April 11, 2017: Deacon José Reyes

Born and raised in El Salvador, he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the Catholic University of El Salvador. He has spent his entire professional career, over 30 years, in the Applications Development side of Information Services, with the last 25 years working for E & J Gallo Winery. José received the Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Order of the Permanent Diaconate at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton in 2003. Besides his busy schedule at work, Deacon José has an active participation in the life of the Church at St. Stanislaus Catholic Community here in Modesto as well as in the Diocese of Stockton.

Deacon José and his wife Margarita have been married for 35 years and, as he would say, they have been dating for 38 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Deacon José will share an intimate and personal testimony of the experience on his mother’s death and how, with faith in the Holy Trinity, the joy of the resurrection came alive in his experience.

May 09, 2017: John Abbate

John Abbate has three passions — Faith, Family, and Business.

Over the last two decades he has become acutely aware of the challenge associated with balancing God’s desire for us to live an authentic Christian faith life, while navigating through the secular demands of a successful professional career.

Over the course of many years in business leadership, he has come to recognize that there can be a powerful and symbiotic relationship between these two seemingly paradoxical philosophies – that of business and faith. They are not meant to be mutually exclusive.

John believes we all have a unique role to play in the New Evangelization movement of the 21st Century. He is compelled and challenged by the call of Saint Pope John Paul II to… “Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion, and your fortitude at the service of life.”

He holds a BBA in Economics from the University of San Diego, an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, and a Master of Arts in Catholic Theology from the Augustine Institute.

John is an Owner/Operator of McDonald’s Restaurants throughout Central California, and a strategic adviser to The Dynamic Catholic Institute. He also serves on the board of Mission College Prep Catholic High School, a past board member of JMJ Maternity Homes, and strong advocate for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

June 13, 2017: Brian Keith Kravec

Brian Keith Kravec is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Possibility Productions, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity faith event apostolate, in service to the Body of Christ in the spirit of the New Evangelization. Brian is a cradle Catholic, husband and father who recently retired from a twenty-five year career as a California Correctional Peace Officer. He serves the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno on the Board of Directors for KNXT Catholic Television. Brian is a contributing writer for CatholicMom.com founded by bestselling author, Lisa Hendey. For nearly twenty years, as the volunteer Steward of St. Patrick’s Faith Event Ministry, Brian has produced, promoted and executed exceptional faith-based conferences, concerts and speaking events for his local parish and the greater Central Valley community featuring nationally and internationally renowned Christian artists, authors and evangelists.

Brian is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife are consecrated members of the Militia Immaculata, a worldwide evangelization movement founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe in 1917 that encourages total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a means of spiritual renewal for individuals and society.

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