2022 Keynote Speakers

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

Archbishop of Newark


The son of the late Joseph W. Tobin and Marie Terese Kerwin, His Eminence, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin was born on May 3, 1952 in Detroit, MI. He is the oldest of 13 children.

Joseph Tobin attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Detroit, and then graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep College, Edgerton, WI in 1970. He continued his education at Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, WI, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1975. From 1977 until 1979, he attended Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, NY, earning Masters Degrees in Religious Education in 1977 and Divinity in 1979.

In 1973, Joseph Tobin professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists. In 1976, he professed perpetual vows with the Community. In 1978, he was ordained to both the diaconate and the priesthood. Between 1979 and 1984, Father Tobin served as associate pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit, where he engaged in both pastoral ministry to the Hispanic community and youth ministry. In 1984, he was named pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish. He also served in a number of diocesan assignments within the Archdiocese of Detroit, including: Episcopal Vicar; member of the Presbyteral Council, and; official in the Metropolitan Tribunal. 

From 1990 until 1991, he served as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago, a parish staffed in that Archdiocese by the Redemptorists.

Within the Redemptorist Community, Father Tobin served as a Provincial Consultor from 1984 until 1990, as General Consultor of the Community in Rome from 1991 until 1997, and as Superior General of the Redemptorists in Rome from 1997 until 2009.

On August 9, 2010, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Father Tobin to the Roman Curia post of Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSA), and titular Archbishop of Obba. On October 18, 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis. He was installed as Archbishop of Indianapolis on December 3, 2012. His Holiness, Pope Francis, named him to the College of Cardinals on October 9, 2016. He was created Cardinal on November 19, 2016.

Cardinal Tobin speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese, and reads several other languages. He has participated in five Synods of Bishops, and has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1985.

On November 7, 2016, His Holiness, Pope Francis named Joseph William Cardinal Tobin to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Newark.

ValLimar Jansen

ValLimar Jansen

Blessed with an extraordinary voice, ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded inspirational/catechetical speaker, singer, composer and recording artist. She is also an experienced college professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States and abroad.

ValLimar sings a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary. In 2005 she released her first solo collection, You Gotta Move. Other collections include Anointing, Psalms from the Soul and Give God the Glory. Her most recent collection, Spirit & Soul features popular contemporary songs from fellow Spirit & Song composers produced and sung with ValLimar’s signature style. All collections are published by OCP and have received critical acclaim. Anointing received accolades, in 2008, winning Unity Awards for Best Album and Best Song of the Year.

ValLimar has a long history of singing sacred music, starting from the age of five. She received most of her training in music and performance from Howard University, in Washington, D.C. She holds professional degrees in the arts from California State University, San Bernardino, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She has sung and toured professionally throughout the United States, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium and Japan. She played the role of Beneatha with the Broadway touring cast in the European premier of Raisin. She went on to co-author a one-woman musical about the life of Ethel Waters that received a special commendation from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

ValLimar has been a keynote speaker and/or presenter at: the Los Angeles Liturgy Conference; the East Coast Conference; the National Pastoral Musicians Conference; the National Jubilee Justice Conference; the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers; the National Catholic Educational Association Conference and many others major events. She has been the cantor (song leader) for numerous liturgies at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, as well as many other national and international conferences.

Today, ValLimar tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker, an author, a storyteller, a psalmist, as song leader, a principal vocalist, and/or an emcee. She composes much of her music with the help of her husband, Frank. They live in California and have three children.

Father Ricky Manalo, CSP

Father Ricky Manalo, CSP

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D. is a Paulist priest and a liturgical composer, currently teaching at Santa Clara University.  He is the recipient of the 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year Award by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.  He serves as the main facilitator of the Cultural Orientation Program for International Ministers/Priests (COPIM) of Loyola Marymount University. He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, CA.

Fr. Manalo’s music is published chiefly by Oregon Catholic Press.  Some of his best known hymns include:

  • Beyond the Days

  • In These Days of Lenten Journey

  • Pange Lingua

  • Spirit and Grace (and Mass of Spirit and Grace)

  • With One Voice

  • Worthy Is the Lamb

Fr. Manalo is also known for pioneering and popularizing Asian Catholic liturgical music in the United States with his hymns, including:

  • Ang Katawan Ni Kristo (Filipino: “The Body of Christ”)

  • By the Waking of Our Hearts

  • Many and Great 

His music has been sung during the Papal Masses of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.  More recently, his Mass of Spirit and Grace was the musical setting chosen for Pope Francis’ Eucharistic celebration in the Sheikh Zared Stadium in Abu Dhab on Feb. 5, 2019.  This event was the largest gathering of Christians in the history of the Arab Peninsula (160,000+ worshippers, including 4,000 Muslims), and it was the first time a Roman Catholic Mass was ever celebrated “in public” in this region.

He has written numerous articles and books on liturgy, culture, and liturgical music.  His first book, Chanting On Our Behalf (revised edition, Pastoral Press, 2015) won the first place award for Best E-Book by the Catholic Press Association.  His second book, The Liturgy of Life: The Interrelationship of Sunday Eucharist and Everyday Worship Practices (Liturgical Press, 2014) was a finalist for the 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards by the Association of Catholic Publishers. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the International Societas Liturgica, and NPM (board member, 2008-12).

In 2008, Fr. Manalo’s course, Asian Liturgies and Devotions, marked the first time this subject was ever taught in a Roman Catholic theological institution in the U.S. (The Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA).  

In 2007, his collaborative hymn, That All May Be One In Christ, won the National Hymn Competition of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). 

Fr. Manalo is a theological consultor for the USCCB which recently created a national pastoral plan for U.S. Asian Pacific Catholics, (Encountering Christ in Harmony, 2018). He remains an advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and the Committee on Divine Worship.

Fr. Manalo has been invited to 6 of the 7 continents to lecture, preach, and present workshops and concerts, including: Abu Dhabi, Al-Ayn, Amsterdam, Beijing, Dubai, Guam, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kenya, London, Germany (Wurzburg), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington), the Philippines (Manila and Malolos), Sidney, Singapore, Seoul, and Thailand (Hua Hin), and Tokyo. When he is not traveling throughout the world, he resides at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.


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“The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are “under” people as their servants rather than “over” them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. he chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power.”

– John Stott