Breakout Sessions


2017 Breakout Sessions:

This Way to the Battlefield – Doug Barry
In this session, Doug leads warriors for Christ to the battlefield, to fight the spiritual battle.

Doug is a devoted husband and father of five and is the founder and director of the Catholic ministry RADIX. Since 1992 he has traveled both nationally and internationally to help spread and defend the Catholic faith.  Doug is seen regularly as co-host on EWTN’s television program ‘Life on the Rock.’

Theology of the Body –Fr. Chris Podhajsky
Looking to see the world in a new way? Come and hear the Church’s heritage as objective and subjective worlds are married for a “total vision of man.” Topics to be covered include same sex marriage, natural family planning/contraception and pornography.

Fr. Chris Podhajsky – Rev. Podhajsky was raised in Traer, Iowa. He graduated from Loras College with honors in 1995 and from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in 2001.  Fr. Podhajsky currently pastors the parishes of Immaculate Conception and St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids.

Apologetics – Dr. Phil Drey & Mike Goldsmith
In this session, the speakers will outline a theological science which has for its purpose the explanation and defense of the Christian religion.

Dr. Phil Drey & Mike Goldsmith – Xavier HS teachers, Dr. Drey graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and has Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Biblical Archaeology and Languages.  Mr. Goldsmith has a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Coe College and in the past has taught American History, World History, Government, AP Government and The World Today.

What a Catholic education can offer your family – Alexis Avila
In this Spanish speaking session, Alexis discusses the fruits that a Catholic education offers.

Alexis is a recent graduate of Coe College and currently teaches Spanish at Xavier High School.

Spiritual Balance – Fr. Jon Seda
This session will help you to think through things and achieve balance in your spiritual life.

Fr. Seda is the pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center in Ames, IA.  He was associate pastor there from 1990-1998 and returned there as pastor in 2009.  Raised on a family farm near Traer, IA, he knew early on that farming was not for him.  Too much work for too little pay.  So he went into the priesthood!  He loves being a priest and is proud to be a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque for over 28 years.

Witnessing to the Faith – Rev. John Flaherty
Fr. Jack talks about daily living that allows us to be honest with ourselves while practicing our faith in regular, ordinary daily life, allowing us to evangelize and witness to Christ

Fr. Jack provides spiritual and strategic leadership for All Saints parish, as well as acting as Sacramental priest for St. Isidore in Springville and St. John in Mt. Vernon.

Pray Like a man – Scott Zogg
What should prayer life look like for a Catholic man in today’s world?

Scott Zogg and his wife, Mary, have four children.  Scott has been a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish since 1993 and has been part of a men’s prayer and accountability group for over 20 years.  He is currently in his final year of formation for the diaconate in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

The Reality of our Faith – Deacon Freddy Palacios
In this Spanish speaking session, Deacon Freddy talks of the importance of having a strong faith life as a man.

Deacon Freddy is fluent in Spanish and hails from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Power of Men’s Groups – Dave Staron

Hear an introduction and short testimony to the importance of men’s fellowship groups while also experiencing it in a small group format.

Vocations – Fr. Aaron Junge

Fr. Junge was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2016.  Ultimately he wants to help people experience the transforming, consuming love of God and to help them allow Him to transform them into Saints for the modern world.