Conference Speakers

Rompre-headshotGertrude Rompré currently serves as the Director of Mission and Ministry at St. Thomas More College.  A farm girl from Domrémy, SK, she is the proud aunt of three nieces and a nephew.  In the last 25 years, she has served in many different ministry roles – youth minister, pastoral associate, pastoral animator (parish life director) and campus minister – and has a special interest in social justice and aboriginal ministry.  She holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Higher Education through the University of Liverpool.

Mary-Jo-Leddy-2-headshotMary Jo Leddy is a well known writer, theologian, speaker and social activist.  Mary Jo  is a Professor in Religion and Society at Regis College in Toronto. Recent writings include The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home (Orbis, Fall, 2011) and Radical Gratitude (Orbis, 2003).  Mary Jo was recognized with the Order of Canada in 1996.  She calls Romero House, a refugee welcoming community, which she founded in Toronto home.

 

PierreOlivier-headshotPierre-Olivier Tremblay, 43, is a Roman Catholic priest with the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI).  He has worked in ministry with young adults for more than twenty years.  In 2003, he founded a Christian community, le Tisonnier de Québec, with a group of youth. He holds a Doctorate in Practical Theology. He currently serves as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, in the middle of the University of Ottawa. He is particularly interested in the future of the Church, the mission, small groups, secularity and the modern world, witness, youth and religious life.

Stephen LazarusStephen Lazarus is a writer and producer with CONTEXT with Lorna Dueck. CONTEXT is a current affairs news program that airs nationally on Global and other networks including Salt and Light, Vision, and Catholic TV in Boston. Prior to joining CONTEXT, Stephen worked for ten years in Washington D.C. at the Center for Public Justice, a public policy think tank inspired by similar principles to those found in Catholic Social Thought. He and his wife Judith live in Toronto and are parents to two young boys, Isaiah (4) and Aaron (2).

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