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rev. benjamin berinti, C.Pp.s., D. Min., pastor of immaculate conception catholic church

Rev. Benjamin A. Berinti, CPPS is a Missionary of the Precious Blood & currently serves as the newly appointed Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Melbourne Beach, FL.  Until recently, Fr. Ben served as Dean of the Catholic Center & Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.

Previous ministry assignments have included the San Pedro Retreat & Renewal Center in Winter Park, FL & Co-Director of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program in the Diocese of Orlando. He has served as Chaplain-Coordinator of Campus Ministry and Assistant Professor at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN, as Adjunct Faculty in Religious Studies, Associate Campus Minister, and Assistant Director of Residential Life at St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL, and as the Project Director at the Pastoral Ministry Institute at St. Xavier University. He also spent three summers as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Pastoral Ministries, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, in Winona. He has been a pastor of two parishes in the Orlando Diocese, and Director of Theology Formation for the Missionaries of the Precious Blood at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. 

Fr. Ben has served Loyola University New Orleans as an adjunct professor for both LIMEX & on-line learning for 10 years.  Fr. Berinti is a contributing writer for the Sunday Word in the Florida Catholic, and has been recognized as a Catholic Press Award winner for his columns. In 2011, Fr. Berinti published his book Firestarters: For the Seasons of our Life, a collection of of spiritual essays, and in September 2012, he followed with Tucked in the Rocks: Life Lessons from the Land of Enchantment.  His newest book, Stooping Down: Getting Close Enough to See, was released April 2017.   

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Leah Darrow, Catholic speaker and former contestant on america's next top model

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.

Leah Darrow has graduated with high honors with her bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and master’s in Theology from the Augustine Institute. She is the creator and host of the Do Something Beautiful podcast, author of The Other Side of Beauty and cofounder of the LUX Conference, a women’s conference for young adult Catholic professionals.

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 is wife to a US Army Green Beret and mom to three marvelous, crazy little kids, and together they live in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

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Arland K. Nichols, President, St. john Paul II Foundation

President of the St. John Paul II Foundation. 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.

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 six children, Joseph, Mary Catherine, Thomas, Therese, Bernadette, and Michael.