2017 Arizona Marian Conference
2017 Arizona Marian Conference
August 25 - 27 • Scottsdale, Arizona
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
Fr. Calloway, a convert to Catholicism, is a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice, and thrown in jail multiple times.
After his radical conversion, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and an S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.
He is the author of seven and the editor of two books. His latest book has been acclaimed as the most comprehensive book ever written on the rosary. It is titled “Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon.”2
Lachita is the mother of Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Born in Ohio and raised in rural West Virginia, she was raised without any religious upbringing. After having dealt with a very delinquent teenage son, she and her husband became Catholic and earnestly prayed for the conversion of their son.
Today, she is the proud mother of two sons, one of whom turned from a life of crime and immorality into an ordained Catholic priest. She loves the rosary and credits Our Lady with bringing her family to Catholicism.
Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC
Fr. Gaitley is the Director of Evangelization for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and director of Formation for the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy. Fr. Gaitley was ordained to the priesthood on October 16, 2010. Fr. Gaitley holds a Master's Degree in Theology from St. John Seminary in Massachusetts, and a Licentiate Degree in Spiritual Theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.
He is also the author of the bestselling books 33 Days to Morning Glory, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, and the new book 33 Days to Merciful Love.
Fr. Gaitley’s book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, has been endorsed by many including Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Fr. Mitch Pacwa and Danielle Bean of Faith and Family magazine. The uniqueness of this do-it-yourself retreat combines the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with the teachings of Saints Therese of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska and Louis de Montfort.
Fr. Gaitley lives and works in Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
Fr. Aniello Salicone, SX
Fr. Aniello Salicone of the Xaverian Missionaries was born in Italy in 1940. In 1952 he entered a Minor Seminary because he wanted to become a priest. In 1961 he left the Pontifical Seminary of Salerno (Italy) to join the Xaverian Missionaries in Parma. He was ordained a priest in 1966. He has served in Italy, London, West Africa and many states throughout the United States.
Fr. Aniello began his healing ministry in 1995 after an extraordinary personal experience of God’s love for each person. He has been doing healing masses throughout the United States and in Italy. He feels that his main duty is to speak about the personal love of God for each person.
In September 2005, he went to Medjugorje with John and Colleen Willard for the third anniversary of Colleen's extraordinary physical healing. Father Aniello had encouraged Colleen to go to Medjugorje where she would see His Glory. She went and was healed from seven terminal illnesses. In September 2007, John and Colleen Willard took Father Aniello with them again to Medjugorje.
In June 2008, Father Aniello became a United States citizen. As of July 1, 2010, Fr. Aniello has been at the Xaverian Missionary House in Franklin, Wisconsin, where he serves as the Assistant to the Rector and Vocations Director.
Fr. Jozo “Joe” Grbes, O.F.M.
Fr. Jozo “Joe” Grbes 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 was 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.
Susan is the author of ten best-sellers, including: St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners, Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory: 365 Reflections; The Way of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, The Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and Thirty-Day Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
She holds a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University in Chicago and is a consultant for a major nonprofit philanthropic organization. Susan had the honor and privilege of being granted two private audiences with Pope St. John Paul II, who bestowed a special blessing upon her and her ministry for the holy souls.
Susan continues to work tirelessly to raise donations for Masses for the holy souls, and she is a popular and frequent guest on national radio and a regular guest on EWTN television shows — EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa, Book Mark with Doug Keck, Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic, and Sunday Night Prime with Father Apostoli.
In 2013, she was featured in the groundbreaking documentary, Purgatory: The Forgotten Church.
Kevin has been teaching the Bible for over 18 years and is the founder of the Arizona Bible Class. Kevin strives to create an "educated reader" of the Bible who is capable of engaging the Word of God in its historical, cultural, and religious contexts.
He earned a Bachelors Degree in Religious Studies at the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree in New Testament from the University of Notre Dame. Kevin teaches in nine different churches throughout the Phoenix area where he leads students through a six-year journey through all 73 books in the Bible.
Kevin is the married (35 years) father of five grown children who have gifted him and his wife with five grandchildren.
Jesse is a full-time bilingual Catholic Lay Evangelist, who is nationally acclaimed for his dynamic, upbeat Christ centered preaching. His preaching apostolate is “On Fire Evangelization.”
He has a B.A. from Mount St Mary’s University in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He is a bilingual Catholic author.
Jesse has received the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award, the Fullness of Truth “Defender of Faith” Award and the “Sports Faith International Award.” Jesse has been on Catholic radio for over 12 years and is currently on Immaculate Heart Radio, El Sembrador Radio & En Familia Radio.
Jesse is a resident of Arizona and a retired Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff who has been married to his wife Anita since 1983, and is the parent of three children and grandchildren.
The Conference will be held at the - Newly Remodeled - DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort at 5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Call (800) 222-8733 and provide them our group code, MCO to obtain the special conference rate of $79 per night for up to four people per room.
Please make reservations by August 12th.
DoubleTree Front Enterance
DoubleTree Resort Restaurant
Double Guest Room
New Onsite Market
Asadero Cocina & Cantina
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Azure Pool Bar
DoubleTree Resort Front Enterance
Newly Remodeled — DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort
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 see the rose donation line on the conference registration form.
The 2017 Conference will be held at:
5401 N. Scottsdale Road