Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Keynote Speaker (English)
The son of the late Joseph W. Tobin and Marie Terese Kerwin, His Eminence, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin was born on May 3, 1952 in Detroit, MI. He is the oldest of 13 children.
Joseph Tobin attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Detroit, and then graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep College, Edgerton, WI in 1970. He continued his education at Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, WI, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1975. From 1977 until 1979, he attended Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, NY, earning Masters Degrees in Religious Education in 1977 and Divinity in 1979.
In 1973, Joseph Tobin professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists. In 1976, he professed perpetual vows with the Community. In 1978, he was ordained to both the diaconate and the priesthood.
Father Fernando Torre, M.Sp.S.
Keynote Speaker (Spanish)
Fr. Fernando Torre was born in 1955 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He entered the congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. He has written several books on spirituality.
He was formator of the Novitiate, then Provincial Councilor and General Councilor of his Congregation. He currently lives in Mexico City; he carries out his apostolate in the Center of Spirituality of the Cross “San José del Altillo” and is director of the Editorial La Cruz.