Speakers

3rd Annual “In His Real Presence” Eucharistic Congress

Michael McGlinn

Michael McGlinn is an award-winning filmmaker. He is the founder of Sistine Films and Face of Mercy, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting the message of Jesus, The Divine Mercy message, and helping people become confident in God’s goodness.

Michael has produced films all over the world and original soundtracks for Catholic film productions. He is also a music recording artist who has worked with legendary musicians from Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine to The Allman Brothers Band and Genesis.

Michael also played football at Notre Dame under legendary coach Lou Holtz.

Michael’s work is focused on revealing the Sacred Heart of Jesus to audiences through his films, spoken word audio productions, talks, concerts and materials.

In 2020, Michael launched AdoreHimDaily.org, a website and app that features short films, podcasts and materials to help families to seek holiness through Eucharistic Adoration. Michael and his wife Beth are raising their family in Kansas City, Missouri.

Diane Olsen

Diane Olsen has been the coordinator of Holy’s Trinity’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program since 1999, developing and structuring the religious formation program for children age 3 to 12 years. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious education of children with an emphasis on the Bible and liturgy.

Diane joined the parish after moving into Kansas from the Missouri side, and is married with six children and thirteen grandchildren. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and received her BA degree in Philosophy and Math from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and subsequently a Master’s in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

Diane also serves Holy Trinity Parish supporting ministries and looks forward to seeing the Holy Spirit guide the Holy Trinity community toward a greater sense of faith, community and service for the glory of God. She likes to read fiction and biographies, walk in the park and a good movie!

Father Sunoj Thomas, OSB

Fr. Thomas loves to be with people in the presence of God. He was a Benedictine monk for 26 years, and now a Catholic priest for 18 years. He completed priestly formation and graduate studies in India, post-graduate at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and licentiate at Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome. He enjoys learning about different cultures and languages. It’s been an honor, he says, being part of our beautiful diocese since 2007 serving at: Cathedral of St. Joseph, St. Therese North, St. Thomas More, and currently as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish & pastor of Syro-Malabar Catholic community of Kansas City. He believes in ongoing formation and conversion of life. “Administering sacraments to the people of God, and walking with them in their faith journey is the purpose of my priestly life.”

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr.

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., was born October 16, 1959, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the oldest of the four children of Vann and Patricia (Huber) Johnston.

He attended St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and obtained his Master of Divinity degree in 1990. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville on June 9, 1990, at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville, his home parish. Johnston pursued graduate studies at the Catholic University of America, where he obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law (1996).

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Sister Jude Andrew, OP

Sr. Jude Andrew grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She joined the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in 2003 and professed final vows in 2011. She completed her degree in elementary education at Eastern Michigan University in 2009 and a Masters of Arts in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia in 2016. She enjoys working with Sisters in her community on Disciple of Christ – Education in Virtue developing resources to help students discover joy in an encounter with Christ. She has been teaching theology and/or history for over ten years at various missions around the country, where she has served as director of curriculum and middle school coordinator. Currently she is assigned at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School in Lee’s Summit, MO where she is the Director of Community Life and a theology teacher.

Father Justin Hoye

Father Justin Hoye grew up in Belton, MO (St. Sabina’s), the oldest of three. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and an STB and M.Div from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He currently serves as Pastor of St. Thomas More in south Kansas City, and as of 2019, Vicar for Priests for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

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