2019 Speakers Info

Deacon Ralph Poyo

As founder of New Evangelization Ministries, Deacon Ralph has become a useful tool for pastors in assisting them in training their parish leadership in evangelization. He has traveled extensively around the country serving as an evangelist, and has served in both diocesan and parish venues. 

With 35 years of parish ministry, he understands the complexities and diversities of various ministry environments. When Dcn. Ralph is not consulting with parishes (http://nem.training/), he is a popular national speaker capable of speaking to a wide variety of audiences. His passionate, humorous, and playful style has captivated adult and teen audiences across the country with the truth of the Gospel of Christ. This presentation style disarms his audiences, and he speaks directly to the issues that plague our efforts in living the Catholic Faith. 

Dcn. Ralph is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, and has five daughters, three sons (in-law), and four grandchildren.


Daniel Oberreuter - Lead singer for Catholic rockband The Thirsting

The Mission of Daniel Oberreuter is to promote the Rosary, the Eucharist, and the Catholic Church through music. He is recognized by the National Youth Federation (His band played mainstage for NCCYM in San Antonio in December 2014 and played Indianapolis 2015 for 5000+ youth) and has played for multiple diocesan youth conferences and events across the nation. Lastly, this past summer his band, The Thirsting played on the main stage where Pope Frances was in Blonia Park for World Youth Day 2016


Adam Janke, Saint Paul Street Evangelization

Adam oversees the development of programs and resources for the St. Paul Evangelization Institute including the Urban Missionary Program, Regional Missionary Program, Leadership Training Institute, and the School of Evangelization. Adam brings the experience the institute has gained through more than 300 street teams in the form of talks and workshops on evangelization, healing, and hospitality. After converting to Catholicism from biblical fundamentalism in 2005, Adam obtained a BA in Theology and Catechetics and an MA in Theology in Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. Adam has been featured on EWTN Television and Radio, Catholic Answers Live, the Radio Maria Network, the National Catholic Register, as well as in several other Catholic news publications. 

St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE) is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking the Catholic Faith to the streets. 

As an on-the-street Catholic evangelization organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue for people to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith with a hungry culture.


Religious Sisters of Mercy

The Religious Sisters of Mercy, with its Motherhouse located in Alma, Michigan, is a Religious Institute of Pontifical Right dedicated to the Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy. Established in 1973 in response to the renewal called for in the Second Vatican Council, the Institute recognizes Venerable Catherine McAuley as its original foundress.

The Religious Sisters of Mercy are looking forward to spending quality time with the youth and families at Faith on Fire.  They are preparing hands-on activities and engaging instruction - it will be fun for all ages


Father Julian Gonzalez

mmunity of Brothers of Merciful Father Julian will be visiting us from Italy again this year! His last visit was at Faith on Fire in 2016!!

He was ordained September 15, 2008

The project of the Community of the Brothers of Merciful Jesus is founded on the personal commitment to the service of the Will of God in the Church. Serving the Divine Mercy requires the brothers both to know it and propagate it.


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