Lenten Series Speakers 2023

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Fr. John Hurley, CSP

Fr. John Hurley, CSP may be a familiar face to many of us since he has presided here at Holy Spirit from time to time.  He became a Paulist Father 45 years ago.  He is the former Executive Director for the Secretariat for Evangelization at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Department of Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Vicar for Evangelization in the Diocese of San Jose. He continues to serve as a consultant for New Evangelization Strategies and is a Papal Missionary of Mercy.  Fr. John is attached to Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco where he once served as pastor and is in residence in San Jose.




Fr. Kevin Leidich, S.J.

Pastoral Staff & Superior of the Jesuit Community

A native of San Francisco, Fr. Kevin was ordained in 1982, after earning an MDiv at Weston Jesuit School of Theology and an MRE at Catholic University. An experienced director of eight-day retreats, he also participated on the direction team of five 36-day retreat programs at Los Altos during the 1990’s. While teaching high school theology has been his principal ministry from 1983 to 2014 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, he has also regularly conducted programs for adults on The Spiritual Exercises at both Loyola High in Los Angeles and Jesuit High in Sacramento. Kevin also worked for ten years as co-director of the California Province two-summer Tertianship program for Jesuit priests and brothers who are preparing to pronounce final vows. He has been a member of the JRC pastoral staff since August 2014.



Paul A. Soukup, S.J.

A.B. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1973

M.Div. in Theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1978

S.T.M. in Theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1979

Ph.D. in Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, 1985


Paul Soukup, S.J., teaches courses in technology and communication, and does research on religious communication. He has authored or edited a number of books and works with both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the American Bible Society on communication issues.



Diana  Macalintal

Diana Macalintal is an author and speaker on Catholic liturgy, music, the catechumenate, prayer, and intercultural ministry. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and has served in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for 30 years. For 15 years she served as the Director of Worship for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California.

She is a member of the board of advisors for Liturgical Press and has previously served as an editorial advisor for GIA Publications. Her numerous articles on liturgy, music, and the catechumenate have been published in America, AIM, Catechumenate, GIA Quarterly, Give Us This Day, Ministry & Liturgy, Pastoral Music, Today’s Liturgy, Today’s Parish Minister, and U.S. Catholic. She was a contributing author for Together for Life: Celebrating and Living the Sacrament (Ave Maria Press, 2012), The Liturgy Documents, Volume Two: Second Edition (Liturgy Training Publications, 2012), The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers (Saint Mary’s Press, 2009), Catholic Marriage: A Pastoral and Liturgical Commentary (Liturgy Training Publications, 2020), and wrote The Eucharist Catechist’s Guide (Saint Mary’s Press, 2009).

Her most recent books include a collection of prayers called The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace (Liturgical Press, 2014); a parish resource for marriage preparation called Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing: Couples and Communities Called to Conversion Together (Liturgical Press, 2014), co-written with her husband, Nick Wagner; Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities, 2018 to 2020 (Liturgical Press); and Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community (Liturgical Press, 2018).

She and Nick direct TeamRCIA.com, an online resource for catechumenate ministers that provides training and support to over 19,000 RCIA ministers in North America, Australia, and beyond. They also direct Liturgy.life, a website for liturgical ministers.


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