SENT: Practical Evangelization in a Modern Culture

SENT is a series of lectures from experts in the fields of evangelization, biblical studies, and apologetics. It is meant to be the next level of training for team leaders and those who who want to go beyond Basic Evangelization Training. SENT follows the same format as our Basic Evangelization Training but assumes a basic level of knowledge about the New Evangelization and the topics being presented.

The New Evangelization with Nick Jorgensen

Nick Jorgensen has been actively involved in leading evangelization efforts for the last seven years. Before coming to Detroit, he served as the Assistant Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. In this position Nick developed pastoral planning for the local parishes and created training opportunities to certify faith formation leaders. He has also created multiple evangelization events and has been an active speaker in Nebraska, including appearances on Spirit Catholic Radio. Nick holds an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He currently resides in Fraser, MI with his wife and son.

The Journey of Discipleship & Fireside Chats with Fr. Chas Canoy

Fr. Charles Canoy is a priest of the Diocese of Lansing in Michigan, specializing in the new evangelization.  Fr. Canoy studied philosophy at Franciscan University (Steubenville).  A transformative 30-day Ignatian retreat during Lent 2001 led him to pursue diocesan priesthood and enter Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit), earning his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in 2005. From 2010 to 2014, he served on the formation faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, while he completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in the New Evangelization, from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum).  He presently is on the adjunct faculty and serves as the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Jackson, Michigan (  He also collaborates with the Catherine of Siena Institute, most recently contributing to the follow-up book of Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples called Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples.

The Spiritual Life of the Evangelist with Fr. Mark Rutherford

Born and raised in Ypsilanti and later in Ann Arbor, Fr. Mark was grew up in a Catholic home with four brothers.  He first heard and discerned a call to the priesthood at age 13 while participating in a Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conference in 1997.  From 2001-2005, Fr. Mark attended Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan, majoring in both Theology and Philosophy.  He was accepted as a seminarian of the Diocese of Lansing in the summer of 2005, and attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 2005-2009, earning the M. Div., S.T.B., and beginning the S.T.L.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Earl Boyea on June 13th, 2009, Feast of St. Anthony of Padua.  He was then assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton from 2009-2012.  In 2012, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Church of the Resurrection in Lansing from 2012-2014.  In 2014, he is was assigned as Administrator of St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamston, and to study for the J.C.L. in Canon Law at Catholic University of America during the summers.

The Basic Etiquette of the Evangelist with Dr. Peter Williamson

Dr. Peter S. Williamson occupies the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He received his M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart in 1995 and his S.T.D. in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian University in 2001. Dr. Williamson, a convert to the Catholic Church in 1972, is a married layman who has been involved for over 35 years in evangelization and pastoral ministry. He is the author of Ephesians (Baker, 2009) in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and general editor of the series along with Dr. Mary Healy. In addition he is author of Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture: A Study of the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church” (Loyola Press, 2002) and co-editor with Ralph Martin of John Paul II and the New Evangelization (revised edition, St. Anthony Messenger, 2006).

Leading Small Groups with Chris Gawel

Most importantly, Chris a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Having encountered the love of God during his junior year of high school, Chris has spent his life attempting to provide opportunities for others to encounter Jesus whether through his excessive desire to become the patron saint of Facebook Evangelization, preaching the Gospel on the streets, organizing Theology on Taps, or serving the Church through young adult ministry for last couple years.  His love for Jesus led him to Sacred Heart Major Seminary where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in theology. He serves as the director of campus and young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Sharing the Story of Salvation with Paco Gavrilides

Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides is currently serving as Homiletics Instructor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI. He received his STB at the Archdiocesan Seminary in Monterrey, Mexico. He is completing his Licentiate Degree in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart. Paco has been active in the apostolic and evangelistic ministry for many years. As a convert to the Catholic Church since 1968, Paco has dedicated his life to serving Christ in the Church with a passion to share the Gospel. He is a teacher, speaker and evangelist. For more than twenty years he was involved in lay missionary work, helping to form small ecclesial communities throughout Latin America, Spain and the United States. Paco and his wife have three children and reside in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Sharing Your Personal Testimony with Craig Pohl


After graduating with a degree in philosophy and Catholic studies from St. John Vianney Seminary in Minnesota, he decided take a position as youth director in his home parish. He then taught theology and philosophy at Lansing Catholic High School for three years and afterward took a full-time position with Renewal Ministries, a Catholic mission organization dedicated to evangelization and renewal in the Church. He has extensive parish experience in youth ministry and evangelization. For the last three years, he served as regional evangelist for St. Mary Parish, Westphalia and Most Holy Trinity Parish, Fowler. He holds a master’s degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Craig currently serves as the director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing.

Practical Apologetics with Steve Ray

Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world.  He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News. He is writer, producer and host of the 10-part video/DVD series The Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Steve and his wife Janet and are certified guides to the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages throughout the Middle East and Rome. He and Janet live in Michigan. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

Prayer & The Evangelist with Fr. Gordon Reigle

Although born in Detroit, Fr. Gordon grew up in Jackson, Michigan, and graduated from Lumen Christi High School.  After studying engineering at Western Michigan University, he worked six years for EDS (Electronic Data Systems) before entering seminary and studying at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.  Ordained for the Diocese of Lansing in 2005—the Year of the Eucharist—Fr. Gordon has served at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Saline, Lansing Catholic High School and Bethany House, the youth retreat house at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt.  He is currently assigned as pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Flushing, and Good Shepherd Parish, Montrose.