Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas, Fr. Louis Merosne & Dr. Gregory Bottaro Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with 206 Tours - Catholic Pilgrimages

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His Excellency Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas

Bishop Dumas is the founding bishop of the diocese of Anse-a-Veau and Miragoane in Haiti. He was born in Saint Jean du Sud (Southern Haiti) and grew up in Port-au-Prince. After his high school education, he went to France to study medicine, but God had other plans. It is there, at Taize, with the late Brother Roger that he discovered his vocation to the priesthood. Brother Roger facilitated his admission to the pope's seminary, St. John Lateran in Rome. He also studied Education at the Regina Angelorum and Scripture at the Biblicum and the Gregorian University. Bishop Dumas was ordained a priest on May 26th, 1991 by Saint Pope John Paul II. Upon his return to Haiti, he served at a parish and then at the national seminary as a professor, vice-rector and then rector. He also taught at and was rector of Universite Notre Dame d'Haiti (UNDH) for several years. Consecrated Bishop on February 22nd, 2003, he was assigned as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince. In July of 2008, He became the founding bishop of the diocese of Anse-a-Veau and Miragoane. His motto is Caritas Christi Urget Nos! (The love of Christ compels us!)

Fr. Louis Merosne

Fr. Louis was born in Haiti but moved to the United States in 1993. He talks about how, even though he grew up very poor, his parents always taught him to love God and help the poor. After completing his studies at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (BA and MA)he joined a Missionary in Boston that took him to Mexico. In 2011, Fr. Louis was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Anse-a-Veau and Miragoane in Haiti. Always expressing gratitude to the Blessed Mother for guiding and protecting his vocation, he now continues to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to love the poor in Haiti and, occasionally, in the US and other countries. Currently he is the pastor of "Cathedrale Sainte Anne" in his diocese, director of the Saint John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization, director of vocations and of the diocesan committee for the charismatic renewal.

Dr. Gregory Bottaro, PSY.D.

Dr. Gregory Bottaro is the Founder of the CatholicPsych Institute specializing in psychology grounded in the Catholic Faith. Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist practicing in Connecticut serving the greater New York Metropolitan area and many others through online therapy. He received his Psy.D. (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school in Arlington, VA that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology. Before finishing his degree, he discerned a religious vocation with the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis. These years were emotionally, spiritually, and professionally formative as Dr. Bottaro tested his vocation and ultimately felt the prompting of God's will to pursue family life.

Dr. Bob Rice

Bob Rice is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, and innovative writer. He is a Professor of Catechetics and the Director of the Masters of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has a PhD in Theology from Liverpool Hope University where he researched Catholic youth and evangelization. He is a highly sought-after presenter at youth conferences, young-adult gatherings, men's conferences, parish missions, and catechetical workshops. Bob has authored many https:s, articles, and award-winning scripts that have helped people come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. Bob has recorded numerous CDs and leads worship for over ten thousand people every year, mostly through the Steubenville Adult and Youth Conferences. He is the host of EWTN's Franciscan University Presents. Bob lives in Steubenville with his beautiful wife Jennifer and their seven adorable children. You can find out more about him at