Family Fully Alive Festival Speaker Bios
Keynote Session Speakers
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is president and CEO of Servant Enterprises, Inc., and the founder and director of Deaconharold.com. He is an internationally known speaker and author, and has given hundreds of presentations on male spirituality, marriage and family life, the sacraments, prayer, and apologetics. He is the author of Behold the Man and The Mass in Sacred Scripture and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs worldwide. He has written articles for the Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, and many other Catholic publications. Deacon Harold and his wife, Colleen, have four children.
Megan Schrieber, President of AbbeyFest Ministries,is a Catholic mother of six, an athlete, and speaker who is eager to address and defend the Catholic Church’s empowering vision of womanhood and religious freedom. She is opposed to birth control, not because she never used it, but rather because she did. She admits to abandoning Church teachings in favor of the perpetuated notion that contraception was “good.” But she discovered that whenever they contracepted, she and her husband were at odds with one another; when they weren’t, they were deeply in synch. Her family also experienced their religious freedom threatened when they requested Theology of the Body be taught at their children’s private, Catholic school, and were met with resistance because the Director of Religious Education was in a same sex marriage. When they withdrew their children in protest, they became outcasts in the court of public opinion, who blamed them for her dismissal. From this Megan has learned how important it is to stand up for your beliefs if you want to ensure that your children will have the right to religious freedom in their lifetime.
Mark Houck, Co-Founder & President of The King’s Men is an author, lecturer, radio host, activist and passionate Catholic. The mission of The King’s Men has enabled Mark to minister to men and women all across North America and Europe. Prior to launching The King’s Men, he was a full-time chastity educator and pro-life activist with Generation Life. Mark has a BA in Human Resource Management from The Catholic University of America and a Master’s in Education from Holy Family University. Mark is married with five children, and lives in Quakertown, PA.
Breakout Session Speakers
Father Denis Wilde
Rev. Denis G.Wilde, O.S.A., PH.D., is a member of the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, was associate professor of music at Villanova University from 1977 to 1998, before he joined Priests for Life. A Long Island native, Fr. Wilde is a professional pianist and presents piano recitals around the country in conjunction with pro-life ministry. Father Wilde received his Ph.D. in music from The Catholic University of America (1984) and had been professionally engaged as choral director at Villanova and as guest conductor in five continents. Father feels a unique interest in relating music and pro-life ministry much as the heart is moved through beauty in life.
Fr. Denis has been actively involved in pro-life concerns since before Roe v. Wade. In the 80s he personally witnessed to the "rescue" movement and thereby developed ecumenical ties from the expression of common faith in God as the Author of Life. Beyond preaching and teaching on campus he has now traveled to over 750 venues in 47 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe, delivering the Gospel of Life and supporting the local pro-life efforts of clergy and laity.
Fr. Denis writes: "There is sadly no more dangerous place to live than the womb. This bizarre situation of a culture of death propped up by law and camouflaged as medicine perpetuates a lie of a colossal order. Its consequence is a dead end street to baby, mother and civilization.
"Our days, seen against this backdrop, can be foreboding. But they can also serve as a national and church wake-up call to act on the promise God has given us all - to thwart evil and reclaim His Victory over death. A priest therefore needs to be at the front, side by side and supporting his flock in this battle for life. Ours is not an option to wait for someone else to come along. What a joy it is to know that God is in charge and will not fail to lead us forward to end this 'unspeakable crime’.”
Kevin Burke is a licensed social worker, Co-Founder of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries and a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life. He is a graduate of The Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work. Kevin's presentations address the effects of abortion on men, couples and families and effective post abortion ministry for Clergy and Counselors.
The Rachel’s Vineyard ™ support group and retreat models are now offered in 49 states. The international outreach of Rachel’s Vineyard is now in over 70 countries. The Retreat manual has been translated into 22 languages with other translations in progress. We offer over 1000 retreats annually worldwide.
Kevin is the co-author of Redeeming A Father’s Heart-Men Share Powerful Stories of Abortion Loss and Recovery and Sharing The Heart of Christ: Safe and Effective Post Abortion Ministry for Clergy and Counselors co- authored with Theresa Burke and Fr Frank Pavone.
He has contributed to and authored articles on post-abortion healing. Kevin participates regularly in radio interviews, has been a guest on EWTN and Fr. Frank Pavone’s program “Gospel of Life” on the Sky Angel Network.
Kevin formerly served as the administrator of Mother's Home, a crisis pregnancy residence that provides housing, computer job training and programs for women and their children. Kevin also worked as a clinical social work supervisor for Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia.
Joseph C. Gale
Commissioner Joseph C. Gale is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. Raised in Plymouth Township, he attended schools in the Colonial School District. He is a graduate of Temple University's Fox School of Business where he earned a degree in Finance and Real Estate. While in college Joe held several leadership roles within student government and community organizations.
Upon graduation from Temple University, Joe began working as a Recording Clerk in the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds department. In this position Joe saw first-hand county government at work and closely followed county operations. Joe then expanded his financial background in the private sector where he worked in the mortgage division of one of the country's largest home building corporations, NVR Inc.
Joe was elected commissioner in November 2015 after successfully running a grassroots, independent campaign in the Republican primary, and then garnering more votes than the endorsed Republican candidate in the general election allowing him to join Commissioners Shapiro and Arkoosh on the board.
Joe believes that a common sense approach to government focused on putting people before politics will keep Montgomery County’s fiscal house in order and continue to make Montgomery county a great place to live, raise a family, work, and grow a business.
Dr. Antone Raymundo
Antone Raymundo, M.D. and Wharton MBA alumnus, works as a disability specialist and part-time Catholic speaker. He has counseled and evangelized hundreds of prison inmates, and has spoken at various Catholic retreats, pro-life events and radio shows. He enjoys sharing his miraculous healing and personal testimony. He also speaks on Divine Mercy, medical Theology of the Body, Carmelite saints, male spirituality, marriage, family, fatherhood, and discovering one’s true self and mission in Christ. He is an active lay Discalced Carmelite, lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Bible study leader, apologist, and was a PREP instructor. He is a proud member of The King’s Men and The Knights of Immaculata and resides in suburban Philadelphia with his family.
Dr. Aaron Chambers
Aaron Chambers, M.D. was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in 1999. After serving for one year as a missionary in Tanzania, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he completed his medical school and pediatric residency training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Chambers moved to Chester County in 2007 and has worked as a pediatrician locally since that time. He lives with his wife, Lori, and their four children in West Chester.
Dr. Chambers has the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of Chester County Women’s Services, a Christian medical pregnancy care center. One of his passions is using his knowledge of human growth and development to teach about the human nature of unborn children, and in so doing, equip others to effectively use their voices in the defense of the unborn.
Peggy Bon Gottschall is the current Director of Birthright in West Chester. She joined Birthright in 2006 in response to a request in her church bulletin. She has also served as a co-director at Birthright. The Birthright motto is, “It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth, and the right of every child too be born.” Peggy is a retired pharmacist and lives in West Goshen with her husband Bob.
Youth Track Speakers
Adrianne Bendu graduated from Rutgers University with a dual Bacherlor’s degree in Music and Psychology. She has several years’ experience working with special needs students in public and private school settings as classroom support. Adrianne converted to Catholicism in 2014 and strives every day to grow in faith and devotion to the Church. Upon discovering Polish Saint Maximilian Kolbe, she developed a great love for Poland and hopes to visit one day. Adrianne’s strong faith and her vast background working in the classroom gave her a desire to spread the message of truth to students, which overflows into her work at Generation Life.
Jesse Martin was born and raised in south Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans. He has spent the last 4 years at his former high school, St. Charles Catholic High School, as a Theology teacher, softball and football coach. He received his Master’s Degree in Theology from Notre Dame Seminary, in New Orleans. Notre Dame is filled with world class Theologians and Philosophers, which helped create a foundation both academically and spiritually for Jesse. He cannot speak highly enough about his education there. He loves crawfish, New Orleans food and culture as well as cooking. He is happy and grateful for the opportunity to be a first year missionary with The Culture Project.
Marrriana Leach is a proud graduate of The Franciscan University of Steubenville, from whence she obtained degrees in Theology and Catechetics. Upon graduation, she immediately dedicated herself to proclaiming the the messages of human dignity and sexual integrity, eager to share the truth which changed her life. Through her work as a missionary, she's spoken to thousands of young people around the country. She's passionate about Jesus Christ, her incredible family and friends, the power of beauty, natural medicine, holding babies, and helping others encounter the mercy and freedom which are only found in authentic, selfless love.