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Meet The Team
Fr. Jim Crisman
Week 1 Clergy
Father Jim Crisman graduated from Franciscan University with a degree in math. He worked in financial services for a year, enjoying his position, but he knew the Lord was calling him to something more. For the next two years, he ministered in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, teaching English and catechetics. Restless, he returned to the United States, obtained a graduate degree in education, and then moved to Colorado where he taught math. The Lord wasn’t done with him though, and eventually God called him to discern a vocation to the priesthood. Ordained in 2001 for the Archdiocese of Denver, Father Jim now serves as the vocations director in Denver.
Week 1 Speaker
Katie Hartfiel is an author and speaker dedicated to sharing the intense love of the Lord. As a teenager, Katie fell in love with Christ at a Steubenville youth conference in her home state of Colorado. She received a degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and served as a youth minister for seven years in Houston, where she now resides with her husband, Mark, and two daughters. In 2012, Katie released her first book, Woman in Love. This work coaches young women as they strive for purity through praying for and journaling to their future spouse. She has been blessed to watch hearts come alive with the realization that our faithful God hungers to exceed our deepest desires.
Week 1 Speaker
Sean Forrest is an international speaker, performing artist, author, radio host, and retreat leader who speaks to over 30,000 youth and families annually. He is the recipient of the “Of God and Youth Award,” and the United Catholic Music and Video Association’s award for Best New Artist. He has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and in a music special with singer Dana. Sean is currently studying theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary where he is also an instructor. Sean is the founder, president, and executive director of Movin’ With The Spirit, Inc., a not-for-profit Catholic ministry dedicated to renewing the Church and society. Sean, his wife, Julie, and their three children, live in Connecticut.
Week 1 Speaker
For over ten years, Kyle Heimann has traveled the country with the Catholic-Acoustic-Humor-Folk-Beard-Rock duo, “Popple.” He plays guitar, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, and the nose flute. He enjoys sharing his faith through humorous stories, analogies, and multimedia. Kyle is married and has three young boys. He spends time chopping wood, building fires, and other manly things like eating food.
Fr. Chris Martin
Week 2 Clergy
Father Christopher Martin is a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 2006, Father Martin now serves as the vocations director for the archdiocese. He frequently travels, giving talks and retreats for young people and helping them discover the vocation to which God is calling them.
Sister Miriam Heidland, SOLT
Week 2 Speaker / Religious
Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Sister Miriam graduated from the University of Nevada on a volleyball scholarship and, in a moment of radical conversion, heard Jesus call her to be his bride. She speaks often to young adults on the theology of the body, healing in Jesus, pop culture and beauty, and the transforming power of authentic love. Through engaging media, personal stories, and the beauty of Church teaching, Sister Miriam strives to bring the power of God’s love to life in the hearts of those to whom she speaks.
Week 2 Speaker
Michael Gormley, better known to friends as “Gomer,” has a degree in philosophy and theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. In high school, he struggled greatly with God’s existence, the problem of pain and suffering in the world, and the tension between science and religion. Encountering Jesus Christ in the Eucharist changed his life from that point on. He does full time ministry at a parish, as well as developing talks, podcasts, and writing articles on LayEvangelist.com. He’s the luckiest man in the world, married to Shannon and proud dad to Kateri, Cecilia, and Noah. Although he was not born there, he considers himself a true Texan.
Paul J Kim
Week 2 Speaker / Musician
Paul J. Kim is an international youth speaker, vocalist, and beatboxer. He enjoys sharing his devotion to Christ Jesus and the new evangelization via music, motivational talks, and comedy. He has released two music albums, Run Fly Fall in 2009, and The World Sings in 2013, both available on iTunes. He has been featured in videos on YouTube that have over a million views. His background includes work as a marriage and family therapist, missionary, and youth minister. In his free time, Paul enjoys long walks on the beach, talking to strangers in random accents, and pointing out God’s sense of humor. He married his best friend, Maggie, in 2013, and welcomed their first baby Audrey in 2014.