2012 Events / Schedule
To celebrate 20 years of our International Week of Prayer and Fasting, we’ve extended the length. There will be an eighteen-day period, consisting of two novenas, nine days each.
The first novena will be to petition for God’s Mercy on our world, our country, our leaders, our families, our youth, our children and the unborn.
The second novena will be in thanksgiving for hearing and answering our prayers.
Eucharistic Prayer Vigil – “Imploring God’s Mercy”
Saturday, October 20th, 2012
9am–4pm (Mass @ Noon)
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE — Washington, DC 20017
This Year’s Speakers Include…
Bishop George Nkuo | The Most Reverend George Nkuo is the bishop of Kumbo Cameroon, Africa. He is an educator by training and became Bishop on July 8, 2006. Bishop George Nkuo is from a family of five children. He is the oldest son. His older sister, who is the eldest in the family, is a Franciscan sister in Shisong, Cameroon.
Dr. Richard L. Russell | Richard L. Russell is Catholic convert and an accomplished international relations scholar. He blends his faith and reason to research, write, and lecture about the 20th Century Marian apparitions in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, called the “Lady of All Nations.” His article “Messages on War and Peace from the Lady of All Nations” appeared in the magazine Missio Immaculatae, published by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, in the summer 2011.
Russell’s career blends scholarship with national security practice. He holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Russell has held research appointments with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. He taught for nearly ten years graduate courses on international security, grand strategy, and military operations for Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. Russell also served for seventeen years as a political-military analyst on the Middle East and Europe for the Central Intelligence Agency.
He is the author of three books: Sharpening Strategic Intelligence: Why the CIA Gets It Wrong and What Needs to be Done to Get It Right (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East (Routledge, 2005); and, George F. Kennan’s Strategic Thought (Praeger, 1999). He has published about thirty journal and magazine articles and fifteen chapters in edited books.
Russell’s expertise has been cited in leading newspapers and magazines to include the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard. His opinions and editorials have appeared in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. He has been interviewed by EWTN World Over, Al Jazeera, ABC News, BBC Radio, CNN, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. Russell lives with his Dutch wife and two sons in Tampa, Florida.
Fr. Chad Partain | Father Partain is from the diocese of Alexandria, LA and is a priest on a mission. He is the driving force behind the St. Philomena Youth for Purity Program and the re-establishment of the Children of Mary movement. As a young boy, he was healed through the intercession of St. Philomena and promised to spread devotion to this wonder-working Saint.
Vicki Thorn | Foundress of Project Rachel and the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing. Recently, she has been doing presentations to high school groups, college students and adult groups on her recent research on the Biology of the Theology of the Body.
Monsignor Charles Pope | Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, a vibrant parish community in Washington, DC. A native of Chicago with a bachelor degree in computer science, his interest in the priesthood stemmed from his experience as a church musician. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and was ordained in 1989. A pastor since 2000, he also has led Bible studies in the U.S. Congress and at the White House in past years.
Ted Flynn | Author of best selling book on the political philosophy of the new world order, Hope of the Wicked: The Master Plan to Rule the World, and co-author of the best selling book on Marian apparitions, The Thunder of Justice. He has traveled to over 50 countries and has given many talks on radio, TV and conferences globally.