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BISHOP JAIME SOTO Bishop Jaime Soto was born December 31, 1955, in Inglewood, California. He attended Saint John's Seminary College in Camarillo, California, and there earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1978 and Master of Divinity degree in 1982. In 1986, he earned a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange in 1982, was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, March 23, 2000, and was installed Bishop of Sacramento on November 29, 2008. Bishop Soto's pastoral experience includes work in Catholic Charities, immigration reform and ministry to the Hispanic community. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Soto is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, a member of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, and a consultant to the Committee on International Justice and Peace. He is also the chairman of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Bishop Soto has been a strong defender of immigrant rights; he encourages Catholics to read the Bible so as to better understand the church's stance on immigration and its long-standing support for the rights of immigrants. He believes that comprehensive immigration reform, if done properly taking into account the concerns of all affected parties, would benefit the country as a whole. MSGR. EDUARDO CHAVEZ Monsignor Eduardo Chavez was born in Mexico City on December 31, 1956. From 1974 to 1981, he studied Philosophy and Theology at the Conciliar Seminary of Mexico and on August 15, 1981 was ordained priest in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. Monsignor Chavez is a Doctor in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome and the Postulator of the Cause of Canonization of San Juan Diego. In 2003, he co-founded and is currently the General Director of the Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos (ISEG). He is likewise a Professor of the Pontifical University of Mexico, Canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe, Canon Master Theologian of the Venerable Cabildo of the Basilica of Guadalupe and Cultural Advisor of the Basilica of Guadalupe. He is a member of the Mexican Ecclesiastical History Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Historical Sciences of Toledo, Spain and the Pontifical Mariana International Academy (PAMI). He is also the Founder and General Director of the Nican Mopohua Cultural Center and the Guadalupana International Academy. Entrusted and sent both by Pope Francis and by Cardinal Carlos Aguiar, Archbishop Primate of Mexico, to continue deepening the Guadalupano event and proclaim it throughout the world, Msgr. Chavez has more than 50 works under his name, most on the subject of the Guadalupano event. FATHER GLADSTONE STEVENS, PSS Born in Connecticut and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Father Gladstone Stevens, PSS graduated from Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois in 1989. After graduate Biblical Studies at Vanderbilt University, he received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Marquette University. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Louisville in 2000 and has been with the Society of Saint Sulpice since 2002. For six years, he taught Systematic Theology and Philosophy and served as Vice Rector and France Merrick University Chair at Saint Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2008, he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Saint Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park where he served as Vice Rector and Academic Dean until 2013, then as its Dean of Men, and later on, served as its President-Rector. As a member of the Society of Saint Sulpice, a community of diocesan priests dedicated to educating and guiding future and fellow priests, Father Stevens is best known as someone who combines theological knowledge with religious counsel and encouragement. At Saint Patrick's, he is regarded as an articulate and engaging professor of dogmatic theology. In California and beyond he is a regular retreat master, guides days of recollection and gives talks to priests especially, but also to laypeople seeking to deepen their faith. Currently, Father Stevens is back at Saint Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland teaching Systematic Theology. FATHER MARK WIESNER Father Mark Wiesner grew up in the Bay Area. His home parish was Saint Francis of Assisi in Concord. In 1990, Mark Wiesner entered Saint Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oakland in his home parish of St. Francis of Assisi, in Concord, CA, on June 10, 1995. After his ordination, he was assigned to several parishes in the Diocese of Oakland before becoming pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Livermore in 2012, and of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton in 2019. Due to his amazing talents, Father Mark has served the Diocese of Oakland far beyond his pastoral duties. During the Great Jubilee Year of 2000, Father Mark was responsible for the Diocesan liturgy which culminated the celebration of the Jubilee Year for the Diocese of Oakland on November 11, 2000. Participating in the Eucharistic Liturgy were Bishop John Cummins, more than 400 clergy, a choir of 600, a full orchestra, and an assembly of nearly 18,000 Catholics from throughout the Diocese. In 2016, during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Father Mark was commissioned by the Holy Father as a Missionary of Mercy for the Holy Year. When the Holy year concluded, Pope Francis decided the Missionaries of Mercy should continue their work, and so Father Mark continues in this role until today. JOAN AND DAVE MARONEY Joan and Dave Maroney are founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Shortly after their marriage, Joan and Dave consecrated their family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, believing that their devotion to Mary is a big the reason they were eventually asked to leave home and careers to travel the country spreading the Divine Mercy message and devotion. Over the last 20 years now, Joan and Dave have spoken at nearly 1000 parishes, schools, and conferences throughout the United States and beyond, as well as on many Catholic radio shows. They have produced several popular CDs, DVDs, materials, and resources to assist others in sharing the Faith. In 2012, they launched the Divine Mercy for America prayer campaign and network which continues to grow and now spread to other nations. Joan and Dave operate from their home in the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. They have three adult married children and totally enjoy six wonderful grandchildren. VERY REVEREND GEORGE MOCKEL Very Reverend George Mockel is the Vicar General of the Diocese of Oakland, as well as a Pastor at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, CA. As Vicar General, a position he has held in Oakland since 2005, Father Mockel oversees all clergy services, pastoral planning and property management of the Cathedral. In addition, Father Mockel serves on the Boards of Catholic Management Services, Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Oakland, Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services, College of Consultors, Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Planning Board, the Oakland Parochial Fund, Inc., Priest Personnel Board, Presbyteral Council, President Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay. A Bay Area native, Father Mockel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Saint Patrick's College in Mountain View and attended Saint Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park where he earned his M. Div. degree. He studied Canon Law at the Catholic University of America and later attended the Institute on the Revised Code of Canon Law at the University of San Francisco. He has previously served as Judicial Vicar and chief judge of the Diocesan Tribunal and pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Concord. SKAAMEN featuring SEMINARIAN JIMMY JIMENEZ SkaAmen is a Catholic Band that uses ska, reggae, alternative rock, and a mixture of Latin rhythms to praise the Holy Name of God. The band was founded in 2008 and is comprised of members from different cities all over the Bay Area and beyond. Their mission is to expand the Kingdom of God through art (especially music) and media, encouraging and challenging all those who will listen, to say "yes" to Jesus Christ's personal invitation: "Come and follow me…" Joining the band to share his testimony is Seminarian Jimmy Jimenez-Garcia, 27, currently in his fifth year of seminary formation at Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colorado. Jimmy's story is like the prodigal son: cradle Catholic with a very religious family, his mother in particular has a great devotion to the Lord in the Eucharist and to the Blessed Mother and the Holy Rosary. During high school, he stopped going to Mass and started hanging out with a bad guys which soon began a downward spiral that continued until he turned twenty one. By that time, he had already been arrested many times and was a heavy heroin user. A powerful encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist paved the way for his conversion and stirred in his heart to embrace the Gospel and desire to live as Christ did.

OUR SPEAKERS

BISHOP JAIME SOTO Bishop Jaime Soto was born December 31, 1955, in Inglewood, California. He attended Saint John's Seminary College in Camarillo, California, and there earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1978 and Master of Divinity degree in 1982. In 1986, he earned a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange in 1982, was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, March 23, 2000, and was installed Bishop of Sacramento on November 29, 2008. Bishop Soto's pastoral experience includes work in Catholic Charities, immigration reform and ministry to the Hispanic community. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Soto is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, a member of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, and a consultant to the Committee on International Justice and Peace. He is also the chairman of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Bishop Soto has been a strong defender of immigrant rights; he encourages Catholics to read the Bible so as to better understand the church's stance on immigration and its long-standing support for the rights of immigrants. He believes that comprehensive immigration reform, if done properly taking into account the concerns of all affected parties, would benefit the country as a whole. MSGR. EDUARDO CHAVEZ Monsignor Eduardo Chavez was born in Mexico City on December 31, 1956. From 1974 to 1981, he studied Philosophy and Theology at the Conciliar Seminary of Mexico and on August 15, 1981 was ordained priest in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. Monsignor Chavez is a Doctor in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome and the Postulator of the Cause of Canonization of San Juan Diego. In 2003, he co-founded and is currently the General Director of the Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos (ISEG). He is likewise a Professor of the Pontifical University of Mexico, Canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe, Canon Master Theologian of the Venerable Cabildo of the Basilica of Guadalupe and Cultural Advisor of the Basilica of Guadalupe. He is a member of the Mexican Ecclesiastical History Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Historical Sciences of Toledo, Spain and the Pontifical Mariana International Academy (PAMI). He is also the Founder and General Director of the Nican Mopohua Cultural Center and the Guadalupana International Academy. Entrusted and sent both by Pope Francis and by Cardinal Carlos Aguiar, Archbishop Primate of Mexico, to continue deepening the Guadalupano event and proclaim it throughout the world, Msgr. Chavez has more than 50 works under his name, most on the subject of the Guadalupano event. FATHER GLADSTONE STEVENS, PSS Born in Connecticut and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Father Gladstone Stevens, PSS graduated from Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois in 1989. After graduate Biblical Studies at Vanderbilt University, he received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Marquette University. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Louisville in 2000 and has been with the Society of Saint Sulpice since 2002. For six years, he taught Systematic Theology and Philosophy and served as Vice Rector and France Merrick University Chair at Saint Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2008, he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Saint Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park where he served as Vice Rector and Academic Dean until 2013, then as its Dean of Men, and later on, served as its President-Rector. As a member of the Society of Saint Sulpice, a community of diocesan priests dedicated to educating and guiding future and fellow priests, Father Stevens is best known as someone who combines theological knowledge with religious counsel and encouragement. At Saint Patrick's, he is regarded as an articulate and engaging professor of dogmatic theology. In California and beyond he is a regular retreat master, guides days of recollection and gives talks to priests especially, but also to laypeople seeking to deepen their faith. Currently, Father Stevens is back at Saint Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland teaching Systematic Theology. FATHER MARK WIESNER Father Mark Wiesner grew up in the Bay Area. His home parish was Saint Francis of Assisi in Concord. In 1990, Mark Wiesner entered Saint Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oakland in his home parish of St. Francis of Assisi, in Concord, CA, on June 10, 1995. After his ordination, he was assigned to several parishes in the Diocese of Oakland before becoming pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Livermore in 2012, and of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton in 2019. Due to his amazing talents, Father Mark has served the Diocese of Oakland far beyond his pastoral duties. During the Great Jubilee Year of 2000, Father Mark was responsible for the Diocesan liturgy which culminated the celebration of the Jubilee Year for the Diocese of Oakland on November 11, 2000. Participating in the Eucharistic Liturgy were Bishop John Cummins, more than 400 clergy, a choir of 600, a full orchestra, and an assembly of nearly 18,000 Catholics from throughout the Diocese. In 2016, during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Father Mark was commissioned by the Holy Father as a Missionary of Mercy for the Holy Year. When the Holy year concluded, Pope Francis decided the Missionaries of Mercy should continue their work, and so Father Mark continues in this role until today. JOAN AND DAVE MARONEY Joan and Dave Maroney are founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Shortly after their marriage, Joan and Dave consecrated their family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, believing that their devotion to Mary is a big the reason they were eventually asked to leave home and careers to travel the country spreading the Divine Mercy message and devotion. Over the last 20 years now, Joan and Dave have spoken at nearly 1000 parishes, schools, and conferences throughout the United States and beyond, as well as on many Catholic radio shows. They have produced several popular CDs, DVDs, materials, and resources to assist others in sharing the Faith. In 2012, they launched the Divine Mercy for America prayer campaign and network which continues to grow and now spread to other nations. Joan and Dave operate from their home in the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. They have three adult married children and totally enjoy six wonderful grandchildren. VERY REVEREND GEORGE MOCKEL Very Reverend George Mockel is the Vicar General of the Diocese of Oakland, as well as a Pastor at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda, CA. As Vicar General, a position he has held in Oakland since 2005, Father Mockel oversees all clergy services, pastoral planning and property management of the Cathedral. In addition, Father Mockel serves on the Boards of Catholic Management Services, Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Oakland, Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services, College of Consultors, Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Planning Board, the Oakland Parochial Fund, Inc., Priest Personnel Board, Presbyteral Council, President Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay. A Bay Area native, Father Mockel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Saint Patrick's College in Mountain View and attended Saint Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park where he earned his M. Div. degree. He studied Canon Law at the Catholic University of America and later attended the Institute on the Revised Code of Canon Law at the University of San Francisco. He has previously served as Judicial Vicar and chief judge of the Diocesan Tribunal and pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Concord. SKAAMEN featuring SEMINARIAN JIMMY JIMENEZ SkaAmen is a Catholic Band that uses ska, reggae, alternative rock, and a mixture of Latin rhythms to praise the Holy Name of God. The band was founded in 2008 and is comprised of members from different cities all over the Bay Area and beyond. Their mission is to expand the Kingdom of God through art (especially music) and media, encouraging and challenging all those who will listen, to say "yes" to Jesus Christ's personal invitation: "Come and follow me…" Joining the band to share his testimony is Seminarian Jimmy Jimenez-Garcia, 27, currently in his fifth year of seminary formation at Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colorado. Jimmy's story is like the prodigal son: cradle Catholic with a very religious family, his mother in particular has a great devotion to the Lord in the Eucharist and to the Blessed Mother and the Holy Rosary. During high school, he stopped going to Mass and started hanging out with a bad guys which soon began a downward spiral that continued until he turned twenty one. By that time, he had already been arrested many times and was a heavy heroin user. A powerful encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist paved the way for his conversion and stirred in his heart to embrace the Gospel and desire to live as Christ did.