Keynote Speaker Information


Ann Garrido, D.Min.
Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology

Wednesday, July 18, 9:00 AM

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Ann Garrido is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO. While her first passion is teaching, for the past fifteen years, she has found herself increasingly drawn into administrative roles including (at varying points in time) serving as her school’s Director of the D.Min. in Preaching, Director of MAPS Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Director of Field Education, Director of Distance Learning, and Director of the Aquinas Ministry Integration Project. Garrido has served as senior editor of Human Development Magazine and is the author of six books, including Redeeming Administration (Ave Maria Press, 2013) and—most recently—Redeeming Conflict (Ave Maria Press, 2016). Ann now commits half-time to travelling nationally and internationally doing conflict education and mediation work with Triad Consulting Group, founded by two members of the Harvard Negotiation Project based in Cambridge, MA. She is married to a very patient husband and has one college-aged son who plays a mean ukelele.


Pat McCormick, S.T.D.
Professor of Moral Theology, Gonzaga University

Thursday, July 19, 9:00 AM

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Patrick McCormick received his doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University (Rome), did a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, and is Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he has taught Christian Ethics and Catholic Social Teachings since 1994. He is the author of God’s Beauty: A Call to Justice and A Banqueter’s Guide to the All Night Soup Kitchen of the Kingdom of God, and the co-author of two textbooks on Christian Ethics. He has published dozens of essays on Catholic Social Thought, over 200 columns on Christianity and Culture, and given presentations, workshops and retreats on Catholic Social Teachings at colleges, universities and dioceses throughout the US and in Canada, Australia and Brazil. He is currently preparing to write a textbook on religious ethics and food.

Plenary Session


Charlotte Vitak
Founder, My Story

Wednesday, July 18, 4:00 PM


Charlotte Vitak is the founder of My Story. After three years of running My Story, a community building and storytelling program at the University of San Diego, she graduated with a degree in Sociology and Peace and Justice. She was a student leader of the Changemaker Student Committee at USD and an intern at Ashoka U. Charlotte believes in the power of storytelling to change lives, campuses, and cultures through the medium of My Story. 

How does My Story work?
My Story produces this experience in three parts- institutional assessment, real-life stories, and interactive on-campus events where community members come together and build community through listening to the stories of their peers.