Flourish Conference 2023

March 16th, 17th & 18th
Weston, Florida

The conference theme this year is "That They May Be One" based on Jesus's repeated prayer for our unity in John 17:20-23. We will come together, united in prayer and expectant for a move of God, as in the Upper Room.

This year’s pre-conference retreat will take us deeper into the meaning and experience of Pentecost and give practical guidelines on how to be witnesses for Christ in a world that needs Him desperately.

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Pre-Conference Retreat: "You Will Be My Witnesses"

This retreat will take us deeper into the meaning and experience of Pentecost and give practical guidelines on how to be witnesses for Christ in a world that needs Him desperately. Ultimately, we believe that evangelization flows from Pentecost. Along with the early church, we have faith in Jesus's promise, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8).
The retreat begins the evening of Thursday, March 16th and runs through Friday afternoon, March 17th. Pre-conference tickets include lunch on Friday.

Speakers for Flourish 2023

Dr. Ralph Martin
Renewal Ministries

Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world, and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than thirty countries.

Ralph is also the director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu). He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and he continues to serve in this capacity. Ralph also was appointed as a theological expert for the Synod on the New Evangelization.

He is the author of the widely read The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and many books on spirituality and evangelization, such as Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization, and The Urgency of the New Evangelization, as well as many articles in scholarly and popular publications. His most recent book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, examines the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ while also using both Scripture and Tradition to fortify the faithful.

Ralph and his wife, Anne, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have six children and nineteen grandchildren.

Bart Schuchts
John Paul II Healing Center

Bart Schuchts is the founder of Church on Fire and has been associated with the John Paul II Healing Center since its inception. Bart has conducted over 200 life-transforming events across the US.  

Bart has been in ministry across the body of Christ for over 30 years. Bart grew up in a Catholic home yet drifted away from God while in college. Following a desperate plea to God while sitting in an NFL locker room, Bart had a powerful encounter with the Father’s love that Transformed his life forever. 

Bart travels the country presenting at conferences and retreats, bringing thousands into an intimate and powerful encounter with the Father’s love, transforming lives, and equipping people to live more fully into Christ’s mission. Bart has created numerous events with the JPII Healing Center as well as Church On Fire. Bart’s passion is to see the Church Transformed and equipped to live into the fullness of Her 2000 year history.


Bart is married to Brooke and they have four children: Hannah, Gabrielle, Kailey and Joshua.  A pastor summed it up well when he said, “Bart is one of the most passionate men for God that I know... His heart is for people to live into the fullness of who they are Called to be.”

James E. Ward Jr.
Pastor, Insight Church

James E. Ward Jr. is a pastor, author, visionary, and entrepreneur who has emerged as a mainstream, conscionable voice of spiritual and moral truth. James has affectionately become known as America’s Zero Victim Pastor and leading expert on the subject of Zero Victim thinking.

Because of his unique Zero Victim, Biblical perspective, his involvement is highly sought after by corporate, government, and thought leaders, and on mainstream media outlets to mitigate the complex racial, cultural, and socio-political challenges of our day.

He is known for his keen insight on how to practically apply spiritual principles to peacefully resolve the growing social discord of intersectionality in society, organizations, and families. As a speaker, James emphasizes Christian character and leadership development. He is a strategist and advocate for holistic social renewal, reconciliation, and transformation.

In his latest book, Zero Victim: Overcoming Injustice With a New Attitude, James presents a universal principle that equips individuals to succeed in every area of life—the development of a Zero Victim mindset.

Along with his wife Sharon, James is pastor and founder of INSIGHT Church near Chicago, and founder of National Prayer Altar at Museum of the Bible—a call for Christ-followers to gather for apolitical national prayer in Washington D.C., to unite the Church and heal the land.

James completed his undergraduate studies in music and business at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and later received his Master of Divinity degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

James and Sharon have been married for twenty-two years and have two wonderful children serving in ministry with them, Hannah and Jonathan.

The Vigil Project
Catholic Music Organization

The Vigil Project is a Catholic nonprofit music organization and touring band. What began as a music collective in 2016 has elevated into a full ministry with a mission of making music for the Catholic journey. The Vigil Project collaborates with musicians around the world to make and release music for every moment and season of the Catholic journey while bringing live events to parishes and conferences. They also work heavily with other Catholic musicians to provide resources and formation to elevate musicians and artists within the Catholic Church.

Deacon Ralph Poyo
Founder, New Evangelization Ministries

Deacon Poyo is the founder of New Evangelization Ministries, an apostolate committed to assisting dioceses, churches, and individuals with services, resources, and training in effective evangelization. Prior to launching NEM, Dcn. Ralph served in three different parishes as a Youth Minister and Director of Faith Formation for twenty-three years. He is passionate about sharing the truth of the Gospel in a way that captivates audiences of all ages. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, and they have five grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Deacon Larry Oney
Founder, Hope and Purpose Ministries

Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana.  Deacon Oney is the Chairman of HGI Global—a third party administration and project management firm.  Despite obstacles encountered throughout his life, Deacon Oney has flourished. He infuses positivity and inspiration into his ministry. His strong faith and love for others have also helped steer his successful business career.  We hope that you will find the same inspiration and encouragement in his story that has given comfort and counsel to thousands of people across the globe.

Deacon Oney lives in New Orleans with his wife Andi.  He has 5 children and enjoys fishing, reading, and spending time with his family. Actively involved in the community, Deacon Oney serves on the Board of Directors for Renewal Ministries, and is a member of the New Orleans Chapter of Legatus—an international group of Catholic CEOs and their spouses.  Deacon Oney is the founder and president of Hope and Purpose Ministries.

Deacon Oney’s dynamic preaching style and message of hope has led to hundreds of speaking engagements across the globe; from Africa to Brazil to Canada and throughout the United States.  Through his business, ministry, and day-to-day life, Deacon Oney has learned valuable lessons and gained great insights on a variety of topics.  Over thirty years of experience making critical business decisions while helping to awaken the faith of others has uniquely equipped Deacon Oney to present lively, invigorating, knowledgeable, and Spirit-filled presentations.

With a passion for lifting people up across the world, he inspires men and women to live their lives with hope and purpose. As an ordained Catholic Deacon and business leader, he leverages humor, joy, Scripture, love and personal insight to speak to people’s hearts and to encourage them to live a Spirit-filled life.  Through Hope and Purpose Ministries, he aims to put the New Evangelization into practice through preaching, teaching and the media; offering hope and purpose to all individuals.

In support of his mission, Deacon Oney is an experienced and prolific orator, who has spoken at hundreds of events and appeared on many EWTN shows; including:  Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic, The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, The Choices We Face with Ralph Martin, EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Crossing the Goal with Danny Abramowicz, and Franciscan University Presents with Michael Hernon, Dr. Martin, and Dr. Scott Hahn.  He has also been a guest on FOCUS TV, Franciscan Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio, Redeemer Radio and many other great media outlets.

In February 2018, Deacon Oney began his own radio show on Radio Maria, U.S., “Discovering Your Hope and Purpose.”  

Deacon Oney is the author of several books:  Amazed by God’s Grace (published by The Word Among Us Press)Divine Mission:  Discovering Your Hope and PurposeReflections on the Kingdom of God, and UP FAITH! God loves a faith that is always looking up!

Richie Seltzer
Global Awakening

Richie Seltzer went from the cold juvenile detention floor with 18 felonies to an internationally recognized minister of the Gospel. Miracles, healing, and signs and wonders follow him as He lives a life of obedience to the great commission. In 2011 He planted Imagine Church in Calgary, Alberta through which He pioneered Burning Ones school of Fire. He currently travels as an evangelist with Global Awakening out Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Chelsea have four amazing kids; Abigail, Gabriel, Annabelle, and Jonah.

Speakers

 

Fr. Mathias Thelen

Author, Speaker, and Pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Brighton, MI

Fr. Mathias is both a graduate of St. John Vianney College Seminary and of the University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN where he earned bachelor degrees in both Philosophy and Catholic Studies. He attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for his graduate seminary formation and after graduation was ordained a priest on June 11, 2010 for the Diocese of Lansing. He served in several parishes for four years before joining the faculty of Sacred Heart as a spiritual director and assistant professor of theology. In 2016, Fr. Thelen earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He is the author of the book, Biblical Foundations for the Role of Healing in Evangelization (Wipf and Stock, 2018). Fr. Thelen is the pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton, MI.

Deacon Ralph Poyo

Founder, New Evangelization Ministries

Deacon Poyo is the founder of New Evangelization Ministries, an apostolate committed to assisting dioceses, churches, and individuals with services, resources, and training in effective evangelization. Prior to launching NEM, Dcn. Ralph served in three different parishes as a Youth Minister and Director of Faith Formation for twenty-three years. He is passionate about sharing the truth of the Gospel in a way that captivates audiences of all ages. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, and they have five grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Joe Pellegrino

Founder and President, Legacy Minded Men

Joe Pellegrino is a men’s pastor, author, speaker, certified life coach, consultant and entrepreneur. He is the President and founder of Legacy Minded Men, whose mission is to “Transform lives by engaging, encouraging and equipping men to build a Christ-centered legacy”. He has appeared several times on television including Fox News and TBN and been featured on many radio programs across the country, including Focus on the Family & Family Life Radio, speaking on men’s issues. Joe is the co-author of seven books and has also developed and presents several workshops and seminars. For 11 years, Joe served as chaplain for the New Jersey Jackals minor league baseball team. He and his wife, Bethanne, have three children and one grandchild and reside in Vero Beach, Florida.

Flourish 2023 Schedule

The Vigil Project

Catholic Music Organization

The Vigil Project is a Catholic nonprofit music organization and touring band. What began as a music collective in 2016 has elevated into a full ministry with a mission of making music for the Catholic journey. The Vigil Project collaborates with musicians around the world to make and release music for every moment and season of the Catholic journey while bringing live events to parishes and conferences. They also work heavily with other Catholic musicians to provide resources and formation to elevate musicians and artists within the Catholic Church.

Accommodations

Hampton Inn by Hilton
We are pleased to offer Flourish attendees a discounted conference rate at this hotel. Detailed instructions on accessing the conference rate will be sent upon purchase of a Flourish Conference ticket.

Location

Bonaventure Ballrooms at the Bonaventure Town Center
16690 Saddle Club Road
Weston, FL 33323

Tickets

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Priests, Pastors, Religious, and Seminarians

$110.00 + Eventbrite Fee

The Complete Package includes admission to all sessions for both the Holy in Christ Retreat and the Flourish Your Faith Conference. This package also includes three delicious meals: lunch on both Friday and Saturday and dinner on Saturday.

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$75.00 + Eventbrite Fee

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$200.00 + Eventbrite Fee

Exhibitor Passes include a table, tablecloth, and two chairs for the event, as well as two General Admission passes to the conference, and logo or name listing in our program.

All exhibitors and vendors and their merchandise should conform with the mission and content of our Christian conference. All exhibitors are subject to approval. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please fill out application here.

 

$400.00 + Eventbrite Fee

Premier Exhibitor Passes include the Basic Exhibitor Package (a table, tablecloth, and chairs for the event, as well as two General Admission passes to the conference) as well as a spot on our event slideshow, an ad in our program, and a chair drop.

All exhibitors and vendors and their merchandise should conform with the mission and content of our Christian conference. All exhibitors are subject to approval. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please fill out application here.

 

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Priests, Pastors, Religious, and Seminarians attend Pre-Conference Retreat and Flourish Conference for Free! Please register after April 1.

Exhibitors

The Basic Exhibitor Package ($200.00)
This package includes a table, tablecloth, two chairs, two General Admission passes to the Conference, and a logo or name listing in our program. If you are interested in applying to be an exhibitor at this year's Flourish Conference, click on the link below to fill out our application form.

The Premier Exhibitor Package ($400.00)
In addition to everything in the Basic Exhibitor Package (a table, tablecloth, two chairs, two General Admission passes to the Conference, and a logo or name listing in our program), this package includes an ad in our program, a spot on our event slideshow, and a chair drop.  If you are interested in applying to be an exhibitor at this year's Flourish Conference, click on the link below to fill out our application form.

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*Please note, exhibits will not be open during the pre-conference You Will Be My Witnesses Retreat and exhibitor packages do not include admission to the pre-conference retreat.  Any exhibitors interested in attending the retreat must purchase pre-conference tickets separately.

What an amazing time of prayer, growth, fellowship with other believers, and the best part, my husband getting completely wrecked by the Holy Spirit! On the flight home he was telling the gentleman beside him all about the weekend!
—  Tracy,   Conference Attendee
One of the most powerful days I've spent in such a long time. The speakers were impactful and on-point. The worship music was amazing. I felt like I was floating for days afterwards from being surrounded by God's love.
—  John,   Conference Attendee

Gold Sponsor

$2000

Gold Sponsors will receive four VIP tickets to the event, ad listing in our program, a slide in our event slideshow, an ad on our website, and a live special mention at the event.

Silver Sponsor

$1000

Silver Sponsors will receive two VIP tickets to the event, ad listing in our program, a slide in our event slideshow.

Bronze Sponsor

$500

Bronze Sponsors will receive two VIP tickets to the event as well as ad listing in our program

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