Ignited By Truth 2024

Carolina Catholic chats with five of the speakers for this year's Ignited by Truth (IBT) Catholic Conference held at NC State's Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday, April 27th.  This show will feature short interviews with Father Donald Calloway on St. Joseph and the Rosary, Monsignor Stephen Rossetti on how to protect ourselves from evil, Father Lawrence Carney on the Holy Face Devotion, Deacon Ralph Poyo on the new evangelization, and Chika Anyanwu on her beautiful faith journey. 


Father Donald Calloway

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a convert to Catholicism, is a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice, and thrown in jail multiple times. After his radical conversion he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and an S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of 15 books, including Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father. He is a well-known conference speaker on Divine Mercy, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph, and speaks passionately about these topics in his moving conversion story. He leads pilgrimages to Catholic shrines around the world and resides at the Marian House of Studies in Steubenville, Ohio.




Monsignor Stephen Rossetti

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse.  He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1973 and spent six years in the Air Force. 

After ordination, he served in two parishes before becoming Director of Education of the House of Affirmation. For 18 years, he served as the Executive Vice President and then the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, a residential treatment program for clergy and religious men and women. 

He is author of the Paulist Press bestseller I Am Awake and Twenty-Third Publications’ Fire on the Earth. He is author of the Ave Maria book: When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic.  His book The Joy of Priesthood won a Catholic Press Association award.  He edited Behold Your Mother: Priests Speak About Mary and Born of the Eucharist: A Spirituality for Priests.  His research book on priesthood called Why Priests are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests was released in Oct 2011.  He published in 2013: Letters to My BrothersWords of Hope and Challenge for Priests. His latest work is: Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle against Ancient Evil published by Sophia Institute Press. 

A licensed psychologist in the States of Maryland and Massachusetts, Msgr. Rossetti has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic University.  He was chair of the Maryland Psychological Association’s ethics committee. 

He received a Proclaim Award from the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, a Lifetime Service Award from Theological College, a Touchstone Award from the NFPC, the 2013 John Paul II leadership award from the National Catholic Education Association, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Msgr. Rossetti is a research associate professor at the Catholic University of America (CUA) and the President of St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal (www.catholicexorcism.org). Msgr. Rossetti has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington for over 12 years.




Father Lawrence Carney

Father Lawrence Carney was ordained for the Diocese of Wichita in 2007. In 2014, he was appointed as chaplain of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles and he walks the streets of US cities in cassock carrying a crucifix and a rosary in each hand in an effort to bring souls to the Catholic Church. In 2017, he began the League of St. Martin, a pious association of the faithful that prays for reverence, reparation, and reversion—the chief goals being enrollment in the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face and the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. In 2022 continuing as chaplain of the Nuns and director of the League, he was appointed Missionary Priest of Wichita, Kansas.





Deacon Ralph Poyo

Dcn. Ralph Poyo is the founder of New Evangelization Ministries, an apostolate committed to assisting dioceses, churches and individuals with services, resources and training in effective evangelization. 

Prior to launching NEM, Dcn. Ralph served in three different parishes as a Youth Minister and Director of Faith Formation for twenty-three years. He is passionate about sharing the truth of the Gospel in a way that captivates audiences of all ages.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, and they have five grown daughters and five grandchildren.




Chika Anyanwu

Chika Anyanwu is a Catholic evangelist, former Confirmation coordinator/youth & young adult minister, and the author of "My Encounter: How I Met Jesus in Prayer". Her love of God and neighbor enthuses her to share the gospel through testimony, scripture, and honest conversations about the difficult realities of faith and life. She’s had the opportunity to evangelize at NCYC, Given, Steubenville youth conferences, FOCUS SEEK conferences, and The Catholic Feminist France pilgrimage. She’s also a contributor to Blessed Is She as well as “Connected” and “Venture: the Bible Timeline” by Ascension Press. Chika is a part of a beautiful Nigerian family, loves her coffee black, and desires sainthood for herself and you, although bad drivers challenge her sanctity!




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