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Keynotes


Each year, we look forward to inspiring messages from our keynotes. During these general sessions, attendees can take a moment to pause, reflect, and be energized by what our speakers have to share.

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Keynotes


Each year, we look forward to inspiring messages from our keynotes. During these general sessions, attendees can take a moment to pause, reflect, and be energized by what our speakers have to share.

We’re welcoming two guest keynotes to our podium for Nexus 2016. On Monday, we’ll hear from Chris Lowney on Pope Francis’ leadership approach. Lowney is the author of  Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, as well as other books on leadership. On Wednesday, Deacon Alex Jones will takes the stage, speaking on evangelization, a lecture titled "Fan into Flames." As a Pentecostal pastor who turned to Catholicism later in life, Deacon Jones brings a unique perspective to our understanding of evangelization and the Church. He's the author of the book No Price Too High.

Chris Lowney: Monday Keynote


Doing the Laundry, Dusty Shoes, and the Church Bell: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis
In this talk, Chris Lowney will use stories from the life of Pope Francis in order to challenge our assumptions about leadership. The speaker will invite each one of us to embrace his or her leadership opportunity and responsibility.

Chris Lowney: Monday Keynote


Doing the Laundry, Dusty Shoes, and the Church Bell: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis
In this talk, Chris Lowney will use stories from the life of Pope Francis in order to challenge our assumptions about leadership. The speaker will invite each one of us to embrace his or her leadership opportunity and responsibility.

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About Chris Lowney

Chris Lowney, a one time Jesuit seminarian, later became a managing director of J.P. Morgan & Co. on three continents until leaving the firm in 2001. Since then, he has authored four books, including the bestselling Heroic Leadership, which was a #1 ranked bestseller of the Catholic Book Publishers Association and has been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent book is Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. Chris currently chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, which is the nation's second largest Catholic healthcare system, with more than 100 hospitals in 19 states. He is a graduate of Fordham University, roots for the New York Mets, and hates the New York Yankees without feeling shame.

For more about Chris Lowney, visit chrislowney.com.

Deacon Alex Jones: Wednesday Keynote


Fan into Flames

Deacon Alex Jones will speak on Catholic Evangelization.

Deacon Alex Jones: Wednesday Keynote


Fan into Flames

Deacon Alex Jones will speak on Catholic Evangelization.

About Deacon Alex Jones

Alex is 75 years of age and is married to Donna Camille. They have three grown sons, Joseph, Benjamin, and Marc; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in art education, and received his master's in pastoral studies (MAPS) degree from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 2007. He taught in the Detroit school system for 28 years. 

From April 1975 to December 2000, he was the senior minister of two churches in the city of Detroit: Zion Congregational Church of God in Christ (1975-1982), the second oldest Pentecostal church in Michigan, and Maranatha Christian Church (1982-2000), an evangelical/charismatic church.

In March of 1998, while reading the apostolic fathers and subsequent church history in preparation for a Wednesday evening Bible study, he discovered the Church to be charismatic, liturgical, hierarchical, and Eucharistic-centered. In light of that discovery, Alex and Donna began a two-year journey into the Catholic Church that culminated in 54 members of his previous congregation, including 14 members of his family, entering the Catholic Church. They entered RCIA at St. Suzanne Catholic Community on September 10, 2000, and were welcomed into the Catholic Church through confirmation during Easter Vigil on April 14, 2001.

Alex was ordained as a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Detroit on October 1, 2005. On May 31, 2007, he retired from the position of evangelization coordinator for the Archdiocese of Detroit. On July 1, 2013 he retired from his diaconal responsibilities at St. Suzanne/OLGH and his work as the pastoral associate at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is also the author of No Price Too High, a book chronicling Alex’s and Donna’s journey into the Church.

For more about Deacon Alex Jones, visit alexjonesministries.com.