La Summette

Summer 2017

Letter From the President

Dear Friends,

Our 20th major conference: Fatima and The Triumph is almost here. We are excited about this conference. It is truly a Marian Conference during this 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima in 1917.

We begin with a free concert with Tony Melendez at 7pm at the Pikes Peak Center on Thursday, August 3. We hope you will come and invite others.

Mark your calendar and tell your friends: August 3-6, 2017 at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs. You won’t want to miss this conference! Our conference will remain free, and as always, we are grateful for all donations.

You are receiving two brochures: one for you and one for a friend. You can find information about our speakers and the conference schedule in the brochure.

Our thanks to Richard George of for the generous use of the image of Our Lady of Fatima, Immaculate Heart of Mary.

20th Conference News

Tony Melendez

in concert Thursday evening and also conference speaker.

“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.”

Tony, originally from Rivas, Nicaragua was born without arms and with 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.

His father encouraged and pushed him to do things on his own. He had to learn to do almost everything with his feet. At sixteen he taught himself to play the guitar with his toes.

In 1987 Tony performed for Pope John Paul II. This was broadcast internationally and that set Tony’s career in to high gear. Tony has traveled to all fifty states and more than 44 foreign countries. In addition he has been on numerous shows such as Good Morning America, Hour of Power and more.

Tony, who lives in Branson with his wife Lynn and two kids, has recorded five albums. See more of his amazing story:

Conference Speakers

Fr. Charles Becker

Marian Movement of Priests Fr. Charles Becker is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is the National Responsible for the Marian Movement of Priests, a worldwide Movement begun by Our Lady in Fatima through Fr. Stefano Gobbi who received interior locutions...

Father Greg Bramlage

Missionary of the New Evangelization Fr. Greg Bramlage was born in 1964 in Covington, Kentucky. He received a B.S. in Business Administration and graduated Cum Laude from Marian College. He worked 13 years in the Shipping and Transportation Industry. In 1996 he...

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

Champion of the Rosary Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a prominent Marian priest, exhibits an unmistakable zeal for the priesthood and devotion to Our Lady. He was born in Dearborn, Michigan on June 29, 1972. Fr. Calloway was ordained a priest on May 31, 2003 at The...

Bernie Choiniere

Singer, Musician and Song Writer By helping to convey the love of God, and stressing a need for a personal relationship with Christ, Bernie's heartfelt songs present a call to action and a challenge to service. In the past 19 years he has told his miraculous story...

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 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...

Father Kyle Ingels

Msgr. Robert Jaeger, V.G.

Ordained in 1990 at the age of 39, Monsignor Robert Jaeger became a priest after working in the secular world for a decade. He is currently pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Colorado Springs (where he had served as an associate pastor after ordination) and Vicar...

Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

We are delighted to have Father Mitch Pacwa return to our conference again this year. Fr. Pacwa is Founder and President of Ignatius Productions, and is best know for his appearances on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) where he hosts two...

Father Aniello Salicone SX

Celebrating Healing We welcome Fr. Aniello Salicone to this year's conference where he will share his experience of how God has called him to special ministry. Fr. Aniello's presentation will be thought-provoking and humorous. You will delight and be inspired when...

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....

Kristin Taylor

Singer, Recording Artist Kristin Taylor is an international recording artist and Founder of T.H.O.R.N. Ministries Catholic lay Apostolate in Western Samoa. She was gifted her voice and the ability to write music at the age of 13. Instead of going into secular music...

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,...

Angel Thomasina

St. Michael the Archangel, Defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

Here we ask for prayers for Mattie Henry. He is not able to come this year because of health reasons. We will miss him but ask for your prayers. Hopefully he will be back next year. In the meantime we express our appreciation to Matt Werner who is always on hand to assist us in any way throughout the conference weekend and will be our MC for the main program this year.

Save the Date!

Rosary Rally

October 15, 2pm – 4pm

Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Colorado Springs

in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. Reception follows in Mary’s House. The Honorable Bishop Michael Sheridan will be presiding and offering a talk on the message and requests of Our Lady of Fatima.

For more information contact Paula Joy (

Our Prayer Motto

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Have you said your Hail Mary today for the St. Thomas Aquinas Society?

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