Fr. Jim Sullivan
"aaa As a speaker, Fr. Jim is dynamic and passionate, witty and wise, energetic and engaging . . Never a dull moment!"
-Brenda Rose, the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, CA


Fr. Jim Sullivan was ordained for the Diocese of Oakland, California, in 2006. He is currently an associate pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood, CA, after being an associate pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont. While a seminarian, Fr. Jim gained extensive experience in youth and young adult ministry, RCIA, evangelization, and adult faith formation. He has given many talks, retreats, and days of reflection, in both the Oakland and the Sacramento dioceses, and often teamed with his mother, Sara Sullivan, a teacher of Scripture at the college level. Father Jim studied at the Dominican School at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, earning his M.A. in Philosophy in 2005. He completed his M.Div. and M.A. in Theology at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, in 2006. Fr. Jim is a native and lifelong Californian.
Below are recent talks given by Fr. Jim Sullivan on subjects of discipleship, Old Testament Scriptures, New Testament Scriptures, the Blessed Mother, the rosary, the afterlife, Lent, the Mass, and the priesthood:
  • Wings Talk, Castro Valley, Dec. 6, 2012
  • Mission San Jose (Fremont) Men's Retreat, Nov. 16-8, 2012
  • Women's Guild Retreat Day, Lafayette, Nov. 12, 2012
  • Congreso Eucaristico, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood, Nov. 3-4, 2012
  • San Bonaventure (Concord) Women's Retreat, Sept. 14-6, 2012
  • Mission San Jose Lenten Parish Mission, March 26-8, 2012
  • St. Charles Borromeo (Sacramento)
  • Women's Club Lenten Reflection, February, 2012
  • Divine Mercy Regional Conference, San Ramon, February, 2012
  • Parish missions with Christine Watkins, as listed below



Mrs. Christine Watkins, MTS, LCSW
“Christine Watkins was absolutely captivating during our parish retreat.”
—Thomas Scott, music & liturgy director,
St. Joan of Arc Church, Chagrin Falls, OH


Mrs. Christine Watkins holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. In 2006, she received her license as a Clinical Social Worker. She is trained in Ignatian spirituality and discernment, with eleven years of work experience as a spiritual director, bereavement counselor, inspirational speaker, retreat leader and mission preacher. She is on the recommended list of speakers in the Diocese of Oakland, CA. Her past positions include work with the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, persons with AIDS and war veterans, as well as the positions of resident minister and assistant liturgist for the University of San Francisco, English teacher at a language school in Spain, and professional dancer with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Among her other ministries, she works as a post-abortion counseling and education director. She has been featured on radio, on the FOCUS Television Network, and ABC's "The Miracle Mysteries," and her book, Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary's Intercession, is a Catholic best seller. Mrs. Watkins converted to Catholicism after God saved her life through a miracle of divine intervention. She currently lives in California with her husband and two sons. For further details see www.christinewatkins.com

Parish missions preached by Christine Watkins for Making Holy Choices and for Isaiah Parish Missions, www.isaiah.sonoma-sky.com
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska; March, 2013 (Mission; Fr. Jim Sullivan with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Peter Catholic Church, Jupiter, Florida; March, 2013 (Mission; Fr. Jarrod Lies with Christine Watkins)
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Blanc, Michigan; January, 2013 (Mission; Fr. Bob Garon with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Joan of Arc Parish, Kokomo, Indiana; February, 2012 (Mission; Fr. Jim Sullivan with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Joseph's Parish, Dexter, Michigan; March, 2011 (Mission; Fr. Jim Sullivan with Christine Watkins)
  • Saint Mary’s Presentation Church, Deer Park, Washington; December, 2010 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Ivan Tou, CSP)
  • Saint Dominic's Parish , San Francisco, California; December, 2010 (Retreat, Christine Watkins with Fr. Jim Sullivan)
  • Our Lady of the Assumption, Turlock, California; November, 2010 (Mission with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Ann's Parish, Tubac, Arizona; November, 2010 (Retreat with Christine Watkins)
  • Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, California; October, 2010 (Retreat with Christine Watkins)
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Turlock, California; March, 2010 (Retreat with Christine Watkins & Fr. James DiLuzio, CSP)
  • Saint Joseph's Parish, Pinole, California; March, 2010
  • Saint Dominic's Parish (Retreat), San Francisco, California; October, 2009
  • Saint Basil the Great Parish, Vallejo, California; 2005
  • Saint Stephen Cathedral Parish, Owensboro, Kentucky; 2003
  • Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, Kentucky; 2003
  • Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill, New York; 2002
  • Saint Mary Church, Farmington, New Mexico; 2002
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Louisville, Ohio; 2001
  • Saint Jude Church, Eugene, Oregon; 2001
Parish missions preached by Fr. James DiLuzio and Christine Watkins for the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association, www.pncea.org
  • Holy Trinity Parish, Colorado Springs, Colorado; December, 2005
  • Saint Paul Church, Weirton, West Virginia; November, 2003
  • Saint Charles Borromeo Church, Kettering, Ohio; October, 2000
  • Saint Frances Cabrini Church, Houston, Texas; February, 2000
  • Saint Mary’s Presentation Church, Deer Park, Washington; October, 2007 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Ivan Tou CSP)
  • Saint John the Baptist Church, Brunswick, Maine; September, 2006 (Fr. James DiLuzio with Sr. Anne McCoy)
  • St. Mary Church, Hudson, Ohio; February, 2006 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Ivan Tou CSP)
  • Resurrection Parish. Dubuque, Iowa; February, 2004 (Fr. James DiLuzio with Margaret Costello)
  • Holy Spirit Parish, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania; April, 2003 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Chuck Kullman CSP)
Fr. DiLuzio and Mrs. Watkins worked together as Parish Missionaries on Paulist National Evangelization Teams from 2000 to 2006. (See www.pncea.org.)


Rev. James M. DiLuzio CSP
“Father James is as dynamic and engaging a missionary as could be.”
—Kim Dzatko, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Logan, Utah


Father James DiLuzio is a Paulist priest (paulist.org) who has served as an associate pastor and campus minister. Currently, he offers parish retreats, lectures and missions, and since 2002, has been offering parishes his dramatic proclamation of the Gospel of Luke entitled Luke Live! (www.LukeLive.com )  Before his ordination in 1993, Fr. DiLuzio earned a B.A in English and Education from Montclair State University, New Jersey, an M.A. in Drama from the University of Southern California, followed by several years working as a teacher, actor and director. As a Paulist, he completed a Masters of Divinity at Catholic University, Washington DC. Fr. DiLuzio’s studies and ministries contribute to the Paulist Fathers' objective to "Give the Word a Voice in the 21st century"– i.e., sharing the Gospel in new, fresh and engaging ways. Prior to his full-time Mission work, Fr. James served as Associate Pastor at Saint Paul the Apostle Church in Los Angeles and as a Campus Minister at St. Lawrence Parish and Newman Center, Minneapolis, MN.




Rev. Robert Garon
“Fr. Bob worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry as a voice talent and comedian. The Holy Spirit is now using these talents, most powerfully, to spread the Good News!”
—--Teri Thompson, Coordinator Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, San Fernando Valley, CA


Fr. Bob, born and raised Los Angeles, California, was ordained to the priesthood in 2005 and is now the Pastor of St. Didacus parish in Sylmar, California, the chaplain for both Magnificat in the San Fernando Valley and the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Mission Hills. He is truly gifted, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to convey the Holy Gospel to today’s Catholics, young and old, in English and Spanish, bringing healing and humor. He celebrates masses for “Healing of Memories,” “Healing of The Family Tree,” at parishes and is a speaker each year at SCRC (Southern California Renewal Community), one of the largest Charismatic conferences in the United States. Fr. Bob worked as a voice talent and comedian before deciding to become a priest. "Having straying from the faith in my youth and returned as an adult, only to fall in love, I could not," he says, "consider being anything else in life but a priest for the Catholic Church."

Fr Robert Garon's preaching is charitable, fearless, and prophetic. He celebrates every Holy Mass, as if it is the first and the last time he will ever celebrate this Sacred Mystery. His elevations of the Blessed Sacrament bring tears to my eyes, my soul understands that this priest truly believes in the Real Presence. Wherever he goes, he inspires the laity to get involved in the New Evangelization. He is a born leader and you could sense deep piety and holiness when you are in his presence."

Jesse Romero M.A.
(Catholic Lay Evangelist)
www.jesseromero.com



Rev. Jarrod Lies
“Fr. Jarrod gives great presentations, sprinkled with good humor, deep insight, personal humility and engaging stories. His fever for God is very contagious and wonderful to experience.”

Fr. Jarrod Lies was ordained by Bishop Gerber on March 26th, 2001, to the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. He brings to his priesthood a phenomenally engaging and youthful spirit, which captures his audience, inspiring young and old alike. He spent his first two years of priesthood in Pittsburg, Kansas, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. In 2003, he was made the Director of Pastoral Care (chaplain) for Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, where he spent the next eight years. He is currently serving as the Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Wichita as well as the Pastor of St. John’s Clonmel. He finds his greatest fulfillment in teaching and preaching the Eucharistic person of Jesus Christ, so as to excite and enlighten God's people on the road to salvation.
 
 
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