Sparks of Faith Speaker Information

Dr. Mary Healy

Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing, and the spiritual life. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy is chair of the Theological Commission of CHARIS (Charismatic Renewal International Service) in Rome. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Books by Dr. Healy will be available for purchase at the conference.


Mary Sims

Mary Sims has been teaching and directing sacred music in the Archdiocese of Seattle for nearly seven years. She directs music for Masses in the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms, leading professional, beginner, Spanish, English, and children’s choirs. Mary has served in rural and urban parishes, with the consistent goal of raising the bar for beauty in the liturgy, working within the abilities and means of the community. She has found success in every setting, demonstrating that all parishes are able to integrate the beauty of Gregorian chant and tradition to the liturgy. She will be at St. Mary to record a talk and workshop on sacred music with our choir prior to the event and will be serving at the Mass during the weekend Masses at St. Mary. Her talk and workshop recording will be made available on the Sparks of Faith DVD.


Caroline and Dan Dirkes

Worship & Praise Team

2Tim4 Ministries is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is composed of the husband and wife team of Caroline and Dan Dirkes. A gifted and dynamic young couple, they have a passion for preaching the gospel and evangelizing people of all ages.
The ministry takes its name from the scripture verse 2 Timothy 4:1-5 - a heartfelt challenge from the apostle Paul to preach the gospel and perform the work of an evangelist.


We have other interesting activities happening as well during the event, as well as activities for families and children leading up to the event. Please visit our Family Activities page to learn more.