2014 Speakers

archbishopchaputArchbishop Charles J. Chaput

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on July 19, 2011, and was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011. He is author of two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001) and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008); and numerous talks, articles and pastoral letters. His writings, discourses, and homilies are available at www.archphila.org/archbishopchaput/index.htm and www.archden.org/archbishop.


Tim's head shotTimothy Donnelly

“Victory Through Surrender”

Tim is a Delaware County native. He attended Malvern Prep. He then went on to the United States Marine Corp where he served as a Special Forces Operator in a Scout Sniper Unit. Following the Marine Corps Tim began pursuing a successful career as a sales professional. Tim graduated from Neumann University while working full time and helping his lovely wife, Megan, raise their three beautiful children. He is also a contributing writer in the book “Sons of Grace” by Mark Hughes.

Layden_smallMary Anne Layden, PhD

“The Pornified Life and its Consequences”

Mary Anne Layden, Ph D is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program. She specializes in the treatment of sexual violence victims and perpetrators as well as sex addicts and those engaged in the sexual exploitation industry. She has testified before the U. S. Congress on five occasions and spoken at one Congressional Briefing all focused on issues of sexual violence, sexual addiction, the sexual exploitation industry and the media. She has lectured extensively both in the US and abroad on Cognitive Therapy, childhood sexual trauma, sexual addiction, and the sexual exploitation industry.

DeaconHaroldBurkeSiversDeacon Harold Burke


As one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in the Church today, Deacon Harold is active in giving lectures, retreats, & seminars in parishes, workshops, and at numerous conferences across the nation and around the world. He has appeared in Envoy Magazine, The Catholic World Report & The National Catholic Register, and on many national and international radio programs, including Catholic Answers Live, Catholic Connection, and Kresta in the Afternoon. Deacon Harold is the author of The Mass in Sacred Scripture and is a frequent Eternal Word Television Network contributor. Deacon Harold has been featured on Life on the Rock, EWTN Live, EWTN Bookmark, and hosts several popular EWTN series, including “Behold the Man: Spirituality for Men”, “Made in His Image: Family Life Today”, “Christ the Servant: The Vocation of Deacons” and “Authentically Free at Last.” Deacon Harold also hosts the weekly radio show From the Rooftops on the Radio Maria network.

DaveAblesmallDavid Abel

“From Death Into Life”

David Abel is the owner/steward of DAS Distributors, Inc in Palmyra, PA. DAS was founded in 1978 and manufactures, imports, and distributes branded travel center merchandise and consumer electronics both domestically and internationally. David is married and the proud father of 15 children of which 12 are adopted from all over the world.

David is co-founder of Brittany’s Hope Foundation, which aids in adoption and humanitarian efforts worldwide and is also founder of Stewardship: A Mission of Faith. This foundation produces faith-based printed materials, as well as facilitates various scripture reflection groups. David has received two awards: “The Infinitely Beyond Award,” Convene’s highest award, which acknowledges the God Honoring activity of a Business Leader, and the “Service to Humanity Alumni Citation award” from Lancaster Catholic High School.

commissionerramsayPolice Commissioner Charles Ramsey

“My Faith Journey”

Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed Charles H. Ramsey Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on January 7, 2008. He leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with over 6,500 sworn members and 800 civilian members. Commissioner Ramsey brings over forty-five years of knowledge, experience and service in advancing the law enforcement profession in three different major city police departments, beginning with Chicago, followed by Washington, DC, and now Philadelphia.

During Ramsey’s five years as Police Commissioner in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department has continued to make significant progress in driving down violent crime in the city. With a steadfast focus on evidence-based policing initiatives, organizational accountability and a neighborhood-based policing strategy, Philadelphia has seen a nearly 37% reduction in homicides and nearly a 20% reduction in violent crime overall.

Commissioner Ramsey served as the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department from April 21, 1998 to December 28, 2006. Crime rates declined by approximately 40 percent during his tenure and the Department regained its reputation as a national leader in urban policing.

Commissioner Ramsey holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in criminal justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Commissioner Ramsey has lectured nationally on community policing and security. He has received numerous awards, including the John M. Penrith Leadership Award from the FBI and Major Cities Chiefs National Executive Institute, the Leadership in Policing Award from the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.