August 23 - 25, 2019
To our Speakers, Celebrants, Board, Volunteers…
for making this year's Arizona Marian Conference a huge success.
Speakers and Main Celebrants
Dr. Edward Sri
Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and well-known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. Each year he speaks to tens of thousands of people from around the world, including clergy, parish leaders, catechists and laity.
He has written several best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass, Walking with Mary and Who Am I to Judge? – Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love. His latest release is, Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple.
Edward Sri is also the host of the acclaimed film series Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained and the presenter of several faith formation film series, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass; Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother; and Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.
He is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), where he currently serves as Vice President of Formation.
Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land each year and is the host of the weekly podcast “All Things Catholic.” He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and is an adjunct professor at the Augustine Institute. He resides with his wife Elizabeth and their eight children in Littleton, Colorado.
Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ
Fr. Jim Kubicki was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1971 and was ordained in 1983.
From 1984 to 1988, Father served as the Vocation Director and from 1995 to 1999 as the Director of Formation for the Jesuits of the Wisconsin Province, a seven-state region in the upper Midwest.
From 1989 to 1995, he worked at the Sioux Spiritual Center, a retreat house for Native Americans in western South Dakota. During that time he was also the Assistant Director of the Diocese of Rapid City’s deacon and lay ministry formation program.
He has given retreats around the country since 1986 and was on the staff of Demontreville, the Jesuit retreat house in Lake Elmo, Minnesota from 2000 to 2003.
In 2003, he became the national director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), a position he held for fourteen years. In 2017, he moved to the Rosebud Reservation in western South Dakota where he currently serves as the director of St. Francis Mission which was founded in 1886.
Fr. Kubicki appears regularly on Catholic radio shows around the country. His book, A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was selected by the Catholic Book Publishers Association as among the three best spirituality books in 2012. His latest book is A Year of Daily Offerings.
Fr. Michael Barry, SSCC
Fr. Michael Barry, SS.CC is an author, lecturer, and founder of “Mary’s Mercy Center, Inc.”, a non-profit that feeds and clothes the poor and homeless at its Mary’s Table, helps mothers with young children out of homelessness or abuse at its Veronica’s Home of Mercy, and is currently developing a home for homeless men named Mary’s Village.
A frequent speaker and guest lecturer at conferences, he has traveled nationally and internationally celebrating healing masses and encouraging prayers for the healing of the family tree.
Fr. Jozo “Joe” Grbes, OFM
Fr. Jozo “Joe” Grbes, O.F.M. was born in Rama, Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 17, 1966. As a child, his family moved to Pozega, Slavonia, where he completed his first 12 years of schooling. He joined the Franciscan Order in 1986 in Humac.
Fr. Grbes studied philosophy and theology at colleges in Sarajevo, Canterbury and London, England where he graduated in 1992.
He arrived in the United States on October 2, 1992 and was ordained a priest on February 7, 1993 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish in New York. After his ordination, he continued his pastoral duties in the same parish while taking post-graduate courses at St. John’s University where he received a Master’s Degree in theology.
In 1996, Fr. Jozo was transferred to St. Jerome’s in Chicago as assistant pastor. He became St. Jerome’s pastor from 2001 to 2013. He continued his post-graduate work in pastoral theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
In 2012, he was elected Franciscan Custos/Superior for the Croatian Franciscan Fathers in USA and Canada. He resides at the Franciscan Fathers main friary in Chicago.
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. Her story has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home, the USCCB Convocation, SEEK Conference, Relevant Radio and other outlets.
She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks regularly on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, healing (and sports!). Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun.
Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix
Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, July 2, 1973. He was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, December 20, 2003. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector/President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology, a doctorate in Canon Law, and worked more than nine years in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
Fr. Steven A. Kunkel
Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church Phoenix, Arizona and Spiritual Director of the Arizona Peace Center
Fr. Kunkel was raised in an Army family and graduated from Fayetteville State University with a BS in Computer Science. After working for Wachovia Bank, he entered the seminary, studying at St. Meinrad Seminary, earning a MDiv. He was ordained for the Diocese of Phoenix in 2001 and has been pastor of Resurrection Parish in Tempe and Christ the King Parish in Mesa.
Fr. Sergio Muñoz Fita
Pastor, Saint Anne Roman Catholic Parish, Gilbert, Arizona
The second of three sons, Fr. Sergio M. Fita was born in Cuenca, Spain. He was ordained a priest on July 10, 2004 in his home town of Cuenca. That same year he joined the Secular Institute of Servi Trinitatis. He arrived in the United States in January of 2012 and since then has worked diligently to promote the goals of Servi Trinitatis, which include the cultivation of vocations to the consecrated life, missions, the education of children and young people, an apostolate with the secular community through the Catholic Action, and social media.
Fr. Fita was part of the Footprints: The Path of Your Life documentary. This document followed 10 men who agreed to walk the Camino de Santiago, 500-mile, 40-day trek that challenged their strength and faith.
The Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort at 5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Call (800) 222-8733 and reference the Arizona Peace Center (APC) to obtain the special conference rate of $84 per night for up to four people per room.
Please make reservations by August 10th.
DoubleTree Front Enterance
DoubleTree Resort Restaurant
Double Guest Room
New Onsite Market
Asadero Cocina & Cantina
DoubleTree Resort Enterance
Azure Pool Bar
DoubleTree Resort Front Enterance
The DoubleTree Paradise Valley rooms, reserved for the conference at the $84 rate, have been filled.
We have worked with the Hilton Family to offer rooms at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas at the same rate.
We are working with both hotels to provide shuttles between the two hotels.
At the Conference, a statue of Our Lady is present. If you would like to donate a rose to be used in the flower arrangements for Our Lady, please use the registration form to make a rose donation.
The 2019 Conference will be held at:
5401 N. Scottsdale Road