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Featured Speakers & Musicians 


Fr. Nathan Cromly, CSJ: Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Father Nathan Cromly is a Catholic priest of the Congregation of St. John.  Having a wide experience in the New Evangelization, Father Nathan has worked from preaching to gymnasiums full of teens and leading children in adoration, to offering retreats for married couples and teaching Philosophy and Theology.  He is currently studying for his Masters in Theology from Walsh University, while continuing a variety of ministries.  Besides founding Eagle Eye Ministries (including the Eagle Eye Summer Institutes, Ecclesia, Marian Faith Network and Eagle Eye Excursions programs), Father is the founder of the annual Saint John Summer Conference and has authored his first book promoting the DeMontfort consecration to Mary.  All of this keeps him busy: preaching, teaching, and doing ministry to a variety of groups in many places across the United States when he is not leading young adult backpacking trips to places like Scotland, Iceland, and Hawaii and Alaska.  Father has hosted a radio series on Radio Maria, appeared twice on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock,” been a guest several times on Relevant Radio and Guadalupe Radio, is a member of the Apostolate for Family Consecration’s teaching faculty and serves as a member of the Board for Your Holy Family Ministries and the priestly council for the Goretti Group.  On top of it all, Father is devoting his energy to found and recruit the first class of the Saint John Institute – a fully-accredited MBA program designed to form evangelizers for the New Evangelization. He hopes that this ministry, designed as one ministry to form a thousand more, will give glory to God and please the Blessed Mother.



Brooke Taylor:  Brooke Taylor is a radio personality, speaker, and blogger. Brooke has emceed events with Christian artists and speakers, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Dr. James Dobson, Franklin Graham, Christopher West, TobyMac, Nicole C. Mullen, Dr. Ray Gaurendi and many more.Brooke is the host of the Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant and has appeared on EWTN's "Living Right with Dr. Ray." She is also involved in the ministry Food for the Poor and has traveled to Guatemala and Haiti to raise awareness and funds for the poorest of the poor. Brooke left her full time radio job two years ago to care for her family, and has since started a podcast entitled “Good Things Radio.”  You can find out more about Brooke by visiting






Pedro J. (PJ) Chavez:  Pedro Chavez resides in North Canton with his wife, Bethany and two sons, Luca and Caleb. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mount Union College in 2004. In 2008, He received his Commercial Pilot Certificate and CFI/CFII ratings from Kent State University and taught in the flight training program at the Kent State airport. PJ finished his MAED from Walsh University in 2011. He has served as Director of Liturgical Services and Music for the chapel at Walsh University since 2006. PJ also began working as the Director of Campus Ministry for Canton Central Catholic High School in 2014. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for VOCI (Voices of Canton Incorporated), formerly the Canton Civic Opera. PJ is honored to currently be serving as the Chair of Liturgical Music for the 2017 CCMA National Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas. He has also written the theme song “Encounters of Christ” for the 2017 CCMA National Conference. PJ has led worship in many parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown and is thrilled and honored to work with many different musicians and vocalists praising God! Music ministry is one of the many highlights of PJ’s life. He loves to play music and sing God’s praise and believes that singing has healing powers that can lift people up and truly change the world! 


Legacy Youth Ministries: Legacy was formed in 2000 at Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church in Akron, Ohio, to give the youth musicians in our parish a safe place to invest their time and talents. Since then, more than 50 different young musicians have been involved with our group, and most of them have gone off to College, entered Medical School and even started families of their own. Over the past 15 years, Legacy has ministered for youth group meetings, Worship services and countless festivals. In 2001, we had to the opportunity to play in front of 4000 people at Blossom Music Center. Legacy is always auditioning new singers and musicians, so please contact us if you want to share your talents with others.

Legacy Youth Ministries
3595 Broad Vista Street NW
Uniontown, OH 44685
(330) 699-5800



Tia Ciferno:  Tia is a singer/songwriter and recording artist from Northeast Ohio who has travelled nationally and internationally since 1997. She has produced four CDs,including her project “Heaven Sent”, a lullaby album that has now been translated into Ukrainian, Russian and Latvian. In 2010 Tia accepted the role of Executive Director of Bella Women’s Center in Warren, Ohio, a non-profit pro-life medical clinic for women with unplanned pregnancies. Tia married Mike, her prom date, 36 years ago…and they have four grown children, two sons and two daughters, and one new son-in-love.