Speakers

Msgr. Ján BABJAK SJ 
the archbishop of Prešov Archeparchy

Born on October 28th, 1953 in Hažín on Cirochou near Humenne.
He graduated from high school in Humenne, and from theological studies at the Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology in Bratislava, attended over the years 1973-1978.
On June 11th 1978 in Prešov he was ordained priest by the bishop of Križevicin, Joachim Segedi, PhD in theology.   
Over the years 1978 - 1983 he served as a priest in Prešov.
On June 18th, 1987 he secretly joined the Society of Jesus.
Made the first religious vows on June 18th 1989.
He completed the BA studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome over the period of 1991-1993.
Served as the administrator of St. Ignatius Retreat House in Prešov over the period of 1993 - 1994.
Worked on the Vatican Radio over the years 1994-1995.
On December 16th, 1996 r. he defended his doctoral dissertation.
From 1997 to 2002 he was the director of Michal Lacek Centre of East West Spirituality in Košice. At the same time, he was a lecturer at Greek Catholic Faculty of Theology of the University of Prešov, as well as at the Faculty of Theology in Trnava, where he lectured oriental spirituality.
He was appointed the bishop of Prešov Archeparchy on December 11th, 2002.
Ordained on January 6th 2003 by pope John Paul II in St. Peter Basilica in Rome.
His inauguration as bishop took place on January 18th 2003 in Prešov. As his episcopal motto he selected the words by Paul the Apostle: “for ye are the temple of the living God” (2 Cor 6,16).
 As a member of the Conference of Slovak Bishops chairs the Environmental Subcommittee.
From 2003 to 2009 he was responsible for the Lumen Radio; he is still a member of its Supervisory Board.
Bishop Babjak established six ministerial and formation centres; two for the youth, one for families and three for Gypsies – all of them function successfully.
On January 30th 2008 pope Benedict XVI granted Greek Catholic Church in Slovakia the status of metropolis sui iuri, with its seat in Prešov; the pope appointed Ján Babjak SJ the first archbishop of Prešov and metropolitan bishop, following his service as the bishop of Prešov eparchy. 
On March 7th, 2009, as a head of an oriental Church sui iuris, he was appointed a member of the Congregation of Oriental Churches in Rome.
On October 26th 2010 he was granted honourable doctorate by the University of Prešov, as well as by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw on April 25th, 2013. 

Father Marek Blaza SJ

Born in 1970 in upper-Silesia region in Poland, holds Ph.D. in Ecumenical Theology. He teaches dogmatic and ecumenical theology at The Collegium Bobolanum of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warszawa, at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, on Greek-Catholic Major Seminary in Lviv and at Dominican Faculty of Philosophy and Theology in Kraków. Earlier, he was lecturing also on the Center of Eastern Europe Studies of the Warsaw University.

He wrote and published 2 books: one on Orthodox-Catholic dialog about sacraments of initiation and the other one on the development of theology of epiclesis in the light in the Byzantine and Roman liturgical traditions.

Fr. Marek Blaza, S.J. is a member of the Byzantinist Commission of Polish Historical Society.

As a bi-ritual priest he serves in Byzantine-Ukrainian and Byzantine-Romanian rites, preserving at the same time also the Latin rite.

Fr. Marek Blaza serves as a chaplain of the Greek-Catholic students in Warszawa.

Recently, in September 2017, he served as an official preacher at the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church Synod.

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Rev. Rocco D’Ambrosio

Born in 1963, in Cassano delle Murge, Bari, Italy, priest of Dioceses of Bari. Studies: Philosophy (BPHIL, 1984 at Lateran University Rome; MPHIL, 1992 at II University of Rome “Tor Vergata”); Theology (BTH, 1987 at Lateran University, Rome); Social Sciences (Ph. D., 1995 at Gregorian University, Rome).

Professor of Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Social Science of the Pontifical Gregorian University; Holder of the Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B. Chair in the Social Teaching of the Church, in the same Faculty.

Professor of Ethics of Public Administration at Dipartimento per le politiche del personale dell’Amministrazione del Ministero dell’Interno (ex SSAI, Roma).

Visiting Professor in some Universities abroad.

Author/editor of several books in the field of Political Philosophy; some titles: Il potere e chi lo detiene (2008), Come pensano e agiscono le istituzioni (2011), La storia siamo noi. Tracce di educazione politica (2011), Luoghi comuni. Un tour etico a Roma (2013), Corruptia. Il malaffare in un Comune italiano(2014), Non come Pilato. Cattolici e politica nell’era di Francesco (2015), Ce la farà Francesco? La sfida della riforma ecclesiale (2016), in Portuguese: Francisco vai conseguir? O desafio da reforma da Igreja, Paulinas, Lisboa 2016in Spanish: ¿Lo conseguiráFrancisco? Reforma eclesial y lógica institucional, San Pablo, Madrid 2016; in English: Will Pope Francis Pull It Off? The Challenge of Church Reform, Liturgical Press Collegeville (MN-USA)..

Free Lance Journalist, member of the Italian Journalist Association.

Editor of the magazine “Cercasi un fine” and its website and the scientific Director of Political and Social Schools in Puglia (Italy), see www.cercasiunfine.it .

Working (1995-2002), with the Italian and the Regional Conference of Catholic Bishops, as Director of Justice and Peace Department.

Jeffrey Marc Monforton
bishop of Steubenville

Born:
Jeffrey Marc Monforton was born on May 5, 1963 in Detroit to Marc Louis Monforton and Virginia Rose (Ackerman) Monforton. He is the eldest of three sons.
Bishop Jeffrey Monforton attended Wayne State University after which he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1989.  While residing at the North American College in Rome he received his Bachelors in Sacred Theology (STB) in 1992 and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Later, as a priest, he was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Ordained:
On June 25, 1994, Bishop was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, by Archbishop Adam Maida.
Episcopate:
On July 3, 2012 Monsignor Monforton was named as the fifth Bishop of Steubenville.  He was ordained and installed as bishop on September 10, 2012.
Since his appointment as Bishop of Steubenville, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Pontifical North American College in Rome since November 2012, and since November 2015, a member of the Development Committee of the PNAC. Bishop Monforton also serves on the United States Conference of Bishops Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, also November 2012. Since 2013, he serves on the Board of Regents and the Priestly Formation Board at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, as well as Episcopal Moderator to the Diocesan Information Systems Conference (DISC), 2017.  Bishop Monforton was awarded on May 10, 2014 with an honorary doctorate in Sacred Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
In November 2018 bp Monforton became a Chairman of Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

Maciej Wiśniewski

Specializes in leadership, management, effective communication, organization and business development. He works with entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, companies and teams, supporting them as a consultant, mentor, coach and business coach in achieving effectiveness and professional and personal effectiveness. 

He was a Board Member and President of leading consulting and technology companies (eg Andersen Business Consulting, Deloitte, Fujitsu). He graduate at The University of Chicago, USA - MBA studies - and studied at The IESE Business School at Universidad de Navarra (Spain). 

He is a founder and CEO of Inspire Leadership, whose mission is to share with clients - companies, entrepreneurs, leaders and managers - the best and proven practices and solutions in the field of leadership and management, helping them to achieve increasing professional and personal effectiveness. He is a senior trainer and lecturer at the Academy of Leadership Psychology at the Warsaw Polytechnic School of Business. He cooperates with world-renowned experts in the field of leadership, communication, coaching and mentoring, among others with dr. John C. Maxwell.