Sherry Weddell is the author of the best-selling book, Forming Intentional Disciples: the Path to Knowing and Following Jesus.. Her newest book is Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World (2017).  She is the editor of and a contributor to Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples (2015)

Sherry is Executive Director and co-founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute (CSI), which she founded with Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP in 1997. CSI is probably best known for the Called & Gifted discernment process, the first gifts discernment program designed especially for Catholics by Sherry in 1993.  In the years since, she has helped tens of thousands of Catholics around the world discern their charisms and has trained thousands of pastoral leaders to facilitate discernment.

Sherry currently leads CSI’s international network of traveling teachers and regional collaborators.  The Institute team has spent much time over the past 17 years training thousands of parish and diocesan leaders at all levels to effectively call Catholics to begin consciously following Jesus as his disciple in the midst of his Church, and how to create a normative culture of intentional discipleship at the parish level.  

Sherry and her collaborators have worked directly with over 170,000 lay, religious and ordained Catholics in well over 1,000 parishes in 200 (arch)dioceses on 5 continents.   Sherry has spoken in hundreds of parishes as well as at many conferences, diocesan leadership gatherings, clergy convocations, gatherings of religious, and seminaries.

When Sherry is not on the road, she enjoys living in and exploring the Colorado Rockies and tending her high altitude Tuscan garden. 

Leyden Rovelo-Krull is the daughter of immigrant parents who settled in New York City and has worked in both corporate and legal sectors, giving voice to Latino issues through participation in community outreach and organization. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Legal and Policy studies from the Jesuit Fordham University. Mrs. Rovelo-Krull ran the offices of a Latino-founded, international multi-media social platform before following God’s call into religious formation. She taught RCIA and adult faith formation for over twelve years.

Currently she serves as the Director of Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph after leaving her work with a non-profit, bipartisan association. Mrs. Rovelo-Krull spearheads the efforts of many different ministries in the diocese, but calls the parishioner volunteers who make them succeed, the real heroes.

One day she dreams of living full-time in her RV roaming the country and teaching the faith. She lives in Kansas with her amazing husband and wonderful mother. She is plotting how to sneak a puppy into the house.

Fr. Francis Vu, SJ. is a Jesuit of the West Province of the Society of Jesus. He entered the Society in 1984, professed his First and perpetual Vows in 1986, ordained as a priest in 1997, and Final Vows in 2005. Father Francis, known also as “Cha Toan” among the Vietnamese, currently serves as a Catholic Chaplain to the students at UC, Irvine. When time permits, he enjoys to present workshops (in a variety of theological and spiritual topics) to the Vietnamese Catholic commuinty whether abroad or at home.  

For his education, Fr. Francis has a strong passion for French Literature, having earned a BA at Santa Clara University (1988), matriculated in Philosophy (1990) at Fordham University in New York. He also earned his advance graduate degree (STL, 1997) in Theology, main focus on Scriptures and Spirituality at the pontifical Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge. Massachusetts.

Anna Betancourt is a professional singer, songwriter, music director, and workshop presenter for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She has worked in various bilingual communities as music director, choral director and singer in the parishes of southern California. Anna has more than 30 years of experience working with various choirs including youth, children’s, adult, contemporary, traditional choirs, and also a choir of bells.

She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she studied voice and music theory, and where she also worked as assistant director of Liturgy and Music. At the archdiocesan level, she has served as a music committee member, deanery representative and a member of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Liturgy Committee.

Anna’s voice is heard on over 50 recordings, including recordings by Jaime Cortez, Bob Hurd, and Eleazar Cortez. Her first solo collection, Te Doy Gracias, features 12 popular contemporary Spanish and bilingual songs. Her collection Tomaré Mi Cruz presents inspiring songs for liturgy, worship groups or retreats. Her music is also featured in the upcoming collection, Novena a la Virgen de Guadalupe/Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

She has been a speaker and presenter at various conferences and workshops on music and liturgy.

She currently works as Music Director at Saint Polycarp Catholic Church in the Diocese of Orange and also as Director of the Hispanic Choir at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles. She resides in La Mirada with her husband Mike, and their two children, Matthew and Samuel.

Katie Dawson, M.A. is Director of Parish Evangelization and Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange.  She graduated from Loyola Marymount with a degree in Religious Studies and History and obtained her Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.    

As Director, Katie  is responsible to provide resourcing, support and formation opportunities for the faith formation leaders in the 62 parishes and centers of the Diocese. She is particularly focused on equipping Catholics for evangelization, cultivation of  a culture of discipleship and discernment and fostering the domestic church.

Fr. Al Baca is the Director for Evangelization and Faith Formation (EFF) for the Diocese of Orange, in California.  The Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation is responsible for the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Diocese, that is, for evangelization and the formation of missionary discipleship in the Diocese of Orange.  As a principal resource for our work, the Office is responsible for the basic certification and recertification of all Catholic school teachers and Faith Formation catechists through the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University.  The Office also hosts the annual Diocesan Ministries Celebration (DMC) which is its primary conference on evangelization and faith formation for the Diocese of Orange.  EFF also supports all individual, group, and parish initiatives and programs connected to evangelization and faith formation. 

Father Baca was ordained for the Diocese of Orange in 1989.  He received his license in Ecumenism and Inter-religion from the Angelicum in Rome.  He served in the Diocese of Orange as pastor of St Cecilia’s Church in Tustin and St Columban Church in Garden Grove.   He was also Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenism and Inter-religion for ten years.   Before his appointment as Director for Evangelization and Faith Formation, he was worked for the USCCB as the National Director for Ecumenism and Inter-religion.  

With Additional Breakout Discussion Sessions:

          Come and See                 Katie Dawson, Fred La Puzza, Catherine Ord, Joan Patten
          Sit at His Feet                  Fr. Al Baca, Lesa Truxaw, Linda Ji
          Vengan y Vean                Deacon Frank Chavez, Mabel Suarez, Alejandra Estrada
          Siéntate a Sus Pies        Gustavo Sanchez, Sr. Bertha, Rosie Lopez
          Hãy đến và xem              Fr. Francis Vu, Bishop Thanh, Becky Le Xuan Tran
          Hãy Ngồi Bên Chúa        Sr. Teresa Hong Dao LHC, Deacon Phong Nguyen, Tuan Nguyen