

 

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Past Speakers – 2022

Maureen Nash

Maureen was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her devout Catholic parents influenced her childhood, and her early education was in a Catholic school taught by Sisters. When she was in the sixth grade, the family moved outside Kansas City to a small farm town. No Catholic school was nearby, so the rest of her education was in public school. Her strong Catholic values continued thanks to her devout parents.

Maureen and her husband, Dave, of 56 years, have two sons. They moved to Florida in 1992. Maureen has been involved in many ministries, including Faith and Formation, Sacristan, Eucharistic, Hospital Ministry, and Respect Life, for most of her adult life. Her passion is Respect for Life, which she has been involved in for the last 15 years. She has served on the Respect Life committee and has led the 40 Days For Life/Lee and Collier Counties Spring Campaigns for the last four years.

Maureen will show how God‘s grace has influenced her. Through His grace, God has shown Maureen how to use her God-given talents to bring awareness and knowledge to those who are unaware of the horrors of abortion. Her goal, “God’s goal,” is to change hearts and minds, to bring our culture of death into a culture of life, to encourage respect for the sanctity of all life, and to stand up for the most vulnerable, the unborn child in the womb. Her presentation shows how being present at Planned Parenthood is one of the most powerful ways to end this horror!

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Father Saji Ellickal

Fr. Saji Ellickal Joseph belongs to a religious congregation called the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. The congregation began in 1933 in the southwest of India called Kerala, his home state. Father was born and raised in a small mountain city of Kerala called Bisonvalley. His parents, an older brother and a younger sister, both married, live there along with his five nieces and nephews.

When he was fifteen, he completed the 10th grade and joined the Minor Seminary of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in June 1989 to begin his seminary formation. Studies included Philosophy from 1993 to 1996 and Theology from 1997 to 2000 in the Pontifical Seminary Aluva, Kerala. After completing almost twelve years of formation and education, he was ordained on December 27, 2000. As a newly ordained, he was sent to the Northern State of India, Rajasthan, to start his ministry as the Administrator of a catholic school that his congregation runs and as the pastor of a small church from 2001 to 2005.

Later, he completed a year of studies in Education to become the principal of a school in a different Northern State of India, Maharashtra, where he had a small parish. In 2007, he was sent to the Diocese of Memphis in TN, where he ministered for ten years. In 2017, he came to the Diocese of Venice, where he was appointed as the Parochial Vicar of St. John XXIII in Fort Myers. He was recently reassigned and will be missed.

Father Saji says, “I really love being a priest, and thank the good Lord for trusting me with this divine call to minister to the spiritual needs of the faithful. The most important inspiration for me to be happy is my devotion to the Holy Eucharist and seeking the intercessions of Our Heavenly Mother Mary.”

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Debbie Herbeck

Our featured speaker, Debbie Herbeck, has shared her personal journey of faith from Judaism to Christianity and subsequent entrance into the Catholic Church. Debbie has worked extensively in youth and women’s ministry for the past forty years, speaking, leading mission trips, and mentoring high school and college-age women. She has spoken at Franciscan University Conferences, Legatus chapters, and women’s events throughout the world. She is the founder and executive director of Pine Hills Girls Camp. Debbie is also the founder and director of the Be Love Revolution, a ministry that exists to help young women encounter Christ and be His love to all they meet.

She has written Safely Through the Storm: 120 Reflections on Hope, Firmly on the Rock: 120 Reflections on Faith, and Love Never Fails: 120 Reflections on Love. She and her husband, Peter, have co-authored a book entitled When the Spirit Speaks: Touched by God’s Word. Debbie is a frequent author and speaker for Blessed is She and contributing writer for Undone: Freeing your Feminine Heart from the Knots of Fear and Shame.

Debbie and her husband, Peter, live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have four young adult children and seven young grandchildren.