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Men of the Cross Retreat January 9

Knight of Columbus Men of the Cross Retreat Saturday, January 9th, 2021 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM EST / 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST

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Featured Speakers (pictured below from left to right)

Top Row: Bishop Mark Spalding, Patrick Kelly, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Dr. Tim Gray

Bottom Row: Jared Zimmerer, Fr. Sean Kilcawley Damien O'Connor

Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville Tennessee

Bishop Spalding was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville on August 3, 1991, by Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P. After ordination, he continued graduate studies at Louvain, earning his Licentiate in Canon Law in 1992. He returned to the Archdiocese in 1992 and served as associate pastor of the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral from 1992 to 1996. He was appointed part-time judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal in 1993, Adjutant Judicial Vicar in 1995, and Judicial Vicar and Director of the Metropolitan Tribunal from 1998 to 2011. From 1996 to 1998, Bishop Spalding was associate pastor of St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Kentucky, and from 1998 to 1999, he served as a part-time associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church in Louisville. While continuing to serve as Judicial Vicar, Bishop Spalding was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in La Grange, Kentucky in 1999 and served there until 2011. Appointed Vicar General by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz in 2011, Bishop Spalding was also named pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Louisville that year. In 2016, Bishop Spalding was appointed pastor of Holy Name Church while continuing as pastor of Holy Trinity Church.

Bishop Spalding served on the College of Consultors, the Priests’ Council, the Archdiocesan Planning Commission, the Development Council for the Archdiocese, and the Catholic Services Appeal Pastors’ Committee. Other assignments included serving as presbyteral moderator at two parishes as well as filling the role as priest-chaplain at Bethlehem High School from 1992 to 1996, and at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville from 2011 to 2017.

His appointment as the 12th Bishop of Nashville by Pope Francis was announced on November 21, 2017. His episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Nashville was on February 2, 2018.

Patrick Kelly

Deputy Supreme Knight Knights of Columbus Supreme Council

Patrick E. Kelly, a past state deputy of the District of Columbia, became deputy supreme knight on Jan. 1, 2017, following appointment by the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors. He previously served as the Order’s Vice President for Public Policy and as the first executive director of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kelly was elected to the Order’s Board of Directors in 2013. In 2016, he retired with the rank of Captain from the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps Reserve, where he specialized in international and operational law and served as the Commanding Officer of the international law unit at the United States Naval War College. Previously, Mr. Kelly had a long career of public service that included advisory roles to Congress and the Department of Justice. Mr. Kelly also served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. His responsibilities included serving as the Department’s principal interlocutor with the Holy See and other nations on religious freedom issues. As executive director of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, he oversaw the renewal of that facility, previously known as the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, which was purchased by the Supreme Council in 2011. He holds a law degree from Marquette University Law School and a master’s in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America.

Dr. Johnathan Reyes

Sr. Vice President of Evangelization and Faith Formation Knights of Columbus Supreme Council

Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes previously served as Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was educated at the University of Michigan, where he studied European History as a Rackham Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in European History at the University of Notre Dame, writing his dissertation on the historical vision of Christopher Dawson. In 2009, Dr. Reyes became the President/CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. In 2005, Dr. Reyes helped found the Augustine Institute of Denver, a graduate program devoted to Catholic theological studies and leadership training, and served as its first President. Dr. Reyes also served as Vice President for ministry and formation for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and also taught in the History Department at Christendom College, in Front Royal, Virginia where he served two years served as Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Tim Gray

President of the Augustine Institute

Professor of Sacred Scripture

Tim Gray is President of the Augustine Institute and well known Catholic speaker and author. He received an MA from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, ThM from Duke University, and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America.

Under Dr. Gray’s leadership, the Augustine Institute has created popular programs including Symbolon, a comprehensive program of faith formation for adults, FORMED, a digital platform with Catholic film, ebooks, and audio talks, and Signs of Grace, a sacramental preparation program for children. He is the author of several books including Peter: Keys to Following Jesus and Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina.

Jared Zimmerer

Director Word on Fire Institute/Author

Jared Zimmerer is the Director of the Word on Fire Institute. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and is currently studying for a PhD in Humanities from Faulkner University. He spent four years as the Director of Adult Catechesis and Family Life at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in Grapevine, Texas before joining the team at Word on Fire.

He has written two books, The Ten Commandments of Lifting Weights and Man Up! Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man. Jared has appeared on EWTN and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and podcasts.

Fr. Sean Kilcawley

Fr Sean Kilcawley is a 1996 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 1999 he left active military service to enter the seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln and was ordained a priest in 2005. In 2013, Fr Kilcawley completed a License in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for marriage and family studies at the Lateran University in Rome. Since 2014 he has served as the director of the Office for Family Life in the Diocese of Lincoln. Fr Kilcawley has focused his efforts on diocesan initiatives to prevent early exposure to pornography, and resources of intervention and healing for those affected by pornography. In 2019 he completed certification as a Pastoral Sexual Addiction Practitioner through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictions Professionals.

Damien O’Connor

Senior Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation at Knights of Columbus Supreme Council

Damien has helped lead the charge to spread the Word of God by providing Knights of Councils the tools necessary to help men embrace their faith and put their faith into action. Damien and his team at Supreme helped develop and roll out the Knights of Columbus Into Breach video series based on the apostolic exhortation of the same name by The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmstead, Bishop of the Dioceses of Phoenix. Other positions previously held within the Supreme Council are Senior Director of Membership Experience and Director of Catholic Information Services. Prior to joining the Supreme Council, Damien served as Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Chairperson for the National Advisory Council for the USCCB.


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