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Zeni Fox, Ph.D.

Keynote: Monday, October 23

Zeni Fox, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Pastoral Theology, earned an M.A. in Religious Education and Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, Lay Ministries: A Critical Three-Dimensional Study.

Dr. Fox was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa by Christ the King Seminary in 2006, and Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa by Georgian Court University in 2007. She has also received the Cardinal Bernardin Award, from The Catholic Common Ground Initiative, Chicago Theological Union in 2013; the Wisdom and Service Award from St. John’s University, Collegeville in 2011; the Servant Leader Award from the College of St. Elizabeth in 2011; and the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry in 1998.

She is the author of New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church, revised and expanded, Sheed and Ward (2002). For over ten years, she served as an advisor to the Bishops' Sub-committee on Lay Ministry, as they developed Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. She lectures frequently throughout the country on lay ministry, lay spirituality and lay leadership.

Dr. Fox serves as a member of the Sponsor of Ascension Health, St. Louis, MO; has recently served on working groups of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management and the Catholic Health Association. She edited Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Pathways Toward the Future (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010) and co-edited Called and Chosen: Toward a Spirituality for Lay Leaders (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Articles and book reviews have been published in various pastoral journals, including Church, The Living Light, Liturgical Ministry and Health Progress, as well as chapters in several books.


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Al Kresta

Keynote: Tuesday, October 24

Al Kresta is a broadcaster, journalist, President and CEO of Ave Maria Communication, and host of the nationally syndicated Catholic talk show Kresta in the Afternoon.

In 1997, Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan recruited Al to launch the media apostolate, Ave Maria Communications. Heard on over 350 stations and Sirius Satellite Radio, Kresta in the Afternoon is broadcast each weekday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time and looks at all areas of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching of Christ’s Church.

Al is the author of the best-selling book Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents as well as Why Do Catholics Genuflect?, Why Are Catholics So Concerned about Sin?, and co-author with Nick Thomm of Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories From Well-Known Catholics.