Angèle Regnier is co-founder, along with her husband André of Catholic Christian Outreach. Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) is a university student movement engaged in the new evangelization for over 25 years. This past December they were the recipients of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal from Pope Francis for recognizing their work for the Church. She considers this an incredible honour, especially since she is a convert to the Catholic faith. She was raised in a Lutheran and Evangelical background, and joined the Catholic Church in 1988.
Angèle played a leading role in developing CCO’s methodology and writing the five books of their small-group faith study series. These materials have been translated in to many languages and are being used on campuses and in parishes around the world. This year, Angèle also published her first book, “Forgiveness is Key,” which looks at how critical forgiveness is for being in a right relationship with God and others.
Angèle is a natural teacher and a popular, entertaining speaker who shares her passion for: the Saints, the “Great Commission,” and abandonment to God’s will. She is a spiritual director with a passion for Ignatian spirituality.
A mother of five kids and a proud grandmother, Angèle has a passion to help the Church and bring the message of Christ to the whole world. The Regniers currently reside in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but still consider Saskatchewan to be “home.”
Mercy Leads to Freedom
Angèle will be sharing important principles about living and leading through forgiveness and mercy in one’s personal life. Her own story illustrates the gaps we have in understanding that God is truly asking us to forgive others – without exception. Forgiveness is a decision to release people from the bitterness and resentment we may have towards them. This is certainly difficult and humbling to do, but it is necessary for the sake of our own salvation, and to obtain wholeness and interior freedom. You will be moved to the core by her message, and given practical tools and inspiration to take the high road in choosing mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Interview with Angèle
Ken Yasinski is one of Canada’s most sought after Catholic speakers. He is the founder of Face to Face Ministries, a Lighthouse Catholic Media Speaker, author, and songwriter. With 14 years of full time experience, he continues to proclaim the fullness of the Catholic faith.
At the core of every message, Ken challenges people to realize their full potential in life – to be a saint.
He grew up in a strong Catholic home in St. Walburg and then moved to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan. It was there, at the age of 19, that he experienced a renewal of his Catholic faith and his desire to evangelize grew. After obtaining a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Religious studies, he was hired as a youth minister for six different parishes in the diocese of Prince Albert. After two years of starting up these programs, calls began to flood in requesting Ken to speak and lead various events. By 2002 he was on the road every second weekend speaking and leading people in worship before the Blessed Sacrament through musical Eucharistic adoration.
Ken currently speaks regularly for parish missions, conferences, and retreats across Canada and internationally. His passion for the faith, fidelity to the Church, and his ability to communicate with clarity, inspires Catholics to an extra-ordinary life in Christ. At the core of every message, he challenges people to realize their full potential in life – to be a saint.
Ken, a father of three, currently resides in Saskatoon, Canada with his wife Janelle.
Living with an Eternal Perspective
When Ken was 19 years old, he had a close encounter with death, after being mugged. In this presentation he walks audiences through this event and how this radically refocused his living on things that matter.
Audiences will be inspired to open themselves to the eternal mercy of God, and take practical steps towards their full potential in life – to be a saint.
Interview with Ken
Gwendoline Allison is the principal of Foy Allison Law in West Vancouver. For the past twenty years, she has acted for clients in the areas of employment law, human rights law, and commercial litigation. She represented the Archdiocese of Vancouver in its intervention in the Trinity Western University case. In the legal community, Gwendoline is a frequent speaker and writer, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC.
Gwendoline is co-counsel to the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution. On their behalf, she appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in the Bedford case. Gwendoline has written and presented on the implications of new laws tackling prostitution and human trafficking, and particularly the implications for employment-related laws of the decriminalisation of prostitution. She was a witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding what has become the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.
Gwendoline continues to work with her clients to ensure enforcement of our anti-trafficking and prostitution laws. She is privileged to be one of the members of the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee struck by His Grace, Archbishop Michael Miller. She was the keynote speaker at the Red Mass in April 2014, a gathering of Catholic lawyers under the auspices of the Thomas More Guild.
The Face of Mercy
Pope Francis has called us not to remain shut up within safe structures, while so many outside our doors, and within our family, are suffering. Gwendoline will provide a personal experience of choosing a focus for our volunteer work, learning how best to be of service to those we seek to lift up, and then working in a concrete fashion to effect real and substantial change.