2017 General Track
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Saturday
His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
Archbishop Christophe Pierre was born on January 30, 1946 in Rennes, France. He completed his primary education in Antisirabé, Madagascar, and his secondary schooling in Saint-Malo, France, and in Marrakech, Morocco. He attended the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Rennes (1963-1969) and the Catholic Institute of Paris (1969-1971).
He did Military Service from July, 1965, to October, 1966. Was ordained a priest on April 5, 1970, in Saint-Malo, France and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Rennes. He has been Parochial Vicar of the St. Peter and St. Paul Parish in Colombes, Diocese of Nanterre, France (1970-1973).
He has a Master in Sacred Theology (Paris, 1971) and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (1973-1977).
He completed his studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, in Rome (1973-1977), and started his service in the Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See on March 5, 1977.
He was appointed first to the Pontifical Representation in New Zealand and the Islands of the Pacific Ocean (1977-1981). Subsequently he served in Mozambique (1981); in Zimbabwe (1982-1986); in Cuba (1986-1989); in Brazil (1989-1991); at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (1991-1995). He was elected Titular Archbishop of Gunela on July 12, 1995, and received the Episcopal Consecration on September 24, 1995, in Saint-Malo, France. Archbishop Christophe Pierre was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, on July 12, 1995, where he served until 1999. He has been the Papal Representative to Uganda (1999- 2007) Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, since March 22, 2007 and now Apostolic Nuncio of the United States.
Archbishop Pierre speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Friday Night
Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.
In addition to her books, and her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré publishes regularly in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and USA Today. She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.
Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason, Professor Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.
Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America.
Saturday – Track Speakers
The Fil-Millennials were formed in 2015 to teach the Filipino culture to the next generation of Filipino children. The dancers are all 2nd and 3rd generation Filipino children, ages 8-16. They practice 4-8 hours per week, usually on the weekends. The Fil-Millennials have had over 20 performances in Jacksonville for many Filipino and multicultural events, most notably at Filipino Pride Day, twice at the Times Union, at the Florida Theater, at the Mayors Asian Heritage Festival and for Bishop Felipe Estevez at the Sinolog Festival. The group is most excited to be invited by the Bishop to perform at the Eucharistic Congress.
The Fil-Millennials will be performing Tubong, Bulaklakan, Sayaw sa Banco and Tinikling.
The Tubong is a rhythmic dance performed by male dancers using three foot bamboo tubes and sticks, usually performed during fiestas to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits.
The Bulaklakan dance comes from the town of Bulacan and is traditionally the opening act for the Parade of Flowers symbolizing the coming of more growing and a bountiful harvest year.
Sayaw sa Banco is a dance performed on top of a narrow bench. This dance traces its roots back to the areas of Pangapisan, Lingayen and Pangasinan and is usually performed at town fiestas.
Tinikling originated in Leyte, an island in central Philippines. The dance takes its name from the common rail bird called the tikling bird as they walk between grass stems, run over branches and dodge the bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Tinikling is the National Dance of the Philippines.
Examples of the above types of dance:
Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, is director of Evangelization for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and director of Formation for the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy. Fr. Michael is also the author of the bestselling books 33 Days to Morning Glory, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, and the new book 33 Days to Merciful Love. He lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
Dr. Edward Sri
Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author, and nationally known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. The author of several Catholic best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass and Walking with Mary. He is the host of the acclaimed film series Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) which is being used in over 5,000 parishes. He serves as professor of theology and vice president of Mission at the Augustine Institute in Denver.
Dr. Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and resides with his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children in Littleton, Colorado.
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, due to circumstances beyond his control, has regretfully had to cancel his appearance at this years Congress
Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S.
Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S. is a native of Monterrey, Mexico.
He received a bachelor’s degree in theology and a canon law degree from the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1984, he was ordained a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, a religious congregation of men consecrated to God for the service of the Church, who provide spiritual direction for priests and consecrated religious.
He was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell, Washington in the year 2000 to provide ministry to the growing Hispanic community in Western Washington upon the request of Archbishop Alex Brunett. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope Benedict XVI on May 12, 2005 and was ordained by Archbishop Brunett on June 6, 2005.
Bishop Elizondo is the first Hispanic bishop in Seattle. He is appointed Vicar General, Vicar for Hispanic Ministries and Vicar for Vocations of the Archdiocese.
Tom Coughlin was named executive vice president of football operations for the Jaguars on January 9, 2017. A veteran of 29 years in the NFL including 21 as a head coach, Coughlin ranks as the 12th-winningest coach in NFL history with an overall record of 182-157 (.537), including two Super Bowl championships.
Coughlin, who oversees the team’s football operations and reports directly to Owner Shad Khan, served as the inaugural head coach for the Jaguars for nine seasons (1994-2002). During that time he accumulated a 68-60 regular season record and four playoff appearances, including two AFC championship games.
Coughlin last year served as the NFL’s senior advisor to football operations, a role he started after retiring from the New York Giants following the 2015 season.
The Waterloo, N.Y. native posted a 170-150 regular season record in 21 seasons as an NFL head coach, including nine years in Jacksonville and 12 with the New York Giants. Coughlin’s 170 wins are the 12th-most in NFL history and his 12 wins in the playoffs rank seventh. Coughlin-led teams captured five division titles and nine playoff berths, and his overall postseason record is 12-7.
Coughlin led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, becoming the 13th coach in NFL history to claim multiple Super Bowl titles. He is also one of 19 head coaches with a perfect record in Super Bowl games.
Prior to joining the Giants, Coughlin coached the Jaguars for nine seasons after being named the franchise’s first head coach on Feb. 21, 1994. The Jaguars’ 72-64 overall record included a 4-4 mark in the playoffs during Coughlin’s tenure.
Jacksonville quickly became the league’s most successful expansion team, becoming the first club to qualify for playoff appearances in four of its first five seasons. In 1996, the Jaguars qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the AFC championship game in just their second season as Coughlin was named NFL Coach of the Year by United Press International. The team won its first division title in 1998. The following season, Coughlin led the Jaguars to an NFL-best record of 14-2 and advanced to the conference title game.
Coughlin emerged as one of the league’s best offensive coaches, as Jacksonville led the NFL in both passing yards (4,367 in 1996) and rushing yards (2,091 in 1999). He also tutored recent Pride of the Jaguars inductee Jimmy Smith who was the league’s leading receiver in 1999, as well as the four previous members of the Pride of the Jaguars – Tony Boselli, Mark Brunell and Fred Taylor.
Prior to Jacksonville, Coughlin spent three seasons (1991-93) as head coach at Boston College, where he was 21-13-1. In 1993, the Coughlin-led Eagles were ranked 12th in the USA Today/CNN coaches’ poll and 13th by the Associated Press. He also coached Boston College’s quarterbacks from 1981-83, where he tutored Doug Flute, who would win the Heisman Trophy in 1984.
From 1988-90, Coughlin was the Giants wide receivers coach under Bill Parcells, and was on the staff when the team won its second Super Bowl. He held the same position with the Green Bay Packers (1986-87) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1985-86).
Coughlin began his coaching career in 1969 as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, where he was a three-year letterman from 1965-67. The former Orangeman competed in the same back field as All-America backs and Pro Football Hall of Famers Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. He later served as the school’s quarterbacks and offensive backfield coach for three seasons (1974-76) and offensive coordinator (1977-80).
Thomas Richard Coughlin was born on Aug. 31, 1946 in Waterloo, New York. He is the oldest of seven children. Coughlin and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, Keli and Kate; two sons-in-law named Chris; two sons, Brian and Tim; two daughters-in-law, Andrea and Susie; and 11 grandchildren: Emma Rose, Dylan, Shea, Cooper, Caroline, Marin, Wesley, Brennon, Clara, Walker and Ally.