23rd Annual Conference

Family, Church and Nation

July 29 – August 2, 2020

Hotel Eleganté. 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Conference Concerts

Michael Russell O'Brien

Michael Russell O'Brien

July 30, 2020 (Thurs) at 7:30pm @ Hotel Eleganté

Catholic Entertainment’s Best Kept Secret!

Michael has been a headliner at more than 100 Catholic Conferences and 800 Catholic Parishes. Each year Michael performs a “one man show” of classic Catholic Music Hits and humorous stories of his conversion back to the faith. The former BMG rock music category solo artist reached chart status and after an unexpected trip to Medjugorje, put that career on hold to become one of the top Catholic recording artists and conference speakers of the last 30 years!

Michael’s Catholic Music recordings have received millions of views on YouTube.

Michael spent 10 years as a published advice columnist for a major Catholic Magazine.

Michael has a #1 Catholic YouTube music video for Hail Mary / Gentle Woman.

Michael was a 2013 Keynote Speaker for the Catholic Organization “Legatus”

Michael Russell O’Brien Facebook page has become one of the top Catholic related fan pages. 

Tony Melendez

Tony Melendez

August 1, 2020 (Sat) at 7:30pm @ Hotel Eleganté

To Give Hope to All The People

“I can’t explain why people have been moved to tears, as my feet slowly apply pressure to the face and neck of my guitar something happens. For as long as I could remember these toes of mine have been like fingers. God somehow has blessed me with music and the desire to persevere.

Originally from Rivas, Nicaragua, Tony was born without arms. He also had a clubbed foot due to the drug, Thalidomide, taken by his mother. At the age of one Tony’s family immigrated to the USA so he could have corrective surgery on his left foot.

Tony grew up in a home where mom protected and cared greatly for him. His father encouraged and pushed him to do things on his own. As he had no arms, Tony had to learn to do almost everything with his feet. At the age of sixteen he taught himself how to play the guitar with his toes.

Conference Speakers

Monica Ashour, MTS, M Hum

Holding two Masters’ from the University of Dallas, one in Theological Studies and one in Humanities, Monica Ashour is an author, national speaker, content developer, leading Theology of the Body expert, and Founder of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team,...

Father James Blount, SOLT

Fr. James Blount is a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity – Georgia Mission. A very gifted Spiritual Director and Confessor, Fr. Jim is a bold charismatic preacher endowed and empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He speaks of living a life in...

Father Bill Halbing Tribute

We pay tribute to Fr. Bill Halbing who passed away on Monday, February 21, 2022 from a heart attack. I am happy for Fr. Bill, but I sure miss him. I am sure you miss him too.Photo from our Be Not Afraid ConferenceAugust 3, 2012He loved our annual conference and...

Timothy S Geoeglein

American Restoration: How Faith, Family, & Personal Sacrifice can Heal our Nation We are really sorry to inform you that Tim Goeglein will not be attending our conference "in-person" this year due to unanticipated transportation challenges. Tim will be joining...

Father Ken Geraci

Making Room for God Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During that time he...

Emmanuel Gonzalez

American Restoration: How Faith, Family, & Personal Sacrifice can Heal our Nation We are really sorry to inform you that Tim Goeglein will not be attending our conference "in-person" this year due to unanticipated transportation challenges. Tim will be joining...

Father Bill Halbing

Rev. William J. Halbing, 65 of Linden went home to the Lord on February 21, 2022. Father Bill Halbing is passionate about Biblical/scriptural exegesis. He is well known for his rare teachings of in-depth, line-by-line Bible studies, taking you into the deepest...

Father Bill Halbing Tribute

We pay tribute to Fr. Bill Halbing who passed away on Monday, February 21, 2022 from a heart attack. I am happy for Fr. Bill, but I sure miss him. I am sure you miss him too.Photo from our Be Not Afraid ConferenceAugust 3, 2012He loved our annual conference and...

Stephen Father Imbarrato

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, ordained in 2005, is officially a retired priest from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fr Stephen has the unique grace of having 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and has been a pastor of 3 parishes over a 10 year period...

Father Kyle Ingels

Father Kyle Ingels

Breakout Program MC A native of Colorado Springs, Fr Kyle Ingels serves as the Director of Campus Ministry and Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He has served as Chaplain for the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland and as...

Annie Karto

Catholic singer, Annie Karto has traveled the country extensively these past 25 years, her ministry taking her to Europe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Africa, Guatemala, and Trinidad. Annie weaves her songs in and out of her testimonies.  Over 25 years ago, after a deep...

Father Andre Mahanna

Father Andre YS Mahanna is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of religious freedom in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the United States. A friend of freedom, Fr. Andre has informed and advised the U.S. Administration and members of Congress on these...

Tony Melendez

To Give Hope to All The People "I can’t explain why people have been moved to tears, as my feet slowly apply pressure to the face and neck of my guitar something happens. For as long as I could remember these toes of mine have been like fingers. God somehow has...

Kim Monson

What I Learned on My Grade School Playground! Kim Monson grew up in western Kansas and has a deep appreciation for rural America. She attended the University of Kansas. Kim moved to Colorado with the belief that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible...

Kelly Nieto

Catholic Convert. Miss America runner-up. Master Story Teller. We are really sorry to inform you that Kelly Nieto will not be attending our conference this year.Kelly was planning to come, but has been advised by her pulmonologist that she cannot fly now. Kelly has...

Michael Russell O’Brien

Catholic Entertainment's Best Kept Secret! Michael has been a headliner at more than 100 Catholic Conferences and 800 Catholic Parishes. Each year Michael performs a "one man show" of classic Catholic Music Hits and humorous stories of his conversion back to the...

Father Philip Scott

Family of Jesus Fr. Philip Scott was born in Lima, Peru in 1960. After a life away from Our Lord, he had a St. Paul conversion experience in 1980. Then after being engaged with a wonder girl Fr. Scott was called to ‘leave all’ and he entered the priesthood. Fr....

Bishop Michael Sheridan

Bishop Michael Sheridan was born in St. Louis, MO on March 4, 1945. He was ordained as a diocesan priest by Cardinal John J. Carberry on May 29, 1971. On September 3, 1997 Bishop Sheridan was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of St. Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali....

Tony Melendez

To Give Hope to All The People "I can’t explain why people have been moved to tears, as my feet slowly apply pressure to the face and neck of my guitar something happens. For as long as I could remember these toes of mine have been like fingers. God somehow has...

Matt Werner

Since 1997 Matt Werner has served as President of Queen of the Apostles Mission Association working to advance the interests of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Russia and former Soviet Union countries. This charitable non-profit group has helped many bishops,...

Father Mark Wheelan

Fr. Mark Wheelan, SOLT studied in Rome at the Angelicum. He was ordained in Corpus Christi, TX and was sent to serve the Native American Indians in North Dakota. Fr. Mark has been attending our conferences for several years to assist with the sacraments and is very...

Father Zachary of the Mother of God

Love Made Visible The St. Thomas Aquinas Society is very proud to have Fr. Zachary of the Mother of God share with us his devotion to the importance of Perpetual Adoration in our lives. Fr. Zachary, a former attorney, is a Priest of the Society of Our Lady of the...

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