Speakers

Here’s a sneak preview at our amazing list of speakers who are traveling from all over NC to join us for this retreat! More will be added shortly.

Fr. Voitus
Fr. Voitus is a priest of the Diocese of Charlotte and is currently pastor of St. Mary, Mother of God parish in Sylva, NC. He was born outside of Atlanta, GA and, at the age of six months moved (his parents also moved with him, as they lived with him at the time) to Lewisville, NC where he lived until leaving for college in 2002. He attended St. Leo Catholic School in Winston-Salem through eighth grade and West Forsyth High School through twelfth. He also received his A.A. from Forsyth Technical Community College, his B.A. from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio (with a double major in Philosophy and English Literature), and his Mdiv. and M.A. (moral theology) from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

He was ordained a priest in 2011 in St. Patrick’s cathedral in Charlotte and served for two years at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Charlotte as parochial vicar before beginning his current assignment in July of 2013. He also sits on the board of Project Challenge, NC (a non-profit which helps young men and women caught up in the criminal justice system) as well as the planning board for Special Olympics in Jackson County, NC. In addition to the above he enjoys reading medieval literature and history, astronomy, and hiking as well as spending time with his cats, Vladimir the Great and the Lady Bertramina (he is clearly a very interesting and exciting person.)

Caitlin Uhl
Caitlin is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. In addition to her real job, she dedicates lots of time to helping Kelly minister to teens at Our Lady of Grace. She’s has a talent for taking the intricacies of the faith and expressing them as gems of practical advice for daily life.

Matthew Newsome
The title of his talk is “Glorious Mystery” (for both Confirmation and High School)
Matthew Newsome is the Catholic Campus Minister at Western Carolina University, where he has served since 2008. He holds a Masters in Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, and is currently a candidate in formation for the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Charlotte. He is married with six children. They live in a little valley with a dozen sheep, an indeterminate number of chickens and one old donkey. He blogs about spirituality, liturgy and other Catholic stuff at wwwtesteverythingblog.com.
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