15- 17 October 2020

Whitford Parish

Dr John Bergsma

Dr Ray Guarendi

Jeff Cavins


The Why be Catholic Conference is an annual invitation to everyone who is interested in deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ - by learning more about Him and His Church, through the sacrifice of the Holy Mass, by spending time with Him in Adoration, and in communion with other members of the body of Christ.

We are all called to know God, to love Him and to serve him, so why not answer this call by registering for this year's Why Be Catholic Conference which will not only enrich your faith life but also equip you to spread the Good News that is Jesus Christ!

2020 Conference Theme

"We love, because we were first loved."

1 John 4:19

More information coming soon!

Registration Opening Soon

2020 Registration Information

Price per person: More information coming soon;

Priests, Deacons, Seminarians and Religious Free

There will be no meals provided this year - please bring you own if needed

2020 Ministry Team

Dr. John Bergsma is Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught Scripture since 2004. He holds the B.A., M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Calvin College and Seminary (now Calvin University) and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana).  A former Protestant pastor, Dr. Bergsma has authored eight books on Scripture and the Catholic faith, including Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of the Church (Penguin Random House 2019), and A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament (with Brant Pitre, Ignatius 2018). He has also published over two dozen peer-reviewed or invited essays and articles in various scholarly journals, festschrifts, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and essay collections. Dr. Bergsma speaks regularly for parish missions, diocesan conferences, clergy convocations, and other events nationally and internationally. He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio.

Dr. Ray Guarendi is a Catholic father of ten adopted children, a clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio and television host. His radio show, “The Dr. Is In” can be heard on over 440 stations and Sirius XM channel 130. His TV show, “Living Right With Dr. Ray” can be seen on EWTN Global Catholic Network and is aired in 140 countries.

Jeff Cavins is recognized nationally and internationally as a dynamic Bible teacher who can take complex theological concepts and make them practical for everyone.  After twelve years as a Protestant pastor, Jeff returned to the Catholic Church under the guidance of Bishop Paul Dudley.

Over the past several years, Jeff has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure Bible Studies, an extremely useful, practical and color coded interactive Bible study system.  This system enables students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture, following salvation history. To date, more than 2,200 Great Adventure studies have been conducted helping hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians learn Sacred Scripture in a practical way.  Jeff is founding host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock and his conversion story is found in the best-selling book, My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith. He is also the author of I’m Not Being Fed! Discovering the Food the Satisfies the Soul and he is co-editor of the Amazing Grace series of books, which feature stories concerning faith, hope, healing, inspiration and humor that strengthen the spirit and nourish the soul.  Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is currently the Director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute based in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Jeff resides with his wife, Emily, and their three daughters in Minnesota.

Tommy Segoro, worship leader, has been serving in music ministry for more than 15 years.  His passion is to spread the message of hope in Jesus Christ through music.  Tommy has composed a couple of Mass settings entitled "Mass of God's Grace and Mercy" and "Mass of Peace", as well as released his Christian music singles.  He has also been involved with various Catholic groups such as the Perth Indonesian Youth Catholic Charismatic Group (TOM), Impact by the Catholic Guy, Ignite Live and Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM).  He is currently serving at St Benedict's as one of the music leaders.

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