Bishop Patrick Zurek
Most Reverend Patrick J. Zurek is the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Amarillo and was installed on Feb. 22, 2008. A native Texan, he was born in Sealy on August 17, 1948. His family belonged to Guardian Angel Parish in Wallis, where he attended elementary school and high school. After he graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, with a degree in mathematics, he attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Angelicum and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Alfonsianum in Rome. He was ordained a priest in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 29, 1975, and served as associate pastor in Temple and Bryan, and as pastor in College Station and Austin. He worked in vocation ministry and became president of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. After his episcopal ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio by Archbishop Patrick F. Flores on February 16, 1998, Bishop Zurek assisted Archbishop Flores and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez in numerous ministries and served as Vicar General and liaison for partnership with the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Bishop Zurek serves on the USCCB Committee for Protection of Children & Young People, serves on the Board of Governors for the Pontifical North American College in Rome, serves on the USCCB Planning Committee to develop a new Spanish Bible, serves on the Border Bishops Committee, serves on the Texas Catholic Conference subcommittee for Health Care, serves as Liaison for TCC to the Diocesan Respect Life Coordinators and Group of Ethicists who advise Catholic Health Care Institutions in Texas and is president and CEO of the Czech American Priests Association.
Ruben Quezada is a best-selling Catholic author and international speaker. A 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Ruben Quezada is a much sought-after bilingual speaker on various topics of the faith. He has traveled internationally addressing youth, teens, and adults. He is a polished presenter and a past certified Facilitator through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, giving lectures on “Protecting God’s Children”.
Mr. Quezada is endorsed by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as well as clergy and Catholic groups for his witty and direct approach to evangelization. He’s spoken in front of thousands of Catholics on various topics of the faith while encouraging them to learn, love, and defend their Catholic heritage. He’s been a host of local bible studies, Catholic Family Conferences, Biblical Conferences, live radio shows, and parish missions.
Ruben Quezada is the author of the popular book For Greater Glory: the True Story of Cristiada, the official companion to the 2012 film of the same name, published by Ignatius Press.
RIGHTEOUS B, (Bob Lesnefsky as his parking tickets read) is the world's
leading scholar in everything hip hop. He has been blessed with extremely
good looks and big muscles. He can speak in over 35 languages (including
elvish) and he knows how to do cart wheels and summersaults with his eyes
closed. Little children bow in his presence and dogs are scared of him.
He knows how to iron, tie a neck tie, and he could kill a bear with his
bare hands (he just chooses not to because he is so nice.) If you don't
like his music its probably because you are dumb.
Amanda Vernon is an internationally-known recording artist who has shared her music across the US and in 6 foreign countries, including World Youth Days in Sydney, Australia and Madrid, Spain. Amanda has completed her 7th album and regularly releases new music on her show "In Real Life."
Sister Mary Gianna Thornby, DLJC
Sister Mary Gianna Thornby, DLJC is a convert to the Catholic faith. Growing up without any faith, she had a powerful conversion experience after surviving the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. She was welcomed into the Catholic Church at the age of 19, while attending Franciscan University of Steubenville. After graduation, she served a year with NET (National Evangelization Teams) Ministries and attended the Emmanuel School of Mission in Rome, Italy, where she had opportunities for mission throughout the United States, and in Italy, France, Ireland, and Scotland. At the age of 25, she experienced the call to religious life. Entering the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ on August 25, 2010, she made her first profession of vows on August 10, 2013. The Lord has given her a passionate love for life and the desire to help lead others to the fullness of life.
“You will show me the path to life …” (Psalm 16:11).
Jon Dooly is a pound the pavement kind of musician. Loves God, loves family, and loves his fans.
Music is something that expresses his soul and character of everything he believes in and loves. The St. Vincent De Paul praise band, along with Jon Dooly, try to create an atmosphere of worship, allowing the Holy Spirit to move. Jon and the SVDP band loving leading worship, and also love seeing God move through the lives of youth and young adults.