Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was born in San Diego on June 5, 1956. He attended public school through 12th grade and earned his BA in philosophy from the University of San Diego in 1978. He earned a second bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1981. Archbishop Cordileone was ordained to the priesthood on July 9, 1982. He continued his studies at Gregorian University from 1985-89, earning a doctorate in canon law.
He was appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of San Diego in 1990 and served as an assistant to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura from 1995-2002. On July 5, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, where he served until his appointment as Bishop of Oakland on March 23, 2009. On July 27, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the ninth Archbishop of San Francisco. He was installed on October 4, 2012.
Archbishop Cordileone chairs the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and sits on the Committee for Canonical Affairs. He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Theological Institute and the Subcommission on the Liturgy for the Anglican Ordinariates.
Leah Darrow is a speaker that challenges her international audiences to live their lives in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She speaks on topics which include modesty, chastity, mercy, conversion, and human dignity.
Leah Darrow first gained international attention with her debut on the reality television show, America’s Next Top Model. As one of the 14 finalists, Leah’s foray into the world of modeling aired in late September of 2004. Following her time on the reality show, Leah continued to work in the world of modeling making appearances in many national and international publications. As she neared completion on what was to be her last photo shoot, Leah had an experience that set her life on a different course. Realizing her profession placed her in situations in which she was not truly comfortable, Leah left the modeling industry and has devoted herself to speaking about Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping people find their love, acceptance and beauty in Him.
Her goal is to add value to the faith and life of her audiences and to help them find lasting happiness. She does this by encouraging them to find happiness that rests in the infinite world rather than in the temporalities of life. Leah emphasizes that the temporal world sells a kind of happiness that is driven by possessions, beauty, and money and points out that these things can never bring true satisfaction. She also enjoys speaking to women about the many gifts, talents and abilities they have to offer and endeavors to teach them how to embrace their God-given dignity through being classy, fabulous, and faithful.
Before her premier in America’s Next Top Model, Leah Darrow earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Today, she is furthering her education by working toward her MA in Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Her full-time work as an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers from 2010-2013 has given Leah the opportunity to bring her experiences in education, fashion, and reality television to audiences around the world.
In addition to her modeling and public speaking endeavors, Leah Darrow has been given the chance to appear on many radio and television programs to discuss the topics of faith and culture. She has also had the chance to participate in a United Nations panel discussion in July of 2011 on behalf of international youth.
Leah strives to do her part in the call for a New Evangelization by speaking to audiences at events, schools, retreats, and parishes. She shares her love for The Gospel by relating real-life stories, personal experiences, inspiration, and a little down-to-earth sarcasm. She hopes to help her audiences understand the importance of purity, chastity, modesty, and living happy and fulfilling lives by following Jesus Christ.
Patti and Dick Collyer
Patti and Dick Collyer met and became college sweethearts at the State University of New York. They have been married for 34 years, are the proud parents of four adult children and they recently became grandparents. They both work in the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization in the Diocese of Oakland.
Patti is currently the Coordinator of Faith Formation for Children and Youth. Prior to working in ministry, she was a national account manager for a fortune 100 company and a marketing manager for a consulting firm. After becoming a mother, Patti transitioned into ministry and held various positions in parishes, including Director of Family Life Ministry, Youth Minister and Coordinator of Elementary Faith Formation. In her 25 years of ministry, she has been the co-founder of a women’s ministry and started over 20 other ministries at her home parish to serve the broader community. She enjoys planning events that set the stage for participants to profoundly encounter Christ (such as Catholic Underground for young adults, On Fire for teens, Youth On A Mission summer discipleship training camp, Catechist Cross Faith for catechists and 8th Grade Day for jr. high students, and many others). Patti is a sought-after speaker and retreat master and is currently a featured presenter for the Jubilee of Mercy Enrichment Series for the Oakland Diocese. She has great passion for inspiring parents and youth to grow in their faith by nurturing their relationship with Christ through prayer. She has a deep devotions to the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph which were handed down from her mother and grandmother. She credits her deep faith to a strong Catholic upbringing. Patti’s life verse is Phil.4:13, " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
After a 28-year career in high level IT management with a Fortune 100 corporation, Dick retired early to give back to the Church and the local community. He graduated from the St. Francis de Sales School for Pastoral Ministry which launched his “professional” ministry career. Recently he was the Project Executive for the Mercy Project at the Diocese of Oakland which included producing a series of inspiring videos on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Dick has a great passion for those on the fringes of society, and he prays daily by name for over 50 homeless people he has met on the streets. He is the co-founder of a men’s ministry, facilitator for a grief ministry, and a facilitator/mentor in a work re-entry program at St. Vincent de Paul. Dick also chairs the board for a local inner city Catholic school. Dick is a convert to Catholicism, and his life verse is " Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Matt 14:31.
During their married life, Patti and Dick have endured many trials, struggles and losses. They attribute their strength and ability to endure to their deep and abiding faith. They often speak together on the topics of prayer and trusting in the Lord during difficult times. They are planning to write a book about their story. The couple’s greatest joy in life is spending quality time with their family. They reside in the East Bay with their three Boston Terriers and enjoy grandparenting, travel, sports, exercise, movies and gardening.
ARLAND K. NICHOLS
Arland Nichols is the founding President of the John Paul II Foundation for Life and Family. Formerly he served as the Director of Education and Evangelization for Human Life International where he launched and was Executive Editor of the e-magazine, the Truth and Charity Forum. Prior to his time at HLI he was Director of Campus Ministry and instructor of morality and bioethics at Pope John XXIII High School in Katy, Texas.
Mr. Nichols graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Philosophy, and he earned a Master of Divinity from the University of Saint Thomas Graduate School of Theology. He holds a certification in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is currently completing a Doctorate in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. Mr. Nichols is a highly regarded author and popular speaker dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Life and forming families as communities of love.
His articles have been published in more than twenty print or online publications including The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The Linacre Quarterly, Ethics and Medics, Crisis Magazine, New Oxford Review, Lay Witness, and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly.
With a passion for speaking to various professional and lay audiences, Mr. Nichols has given presentations on virtually every topic that touches upon life, family, and religious liberty. Mr. Nichols speaks frequently at universities, medical schools, hospitals, conferences, and parishes throughout the country and is frequently interviewed by television, radio, and print media.
Mr. Nichols is active in his home diocese, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, where he serves on the board of the SERRA Club of Houston as Vice President of Communications. He is also Adviser to the Board of Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston, the local guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Mr. Nichols and his wife, Cindy are the parents of five children, Joseph, Mary Catherine, Thomas, Therese, and Bernadette.