Bishop Patrick McGrath
San Jose Diocese
Main Celebrant, Friday Night

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 11, 1945. After completing his studies at St. John's Seminary, in Waterford, Ireland, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on June 7, 1970. Following his ordination, Bishop McGrath served as associate pastor of St. Anne of the Sunset Parish in San Francisco and was then assigned to Rome for post graduate studies in Canon Law. In 1977, he obtained a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University. He was named Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1979 and Pastor of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, in 1986. On December 6, 1988, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco with the titular title of Allegheny in Pennsylvania. On January 25, 1989, he was ordained a bishop.

As Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, Bishop McGrath served as Vicar General, Vicar for Clergy, Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar for Parishes. From November 1993 until November 1998, he was the episcopal liaison to the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.

Bishop McGrath was named Coadjutor Bishop to the Diocese of San Jose on June 30, 1998 and was officially welcomed to the Diocese of San Jose on September 17 of the same year. He became the second Bishop of San Jose on November 27, 1999. On January 25, 2014, Bishop McGrath celebrated his 25*'' anniversary of episcopal ordination.

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Bishop Mylo Vergara, D.D.,
Pasig Diocese, Philippines
Main Celebrant, Saturday Night & Speaker

Bishop Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara was born in Manila last October 23, 1962. He finished his studies at the Ateneo de Manila High School, B.S. Management Engineering and Masters in Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Loyola School of Theology and Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the University of Santo Tomas.After his ordination to the priesthood last March 24, 1990 for the Archdiocese of Manila at the end of 1994, he became Dean of Studies and Professor of Philosophy of the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. He also served as parochial vicar of the Parish of St. Andrew the Apostle.

From 1994 to 2001, he became Rector of the same Seminary and at the same time, a member of the Presbyteral Council and head Chaplain of associations. He became Parish Priest at the Santa Rita de Cascia Parish, Philamlife Homes, Quezon City from 2001 to 2004, President of Radio Veritas Global Broadcasting System in 2002, and Chancellor of the newly established Diocese of Cubao last 2003. In 2004, he was appointed Parish Priest of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.Last Feb. 12, 2005 he was appointed Bishop of San Jose, Nueva Ecija and was consecrated last April 30.He is currently the CBCP President of the Episcopal Commission on Seminaries. (Vatican News Services bulletin no. 00584-01.01)

Bishop Vergara replaced Bishop Emeritus Francisco C. San Diego, D.D. who retired December 23, 2010, becoming the second Bishop of Pasig.

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Msgr. James Tarantino – Belmont, CA
Main Celebrant, Sunday Afternoon & Speaker

Msgr. James Tarantino has been a part of the Catholic Charismatic renewal since 1975. He has served as Liaison for two different periods of time for the Renewal in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and was also elected to serve a term on the National Association of Diocesan Liaisons.

Monsignor is a charter member of the NCRC organization, which brought together the seven Northern California Dioceses from which started the annual convention. He has been called upon frequently to preach and teach about the Lord and the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.

Overcoming many challenges over the years that he would say have become blessings, Monsignor has served in full time ministry for the Archdiocese as High School President, Pastor and Vicar General for the Archbishop. He is currently Pastor of St. Mark Parish in Belmont, CA.

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Deacon Bill Brennan – Stockton, CA

Bill ministers in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including prophecy, teaching and exhortation at parish missions, retreats, and conferences. Active leadership in the Renewal for many years, Bill is the Liaison for the Stockton Diocese, the Chairman of the NCRC, a member of the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Association of Diocesan Liaisons. In proclaiming the amazing grace of Pentecost in his energetic style, Bill balances the declaration of the Scriptures with the wisdom of Church teaching.

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Fr. Raymund Reyes – San Francisco, CA

Fr. Ray has been involved with the Charismatic Renewal since his priestly ordination in 1988. The Renewal has always been a part of his parish ministry both in the Philippines and in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He has been a regular presenter at the Northern California Renewal Coalition (NCRC) and the Holy Spirit Renewal Conference in San Francisco.

He currently serves as the Archbishop's Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco – SFSpirit.com. and as Vicar for Clergy, for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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Fr. Paul Gawlowski, OFM Conv. – Castro Valley, CA

Fr. Paul became a Franciscan Friar in 1991 and ministered as a school teacher, a chaplain at St. Anthony's foundation and at St. Mary's Hospital, and served in parish ministry. Since his ordination in 1999, he has served at St. Paul of the Shipwreck Parish in San Francisco. He has been involved in starting and operating the food pantry which serves over 300 clients a week, worked in community organizing helping to secure funding for homeless programs, directed after school athletic programs, been involved in coaching and teaching our youth and participated in street ministries to promote peace in troubled neighborhoods.

Fr. Paul currently serves as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, CA, and serves as the Vocation Director for the Western U.S. Province of the Conventual Franciscans.

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Fr. Jay Nuthulapati – Newark, CA

Fr. Jay studied in India with the Society of Precious Blood, C.PP.S. and was ordained on May 1, 2006, He started his Priestly ministry at St. Edwards, Newark, CA, in February, 2010 and has been active in the Charismatic Renewal since then. In February, 2014, he was appointed by Bishop Barber, SJ, as the Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Oakland. Fr. Jay is especially gifted by the power of the Holy Spirit in the areas of Healing and Preaching.

Pope Francis appointed him as a "Missionary of Mercy" with faculty. He continues in this missionary capacity to this day, because, "Mercy never ends." He was appointed Pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church on July 1, 2015.

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Jim Murphy – Michigan

Jim has worked in the Catholic Church in many capacities. He has been involved in youth ministry on parish, diocesan, national and international levels. He has served as a member of several parish pastoral teams. Murphy has also worked in Religious Education programs including adult formation programs. With the use of guitar, Jim often leads prayer and worship services. He gives parish missions, speaks at retreats, and consults for many parish and diocesan level groups in the Church.

In addition to his work with Vera Cruz Communications, Jim is the former chairman of, and currently a consultant to The National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He is a former producer of "The Choices We Face", a weekly televison program of Renewal Ministries. He is past Chairman of the Youth Executive Committee for the North American Renewal Service Committee, an ecumenical organization. Jim is currnetly the director of the Leadership Formation for the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service (ICCRS), whose offices are located at the Vatican, in Rome.

In 1992, inspired by the American Bishops' letter Heritage and Hope, Jim undertook a 4200 mile journey on foot across America, carrying a 6 ft. cross in an effort of prayer and evangelization. The journey took 18 months...and 14 pairs of shoes!

Jim is married to Susan. They live in Western Michigan near Lake Michigan with their son John Patrick.

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Bob Canton – Stockton, CA

In 1996, the Alliance of Filipino Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities in North America was formed and elected "Brother Bob"(as he is fondly called by friends and associates) as the National Coordinator. In 2006, he was elected as a Council Member of the Vatican-based International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) to represent the English speaking North America, Central America, and Caribbean countries starting in 2007. He is one of the 14 Council Members representing all the continents of the world to serve the worldwide Renewal through ICCRS and they meet at least once a year in the Vatican.

He is also a member of the Association of Christian Therapists and the Filipino Pastoral Council of the Stockton Diocese. Brother Bob has spoken at various regional, national and international conferences and conventions and has conducted retreats, seminars, Days of Renewal, parish missions, Healing Rallies and Healing Crusades in 51 countries so far. He is highly recommended by his bishop, Stephen Blaire of the Stockton Diocese, Bishop Oscar Solis of the Diocese of Salt Lake. and Fr. Ramon Zarate, Pastor of St. Luke's Parish, Stockton, Ca.

Recently, he wrote and published a book entitled "Miracles Never Ending," which is in demand among various Catholic circles.

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Techie Rodriquez –

Techie Rodriguez is a founder of the Lord's Flock Catholic Charismatic Ministry together with her husband Bobby. She has been in the Charismatic Renewal since 1980.

She was the treasurer of the International Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenanted Communities and Fellowships for seven years ending in 2013. It was Pope John Paul II who encouraged the formation of the Catholic Fraternity based in the Vatican and given Papal Right. The Community that she founded is in the forefront of the Charismatic Renewal in the Philippines.

Sis. Techie's dynamism in bringing the word to many places resulted in establishing Chapters in Asia, the US and Canada, UK, UE, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and to as far as Uganda in Africa.

She has been in many International Charismatic Congresses all over Asia and the US giving Keynote addresses, talks, testimonials, and lectures in Catholic as well as other Christian audiences.

In 2011 while praying in a half-empty Church in Rome she received an inspiration from the Holy Spirit "to bring back the youth to the Church". Upon arrival in the Philippines she started gathering the youth of the community, trained them and helped to build them into a young army of missionaries to bring back the youth through music, band, dances, evangelistic plays, life testimonies, workshops, games and worship concerts.

Through this inspiration, a counter force of youth-led initiative is winning many young souls back to the Catholic Church. Sis. Techie's passion in spreading the Word of God through the Renewal has never waned in all these 37 years.

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