Bible, Fatima, Pope Leo XIII, Rosary
Luke Arredondo, Ph.D. (Candidate)
Luke Arredondo, PhD is Director of Faith Formation for the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization. He received his BA in Philosophy at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, LA, his MA in Theology at Notre Dame Seminary, and received his PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy from Florida State University just recently.
Prior to joining the St. Philip Institute, Luke served as a religion teacher at Archbishop Shaw High School and as a Director of Religious Education at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, LA. He was also an assistant youth minister at his home parish, St. Joan of Arc in LaPlace, LA.
Luke has written for Aleteia, Ignitum Today, The Catholic Outpost, and is co-author of O My Jesus: The Meaning of the Fatima Prayer (Paulist Press, 2017) with Stephen Bullivant. He has been a guest on EWTN and the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM radio and has given retreats and parish missions in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
His most important work is being a husband to his wife, Elena, and father to their four daughters.
Fatima and the Eucharist
When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherd children of Fatima, Portugal in 1917, she had a powerful message that has fascinated the Catholic imagination ever since. This talk focuses in particular on the relationship between Mary’s message and our own faith lives, especially around the reception of the Eucharist. Come hear how the apparitions prior to 1917, and Mary’s visits to Lucia after 1917, give a profound teaching on respect for the Eucharist and the importance of our own spiritual lives.
Leo XIII and the Interpretation of Sacred Scripture
Leo XIII (born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci) was pope from 1878 to 1903, and while he is often associated with Catholic Social Teaching, he contributed much more to the growth of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. In this talk, you will learn how Leo played an important role in shaping the Catholic Church’s response to controversies surrounding the interpretation of the Bible by both Protestant and Catholic scholars. Come learn the importance of the Bible from a Catholic perspective!
Leo XIII: On Faith and Reason
In 1879, Pope Leo XIII saw a world which was growing more and more fragmented and which had lost any confidence in faith. Science and reason were all the rage, and theology was falling out of favor. Sound familiar? In this talk, hear how Leo sought to heal the divide between faith and reason and the way in which Thomas Aquinas played a role. Also learn why we can still benefit from the Angelic Doctor, even though he died in 1274.
John Paul II and the Rosary
In 2002, St. John Paul II wrote a letter on the rosary to the Church. In this talk, learn about John Paul II’s vision for the Rosary in the family, the importance of the Rosary for world peace, as well as his tips for a more fruitful prayer of the rosary, which he lovingly called his “favorite prayer.”
How to Read the Bible: A Guide for Catholics
Have you struggled to read the Bible regularly? If so, you’re not alone! In this talk, we will look at the wisdom of the Catholic Church’s approach to reading the Bible. Come learn the key to seeing the “big picture” of salvation history as well as some practical steps to get more familiar and comfortable with the Word of God in the words of men.