Speakers for the 2nd Annual 2232 Men’s Conference

AboutFrLarryFr. Larry Richards

A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master, and author. Fr. Larry Richards holds the answer to some of life’s most profound questions. He speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards has directed hundreds of retreats, parish missions, and conferences for young and old alike. His inspirational talks, presentations, and books always authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the hearts, minds and lives of millions of listeners and readers worldwide.

Father Larry Richards was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After high school, he attended the college seminary at Gannon University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mental Health in 1983. Father Larry Richards continued his studies at the major seminary at St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and received his Masters of Divinity degree in 1987. He will soon conclude his studies at the University of Notre Dame and be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Liturgy.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Fr. Larry Richards serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. He is also the Founder of the DME (Divine Mercy Encounter) Retreat Program for the Diocese of Erie.

Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to ‘spreading the Good News’ by educating others about Jesus Christ. For more information on the foundation, go to: www.TheReasonForOurHope.org.


AboutFrLarryDeacon Harold Burke-Sivers

A powerful and passionate Catholic Speaker and Evangelist whose no-nonsense, hands-on approach to living the Catholic faith will challenge and inspire you!  He is the Founder and Director of DynamicDeacon.com, a Christian evangelization and apologetics organization dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of Catholic values, principles, and teaching in complete faithfulness and total submission to Holy Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium.  The goal of his apostolate is to bring as many people as possible to a deeper love of Christ and the Gospel by sharing the truth of the Catholic faith in love.  As one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in the Church today,

Deacon Harold is active in giving lectures, retreats, and seminars in parishes, workshops, and at numerous conferences across the nation and around the world.  He has appeared in Envoy Magazine, The Catholic World Report and The National Catholic Register, and on many national and international radio programs, including Catholic Answers Live, Catholic Connection, and Kresta in the Afternoon.  He is the author of The Mass in Sacred Scripture and is a frequent Eternal Word Television Network contributor.

Deacon Harold has been featured on Life on the Rock, EWTN Live, EWTN Bookmark, and hosts several popular EWTN series, including “Behold the Man: Spirituality for Men”, “Made in His Image: Family Life Today”, “Christ the Servant: The Vocation of Deacons” and “Authentically Free at Last.” Deacon Harold also hosts the weekly radio show From the Rooftops on the Radio Maria network.


AboutFrLarryJesse Romero

As St. Jerome taught, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  Therefore, study the Bible from a historically Catholic-Christian perspective, with an emphasis on living out your Catholic Faith with a positive excitement that comes from the sure biblical knowledge that Jesus Christ, God-made-Man, is deeply and passionately in love with each of us — each presentation is offered in a Christ-centered, spirit-filled & evangelical style.

Jesse Romero has a Masters Degree in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH.  Before and since then, he has spent his time teaching, speaking, writing, and giving Bible studies and conferences on all matters Catholic.  Jesse is also serving at the parish level as the director of religious education at a small but growing parish 40 minutes north of Los Angeles.

After rediscovering his Catholic roots, Jesse studied and prayed his way back to a fervent on-going practice of the Catholic Faith. Through his experiences with non-Catholics and fallen-away Catholics alike, Jesse is well-versed on all Catholic issues and topics and, as a bilingual speaker, specializes in evangelization, youth events, apologetics seminars, conferences of all sizes and bible studies