2017 Annual Gathering

Major Session Speakers

Thursday, September 28, 9:00 a.m.

President’s Address

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Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, President & CEO
Catholic Charities USA

An Adrian Dominican sister with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Sr. Donna served on CCUSA’s Board of Trustees for eight years, two of which were as Board Chair. In addition, she has served in leadership positions in behavioral healthcare both in Canada and the United States and is an internationally-recognized author and speaker in areas pertaining to transformational leadership, organizational change management and the effective treatment of the mentally ill.

Sr. Donna received her doctorate from the University of Detroit and has been involved in executive leadership development, organizational transformation and community formation for the past 25 years. She serves on the adjunct faculty for the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Most recently, she served as president of the Behavioral Health Institute at Mercy Health where she led the transformation of the continuum of the delivery of behavioral health services across the seven geographic regions of the health system. From 2004-2010, she served as Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation and previously spent 10 years as president of the Southdown Institute in Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, September 28, 1:30 p.m.

Major Address

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Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., Director
Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars, Oxford

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. is a priest and Dominican friar of the English Province, and former Master of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) from 1992-2001. He is the only member of the English Province to have held that office since the Order’s foundation in 1216. He has authored or co-authored several books, including “What is the Point of Being a Christian?” which in 2007 was awarded The Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing. In 2003, the University of Oxford made him a Doctor of Divinity, the university’s highest honorary degree, and Pope Francis appointed him as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2015. He is a highly sought-after speaker and directs the Las Casas Institute on ethics, governance, and social justice in Blackfriars, Oxford, which seeks to promote critical reflection on questions of human dignity in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. 



Friday, September 29, 8:30 a.m.

Major Address

 Pic - Fr. Ron - collar - colorFr. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., President
Oblate School of Theology

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser is a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to his present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years; served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years; and served on the General Council for the Oblates for six years. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1972 and earned two master’s degrees (University of San Francisco, 1974, and University of Louvain, 1982), and a Ph.D./STD (University of Louvain, 1983).

Saturday, September 30, 12:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address 

NM.high.res.photoC. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., Author
"Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America"

C. Nicole Mason, PhD, is the author of “Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America” (St. Martin's Press). She is also Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest at the New York Women's Foundation. Prior to her position at CR2PI, Nicole was Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. There, she held the distinction of being one of the youngest scholar-practitioners to lead a major U.S. research center. She is also an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. She has written hundreds of articles on women, leadership development and economic security. She also delivered at TEDTalk at TEDWomen 2016 on the courage to disrupt and the gift of being difficult.


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