Mr. Matthew Breslin, Seminarian

Camp Director - Camp Veritas

Talk #1:  The Universal Call to Holiness as

the Universal Call to Mercy

"Simon, son of John, do you love me?" (John 21:16)

Matthew Breslin is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of New York. Matthew also speaks at and directs retreats and events for Catholic teens and young adults, in a special way at Camp Veritas, a week-long Catholic summer camp for teenagers with five camps New York, Maryland, Florida, and Ireland. Matthew has served as director of Camp Veritas since 2015.

            Matthew also enjoys ordering more books on Amazon than he has time or necessary attention span to read, rewatching episodes of The Office trying to learn every single line from each episode (and he’s almost there!), making jokes on social medi, and doing impressions of the many characters he is privileged to know.

            Matthew is one of two children, and his older sister is a religious sister, Sr. Mary Strength of Martyrs, SSVM, he also has a mother who makes him feel much more important than he actually is. God-willing, Matthew and his seven classmates will be ordained priests for the Archdiocese of New York in May, 2021. Please pray for them!


Sr. Marie Pappas, CR - DRE, St. Columba Parish (Hopewell Jct.)

Radio Host - The Catholic Channel (SiriusXM)

Talk #2 - The Celebration of Mass as the Prayer of Mercy

"Mercy and faithfulness will meet, righteousness and peace will kiss..."

(Psalm 85:10)

Sr. Marie Pappas,CR is a Sister of the Resurrection serving as Director of Religious Education at St. Columba Parish in Hopewell Junction.  She is also a certified spiritual director, the weekly host of Pathways of Learning on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM radio and a founding Board Member of New York Catholic Radio in the Hudson Valley.  She has earned degrees in Religious Education from the College of St. Rose, the Angelicum, and Fordham University.  Sister Marie previously served at Maria Regina Archdiocesan High School in Hartsdale, NY as Religion Department Chair, Moderator of News and Views and the Catholic Leadership Group. She has served as Acting Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York, Associate Superintendent for Mission Effectiveness and Religious

Education, and as Associate Secretary for Education.

Fr. Christopher Argano - Vocations Director, Archdiocese of NY

Talk #3The Covenant of Mercy

"Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it in my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe."

(John 20: 27)

Father Chris Argano was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island where his parents still live. After graduating  from Siena College, Fr. Chris entered St. Joseph’s Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York in 2009.  His first assignment was at Sacred Heart in Monroe and after three years he was transferred to St. Columba in Hopewell Junction. During the 2015 papal visit to the United States Fr. Chris served as one of the masters of ceremony for Pope Francis. On July 1, 2016 Cardinal Dolan appointed Fr. Chris as the Director of Vocations.

Workshops & Presenters

Mr. Colin Nykaza

Director, Office of Young Adult Outreach

Archdiocese of New York

Workshop #1

Desire, Purpose, Destiny: Embracing the Ache in our Hearts

"By the mercies of God...present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."

(Roman 12: 1-2)

A discussion on mercy, sexual morality, Theology of the Body, and dealing with the ache for love.

Workshop #2

Divine Mercy: Love's Second Name

We are living in the time of mercy. How to tap into the tremendous amounts of grace Jesus is offering through the revelation of his Divine Mercy.

Fr. Stephen Ries

Parochial Vicar

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

Shrub Oak, NY


Mercy in the DIgital Age: Social Media & the Curse of Comparison


Social media has changed so much of the world around us: how we connect with others and how we spend our time. Love it or hate it this emerging technology has become pervasive... and at what cost?  Join us as we explore the spiritual effects of culture obsessed with the power of influence and chasing "likes" instead of chasing Mercy.

Mr. Joshua Revelle

Doctorate Student - Catholic University

Adjunct Professor - Mount Saint Mary College

Workshop #1

St. Paul & Mercy:

Becoming Witnesses of Jesus

"You will be a witness of Him to all men of what you have seen and heard."

(Acts: 22:15)

 This workshop will focus on the Church’s call to evangelization and how St. Paul teaches us to lead others into an encounter with Jesus, especially through sharing our personal testimony.

Workshop #2 

Masculinity and Fatherhood: Becoming the Man God is Calling You to Be

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

(Mt 14:27)

This workshop will focus on a Catholic view of masculinity and fatherhood and how God is calling men to be strong, courageous, and loving leaders in their families, in society, and in the Church.

Mrs. Alexandra Sullivan

Blogger - Transform our Hearts Blog

Wife & Mother of Three


Femininity & Motherhood:

Mercy, Truth, Beauty & Power

(W/Sr. Marie Pappas)

"A new heart I will give you, a new spirit I will put within you."

(Ezekiel 36:26)

 This workshop will focus on femininity and motherhood and the roll mercy plays in forming your identity as woman and mother.