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Matthew Plese, suit and tie

Matthew Plese is a Third Order Dominican who resides in Chicago, IL. Matthew grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and entered the Church with the rest of his family from a non-denominational protestant background in 2004 while a freshman in high school. Matthew went on to obtain a degree in Business and Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas (MN) where he graduated summa cum laude. He also has a Certificate in Catechesis from Catholic Distance University and a Masters in Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.

In his speaking portfolio, Matthew has been a presenter for a variety of groups including: an International Catholic Youth Conference in Niagara Falls in 2018, and a Houston Conference on the Four Last Things in February 2019. He has also addressed a number of parishes with speeches on Vocations, Mariology, the Sacraments, and more. In November 2018, he gave the keynote presentation on Holy Hours of Reparation to coincide with the parish's 2nd anniversary of the opening of the perpetual adoration chapel at St. Paul's parish in Phoenix, AZ.

Matthew is also the author ofCatholic Book Summaries: 54 Traditional and Contemporary Classics,Eschatology: The Catholic Study of the Four Last Things, andUnderstanding the Precepts of the Church. Matthew lives in Chicago, IL and is a parishioner at St. John Cantius.

Topics of Expertise: Traditional Catholicism, the Mass Rubrics, The Catholic Liturgical Year, Precepts of the Church, Eschatology, General Catechism


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Judith Costello, suit, blue broche

Judith Costello, MA, is a Third Order Discalced Carmelite (OCDS). While a long-time resident of New Mexico, Judith moved in 2017 to Davenport, IA to care for her 92-year-old mother. Judith is an exhibiting Sacred Artist who has written and illustrated columns forThe Catechist, a national magazine, andNew Mexico Kids, a regional magazine (publishing craft columns). She has been a freelance writer for 30 years and has published several books including a book on catechism, two courses for CatechismClass.com, and two coloring books for grown-ups. Judith sees that "helping people to truly understand prayer is one of the most pressing issues of our modern world."

Topics of Expertise: Prayer, Sprituality, Mariology


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Preston E. (Pete) Wiggins, Jr.

Preston E. (Pete) Wiggins, Jr. holds a Masters of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry with an adjunct Certificate in Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Pete is retired with over 30 years experience as an educator including 17 as a Director of Religious Education. He has led over 24 Days of reflection for catechists, First Communion and Confirmation retreats, and written a weekly article for his church's bulletin. He is the author ofMarriage in the Heart and Mind of the Church, and is versed in marriage preparation and catechetics.

Topics of Expertise: Marriage Preparation, Pneumatology, Catechetics.


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book cover with Matthew S Robinson as author, angel, book, scripture, quill

Matt Robinson, MA, is a lifelong Catholic from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. A love for Christ and the Church led him to studies for the priesthood graduating the college division of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary with a B.A. in Philosophy. Though he discerned that God was not calling him to be a priest and ultimately left the seminary, he continued his theology studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary earning an M.A. in Dogmatic Theology. Matt is the Director of Pastoral Services at St. Agnes Parish, West Chester, PA. He is also the author of,Lord That I May See: Fundamentals of Christian Philosophy.

Topics of Expertise: Philosophy, Liturgy, Dogmatic Theology


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