I was born and raised in Cleveland, Oh. Graduated from Byzantine Catholic High School in 1971. Attended Ohio State University. Married in 1973. Have two children, Chris and Brian. We are members of St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville and Holy Family Catholic Church in Franklinton (Columbus’ west side).
I am a Past president of Columbus Right to Life (1982-1988, roughly); past editor of The Ohio Right to Life newsletter(same as Columbus RTL dates); past Chairperson of Gifted and Talented programs at St. Paul Elementary (1984-1994); helped start a Catholic bookstore and multi-family home school in Columbus (1990-2000).
All the while my sons attended St. Paul’s Elementary, St. Charles Preparatory and Franciscan University. Chris graduated from Franciscan with his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree and went on to Yale Law School. He now practices law in Washington, D.C.
My son Brian was murdered in 1999. He was asleep in his off-campus house when intruders who were high on drugs broke in and killed Brian and his roommate, Aaron. Because Brian wanted to be a doctor and serve underpriveliged families, and because Brian’s killers were very poor inner city boys who grew up without any attention or direction, we stated The Brian Muha Memorial Foundation, Inc. and The Run The Race Club (after-school and summer activities for inner city children; preschool; food pantry and clothing “store”; Legal Education Clinic; GED prep and Job/Career Center and more) in his memory. We started the Foundation in 1999 and The Run The Race Club in 2005. I am the current director of both. (Run The Race Club gets name from Hebrews 12:1-2: “put aside every encumbrance that clings and persevere in running the race that lies ahead.”).
Rose Sweet is an author, conference and retreat speaker, and regular guest on Catholic radio and EWTN. Her passion is helping people to “Put Your RELIGION in Your RELATIONSHIPS”. She’s authored ten books on issues that include being single, dating & courtship, marriage and parenting, divorce and annulments. Her work is deeply rooted in St. John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’ and she has been a speaker at the annual TOB Congress and in 2015 at the World Meeting of Families.
Fr. Ezra Sullivan, OPSpeaker
Currently teaching at the Angelicum University in Rome, Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P, is a Dominican friar of the Province of St. Joseph. He was born and raised in California, and studied at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, before becoming a friar. Since then, he has served at St. Gertrude’s in Ohio, and has travelled around the world, from the Holy Land to the Philippines to Vietnam, enthusiastically giving talks and celebrating the sacraments. His work in prisons and hospitals, and his scholarly work, gives texture to every congregation he encounters.
Barbara McGuigan has been the host of The Good Fight, produced by Ave Maria Radio, for the past five years and has also been the host of EWTN’s Open Line Tuesday Edition for the past twelve years.
Inspired by the clear, unchanging teachings of the Catholic Faith about the human person and our purpose in life, and motivated by love of young people, Barbara founded Voice of Virtue International in 2001. But her work with youth began long before this. For more than 30 years, Barbara has delivered the message of virtuous living and loving to countless teens in high schools, youth groups, retreats, teen leadership seminars, and conferences, as well as to countless educators and parents at conferences, speaking engagements, leadership and teacher seminars, Women’s Conferences, Theology on Tap, Legatus, the St. Thomas More Society and many other venues.
Barbara has trained more than 1000 teachers, spoken to more than 30,000 teens, young adults and women, and given more than 300 retreats and more than 850 keynotes, talks and presentations, in North America, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Barbara’s EWTN series’ include: It’s a Miracle, Living the Pro-Life Mysteries, Voices on Virtue and Portrait’s in Faith. She is also the author of a Voice of Virtue PowerPoint presentation entitled, “Whom Do You Worship: God or the Zeitgeist” which is a powerful teaching tool for all Catholics. She is the author of The Cross and the Crown, Praying Through Mary for Purity Prayer, available as a book and CD.
Her undergraduate studies were at California State University, Northridge, and Mount St. Joseph’s College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Barbara is the wife of Bob McGuigan and they are the proud parents of three grown daughters and a son.
Barbara considers motherhood as her greatest gift and sees her four children and 13 grandchildren (and counting) as her greatest accomplishment.
Archbishop Dennis SchnurrMain Celebrant
Archbishop Schnurr was born and raised in Iowa and has two brothers and three sisters. He has a BA of Arts from Loras College in Dubuque and a MA in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained in 1974 for the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. Having studied Canon Law at the Catholic University of America, he earned a doctorate.
Archbishop Schnurr has held a variety of roles during his ministry including associate pastor, chancellor and judge on the diocesan tribunal in Sioux City. He was on the staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D. C. and served as General Secretary of the NCCB/USCC. He also organized the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, CO.
Archbishop Schnurr was appointed the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth by Pope St. John Paul II and was concecrated a bishop 2001. In 2008, he was named the Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati in October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI He succeeded Archbishop Pilarczyk on December 21, 2009. His episcopal motto is ‘Quaerite Faciem Domini’– ‘Seek the face of the Lord’.