2017 Christ Brings Hope Award

8th Annual Women of Christ Conference 2016

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Archbishop Jerome Listecki

The Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Archbishop Jerome ListeckiThe Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki was named the 11th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI. Listecki succeeded the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, who was named archbishop of New York on February 23, 2009, and installed as archbishop of New York April 15, 2009. Listecki previously served as bishop of the Diocese of LaCrosse. He was installed as bishop on March 1, 2005, succeeding the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke.

Archbishop Listecki was installed as archbishop of Milwaukee on January 4, 2010, by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. At that time, he assumed responsibility for the spiritual well-being of Catholics in the 10 counties of southeastern Wisconsin and took on the day-to-day administration of the archdiocese.

A native of Chicago, Archbishop Listecki attended St. Michael the Archangel Grammar School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School and Niles College of Loyola University. He began his graduate studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary in 1971, and was ordained a priest on May 14, 1975. On November 7, 2000, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Chicago by Pope John Paul II and was ordained a bishop on January 8, 2001. In January 2002, Archbishop Listecki was named the episcopal vicar of the Vicariate 1 of the archdiocese of Chicago. In addition, Listecki is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves.

Bishop Donald Hying

Most Rev. Donald Joseph Hying
Bishop of Gary

Bishop Donald HyingMost Reverend Donald J. Hying, installed as the Fourth Bishop of Gary on January 6, 2015, was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 20, 1989.  On July 20, 2011, he was ordained the seventh Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Prior to being named auxiliary bishop, Bishop Hying served as Rector of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 2007 to 2011, appointed by then-Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan.  Bishop Hying served as Temporary Administrator at St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee in 2006; Dean of Formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, from 2005 to 2007.  He was Pastor at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Milwaukee from 1999 to 2005; Associate Pastor at St. Anthony Parish, Milwaukee from 1998 to 1999.  Hying served as Temporary Administrator at St. Peter Parish, East Troy, 1998; Team Member  for La Sagrada Familia Parroquia, Dominican Republic  from 1994 to 1997.  His first priestly assignment was as associate pastor for St. Anthony Parish, Menomonee Falls from 1989 to 1994.

Bishop Hying is a native of West Allis, Wisconsin.  He was born to Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on August 18, 1963, and is the youngest of six sons. He attended St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, Brookfield Central High School, and Marquette University.  He earned his Masters of Divinity from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.

Bishop Hying serves as the Episcopal Liaison for National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  He is also a member of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

Father John Burns

Fr John Burns

Born and raised in Mequon, WI, Fr. John is the oldest of four children. Before hearing God’s call to the priesthood, he earned a degree in Business Marketing from Notre Dame in 2003. In 2005 he entered the seminary in Washington DC and then studied theology in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 2010 and finished his studies in 2011, completing a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the University of Santa Croce. His first assignment was as associate pastor at Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa. In June of 2014 he was named pastoral administrator of St. Mary Parish. He was installed as pastor in August of 2015.

Beyond his parish duties, within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee he is also a regular s

peaker at Archdiocesan Engaged Enrichment conferences, works in various capacities with both the Men of Christ and Women of Christ annual conferences, and contributes to the young adult renewal ministries of ARISE, Cor Jesu, and Theology on Tap. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology.

In addition to his Archdiocesan ministries, Fr. John is a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s The Inner Life. He also works extensively with Mother Teresa’s sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, and has given retreats, conferences, and spiritual direction for the sisters in Africa, Europe, and the US.

Sr Miriam James Heidland

Sr Miriam

Sr. Miriam James was raised in Woodland, WA and is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno where she played volleyball on a scholarship and majored in Communications.

Upon graduation, she joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), a missionary community that serves global areas of deepest apostolic need. Sr. Miriam has served at various SOLT missions including Rome, Seattle and Texas. In addition to speaking, her apostolates have included working with elementary school students, parish ministry, coaching high school volleyball and co-hosting a Catholic radio program.

Her story has been featured in the Seattle Times, The National Catholic Register and heard on Relevant Radio, Sirius XM, Catholic Answers Live and EWTN’s Life on the Rock, as well as Steubenville conferences, the Share Jesus campaign and events across the United States and Canada.

Sr. Miriam speaks often on the topics of:

  • Theology of the Body
  • Authentic Love and Conversion
  • The Healing Power of Christ
  • The Dignity and Beauty of Woman

She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and often attends courses at the Theology of the Body Institute.

Her book titled Loved As I Am was released in 2014 from Ave Maria Press.

Find her on Twitter: @onegroovynun

Read her blog at www.soltsisters.blogspot.com

Susan Tassone

Susan Tassone

Susan holds a Master of Arts in Religious Education and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, both from Loyola University in Chicago. She began her career as a teacher at St. Scholastica, a Roman Catholic high school for girls in Chicago.

Susan is recognized as leading the “purgatory movement” in the world.

She gives lectures nationwide on the Holy Souls in Purgatory, appears on various cable networks. Susan is a regular guest on EWTN WORLD WIDE TV-BOOKMARK, with Doug Keck, EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, EWTN WOMEN OF GRACE, with Johnnette Benkovic and SUNDAY NIGHT PRIME with Father Andrew Apostoli. EWTN has dubbed her the “Purgatory Lady and the Champion of the Holy Souls.” Susan, a regular guest on radio talk shows, (Relevant Radio, Radio Maria) has given hundreds of radio talk shows, writes regularly for numerous publications, magazines, and worldwide websites. An upcoming series on Purgatory is in the works for EWTN.

In 2013, Susan was featured in the ground breaking documentary, Purgatory: The Forgotten Church. She is a popular conference and retreat speaker. Susan is a dynamic speaker and has a unique ability to bring the Saints and Purgatory alive that captivates audiences worldwide.

She is a champion advocate recommending we arrange for Masses for the release of souls from purgatory. Cardinals, Nuncios, and Bishops all over the Catholic world praise her work.

The late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and Cardinal Dias, Rome have written the Forewards to all her Purgatory books. Susan delivered the opening address preceding the Cardinal’s Mass marking the 1000th Anniversary of All Souls Day, 1998.

Susan is the author of six best selling books, THE WAY OF THE CROSS FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY,(over 85,000 copies sold) THE ROSARY FOR THE HOLY SOULS, 30 DAY DEVOTIONS FOR THE HOLY SOULS, PRAYING WITH THE SAINTS FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY, PRAYERS PROMISES AND DEVOTIONS FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY and recently released October, 2014, DAY BY DAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY-365 MEDITATIONS. This latest book was the top of not one but three major charts! A new release, St.Faustina Prayer Book for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, was released March 1, 2016. 10,000 copies have been sold. All are available through Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Company at 1-800-348-2440.


Ann Marie Wick

Ann Marie Wick

“What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”

This quote hangs in Ann Marie Wick’s home as a daily reminder to use our God-given talents to serve others. She is honored to serve all of you as emcee of the 2016 Women of Christ Conference.

A life-long member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wauwatosa, Ann Marie has been actively involved as a lector, trainer for new lectors, Eucharistic Minister, Archdiocesan Synod representative, catechist for grade school religious education and Confirmation small group leader.

After 16 years of faith-focused education at St. Joseph’s, Catholic Memorial High School and Marquette University, Ann Marie is a passionate advocate of Catholic education. She currently serves as Board Chair of Catholic Memorial after serving three years on the Finance Committee and in the role of treasurer.

She’s been actively involved in Marquette University’s College of Business Administration including Chair of the College’s Alumni Association, a member of the Accounting Advisory Board, a member of the College’s Dean Search Committee, guest professor and mentor to students in the College for more than a decade.

In 2015 Marquette’s College of Business awarded Ann Marie with the National Alumni Service Award. Catholic Memorial honored her with the Caritas Service Award (Outstanding Alumnus in Community Service) in 2011.

Ann Marie served on the Board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for 10 years, including six as Chair of the Finance Committee and two years as Board Chair.

In 2015, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki honored Ann Marie with the inaugural Archdiocese “Treasures of the Church” individual award for her commitment to the poor.

Professionally, Ann Marie is a CPA and the Senior Director of Global Compliance at Briggs & Stratton Corporation. With experience working in six of the seven continents, she is responsible for ensuring the corporation’s compliance with global anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation and global sanctions. She also manages the corporation’s ethics program.

When not at work or serving others, Ann Marie enjoys long distance bicycling, cooking, reading and international travel.

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