Prime Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Friday Evening to Saturday
March 29 & 30, 2019
Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, Ph.D., was president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. While president, he significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership, and led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75 percent, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects.
He has made many TV appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and the Hugh Hewitt Show.
Currently, he appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe.”
Father Spitzer entered the Jesuits in 1974 and took his final vows in 1992. He has numerous degrees, but his academic specialties include (1) philosophy of science, particularly space-time theory and transcendent implications of contemporary big bang cosmology, (2) metaphysics, particularly the theory of time and philosophy of God, and (3) organizational ethics and its relationship to personal and cultural transformation. Other studies include leadership, historical exegesis of the New Testament, the life issues, and philosophy of culture.
He has founded the Magis Center in Garden Grove, Calf., Spitzer Catholic Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich., Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education, Healing the Culture in Seattle, Wash., University Faculty for Life at Georgetown University and Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Georgetown University.
To learn more, visit: https://www.magiscenter.com/meet-fr-spitzer/
Father Wade L. J. Menezes is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching religious congregation based in Auburn, Ky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his bachelor’s in Catholic thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and a dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees in theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.
Father Wade is currently the Assistant General and has served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy. He has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.
While at the shrine, Father Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist, and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the shrine. Both the monastery and shrine are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.
Father Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness, and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests.
Father Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations, and the Sacred Liturgy.
He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death.
Father Wade is the host of the EWTN segment series “The Crux of the Matter” and “The Wonders of His Mercy.” His many theological and doctrinal presentations have been featured on EWTN Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Guadalupe Radio Network, Covenant Network Radio, Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, and Voice of Virtue International. He is the host of EWTN Global Catholic Radio’s “Open Line Tuesday.”
To learn more, visit https://fathersofmercy.com
Andrew Laubacher (ALOB) is a songwriter, worship leader and speaker based in Southern California. After straying from the Lord in high school, he was brought back into relationship with God through youth conferences, powerful prayer experiences, and the witnesses of many influential people in his life. After graduating from Franciscan University in Steubenville, he began to pursue ministry full-time.
Andrew’s heart for worship and his belief that God is always at work in our lives shine through in his music.
Andrew released his first EP, Living Water and followed that with a full-length record, No Match for Love. He tours the US and abroad sharing his music, praying with communities, and helping people embrace the miraculous, healing, matchless love of God.
Visit him at a-lob.com.