The planning committee for the Southeast Alaska Catholic Conference has announced their selection of nationally recognized Catholic leader, Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes, as keynote speaker for the fall conference, ‘Infinite Mercy’, to take place in Juneau from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016. Since 2012, Dr. Reyes has served as the Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, overseeing their efforts in domestic and international affairs and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the bishops’ anti-poverty program.
Prior to working with the USCCB, Dr. Reyes served the Denver Archdiocese as president and CEO of Denver Catholic Charities from 2009 – 2012. During his time with Catholic Charities, Dr. Reyes founded a national volunteer and formation program for college students, Christ in the City. The organization has seen over 200 participants serve the homeless of Denver while developing in their Catholic faith. He also oversaw the creation of Regina Caeli Catholic Counseling Center, the Lighthouse Women’s Care Center in Denver, and completed the Guadalupe Community Assistance Center in Greeley, Colo.
Along with his role at Catholic Charities, Dr. Reyes co-founded and was the first president of Denver-based Catholic theological graduate school, the Augustine Institute, from 2005-2008.
From 2004-2005, he was vice president for campus ministry and leadership formation of the team-based evangelization program aimed toward students on college campuses, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) in Denver.
Dr. Reyes has served on the staff of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. as an assistant professor of history and later as vice president of academic affairs from 1998-2004. In 2000, he received a doctorate in European history from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1990.
Other Southeast Alaska Catholic Conference speakers lined up for the fall 2016 event include guest musician and youth speaker, Craig Colson, and Sisters of Life from Denver, Sr. Maris Stella, SV and Sr. Cecilia Rose, SV.
Registration for the Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 event in Juneau is expected to begin by early summer.
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