Danielle Bean, Publisher, Catholic Digest
Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is publisher of Catholic Digest, the most popular Catholic magazine in the United States with over 1 million readers. Danielle is also creator and host of The Gist, a weekly Catholic women’s television talk show in production of its seventh season on CatholicTV.
Danielle is author of several books, Momnipotent (Ascension Press 2014), a book, a parish study, and a movement to reclaim a vocation that helps women find peace, balance, and joy in their roles as mothers. Her most recent book is a study of women in the Gospels entitled You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself by Discovering How Jesus Feels About You.
Danielle has a special heart for mothers, particularly those who struggle. She encourages women of all ages and stages of life to find humor in daily challenges and the joy God intends for every one of us. It is in her primary vocation to marriage and motherhood that Danielle finds the inspiration for all of her work.
Fr. Elkin Gonzalez, Vicar General, Diocese of Tulsa
Fr. Elkin González is a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa. He currently serves as Pastor of the Parish of Christ the King and as Vicar General for the Diocese of Tulsa. He was born in Colombia, South America. He attended MIES Seminary in Antioquia, Colombia; the Catholic University in Rionegro, Colombia; St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana, and the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality Teresianum in Rome. Fr. Gonzalez has served at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Tulsa, Christ the King, and as Director of Vocations, among other ministries.
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.