(Speakers may change before May 2017)
Fr Joseph Mary Brown
Fr Joseph Mary was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, the third of seven children. He graduated from Christendom College in 1985 with a B.A. in Philosophy. In 1991, he joined the Congregation of St John (an active-contemplative Community founded in France in 1975) in Laredo, Texas, where he did his Novitiate. From there, he was sent to France to continue his formation, and in 1996, he was sent to their house in Peoria, Illinois.
Ordained in 1997, Father now serves as the Superior of the Community’s English-speaking Novitiate House in Princeville, Illinois.
Fr John Luke
Father John Luke is originally from Clinton, Kentucky. Before joining the Community of St. John he was a certified public accountant for Deloitte & Touche in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been a member of the Community of St. John for over eleven years. Father was ordained a priest two years ago after having completed a Bachelors of Sacred Theology (STB) at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Currently Father John Luke is pursuing his License of Sacred Theology (STL) with the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.
As a Brother of the Community of St. John, Father John Luke serves as Vocations Director and Master of Studies at the Novitiate in Princeville, Illinois. He is also active in various ministries including parish missions, youth and young adult events and preaching retreats all over the world. 25 years now in different places around the world.
Sr. Teresa Immaculate
Sr Teresa Immaculate was born and raised in Spencer, Iowa. After a year of studies at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where she studied Religious Studies and Vocal Performance, she took a year of discernment, feeling a call to consecrated life. After encountering the Apostolic Sisters of St John in New Jersey, she moved to France to be inculturated and learn the language before her entrance into the Postulancy in 2009. She completed her formation in the Community in France, and professed her Perpetual Vows at Pentecost in 2016. After having lived in France for 8 years, she returned to the USA in the fall of 2016. She currently resides in Princeville, IL where she serves her Sisters in their intellectual formation and visitors in vocational discernment. There, she also devotes herself to various ministries such as working in contact with the needy at a soup kitchen, youth groups and youth retreats and camps, Parish Retreats, Bible Groups, and sharing the joy of the gospel through music ministry.
Based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Julie LeDuc is a professional violinist, composer, instructor, and performing artist, seeking to enrich the local community with the beauty and joy of classical and traditional violin music.
Julie began studying violin at the age of 3. Since then she has had the privilege of studying under numerous world-class musicians, including the renowned classical violinist Mark Kaplan, baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, the Pacifica Quartet and Portland String Quartet, Swedish composer Sven-David Sandstrom, national Scottish fiddle champion Dr. John Turner, and pedagogy experts Rebecca Henry of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner of the Jacobs School of Music. Julie received her Bachelor degree from the Jacobs School of Music, where she was awarded the William & Marcia Fox Music Scholarship and the Music Faculty Award.
Julie has had the opportunity to perform worldwide and has received many awards and nominations. She has performed solo in the Strathmore Mansion and on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Julie was the first-prizewinner in the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition in 2010 and was also awarded their Goldie B. Feder award for outstanding musicianship and potential, and has received numerous other awards from competitions in the Baltimore-Washington area. She has performed with the American Youth Philharmonic, the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program at Peabody Conservatory, and with an international student orchestra in Ghent, Belgium.
Julie has several years of teaching experience, having taught private lessons and group lessons for three years at Owen County SOUNDS- a non-profit Suzuki violin teaching studio in Indiana. Julie has also taught at the Indiana University Summer String Academy, directed by Mimi Zweig, as an assistant instructor to Rebecca Henry. She has also taught at Fairview Elementary School, a violin teaching project for children of low-income families that was initiated by Brenda Brenner, president of the American String Teacher’s Association. Julie has studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig, Brenda Brenner and Rebecca Henry, and is trained in the Suzuki method.
In addition to classical music, Julie enjoys composing her own solo violin music, fiddling, sacred music, and collaborating with artists of multiple different mediums including folk, rock, bluegrass, and ballet.
Julie performs, composes, and teaches with the belief that music can touch a person’s soul in such a powerful and unique way that no other form of art is capable of. She believes that, with hard work and dedication, every individual is capable of communicating beauty through music, and is committed to helping her students accomplish their dreams.“Music is…the language of the soul.”
Heath is the Director of Music at St. John’s Catholic Chapel in Champaign, Il. He has been blessed to mentor students from the University of Illinois for the past decade, introducing the church’s musical treasury of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony to them in the context of the Holy Mass.
Heath graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in choral music education and has had many opportunities to sing with and direct many fine choirs throughout the Midwest. He has also composed and arranged many choral works, drawing upon influences from the Church’s long tradition of sacred music.
Heath has been happily married to his wonderful wife, Shannon, and is a father of five young children!