Our conference speakers


Deacon Robert Ellis

Deacon Robert Ellis is the National Coordinator for the World Apostolate of Fatima since 2008. He became a member of the apostolate in 1968 and was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1986. He served as the Spiritual Director of the Green Bay, Wis., division of the World Apostolate of Fatima for over 10 years. A Navy veteran and husband of 44 years, Deacon Ellis and his wife, Dianne, are the parents of 20 children, six of whom have already passed into eternity, and have 35 grandchildren, including one Religious. They reside in in Rockland, WI.

Patty Schneier

Speaker, Award-winning Singer/Songwriter & Producer – Trish Short is best known from EWTN Global Catholic Television Network as one of the singers on 'The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song’. An international bestseller, this contemporary melody of 'The Chaplet in Song' has been airing worldwide on EWTN since 2002. Trish grew up in a large family that struggled through the brokenness of divorce, alcoholism, depression and addiction.  Tragically, it was the final aftermath of two abortions as a very young woman that led Trish to The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. With a compelling testimony of coming back to the Faith through Divine Mercy, Trish would later be commissioned by The National Shrine of Divine Mercy to compose a Contemporary Christian arrangement of the Chaplet.  Approaching 9 million views on YouTube, 'The Chaplet in Song' has become a social media phenomenon and has been recorded in five languages. Trish began her career as a former model & actress garnering national commercial, print & film credits.  Responding to a call from God, she poured her industry experience into over 20 years of Christian media and outreach ministry producing many television, video & music projects.  As a highly sought after speaker and singer, Trish delivers a straight-to-the-heart message of hope and healing through Divine Mercy –  her music and personal witness testify to the love, mercy, and power of God to transform a life. 

Patty Schneier is a life-long Catholic, housewife, and mother of three from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She and her husband Larry are active members in their parish, where Patty cantors for Sunday Mass. Since October 2003, Patty has been speaking at parishes and Catholic Conferences across the United States, sharing her personal testimony “Prove It, God!”… And He Did. Using song, scripture, and writings from her journal, Patty shares the story of her challenge to God and His daily response. The results were life changing! Her conversion marks the beginning of a totally new life in Christ, a renewed marriage, and a ministry in public speaking. In 2007,  Bishop Paul Zipfel sent 25,000 copies of her testimony to every Catholic household in the diocese of Bismarck, ND , and in June 2013, it was distributed nationwide as the “CD of the Month” for Lighthouse Catholic Media. With additional talks written specifically for teens, parents, women’s groups, and priests, Patty gives witness to the beauty of the Church’s teachings and her love of the Catholic Faith.

Sr Julianna of Jesus and Mary

Sr. Julianna of Jesus and Mary, OCD


Sr. Julianna of Jesus and Mary OCD is a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is the oldest of 8 children. She heard God’s calling to the Religious Life soon after she returned to the Church at age 14.  In July of 2014, Sr. Julianna professed her final vows.  She recently completed a degree in business management at Franciscan University and is currently serving as Retreat Directress at Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, CA.  

Spanish Breakout Sessions:

Sr. Rosario Therese, OCD


La Hermana Rosario Therese es una Carmelita Religiosa por 40 anos en la Congregacion de las Hermanas Carmelitas del Sagrado Corazon de Los Angeles.  A servido en los varios apostolados de su Comunidad en educacion, La Coordinadors religiosa, Directora de retiro espirituales y diferentes capacidades en salud. La Hermana Rosario Therese tiene su Licenciatura en Ciencias de la salud y  Maestría en teología moral. Es Enfermera y sirve presente en el Centro de enfermería especializada.  En este momento sirve en Marycrest Manor en Culver City. Ella tiene una gran devocion a la Santisima Virgen Maria y esta muy contenta poder convivir esta devocion y amor a La Virgen de Fatima con todo el mundo.

Ana Gmeiner

Ana Gmeiner is a wife and mother and a minister to the churchshe has conducted many retreats for youth, at least three per year for twenty two years as Youth and Young adult Minister at St. Joseph’s Parish, Upland.  She still conducts retreats for men and for women under the auspices of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.  She is a spiritual director and has been involved in teaching for the diocese and also a presenter for Marriage Enrichment. Ana's energy and enthusiasm for her faith is uplifting and inspiring, she is a woman on fire for the Lord! 

TEEn Breakout Sessions:

Teresa Jedrzejewicz

Patricia Sandoval - Her story of three abortions, work behind the hidden doors of Planned Parenthood, followed by nearly three years as a homeless drug addict, is a testament to the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ and His desire to bring this world's hidden dangers into the light for healing

Teresa Jedrzejewicz is a daughter, friend, and disciple who travels the United States sharing the mission of My Saint My Hero. From a very young age, she has always had a heart for ministry - many of her childhood memories involve tagging along with her parents on retreats. After graduating from the University of Southern California and working full time in insurance, she felt God was calling her to something bigger and better. This call was the beginning to her journey at My Saint My Hero. Through her work sharing the Mission of My Saint My Hero, she falls more in love with God every day. When she isn’t traveling, she enjoys rooting on her beloved Trojans and Dodgers and being outdoors.