Amanda Murillo Estrada
Religion Teacher, St. Matthew Catholic School
Bio: Amanda Murillo Estrada received a M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She worked for two years helping with RCIA and Youth Ministry Programs in a Houston Parish and taught high school theology for six years, where she also served as Theology Department Chair and Campus Minister, This is currently her fourth year teaching at St. Matthew Catholic School, where she teaches religion to middle school students in grades 6th through 8th, and serves on the Liturgical Committee, helping to coordinate school liturgies for grades K-8th.
Editor at Large, GIA Publications, Inc.
Bio: In addition to his role as Editor at large for GIA Publications, David Anderson serves as Director of Music and Organist at Ascension Parish in Oak Park, Illinois. David's outreach of music in the parish embraces a broad variety of ages and levels of musical ability. David's formal education includes a Master of Church Music degree in organ from Concordia University and advanced choral studies at Westminster Choir College. David is a well-known speaker at many national conferences, is frequently asked to prepare the liturgy and music for various conferences, and for retreats. For over 24 years David has prepared and coordinated a monthly service of prayer in the spirit of Taizé at Ascension Parish that brings together hundreds of people from many Christian traditions. This monthly gathering serves as a model for ministry, hospitality, and outreach. David is currently pursuing a Masters of Liturgy at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Religion Teacher, Cathedral High School
Bio: Deborah Montoya has been a teacher in the Diocese of El Paso for 20 years and is currently a Religion Teacher at Cathedral High School and also serves as the Chair of the Religion Department. She is involved in her parish and is the Director of Religious Formation as well as the Music Liturgy Coordinator at St. Stephen Parish in El Paso, TX. Deborah has been involved in music ministry for approximately 30 years and has served as Liturgy Coordinator at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Pius X Schools.
Assistant Professor, University of Dallas
Bio: Diana Dudoit Raiche, PhD, is currently Assistant Professor in the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. Her dissertation on “Liturgical Catechesis as an Essential Dimension of Initiatory Catechesis in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children,” together with her experience as a parish director of the catechumenate and former team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate inform her research and publications on the catechumenal process and pastoral concerns associated with the adapted rite for children.
Bio: Diana Macalintal is the Director of Worship for the Diocese of San José in California and holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint John's University, Collegeville. She has served as a liturgy, music, and catechumenate director in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for almost 30 years. She has published numerous articles and books and is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter on prayer, liturgy, music, the RCIA, and the intercultural church. Her books from Liturgical Press include a collection of prayers called The Work of Your Hands and a parish resource for marriage preparation titled Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing: Couples and Communities Called to Conversion Together, which she co-wrote with her husband, Nick Wagner. Together they are co-founders of TeamRCIA.com, an online resource for catechumenate ministers.
Senior Advisor, Clergy Outreach for Catholic Relief Services
Bio: Fr. David Garcia is Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach for Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian and development agency of the United States Catholic Bishops. He has published numerous articles in religious and secular press as well as contributions to several books. Fr. David holds two M.A.’s from Notre Dame.
Fr. Dempsey Rosales
Theology Chair, University of St. Thomas
Bio: Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, the theology chair at the University of St. Thomas. He holds a S.L.L. from the Pontifical Biblicum Institute, and his Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is a peritus and consultant for the USCCB regarding biblical translations from the original texts.
Fr. Eduardo Alfonso Hayen
Pastor, Ciudad Juárez Cathedral
Bio: Father Eduardo Alfonso Hayen is pastor of the Cathedral of Ciudad Juarez, and heads the diocesan newspaper 'Presencia' where he publishes a weekly editorial article. He studied theology in Rome at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. He has a podcast of Catholic spirituality published on his blog and is the coordinator of the pastoral care of life in his diocese.
Fr. Greg Labus
Pastor, St. Joseph Church | Edinburg, TX
Bio: Fr. Greg Labus, a native of Edinburg, Texas, graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. He was director of music and liturgy at Holy Family Church in Fort Worth for seven years before taking the position of associate director of music and director of liturgy at Corpus Christi Cathedral in Corpus Christi. After serving the cathedral for seventeen years, he pursued theological studies and graduated from St. Mary of the Lake University/Mundelein Seminary with a Master of Divinity and an STB. Greg was ordained to the priesthood in 2006 and is currently pastor of St. Joseph Church in Edinburg, TX. and coordinator of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Brownsville. Fr. Greg is on the board of directors for SWLC and is also a member of the sub-committee for the BCDW developing the chants of the Roman Missal in Spanish for the United States.
Fr. James Burkart
Pastor, Christ the Good Shepherd | Spring, Texas
Bio: Fr. James Burkart is the president of the Southwest Liturgical Conference Board of Directors. He is the pastor of Christ the Good shepherd in Spring, Texas. Fr. James holds an M.Div. and an M.A. in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas and an M.A. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Fr. Leon Strieder, SLD
Associate Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments, University of St. Thomas School of Theology
Bio: Fr. Leon Strieder, SLD is the Associate Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology. He is a Priest of the Diocese of Austin since 1976; Chair of the Diocesan liturgical Commission is 1977. His teaching areas are in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology as well as in classical languages. His area of research has been in Ordination Rites, Doctoral Dissertation and Evangelization.
Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish
Bio: Father Ron Gonzales, S.J. Is pastor of the parish of the Sacred Heart. He holds a Master's in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's Degree in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkely.
Music Director, Holy Cross Catholic Church
Bio: Jaime Cortez is a pastoral musician, composer, concert artist, clinician and recording artist from Mesa, AZ. He serves as the music director of Holy Cross Catholic Church. For over 20 years, Jaime has given workshops on how to become a better musician for the Church. He has given presentations all over the United States, and in England and Japan. His music is published by OCP Publications. He has 6 collections of music for the liturgy plus many other songs in seasonal collections. His latest collection of songs is called Transformation. In the summer of 2016, Jaime was named the Pastoral Musician of the Year at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians in Houston, TX.
Rev. John Thomas Lane, SSS
Pastor, Saint Paschal Babylon Parish
Bio: John Thomas Lane is a religious of the Blessed Sacrament and celebrating his 25th year of ordination to the presbyterate. He serves as pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio, writes for Emmanuel Magazine for the pastoral liturgy column and promotes Life in the Eucharist retreats for the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing. He is the best selling author of LTP’s Guide for Celebrating: Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, the 2012, 2013 and 2017 Sourcebook for Sundays & Seasons and the author of many articles on liturgy in multiple platforms and publications. He served the Diocese of Salt Lake City in the Office of Liturgy and his religious order’s vocation director. For 17 years he was a member of the Board of Directors of the SWLC.
Senior Project Manager, Religious Studio at Groth Design Group
Bio: Architect Paul Barribeau is senior project manager of the Religious Studio at Groth Design Group, an architectural practice specializing in religious architecture. Groth Design Group is located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and serves for religious facilities nationally. Mr. Barribeau has a BA in Classical Languages, a MDiv. from Luther Seminary, , a Masters of Architecture form the the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mr. Barribeau is in his 25th year of practice of architecture exclusively with religious clients. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Paul is an allied member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space. Prior to his practice of architecture Mr. Barribeau was ordained into pastoral ministry.
Director for Hispanic Ministries, C/O OCP Publications
Bio: Pedro Rubalcava is a nationally known bilingual clinician and composer with a wide experience as a pastoral minister in the Church for the pas 30+ years. He specializes in working with multicultural communities, speaking at diocesan events and leading liturgical music workshops. He is currently the Director for Hispanic Ministries at OCP.
Executive Director, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions
Bio: Rita Thiron is the Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Washington, DC. Its members serve their Bishops as director of Offices of Worship and on diocesan liturgical commissions. Prior to arriving at the FDLC, she served for twenty years as the Director of the office of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing (Michigan). She also served for a decade as the Director of Adult Education and the Catechumenate at Holy Family Parish and as an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology with Concentration in Liturgical Studies from the university of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) and a Bachelor’s Degree in History form Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). Rita serves as a consultant to the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is the author or co-author of six books and countless articles. She is a frequent workshop presenter in diocese across the United States.
Dir. Theological Field Education, Oblate School of Theology
Bio: Sally Gomez-Jung is the Director of theological Field Education and Oblate School of Theology. She holds an M.A. from Incarnate Word and an M.T.S. from Oblate. Her particular areas of interest are: issues related to education, women and children, domestic violence, spirituality, and immigration.
Sister Kieran Sawyer
Director Emeritus, Inspirio
Bio: Sister Kieran Sawyer is nationally known for her creative work in youth ministry and adolescent catechesis. Over the years she has taught religion at all levels of grade and high school, in Catholic schools and in Religious Education Programs, and has presented numerous workshops and programs for religion teachers, catechists, and youth ministers across the country. She is now the Director Emeritus of the TYME OUT Youth Center (now Inspirio) in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, a youth retreat center which she founded in 1980 and where, for many years, she directed retreats and character education programs for teens and pre-teens. Her current ministry is giving workshops for catechists and youth ministers and training facilitators for the family-based chastity and sexual abuse prevention program, Learning about L.I.F.E., which she co-authored with Kathie Amidei. She also writes middle school and high school lesson plans for the Center for Ministry Development’s online program Youth Ministry Access. She is currently working with Coleen Kelly Mast to produce the series LoveEd, video lessons on puberty for pre-adolescents with their parents, and on sexuality for young adolescents with their parents. Sister Kieran’s publications include Learning about L.I.F.E: Love, Infatuation, Friendship, and Exploitation; the online program L.I.F.E. Plus; Sex and the Teenager: Choices and Decisions; The Faith Difference; Faith Facts for Young Catholics; More Faith Facts for Young Catholics; Time Out: Resources for Teen Retreats; and Confirming Faith: a Confirmation Preparation Program for High School Teens. Her catechetical and youth ministry materials are published by Ave Maria Press, the Center for Ministry Development, and Econographics. Sister Kieran is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province.
Bio: Dan Girardot is the director of the liturgy and music at Saint Therese Catholic Church in Austin and serves diverse ministries as a liturgist, spiritual director, pastoral musician, and teacher pastoral studies. He holds a doctorate of ministry from the Catholic University of America. Dan is a writer, speaker, and retreat leader in diocese throughout the country.
Office of Worship
Bio: Dr. Rick Lopez is the Associate Director of Music and Liturgy for the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Dr. Lopez holds a Doctor of Musical Art from Claremont Graduate University.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
Bio: Ken Griesemer has worked as a liturgical architect and design consultant around the country since 1985, and established his liturgical design consulting firm in 1999. Between 1991 and 1993, Ken completed the program of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL. He has been an associate board member of the Southwest Liturgical Conference since 2002, and is a founding member and past president of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS). Ken has been active in RCIA ministry since 1984, and currently serves his Albuquerque, NM, parish as a member of the RCIA team and as a liturgical MC. He has been a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe since 1997, and an Associate member of the Norbertine Community at Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey in Albuquerque since 2001. In the Spring of 2016, Ken graduated from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson, AZ.
Bio: Michelle Abeyta is a native of Southern Colorado and was employed for 25 years in the Diocese of Colorado Springs as Director of Music, as well as Catholic school and parish liturgist. She is a composer of sacred songs and psalm settings, some of which have been published by World Library Publications and found in worship resources such as “Celebremos Himnario,” “Word & Song” and the new music edition, “Rejoice.” Michelle is also known as clinician, presenting workshops for cantors, choirs and other liturgical ministries at parishes and national liturgical conferences. She is also a renowned folk artist in the Southwest region, recorded in the Smithsonian Archives and nominated in 2008 for the National Endowment of the Arts National Treasure Award. She is recognized in the Chicano Studies text book, Enduring Legacies (CU Press) by Dr. Peter Garcia, Professor of Ethnomusicology. Her greatest honor was to sing for Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day in 1993 in Denver, CO.
Bishop Mark Seitz
Diocese of El Paso
Bio: Bishop Mark Seitz has served as Bishop of El Paso since 2010, Bishop Seitz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the eldest of ten children. He studied undergraduate philosophy at the University of Dallas, and obtained a Master of Divinity from the same institution in 1980, the same year he was ordained a priest.
Dr. Dolores Martinez
Director of Music Ministries, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Jerry Galipeau
World Library Publications
Bio: Dr. Jerry Galipeau is Vice-President at World Library Publication. He is a national presenter on the RCIA, liturgical spirituality, ritual music, evangelization, and adult spiritual formation. He holds a doctorate with a concentration in liturgical studies from CTU in Chicago
Fr. Scott Brubaker
Pastor, St. Bridget Roman Catholic Parish
Choir Member, Holy Family of Nazareth
Most Rev. Michael Sis
Bishop, Diocese of San Angelo
Dekker / Perich / Sabatini
Bio: Robert Habiger specializes in the design of religious facilities. He is a member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS) and has been providing liturgical design consulting services since 1991. His education background includes certification from the Institute of Liturgical Consulting by Catholic Theological Union – Chicago and a Master of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. A registered architect since 1975, his projects are known for their participatory design process and creative design solutions. An appreciation of embodied rituals and environmental psychology are central to his liturgical design approach. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is married, the Father of six children and a Grandfather of five.