Bios

Bio picMark Connolly is a Catholic blogger and podcaster who blogs at Truth vs Reality, and as a guest blogger at Joe Catholic. He is the co-host along with Don Gonzalez of the podcast My Stogie Mystagogy.

Mark has been a featured speaker at Catholic men’s conferences giving talks on what it means to be a Catholic man engaged in the world, and has served as part of the team presenting the monthly Positively Catholic formation talks at his local parish. He is a regular speaker for Joe Catholic, a men’s apostolate, giving talks on topics from Saints to Sacraments, the Documents of Vatican II, and Catholic Social Doctrine. He is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus and is enrolled in the Angelic Warfare Confraternity. Mark is also a lay Dominican.

Professionally, Mark is Director of Human Resources for a privately held company in the DFW Metroplex. Mark holds a Master of Theological Studies in Pastoral Theology conferred by Ave Maria University in Florida and also holds the SHRM-SCP HR certification. Mark lives in Carrollton, TX with his wife Rosie Connolly and their dogs Yeti and Ghost.

Don Gonzalez is Catholic blogger, speaker, podcaster and writer who blogs at Joe Catholic.

Don has been a keynote speaker at local Catholic men’s conferences and a guest speaker at various Catholic men’s groups. Don is the founder of Joe Catholic, a men’s, lay apostolate designed to equip men to become the spiritual leaders of their households. While Don has given numerous talks, some of his favorites include: Board of Intercessors: My Life with the Saints; Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Apparition as a Mini-Mariology Course and The Role of he Laity in the Modern World. He is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and is a cooperator of Opus Dei.

Don works full time as the Magnet Program Coordinator of  a Blue Ribbon magnet school in Dallas, TX. Gonzalez also holds a Master of Theological Studies in Pastoral Theology conferred by Ave Maria University in Florida. Additionally, he holds a Master of Education Administration from the University of North Texas. Don lives in Carrollton, TX with his wife Stacey Gonzalez and their two dachshunds, Calvin and Hobbes. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his granddaughter.