Family Fully Alive Festival Speaker Bios
Keynote Session Speakers
Dr. Scott Hahn
Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and fifteen grandchildren. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.
He has been awarded the Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and president of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Hahn held the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.
Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly). Some of his newest books are The First Society, The Fourth Cup, Romans: A Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, The Creed, Evangelizing Catholics, Angels and Saints, and Joy to the World.
Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 1979, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. Scott has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.
Mrs. Kimberly Hahn has been married to Scott since 1979. They met at Grove City College, where Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, magna cum laude. While Scott studied to be a pastor, Kimberly earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at the same school, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, graduating in May, 1982, magna cum laude. They have six children, three are married with fifteen grandchildren.
Kimberly became a Catholic at the Easter Vigil of 1990 in Joliet, Illinois, after a difficult struggle during the four years following Scott’s entrance into the Catholic Church. She completed a book with Scott on their journey into the Catholic Church entitled Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism, which has been translated into more than twenty languages, including Spanish, French, Czech, Polish, Chinese, Italian, German, and Dutch.
In addition to Rome Sweet Home, Kimberly’s other books include Life-Giving Love: Embracing God’s Beautiful Design for Marriage, and a 4-part series on the Proverbs 31 woman: Chosen and Cherished; Graced and Gifted; Beloved and Blessed; and Legacy of Love. She has also contributed chapters to each of the four volumes of Catholic for a Reason, as well as The Gift of Femininity and The Fabric of Life. She co-authored a book on Catholic home education with Mary Hasson entitled, Catholic Education – Homeward Bound: A Guide to Home Schooling.
Kimberly’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Arts from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, in May of 1979 (magna cum laude), followed by a Masters of Arts in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May, 1982 (magna cum laude).
Kimberly has enjoyed homeschooling her children for the last twenty-six years and has only recently retired. What was she to do with her new free time? Her husband Scott suggested, “Maybe it’s time for politics?” And with that her campaign was launched. Kimberly has just been elected for a four-year term on Steubenville, Ohio’s City Council as Councilwoman-at-Large.
Dr. Monique Ruberu
Doctor Ruberu is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University respectively. In 2015 she trained under Dr. Thomas Hilgers of the Pope Paul VI Institute and learned how to practice Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTechnology). When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, dancing, singing, volunteering with her church and spending time with her three children.
Deacon Jim Bogdan
Deacon Jim has been married for 45 years has three sons and nine grandchildren. He has been ordained for 25 years and has spent 22 of those years in full time ministry. He has an MS in Pastoral Counseling. In his counseling, spiritual direction, homilies, writing, missions, and retreats, he brings Christ to souls and souls to Christ for healing and an intimacy with Christ that will permeate their relationship with others.
Marie is the founding Executive Director of the LOLF and the Women’s Centers. Her inspired leadership has contributed to over 1,675 lives saved and hundreds of women transforming through an on-going support program that consistently is changing lives and building stronger families. Her prayerful approach is a testimony to the grace of God working in her own life.
As a single mother of two, Marie learned early on that as a parent she needed a strong community of believers to gain the strength to parent her children. She has been an example to the women she serves and inspires them to want to become exceptional mothers.
Marie brings with her a background as an entrepreneur of small business and marketing experience from Fortune 500 companies and applies her skills to create a professional atmosphere in this life saving business. She views the business of saving lives as non profit on earth however highly profitable in the kingdom of God. Marie is a speaker and author of the book “Faith on Fire”, a book about practicing faith and freedom and offers all the proceeds to the Legacy of Life Foundation to save lives. Marie has appeared on EWTN The Journey Home Show and At Home with Jim and Joy as well as many other TV and radio, conferences and retreats.
Youth Track Speakers
Rev. Christopher B. Rogers
Fr. Rogers is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the current Chaplain for the Courage Apostolate in the Archdiocese. Ordained in 2000, Father Rogers completed both his college and theology education at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He has served in a variety of priestly ministries from parish work, vocation work to campus ministry. Currently, he is pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Kennett Square, PA. A proud son, brother, uncle and Philadelphia Sports Fan, he is convinced that the entire human family has been looked upon with great love from God and it’s time for us to be who are: God’s Family in Jesus.
Joe Dembik serves as the School Coordinator for Generation Life. He was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia and attended Roman Catholic High School and the University of Pennsylvania. Joe is passionate about working with students and spreading the joy of the Gospel, as shown by his involvement with various youth programs over the years and the Penn Newman Catholic Center. Joe is continuing his education by earning a Master's Degree in School Counseling, and enjoys hiking, baseball, and the beach.
Stephanie Spinosa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She was an active member of the Penn Newman Catholic Community, a community which enlivened her faith and encouraged her to live it out more fully on a secular campus. Stephanie traveled to Peru and El Salvador during her college years to serve the poor and marginalized. As a nurse, she strives to compassionately serve all her patients and their families. In every population she has encountered, whether in the mountains of South America or the hospitals of Philadelphia, there is the same dire need to defend the dignity of life. Stephanie is excited to partner with Generation Life today to promote this message of human dignity through the lens of chastity.
Marie Romano has been an active member of Saints Philip and James Parish for 39 years. She and her husband Dom have been blessed with three wonderful children and six grandchildren. She taught 2nd grade in the Parish School and Prep Program. Though she is retired from full time teaching she is involved in the Cursillo Movement, RCIA Program and is the group leader for the Chester County Padre Pio Prayer Group.