Matthew Leonard is the Executive Director of the St. Paul Center. An internationally-known speaker and author, he travels far and wide speaking to Catholic audiences and leading Journey Through Scripture, the St. Paul Center's parish-based Bible study program. His books, "Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic" and "Prayer Works!" are published through Our Sunday Visitor.
Prior to his conversion to Catholicism in 1998, Matthew served as a missionary in Latin America. After entering the Church, he obtained a Master's degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville before becoming vice president and guest theology instructor at Ave Maria College. He has been heard and seen in places like "Deep in Scripture with Marcus Grodi", Sirius Radio, and Our Sunday Visitor.
Before entering the non-profit world, Matthew was partner and president of a Chicago-based real estate development firm. The father of four, he and his wife Veronica now make their home in Ohio.
Ennie Hickman - With a heart for the marginalized and the forgotten, missionary Ennie Hickman has traveled the United States and abroad for nearly two decades, sharing Jesus Christ with both the churched and the unchurched. As a host of the summer conferences and missionary with Adore Ministries, Ennie has helped transform thousands of lives. Currently, Ennie serves as Adore’s President and is working to expand the apostolate to under-served families and young adults throughout the United States. Ennie serves with his wife, Cana, and their seven children in Houston, TX.
Bob Rice desires to share the love of God using every talent he’s been blessed with. He’s an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. He is an associate professor of Catechetics and the director of the Masters of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Bob received a PhD from Liverpool Hope University in the UK where he researched Catholic youth and evangelisation (not a typo, that’s how the Brits spell it). He lives in Steubenville, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and seven adorable children. You can find out more about him at bob-rice.com.
Bishop David Zubik
Speaker and Celebrant for Mass
Bishop David A. Zubik was born September 4, 1949, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, to the late Stanley and Susan (Raskosky) Zubik. He attended Saint Stanislaus Elementary School and Saint Veronica High School, both in Ambridge, before entering Saint Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh. He received an undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in 1971 and went on to study at Saint Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned a degree in theology in 1975.
Bishop Zubik was ordained a priest on May 3, 1975, by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Bishop Zubik served as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, until 1980. He was then assigned as Vice Principal of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden as well as Chaplain to the Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse and Chaplain to the students at Mount Gallitzin Academy. At the same time, he began graduate studies at Duquesne University where he earned a master’s degree in education administration in 1982. He served in the role of adjunct spiritual director at Saint Paul Seminary from 1984 through 1991 and associate spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, from 1989 through 1996.
In 1987, Bishop Zubik was appointed Administrative Secretary to then-Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who later became the Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia. In 1988, he was appointed Administrative Secretary and Master of Ceremonies to then-Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl (now Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, DC), where he served until 1991, when he began his service as Director of Clergy Personnel.
In 1995, he was named Associate General Secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and on January 1, 1996, became Vicar General and General Secretary—a position in which he served until his appointment as the Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.
Bishop Zubik was consecrated a bishop on April 6, 1997, at Saint Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
On October 10, 2003, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, named the Most Reverend David A. Zubik as the Eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. Bishop Zubik was installed as Bishop on December 12, 2003.
On July 18, 2007, he was named by Pope Benedict XVI as the Twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh. He was installed at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh on September 28, 2007.
I’m a lifelong pop culture junkie that was raised on Star Wars and 1980′s Steven Spielberg movies.
I was a good kid, moved around too much, did my time as an angst-ridden teen, spent more time waiting tables in college than I did attending classes, and stumbled my way into a degree that to this day I don’t know how I earned.
I had a lukewarm faith until my twenties when I married my best friend and having children with her made me realize how much I need God. Together, she and I have created multiple non-profits, and experienced the blessing of having five kids here on earth and several more in heaven.
The jobs I’ve had include paperboy, burger flipper, Big-and-Tall store assistant manager, comic shop clerk, table waiter, newspaper staff writer, advertising firm accounting staff, Lotus tech support, Big 5 Firm tech consultant, web developer, software development manager, business analyst, non-profit executive director, Chief Operations Officer, President of an international production company, SiriusXM Radio Host, and Director of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries.
I’m a diehard Catholic, which I know freaks some people out, but I genuinely love and believe in my faith 100%.
Years of talk radio gave me the ability to present knock-it-out-of-the-park presentations in front of thousands of people about practically any subject with very little preparation and I regularly give talks about both Catholicism as well as Leadership and New Media.
I play guitar and piano like a hack, and paint at about the same level, but I love doing these things anyway. My favorite pet ever was a rabbit (which is probably why Watership Down is one of my favorite novels) but now I’m partial to orange tabbies.