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With each Immersion, we invite accomplished guest speakers to share their expertise and experiences through which they've impacted the culture for the good. 

Deborah Castellano-Lubov
Deborah is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT, author of The Other Francis published in four languages and featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets, and is a collaborator with EWTN and NBC Universal.

Fr. Burns is a priest from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, author of Lift Up Your Heart and has given retreats, conferences, and spiritual direction for the Missionaries of Charity all over the world. He is a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s The Inner Life. 

Father John Burns
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Sister Emanuela Edwards
Sr. Emanuela is a member of the Missionaries of Divine Revelation, author of Learning through Art: You Are Peter! and an official guide for the Vatican Museums where she shares 'Art and Faith' tours.

Fr. Cush is the Academic Dean and Formation Advisor at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He is a professor of Theology and U.S. Catholic Church History at two pontifical universities in Rome and a contributor to the National Catholic Register and various publications. He is the author of the How to Book of Catholic Theology

Father John Cush
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Mel & Susan Finlay
Mel & Susan are the founders of Nation at Prayer. Founded on Scripture and governed by a national Board of Directors, Nation At Prayer is a federally incorporated non-issue, non-partisan, trans-denominational charitable organization, which exists to pray with elected representatives and to engage Christians to pray for all elected representatives at every level of government.

Fr. Ehli is a priest of the Diocese of Bismark. He was formerly an Official at the Vatican's 

Pontifical Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, known as Propaganda Fide, which 

coordinates and guides the Church's missionary efforts and initiatives.

Father Jashua Ehli, JCL
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Tim Goodman
Tim has over 25 years of experience in executive education, management consulting and information systems development. He leads business simulations and management education programs for senior and high-potential audiences in leadership development, strategy, finance, business acumen, strategic thinking & project management.

Fr. Giordano is the Director of Human Life International's Rome office. He is a Professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] and has lectured all over the world. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a Doctorate in systematic theology from Santa Croce in Rome.

Father Francesco Giordano
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Dr. Jim Papandrea
Dr. Jim Papandrea is a theologian, historian, author, speaker, and singer &songwriter. He's also a Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is one of the world's foremost scholars of Novatian of Rome. He's a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Fr. Grattaroti is a priest of the diocese of Worcester. He's the Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Cursillo Movement and has been Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Charlton since 1989.

Father Bob Grafforoti
Alan Holdren
Alan is the Bureau Chief of EWTN News Rome and Catholic News Agency Rome. He originally hails from Nebraska and is the father of four.
Father Joe Hamilton
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Afaf Konja
Afaf is an International Communications Strategist, Emcee, Moderator, Journalist, and Anchor.
She was formerly the Spokesperson of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Kishore is the former Director of Istituto Acton where he organized the institute's educational and outreach efforts in Rome and throughout Europe. Prior to that, he was an official at the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Kishore Jayabalan
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Sister Mary Christa Nutt
Sr. Mary Christa is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and is a Coordinator for the Bishops’ Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican. She is the Program Coordinator of the Thomistic Institute

Liz is an author and Art Historian. On an average day, one can find her working on her latest article or book, preparing for one of her worldwide speaking engagements - like her famous Ted talk - touring visitors through the treasures of Rome or using her skills as a sommelier to find the perfect wine to pair with dinner.

Dr. Elizabeth Lev
Marge-Marie Paas
Marge-Marie is the spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Estonia and is the Estonian organizer of Pope Francis’ trip to the country. She also is the postulator for the diocesan phase of Bishop Eduard Profittlich’s Cause for Canonization.

Anna is an acclaimed international Christian Recording Artist & Singer/Songwriter and TV host.


She has produced four albums and sung all over the world including the Holy Land, Rome and Carnegie Hall. 

Anna Nuzzo
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Father Joseph Roesch
Sally is a British poet and the poet-in-residence at The Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierarchs. She shared the Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her first collection, The Point of Splitting, was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection prize. She is the author of Night’s Bright Darkness which tells the story of her conversion from atheism to Catholicism and Annunciation, A Call to Faith in a Broken World.  
Sally Read
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Michael is the Director of External Affairs at Instituto Acton. He is responsible for helping to organize international conferences, increase private funding, as well as expand networking opportunities and relations among European businesses, media, and religious communities while managing the day-to-day operations of the Rome office.
Mark is a nationally known painter and sculptor, laying the foundation for his current work. He has been commissioned to paint notable portraits of distinguished individuals, including Church officials, & is recognized nationally for his portraiture and sculpting of religious art.
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Mark Sanislo
Geoffrey is the Forum Secretariat at the Catholic-inspired NGO's Forum. He is an International Associate and Rome Office Director for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries and a collaborator with the Pontifical Council for Integral Human Development.
Sr. Sean Marie is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and formerly the Infirmarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Monsignor Sylva is a priest of the Diocese of Paterson and Vicar for Special Projects and Rector at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. He was formerly an official at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization at the Vatican.
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