Speakers & Special Guests
Dr. John Yzaguirre & Claire Frazier - Yzaguirre
Dr. John Yzaguirre is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and author, specializing in premarital counseling, couples’ therapyand marriage enrichment. A native from Barcelona, Spain, he has offered his psychological services in the United States for more than 30 years and is a former director of the psychology department at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Southern California and his Master’s degree in Psychologyfrom Boston College.
Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, MFT, M.Div., is a licensed marriage and family therapist, ordained minister, and family life consultant specializing in premarital consultation, couples’ therapy, marriage enrichment, anxiety reduction, stress and time management and counseling lay ministers. She has over 30 years of professional experience helping couples and families. She holds Master’s degrees from Fuller School of Psychology and from Fuller School of Theology. She spent one year at the Institute of Holy Land Studies, in Jerusalem, specializing in biblical studies and ecumenical dialogue
Fr. Jim Clarke
Fr. Jim Clarke is presently the Director of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a Senior Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University. He is also Associate Spiritual Director at the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests. Fr. Clarke is a popular Retreat Director and Conference speaker throughout the Southern California area and beyond
Fr. Jim received his Masters in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary, his Masters in Counseling from Trinity College of Graduate Studies, and his Masters in Religious Education from Fordham University. He also received his Ph.D. in Mythology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Fr. Jim’s books and CD series serve to enhance his continuing public ministry of retreats, workshops, and conferences throughout the United States for priests, women religious, seminarians, parish and school staffs as well as parishes at large.
Julia Dezelski, STD is Assistant Director for Marriage and Family Life at the U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops. She holds a licentiate and doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. She has written and spoken on the gift of life, motherhood, woman in church and society, the domestic church and liturgical life and presented at the World Meeting of Families (Dublin), the National Association for Catholic Family Life Ministers, and the Society for Catholic Liturgy, among others. Julia and her growing family live in the DC metro area..
Dominic Lombardi, STL, serves the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. Prior to coming to the USCCB he served the Diocese of Harrisburg as Secretary for Catholic Life and Evangelization, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as the Director of Family Life. Dominic also has taught Theology for over two decades at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife Melanie are the blessed parents of six children.
Fr. Pat Torres
Born and raised in Los Angeles CA, Fr. Pat Torres joined the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in 1993. As an MC Father, he had the joy of spending time with St. Mother Teresa, meeting St. John Paul II, serving the people of God in 18 countries, and serving in three World Youth Days. Fr. Pat is now Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Pico Rivera, CA.
Javier & Christina Llerena
Javier and Christina Llerena are current local leaders in San Jose, California and have been involved with San Jose Catholic Engaged Encounter for over fifteen years, serving
in the marriage preparation ministry before they were married. Their non-profit ministry and book by the same name, “Boundless Love” was born out of facilitating retreats for several hundreds of couples and God’s good grace. Over the past ten years, their two daughters, Isabel and Lucia attended Sunnyvale Christian School, which has transformed their relationship with God. During that time, Javier and Christina joined the San Jose Cursillo movement and were called to share their transformational marriage story. Javier and Christina provide church and ministry enrichment retreats as well as workshops on evangelizing couples through marriage preparation. Their mission is to empower one million couples to put faith at the center of their relationship and trust God.
Bishop Marc Vincent Trudeau
Bishop Marc V. Trudeau, D.D., V.G.
Bishop Marc Vincent Trudeau was ordained to the priesthood at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in 1991. Bishop-elect Trudeau served as paroquial vicar at St. James the Less in La Crescenta and at St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena where he also served as administrator for a year. He was appointed pastor of St. Pius X in Santa Fe Springs in 2001 after which he moved to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to work as Cardinal Roger Mahony’s priest secretary.
In 2007, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict. Msgr. Marc was appointed pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lomita in 2010. In 2013, he moved to St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo as Vice Rector and was named Rector in 2014.
He was named Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on April 5th, 2018 and was ordained on June 7th, 2018 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, when Archbishop Gomez appointed him as Episcopal Vicar for the San Pedro Pastoral Region.
Bishop Kevin W. Vann
Bishop Kevin W. Vann was born on May 10, 1951 in Springfield, Illinois. He attended Springfield College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Millikin University, located in Decatur, Illinois. After working for three years as a medical technologist, he entered the seminary in 1976, spending a year at the Immaculate Conception Diocesan Seminary in Springfield and four years at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in theology.
After his ordination on May 30, 1981, he was assigned to graduate studies in Canon Law at the Angelicum in Rome. Upon returning to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, then-Father Vann was involved in the work of the Diocesan Tribunal and the Tribunal of Second Instance in Chicago. He served as pastor of parishes ranging in size from 35 to 1,300 families, two of which had large schools. He taught Canon Law at Kenrick Seminary.
Bishop Vann was ordained and installed as the third bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, Bishop Vann was a leader in the Texas Conference of Bishops, providing leadership for various initiatives at the national level, including service on ad hoc committee which assisted the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church of the United States.
On September 21, 2012, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Bishop Kevin W. Vann as the fourth Bishop of Orange He led the historic effort to transform the former Crystal Cathedral from a world-renowned center of Protestant worship into the West Coast’s most visible center of Catholicism. The Dedication of Christ Cathedral was celebrated on July 17, 2019.