Douglas Bushman, S.T.L.

Pope St. John Paul II Chair of Theology for the New Evangelization at The Augustine Institute

Speaking On: The Bond of One Faith
Douglas Bushman, S.T.L.
Douglas Bushman, S.T.L.

Douglas Bushman is Director of the Center for Theological Renewal and Pope St. John Paul II Chair of Theology for the New Evangelization at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He teaches courses on the New Evangelization, Catholic Spirituality, Vatican II, Ecclesiology, and Pope John Paul II, and is currently engaged in research on the pastoral theology of the Second Vatican Council and Popes Paul VI, St. John Paul II, and Benedict XVI.

Following graduation from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, with a B.A. in Philosophy (1976), he studied under the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and was awarded the Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree (1980).

Prof. Bushman is past director of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies (University of Dallas, 1992-2001) and of the Institute for Pastoral Theology (Ave Maria University, 2001-2004, 2005-2013). In 2004 he was Executive Vice President for Mission for Relevant Radio. He served as Director of Education for the Diocese of Duluth, MN, coordinating and teaching in programs of formation for adults, Catholic school teachers and administrators, catechists, and candidates for the permanent diaconate. He has contributed articles to a number of Catholic publications, including Lay Witness, Magnificat, Catholic Faith, Catholic Dossier, Catholic World Report, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He is the author of introductions for The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II (Pauline Books & Media, 1999), and the In His Image Program of Renewal through Education (Ignatius Press, 1989/1990).

Prof. Bushman is well known for his content-rich and inspiring lectures, presentations, missions, and retreats. He also contributed to the translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church into English.

Right Reverend Philip Anderson, o.s.b.
Abbot
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey

Speaking On: Bond of Common Worship

Abbot Philip Anderson, o.s.b.
Abbot Philip Anderson, O.S.B.

Abbot Philip Anderson (born in 1953) is the Superior of the Benedictine monastery, Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, located in Hulbert, Oklahoma, in the foothills of the Ozarks.  He grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, and attended the University of Kansas, where he was part of an experimental course of studies for undergraduates called the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program (1971-1973).  In association with this particular university program, there was a wave of conversions to the Catholic Church. He was one of these converts, as was Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, although a “cradle Catholic” and not a convert, was part of the program as well.

After serving a two-year enlistment in the United States Marines Corps (1973-1975), he joined some other graduates of the Pearson Program at the University of Kansas, who had entered a contemplative Benedictine monastery in France, Notre Dame de Fontgombault Abbey.  After completing his formation and being ordained to the priesthood in 1984, Father Anderson was sent with others to start a new monastery in southern France, Notre Dame de Triors.  He served there as Prior, Novice-Master, and Lecturer of Moral Theology—not to mention working in the chicken-coop and the vegetable garden.

In 1999, Father Anderson was sent back to America along with twelve other monks, including eight Americans, to found Clear Creek Monastery in the diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has since developed into a thriving community of fifty monks. A number of families have moved in around the abbey, forming the beginnings of a Catholic village. The monastery was raised to the status of abbey in 2010, when Father Anderson was blessed as first abbot of Our Lady of Clear Creek.

James Likoudis:
President Emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith

Speaking on The Bond of Apostolic Succession

James LikoudisJames Likoudis is a former College Instructor in History and Government with 20 years of teaching experience in public and private education. A nationally known writer and lecturer on Catechetics, Sex Education and Liturgy, he has published many articles on these and other subjects of interest to the Catholic Laity. He was a co-founder and leader of “Credo of Buffalo”, which became a Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith.

Author of many articles on Liturgy problems following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he co-authored The Pope, the Council and the Mass which was hailed as an outstanding defense of Pope Paul VI’s “Ordo Missae” and the genuine liturgical reforms envisaged by the Second Vatican Council. Mr. Likoudis has gone on to author several other books including:

  • Ending the Byzantine Greek Schism
  • The Divine Primacy of the Bishop of Rome and Modern Eastern Orthodoxy: Letters to a Greek Orthodox on the Unity of the Church
  • Eastern Orthodoxy and the See of Peter: A Journey Toward Full Communion
  • Heralds of a Catholic Russia: Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims from Byzantium to Rome

Reconciled to the Catholic Church from Eastern Orthodoxy in 1952, Mr. Likoudis has devoted a great deal of his efforts to foster the reunion of the separated Eastern Orthodox Churches with the Catholic Church.

Mr. Likoudis has lectured extensively in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Estonia to parents’ groups, CUF Chapters, and other Catholic Associations on issues affecting education, family life, and the role of the laity in the Church.

He was the 2002 recipient of the Blessed Frederick Ozanam Award for Catholic Social Action presented at the October 18, 2002 Annual Meeting of the Society for Catholic Social Scientists.

Married and the father of 6 and grandfather of 35 children and great-grandfather of 23 children, James Likoudis has been a president-emeritus of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) formerly headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, and Steubenville, OH. He and his gracious wife Ruth live in the beautiful village of Montour Falls, New York, and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Philip C. L. Gray:
President of Catholics United for the Faith

Speaking on: The Call to Apostolic Action
Philip C. L. Gray
Philip C. L. Gray, President, Catholics United for the Faith

Philip has been married to Emily for 30 years.  The couple has six children and one grandchild.  Philip obtained his undergraduate degree in Theology and Mental Health/Human Services from the University of Steubenville (1987), and his licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada (1994).  He obtained his mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville in 1998.

Philip has a varied work experience that includes social work and counseling in state, county and private institutions.  After obtaining his licentiate in Canon Law, he served as Associate Director of the Diocese of Little Rock Tribunal.  While there, he held the ecclesiastical offices of Defender of the Bond and Promoter of Justice.

In January 1998, Philip became the Director of Information Services for Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) and led the department in conducting almost 20,000 specific points of research on Catholic doctrine and discipline.  During his tenure, Information Services answered an average of 800 questions per month.  In 2000, he was elected a Vice President of CUF.

Philip had maintained a private practice in Canon Law since October 1996 and opened his full-time practice in January 2002.  He served as a consulter to The Saint Joseph Foundation (SJF) since 1996, as a member of its Board of Directors since 2009.  In January 2014, he was elected President of SJF to replace its retiring founder, Mr. Charles Wilson.  In February 2017, CUF affiliated to SJF, and Philip became President of CUF.  In 1998, Philip became an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and continues to teach there part-time.  Classes Philip has taught include Christian Moral Principles, Christian Marriage, Canon Law, and Catholic Social Doctrine.

In 2014, Philip and Emily acquired a small herd of yaks, and in their spare time they run the North Texas Yak Ranch in Hopedale, Ohio, where they make their home.

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