Adult Faith Speakers




And Then God Gave Me a Time Out, Donna Heckler - March 10, Thursday at 10 a.m.  

Like so many, just when Donna thought things would be getting better, another little something happened. And her favorite phrase as a result: “You have got to be kidding me, God.”  Laugh and smile on this journey with Donna as she discusses her faith, how to be radiant, and how God always has your back.

Donna A. Heckler is a global marketing executive who has been blessed with a prominent career in the corporate sector.  Recognized as a thought leader in brand and marketing strategy, she is a published author and Catholic speaker with a knack for engaging storytelling.  Her website is found here.


The Wisdom of the Word, Dr. Michael Dauphinais - March 28, Monday at 10 a.m.  

Dr. Dauphinais’ talk, based on the recent book he co-authored, gives “Biblical Answers to Ten Pressing Questions about Catholicism.”  Building on the call of the Second Vatican Council for a greater appreciation of Scripture, we are invited to pause and give the Bible a chance to illuminate our way. From the infighting among the Catholic faithful to the sins of Catholic leaders, and from Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to the Church’s emphasis on caring for the poor, Dr. Dauphinais explores common challenges to the faith in light of the timeless insights of the Word.

Dr. Dauphinais is a Professor and Chair of Theology at Ave Maria University, where he previously served as Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  He received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion.  His faculty page, including a CV, can be found here.

More information about the book on which this talk is based can be found on the Word on Fire website here.


What We Mean by What We Do:  The Sign Language of the Liturgy -  Fr. Tom Boyer:  March 23, 30, April 6, 8:45 am - 9:45 am  

For three mornings we shall take a close and detailed look at the words and gestures we use with our Sacred Liturgy to more deeply appreciate the tradition and theology that they express. The gestures we use are like a "sign language" that often says more than words can say. Understanding this oft-used “sign language” may enrich our prayerful participation in the Covenant we celebrate at Mass.   

Recordings of the talks can be found on this page.   

A retired priest who helps out at our parish, Fr. Boyer's biography can be found on his website.   




October 18, Monday at 11:00 a.m. How is God renewing the world thru consecrated life?, Ms. Francoise Castenada

The beauty of the church shows us how we can all, as St. Pope John Paul II said, “ cooperate effectively in the mission of the Lord Jesus (cf. Jn 20:21) and contribute in a particularly profound way to the renewal of the world.”  Let's talk about our baptism and new expressions of consecrated life.

Biography: Catholic consecrated laywoman, of the Movement of the Word of God, professionally experienced in Development and volunteer teams in religious, and non-profit organizations including Radio Maria. Francoise has over 20 years of catechetical and pastoral experience on two continents, and over 20 years experience in strategy development, social innovation in private or non-profit sectors.

October 25, Monday at 11:00 a.m.  Meet a Carmelite, Fr. Schaffner, O.Carm

Come hear Fr. Mark's vocation story (how we became a priest), and learn what it means to be a "Carmelite" priest instead of a diocesan priest.  You can also ask questions about the Carmelites and religious orders in general.

Fr. Mark Schaffner, O.Carm. is a Parochial Vicar at St. William. A native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania he has ministered for his Order at Parishes in Canada, Texas, New Jersey and Florida.  

November 3, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.:  Eastern Rite Churches with Fr. Boyer

Churches East and West:  6 + 23 = 1.  It makes a big family of faith.  Come and learn about the differences between Eastern and Western rites of Catholicism around the world.  Fr. Boyer's website can be found here.

November 11, Thursday at 10:30 a.m.: Jesus and Java with Fr. Ratzmann

Come ask our pastor your questions about Catholic theology, history, liturgy or bible studies.  Fr. George earned his S.T.D. (Ph.D) from the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, and has taught college classes since 1990.  Click here to submit a question in advance or to watch prior recorded sessions.

February 11, Friday at 11:00 a.m.    What is Centering Prayer, Fr. O’Madagain

Fr. Ó Madagáin will speak on the history and practice of centering prayer in the Catholic tradition, describing the background of this unique and effective practice, and offering insights into the ideas of one of its leading contemporary teachers.  His talk will be based on his book, found here.

Fr. Murchadh (pronounced Mur-a-ca) was born and raised in Galway in the West of Ireland. He was ordained a priest in 1998 and has worked as a hospital chaplain and in various parishes. He studied in Rome and completed his doctorate in Spiritual Theology. He moved to the U.S. in 2013 and is now the pastor at St. Vincent de Paul in Ft. Myers.

Invite the Holy Spirit into Lent, Ms. Deanna Bartalini - February 24, Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  

Based on one of her books, this faith-filled and practical talk includes Scripture reflection and prayer.  Come explore how to cultivate the fruits of the Holy Spirit in your daily life this Lent, and beyond.

Deanna has served in a wide variety of parish ministry (paid and volunteer) for over 40 years. She has an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and an M.P. S in Parish Administration, and is currently studying to become a spiritual director. She raised 2 children with her husband and now has the great joy of grandchildren.  Her website is found here.