La Summette

Winter 2015

Merry Christmas!

Letter From the President

Dear Friends,

Plans are underway for our 19th major conference: Jesus King of All Nations. We are excited about this conference and the way it is coming together. Keep watch on our website to see it grow.

Our big news: a concert with John Michael Talbot at 7pm at the Pikes Peak Center on Thursday, August 4. We hope you will come and invite others.

Mark your calendar and tell your friends: August 4-7, 2016 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

John Michael Talbot

It All Began With A Vision

“God gave me a mission of itinerant ministry going from parish to parish in a time of great need in our culture. I believe that our current ministry is fulfilling that vision. We are bringing REVIVAL to Catholics and Christians of all faiths throughout the world!”

The path our Lord has guided John Michael on has uniquely prepared him for this time in the Church. After responding to the Lord’s call, God used John Michael to
bless millions of lives through his unique and multi-faceted ministry.

John Michael Talbot is considered a “Christian Music Legend” being one of the pioneering artists of what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music. He is recognized as Catholic music’s most popular artist with platinum sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world.

John Michael is a best-selling author and television host of “All Things Are Possible” which premiered in April, 2014. John Michael leads his very active ministry from the Little Portion Hermitage in AR and St. Clare Monastery in TX where he is the Founder and General Minister of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.
His artistic and humanitarian efforts have been recognized with multiple awards including the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Association, Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary International, Mercy Corps and the Mother Theresa Award!

John Michael Talbot is one of the most active ministers traveling throughout the world inspiring and renewing the faith of Christians of all denominations through sacred music and inspired preaching. Like a modern St. Francis, John Michael Talbot’s ministry is bringing revival to God’s Church, “one parish at a time, and renewing hearts one life at a time.”

John Michael will also speak at our Jesus King of All Nations Conference., and

– Therese Lorentz

Will we have tickets for the John Michael Talbot concert?

No. We will need your prayer and financial support. If a person or a business would like to sponsor the John Michael Talbot concert on August. 4, 2016, we would be glad to acknowledge that sponsorship on the flyers and promotional materials for a $10,000 donation.

Jesus King of All Nations Conference Speakers

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...

Father Bill Casey

Father of Mercy Father Bill Casey is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a 1979 graduate of Temple University. After graduating from college, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Upon leaving the Army, he entered the Congregation of the Fathers of...

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...

Sister Caterina Esselen, OLM

Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy Sr. M. Caterina Esselen is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to which Saint Faustina belonged. Sr. Caterina joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1995 and made her perpetual profession of vows in...

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...

Deacon Henry Mattie

General Program M.C. A gifted Irish baritone will be our Master of Ceremony. Mattie immigrated from Ireland with his family in 1970. He and his brothers formed the Noel Henry Irish Show Band and they toured for 20 years. Mattie spreads the Word of God through music...

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

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...

Deacon Tim Kennedy

God's Mercy and Freedom in Christ Deacon Tim Kennedy was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ on May 21, 2011 with 34 other men to the Sacred Order of Deacon. He currently serves there and as an Eastern Catholic Deacon in the Eparchy of Passaic. Previously,...

Father Peter Prusakiewicz

Fr. Peter Prusakiewicz, CSMA (Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel) is a well-travelled international speaker for over twenty years and has spoken at many conferences, retreats and parish missions all over the world. Divine Mercy and the Holy Angels...

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....

How Do We Pay For The Conferences?

Because we are so firmly convinced in our hearts that God wants to provide this conference to you free of charge, we step out in faith every year. We believe that this is God’s gift to you.
We project the cost of this conference to be $60,000. Your gifts mean so much to us because we always ask: “whom would we exclude?” Well, we don’t plan to exclude anyone because of a lack of funds. God would not turn anyone away.
It is always interesting when we are told that our conferences are funded. That is not the case. While we receive some generous donations, we have to work very hard to be able to cover expenses, often falling significantly short. But we believe that God wants these conferences, so we step out again and again in faith.

Thank you in advance for your donation when possible, and also for your prayers. St. Thomas Aquinas Society is built on a foundation of prayer, not funds. God will reward you for your generosity, especially because any donations will be the fruit of your prayer and your heart. Thank you

Calling all priests, deacons and lovers of the Bible

Catholic Study Tool. Verbum will have a booth at the conference and is offering a conference-exclusive 15% discount on your preferred library. Each Verbum library comes with hundreds of Catholic books and powerful tools to simplify your
study of Scripture and Tradition. Two workshops will be offered at the conference for your information.

We are grateful to Verbum. A percentage of their conference sales is being given to St. Thomas Aquinas Society to help with conference expenses.

Angel Thomasina

Flying Novena

Have you heard about the Flying Novena? It is a favorite of Mother Teresa. Instead of 9 days or 9 hours for a novena, this one is the Memorare 9 times in a row. It is very powerful. Then pray one more Memorare in Thanksgiving.

Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help or sought Thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee O Virgin of virgins my Mother. To Thee do I come, before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions but in Thy mercy answer me. Amen

Match the Bible Verse – Ten ways to Love from Fr. Wade Menezes – answer key below.

A. Listen without interrupting. 1. Proverbs 21:26
B. Speak without accusing 2. Proverbs 17:1
C. Give without sparing 3. Ephesians 4:15
D. Pray without ceasing 4. Proverbs 18
E. Answer without arguing 5. Proverbs 13:12
F. Share without pretending 6. Colossians 3:13
G. Enjoy without complaint 7. James 1:19
H. Trust without wavering 8. Philippians 2:14
I. Forgive without punishing 9. Colossians 1:9
J. Promise without forgetting your promise 10. 1 Corinthians 13:7.

Bible Answer Key: A-4; B-7; C-1; D-9; E-2; F-3; G-8; H-10; I-6; J-5


Please help us with your end-of-the-year donation. We do have expenses throughout the year.
We currently have a mailing list of just over 2000. Just think! A $10 donation would be a great blessing. If everyone sent $10, that would be $20,000.
Expenses during the year include printing, mailing, accounting to have our non-profit report filed professionally, deposits for some of the speakers, airline tickets for speakers, ink for our printers and office supplies. We have two multifunction printers from These have been a great blessing to us. Currently Xerox is providing the warranties but we have printing quotas to meet. Therefore this newsletter, conference flyers, etc. are printed here in our office and taken to RhoDESCO (formerly Allegra) to print our envelopes and prepare our mailings. We have to order ink for our printing throughout the year. We also have expenses to maintain our website and to keep our account with Constant Contact for emailing.
Our overall mailing plan is the postcard (which are professionally printed) in February or March, and the conference brochure in June. We have decided to do this mailing at this time to make sure everyone knows about our fantastic conference and John Michael Talbot’s concert on Thursday evening, August 4.
We do have low office expenses as the office is still in my home. Therefore, there is no rent. We do keep our published phone number of 719-448-0020 at very low costs.
With the addition of the Thursday evening concert, conference expenses for 2016 will exceed $60,000.
A good start would be an end-of-the-year donation as we continue our ministry throughout the year.
Remember that all donations to St. Thomas Aquinas Society are tax deductible. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit religious organization with a twofold focus of prayer and education in our Catholic Faith.
We do not belong to any larger organization and we do not have a bookstore as some mistakenly believe.
We are a small organization with a big name.
That’s why your end-of-the-year support is so important.


Volunteer Opportunities

We will be having several opportunities for volunteers, especially now that we have added the John Michael Talbot concert on August 4 at 7pm at the Pikes Peak Center.

Our committee will be working on preparing the volunteer opportunities. In the meantime, your prayers and your donations are of invaluable help.


Our Prayer Motto

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

Soldier On!