Speakers

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota in 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver in 1997. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States and the first Native American archbishop. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011.

While appointed to the Archdiocese of Denver Archbishop Chaput founded St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, and ordained 71 men for the archdiocese – that’s nearly half the diocesan priests currently serving there! In 2002, assisted by his Auxiliary Bishop José Gomez, Archbishop Chaput founded Centro San Juan Diego in response to the pastoral and educational needs of the growing Hispanic community in Colorado. He later co-founded the national Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) and helped in the founding of ENDOW, a leadership initiative of Catholic women to “Educate on the Nature and Dignity of Women.” He was also instrumental in creating the Denver-based Augustine Institute, an independent, lay-run graduate school for the formation of lay Catholic leaders, catechists, and evangelizers.

From 2003-2006 he served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He currently serves on the boards of The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, and World Youth Alliance International. In 2015, he hosted the World Meeting of Families and visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. He participated in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome and was named a permanent member of the council for that synod.

He is the author of three books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001), Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008); Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World (Henry Holt and Co., 2017).

Click here to read his full biography.


 

Gloria Purvis Scott
EWTN’s Morning Glory radio program and Black Catholics United for Life

gloria-purvisAt the age of twelve, Gloria had what she calls ‘a mystical experience with the Eucharist’ from which she came to know that it was real and alive. “I was consumed with a fire all over my body, but it didn’t burn.” This experience compelled her to go home from school that day and tell her parents that she was going to enroll in the school’s preparation for Confirmation class, and she did.

Among many other things, today Gloria is Host of EWTN’s Morning Glory radio program, Chairperson for Black Catholics United for Life, Creator of Authentically Free at Last, Editor of African American Catholic Youth Bible.

And as she tells her Twitter followers, “I’m a straight no chaser kind of lady.”


 

Additional surprise speaker still to be announced!