Speaker Bios

Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh"It is You Who Choose What You Seek"

Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh

Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, ordained 25 years, is the pastor of Our Lady of Victory in Delhi, Ohio. He is a native of Dublin, Ireland where his parents, four siblings, nieces and nephews all continue live. Prior to becoming pastor in July 2018, Fr. Benedict was the President and Rector of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati. Prior to the rectorship, Fr. Benedict was the Director of Formation and the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program. He has a diploma in humanities (philosophy) from All Hallows College, Dublin; a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome; a licentiate in sacred theology and a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Marian Research Institute, Dayton. Prior to being assigned to the seminary, Father Benedict was assistant pastor of Holy Angels Parish, Sidney, Ohio and St. Albert the Great Parish, Kettering and head of the religion department and campus minister at Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney. Fr. Benedict loves animals, currently sharing the rectory with two dogs and a cat!

 

Katherine Meeks"The Things That We Seek"

Katherine Meeks

Katherine Meeks serves as Executive Director of Endow, a Catholic organization helping bring the faith to life for modern Catholic woman worldwide. Prior to Endow, Katherine co-founded DIGDEEP, a water non-profit focusing on providing sustainable clean water access to communities around the globe. In that role, Katherine quickly realized that the best way to ensure an effective and long-lasting transition to clean water was through empowering women in each community. Prior to DIGDEEP, she worked for TOMs shoes in Santa Monica, CA working in their giving department supporting a non-profit at the center of one of the fastest growing social enterprise businesses. A graduate of Depauw University with a degree in Biology and Conflict Studies, Katherine spent time in Peru and South Africa conducting public health research to uncover forced eugenic practices on women who were members of impoverished populations. She has volunteered in women’s prisons and clinics in the developing world, working with communities in Cameroon, South Sudan, South Africa, Peru and the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. A Native of Chicago, she now resides in Pasadena, CA with her husband Matt and three year old son Ralph.

 

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle"Behold Our Mother"

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a Catholic wife, mother, and grandmother who is known worldwide for her heartfelt encouraging words and practical down-to-earth guidance. She is an international speaker, catechist, blogger, award-winning and best-selling journalist, and author more than thirty books.

Donna-Marie is a television Host of three EWTN’s series: “Everyday Blessings For Catholic Moms,” “Catholic Mom’s Cafe,” and “Feeding Your Family’s Soul.” Donna-Marie was blessed with a ten year friendship with Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Meeting Mother Teresa deeply impacted her soul and transformed Donna-Marie’s life. She can’t help but weave the wisdom from her ten-year friendship with the saint of the gutters into her work.

As well, Donna-Marie was invited by the Holy See to participate in a Vatican congress, and St. John Paul II has blessed her work. In addition to her books, Donna-Marie writes for Magnificat magazine, L’Osservatore Romano, National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Catholic World Report, Catholic Mom, Integrated Catholic Life, and more. Donna-Marie’s memoir is titled, THE KISS OF JESUS. Donna-Marie leads pilgrimages and gives retreats worldwide. Learn more about Donna-Marie: www.donnacooperoboyle.com and www.feedingyourfamilyssoul.com

 

Sister M. Bernadette Morse, FSGM"Where Will You Find Him?"

Sister M. Bernadette Morse, FSGM

Sister M. Bernadette grew up in Iowa. During a difficult time in her adolescent years when her parents went through a divorce, she discovered her peace in Eucharistic Adoration. At the age of 19, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 2008. Besides being formed in the Spirit of St. Francis and their Franciscan charism, Sister M. Bernadette also went on to study Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she obtained a degree in Theology and Catechetics. Sister M. Bernadette has been sent by her community to evangelize and share the rich gift of our faith by working with people of all ages. As seen on EWTN, her powerful personal witness has had a profound effect on many souls. She has been a high school theology teacher for 4 years and currently teaches at Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, IL.

 

Gayle Bischel"Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Can't Heal"

Gayle Bischel

Gayle Bischel was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Osgood, Indiana. at age six. After attending high school she went on to achieve a degree in Horticulture from Purdue University in 1986 and worked for Interior Plant Specialists in Cincinnati, OH until 1988. She then earned a Physical Therapist Assistant degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1990 and worked as a therapist at Brookside Extended Care in Mason, OH until 1992. She then worked for Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH in both inpatient rehab and as a contract therapist at Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center until 1994. During this time she was married to her husband, Tim, in 1993 and began their family. Gayle enjoys gardening, nature, music, health and nutrition. She considers motherhood to be the greatest profession on earth and her crown achievement to be that of her 10 children ranging from age 8 to 24. In 2007, Gayle and Tim experienced a sudden and devastating loss in the death of their 20 month old daughter, Monica. Gayle has graciously accepted our invitation to share how the anchor of their Catholic faith carried them through such a life changing tragedy and how they were given the grace to accept God’s Will at that time and in every event in their lives.

 

Archbishop Dennis SchnurrMain Celebrant

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr

Archbishop Schnurr was born and raised in Iowa and has two brothers and three sisters. He has a BA of Arts from Loras College in Dubuque and a MA in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained in 1974 for the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. Having studied Canon Law at the Catholic University of America, he earned a doctorate.

Archbishop Schnurr has held a variety of roles during his ministry including associate pastor, chancellor and judge on the diocesan tribunal in Sioux City. He was on the staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D. C. and served as General Secretary of the NCCB/USCC. He also organized the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, CO.

Archbishop Schnurr was appointed the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth by Pope St. John Paul II and was concecrated a bishop 2001. In 2008, he was named the Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati in October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI He succeeded Archbishop Pilarczyk on December 21, 2009. His episcopal motto is ‘Quaerite Faciem Domini’– ‘Seek the face of the Lord’.