FRIDAY NIGHT KEYNOTE
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.
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.
KEYNOTE: That We May Be One In Christ
With a culture, a world focusing on the myriad ways we are different from each other, ValLimar Jansen we bring into focus the many ways God calls us to be one in Christ. God’s desire is that we become one with the Holy Trinity, one with all humankind and one with Earth herself. ValLimar will use her unique blend of Holy Scripture, dramatic storytelling, music, prayer and reflection, to ignite the passion within us to become more “United in Christ! Unidos en Cristo!”
SATURDAY MORNING KEYNOTE
Storyteller, author, retreat leader, beach glass hunter, Julianne Stanz is the Director of Discipleship and Leadership Development for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
She is passionate about parish life and living a joyful Catholic faith, and is a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization.
Julianne has been profoundly influenced by her life growing up in Ireland. She is the author of the book “Developing Disciples of Christ” and co-author with Joe Paprocki of the book “The Catechist’s Backpack- Spiritual Essentials for the Journey” by Loyola Press and blogs monthly for the website “The Catechist’s Journey”.
She is happily married to Wayne and they have three children, two sons and a daughter.
KEYNOTE: Five Keys To Fully Alive Faith
St Irenaeus famously said that “The glory of God is man fully alive”. We live at a time when many are not practicing their faith and yet are searching for meaning and values. Our Catholic faith offers us a vision of being fully alive through the love of a God who loves each one of us. What habits of discipleship can help us to become more alive and in love with our faith? What are some important spiritual principles for us to grow as disciples? Come join Julianne Stanz for a journey of joy through story, Scripture, reflection and practical insights.