Cafe Catholica Speakers

Café Catholica 2022: Speakers

Fr. Dat Hoang

Fr. Dat Hoang was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1990. He is one of eight children.  He attended high school here in Houston and entered the Seminary in 1994.

Fr. Dat was ordained in 2003 and his first assignment after ordination was to Holy Name Parish, north of Downtown.  Later on he was assigned to St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Humble, TX where he served as Parochial Vicar and in charge of Hispanic Ministry there.  In 1997, Cardinal DiNardo appointed Fr. Dat as Director of Vocations and the Department of Seminarians, which he served for 7 years before being sent as the founding administrator of St. Faustina Parish in Fulshear. Fr. Dat now serves as pastor of St. Faustina in Fulshear.


Meg Hunter-Kilmer

Meg Hunter-Kilmer is a Fellow of the Sullivan Family Saints Initiative in the McGrath Institute for Church Life and an itinerant missionary and storyteller who travels the world telling people about the fierce and tender love of God. You can read more of her Saint stories in Saints Around the World (an international Saint storybook for children) or Pray for Us: 75 Saints who Sinned, Suffered, and Struggled on Their Way to Holiness.

Most Reverend Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.7 million-plus Catholics (and the 6.2 million people within the Archdiocese) and 435 priests in 146 parishes and 59 schools spread over 8,880 square miles. His seats are St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.

Born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised with three siblings in Castle Shannon near Pittsburgh, Cardinal DiNardo attended St. Anne grade school and the Jesuit-run Bishop's Latin school before enrolling in St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his master's degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and degrees of Sacred Theology from both the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 16, 1977 and served as parish pastor, seminary professor, spiritual director and in the chancery. From 1984 to 1991, he worked in Rome as a staff member for the Congregation for Bishops, as director of Villa Stritch (the house for American clergy), and as adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. In 1991 he returned to Pittsburgh, serving as pastor to several parishes and again in the chancery.

He was appointed coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa and ordained there as a bishop in October 1997. As his Episcopal motto he adopted: Ave Crux Spes Unica, meaning "Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope." He succeeded retiring Bishop Lawrence Donald Soens of Sioux City in November of 1998.

He was named coadjutor bishop (later coadjutor archbishop) of Galveston-Houston in January 2004 and succeeded Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza on February 28, 2006. On June 29, 2006, he received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2007 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He was designated the titular Church of Sant'Eusebio in Rome. 

As a member of the Sacred College, he served as a Cardinal-Elector in the Papal Conclave of 2013, which saw the election of Pope Francis to the See of Peter. 

In November of the same year, he was elected by his brother bishops as the Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term. Cardinal DiNardo servedas President of the USCCB from Nov. 2016 - Nov. 2019.

He is on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Edward Herrera

Edward is the Executive Director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Institute for Evangelization Previously, Edward was the Director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life, where he worked with parishes to best accompany couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. Before moving to Baltimore, Edward worked at a large parish in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.  Edward completed undergraduate studies in Theology and Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and graduate studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America.  He holds a certificate in Catholic Innovation from the University of Notre Dame’s IDEA Center.  Edward lives in Parkville, Maryland with his wife, Joanna, and their five children, Max, Lucy, Grace, Leo, and Teresa.

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