Speakers available to give Presentations about the Shrine

January 31, 2014 by  
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Speakers available to give Presentations about the Shrine

Executive Director, Leif Arvidson, and Mark Copeland have been giving presentations about the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at parishes and schools, most recently: Saint Joseph Church in Boyd, Wisconsin; Elm Grove, Wisconsin; Waukesha, Wisconsin; and, in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota!

Both Leif and Mark would be happy to speak for other parishes, schools and Knights of Columbus groups. Please contact us toll-free (877)799-4059, or email Leif Arvidson, to schedule a Shrine presentation!

Information about the Speakers

Leif Arvidson is the Executive Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is a third-generation Alaskan fisherman who completed his undergraduate degree in history, with a minor in theology, at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and obtained his law degree from Notre Dame Law School. From the beginning of their marriage, which has been blessed with eight children, Mr. Arvidson and his wife, Karen, have been dedicated to the mission of the Catholic Church, including two years of missionary work in Japan. Mr. Arvidson has been a pilgrim to shrines of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the world, but he believes that the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a special significance for the Americas. He will speak about the historical context leading up to the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the message of Our Lady, and the Shrine in La Crosse.

Mark Copeland worked with the construction crew that built the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, and he currently assists with Buildings and Grounds projects at the Shrine. Mr. Copeland worked as a paralympic power lifting and strength coach in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996. He is the proud father of five children. Mr. Copeland has worked in many aspects of the Church, including youth ministry, prison ministry and street ministry. He was recently featured on Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show and instructed listeners about the role of Saint Joseph in the life of the Church. He will speak about the miraculous tilma of Saint Juan Diego, upon which the image of Our Lady appeared.

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