Presenter: Chris Stefanick
Chris Stefanick is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and television host who has devoted his life to sharing the love of Jesus, and helping others do the same. His live seminars, TV, radio, and video ministry have reached millions, and his educational initiatives are turning the tide in the Church. He authored a confirmation prep program that’s been used by over a million people, the popular SEARCH program and most recently released another bestseller, Living Joy. Chris is a recipient of the Papal Benemerenti (Benny-ma-ren-tee) Medal which was previously given by the pope for Military valor, but today is given for achievement in ministry. A graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Chris is also the founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a non-profit organization that makes his initiatives for renewal a reality. Above all, he’s proud to be husband to Natalie and father to their six children, and two grandchildren!
Presenter: Fr. Ryan T. Ruiz, S.L.D., Dean of the School of Theology,
Mount St. Mary's Seminary & School of Theology
Fr. Ryan Ruiz was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in May of 2008. He currently serves as Dean of the School of Theology, Director of Liturgy, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments, and formation faculty member at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology, Cincinnati. Prior to this, Fr. Ruiz served as parochial vicar of Incarnation Parish in Centerville, Ohio (2008-2011) and was then assigned to graduate studies in Rome, Italy (2011-2016), where he received his doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’Anselmo in Rome. In January 2020, Fr. Ruiz was appointed to a three-year term, as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship. He is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, a scholarly and professional organization for the promotion of the sacred liturgy, and sits on various committees for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Youth Grades 6-12 Presenters: NET Ministries
Each year, 175 young men and women serve as volunteers with NET Ministries. The team members begin their year of service with an intense five-week training program during which they are brought to a deeper understanding of their faith and are taught to effectively communicate that faith to others. They receive instruction in prayer, scripture, Catholic teaching, Christian character, and ministry skills.
The young adult volunteers are then put into teams and sent out in vans across the United States to share their faith and invite all they meet to give their lives to Jesus. These 16 teams will reach out to over 100,000 youth from September to May. After serving with NET, nearly all of the team members continue in some form of service to the church and 12% will go on to pursue priesthood or religious life. Learn more about NET Ministries here.
Youth participating in the Parish Mission need a 2022-2023 Medical, Photo & Liability Release on file. If we do not have one already on file for your child for this year, please print one here and bring it with you to the first day of the mission or drop it off at the parish office before.
"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness - He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you."
-St. Pope John Paul II