Sr. Elfie Del Rosario
Sr. Elfie Del Rosario, FMA is known by many as “The Happy Nun”. Sister Elfie was born in Nigeria and raised in the Philippines where she attended college. Sister Elfie eventually moved to New Jersey and applied her psychology degree toward teaching children with special needs. She entered the Salesian Sisters in 2009 and made her perpetual vows in 2020. She currently serves as the vocations director for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, also known as the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, in the eastern province of the U.S. The order is dedicated to evangelizing and educating young people and Sr. Elfie takes her ministry seriously, even if it includes involving a dunk tank! Visit the Salesian Sisters online at www.happynun.com.
Joe Melendrez, has forged a unique path to becoming one of America’s most exciting Catholic performers. At age fifteen, Joe was featured on MTV and developed a love for performing. Later that year, on a Teen A.C.T.S. Retreat, Joe encountered the awesome love of God. It was then that he decided to dedicate his life to sharing the Good News. Joe shares the Gospel in many unique ways, from his development of a faith-based clothing line (God Swagg Apparel), his release of five studio albums including his latest PRAISESHIP, to sharing the winnings from a college Chipotle contest (a year of free burritos), as a means to evangelize to different people with each meal! Joe currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Noelle, daughters Antoinette, Georgette and son, Anthony. Find out more at www.JoeMelendrez.com
Bishop Joseph A. Espaillat II
Bishop Joseph A. Espaillat II, is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. Appointed by Pope Francis In January 2022, Bishop Joe is the youngest Catholic bishop and the first Dominican bishop in the United States. Bishop Espaillat was named in 2015 as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Bronx, New York, a position he still holds. Growing up in Manhattan, he learned Foto speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Street! He loves ministering the sacraments: celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass, hearing confessions, and proclaiming the Word of God. Bishop Joseph Espaillat is the founder of the ministry Messengers of Christ. Check out Season 2 of his podcast Sainthood in the City!