Our Speakers

This is the full line up of all our Dynamic Speakers. Our speakers are selected for their knowledge of the faith and love for God.

 
 
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Deacon Steve Greco - Founder, MEMBER OF THE Board of DirectorS

Deacon Steve Greco is a dynamic speaker, author and founder of Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry. He is a man of vibrant faith with the charisms of healing and teaching rooted in his deep love and knowledge of the Word of God. His fatherly heart embraces each soul he touches with God’s tender mercy and love. Our Lord moved Deacon Steve to found Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry in order to serve and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. He gives talks and healing services throughout California and the United States in parishes, at Catholic conferences and on the radio. He is host of Empowered by the Spirit, a weekly radio show heard on Relevant Radio Sundays at noon and ESNE Radio on Sundays a 9 p.m. He has been married to his wife Mary Anne for 45 years and they have three children and four grandchildren. He has published 365 Days of Praise, Reflections on the Holy Spirit and Expect and Experience Miracles.

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Mary Anne Greco - Founder, MEMBER OF THE Board of DirectorS

Mary Anne is a women's Bible study leader. She graduated from the Catholic Bible Study Institute and has been teaching Bible studies for over 15 years. She has also received her Master Catechist degree. She teaches Bible study for women at St. John Neumann Parish in Irvine and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Irvine. She also organizes pilgrimages, including “In the Footsteps of Jesus” in the Holy land and “In the Footsteps of St. Paul” in Greece and Turkey, Egypt and Marian sites. Mary Anne loves the Lord and teaching others about the Holy Spirit. She enjoys presenting teachings at retreats and for organizations. She also enjoys photography. Mary Anne believes there are unlimited ways to serve the Lord and His people; one just has to keep an open heart and be ready to serve! Use the form below to contact Mary Anne about pilgrimages.

 
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Katie Hughes - Founder, MEMBER OF THE Board of DirectorS, Director of Operations

Katie grew up with a faithful family that led her to live out God's plan for her life. She manages the ministry website and helps with the planning of Spirit Filled Hearts events. She is eager to share the love and word of God with those whom she encounters.

Donna LEe - Music Ministry

Three time Unity Award winner Donna Lee started playing guitar and singing at the age of seven. In 1972, she joined the folk group at her local parish where she sang and played guitar for 11 years. At the age of 15, she wrote her first song for a Catholic youth retreat. Her debut album, “Immaculate Heart, O Sacred Heart,” was released in 1990, and was well received by all ages. Since then, she has recorded several albums of mostly original music. Her CD, The Grace of God, received three Unity Awards from the United Catholic Music Video Association. She is currently working on her 10th studio album. Donna’s music ministry focuses on Pro-Life, Reconciliation, the Eucharist and Divine Mercy. She also has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. She has written many inspirational songs that tell the story of her faith journey that brought her back to the Church. Some of the highlights of her ministry include singing in concert at the Church of Saint Padre Pio, Santa Maria della Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy and performing with Tony Melendez. She also had the opportunity to perform concerts in five different cities in Portugal for Youth 2000 and in Aylesford, England, as well as singing and speaking at conferences and festivals in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Mexico and Brazil. Donna Lee is one of the founding members of the Catholic Association of Musicians started by John Michael Talbot in 1996. Her music can be heard on several Catholic radio stations across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. She is a regular on Catholic Familyland TV and recorded two segments for EWTN’s show “Backstage”. She has also been involved with the Magnificat “A Ministry for Catholic women” since 1990, providing praise & worship and as guest speaker for several chapters between California and Arizona.

 
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Lourdes Morales, MS, MA, PhD

Lourdes is a woman of faith born and raised in Puerto Rico who relocated to North Carolina, Arizona, Alabama, Washington, and California (Glendora, Irvine, and now Newport Beach) during the past 20 years. She's a single mother of three beautiful girls, Valerie, Amanda and Natalie. (Valerie fought a rare type of cancer and passed to a better life on September 30, 2009.) Lourdes has an MS in Industrial Psychology, an MA in Human Development, and a PhD in Human and Organizational Development. She also went through the Sisters of St. Joseph spiritual development program in Orange, California. Today, she dedicates her life to an integration of spiritual direction and life transformation process through the ministry of compassionate and authentic living. Lourdes facilitates individual and group sessions, as well as retreats to bring peace, and spiritual transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit. She's the co-founder of the VAL Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings happiness to kids with cancer and their families. Lourdes is also a member of the Board Directors of Deacon Steve Greco’s Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry that has a mission to spread God’s Word one heart at a time. Lourdes is involved with the healing and deliverance ministry, and the unbound ministry. Her favorite Scripture verse is: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Maria and Rod Villanueva

Rod Villanueva is an energetic and enthusiastic leader and speaker for Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry and Couples for Christ Family Ministries. He is an anointed Praise and Worship leader and speaker who leads prayer meetings and speaks at events and retreats. Through his ministry work, Rod assists individuals grow spiritually stronger and points them to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Maria Villanueva is an inspirational speaker and leader for Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry and Couples for Christ Family Ministries. She enjoys giving talks to spread God’s Word, love and hope to people of all ages from kids, youth, young adults, singles and married couples. She found her love of teaching when she started volunteering as a catechist and taught Kindergarten, 1stgrade and 2nd grade for nine years. It is through attending Spirit Filled Hearts Prayer Meetings that she followed a calling to help others with their faith. Rod and Maria currently serve at St. John Neumann Church in Irvine as Eucharistic Ministers and are part of the Pastoral Council. They have two children, Tiffany and Ryan, who are musically gifted and serve at St. John Neumann Church and also help with music ministry for Spirit Filled Hearts Prayer Meetings.

 
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Fr. Ben TraN

Fr. Benjamin Tran felt the “nudge” to the priesthood during high school and applied to Queen of Angels High School Seminary in San Fernando, California. After graduating, he decided to explore other aspirations and went to Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa and transferred to Cal State Fullerton. During his third year in college, he experienced an incredible spiritual awakening that propelled him to seriously reconsider the call to the priesthood. After a time of prayer and discernment, he applied to St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo where he completed his undergraduate studies and continued on to receive his theological degree at St. John’s Theology. He was ordained on June 10, 2006. Since then he has served as a priest for the Diocese of Orange in various parishes and was assigned to St. Anne Parish, Seal Beach in 2015.

Dr. Elizabeth Kim

Dr. Elizabeth Kim received a miraculous healing at the Korean National Charismatic Healing Service in 1978 and immigrated to the U.S. with her family the same year. A distinguished USC graduate, Dr. Kim is a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist and board certified Neurofeedback practitioner whose practice integrates the Catholic Faith with psychology in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with childhood trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD and marriage and family issues. She is a director of the Brain Fitness Center in Los Angeles, California. Her multi-ethnic, dynamic practice is the perfect setting for her vast experience in the healing arts which she places under the Lordship of Jesus, the Healer. The Divine Physician has truly helped countless numbers of people through this humble servant. She has served the Church in various positions including Youth and Healing ministry and as a speaker at international conferences. She serves on the Board of Directors for Southern California Renewal Communities. She also is the assistant coordinator for the Orange County (CA) Magnificat chapter. Dr. Kim's love and zeal for spreading the Good News brought her to speaking at various Magnificat chapters. Her testimony has aired on EWTN Radio, and she has appeared on Johnnette Benkovic's EWTN's TV show Women of Grace.

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Gia Chacon

Gia Chacon is a humanitarian, blogger and speaker. She is best known for her passionate speaking on living out one's purpose and her online ministry “Genuinely Gia.” She was raised in a devout Christian home and although being involved in ministry since the age of 15, spent many years riding the line of conformity and compromise. At the age of 20, while ministering to the persecuted Church in Egypt, she felt the call of God and experienced a radical shift within her heart. Gia decided at that moment to entirely dedicate her life to serving the Lord and has been doing so with a fiery passion ever since.  Under the mantle of Dr. Michelle Corral, Gia's ministry and involvement in humanitarian efforts extend from Orange County to the Caribbean and as far as the Middle East. 

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Vivian Klausner

This daughter of the Church is passionate about the Word of God: both the Inspired Word and our Eucharistic Lord. Vivian holds a masters in biblical theology. She leads a prayer group—Heart of Jesus Healing—which has as a main focus, teaching others how to move in the charisms for powerfully demonstrating the gospel in evangelization. The Lord’s calling on her life is charismatic AND contemplative. Praise God!! When ministering to people through prayer, she experiences great love and reverence for the healing work of the Holy Spirit. Vivian dreams of seeing all the faithful in the Church, on fire with this Lord Spirit!