LEGATUS SPEAKERS 2016
JANUARY 28 - Fr. Mike Joly
Fr. Joly lost his sight at age 6 due to a brain tumor. Because of his blindness
he discovered a knack for melody and at age 17, after a life changing retreat,
he wrote his first song, Eye of the Beholder. Fr. Joly says his blindness taught
him to see. “I couldn’t ignore the God inside of me.” His vocation in life was
revealed to him on gloomy day when the words came to him, “Check out the
seminary.” He was ordained a priest in 1994 and has inspired others to grow
in faith through the music he writes and performs.
FEBRUARY 25 - Russ Breault
Russ Breault has been researching and lecturing on the Shroud of Turin
for over 25 years. His presentation makes use of over 150 superb images
and unfolds like a CSI investigation. Carefully designed to be educational
and entertaining, Mr. Breault delivers a dynamic, fast-paced experience as
each clue is revealed and becomes another piece of the grand puzzle that
is the mystery of the Shroud. His presentation is aptly called: The
Mystery of the Shroud or simply...Shroud Encounter.
April 7 - Dorinda Bordlee
Dorinda Bordlee is Vice President, Senior Counsel of Bioethics Defense
Fund, a bioethics law and policy organization that advocates for human
rights from beginning to end of life. She has dedicated her law practice to
sanctity of life constitutional issues since 1994. Her expertise is in the public
policy realm, and she has drafted legislation for dozens of States on the full
range of bioethics issues including healthcare, rights of conscience, abortion
and its impact on women's health, human cloning, destructive human
embryo research, and end-of-life issues such as physician-assisted suicide
and healthcare rationing.
April 28 - J.J. Hanson
J.J. Hanson is a former Marine who is married with a young son. In 2014
he was diagnosed with brain cancer. This experience changed his life.
Today he is the President of the Patients Rights Action Fund which
opposes efforts to legalize assisted suicide across the United States.
MAY 26 - Kevin Reilly
Kevin Reilly lost an arm to cancer, but the former Philadelphia Eagles
football player gained something in return: a unique understanding of
what it takes to fight back and win. Kevin speaks from the heart and
uses his own life lessons to show how all of us can prevail against bad
luck, adversity, and pain to find the very best in ourselves.
JUNE 30 - SUMMER SOCIAL at St. Joseph Cathedral and Hall
JULY 28 - Dr. Tim Gray
Dr. Gray is the president of the Augustine Institute, professor of Sacred
Scripture at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, and the executive
director of the Denver Catholic Biblical and Catechetical Schools. He holds a
PhD in biblical studies from Catholic University of America. Dr. Gray is the
author of several books including Praying Scripture for a Change: An
Introduction to Lectio Divina and Walking with God: A Journey through the
Bible. A nationally known speaker, Dr. Gray has filmed numerous series for
AUGUST 25 - Bear Woznick
Bear Woznick is an EWTN radio host, author, world champion surfer, certified
ninja black belt, cast member of the show Clean Break and all around
adventurer. Bear’s message tells of the thrills and spills of a life lived in a
quest for abandonment to God. His life inspires others to rise to the unique
challenge and purpose that God has planned for them. Bear is the
co-founder of Fishers of Men, a parish based men’s fellowship movement.
SEPTEMBER 29 - Tim Busch
Tim Busch has been a practicing attorney for the past 35 years and is the
founder of The Busch Firm. He is also founder and CEO of Pacific
Hospitality Group, LLC a hotel development and management company
which owns and manages eight hotels. SInce 1990 Tim has been an active
member of Legatus, In 1994 and 2009, Legatus named him Ambassador of
the Year and, in 2005, Founder, one of four in the organization of over 2500
CEOs. He serves on Boards for The Catholic University of America the
Papal Foundation, Magis Institute, and the Napa Institute. Tim’s passion
for wine led him to found Trinitas Cellars located in Napa, California.
OCTOBER 27 - Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P.
Fr. Gabriel Gillen was ordained a priest in the year 2000. He went on to
study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome and is a member
of the Dominican order. Though born and raised a Catholic, he drifted from
the faith during his college years eventually becoming a stockbroker on
Wall Street. His career was booming; his income was doubling every year;
his prospects were outstanding, but it wasn’t enough. He read in St.
Augustine about the restless heart, and he understood what that meant. He
rediscovered his Catholicism and found his true vocation.
OCTOBER 28 - RETREAT with Retreat Master Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., at St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel
NOVEMBER 17 - Rachel Muha
Making the best of tragedy has become a way of life for Rachel Muha. After the
murder of her 18 year old son, Brian, she has made it her mission to help
troubled teens to have a better life. Initially stricken with a heartbreak too
intense to be described, Rachel says the words from The Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive
us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” challenged her.
She knew God was calling her to forgive her son’s killers. Her story is a moving
and powerful one..
DECEMBER 4 - WINTER SOCIAL at BRCC