Our 12th Annual conference at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin will be held on July 21 & 22, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Cristiada – The Victory of Christ the King through the Intercession of His Virgin Mother of Guadalupe”. In addition to the keynote address by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, others confirmed on the panel of presenters include:
Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, STL, STD, is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and ordained to the priesthood in 1996 in San Antonio, Texas. After fulfilling several teaching and formation duties, he was ordained as the youngest bishop in the United States at age 41 in April of 2011.
Bishop Cepeda is also the Vicar for the Youth and Hispanic Ministries in the Archdiocese of Detroit and serves as episcopal vicar and regional moderator for the Northwest Region of the archdiocese. His Excellency also serves as Episcopal Moderator for the Queen of the Americas Guild.
Eduardo Verastegui is a Mexican born actor and singer. After deciding to pursue a career in Hollywood, Eduardo re-discovered his Catholic faith and resolved to change his lifestyle and turn down roles that conflicted with his Catholic beliefs.
Mr. Verastegui is a pro-life advocate, founding the Los Angeles based organization, Manto de Guadalupe, which has worldwide outreach and a crisis pregnancy center for underprivileged Latina women.
Mr. Verastegui starred in the pro-life film Bella, and For Greater Glory, a story of the Cristiada, as well as many other films and TV appearances.
Christopher Check is President of Catholic Answers, the largest lay-run apologetics and evangelization organization in the English-speaking world, which works to deepen the faith of existing Catholics, lead former Catholics home, and guide non-Catholics to the fullness of the Truth.
A graduate of Rice University, Chris served for nearly two decades as V.P. of the Rockford Institute. Prior to that, he served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps, attaining the grade of captain. His writings have appeared in many Catholic and secular publications and he has lectured widely to audiences at home and abroad. He is the creator and voice of The Lepanto Lectures, a series of audio recordings on glorious and tragic events in Church history. Chris and his wife have four sons.
Marty Rotella will perform a special concert during the conference. Marty is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and has appeared on EWTN, written, performed and produced many musical CD’s, docudramas and documentaries on a variety of religious subjects. Marty will also serve as our Master of Ceremonies.