We are so excited to be welcoming in Cooper Ray as our keynote speaker. Over the past 20 years, Cooper has motivated and inspired youth and adults at countless diocesan, parish, and school events across the country and has spoken and led worship at the National Catholic Youth Conference, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, Catholic Heart Work Camp and Steubenville Youth Conferences, to name a few. His relevant message and crowd interaction can reach a teen all the way in the back row.
Full Armor formed over seven years ago when the band was asked to lead music for a new youth Mass in their hometown of Middletown, NY. Over time, the band slowly began to receive invites participate in other Christian/Catholic ministry events in their region.
Today, Full Armor continues to share their music and ministry at parish and diocesan concerts and conferences nationally. Their greatest joy is seeing God change the lives of the young people with whom they get to share in ministry.
Will’s classroom teaching experience combined with his love for music and the Gospel naturally led him to directing church choirs of all ages, teaching and presenting. An avid promoter of responsible media consumption, Will stresses the importance of developing positive music and media messages to youth and adults. He practices what he preaches by seamlessly incorporating music, multi-media, humor and storytelling into each of his presentations.
In addition to his position at Mother of Sorrows, Will facilitates retreats, and presents workshops for youth and adults and has been the emcee, liturgical musician and keynote speaker for various diocesan youth rallies. When not rehearsing or composing a social media post for his parish, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Christie, three kids and his dog who thinks he is a cat.
The son of an Irish immigrant, Rich was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago where he learned the basic principles of hard work-learn fast and adapt to your environment. With four boys in the house you had no choice if you wanted seconds at dinner!
It was an accident that left him temporarily unable to move during his sophomore year of college that changed the direction his life would take. Forced to retire from athletics, Rich found himself searching for his own meaning. In the process, he found so much more.
Rich Curran is a national speaker who has been helping teenagers and adults find meaning and purpose in their lives for 15 years. His passion and enthusiasm for living life fully is highly contagious and his humor, stories and specific action steps leave audiences ready to make a difference.
Rich, his wife (and hero) and their two boys now live in Appleton, WI.
Bishop Bambera will once again be joining us to celebrate our closing Mass at 7pm the night of the event. The Bishop has been in attendance at almost every rally since becoming the Bishop of Scranton. We once again look forward to having him join us at this gathering of young people of the Diocese of Scranton!
Each year we offer a variety of workshops throughout the day. Each workshop is offered by some amazingly gifted speakers from around the region. More information will be posted once we confirm the speakers and topics!