Joe ZambonInternational Catholic Musician (Canada)

Joe ZambonInternational Catholic Musician (Canada)

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Joe Zambon is a folk singer songwriter from Toronto Ontario, Canada. Often recognized by his Franciscan styled beard, his music is known for its raw and honest reflections on the human condition. Joe’s most recent album is called Brothers, which he produced and recorded with his brother Nick in their parent’s old farmhouse. His music has taken him to shows across Canada and the USA, India, Australia and New Zealand. When Joe is not on the road touring, he pours his heart into young adult evangelization as a Campus Minister at York University's Catholic Chaplaincy in Toronto.
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Fr Rob GaleaStronger Youth

Fr Rob GaleaStronger Youth

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Fr Rob Galea is a Catholic Priest from Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria and a singer and songwriter with an international fan base and six music projects to date. Fr Rob has been featured in Channel 10's The Project, and was a contestant in Australia's 2015 The X Factor. He has recorded with several renowned artists such as pop idol Guy Sebastian, Paulini, Gary Pinto, Natasha Pinto and Amelia Farrugia, and has shared the stage with the likes of Matt Maher, Hillsong United, Darlene Zschech and more. In 2008 Fr Rob, together with the late Bishop Joe Grech, founded the Stronger Youth Program - a series of youth retreats, rallies and small groups which are run around the Sandhurst, Melbourne and Perth Australian Dioceses. Whilst greatly appreciating his gift of music, Fr Rob recognises that before everything he is a follower of Christ, a priest and only then, a musician.
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Sr Hilda ScottBenedictine Abbey Jamberoo

Sr Hilda ScottBenedictine Abbey Jamberoo

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Sr Hilda Scott is from the Benedictine Abbey at Jamberoo, NSW. She is known for her role as mentor to a group of 5 women in the television series, The Abbey. She has been in ministry throughout her teenage and adult life, as an active Religious Sister, teacher, adult educator, youth worker, parish and pastoral worker. She has been with those on the streets, in refuges and lived in a caravan park among those who had nothing. As an enclosed Benedictine nun living a life of prayer, silence and work, the ministry continues in the form of spiritual guidance, formation and giving retreats.
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Archbishop Mark ColeridgeArchdiocese of Brisbane

Archbishop Mark ColeridgeArchdiocese of Brisbane

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge is the Archbishop of Brisbane. Previously, he served as Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn and Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne. Prior to becoming a Bishop in 2002, he served for five years in the Vatican Secretariat of State. He is a theologian and teacher especially qualified in the fields of Sacred Scripture and the Church’s liturgical worship.
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Bishop Eugene HurleyDiocese of Darwin

Bishop Eugene HurleyDiocese of Darwin

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Bishop Eugene Hurley is the Bishop of Darwin Diocese. Previously he served as Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese from 1999 to 2007, having worked there as a priest since 1964. Bishop Hurley oversaw the implementation of a Catholic Pastoral Care Team in Woomera at the inception of the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre in 1999 and was a regular visitor at the Baxter Detention Centre in Port Augusta. He is also a regular visitor at the Wickham Point Detention Centre in Darwin. Bishop Hurley was invited to join the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention. Bishop Hurley is currently the Chair of the Bishops’ Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
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Brendan MaloneFocus on the Family NZ

Brendan MaloneFocus on the Family NZ

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Brendan Malone is the head of education and media for Focus on the Family New Zealand. For the past 12 years he has been working full-time in life, marriage and family ministry, with a special emphasis on pro-life issues. He regularly speaks around New Zealand and Australia, and runs an annual pro-life training internship in New Zealand and Australia. He was previously the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. Brendan has a passion for seeing Catholics flourish in their baptismal call to an active participation in evangelism built on Christian-love-in-action and a faithful and clear communication of the truth with excellence. He is married to Katie and together they have 4 beautiful daughters and one rambunctious son.
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Nic Marchesi & Lucas PatchettOrange Sky Laundry

Nic Marchesi & Lucas PatchettOrange Sky Laundry

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Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett are best mates who were awarded 2016 Young Australians of the Year. They are the founders of Orange Sky Laundry in September 2014, building a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Since then, the world first idea has rapidly expanded to 10 vans in Hobart, Sunshine Coast, SE Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Canberra. Run by 876 volunteers across the country, the custom fitted vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers service over 71.5 locations and wash over 6.39 tonnes of laundry a week. A catalyst for conversation, Orange Sky facilitates countless hours of conversations each week. In February 2015, they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to wash clothes in cyclone affected communities. Orange Sky Laundry to date has washed over 216,219 kgs of free laundry but most importantly fostered over 55,811 hours of positive and genuine conversation. Nic and Lucas ha ve found a way to treat others the way they want to be treated by restoring respect, raising health standards and reducing the strain on resources. They now plan to expand services Australia-wide with the aim of positively connecting the community and improving the lives of others.

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Byron & Francine PirolaSmartLoving

Byron & Francine PirolaSmartLoving

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Francine & Byron Pirola are the coauthors of the SmartLoving Series exploring relationships and marriage with thousands couples through seminars, articles and workshops internationally. They are also the authors of the My School Diary Range which is used by over a hundred thousand primary school students and teachers every year. Byron was also a founder of the Antioch Youth Movement in Australia which has had an estimated quarter of a million youth involved over its 35 year history. They have five children and have been married since 1988.
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Paul NinnesReal Talk Australia

Paul NinnesReal Talk Australia

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Paul is the Managing Director of Real Talk Australia and has a passion for seeing people fulfill their potential in Christ. He has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, postgraduate qualifications in Sexual Health and is currently completing postgraduate studies in Theology (Marriage and Family) at the John Paul II Institute. He is married to Emma and they have three beautiful kids. In 2014, as part of the Community Leader Awards, Paul was awarded the Professional Leader of the Year. Paul uses his powerful life story and builds on ten years’ youth ministry experience to present a life-changing message on a variety of topics to over 10 000 young people each year.
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Teresa McGrathEvangelisation Brisbane

Teresa McGrathEvangelisation Brisbane

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Teresa McGrath heads up the Youth Evangelisation Office for the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The newly formed Youth Evangelisation Office seeks to connect with youth initiative leaders, provide formation and training to all youth leaders, promote greater collaboration and coordination between the various youth initiatives and identify gaps in the current ministry landscape. This has culminated in their latest project called the Catholic Collective, which provides a platform for young people to connect with all youth initiatives across the Archdiocese. Teresa’s background is Business Management and, previously, she was the Ministry Development Coordinator for NET Ministries Australia. She is also a vocalist for emmanuelworship, and has been involved in youth ministry for over 10 years.
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Mark DoyleNET Ministries Australia

Mark DoyleNET Ministries Australia

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Mark Doyle is Executive Director of NET Ministries Australia. He has been involved in youth ministry for over a decade on both sides of the world in Canada and Australia. His passion is for helping others reach their full potential. He has recently completed his MBA.
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Sr Rosemary DrumCatholic Youth Parramatta

Sr Rosemary DrumCatholic Youth Parramatta

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Sr Rosie Drum is a Missionaries of God’s Love sister who grew up in country NSW and once promised God she would go anywhere for him except Sydney. She now lives in Sydney. Sr Rosie has been engaged in youth ministry for fifteen years and finds great joy in leading people closer to Jesus Christ and his Church. She is currently the Assistant Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta and is passionate about empowering and equipping those serving in youth ministry and helping young people find their vocation in life.
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Fr Morgan BattVocations Brisbane

Fr Morgan BattVocations Brisbane

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Fr Morgan is a priest of 25 years in the Brisbane Archdiocese with current appointments as Vocations Director, Director of Canali House for Priesthood Discernment, and Director of Pastoral Theology and Formation at Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland. He also serves as a Chaplain in the Australian Defence Force, with Tours of Duty in the Middle East and Timor. He has been decorated by the US Army and Timor Leste Government and obtained commendations in the Australian Army. Fr Morgan is also a recognised international mountaineer, having climbed on Everest and thousands of mountains round the seven continents. His aim is to summit the highest peak of every country and major territory in the world, and has already completed 184 of the 268 peaks.Website
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Mark LysaghtAustralian Catholic University

Mark LysaghtAustralian Catholic University

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Mark is Associate Director, Campus Ministry at Australian Catholic University. A 21st Century evangelist, Mark is passionate about helping young men and women understand their faith, articulate it and live it in today’s world. He brings experience from the business world coupled with tertiary qualifications in Social science, Counselling and Ministry and over 20 years involvement in Catholic youth and young adult ministry. Mark is married to Nikki and they have three children, Kaiya, Xavier and Bella.
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Lorraine McCarthyAlpha in a Catholic Context

Lorraine McCarthyAlpha in a Catholic Context

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Lorraine McCarthy is the Alpha in a Catholic Context Co-ordinator in Australia. As a Pastoral Associate in the Archdiocese of Melbourne she has run Alpha in Parishes since 1999 and has seen how Alpha can both welcome people new to faith and re-energise existing Parishioners. Lorraine is passionate about growing Parishes through strong pastoral vision and adult faith formation. She has a degree in Theology and a Post-Graduate Diploma specialising in Adult Faith Formation. She is a Spiritual Director and is part of the Pallotti College Retreat Team. She teaches the Catherine of Siena Institute Called and Gifted Workshop.
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Mario Borg24:7 Youth Ministry

Mario Borg24:7 Youth Ministry

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Mario Borg is the Director of 24:7 Youth Ministry which services catholic parishes and schools across the Perth Archdiocese with vibrant teenage youth groups and powerful retreats and reflection days. Senior Lecturer at Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation, Mario has devoted the past decade to equipping young men and women with the skills to minister within the life of the Church. 25 years of ministry experience has seen Mario become a highly sought after presenter and speaker.
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Daniel AngOffice for Evangelisation, Broken Bay

Daniel AngOffice for Evangelisation, Broken Bay

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Daniel Ang is the Director of the Office for Evangelisation in the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay. This office encompasses the ministries of adult faith formation, youth ministry, family outreach, sacramental life and liturgy, and Special Religious Education. He is Chair of the National Pastoral Planners Network and a member of the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Master of Divinity from the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD), undertaken at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He is a married layman with two children. He maintains a blog at www.timeofthechurch.com focused on theology for pastoral life.
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Sr Mary Rachel OPDominican Sisters of St Cecilia

Sr Mary Rachel OPDominican Sisters of St Cecilia

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Sister Mary Rachel Capets is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia whose Motherhouse is in Nashville, Tennessee. Sister Mary Rachel is currently Assistant Religious Education Coordinator at Trinity Catholic College in Auburn and serves as the community's Vocation Director in Australia.
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Peter GilmoreDiocese of Wollongong

Peter GilmoreDiocese of Wollongong

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Peter Gilmore is a Faith Education Officer for the Diocese of Wollongong, where he trains and coordinates over 300 catechists who teach thousands of children each week. He has been involved in youth ministry for nearly 15 years, running youth groups and retreats, serving on Youth Mission Team and running Scripture seminars in public high schools. He helped start Pub Theology in Wollongong along with other young adult initiatives, and is the music leader for the Summer School of Evangelisation in Bathurst. He studied Acting and Multimedia at university and is currently completing a Theology degree.

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We regret that Fr Bony Abraham mgl and Ryan Shelton are no longer able to join us for Ignite Conference 2016.