Speaker Spotlight
William Simon, Jr., Keynote
Bill is the Founder and Chairman of Parish Catalyst, which invites pastors with demonstrated creative leadership skills and key members of their pastoral teams to join a Parish Catalyst Learning Community, which foster an environment where participants challenge each other to capitalize on new ideas and stretch their visions of ministry beyond the current strategies in play at their parishes. He is also co-chairman of William E. Simon and Sons, an investment firm which he co-founded in 1988 with his brother and their father, William E. Simon, Sr., former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Bill also serves as co-chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation and the Cynthia L. and William E. Simon, Jr. Foundation. Bill has served on many charitable boards, including Covenant House California, of which he is chairman emeritus, and the St. John’s Health Center Foundation in Los Angeles. Bill is co-author with Michael Novak of Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation; and Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive.
Rev. Matthew Malone, SJ, Panel Moderator
Fr. Matt is the President and Editor in Chief of America Media. Fr. Malone began his tenure on October 1, 2012. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest editor in chief in the history of America magazine. He previously served as associate editor of America. Father Malone worked on Capitol Hill for Representative Martin Meehan. He previously served as deputy director of MassINC and co-publisher of CommonWealth. Fr. Malone received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a M.A. from Fordham University, a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London, and a baccalaureate in Theology from the Catholic University of Louvain. Fr. Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002 and was ordained a priest in 2012
Leisa Anslinger, Panelist
Great Parishes Evangelize:
Intentionally Evangelizing Millennials and Its Impact on the Parish Community
Leisa is the Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a pastoral resource center supporting parish and diocesan evangelization and stewardship leaders. She contributes a regular column in Catechetical Leader and in the e-newsletter published by the International Catholic Stewardship Council. Leisa develops and provides resources, pastoral support and presentations on Stewardship, Strengths Development, Engagement, and Evangelization to dioceses, parishes, and schools. She is a frequent presenter at national and diocesan gatherings, and she is a founding team member of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community. Leisa’s newest book is Turning Hearts to Christ. She is the author of Here Comes Everybody! Whole Community Catechesis in the Parish and co-author of Desires of the Heart, Forming Generous Hearts: Stewardship Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation, and Great Expectations: A pastoral guide for partnering with parents. Leisa holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Master's degrees from Purdue University and the Athenaeum of Ohio.
Chris Lowney, Panelist
Great Parishes Share Leadership: Everyone is a Leader
Chris chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest healthcare/hospital systems. He is a one-time Jesuit seminarian who later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He is a popular keynote speaker who has lectured in more than two-dozen countries on leadership, business ethics, decision-making and other topics. He is the author of four books. Heroic Leadership, a # 1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA, was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine. He is also author of Heroic Living, A Vanished World, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, and Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church which proposes a five-step strategy to transform the American Church. His most recent release is entitled, Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World) He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. He is holder of five honorary Doctoral degrees.
Rev. Bismarck Chau, Panelist
Great Parishes Excel on Sunday: Learnings from Be My Witness to Improve the Sunday Experience
Fr. Bismarck is the pastor of St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral in Newark, NJ and the Associate Director for Outreach and Training for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Newark. In this role, he organizes and oversees the Youth and Young Adults Diocesan committees, creates programs for the formation of youth and young adult leaders in ministry, oversees the Pastoral Juvenil Hispana of the Archdiocese, and assists in planning archdiocesan events for youth and young adults. Fr Bismarck is part of the Be My Witness, RENEW’s newest evangelization process, video leadership training series. His parish, an early adopter, is successfully engaged in the Be My Witness process. Fr. Bismarck holds a B.A. in Psychology from Seton Hall University, and a M.Div in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from Immaculate Conception Seminary.
Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, Panelist
Great Parishes Foster Spiritual Maturity and Plan for Discipleship:
The Power of Small Groups to Awaken and Deepen Discipleship
Sr. Terry is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, NY and President and Executive Director of RENEW International. Sr. Terry is national speaker on evangelization, small communities, and preaching. Sr. Terry authored RENEW International’s recent publications Live Lent! Year A and Year B, and has also written Advent and Lent devotionals for The Living Gospel series published by Ave Maria Press. Sr. Terry is ex officio president of the RENEW International Board of Trustees, and is a member of the boards of Holy Cross Family Ministries and St. Dominic’s Home. Before joining the RENEW staff she ministered in two parishes in the South Bronx, was the Director of Vocation and Formation ministry for her Dominican congregation, and was a member of the Archdiocese of New York Parish Mission Team. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri; a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; and Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University, New York.
Joseph Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark
Preaching at Evening Prayer
His Eminence, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin was born on May 3, 1952 in Detroit, MI, the oldest of 13 children. In 1973, Joseph Tobin professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists. Father Tobin served as associate pastor and pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit, where he engaged in both pastoral ministry to the Hispanic community and youth ministry. He also served in a number of diocesan assignments within the Archdiocese of Detroit, including: Episcopal Vicar; member of the Presbyteral Council, and; official in the Metropolitan Tribunal. On August 9, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI, named Father Tobin to the Roman Curia post of Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSA), and titular Archbishop of Obba. On October 18, 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis. Pope Francis, named him to the College of Cardinals on October 9, 2016, and on November 7, 2016, Pope Francis named Joseph William Cardinal Tobin to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Newark. Cardinal Tobin speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese, and reads several other languages. He has participated in five Synods of Bishops, and has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1985.

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