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Schedule for Whittier 2017

Here are some important dates:

  • ✝ March 1 - Ash Wednesday
  • March 2 - April 7 - The University Series courses are in session.
  • ✝ April 16 - Easter Sunday

Faculty Members

John Allen

John Allen

John Allen...is the Senior CNN Vatican analyst and the most trusted name in Vatican reporting. He is the author of ten books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs and popular speaker on America and the Papacy. His recent books are Against the Tide: The Radical Leadership of Pope Francis and The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution.

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Catherine Carvalho

Catherine Carvalho

Catherine Carvalho...a native of Southern California, enthusiastically serves as the popular Principal of St. Bruno Catholic School in Whittier. The eldest of five children, she credits her passion for Catholic education as a gift she received from watching the examples of both of her parents.

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Elias Chavando

Elías Chavando

Elías Chavando...considerado como uno de los mejores y más dinámicos presentadores en la serie regresa este año por aclamación popular. Es empresario y experto en medios sociales y digitales. Actual presidente de Rntus.com. Conferencista de nivel internacional utiliza sus talentos para ilustrar la nueva evangelización y ser un católico sin miedo.

Considered one of our most dynamic presenters, Elias returns this year by popular demand. Successful entrepreneur and expert in social and digital media. An international business speaker that uses his talents to illustrate how to implement the new evangelization and to be a fearless Catholic.

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Pilar Chavando

Pilar Chavando

Pilar Chavando...nació en México y creció en Los Ángeles. Ha estado casada 26 años y tiene tres hijos asistiendo universidades. Es licenciada en Administración de Empresas y ha sido catequista y trabajado en varias industrias. Durante siete años ha desempeñado publicidad y consejería laica en una clínica pro-vida.

Pilar was born in Mexico and raised in LA. Married for 26 years, she has three children attending college. She has a B.S. in Business Administration, has been a catechist and worked in various industries. She also counsels and helps market for a pro-life clinic.

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Deacon Mike Freeman

Mike Freeman

Deacon Mike Freeman...was ordained a deacon in Dallas, Texas in 1978. He moved to Los Angeles where he continued his career as a Fireman, rising to the position of Los Angeles County Fire Chief, which he held for 22 years. He is now a Deacon at St. Bruno and leads the Adult Confirmation Classes, Safeguard the Children Program, and coordinates many other ministries.

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Deacon Gene Gleason

Gene Gleason

Deacon Gene Gleason...serves at Beatitudes of Our Lord Catholic Church in La Mirada where he is active in many areas of Catholic life, including Bereavement Ministry, Food Pantry, Juvenile Detention ministries, Catholic Men’s Fellowship, Cursillo Retreat, and the La Mirada Clergy Council. He is also a self-employed attorney with over 36 years spanning a career in both criminal trial and Estate Planning practice.

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Father Dave Heney

Father Dave Heney

Father Dave Heney is the new pastor of St. Bruno Catholic Church. The son of a scientist, he was ordained in 1978 and holds a Master’s Degree  in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from USC. He is the author of Don’t Tell Me What to Do, a Catholic Understanding of Modern Moral Issues, and a leader of the annual Holy Land Archaeological Tour, now in its 12th year. In 2002 he founded the University Series. 

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Sister Dominic Jones

Dominic Jones

Sister Dominic Jones...is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame, and is currently serving at the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal, where she is the Case Coordinator for all special marriage cases, specializing in Favors of the Faith and Pauline Privilege Marriage Cases. She brings over 12 years of full time experience in handling annulment cases.

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Father Bill Nicholas

Father Bill Nicholas

Father Bill Nicholas...is the Associate Pastor of St. Bruno. He was ordained in 2001 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco after completing studies for his Masters in theology, an M. Div., and a bachelor’s in Sacred theology (STB). He recently completed his MBA. An accomplished writer, speaker, and parish mission leader, he frequently speaks at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.

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Jason Manley

Jason Manley

Jason Manley...lived his early years without a deep relationship with Christ, but at age 19 a profound conversion experience changed everything. Jason now has over 10 years of youth ministry experience and has led youth events throughout the country. He is now the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at St. Bruno. Jason loves spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their three young children.

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Father Steve Nyl

Father Steve Nyl

Father Steve Nyl …is the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Whittier. He is a member of the Redemptorist Fathers, a religious order founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori and dedicated to the spiritual transformation of people everywhere, especially through dynamic teaching and preaching.

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Bishop David O'Connell

Bishop David OConnell

Bishop David O'Connell...was made a Bishop by Pope Francis. He received a BA in Philosophy and English Literature from the University College Dublin, a Bachelor of Divinity from Maynooth College, and a Masters of Spirituality from Mount St. Mary’s College. He has served as Pastor of St. Frances X. Cabrini, Ascension Catholic Church, St. Eugene and St. Michael Parishes. In his ministry, Bishop O’Connell has always been active in serving those most in need.

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Greg Perea

Greg Perea

Greg Perea...is a middle school teacher and religion coordinator at St. Bruno. Greg has served both in parish youth ministry and as the school worship leader since 2009. In that time, he has led numerous retreats throughout Southern California for middle school and high school students.

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Father Luis Proenca

Father Luis Proenca

Father Luis Proenca...directs and produces video documentaries and new media art. His latest works were broadcast on Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional around the world. Since 2000, he has taught Television and Film Production at Loyola Marymount University where he is an Associate Professor and Department Chair. He is also the President of the Non-Profit Production Company; Hope Media Productions.

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Barbara Recchia

Barbara Recchia

Barbara Recchia... is a St. Bruno parishioner and the first woman ever to serve as Official White House Photographer. She served under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and the first Bush administrations. During this time, she continued a profound spiritual journey while recording some of the most important moments in our nations recent history. Barbara will share her amazing spiritual insights of her time in the White House.

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Yolanda Rangel

Yolanda Rangel

Yolanda Rangel …is a St. Mary parishioner and has resided in the great City of Whittier for over 15 years. She is a mother of two daughters, Alyssa and Mia. In 2001, Yolanda was given the most beautiful miracle. Her youngest Mia needed an organ transplant - through prayer, faith, and the intercession of Saint Therese of the Little Flower, Yolanda’s prayers were answered, in the form a flower! This is her story that she wants to share with those who are willing to listen.

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Christine Rodriguez

Christine Rodriguez

Christine Rodriguez...is a joy filled wife, mother, and engineer. She is active in women’s ministry and passionate about thriving families. Christine especially enjoys continuing study of scripture, theology and apologetics. Her special interest is in studying Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and its application to parenting and healthy families.

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Deacon Gabe Saavedra

Deacon Gabe Saavedra

Deacon Gabe Saavedra...was ordained to the Diaconate in 2015 and serves at St. Bruno. He is on the San Pedro Region Deacon Council, and with his wife Maria Teresa are co-directors for St. Bruno RCIA and Marriage ministries. Gabe has been involved in the charismatic renewal, teaching confirmation, and co-founded Catholic Men’s Fellowship and Life Teen at St. Bruno.

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Barrie Schwortz

Barrie Schwortz

Barrie Schwortz...was the official documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, that ran the first scientific Shroud examination in 1978. He continues in Shroud research around the world. He is founder and editor of the Shroud of Turin Website (Shroud.com) the largest Shroud resource and the non-profit Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association (STERA, Inc.). He co-authored The Turin Shroud, the Illustrated Evidence and has appeared on every major broadcast and cable television network.

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Joe Sikorra

Joe Sikorra

Joe Sikorra...is a former actor, stuntman, and policeman. He is now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and current radio talk show host from 5pm to 7pm on Immaculate Heart Radio (AM 930) which airs on 33 stations across the Western United States, and soon will be nationwide. During the first hour from 5pm to 6pm he is joined by Co-Host, Fr. Dave Heney.

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Ed Vidaurri

Ed Vidaurri

Ed Vidaurri...has been a religion teacher since high school, an Archdiocesan Master Religion Teacher, the Director of Adult Christian Initiation for St. Bruno, and is on the parish RCIA and Adult Confirmation team. He has a Master in Education from C.S.U.L.A. and a Master in Social Work from U.C.L.A. He is focused on helping parents pass their faith on to their children.

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Father Don Woznicki

Father Don Woznicki

Father Don Woznicki...was ordained in 2002 in Chicago. In 2012, he came to LA to develop ministries to evangelize the movie business, and is now at Christ the King Parish in Hollywood. He recently served at St. Bruno and led several Marian programs there. Although raised Catholic, Fr. Don “fell away” from faith in his early 20s, but returned at age 33, which he credits to Mary’s powerful presence in his life.

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