At Equipping the Saints, our name is our mission. We exist to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Through helpful resources, hands-on training, and inspiring events, we provide you with tools and knowledge for the evangelization of your teens and for walking with them into discipleship.
To equip Church leaders at all levels for ministry.
At EQSaints, we believe in:
Rediscovering the Foundations of Our Faith
Empowering Parishes to Drive Renewal
Building Bridges Between Ministries
Equipping the Saints’ core team includes some of the most well-respected ministry leaders in the Catholic Church. They are experts on creating resources, training, and events that inspire Catholics to live the Church’s mission of evangelization and worship.
President, Declan Weir Productions, Inc. and Equipping the Saints
Since its founding in 1991 as a theatrical scene shop, Declan Weir Productions, Inc. has grown to become a full-service event management provider and the premier production company for Catholic events in the United States. Events include The Convocation for Catholic Leaders (2017) and V Encuentro (2018) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; the National Catholic Youth Conference (since 1993), National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers (since 1994), and Holy Fire (since 2016) by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. With over 25 years of experience, DWP has earned a reputation for excellence, with both strong technical know-how and a staff that truly cares about bringing your event and your message to life. Declan is a member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, Tennessee.
Vice President, Equipping the Saints
Robert Feduccia is a speaker, retreat leader, writer, and educator, motivated by belief in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives. After launching the Youth Liturgical Leadership Program with One Bread, One Cup in 2000, Robert went on to serve as a development editor for St. Mary’s Press, and then as the general manager for Spirit & Song, the contemporary music division of Oregon Catholic Press (OCP). A graduate of St. Meinrad Catholic Seminary and the Catholic University of America, Robert has taught theology to deacon candidates in dioceses around the country. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous diocesan conferences and is recognized as an expert in the New Evangelization, having written the evangelization document for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. He has been a frequent contributor to OCP’s Today’s Liturgy and to the Center for Ministry Development’s Youth Ministry Access. He has spoken at Life Teen’s Catholic Youth Ministry Convention on several occasions and has served on the planning committees for the National Catholic Youth Conference and for the US bishops’ World Youth Day efforts. He lives in the Nashville area with Kathleen, his wife, and their two sons and two daughters.
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Steve Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. Young and old alike embrace the passionate message of faith, hope, and love woven throughout his music and storytelling. Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve’s honest style of ministry is born from who he is: a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ.
Steve’s unique blend of humor, song, story, and interaction engages audiences of all ages. This makes him both a natural and popular choice for parish missions, youth conferences, and diocesan, national, and worldwide events. A veteran musician and composer, Steve has been featured at numerous events including World Youth Day, the National Pastoral Musicians Conference (NPM), the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Franciscan University Summer Conferences, National Catholic Youth Conferences (NCYC), and many other national and international events. Steve and his family call Coppell, Texas their home.
Brian Greenfield is a theology teacher and national speaker. He has been in education for over sixteen years and has been doing ministry for over twenty years. Brian has spoken at numerous parish events and national conferences, including the SEEK Conference, NCYC, and the Steubenville Youth Conferences.
Brian was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he attended Gonzaga College High School. After high school, Brian attended Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. He graduated from Seton Hall in 2001, with a degree in communications. Brian then attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville to study theology. In 2002, Brian felt the call to religious life and entered the Community of the Franciscans of the Renewal, in New York City, and began his formation as a Franciscan Friar.
After finishing his Postulancy, Brian returned to Washington, DC to further discern God's call for his life. Brian eventually returned to Seton Hall University to finish his studies in theology and to serve as a part-time Campus Minister. While in New Jersey Brian began his career in education and also began his work with Hard as Nails Ministries, a non-profit ministry to youth and young adults. He received his M.A. in Theology in May 2005. He went on to receive another Master’s Degree in Education Leadership in 2011. He has been in education for seventeen years. He has been a speaker, and retreat leader, and organizer for over 20 years.
Brian currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Genevieve and his three children, Mieko, Michael, and Grace. He works at Jesuit High School, where he is a Theology teacher and Assistant Disciplinarian. He continues to travel throughout the country bringing the message of hope and healing found in the Gospel.
For more than twenty-five years, Ela Milewska has been blessed to minister in a variety of environments, from a small community in West Virginia to a large parish in Raleigh, NC. She has also served as the diocesan youth ministry consultant for the Diocese of Raleigh. In 1999, Ela joined Cultivation Ministries, a nationally recognized youth ministry training and consulting organization based in the Chicago area. While pursuing her doctorate in catechesis at the Catholic University of America, she also worked as the coordinator for the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis. Ela began serving the Archdiocese of New York as the director of the Office of Youth Ministry in October of 2015. She is currently the executive director of the Department of Youth Faith Formation overseeing the offices that help parishes form young people and their families from early childhood to twelfth grade.
Ela has trained youth ministry and catechetical leaders, catechists, and educators across the United States and internationally. In 2016, she was the recipient of the National Youth Ministry Award.
She lives in Yonkers, New York overlooking the Hudson River with her incredibly weird cat, Mr. Frank Noodles.
Alejandro Barraza is the coordinator of the Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento, CA. Alex has served youth as a volunteer, parish director, diocesan coordinator, and nationally for the past twenty-seven years. He participates in the Congar Institute as a presenter on topics related to Pastoral Juvenil and Hispanic ministry. Alex is bilingual and bicultural, in these last months of the pandemic he has dedicated himself to training parish leaders on the great opportunity to adapt our ministries to social networks.
Jennifer (Jenny) Kodysz is blessed to serve the Diocese of Austin as the associate director in the office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry where she primarily serves middle and high school youth ministry leaders and pastors through support, training, and consultation. She also manages the Austin diocesan catholic youth conference (DCYC) and works closely with National Catholic Youth Conference.
Jenny’s undergraduate work was in English and journalism. She also has her Master of Arts degree from the Augustine Institute. She has a deep love for God, her family, evangelization, St. Paul, and St. Augustine. She is a freelance writer and editor, loves to travel to big cities, and lives just north of Austin, Texas with her dog and two birds.
About Ann Marie
Since 1991, Ann Marie Eckert has served the Church in a variety of roles. For 10 years, she served in the diocesan youth ministry offices for the Diocese of Buffalo and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, supporting parish youth ministry, running programs, and developing youth as leaders. In 2001, Ann Marie joined the Center for Ministry Development, a nationally recognized youth ministry training and consulting organization, where she developed programs, wrote catechetical and youth ministry materials, trained youth and adults in leadership, and launched a middle school mission program. In 2012, Ann Marie became the Pastoral Associate for St. Catherine of Siena parish in Ithaca, NY, where she was engaged in all areas of parish leadership, including RCIA, adult formation, justice and service, and liturgy.
Ann Marie has trained youth ministry and catechetical leaders and young people across the United States and internationally. In 2012, she was the recipient of the National Youth Ministry Award for Training.
She lives in Ithaca, New York and is excited to continue to serve the Church through the programs, events, and resources of Equipping the Saints.
Director of Resources
Anne E. Keough is passionate about creating extraordinary experiences and resources that inspire, empower, and equip others to know the transformative love of Jesus Christ more fully.
She has served the Catholic Church in a variety of roles locally, regionally, and nationally for over two decades. Her professional ministry journey began as the Director of Youth Ministry at a parish in the Dallas area prior to moving to a position as an Associate Director in the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries for the Diocese of Dallas. At the parish level, she oversaw a comprehensive youth ministry program that included weekly youth ministry faith formation nights, preparation efforts for the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation, and collaborative efforts with the parish community that included a Catholic School.
In her role as an Associate Director of Content Development, she was the creative lead responsible for architecting the planning and development of content, scope, and event logistics for programming associated with diocesan youth, young adult, and campus ministry efforts. She served as the project lead and chief design agent of ongoing formation, training, and professional development of ministry leaders for various ministry gatherings, events, and initiatives.
She lives in Dallas, TX and is excited to continue to serve the Church as the Director of Resources for Equipping the Saints.