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Epiphany – May 1, 2021

‘for each tree is known by its own fruit’ Lk 6:44

Deacon Gene Leger opens up today’s show talking about St. Joseph in honor of his feast day today. Tiffany Welka encourage us to invest with moral intent. Kathy Svoboda breaks open the Family of Parishes initiative. Lori Becker shares key information and her love to help others. Be inspired by young Patrick Kakos and his story.


Gene Leger

Deacon Gene Leger is a deacon of the Diocese of Lansing, currently assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Ann Arbor.

He has been the General Sales Manager for Ave Maria Radio for the past 20 years.

Dcn. Gene is the husband of Suzanne for 39 years, the father of five, and the grandfather of five.

He is active in men’s ministry and marriage preparation and is learning more about the great foster father of our Lord Jesus and the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary during this special year designated by the Church as the ‘Year of St. Joseph’

Tiffany Welka

Tiffany Welka AWMA, Vice President of VFG Associate, Fiduciary, Accredited Wealth Management Advisor

Tiffany was born and raised in the financial industry. She is a second generation award winning financial advisor. Tiffany is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor, the Vice President of VFG Associates, an award winning licensed insurance professional, and an Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM or AWMA®. This is the nation’s original and most well-respected designation for providing financial advice.

As a registered Investment Advisor Representative, she holds a fiduciary duty and an ethical obligation to act solely in her clients’ best interest.  Her expertise aids her clients to capitalize on opportunities to preserve, grow, and/or transfer their wealth. She always seeks to optimize her clients’ investments in order to achieve their goals.

Tiffany is the founder and host of a podcast called Welka Wealth that discusses financial planning strategies and techniques to help her listeners to “Invest with intent TM  “. 

Tiffany has been happily married since 2011. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their two Boxer dogs, Glory B. and Frasier. You can find them on the weekends attending mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Plymouth, hiking at Maybury State Park, running outside, riding their Peloton, drinking coffee, and spending time with their family and friends.

Kathy Svoboda

Strategic Planning Coach – Team Leader, Department of Missionary Strategic Planning, AOD

As a licensed attorney, Kathy has provided legal services in multiple roles including as a juvenile prosecuting attorney, Circuit Court Referee, State Administrative Law Judge and Manager, and as a self-employed Attorney specializing in estate planning and probate/trust administration. Throughout her legal career, Kathy has focused on servant leadership, providing service to families and individuals in need through employment choices and volunteer work on not for profit boards. Currently Kathy serves as a consultant for development of organizational strategic plans, leadership team development and formation training, as well as directing faith-based initiatives and follow up training for teams. As a regional coordinator, or coach for the Archdiocese of Detroit, Kathy, accompanies the 4 vicariates in the South region of the AOD through the pioneering process of complete restructuring to align available pastors with parishes and reorient the Faithful in SE Michigan to Unleash the Gospel during this transformative process.  More broadly, she collaborates with many teams committed to the evolving process of Families of Parishes, in particular leading the team responsible for education and formation of the lay faithful relating to the Families of Parishes process.  Passionate about people, Kathy is committed to bringing the love of Jesus to others, helping them understand that He loves them always, and they each hold an important role in his earthly Kingdom.  Kathy received her Certificate in Catholic Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in December, 2019

Lori Becker

Coordinator Respect Life Office, Diocese of Saginaw

After successfully completing 7 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E) Lori began her ministry as a hospital and hospice chaplain in 2002 and is currently the Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Saginaw after accepting the position in 2015.   Lori’s role as the Respect Life Coordinator is in supporting and providing outreach to 56 parishes in areas of pro-life awareness, the sanctity of life, post abortive healing, grief counseling and support, pastoral care training, crisis pregnancy resources, Befriender Ministry and more.

Patrick Kakos

Patrick Kakos is a 14-year-old freshman at St. Mary’s prep of Orchard Lake and is the oldest child of four siblings. Patrick enjoys playing sports and spending time with his family. He especially loves to learn about his faith and the Chaldean culture and language.

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