2016 Marian Eucharistic Conference

Welcome to the 2016 Marian Conference page! 

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Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S.

Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., has served the Church for the past 25 years as a Catholic evangelist, author, radio host, writer, and Ignatian certified retreat director. Frequently featured on EWTN TV and Radio programs, she also hosts “Eucharist, Mercy & Saints” weekly radio program that airs internationally on Radio Maria. She serves in leadership roles in Catholic apostolates such as Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, the Pope Leo XIII Institute for priests, Radio Maria and is a writer for the popular online magazine: www.catholicexchange.com. The President and Co-Founder of Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org) her book titled, “Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization” was published by Sophia Press in 2014. For more information please visit: www.kathleenbeckman.com. Kathleen has been spreading the message of Divine Mercy since 1998 as the chair of the Annual Orange Diocese Divine Mercy conferences attended by thousands of people. Sophia Institute Press commissioned her to write a new book, “God’s Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace & Joy” for the Year of Mercy (http://shop.sophiainstitute.com/Gods-Healing-Mercy-P859.aspx

Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P.

Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., is the Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She holds a S.T.L. in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and has taught at the elementary, secondary and junior college levels.  Mother Assumpta is a former President of the Forum of Major Superiors; in the early 1990s she was invited by John Cardinal O’Connor to assist with the initial formation of the Sisters of Life in New York.  In 1997 she, along with three other Sisters, founded the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; one of the fastest growing and youngest communities of religious sisters in the country. In 2010 they were featured on The Oprah Show where viewers were able to get a rare glimpse of the sisters. The Sisters currently teach in elementary and secondary schools in Michigan and six other states across the country including the Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, Fl.


Tom Peterson

Following 25 years as an award-winning corporate advertising executive Tom Peterson’s life would change forever, after receiving a transforming Spiritual conversion while on a Catholic men’s retreat. Soon afterward, he founded Virtue Media (pro-life) and the Catholics Come Home organization. In the first six years, Catholics Come Home has aired Catholic evangelization commercials in 38 dioceses helping to lead a half a million souls home to the Catholic Church. The Catholic Come Home evango-mericals have been aired nationally on the top stations television stations reaching as many as 125 million viewers. In January 2014 the evango-mercials were aired during the major College Football bowl games featuring the legendary coach Lour Holtz who promoted the goal of reaching heaven and invited viewers to come home to the Catholic faith. Recently a new series is being aired on EWTN with Tom Peterson as the host where guests are invited to inspire others by sharing their own journey as they came home to the Catholic faith.


Steve Ray

Steve Ray was raised in a Fundamentalist Baptist home and married his wife Janet in 1976. Janet came from a long line of Protestants tracing back to the first pilgrims who joined the Reformation in the 1600’s. After they married Steve and Janet traveled extensively exploring their Protestant roots and visited many communist countries smuggling in Bibles and medicine to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. After studying many books about the Catholic Church to convince their best friend and recent convert Al Kresta that the early Church was evangelical, Steve and Janet experienced their own conversion that led them to the enter the Catholic Church on Pentecost Sunday 1994. Shortly after becoming Catholic, Steve began writing a letter to his father explaining why they became Catholic which later became the book “Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historic Church”, published by Ignatius Press. Now Steve’s passion for the depth and truth found within the Catholic tradition has led him to pursue what he really loves – writing, speaking producing Catholic films and leading thousands of pilgrimages all over the world.  Steve is a regular guest on Catholic radio and television including Catholic Answers, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio and EWTN.


Vinny Flynn

Known to many as “the man who sings the Divine Mercy Chaplet on EWTN,” this father of seven has been involved in a ministry of mercy for over forty years, using his gifts of speaking, writing, counseling, and music to help people understand the teachings of the Church and open their hearts to the healing touch of God’s love. His personal, straight-forward style of writing and speaking makes theological concepts and the teachings of the Church come alive with new meaning and relevancy. His books include; 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, 7 Secrets of Confession, Mercy’s Gaze,  and his just completed work, 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy.


Martin Doman

Martin Doman graduated from Franciscan University in 1996 and has been leading worship ever since. Although he has worked as a youth minister, campus minister, songwriter, speaker, and recording artist, Martin claims the most fulfilling thing in his life is his role as husband and father. Martin has been featured on EWTN’s “Life On The Rock” and “Backstage” programs, and has produced four recordings of Catholic music.


Fr. Chris Alar, MIC

Father Chris entered the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy, as a postulant in July, 2006. Prior to that, he received a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After working several years at a Fortune 500 company, he began his own consulting company in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2000. After answering the Lord’s call, he attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, for his philosophy studies and earned his Masters of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Over the past several years he has been mentored by the world’s leading experts in Divine Mercy, and he has spoken at over 100 parishes to date. Currently he lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, where he serves as “Fr. Joseph, MIC,”the director of the Association of Marian Helpers.