Fr. Jim Sullivan
"As a speaker, Fr. Jim is dynamic and passionate, witty and wise, energetic and engaging . . Never a dull moment!"
-Brenda Rose, the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, CA

Fr. Jim Sullivan was ordained for the Diocese of Oakland, California, in 2006. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Clement Church in Hayward and the Chaplain of Bishop O'Dowd Catholic high school in Oakland, after being an associate pastor for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont. While a seminarian, Fr. Sullivan gained extensive experience in youth and young adult ministry, RCIA, evangelization, and adult faith formation. In high demand, he gives talks, retreats, and days of reflection throughout his diocese and the nation and is frequently featured on Radio Maria and the Shalom Television Network. Fr. Sullivan is an expert in Old Testament Scriptures, New Testament Scriptures, the Blessed Mother, the Rosary, the afterlife, Lent, the Mass, the priesthood, and on the topic of "Catholic Christianity is Bible Christianity." His seven books can be found at Catholic California Press.

Mrs. Christine Watkins, MTS, LCSW
“Christine Watkins was absolutely captivating during our parish retreat.”
—Thomas Scott, music & liturgy director,
St. Joan of Arc Church, Chagrin Falls, OH

Mrs. Christine Watkins, MTS, LCSW, is an inspirational speaker and author, who holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union and a Master's degree in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. She is trained in Ignatian spirituality and discernment, with twenty years' experience as a spiritual director, licensed counselor, retreat leader, and parish mission preacher. Ms. Watkins hosted the program, "What Next, God? Discerning His Will in Your Life" on Radio Maria, she was featured on the Focus Television Network, interviewed for ABC Nightline's Marian special, "The Miracle Mysteries," and produced and hosted the show, "Ties of Faith," for Shalom World Television. Before her conversion, she danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Ms. Watkins is the author of the best-selling book, Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary's Intercession, is a Catholic best seller. Mrs. Watkins converted to Catholicism after God saved her life through a miracle of divine intervention. She currently lives in California with her husband and two sons. For further details see

Parish missions preached by Christine Watkins for Making Holy Choices and for Isaiah Parish Missions:
  • St. Callistus Church, El Sobrante, California; March 2015 (Mission; Christine Watkins, solo)
  • Saint Francis Xavier Church, Birmingam, Alabama, March 2014 (Mission; Fr. Jim Sullivan with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Mark's Catholic Church, San Marcos, California, February 2014 (Mission; Fr. Bob Garon with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska; March 2013 (Mission; Fr. Jim Sullivan with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Peter Catholic Church, Jupiter, Florida; March 2013 (Mission; Fr. Jarrod Lies with Christine Watkins)
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Blanc, Michigan; January 2013 (Mission; Fr. Bob Garon with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Joan of Arc Parish, Kokomo, Indiana; February 2012 (Mission; Fr. Jim Sullivan with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Joseph's Parish, Dexter, Michigan; March 2011 (Mission; Fr. Jim Sullivan with Christine Watkins)
  • Saint Mary’s Presentation Church, Deer Park, Washington; December 2010 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Ivan Tou, CSP)
  • Saint Dominic's Parish , San Francisco, California; December 2010 (Retreat, Christine Watkins with Fr. Jim Sullivan)
  • Our Lady of the Assumption, Turlock, California; November 2010 (Mission with Christine Watkins)
  • St. Ann's Parish, Tubac, Arizona; November 2010 (Retreat with Christine Watkins)
  • Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, California; October 2010 (Retreat with Christine Watkins)
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Turlock, California; March 2010 (Retreat with Christine Watkins & Fr. James DiLuzio, CSP)
  • Saint Joseph's Parish, Pinole, California; March 2010
  • Saint Dominic's Parish (Retreat), San Francisco, California; October 2009
  • Saint Basil the Great Parish, Vallejo, California; 2005
  • Saint Stephen Cathedral Parish, Owensboro, Kentucky; 2003
  • Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, Kentucky; 2003
  • Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill, New York; 2002
  • Saint Mary Church, Farmington, New Mexico; 2002
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Louisville, Ohio; 2001
  • Saint Jude Church, Eugene, Oregon; 2001

Parish missions preached by Fr. James DiLuzio and Christine Watkins for the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association,
  • Holy Trinity Parish, Colorado Springs, Colorado; December, 2005
  • Saint Paul Church, Weirton, West Virginia; November, 2003
  • Saint Charles Borromeo Church, Kettering, Ohio; October, 2000
  • Saint Frances Cabrini Church, Houston, Texas; February, 2000
  • Saint Mary’s Presentation Church, Deer Park, Washington; October, 2007 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Ivan Tou CSP)
  • Saint John the Baptist Church, Brunswick, Maine; September, 2006 (Fr. James DiLuzio with Sr. Anne McCoy)
  • St. Mary Church, Hudson, Ohio; February, 2006 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Ivan Tou CSP)
  • Resurrection Parish. Dubuque, Iowa; February, 2004 (Fr. James DiLuzio with Margaret Costello)
  • Holy Spirit Parish, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania; April, 2003 (Christine Watkins with Fr. Chuck Kullman CSP)

Fr. DiLuzio and Mrs. Watkins worked together as Parish Missionaries on Paulist National Evangelization Teams from 2000 to 2006. (See

Rev. James M. DiLuzio CSP
“Father James is as dynamic and engaging a missionary as could be.”
—Kim Dzatko, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Logan, Utah

Father James DiLuzio is a Paulist priest ( who has served as an associate pastor and campus minister. Currently, he offers parish retreats, lectures and missions, and since 2002, has been offering parishes his dramatic proclamation of the Gospel of Luke entitled Luke Live! ( )  Before his ordination in 1993, Fr. DiLuzio earned a B.A in English and Education from Montclair State University, New Jersey, an M.A. in Drama from the University of Southern California, followed by several years working as a teacher, actor and director. As a Paulist, he completed a Masters of Divinity at Catholic University, Washington DC. Fr. DiLuzio’s studies and ministries contribute to the Paulist Fathers' objective to "Give the Word a Voice in the 21st century"– i.e., sharing the Gospel in new, fresh and engaging ways. Prior to his full-time Mission work, Fr. James served as Associate Pastor at Saint Paul the Apostle Church in Los Angeles and as a Campus Minister at St. Lawrence Parish and Newman Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Rev. Robert Garon
“Fr. Bob worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry as a voice talent and comedian. The Holy Spirit is now using these talents, most powerfully, to spread the Good News!”
—--Teri Thompson, Coordinator Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, San Fernando Valley, CA

Fr. Bob, born and raised Los Angeles, California, was ordained to the priesthood in 2005 and is now the Pastor of St. Didacus parish in Sylmar, California, the chaplain for both Magnificat in the San Fernando Valley and the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Mission Hills. He is truly gifted, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to convey the Holy Gospel to today’s Catholics, young and old, in English and Spanish, bringing healing and humor. He celebrates masses for “Healing of Memories,” “Healing of The Family Tree,” at parishes and is a speaker each year at SCRC (Southern California Renewal Community), one of the largest Charismatic conferences in the United States. Fr. Bob worked as a voice talent and comedian before deciding to become a priest. "Having straying from the faith in my youth and returned as an adult, only to fall in love, I could not," he says, "consider being anything else in life but a priest for the Catholic Church."

"Fr. Robert Garon's preaching is charitable, fearless, and prophetic. He celebrates every Holy Mass, as if it is the first and the last time he will ever celebrate this Sacred Mystery. His elevations of the Blessed Sacrament bring tears to my eyes, my soul understands that this priest truly believes in the Real Presence. Wherever he goes, he inspires the laity to get involved in the New Evangelization. He is a born leader and you could sense deep piety and holiness when you are in his presence."
--Jesse Romero M.A. (Catholic Lay Evangelist)

Rev. Jarrod Lies
“Fr. Jarrod gives great presentations, sprinkled with good humor, deep insight, personal humility and engaging stories. His fever for God is very contagious and wonderful to experience.”

Fr. Jarrod Lies was ordained by Bishop Gerber on March 26th, 2001, to the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. He brings to his priesthood a phenomenally engaging and youthful spirit, which captures his audience, inspiring young and old alike. He spent his first two years of priesthood in Pittsburg, Kansas, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. In 2003, he was made the Director of Pastoral Care (chaplain) for Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, where he spent the next eight years. He is currently serving as the Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Wichita as well as the Pastor of St. John’s Clonmel. He finds his greatest fulfillment in teaching and preaching the Eucharistic person of Jesus Christ, so as to excite and enlighten God's people on the road to salvation.
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