Students, media enthusiasts and experts gather as Gospel, Art, Media and Technology intersect. "Shalom Media Summit is open to youth of ages 16-29 years."


Bishop Lane Retreat Center

7708 E McGregor Rd

Rockford, IL 61102 USA


Jun 28 - Jul 01, 2018

Thursday 03:00 PM - Sunday 03:00 PM


Office: +1(215)-366-3031

Email: [email protected]



Father Louis Merosne is a wannabe saintly priest and is at loss of words talking about priesthood. Father Louis was born in Haiti and moved to Boston in 1993. He studied French, Philosophy, and theology at Franciscan University and was ordained in 2011 and currently serves in Haiti in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne. He is also the director of the St. Pope John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization where he lives, and ministers in a missionary community made up of families, lay young adults, priests, and a religious sister. Preaching the good news of Jesus Christ, he says, is his duty and passion.

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Chika Anyanwu is a catholic speaker from Ontario, California who loves sharing the Gospel through her life. She is a two-time alumna of the National Evangelization Teams Ministries (NET Ministries) and is an area contact for Life Teen in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA. She has aligned her dream with the Lord’s commission to make disciples of all the nations and is actively pursuing the same by delivering talks on how to live a catholic life in today’s secular world. Chika is part of a big Nigerian family, loves praying the Rosary, enjoys the Turkish coffee, and striking out at the batting cages. Chika's journey to Christ is featured on Shalom World TV's "U-TURN".

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Joe Philip is a theology teacher and retreat coordinator for Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Michigan. He holds a Master’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Philip serves as host of Shalom World's original series, SEEKERS and is also the contributing editor of Shalom Tidings. He and his wife, Tara, travel and share their love for Jesus and the Church by leading and speaking at retreats. They are happy parents to three young children, a girl, and two boys

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Alex Gotay is an ardent follower of Christ, a husband of 17 years and a father of three boys. Professionally, he is a national teen and young adult speaker, a retreat leader, evangelizer and a missionary. Alex also features in Shalom World's weekly series "Dare to Hope." He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt and works full-time as a Pastoral Associate. He recently completed his Doctorate in Ministry, and holds several degrees in the field of counselling and theology. With more than 16 years of youth ministry experience, he is also the official Catechist for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

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Jenson Joseph is the Director of Community Relations at Shalom Media and a speaker at Shalom events around the world. Jenson is a former member of the Chicago Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center for the Chicago Youth Service Team, and actively worked in Youth Ministry. Jenson is featured in Shalom World's 9PM series, The Living Word.

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The music ministry of Adam & Lori Ubowski. Adam & Lori Ubowski have served as parish Directors of Music Ministry in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida for many years. While balancing their roles as parish music ministers, itinerant ministers, and parents of a young family, they have developed a unique pastoral ability to foster the love of music and worship in others. They hope to bless people of all ages, in all walks of life with the music and message God has inspired them to share.

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01 Code-of-Conduct-Adult Adult Minor
02 Liability-Waiver-Consent-Adult Adult Minor
03 Video-Photography-Consent-Adult Adult Minor
04 Youth-Activity-Waiver-Health-Insurance-Liability-Adult Adult Minor


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April 13th, 2018 - Edinburg, Texas

Shalom Media Introduces Media Conference for Catholic Youth

From Thursday, June 28th to Sunday, July 1st, Shalom Media will host its first annual Shalom Media Summit (SMS) at the Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford, Illinois. Shalom Media has been influential in Christian television and print for the past 27 years, and is now stepping into a new venture with the SMS, bringing together youth, young professionals, media evangelists, and teenagers from around the world. Through talks, sharing, breakout sessions, panel sharing, workshops, prayer, and music, participants will be encouraged to dream big for Christ. At the Shalom Media Summit, individuals will be inspired to serve with #JesusFocus. Featured speakers for SMS will be Father Louis Merosne, Director of the St. Pope John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization in California; Chika Anyanwu, a Catholic speaker who has worked extensively with youth through her tenure with NET Ministries and LifeTeen; Joe Philip, a theology teacher and retreat coordinator for Powers Catholic High School in Michigan, as well as Contributing Editor of Shalom Tidings Catholic magazine; and Alex Gotay, a national teen and young adult speaker, retreat leader, evangelizer, and missionary who has more than sixteen years of youth ministry experience, currently serving as the official Catechist for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas. Shalom Media Executive Director, Santo Thomas, says, “Media has become an ever pervasive force in society, culture, business, and amongst individuals. Information is disseminated at an alarming rate; 24/7 news channels are the standard; social media can build or destroy lives in a few words or with one video; and cultural norms have been thrown aside to make room for “the new normal.” Everyone is affected by the influence of media and no group more so than today’s youth. Social media “influencers” are on the rise, branding themselves, setting trends and changing the mindset of youth who are led to think education is not needed, beauty is power, luxury is a right, and humanity has no value. This is no time to retreat; rather, Shalom Media encourages young people today to harness media for the Lord.” The Shalom Media Summit is an answer to the prayers of parents who have witnessed their children become engulfed by secular media. SMS has been prayerfully designed to guide participants to explore media in the light of Christ and His Church in order to find their place within. Media has the power to change hearts and minds when used for good and with good intentions, and SMS can teach young people how to do it. The Shalom Media Summit is a four-day residential media conference beginning on June 28th and concluding on July 1st. Registration is now open for 16-29 year olds. For more information and to register, visit



Shalom Media Summit (SMS 2018) is a four-day international youth media conference offering the fusion of dynamism of media and Gospel. There is a place for everyone in this media mission! Shalom Media invites young people ages 16-29 to use their brilliant imagination and talents to propel God's vision into the hearts and minds of people everywhere! At Shalom Media Summit, we inspire hearts to serve #JesusFocus! Join us from June 28 -July 1st at Bishop Lane Retreat Center, Rockford, IL Find out more by visiting: