Speakers

4th 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.

Father Charles Rowe

Fr. Charles Rowe is from St. Ann Parish in Excelsior Springs.  He was the first child of Forrest and the late Margaret Rowe and brother to the late Diona Rowe.  He was baptized as an infant and raised in the Catholic faith.

Fr. Charles graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1987.  He studied electrical engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.  While at the Newman Center at Urbana, he was moved to explore a priestly vocation.  He began seminary for the diocese in August 1994, studied at St. Meinrad Seminary, and was ordained a priest by Bishop Raymond Boland on May 22, 1999 at St. Elizabeth Parish.

Fr. Charles’s first pastoral assignment was parochial vicar at Presentation Parish, Lee’s Summit, from June 1999 until June 2002.  In June 2002 he was sent to the Alphonsian Academy in Rome to do advanced studies in moral theology.  He obtained a doctorate in sacred theology in June 2006.

Fr. Charles was assigned as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Weston in June 2006.  In spring 2008 he was made founding pastor of Twelve Apostles Parish, Platte City.  He served both parishes until January 2014.  He was appointed to the Ethics Committee at St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City and St. Mary Hospital, Blue Springs in 2008.

Fr. Charles was named Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy by Bishop Robert Finn in January 2014.  Fr. Charles assisted Archbishop Joseph Naumann during his tenure as Apostolic Administrator of our diocese and was reappointed as Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy by Bishop James Johnston in May 2016.

During his priestly service, Fr. Charles has served on numerous church boards, councils, and committees; he also oversees several departments at the diocesan chancery.

Ed Van Buskirk

As a cradle Catholic, husband, father, and very active church member since his days as an altar boy, Ed felt he had a firm grasp of his faith. However, at age 47, he discovered he had forgotten something very basic and foundational about his faith. The Ten Commandments.

It was a defining moment that set him on an exciting journey to re-discover the Ten Commandments. What he once thought as ‘just a list of rules imposed on us by a demanding God,’ were now clear as God’s recipe for a wonderful life of authentic freedom and abundant joy.

Discovering the wisdom and joy of the Commandments was not enough. It needed to be shared! Always a man of action and community, Mr. Van Buskirk founded If U Love Me, a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry to share what he discovered in the Commandments.

Today, Ed shares the joy of the Commandments in-person at parish events, online via video streaming, and in print.

Mr. Van Buskirk’s book on the commandments has been endorsed by Most Reverend James V. Johnston Jr., Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, with an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat.

If U Love Me also offers an 11-session adult faith formation video series featuring the Commandments. Perfect young adults, families and seniors, the video series is recommended by Bishop Johnston as a catechesis program for parishes of all sizes.

Whether in person at parish seminars, in written form, or on video, Ed loves to share his story of how he re-discovered the Commandments, how relevant and uplifting they are, and how they restore truth and clarity in a world of staggering confusion… even for cradle Catholics.

Visit www.IfULoveMe.org to learn more about Ed and his ministry, or to schedule a no-cost parish event.

Father Bryan Amthor

The road to the priesthood began for Fr. Bryan Amthor in the small town of Tarkio, Missouri.  Although he and his brother were born to a farming family, Fr. Bryan felt a different call.  With the encouragement of his parish priest and the loving support of his parents, he left home and attended Missouri’s only remaining seminary high school, St. Thomas in Hannibal, Missouri.  St. Thomas closed after only one year so Fr. Bryan returned to Tarkio to finish high school, although he was so anxious to get back to the seminary that he graduated a year early.

Fr. Bryan continued his education at Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri and Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he received a degree in philosophy.  After working for two years in Wichita, Kansas he returned to the seminary, first at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska, and finally at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.  Fr. Bryan describes his unusual journey to the priesthood as providential, allowing him to see God’s grace in a wide variety of people and experiences.

After his ordination in May 2015, Fr. Bryan went to St. Peter’s Parish in Kansas City, Missouri, where he lead the Respect Life Committee, bringing issues of respect and reverence for all life to the forefront of the parish, and the RCIA program, for adults and families interested in becoming Catholic.  Summer 2017-2019, he was  the Chaplain at St. Pius X High School In June 2018, Fr. Bryan. became the Pastor at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Oak Grove, Missouri, and here at St. George Catholic Church.  He also served as Chaplain to UCM from summer 2019-2021.

Father Michael Roach

Fr. Michael Roach, born in Liberty, MO., attended St. James Grade School, and St. Pius X High School.   After a couple years in college, he decided to enter the seminary.   Graduated from Conception Seminary College & went on to Kenrick Theological Seminary, in St. Louis, where he graduated in 1981.

He was ordained by Bishop John Sullivan in 1981, and his first assignment was at the Cathedral in St. Joseph, MO., then as as  an Associate Pastor at St. Therese, Kansas City North.

His first pastorate was in 1987, at Church of the Risen Christ, which later merged with St. Joseph’s Church and became St. Monica’s Church.

From there he was pastor at St. Patrick’s, KC North, and then to St. Therese North.

In 2011, he was assigned as pastor at his home parish, St. James, Liberty, where he currently serves as pastor.    He was the first Diocesan pastor, since 1977.  The Precious Blood community served St. James for over forty years, and continues to have a presence at St. James.

In 20015, he also was named pastor of St. James Midtown (39th & Troost), where he has a real passion for the Catholic presence in the central city, and tries to foster a relationship the two ‘St. James’.    

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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Daniel Crossett

My name is Daniel Crossett, I am 16, and attend St. Pius X High School. I am a Junior and involved in Cross Country, Track, Campus Ministry, as well as helping serve Mass. I am also an Eagle Scout and have the opportunity to attend Philmont Scout Ranch on a religious vocations trek this summer, this will give me the opportunity to further discern my vocation. I am interested in a vocation to the Priesthood, and have intent to become a priest. Ever since the age of 8 I have felt a special calling to serve God as a priest specifically through the Archdiocese of Military Service. I hope to begin college working to attain a degree in Philosophy, as well as attending seminary through the diocese.

Micah Nolan

Micah Nolan is a sophomore at Saint Pius X High School. She is on the Campus Ministry team and has been for 2 years now. She plays soccer and does cross country as well. She went to Camp Savio as a camper for 2 years and she was a servant on staff last summer. She will be working at Camp Savio this summer.

Joseph Rizzi

My name is Joseph Rizzi. I am a junior at SMA. I enjoy being a junior house captain, a wrestler, and a Guardian of the altar (altar server) at St. Michael. I am the youngest of three brothers and one sister. I am excited to talk about my faith and look forward to sharing my experience with Christ!

Azure Radford

Hi, my name is Azure Radford! I am so blessed and excited to be here sharing my faith journey, but here’s a few things about me first. I am Junior transfer at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School from Blue Springs High School. I love playing Tennis, Soccer, and Lacrosse. I am a faith leader at my church and participate at SMA as a Guardian of the Altar. Some of my hobbies are fly fishing and chatting about Jesus! I’m the 4th of 6 kids and talk a lot, so I’m going to wrap this up now! Thanks for reading!

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