Deacon harold burke-sivers 

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers - known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” - is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire.

Deacon Harold travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, parish missions, retreats, high schools and young adult events - in short, to people of all ages and from all walks of life who desire to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him.

His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, the Church’s vocational choices and how they are lived out, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.

His work has appeared in Envoy Magazine, The Catholic World Report and The National Catholic Register. He hosts his own weekly broadcast, “From the Rooftops,” every Wednesday on Radio Maria, and has appeared as a guest on numerous other national and international radio programs, including “Catholic Answers Live,” “Catholic Connection,” “Kresta in the Afternoon” and “Vocation Boom Radio.” In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television, including “Behold the Man: Spirituality for Men,” Made in His Image: Family Life Today,” “Christ the Servant: The Vocation of Deacons,” “Authentically Free at Last” and “Priests and Deacons: Ministers of Mercy.”

Deacon Harold is featured on The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, a vibrant marriage-enrichment program rooted in biblical values and designed to help husbands and wives know God better, trust Him fully and love Him completely throughout the course of their married lives.

Retaining a deep love of Benedictine spirituality which he gained during his time discerning a call to that religious community, Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mt. Angel Abbey. He is also an associate member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, a member of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and a consultation team member for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Directory for Catechesis.

As the president and CEO of Servant Enterprises, Deacon Harold oversees that nonprofit organization’s endeavors, which include hosting an international institute for Catholic male spirituality, coordinating dynamic speaking tours and life-changing retreats, and developing products and services that support family life.

Most importantly, Deacon Harold is married to his lovely wife, Colleen, and they have four beautiful children. They live in Portland, Oregon, where Deacon Harold is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.                                                                  

For more information on Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers please visit his website:                                             

denise j. hunnell, md

Denise's vocation is being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her occupation has wound its way through being a practicing family physician to studying Catholic health care ethics to teaching college courses in anatomy and physiology to writing and teaching about all things Catholic. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston and her Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She completed a residency in family medicine at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Michigan. She received her certification in Catholic Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Dr. Hunnell served as a physician in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged at the rank of major. She practiced medicine in a wide variety of settings and locations as she followed her husband’s Air Force test pilot career all over the United States.  Currently, she is a fellow with Human Life International and regularly contributes to the HLI Truth & Charity Forum. She also writes for the web site Catholic Stand as well as maintains her own blog, Kitchen Table Chats. Her writing has appeared in both secular and Catholic publications including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Our Sunday Visitor, and the National Catholic Register. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. 

She and her husband John have been married for over thirty years and are now settled in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. They are blessed with four children and three grandchildren (so far).

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 ForumPrior 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 QuarterlyHomiletic and Pastoral Review, The Linacre QuarterlyEthics and MedicsCrisis MagazineNew Oxford ReviewLay 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.

Emily Stimpson

Emily Stimpson is a freelance Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio. Her books include The American Catholic Almanac (Random House: 2014), These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road, 2013) The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012) and the Courageous! series of Bible studies for teen and pre-teen girls. She also writes regularly on food, faith, and friendship at her blog, The Catholic Table (

As a contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Emily writes regularly on “all things Catholic”—from politics and catechesis to higher education and the media, with a special focus on the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality, and femininity. Over the years her writing has also appeared in First Things, Touchstone, Franciscan Way, the National Catholic Register, Faith and Family, Lay Witness, Catholic Digest, and elsewhere. It has been honored by both the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, and was included in Loyola’s Best Catholic Writing series.

Emily holds a BA from Miami University of Ohio (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laud), where she studied political science, history, and English literature. She also did graduate work in political theory at John Hopkins University and theology at Franciscan University.