The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
Master of Ceremonies
National Pilgrim Virgin Statue
National Pilgrim Virgin Statue

The NVPS is a beautiful hand-carved image of Our Lady of Fatima given to the United States by the bishop of Fatima after being blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967. She was crowned by Cardinal O’Boyle at the National Basilica in Washington, DC in 1971. This statue presently travels across the United States under the sponsorship of the WAF USA. She has proven time and again to be the catalyst for renewed interest in the message of Fatima and for exposing new generations of Catholics who are unaware of the important message of conversion and peace brought by Our Lady to the three shepherd children in 1917 at Fatima, Portugal.

 

 

 

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.

Mr. Bushman completed his under-graduate studies in philosophy at the College of St. Thomas (B.A. 1976). Providence arranged that during those four formative years men and women of outstanding Christian virtue and learning would inspire him and occasion a hearing of the call to holiness as never before. This experience led to graduate studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (S.T.L., 1980). Douglas was a frequent presenter to the St. Paul Chapter of CUF in Minneapolis when he lived in the area. Douglas has taught theology at virtually every level of the Church’s life—parish adult education, diocesan formation for catechists, adults, deacon candidates, and Catholic school teachers and administrators. As a member of the faculty of the Augustine Institute, all of this is now placed at the service of research, publishing, and teaching on the New Evangelization.

 

James Likoudis
President Emeritus of CATHOLICS UNITED FOR THE FAITH
Speaking on The Bond of Apostolic Succession
Mr. James Likoudis
Mr. James Likoudis

A nationally known writer and lecturer on Catechetics, Sex Education and Liturgy, Mr. Likoudis has been invested in the CUF Mission for decades and still serves as the chair-man of Credo Chapter in Buffalo, New York which he co-founded. Reconciled to the Catholic Church from Eastern Orthodoxy in 1952, Mr. Likoudis has devoted a great deal of his efforts to the reunion of the Eastern Orthodox Churches with the Catholic Church, authoring several books including Ending the Byzantine Greek Schism and Eastern Orthodoxy and the See of Peter: A Journey Toward Full Communion. Mr. Likoudis has lectured extensively in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Estonia on issues affecting education, family life, and the role of the laity in the Church.

 

 

Right Reverend Philip Anderson, o.s.b.
Abbot of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
Speaking on The Bond of Common Worship
Abbot Philip Anderson, o.s.b.
Abbot Philip Anderson, O.S.B.

Abbot Anderson attended the University of Kansas, where he was part of the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program (1971-1973), which resulted in a wave of conversions to the Catholic Church, including his own. After serving in the US Marines Corps (1973-1975), Anderson entered Notre Dame de Fontgombault Abbey, in France. Following his ordination in 1984, Fr. Anderson was sent to start a new monastery, 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, Fr. Anderson was sent back to America with twelve other monks to found Clear Creek Monastery, which has grown into a thriving community of fifty monks. 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.

 

Alan Zimmerer
President of The Apostolate for Family Consecration
Co-Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Alan Zimmerer, President of The AFC
Mr. Alan Zimmerer

Alan runs a successful insurance business in the Dallas area while dedicating much of his time to the Apostolate for Family Consecration. Alan and his wife, Brenda, are longtime AFC Disciple Life Members. Alan served as the national coordinator of AFC leadership and membership in the United States before his election to the Board of Directors. He has served as AFC President and CEO since 2012.

 

 

 

Philip Gray, J.C.L.
President of CATHOLICS UNITED FOR THE FAITH
Speaking on Charity and Apostolic Activity
Philip C. L. Gray
Philip C. L. Gray, President, Catholics United for the Faith

Philip completed his undergraduate studies in Theology and Mental Health/Human Services at the University of Steubenville (1987) and earned his licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada (1994). Philip has brought his personable approach from the fields of social work and counseling to the practice of Canon Law and has served as the canonist and president of the St. Joseph Foundation since 2014. Having served as CUF’s Director of Information Services before being elected Vice President of CUF in 2000, Philip was thrilled to return to the apostolate as President in 2017.

 

 

Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap.
Mass Celebrant and Homilist
Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap
Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap

Raised in Canton, OH, Fr. Joseph entered Borromeo College Seminary in 1986 and professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar in 1990. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his MA in Theology at the Washington Theological Union in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 in Pittsburgh, PA, by Donald Cardinal Wuerl. For four years, Fr. Joseph ministered on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea before returning to the US to serve in various capacities as Parochial Vicar, Military and Hospital Chaplain and as Pastor. Most recently, Fr. Joseph worked with friars in the Custody of Puerto Rico and currently serves as a full-time Minister of the Word and Evangelization for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, Religious and Priests.