Speakers

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas in 2004, and became on January 15, 2005, the 4th Archbishop and the 11th Bishop for the Archdiocese of Kansas City.  In 2015, he also served several months as the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  Archbishop Naumann is Chair of the Kansas Catholic Conference and currently serves as the Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He is also a member of the USCCB Religious Liberty Committee, the USCCB Communications Committee, and the Sub Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.  Archbishop Naumann also serves on the Board of the National Committee for the Human Life Amendment, and is the Co-Chair for the Religious Alliance Against Pornography.

Archbishop Naumann was ordained a priest in 1975. For 11 years of his priestly ministry, he served as a Pastor or Associate Pastor for parishes in the Inner City of St. Louis. In 1995, then Father Naumann was appointed by Archbishop Justin Rigali to serve as Vicar-General for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  On September 3, l997, he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  In October, 2003, Bishop Naumann was elected Administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

From 1984 to 1995, Archbishop Naumann served as the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Coordinator in St. Louis.  During his term of leadership, Project Rachel and the Lifeline Coalition (a network of Catholic Hospitals, Pregnancy Centers, Birthrights, Shelters for Pregnant Women and Catholic Charities) were initiated in St. Louis.  Archbishop Naumann was a founding Board Member for the Vitae Foundation, an organization that creates highly researched Pro-Life messages for mass and social media.

Bishop Joseph Strickland

Bishop Joseph Edward Strickland was born in Fredericksburg, Texas and relocated to Atlanta, TX at the age of 4. The Strickland’s were founding members of St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Atlanta, Texas.
He entered Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas in August of 1977 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas on June 1, 1985.
February 24, 1987, the Diocese of Tyler was established at which time he joined its presbyterate.
He was ordained to the episcopacy on November 28, 2012.

bishopstrickland.com

Father John Paul Mary

Rev. Fr. John Paul Mary, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. After high school he worked full-time for a hardware store and devoted much time and attention to his fixing and modifying his show car. He went back to school in the late nineties and earned an associates degree in engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2000. Feeling a call to the priesthood he became a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA shortly after his graduation. Following his graduation from Seminary, he entered the MFVA community in October 2004 and he professed final vows on August 14, 2010. Br. John Paul completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on May 4, 2012 and earned a Masters in Divinity. He was ordained a deacon on June 2, 2012. On June 22, 2013 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert Baker. Father now serves as the EWTN Employee Chaplain.

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Father David Guffey

Father David is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, living in-residence and assisting at St. Monica. Although he regularly preaches and presides at sacraments, his full-time job is National Director of Family Theater Productions where he has worked since 2008. Father David also gives retreats and talks on spirituality, faith and media, and Catholicism and film. He is a Notre Dame football enthusiast, loves to travel and is a film buff.

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Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics to read Scripture from the heart of the Church.
Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly for forty years, and together they have six children and eighteen grandchildren. Two of their sons are currently in priestly formation with the Diocese of Steubenville.
The author or editor of over forty popular and academic books, Dr. Hahn’s works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Hail Holy Queen. His most recent release is titled Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body.
A former Presbyterian minister, Dr. Hahn entered the Catholic Church in 1986.
Over the last three decades, Dr. Hahn has delivered thousands of popular talks and academic lectures, nationally and internationally, on a wide range of topics related to Scripture, Theology, and the Catholic faith.

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Patrick Madrid

PATRICK MADRID hosts the 3-hour daily “Patrick Madrid Show” on Relevant Radio’s national network of 171 stations and on the Relevant Radio mobile app.

His 26 books include Why Be Catholic? (Random House) and Life Lessons: 50 Things I Learned in My First 50 Years (Ignatius Press).

For over 30 years, Patrick has presented countless seminars on Catholic themes, in English and Spanish, at parishes, universities, and conferences across the U.S. and internationally.

He earned a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, OH). For the past nine years, he has served as an adjunct professor of apologetics at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT and (since 2018) at Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, CA. He also taught as an adjunct professor on the theology faculty at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Commenting publicly on the effectiveness of Patrick’s approach to doing apologetics, the late Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York, said, “How do you bring a friend or relative back into the Church? First you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid’s advice in [his book] Search and Rescue.”

Married for 39 years, Patrick and his wife Nancy have 11 children and 25 grandchildren. His website is patrickmadrid.com

Lila Rose

Lila Rose is a speaker, writer, podcast host, and human rights activist. Lila founded and serves as president of Live Action, a media and news nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects all human life. Live Action’s groundbreaking news coverage and compelling videos reach several million people every week.
Learn More: liveaction.org
and Find Lila’s podcast at
lilaroseshow.com

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh is a popular writer, author, podcaster, and speaker. His columns on The Daily Wire have been read by millions. He is the author of The Unholy Trinity and recently released, Church of Cowards. Matt is well known for his controversial and provocative insights into culture, politics, and religion. He lives on the East Coast with his wife and four children.

You can find Matt’s book here

Dr. Janet Smith Ph.D.

Dr. Smith speaks nationally and internationally on the Catholic teachings on sexuality and on bioethics and has published numerous articles on sexuality and bioethics. She is serving a third term as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. She has co authored Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics, with Chris Kaczor. She has a new book Right to Privacy, published by Ignatius Press.

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Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd speaks to tens of thousands of people every year. He is the best-selling author of several books, including Does God Exist?, The Porn Myth, and Marian Consecration With Aquinas. Matt’s podcast Pints With Aquinas receives hundreds of thousands of downloads every month. Matt earned his Master’s and undergraduate degrees in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College. His new course STRIVE: A 21-Day Detox from Porn equips men with the tools needed to quit porn for good. Matt lives with his wife, Cameron, and their children in Georgia.

pintswithaquinas.com

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. She is the author of A Year with the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living.

Michael & Alicia Hernon

Michael and Alicia Hernon are on a mission to empower parents, strengthen marriage, and bring families to Christ. Their ministry, The Messy Family Project, began as a podcast and has grown into a multimedia platform to support and build up marriages and families. The Hernons have traveled throughout the United States and internationally encouraging husbands and wives in their marriages. They live in Steubenville, OH, and are the parents of ten children.

www.messyfamilyproject.org

Kendra Tierney

Kendra Tierney is a wife and a mother of ten children from newborn to teenager. She loves liturgical living in the home and is on a campaign to make Catholicism weird again. She’s a homeschooler and a regular schooler, and an enthusiastic amateur experimenter in the domestic arts. She writes the award-winning Catholic mommy blog Catholic All Year, is a regular contributor to Blessed Is She Ministries, and is the voice of liturgical living at Endow Ministries. She is the author of A Little Book about Confession for Children, the Traditional Catholic Prayers for Awesome Catholic Kids series of prayer books, and the Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life.

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons

Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons is a psychiatrist who has been working in the area of strengthening marriages and families for over forty years. This includes many conferences, EWTN shows and numerous national Catholic radio shows, co-authoring several American Psychological Association books with chapters on resolving the leading marital and family conflicts, and his new best selling Ignatius Press book, Habits for a Healthy Marriage: A Handbook for Catholic Couples. Also, he has taught at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Catholic University of America. Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope, received the Benedict XVI Foundation Award for Advanced Reason in research in association with a Spanish University in 2019. His websites are www.maritalhealing.com and www.childhealing.com. He is married to Adele and they have three great daughters.

You can find Dr. Fitzgibbons’ book here:
Habits for a Healthy Marriage: A Handbook for Catholic Couples

Stephanie Gray

Stephanie Gray is a seasoned and international speaker from Canada who began presenting at the age of 18. She has given almost 1,000 pro-life presentations and debates across North America as well as in Scotland, England, Ireland, Austria, Latvia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica. She has spoken at many post-secondary institutions such as Yale University, George Washington University, and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2017, Stephanie was a presenter for the series “Talks at Google,” speaking on abortion at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Learn more at www.loveunleasheslife.com

Laura Ricketts

Laura is a wife, mother, and the wearer of many hats. She is Client and Marketing Manager for And Then There Were None, and a Birth and Bereavement Doula for her ministry FiLumena Birth and Bereavement. She is certified in Psychological First Aid and Grief and Loss Counseling. Laura speaks on pregnancy loss and birth trauma from both personal and professional experience. Weaving her own story with practical tips on how to seek healing and hope, Laura has traveled the country with her message of hope and healing in the face of loss. When she isn’t wearing one of her many hats she can be found reading, kayaking, crocheting or exploring with her husband, her kids and her cats in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia!

www.filumenabirth.com

Kevin Wells

Kevin Wells is a former Major League Baseball writer, award-winning journalist and author of Burst: A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart. His latest book, The Priests We Need to Save the Church, is on its fourth printing and has been one of America’s best-selling Catholic books since its August release. Kevin’s work with youth earned him the James Cardinal Hickey National Figure Award from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Kevin lives in Millersville, Maryland with his wife and three children. If you would like to know more about Kevin, read his pieces and better understand his mission to do his part to help heal a travailed Church, please visit KevinWells.org or thepriestsweneed.com His book is available from Sophia Institute Press here

David and Mercedes Rizzo

David and Mercedes Rizzo write and speak from a faith perspective as parents of
a child with autism. Inspired by their daughter they developed the Adaptive First
Eucharist Preparation Kit. Together they are the authors of Praying for Your
Special Needs Child; and Spiritually Able: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching the Faith to
Children with Special Needs. In addition David is the author of Faith, Family and
Children with Special Needs. David has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and
Mercedes has a Master’s Degree in Education. They live with their four children in
New Jersey.

www.davidandmercedesrizzo.com

Fiorella Nash

Fiorella Nash is a writer and bioethicist in the United Kingdom with over ten years’ experience researching life issues from a feminist perspective. She speaks often at international conferences and has appeared on radio and in print discussing abortion, gendercide, maternal health and commercial surrogacy. She is also an award-winning novelist and has published numerous books under the nom-de-plume Fiorella De Maria, including Poor Banished Children, Do No Harm, and We’ll Never Tell Them.

Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is a writer, speaker, and brand manager of CatholicMom.com. She has written several books, including You Are Enough and Giving Thanks and Letting Go.

Learn more about Danielle and her work at daniellebean.com

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