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

Keynote Speaker:  How Were Your Eyes Opened? 

Featured Speaker: When They Saw…They Were Overjoyed

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.

Dan Moynihan, Youth Leader

Keynote Speaker: How Were Your Eyes Opened?
Featured Speaker: When They Saw…They Were Overjoyed

For the past 25 years Dan Moynihan has served in many different areas of leadership within Diocesan and parish life and during the past year, supported St. Michael’s Catholic School in Stratford, ON, as Chaplaincy Leader.

Dan travels around the world coordinating the Sport at the Service of Humanity Young Leaders Mentoring program. This project has been inspired by the Holy Father, Pope Francis and is enabled by the Pontifical Council for Culture. His role sees him develop the curriculum and drawing together young athletes and leaders in sport, business and faith. Currently Dan is working with athletes from Asia, the Middle East, North America and Africa and mentors from Manchester United, FC Barcelona, The Jordanian Olympic Team, CONCACAF & FIFA as well as the LA84 Foundation. This past year, Dan and the Young Leaders have been active in the Youth Olympics Athlete Forum in Buenos Aries, Argentina and the G20 Interfaith Summit in Tokyo, Japan.

You may have heard that Dan lead sessions across our province, country or internationally, in parishes, schools, dioceses, school districts or Board and Diocesan partnership events. He has facilitated discussions, lead retreats and delivered keynote addresses focusing on the intersection of faith and culture and in particular how families today can shape and mold their lives in the ways of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dan and Lisa (a secondary religion teacher at Catholic Central in London, ON) have been married for sixteen years and have four children. Emma (13), Liam (11), Andrew (9) and Clare (7). Enabling time to be with them out-of-doors is his greatest pleasure.