2019 conference speakers
Deacon Steve Greco
Deacon Steve Greco is a dynamic speaker, author and founder of Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry. Deacon Steve is a man of vibrant faith with the charisms of healing and teaching rooted in his deep love and knowledge of the Word of God! His fatherly heart embraces each soul he touches with God’s tender mercy and love! Deacon Steve was ordained in the Diocese of Orange in May 2007 as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church and is assigned to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Irvine. Retiring after 35 years as a healthcare executive, Our Lord moved Deacon Steve to found Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry in order to serve and spread the good news of Jesus Christ! Deacon Steve gives talks and healing services throughout California and the United States in many parishes and Catholic conferences and on radio. He currently is host of a weekly radio show, “Empowered by the Spirit” heard on Relevant Radio, 930Am and 1000AM, Sundays at 12PM.
Deacon Steve serves on the boards of SCRC, the Loyola Institute for Spirituality and the Diocese of Orange Diaconate Formation. He has been married to his wife Mary Anne for 45 years and they have three children and four grandchildren. He has published three books, 365 Days of Praise, Reflections on the Holy Spirit, Expect and Experience Miracles and Overcoming Adversity Through Miracles. Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry travels all over giving seminars, parish missions, and special events on topics such as “Life in the Spirit Seminars,” “Empowered by the Spirit, Expect and “Experience Miracles.”
Sister Marie Andre, OCD
Sister Marie Andre is a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. She has been with the community since 2008, making her final vows this year on January 13, 2019. She hails from Atlanta, Georgia where her family currently resides. Before entering the convent, she earned 2 degrees; one in Political Science from Kennesaw State University and another in Radiologic Sciences from Emory University. She worked professionally for a few years before discerning and entering the religious life.
Sister currently serves in Development at the Sacred Heart Retreat house in Alhambra. Sister has a deep devotion our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. Among her other favorite saints are St. Pio, St. Faustina and St. Andre Bessette (her patron) and countless others. When she has time away, she enjoys hiking and nature, especially all of God’s fuzzy animals. .
Heather King is an award-winning author, ex-lawyer, sober alcoholic, and Catholic convert with several books. Her books include Parched; Redeemed; Shirt of Flame; Poor Baby; Loaded; and Holy Desperation She speaks nationwide, appears monthly for Magnificat, and writes a weekly column on arts and culture for Angelus, the archdiocesan newspaper of L.A. For MORE info and her blog, visit Heather King: Mystery, Smarts, Laughs
This daughter of the Church is passionate about the Word of God: both the Inspired Word and our Eucharistic Lord. Vivian earned a master's degree in Biblical Theology and gives spiritual talks on practical and charismatic themes. Her prayer group — Heart of Jesus Healing — has as its main focus, teaching others how to move in the charisms of the Holy Spirit to demonstrate the gospel powerfully in evangelization. When ministering to people through prayer, she experiences great love and reverence for the healing work of the Holy Spirit. Vivian dreams of seeing all the faithful in the Church, on fire with this Lord Spirit!
Mallory Smyth speaks around the country on topics such as catholic worldview, inheritance of faith and the feminine genius. Mallory fell in love with Jesus during her junior year at Louisiana State University and entered into full-time ministry after working one year as an accountant. She served as a FOCUS missionary for five years and is currently the director of program growth for ENDOW, Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women. It is her dream to see Catholics fall deeply in love with the God who loved them first, fully living the joy of the Gospel. Mallory currently lives in Denver with her husband, Jared and their two daughters, Penelope and Eliza.