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Our Amazing 2012 Speakers:

After rediscovering his Catholic roots, Jesse studied and prayed his way back to a fervent on-going practice of the Catholic Faith. Through his experiences with non-Catholics and fallen-away Catholics alike, Jesse is well-versed on all Catholic issues and topics and, as a bilingual speaker, specializes in evangelization, youth events, apologetics seminars, conferences of all sizes and bible studies.

As St. Jerome taught, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  Therefore, study the Bible from a historically Catholic-Christian perspective, with an emphasis on living out your Catholic Faith with a positive excitement that comes from the sure biblical knowledge that Jesus Christ, God-made-Man, is deeply and passionately in love with each of us — each presentation is offered in a Christ-centered, spirit-filled & evangelical style.

Jesse Romero has a Masters Degree in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH.  Before and since then, he has spent his time teaching, speaking, writing, and giving Bible studies and conferences on all matters Catholic.  Jesse is also serving at the parish level as the director of religious education at a small but growing parish 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, CA.

Steve Ray is an intrepid traveler, expert on the Ho!y Land, Popular Catholic apologist, documentary producer, Bible teacher and best-selling author. Steve is one of the most fascinating CatholIc speakers around and is appropriately dubbed "Jerusalem Jones" by the National Catholic Register. Come and be inspired by this man whose enthusiasm for the Catholic Faith is infectious, as he brings the breadth of his knowledge and experience to bear on the mysteries and traditions of our Church. Steve Ray's popular film series The Footprints of God has inspired and enriched the faith of thousands around the world. Don't miss this chance to see Steve Ray in person!

Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and a scripture commentary entitled St. John’s Gospel).He is in great demand as a speaker for conferences and parishes around the world and is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio, EWTN and many other radio and TV programs. He is writer, producer and host of the 10-part video/DVD series “The Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine” filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Steve and his wife Janet and are certified guides to the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages throughout the Israel and other biblical lands. His website is www.CatholicConvert.com.He lives in Michigan with his wife Janet. He has four children and ten grandchildren.

Affiliations: Contributing writer for This Rock Magazine, Envoy Magazine; The Catholic Answer and more. He is in demand as a speaker around the world (India, Philippines, Rome, Israel, England, Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan and more). He is a regular at Steubenville’s Defending the Faith Summer conferences, Fullness of Truth conferences, Catholic Scripture Study International. Steve is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, EWTN, Sirius Satellite Radio and many more.

With an engaging, lively style filled with a spirit of hope and truth, Mary Beth Bonacci has captured hearts and minds  across the United States and internationally since 1986. She delivers her message on love, relationships, and chastity with a candor and a sincerity that addresses the hopes and dreams at the center of our longing for fulfillment and love. Through her extensive travels, she has spoken to groups, small and large, including 75,000 young people at World Youth Day in Denver.

Mary Beth's best-selling book Real Love  has been translated into six languages.  Her videos include: Sex and Love: What's a Teenager to Do?, Chastity: Just Do It and Freedom to Love. Her high school video series, Real Love: The Video Series is being used in churches and schools throughout the U.S. and around the world. Miss Bonacci writes a regular syndicated column as well as free-lance articles and brochures, and she is the author of two books: Real Love and We're on a Mission From God.

Miss Bonacci holds a bachelors degree in communication from the University of San Francisco, a masters degree in theology of marriage and family from the John Paul II Institute, and an honorary doctorate in communications from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

John Angotti was raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia; a small community nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Third in a family of 4 adopted children (with an older brother and two sisters), John’s first ability to speak without stuttering was at the age of 4 when he sang the hymn “The Church’s One Foundation.” How appropriate for the mission God has planned for him thus far! An accomplished and superb pianist, John began studying piano at the age of seven. His mother, who has been a church musician for over 50 years, motivated him to become involved with church music at a very early age through the children’s choir at church. “I believe it was there at that age where I truly began to form my beliefs about God through the songs we were singing,” Angotti says.

John has been writing Christian music since his mid-teen years at St. Joseph Seminary where he was considering entering the priesthood. “After I left the seminary, it never dawned on me that God perhaps wanted me to do something else for the church, perhaps more suited for the gifts God gave me,” he says jokingly. In 1995 John signed a distribution deal with World Library Publications (WLP) in Chicago, Illinois. There he met Father Jim Marchionda, OP, a Dominican preacher who was also a composer for WLP. Father Jim invited John to be the accompanist for him at some Christian workshops at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference. He also let John be involved in the workshops, explaining how to combine old, traditional hymns with new stylistic rhythms and give new spirit to what could be considered a “boring” hymn to a young generation. At that moment, Angotti began to see the plan unfolding.

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St. Mary Catholic Church

4001 St. Mary’s Drive

Anacortes, WA  98221

Tel:  360-293-2101       

Speakers Information



4001 St. Mary’s Drive, Anacortes, WA  98221

Tel:  360-293-2101        Fax:  360-293-8556 

E-mail:  StMary@Fidalgo.net

Pastor:  Fr. Vu Tran

Website:  www.stmaryanacortes.com

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-2011 conference feedback

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the earth on fire, and

how I wish it were

already blazing.”

  1.             ~Luke 12:49


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