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GUEST SPEAKER 
DR JOHN GRESHAM 

This year’s guest speaker is Dr. John Leroy Gresham – a professor of Theology and Director of Distance Education and Online Learning in the Institute for Lay Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He has a BA and MA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and a PhD in Religious Studies at Baylor University and an MSc in Library Science at the University of North Texas.

He has worked at several colleges and universities as a theology professor, is a certified Spiritual Director, has taught for many years at the Paul VI Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St Louis, and provides leadership for online education at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Dr Gresham made his way into the Catholic Church from evangelical and Pentecostal roots through the Episcopal Church. Today he is involved in Catholic Charismatic Renewal and ecumenical dialogue with Pentecostals and new charismatic churches.

As an author of the books Jesus 101, Holy Spirit 101 and co-author of Wonder and the Prayerful Study of Theology, we are excited to have Dr. Gresham (and his wife of 40 + years, Mary Jane, join us in this year’s conference to share his knowledge and experience.

CONFERENCE SPEAKER
BROTHER WINSTON GARCIA 

Speaking with wit, passion, and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we are always eager to hear from Brother Winston Garcia – one of the Caribbean’s finest Catholic Lay Evangelists. Brother Winston serves as Moderator of the People of Praise (POP) Community of Arima, Trinidad. He assumes the overall responsibility for the visioning, leadership, pastoral care, and music ministry of POP. 

Brother Winston has fervently ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ through the Word and song, in North America and throughout the Caribbean. His greatest aspiration is to guide people to the heart of God through praise, worship, and Scripture.

Winston holds an undergraduate degree in Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies and an MBA in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation from the Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge. 

A devoted husband and father, Winston and his beautiful wife Debbie are parents to two girls and three boys. He is skilled in the kitchen and loves his dogs and West Indies cricket.

 

We anticipate another infusion of energetic and Spirit-filled preaching by Brother Winston in this year’s conference. 

CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Rev. FR. TREVOR NATHASINGH

Fr. Trevor Nathasingh is a Trinidadian Roman Catholic priest called to conversion from Hinduism. He is now known for his dynamism and charismatic preaching as he proclaims the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church.

In 1975 Fr. Trevor had his first meaningful encounter with the Catholic Church at a charismatic prayer meeting hosted by the Eternal Light Community at St Charles Parish in Tunapuna. At that meeting, he gave his heart to Jesus and has not looked back since!

Within three years, Fr Trevor immersed himself into the life of the Catholic Church. His ordination to the Holy Priesthood took place on Sunday, June 18, 1989. He has since preached worldwide and across the United States and Canada. He is also the founder of the Franciscan House of Prayer, a Catholic Charismatic community-based in Sangre Grande.

Fr. Trevor will bless us with his vibrance and engaging preaching style and will no doubt touch people’s hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit in this year’s conference. 

CELEBRANT – PENITENTIAL SERVICE
FR. MATTHEW D’HEREAUX

Fr. Matthew D’Hereaux is the parish priest of the St Joseph Parish, Trinidad, as well as the Vocations Director of the Archdiocese. He heads the Archdiocesan Aspirancy House in St Joseph where young men can prayerfully reflect on their call to priesthood. His dream is that all young people in the Archdiocese can intentionally move towards the realization that God may be moving them from one place to another. 

He attended the University of the West Indies where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology. 

He also holds a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Alfonsian Academy in Rome (2007-2009), and a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Catholic Social Teaching Alfonsian Academy in Rome (2009 -2011).

This year Fr D’Hereaux will lead the conference’s penitential service at the start of the Conference on Saturday. 

MASS CELEBRANT 
ARCHBISHOP CHARLES JASON GORDON

The Most Reverend Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon is well-known for true leadership as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. He is a dynamic and eloquent speaker and an advocate for all God’s people. 

Beginning his spiritual journey at Fatima college, Archbishop Gordon became involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a youth member. He initiated his studies at the Regional Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, Mt St Benedict in the1980s. His studies continued at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium (1986–88), where he obtained a BA in philosophy and a Master’s in Theology (Magna Cum Laude). Archbishop Gordon was ordained a priest in 1991 at the age of 32, in Trinidad. He completed his PhD at Heythrop, the Jesuit College in the University of London (1996–2000). 

He served as principal of the Caribbean School of Catholic Communications (CSCC), as Vicar of Administration for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain (2006 -2011) and served other dioceses before his installation as the Archbishop of Port of Spain on December 27, 2017. 

Archbishop Gordon is currently the Vice-President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference of Bishops and the Chair of their Communications Commission. He also maintains close connection with the Living Water Community from which he came.

His Grace, affectionately called ‘Archbishop J,’ is loved by the local Church. As this year’s Mass celebrant, we look forward to his presence and challenging homily at Sound the Trumpet 17 – Uncommon Praise & Worship.  

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