Deacon Matthew Halbach
*Sponsored by Sadlier
|Mercy, Accompaniment, and Catechesis
||Deacon Matthew Halbach, Ph.D. was ordained deacon, in 2018, for the Diocese of Des
Moines, IA. He is the Senior Director of Catechesis for William H. Sadlier Inc., and
a national author and speaker on the topics of mercy, accompaniment, clergy abuse,
evangelization and catechesis. Deacon Halbach is also a member of the USCCB National
Advisory Council (2019-2023). He earned his Ph.D. in Catechetics from The Catholic
University of America in 2014, and is a reviewer for The International Journal of
Evangelization and Catechesis. Deacon Halbach is a husband and father of six children.
||The Gifts & Charisms for Parish Evangelization
||Author, worship leader and speaker, Tori Harris remains committed to the core of her
mission: Through story and song to create environments of receptivity to the Holy
Spirit. Tori's sophomore, independent release, Sweet Dolor, debuted at #2 on iTunes
Christian & Gospel charts, becoming one of the top 150 albums on all of iTunes during
that time. Later, her interest in teaching others to operate in the gifts of the Holy
Spirit, led her to found Arise Ministry and author her first book, Holy Spirit 101.
The text is presently the only Catholic curriculum with ecclesial approval which trains
the faithful to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Tori currently resides in
Dallas, Texas with her growing family and directs ARISE Worship Ministry out of Mary
Immaculate Catholic Church.
||Family Rules for Social Media
||Sherry Hayes-Peirce, Chief Inspirational Officer of Church Social Tips has answered
the call to use her treasured time and talents to glorify the Lord with her life.
This is her second year speaking at the University of Dallas Ministry Conference.
She speaks at Catholic conferences across the country on the topic of social media
and technology to practice digital evangelization and discipleship. Sharing her tips
in blogs for Catholicmom.com, Hawaii Catholic Herald, Angelus News, as a featured
guest on Catholic radio and current digital strategist for her home parish of American
Martyrs Catholic Community in Manhattan Beach, California.
Sister Miriam James Heidland
*Sponsored by Ave Maria Press
|Your LIfe Matters: Transformation from the Heart
||Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a former Division 1 athlete who had a radical conversion
and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. Her story
has been featured on EWTN's The Journey Home, SEEK Conference, USCCB Convocation,
Relevant Radio and other outlets. She holds a Master's degree in Theology from the
Augustine Institute and speaks regularly on the topics of conversion, authentic love,
forgiveness, healing (and sports!). Sr. Miriam's podcast, Abiding Together, can be
found on iTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at
||Virtues Based Restorative Discipline: Building Community & Relationships Across School
||Currently principal at St. Patrick Catholic School in Dallas, Texas, Julie Hendry
has served as junior high science teacher and in administration in Catholic education
for over 25 years. She received her undergraduate degree and her MA in Catholic School
Leadership from the University of Dallas. She has previously presented at NCEA and
UDMC. Julie and her family live in Plano, Texas.
||"Adorar a Dios en espíritu y en verdad": El trabajo espiritual como herramienta fundamental
para el desarrollo del líder cristiano
||Gabriel se desempeña como Director del área de Matrimonio y Familia en la diócesis
de Raleigh, Carolina del Norte. Es también parte del claustro de formadores de la
Escuela de Ministerio de la Universidad de Dallas donde ha colaborado como instructor
de los programas de formación para diáconos y líderes parroquiales en temas de teología,
antropología, moral y Sagrada Escritura, entre otros.
Adrian Alberto Herrera
*Sponsored by Loyola Press
|La Frescura y Ternura de Jesucristo Herramientas para el Liderazgo Servicial
||Adrián Alberto Herrera es actualmente Director Asociado para la Oficina de Evangelización
y Catequesis en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston. Ha escrito artículos para varias
publicaciones como "Catechist Magazine" y materiales desarrollados por la Conferencia
de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos bajo el Comité de Obispos para la Evangelización
y la Catequesis para el Domingo Catequético 2010. Ha escrito tres libros sobre reflexiones
biblicas con las editoriales Liturgy Training Publications y su libro mas reciente,
Liderazgo Catequetico en colaboracion con la Conferencia Nacional para el Liderazgo
Catequetico (NCCL) y la editorial Jesuita Loyola Press.
|| Ali Hoffman
For a Time Such as This
|Ali Hoffman has a passion for Jesus, the Catholic Church, her family, donuts, and
Chipotle, in that order. She served with NET Ministries (www.netusa.org) and upon
graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree
in Catholic Studies and Family Studies, she moved back home to the GREAT state of
Texas and is now a co-youth director at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic church in
Carrollton, Texas. She does modern calligraphy and digital design. You can find more
of her work on Instagram at TheOodlesOfDoodles or her website www.alihoffman.co
||Mike Hopper, MS, ATC, LAT
||Head Games: Returning to the Classroom After a Concussion
||Mike Hopper is the Head Athletic Trainer at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, TX.
He holds a bachelors degree in Athletic Training from Southeast Missouri State University
and a masters degree in Pediatric Sports Medicine from University of South Florida
Morsani College of Medicine. A Certified Athletic Trainer, he is also licensed in
the state of Texas. Under his lead, BL has created a comprehensive Sports Medicine
program collaborating with the school nurse and external healthcare providers. In
addition to his work at BL, Hopper is a vocal advocate in social media for athletic
training and pediatric sports medicine.