February 18, 2023
2023 E6 Speakers
Matt Birk (born July 23, 1976) is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Harvard. Birk is a two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and one-time Super Bowl champion.
Birk established the HIKE Foundation in 2002, which seeks to "impact the lives of at-risk children by providing interactive programs and resources needed to guide a child through the key educational transitions between elementary, middle, high school and college."The foundation launched "Ready, Set, Read!" in select Baltimore area public schools in the fall of 2010. The program works with about 100,000 Baltimore students on improving their reading skills through an incentive-based system. Birk received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2011 for his commitment to improving literacy among at-risk youth.
He was named the sixth-smartest athlete by the Sporting News in 2010.
Birk is a pro-life father of six children. His wife volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center and he participated in the Maryland March for Life in 2011.
Bear Woznick is the host of Motorcycle Based Reality TV show “Long Ride Home with Bear Woznick”. Distributed worldwide on EWTN and Armed Forces Network to more than two hundred million homes and Amazon Prime Video
Host of EWTN’s “The Bear Woznick Adventure” Radio Show heard by millions each week on over 500 radio stations in nearly all 50 states as well as Sirius FM and global shortwave and internet radio and YouTube.
Host of the daily “Catechism in a Year” seen daily on Facebook live and YouTube
Author of the Sophia Institute’s books “Deep in the Wave – A Surfing Guide to the Soul” (an Amazon best seller), “Deep Adventure – The Way of Heroic Virtue” and his Fall 2022 book “12 Rules for Manliness - Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?”
He is a world champion surfer involved with coaching a dozen teams and co-founding the Professional International Tandem Surfing Association world tour.
Bear is married with four adult children. Now lives in Hawaii with his wife Cindy.
Fr. Jonathan Meyer
Fr. Jonathan Meyer was ordained a priest in 2003 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. After his ordination he served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese. He has also served at several parishes, prior to being named as the pastor of four parishes in Dearborn County, IN.
He maintains a presence on the internet with weekly homilies and other teachings. He has written and published two children’s plays and recently wrote a chapter for Dynamic Catholic’s book, Beautiful Hope. In 2022 he began minister as a National Preacher for the Eucharistic Revival.
In his spare time, he coaches Track and Cross Country; coaching at public schools for the past 12 years.
Mark Houck, Co-Founder & President of The King’s Men is an author, lecturer, radio host, activist and passionate Catholic.
Since 2006, he has been speaking to thousands of men about a variety of topics related to the development of authentic masculinity. Mark has written numerous articles, brochures and publications on the topics of pornography, homosexuality, abortion, teen sexuality, parenting and masculine spirituality.
In 2008, the USCCB asked him to author a publication on the issue of pornography, which has since been circulated within every diocese in the US.
The mission of The King’s Men has enabled Mark to minister to men and women all across North America and Europe.
Prior to launching The King’s Men, he was a full-time chastity educator and pro-life activist with Generation Life. Mark has a BA in Human Resource Management from The Catholic University of America and a Master’s in Education from Holy Family University.
Mark is married with seven children, and lives in outside Philadelphia, PA.