Father Dave DwyerFather Dave Dwyer, CSP, is Director of Paulist Young Adult Ministries, a North American outreach to Catholics in their 20s and 30s. He is the publisher of BustedHalo.com, a daily, faith-based web magazine for young adult spiritual seekers. Father Dave was ordained a Paulist priest in May 2000, and has worked in campus ministry at the University of Colorado and the University of Texas. He is popular with young adults because of his dynamic, relevant preaching and enthusiasm for the faith. Prior to answering the call to priesthood he produced and directed television programs for MTV and Comedy Central, and as an on-air personality for a hit music radio station was known to listeners as "Happy Dave." He holds an M.Div. from the Catholic University of America and B.S. in public communications from Syracuse University.
Fr. Gabriel GillenFr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., hosts the weekly program Word to Life. Ordained to the priesthood in 2000, Fr. Gillen joined the Order of Preachers in 2005. A member of the Province of St. Joseph (Eastern USA), he is currently assigned to the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village New York. During his years of theological study, Fr.
Gillen earned degrees from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, commonly known as the Angelicum, in Rome. Prior to answering the call to priesthood worked several years as a stock broker on Wall Street.
Gus LloydGus Lloyd has spent the past nine years hosting the Gus Lloyd Morning Show on Spirit FM, the Catholic radio station in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. After a career in secular radio in nearly every format, Gus moved to Florida to start his own business. Eventually, he had a radical conversion and stumbled upon WBVM. Soon he was on staff and hosting the morning show.
Gus and his wife of 26 years, Michelle, have four children ranging in age from early 20s to elementary school. Gus has spoken at conferences and retreats all around the country on topics such as evangelization, apologetics, business ethics and motivation. His energetic, enthusiastic style is sure to brighten your mornings and get your day jump started with the joy of the Lord!
Sister Marie PappasSister Marie Pappas, CR is an Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. She is a Sister of the Resurrection [New York Province]. "Sister Marie" has an MA in Religious Education form the Angelicum in Rome and a P.D. in Religious Education. She has taught and lectured at the Notre Dame Pontifical Institute and at the Catechetical Conference of the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Sister describes Pathways of Learning as "a nationalwide conversation about life's larger lessons and the pathways we follow to learn them." Her "classroom" is as big as the world around us. Her Pathways guests have included Joseph Califano, Frank McCourt, Mary Higgins Clark, the Vatican Astronomer, Dion Dimucci of Dion and the Belmonts fame, and Mother Dolores Hart, former movie star and now prioress of an enclosed Benedictine Abbey.
Jennifer PascualDr. Jennifer Pascual is the first woman to hold the position of Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York City, one of the most prestigious sacred music appointments in the United States. Jennifer earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and she holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She received the Bachelor of Music Degrees in Piano and Organ Performance, magna cum laude, and Music Education from Jacksonville University in Florida. She has served as an organist and choir director in the Dioceses of St. Augustine, FL and Rochester, NY, and the Archdioceses of Newark, NJ and New York City, NY, and has served at three Roman Catholic Cathedrals. She is also the conductor for the New York Archdiocesan Festival Chorale.
Lino RulliFrom 1998-2004, Lino Rulli was host and executive producer of Generation Cross, a nationally syndicated Catholic comedy. The ground-breaking television show received over 10,000 emails and Lino won back-to-back Emmy awards for Program Host.
Lino has also worked as a features reporter for WCCO-TV and pop culture commentator for KMSP-TV. He was recently co-executive producer on The Last Flagraiser, a documentary aired nationally on CBS stations. The piece won the Emmy award for Best Documentary, the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award, and the National Headliner Grand Award.
As founder of Linose Productions, LLC, he is responsible for a team whose credits include: Dateline NBC, The CBS Evening News, Food Network, HGTV, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, among others.
Lino has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in theology.
Monsignor Kevin SullivanMonsignor Sullivan is the executive director of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY, a federation of nearly 100 human services agencies that provide help to those in need in the NY Metro Area. Monsignor Sullivan holds a Masters from Columbia University and a doctorate in public administration from New York University. He has taught at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, where he helped developed a Masters program in nonprofit management, and at New York University. As a parish priest in Washington Heights, Monsignor Sullivan co-founded community and neighborhood improvement organizations. After the 9/11 attacks, he led a coalition of other NY charities to assist victims and their families. Monsignor Sullivan has been active with the NYS Council of Catholic Charities Directors and Catholic Charities USA. Most recently, he was a member of NY Governor Spitzer's Human Services Policy Transition Advisory Committee.
Monsignor James C. VlaunMsgr. Jim Vlaun is the President and CEO of Telecare Television, the Catholic Television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, (TelecareTV.org) which broadcasts to over 7 million homes nationally. Msgr. Jim has hosted Religion and Rock on terrestrial radio for 25 years! In addition to his work on Television and Radio, Msgr. Jim serve as the Catholic Chaplain for the New York Jets. He has authored two books, Life, Love, and Laughter: The Spirituality of the Consciousness Examen and Feasts of Life. Proceeds from Msgr. Jim’s books go to the Life, Love and Laughter Foundation, which helps provide Catholic Educations for young people. Visit Religion and Rock on the web at ReligionandRock.com.
Mary covered many of St. John Paul II’s trips, emceed on stage for World Youth Day in Rome, covered his final days and the eventual Conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI and everything in between. She was present at Pope Benedict’s first Mass as Pope and voiced various things in English throughout the Mass for the millions of people in St. Peter’s Square and tuning in worldwide. Then we had another and unexpected papal transition when Pope Benedict XVI humbly decided to retire in 2013. Mary helped provide live coverage for EWTN and Vatican Radio during those historic events. She was broadcasting live as Pope Benedict’s helicopter flew overhead and waved goodbye as Pope for the last time. Now we have "two Popes" living in Vatican City (unprecedented) and a Pope named Francis (also unprecedented) so the 2,000 year old institution that is the Catholic Church is never boring and under this pontificate it feels like we are just getting started!
Leah is an international Catholic speaker, author and former model on America's Next Top Model. She has presented all over the world speaking about human dignity, love and beauty. In 2011, Leah spoke at a United Nations panel discussion on the importance of human dignity in international youth.
Leah is married to Ricky, a US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) soldier. They have two small children they're teaching guerilla warfare tactics to - just in case the Zombies come.