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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 EWTN.


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