Learn more about the speakers for the Archdiocese of Boston Eucharistic Congress 2011.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Boston
Cardinal Seán is an active member of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. He was elected to serve as Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
Currently he is a member of the Committee on Shrines, the Committee on Marriage and Family Life, the Committee on Migration and the Commission on Religious Life and Ministry. Cardinal Seán has served as Chairman of the Committee on Missions, a member of the Committee on Hispanic Affairs and the Church in Latin America, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Department of Social Development and World Peace.
Read Cardinal Seán's blog at: www.cardinalseansblog.org
Fr. Roger Landry
Fr. Roger Landry is executive editor of The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River, and pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford, MA.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and received his seminary training at Mt. St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD, St. Philip's Seminary in Toronto and the North American College in Rome, where he did his advanced studies at the John Paul II Institute for the Study of Marriage and Family. His series on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body has run repeatedly on EWTN and he has lectured widely on the late Holy Father's thoughts, particularly his writings and pastoral approach young people.
His writings, homilies and retreat conferences are found at catholicpreaching.com.
Fr. Daniel Hennessey
Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Boston
Andreas Widmer works closely with top entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote virtuous business practices. He has developed entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of business and faith including his faith and prosperity blog, the Catholic Mental Models Project, the joint 2010 Essay Competition with the Center for Interfaith Action, and a partnership with the Carpenter’s Fund.
Andreas is a seasoned business executive with experience in high-tech and international business strategy consulting and economic development. He was an executive in residence at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He served as CEO of OTF Group (formerly part of the Monitor Group) and helped lead Eprise Corporation, Dragon Systems and FTP Software. Widmer has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, and has brought more than 100 leading-edge technology products to market.
An author on the connection between entrepreneurship, economic development and spirituality, Andreas blogs regularly at www.faithandprosperity.com. He contributed two chapters to the book In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. His book on values and leadership will be released from Emmaus Road Press in Fall 2011. He has authored articles and been featured in various business and general interest media including the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Sky TV, Kigali Times, FastCompany, Catholic TV, EWTN Radio and First Things.
Andreas served as a Pontifical Swiss Guard from 1986-1988, protecting Pope John Paul II. He holds two business degrees from Switzerland, plus a B.S. in International Business from Merrimack College and an M.A. in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Boston. A citizen of Switzerland and the United States, he speaks English, German, Italian and French. He was one of the founding members of the Catholic Men’s and Women’s Conferences in Boston and was recently knighted in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and is a member of Legatus, the Catholic CEO organization.
Andreas loves to spend time with his wife and son. He is an eternal student of fly-fishing, enjoys skiing, and is an avid reader.
Sr. Mary Karen Toomy
Sister Mary Karen Toomy is a member of the Sisters of Life, a contemplative/ active community of women religious whose fourth vow is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of human life. The Sisters of Life were founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Archbishop of New York. They currently serve the Church in New York, Connecticut and Toronto Canada ministering to pregnant women and their children, and bringing the Lord’s mercy to those affected by abortion.
Sister Mary Karen is from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She studied English Literature at the University of Virginia. Sr. Mary Karen was greatly influenced by the beloved late Pope John Paul II. She received her vocational graces through coming to know Jesus present in the Eucharist.
Sister is currently missioned to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat Center in Connecticut, where she serves the community as local superior. The Sisters host many retreats to build up the Culture of Life such as Theology of the Body, the Dignity of Women, Prayer, Retreats for Sisters and retreats for women suffering from the effects of abortion. Sr. Mary Karen professed final vows in 2008.