Very Rev. Gerard Francisco Timoner, O.P. is the 87th successor of St. Dominic and the first Asian to serve as Master of the Order. The 52-year-old priest was elected to the position during the Elective General Chapter held in Vietnam in 2019. Fr. Timoner was born in Daet, in the Camarines Norte province. After obtaining his philosophy degree from the Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies and his theology from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), he was ordained a priest in 1995. In 2004, he finished his licentiate in sacred theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He also served as vice rector for religious affairs and rector of the UST Central Seminary from 2007 to 2012. Fr. Timoner was Socius of the Master for Asia-Pacific and prior to that, the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines. In 2014, Fr. Timoner was named a member of the International Theological Commission by Pope Francis.

Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, is Vicar General and First General Assistant for the Congregation of Holy Cross.  He entered the former Eastern Province of Brothers in 1975 and began his formation at Moreau Hall on the campus of Stonehill College. He professed his First Vows in 1979 and Final Vows in 1985. Br. Paul earned a master’s degree in religion and religious education, with a concentration in spirituality, from Fordham University. After 12 years working as a teacher, administrator, and campus minister at high schools in Forestville, MD, and Rome, Italy, he served as province vocation director for nine years, formation director for three years, and several terms on Provincial Council. From 2002-2016, Br. Paul was executive director of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC). He served as a consultant to the U.S. Bishops Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, and as a member of the Advisory Board of Praesidium Religious Services, the Corporate Board of Holy Cross Family Ministries, and on several international Holy Cross commissions. He has published several articles on vocation ministry and given workshops internationally. During General Chapter in 2016, he was elected to his current position. Br. Paul is a member of the Moreau Province.

Rev. Quinn Conners, O.Carm., Ph.D., is Second Councilor for the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who served as the associate director of clinical services at Saint Luke Institute for a number of years. He currently is prior and co-director of formation at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC. He is also part-time faculty at The Catholic University of America and previously was a part-time faculty member at Washington Theological Union. In addition to having previously served two stints as the prior and director of formation at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC (1983-90, 2007-2012), he’s also been director of novices (2004-2007), and provincial (1990-1996). He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from The Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has done workshops nationally and internationally in the areas of psychology and spirituality, sexuality, vocational discernment, and issues in the first five years of ministry.

Rev. Timothy Kesicki, S.J., is president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, which promotes common goals and oversees international projects for the Society of Jesus. He works with the Jesuit provincials in implementing programs, represents the Conference internationally, and serves as the religious superior of two schools of theology. He also serves on the boards of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and America Magazine. Fr. Kesicki previously served as the provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province (2008-2014). A native of Pennsylvania, he earned a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1984. His formation included philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago, theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology, and studies in educational administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. From 1988 to 1991, Fr. Kesicki worked at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Following his 1994 ordination, he worked for a year at the Jesuit Refugee Service in Adjumani, Uganda, then taught theology at Loyola High School in Detroit. From 2000 to 2008, he served as president of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland.

Christopher White is the national correspondent for Crux and The Tablet newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn. He holds an M.A. in ethics and society from Fordham University and a B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from The King’s College. He is the former director of Catholic Voices USA and his writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, New York Daily News, International Business Times, The American Interest, First Things, and Human Life Review, among many other print and online publications. Follow him on Twitter: @CWWhite212


The National Assembly and Gathering for Young Religious will be facilitated by a team from the Catholic Apostolate Center, a ministry of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) – Immaculate Conception Province.

Rev. Frank Donio, SAC, is director of the Catholic Apostolate Center, vicar provincial and former provincial for the Immaculate Conception Province. Dr. Susan M. Timoney, S.T.D., is associate professor of practice pastoral studies area and associate dean for undergraduate studies, The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies. She received her doctorate from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in 1997 and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the fields of evangelization and pastoral leadership

Additional presenters and panelists:

  • Very Rev. Eric Andrews, CSP
  • Very Rev. Bro. Ken Apuzzo, BH
  • Very Rev. Paul Borowksi, CSsR
  • Very Rev. John Burger, SSC
  • Very Rev. Wayne Hellman, OFM Conv.
  • Ms. Ashley McKinless
  • Very Rev. George Okeahiaham, MSP
  • Rev. Matthew Schneider, LC
  • Very Rev. Celso Tabalanza, CICM
  • Very Rev. James Walther, OMV

Presenters for the pre-assembly workshops

  • Ms. Nicole Bonjean, Esq.
  • Bro. Stephen Olert, FSC
  • Deacon Steven DeMartino