About the Other Participants
Preacher for the Opening Liturgy (Vespers)
Kerry Alys Robinson
Executive Director of Leadership Roundtable, Washington, D.C.
Kerry Robinson is the executive director of Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church by harnessing the managerial expertise and financial acumen of senior level lay executives.
She is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). She has been an advisor to and trustee of numerous grantmaking foundations, family philanthropies and charitable nonprofits since 1990, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, America Magazine, Jesuit Volunteers Corps and the Gregorian University Foundation. She serves on the advisory board of Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church and world. She gave a reflection at the 2015 Voices of Faith event held at the Vatican.
Robinson served as the director of development for St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a $75 million fundraising drive to expand and endow the chapel’s intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center.
She is the author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities.
She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, have two children.
Composer of our Conference Theme Song
Janèt Sullivan Whitaker
Janèt Sullivan Whitaker is a nationally renowned composer of liturgical music for the Catholic Church. A native of Berkeley, she is a lifelong veteran of active music ministry in the Diocese of Oakland. Janèt’s compositions are published exclusively by OCP Publications in Portland, Oregon.
Her best loved songs, In Every Age, Here At This Table and Day of Peace continue to be featured in OCP hymnals and parish missals, including Breaking Bread, Journey Songs, and Spirit and Song.
In addition to her work as a composer and recording artist, Janèt is a dynamic cantor, percussionist, pianist, workshop presenter and retreat leader. For the past 14 years, she has served on the staff for"One Bread, One Cup" summer liturgical leadership conferences, the highly acclaimed youth program held at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana. Her newest OCP collection, This Place of Perfect Peace features music from her years with this conference.
Janèt holds a BA in music from California State University, Hayward (CSUEB), and an MTS in liturgical studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
Currently residing in Hayward, California, she now serves as full-time director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon, California.
American High School Ensemble
Whether the stark beauty of an 10th century chant, the rich harmonic language of a contemporary Irish work or the rusticism of a Sacred Harp tune, Angelus finds its voice in the wide range of sacred works it performs. Completely unique among American high school ensembles, Angelus is dedicated to the performance of sacred music of varied religious traditions and historical periods.
Angelus has performed over eighty concerts in thirteen states including concerts in cathedrals and churches in Asheville, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco, St. Paul and St. Louis. Their recordings have been featured on “Celtic Connections” on National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio and in Europe on the Dutch program, “Song from Ireland”. In April 2016, they made their Lincoln Center (NYC) debut as featured singers in Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns” at David Geffen Hall.