Retreat Master Biographies

Rev. Gary S. SumpterFather Gary S. Sumpter of Santa Rosa is the parochial vicar of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Port Townsend. He served at several parishes and a retreat house, then returned to his native Diocese of Santa Rosa, where his assignments included a parish pastorate, hospital chaplaincy, and religion teacher at a Catholic grammar school-high school. Over the years he has led many retreats and missions at parishes in California and Washington.


Fr.-Dave-Heney-300x375-240x300Rev. Dave Heney. In 2014, Father Dave Heney finished his 12 year term as the pastor of his home parish where he grew up, at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks, CA. He was recently granted a one year sabbatical by the Archidiocese of Los Angeles for the purpose of writing two practical “How-To” manuals for priests and pastors; one on developing large adult education programs in parishes and the other on parish leadership.


Rev. Stephen B. Reynolds was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he attended Catholic schools. Two years after graduating from the University of Notra Dame, he entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1989, Fr. Reynolds has served at various parishes in Texas. He is a popular retreat master here at Sacred Heart Retreat House.

Rev. Phillip De VousFather Phillip W. De Vous is a priest of the Diocese of Covington, KY and the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Crescent Springs, KY. In addition to his duties as pastor, Father De Vous serves an adjunct scholar of public policy at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and is also a regular commentator on Church affairs on Sacred Heart Catholic Radio’s Sonrise in the Morning Show, aired nationally on the EWTN Radio Network.


Rev. Msgr. Eugene MorrisMonsignor Carl Eugene Morris, a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, is currently Director of Sacred Liturgy for the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Monsignor Morris is widely recognized as a brilliant preacher and staunch defender of the truths of the faith. He has been the host of a popular program about the sacraments on local Catholic radio.


fATHER bRUCE nIELIRev. Bruce Nieli, C.S.P. is a Paulist Evangelist and Missionary. He holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College. He has served as Spiritual Advisor of the Hispanic Youth Movement, Founding Director of the Center for Spiritual Development of the Archdiocese of New York, Director of Evangelization for the Texas Catholic Conference, and Director for Evangelization, National Conference of Catholic Bishops. 


Rev. Paul ODonnellFather Paul O’Donnell, a native of Aurora, Illinois, was ordained in 1993. He served for seven years as a missionary in the Philippines and is currently pastor of St. Mary’s in Santa Maria, CA. Father is a talented artist and writer. Many have to come to know and love him during the three years he served as chaplain of the Carmelite Sisters in Alhambra, CA. He is an authentic witness of the Gospel and true spiritual leader among God’s people.


Rev. James KubickiRev. James Kubicki, SJ was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1983 of the Wisconsin Province. He is known for his involvement with the Apostleship of Prayer and has been the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer since 2003. Father is a popular conference speaker, retreat director, and parish mission speaker appearing on EWTN and various radio shows. His areas of expertise include the Eucharist, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Spiritual Exercises, and the practical spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer.


Father Joseph AytonaRev. Joseph Aytona, C.P.M is a 2010 graduate of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Divinity Degree, and a Master of Arts in Theology. Along with being a full time missionary, Fr. Joseph is founder of the Spiritual Motherhood Sodality as well as founder of Family Vocation Ministries, an apostolate that promotes vocations through the sanctification of families. He has appeared on “EWTN Live” and “Life on the Rock” Catholic programs during which he discussed the importance of the Eucharist, the Priesthood and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He has also been interviewed by Catholic Newspapers and Periodicals such as the National Catholic Register and Religious Life Magazine published by the Institute on Religious Life. 


Rev. John TrigilioFather John Trigilio, Jr. is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and later joined the Diocese of Harrisburg where he was ordained in 1988. He is currently pastor of two parishes and serves as President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (national association of 600 priests and deacons) since 2002. He has hosted a weekly TV series on EWTN with Father Robert Levis, entitled WEB OF FAITH for more than eight years. He has co-authored with Fr. Ken Brighenti several books, including Catholicsm for Dummies, Women in the Bible for Dummies, John Paul II for Dummies, Saints for Dummies, Everything Bible Book, Catholicism Answer Book. He has also hosted television and radio series ‘Council of Faith’, ‘Crash Course in Catholicism’ and ‘Crash Course on John Paul II’ for EWTN.