Speakers

Don Pennell

Don Pennell, a Canadian Navy Veteran, together with his wife Shirley have been loyal supporters of Father Gruner and his Fatima Apostolate since 1981. Canada was in the throes of repatriation and upon their urging to introduce a National Rosary Crusade, was born Father’s first publication, Our Lady’s Urgent Appeal. Don and his wife began the Militia of Our Immaculate Mother in their home and also was a key distribution point for Father Gruner and Father Ronald Tangen’s printing of the various works of St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

Christopher Ferrara

Christopher A. Ferrara earned his Baccalaureate and Juris Doctor degrees from Fordham University. He is President and Chief Counsel of the American Catholic Lawyers Association. His articles have appeared in The Latin Mass and The Remnant, and other publications. He authored several books, including Liberty, The God that Failed, The Secret Still Hidden, False Friends of Fatima and translated into English Antonio Socci's book, Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima. (The Fourth Secret of Fatima). He together with John Salza debated Giuseppe De Carli at our conference in Rome at The Fatima Challenge, May 2010. The results of that historic debate are detailed in Mr. Ferrara's account Vindication. It changed the landscape of the Fatima controversies forever.

Father Rodriguez

Fr. Michael E. Rodríguez was born in 1970, in the border city of El Paso, TX. He is the third in a family of six children, and was raised in a devout Catholic home. He entered the seminary for the Diocese of El Paso, attended major seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and completed his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr. Rodríguez was ordained a priest in 1996 and early in his priesthood he served as the Vocation Director for the Diocese of El Paso. He has served in numerous parishes, both urban and rural, throughout the diocese. In 2005, Fr. Rodríguez began to offer the Traditional Latin Mass, and since 2011, he has been offering the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively. Fr. Rodríguez speaks fluent English and Spanish, and is proficient in German and Italian.

Michael Matt

Michael Matt has been the editor of The Remnant since 1994. He was educated at Hamline University, St. Thomas University and Christendom College. Great-Grandson of the founder of Der Wanderer (1867), grandson of the founder of The Wanderer and the son of the founder of The Remnant (1967). US Coordinator for Notre-Dame de Chrétienté, he has led the American Chapter on the 3-day walking Pilgrimage to Chartres, France for the past 27 years. Host of The Remnant Underground & The Remnant Forum, Remnant TV’s weekly television programs. Faculty member of The Roman Forum's Summer Symposium on Lake Garda in Gardone Riviera, Italy. Moderator and Debater for the wildly popular Argument of the Month Club in St. Paul. Author of Gods of Wasteland: Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll; Christian Fables, and contributed most recently to Love in the Ruins: Modern Catholics in Search of the Ancient Faith (Sarto House). Publisher of works such as For Altar and Throne, by Michael Davies, The Great Façade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Church, by Chris Ferrara, The Church and the Libertarian, and more recently,The Remnants: The Final Essays of John Senior. He’s a husband and father of seven children and lives in Scandia, Minnesota.

Matt Gaspers

Matt Gapsers has contributed articles to Catholic Family News dealing with Islam and examining the Second Vatican Council by means of Sacred Tradition and the Church's perennial Magisterium. He is also a longtime student of Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima and the crucial message she came to deliver. Mr. Gaspers and his wife, together with their two children, reside in Colorado.

David Rodriguez

David Rodríguez was born and raised in El Paso. As a child, he lived in Bavaria for four years giving him a lifelong appreciation for traveling and the glorious heritage of our Catholic Faith. He is fluent in English, Spanish and German. He graduated as valedictorian from the University of Texas - El Paso with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1995, and worked in the semiconductor industry. After graduate school in engineering, he spent several years in a diocesan seminary and as a novice in a Cistercian monastery before earning his Masters Degree in Theology from the University of Dallas in 2003. David spent eight years working in parishes, directing religious formation, and in Catholic Radio, hosting call-in apologetic shows in English and Spanish. Since 2012, he has collaborated with the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas, a non-profit corporation founded and run by lay traditional Catholics, which exists to help recover and restore our true Catholic Faith. He currently teaches weekly adult catechetical classes in English and Spanish, airs a weekly internet radio show, manages a website, gives monthly seminars in Mexico and the US, and publishes devotional Catholic resources. David has been a Catholic speaker at several conferences and recently served as a tour guide for pilgrims to Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador.

Father Phillipson

Father David Phillipson was born in 1957 in Middletown, CT and eventually became the middle child in-between two brothers. Having only a nominal Catholic faith, he left its practice in high school, and traveled far eastward both spiritually and then physically in college. Upon his westward return physically to the US, God's providence led him spiritually back to the Catholic Church this time with "living faith." He studied Philosophy and Theology at the graduate level at Fordham University, was a Campus Minister and a High School teacher before entering the seminary, in 1999, at Mount St Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD for the Archdiocese of Sante Fe. After three years a priest, in 2006, he learned the Traditional Mass and has said it exclusively since then, as a chaplain, in chapels throughout the country.

Suzanne Pearson

Suzanne Pearson is a professional musician, holding a Bachelor of Music degree (as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science) from San Diego State University. In addition to her musical career, she pursued a 40-year-long career working for the U.S. Congress. Ms. Pearson has been a lifelong student of Fatima and its controversies. Her research and reflections over the years has resulted in fascinating facts about the contents of the Third Secret and why the popes up to now have not obeyed Our Lady of Fatima. Having also observed firsthand the difficulties of leading a virtuous life in the political arena, she developed a fascination for the holy life of Blessed Karl of the House of Austria.

Father Isaac Relyea

A long-time friend of Father Gruner, Fr. Isaac Relyea joined the Holy Apostles seminary in 1993. After completing his studies, he was ordained a deacon with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1999. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin, with the permission of his superiors and Bishop, to start the Franciscan Friars of Our Lady of Good Success in 2010. Being well versed in St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Moral Theology and Guide for Confessors, he is a strong-speaking mission priest. He has spoken to crowds as large as 7,000, and regularly offers the Tridentine Latin Mass.

Father Nicholas Gruner (1942-2015 R.I.P.)

Father Nicholas Gruner, B. Com., S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.), also referred to as The Fatima Priest, was a graduate of McGill University, where he earned his Bachelor‘s degree in Commerce. He then studied in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) where he received his Bachelor’s and his Licentiate degrees in Sacred Theology. There he also completed, with highest honors, all the courses for his Doctorate. Father Gruner dedicated 37 years of his priestly life to promoting the Message of Fatima. Starting off with a grassroots apostolate, he lead what became, and still is, one of the world’s largest Fatima organizations – the only one to promote the full Fatima message. He also became known and recognized as a leading authority on the Fatima Apparitions and Message. He lectured throughout North America and internationally on the subject of Fatima and over the years published The Fatima Crusader , many other magazines and books on the Fatima Message. His work continues to the present.