BCYC Encounter - Featured Speaker

Sarah Swafford


Sarah Swafford, a 2004 Benedictine College graduate, has become a popular and well-known Catholic author and speaker. She is credited with coining the phrase “emotional virtue” while working with students at the college as a residence hall director. After she graduated, Sarah never imagined the many conversations she had with the young women of St. Scholastica Hall would develop into a regular ministry of mentoring and speaking across the country.


“God gave me a front row seat to watch college students as they experienced an important transition in their lives,” she said. “As a residence hall director, they asked me questions and, in time, I began to pick up on things and tried to help with what they were struggling with in any way I could.”


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After developing a formal presentation on emotional virtue, she began to deliver the talk to various groups on and off campus, including youth groups and at other ministry events. In response to the talk, she began to receive letters from young men and women from as far away as Australia and Italy. Then one day, a written version of her talk found its way into the hands of a priest at St. Benedict’s Abbey. The priest thought the content was so good that he contacted EWTN and encouraged the television network to feature Swafford on one of its programs. EWTN reviewed the material and enthusiastically agreed, featuring her on the popular “Life on the Rock” program in 2011.


But Swafford did not rest on her laurels. She continued to develop her thoughts into a new book, Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships, which was published in December 2014 by Totus Tuus Press. That book is now available atwww.chastityproject.com, on Amazon.com, and also in The Raven Store on the Benedictine College campus. She has also created a website, www.emotionalvirtue.com, where interested young men and women can learn more about her ministry, as well as the concept of emotional virtue. Then she had the opportunity to work with EWTN once again. In 2015, she co-hosted a five-part series, “At the Heart of Relationships,” with Fr. James Dean.


Being a residence hall director isn’t the only way Swafford learned about young people. For more than 25 years, her mother, Linda Henry, has served Benedictine College in various positions, currently as Vice President for Student Life, but early on as a residence hall director herself when Sarah was a child. Swafford literally grew up on campus. She graduated in 2004 and then served as an admission counselor before becoming a residence hall director. Today, she and her husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, a fellow ’04 alumnus and Benedictine College associate professor of theology, live in Atchison with their four children. They both enjoy mentoring and encouraging students at Benedictine College and around the world.


Dave DiNuzzo Sr.


Dave DiNuzzo Sr. is a Catholic, husband, father of 4, speaker, author, blogger, podcaster, retreat master, evangelist, and Catholic High School Theology teacher and Powerlifting coach.  He received a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute 2011 (Denver, CO) and degrees in Business and Theology from Benedictine College 2004 (Atchison, KS.) While at BC, Dave played football and rugby, and had a crazy faith journey where he left the Catholic Church and later returned.


Following college, Dave joined FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) as a missionary and has worked in a multitude of ministry settings. Currently, Dave is in the 10th year of operating TrueManhood Men’s Ministry (TrueManhood.com) which takes him across the country speaking to crowds on the topic of authentic masculinity and putting on retreats. Dave also hosts The TrueManhood Podcast. Dave is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a CrossFitter/powerlifter, and serves the community as a volunteer firefighter/rescue squad member.