S.I.T. 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Mr. Balakrishnan Baskaran

Mr. Balakrishnan Baskaran

Mr. Balakrishnan Baskaran, Alliance Defending Freedom

Mr. Balakrishnan Baskaran is a human rights lawyer based in New Delhi with a special focus on religious freedom and minority rights. He serves as Legal Counsel and Director of Strategic Relations & Training for ADF International. He formerly worked with the National Commission for Minorities, a statutory body set up under an act of the Indian Parliament, to safeguard the rights of religious minorities. Balakrishnan completed his law degree from the Delhi University and was awarded the gold medal for Constitutional Law by the President of India. He had previously completed his Master of Science degree at the Kansas University.


Mr. René Francisco Bolio Hallorán

Mr. René Francisco Bolio Hallorán

Mr. René Francisco Bolio Hallorán, Justice Cuba

Mr. Bolio is a former Senator and a Delegate of the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico. He is an attorney licensed in environmental policy and sustainable development, and has Masters Degrees in Christian Social Doctrine and Political Science. He is currently a Political Science professor in the Universidad Panamericana. Mr. Bolio is working on several initiatives to improve the lives of agricultural workers and promote environmental protection in Mexico. For over 25 years Mr. Bolio has held leadership positions in several human rights organizations, most recently as President of Justice Cuba (The International Commission for Oversight of Crimes Against Humanity by the Castro Regime). Mr. Bolio has been a defender of human rights and a champion in the struggle for democracy and freedom in Cuba, Venezuela, and Argentina.


Mr. Edward F. Clancy

Mr. Edward F. Clancy

Mr. Edward F. Clancy, Aid to the Church in Need

Mr. Clancy is the Director of Outreach for Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy See, providing assistance to the suffering and persecuted Church in over 140 countries. Based in New York, ACNUSA is one of 23 international offices that annually contribute more than USD$150M in funding to support the Catholic Church around the world in its pastoral mission to serve Christian faithful in their suffering. Edward—has been with ACNUSA for 18 years and is responsible for developing and maintaining the relationship between ACNUSA and the US Catholic hierarchy as well as the lay faithful in the 18,000-plus parishes in the USA. In this role he keeps ACNUSA constituents informed about the most urgent needs and strategic priorities. Edward has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia as well as Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union on fact-finding missions. He and his wife Racell are the parents of two young daughters. Edward is a Knight Magistral Grace of the Order of Malta. He will begin his year of discernment for the permanent diaconate later this year.


Fr. Antonio Aurelio Fernández de Córdoba, O.SS.T.

Fr. Antonio Aurelio Fernández de Córdoba, O.SS.T.

Fr. Antonio Aurelio Fernández de Córdoba, O.SS.T., Trinitarian Solidarity International

Fr. Antonio Aurelio is a Trinitarian priest and since 2015 the President of S.I.T. (Trinitarian Solidarity International). In 2019 he became a Councilor General of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (“The Trinitarians”). Fr. Antonio Aurelio works with persecuted Christians all over the world. Whether delivering funds and supplies, ransoming children being held as slaves, or comforting refugees displaced by persecution, Fr. Antonio Aurelio is living the charism of the Trinitarian Order by bringing freedom to those being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. Father Antonio Aurelio is a Member of the Observatory of Captivity and author of the book “Liberty, Communion and Truth – Democratic Societies as a Reflection of the Trinity” .


Sr. Maria de Guadalupe Rodrigo, SSVM

Sr. Maria de Guadalupe Rodrigo, SSVM

Sr. María de Guadalupe Rodrigo, SSVM

Sr. Guadalupe was born in Argentina, at the age of twenty-three she was assigned to work in Bethlehem as part of the apostolic mission being carried out there by her religious order, the Institute of the Incarnate Word. After fourteen years of mission work in several Middle East countries, she was assigned to Syria, which until then was the most peaceful country in the Middle East. A few months after arriving in Syria, the country was attacked by Islamic extremist groups targeting Christians. In Syria she witnessed and became a protagonist of the faith and hope with which Christians in Aleppo faced persecution. In 2018 Sr. Guadalupe published her autobiographical account of her experiences in the Middle East. “THE DOVES WILL RETURN, MY LIFE AS A MISSIONARY AND THE HORRORS OF THE WAR IN SYRIA” is both moving and inspirational.


Fr. Maciej Kowalski, O.SS.T.

Fr. Maciej Kowalski, O.SS.T.

Fr. Maciej Kowalski, O.SS.T.

Fr. Maciej Kowalski, O.SS.T. is a Trinitarian priest based in Poland


Fr. Kurt Klismet, O.SS.T.

Fr. Kurt Klismet, O.SS.T.

Fr. Kurt Klismet, O.SS.T.

Fr. Kurt Klismet, O.SS.T. is the Provincial Treasurer for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (the “Trinitarians”). He is President of Trinitarian Solidarity, USA.


Fr. Fidelis Nnaemeka Uko

Fr. Fidelis Nnaemeka Uko

Father Fidelis Nnaemeka Uko

Father Fidelis Nnaemeka Uko is a Nigerian priest. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on July 24, 1999. Since then, he has served his local church in different capacities as parochial vicar, parish priest, vicar forane, vocations director, chaplain to various organizations and sodalities, member of Aba Diocesan theological commission, and member of Aba Diocesan arbitration council.

Fr. Uko had his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology at  St. Joseph Major Seminary Ikot-Ekpene, Nigeria. He did his masters and licentiate studies in dogmatic theology at the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. He is currently a doctoral candidate of practical theology at St. Thomas University Miami, specializing in ecotheology. Fr. Uko is a member of the Spirituality and Sustainability Global Network.