WFMP 2019: October 24, 25 & 26, 2019

Conference Speakers


Information on Conference Speakers will be posted as they are confirmed!

Most Rev. Wayne Joseph Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Toronto

Celebrant: Friday, October 25, 2019 – 11:15 a.m.

Wayne Joseph Kirkpatrick was born on June 5, 1957 in St. Catharines, Ontario, the fourth of five children. He studied at the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s College, earning a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) before entering St. Augustine’s Seminary in 1980. He completed a Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the priesthood on September 1, 1984. He received a Licentiate (Masters) in Canon Law in June 1990 from St. Paul University, Ottawa.

Msgr. Kirkpatrick served the Diocese of St. Catharines in diverse roles since his ordination, including 22 years in diocesan administration, concurrently serving in parish ministry as a pastor for 17 years. He served on the Diocesan Finance Council for 17 years and was elected as chair of the Council of Priests for three terms. He was Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of St. Catharines from April to November 2010. He was named a Prelate of Honour by Pope John Paul II in June 1999, a papal honour that bestows the title of ‘Monsignor’ on priests recognized for their service to the church.

In May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Toronto. At the time of his appointment, he was serving as Moderator of the Curia, Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of St. Catharines, Rector of the Cathedral and President of the Canadian Canon Law Society. Bishop Kirkpatrick’s episcopal ordination took place at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catharines, Ontario on July 25, 2012.

As Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Bishop Kirkpatrick will oversee care of the pastoral needs of the Northern Pastoral Region. He has also been appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Religious institutes of men and women in the Archdiocese and Episcopal Vicar for the Francophone community.

Fr. Rob Galea, Singer/Sogwriter

Featured Speaker

Fr Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria, after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country.

He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr Rob has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences.

He and his team currently minister to over 200,000 young people each year, carrying Christ’s message of hope and relationship with Jesus to all they encounter. Fr Rob’s passion is to draw others to the heart of God. He believes that music is an important instrument in helping people understanding the need for intimacy with God. Fr Rob has released seven music projects to date. In all this, whilst greatly appreciating his gift of music, he recognizes that before everything he is a follower of Christ, a priest and only then, a musician.

Mary Jo Leddy – Writer & Theologian

Featured Speaker: Why Are We Here: A Meditation on Canada

Mary Jo Leddy is a writer and theologian, the founder of Toronto’s Romero House, a founding editor of The Catholic New Times, and a passionate advocate for human rights and peace issues. She is the recipient of many honorary doctorates, and awards, including the Order of Canada. She has written many books, several of which feature or reflect on the work and life at Romero House, such as Radical Gratitude (Orbis 2002), and The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home (Orbis 2011).

In her latest book, Why Are We Here: A Meditation on Canada, Ms. Leddy examines the moral challenges facing Canada in this time of social exclusion and environmental ruin. She focuses on three of Canada’s national blind spots – the relationship with Indigenous peoples, immigration, and its poor record of caring for the environment – and addresses the fundamental question, ‘Why are we here?’

Ms. Leddy will be available to sign copies of her book (available for purchase) following her presentation.