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Participant feedback from the 2017 conference
Eric Mahlgrew up in the small town of Monroeville, Ohio where he was a standout athlete. He earned a scholarship to play division one football at Kent State University and, in 2005, was signed by the Cleveland Browns. After leaving the NFL, he spent three years working in the world, where he continued his intensive focus on discerning his vocation. After this period of discernment, he sold or gave away all his belongings so as to fully give himself to the Lord and live out the message of Divine Mercy. His journey eventually lead him to the shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Eric now lives, works, and prays in service with the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy.
Chris Padgett is a speaker, musician, and author who has traveled the country for more than a decade spreading the message of Jesus’ love and forgiveness. In 1999, Padgett entered the Catholic Church on Easter. He earned a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University. He is a published author of Spirituality You Can Live With, Wholly Mary and coauthor with his wife of Holy Marriage, Happy Marriage . Chris is an impassioned Catholic who percolates with excitement about his faith. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and they have nine children.
Dr. John Bergsma
Dr Bergsma grew up a Protestant (Dutch Calvinist), and converted to the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Today a Professor of Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he has been twice voted Faculty of the Year by graduates. Author of seven books, including Bible Basics for Catholics and New Testament Basics for Catholics. Dr Bergsma specializes in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has published more than 25 articles. Has been a guest on EWTN’s The Journey Home, Franciscan University Presents, and Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show.