Contributors who are Speakers


Connect with speakers nationwide for your next event or conference.

Many of our contributors have active Catholic speaking apostolates and would appreciate your consideration for your next conference or event. Please connect with each speaker directly for his or her individual credentials.

Lisa M. Hendey:

Lisa Hendey is the founder of and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms as well as the Chime Travelers series for kids. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Lisa is excited about the potential of speaking with your group, parish, or organization. She is available to present to your group — large or small — on a variety of topics including Catholic faith and family life, women’s issues, New Media and Internet Safety issues, and personal productivity topics. Lisa brings an upbeat style and tempo to her talks, blending her “real world” experience and energy with a compelling commitment to sharing her faith with others. Her presentations can be tailored to your specific theme to ensure that your participants receive the greatest possible intellectual and spiritual outcomes. Visit her at

Lisa M. Hendey, Founder

For a complete speaker’s package, including a letter from Bishop Armando X. Ochoa and audio samples, contact Lisa at

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Lisa Hendey
10573 West Pico Blvd. #31
Los Angeles, CA 90064-2348

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Abby Watts is the host of the morning show on Spirit FM 90.5 in Tampa, Florida.  She mixes humor, life lessons and scripture as she dives into topics like Trusting God, God’s Reckless Love, Moms: Don’t Forget You’re a Daughter First and A Catholic’s Journey through Divorce. Her husband Davis Watts is the father of two children with Cystic Fibrosis, one on earth and one in heaven. Abby and Davis would love to speak at your couples conference or retreat. Email or visit

Allison Gingras – Topics:  *Seeking Faith Series – Forgiveness; Trust; and Joy. *Social Media and the New Evangelization.  *Spiritual Trifecta: Mass, Adoration and Reconciliation – Living the Catholic Faith in your Everyday Life.  All talks can be tailored for audience: teens, adults, parents, catechists.  Contact Allison through Reconciled To You ministries.

Chantal Howard and her husband are booking speaking engagements at your parish or event this year to unpack further the messages of Fatima, the family rosary and other special ways you can live a richer, more vibrant Catholic family life. Currently, Dr. Peter Howard is offering a free talk to any parish or event that can pay to get him there and asks only a free will offering for the benefit of our ministry Heroic Families. Find out more here:

Christina Weber,  mompreneur coach, founder of The Catholic Women’s Guide and author of “The Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships”speaks on a variety of topics related to abundance, time mastery, spirituality, business, and the mompreneur revolution. To arrange a talk contact her at

Christine Watkins, who received a miraculous healing from Jesus through Mary, is now a popular Catholic speaker, featured on radio and television. She is the author of the Catholic best-seller, Full of Grace, and host of the What Next, God? show on Radio Maria. See

Colleen Spiro is a Catholic convert, Benedictine Oblate and a certified spiritual director. She loves to share her faith and encourage others through her writings, talks and retreats. You can contact Colleen through her website, Catholic Prayer Life.

Courtney Vallejo converted to the Catholic faith during her senior year in college, through the help of LifeTeen and the introduction to the faith that she received from her Catholic high school. She has over 10 years of experience in Youth Ministry. She can speak on a variety of topics, including adoption, conversion, homeschooling, learning disabilities, marriage, motherhood, Catholic sisterhood, theology, and youth ministry. Her background also includes a Bachelors in Journalism with a minor in communication, a Master’s Degree in Film Production and a California Multi-Subject teaching credential. Visit her website at

Danielle Heckenkamp is a wife, mother, author, and lover of her Catholic culture. Danielle delves into the importance of family life, living with intention, common sense, manners, and creating a spiritual plan of life. She is the co-author of a nonfiction book that focuses on etiquette and regularly teaches etiquette classes to children through adults. Contact Danielle through her website, Loving These Days.

David and Mercedes Rizzo The parents of four children, David and Mercedes were inspired by their daughter who is non-verbal and was diagnosed with autism to develop The Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit and wrote Spiritually Able, A Parents Guide To Teaching The Faith To Children With Special Needs. David is the author of Faith, Family and Children With Special Needs. David is a physical therapist and Mercedes is a certified teacher. Their speaking topics include:   Special Needs Catechesis and Sacramental Preparation in the Catholic Faith, Balancing Act – Special Needs Parenting, Marriage, Self-Care, and Family Needs, and Physical Therapy for the Child with Special Needs (David). Content can be tailored to the needs of specific audiences. Contact them by email at  or visit their Facebook page, Autism With The Rizzos.

Elena LaVictoire has been married to her high school sweet heart for over 30 years. They have six children (from 25 to 9) who were all homeschooled. She speaks alone or with her husband at Pre-Cana days about the Spirituality of Marriage, and having a Domestic Church.  She also speaks on the Rule of Life for Catholic Girls at confirmation retreats.  She blogs regularly about her issues and events that affect her family at

Ellen Gable Hrkach is a wife and mother of five, an award-winning novelist, editor and book coach who is available to speak to parish groups and high schools on a variety of themes: Pre-Marital and Marital Chastity, Pro-Life Topics, Theology of the Body, Natural Family Planning and the Joy of Sexual Honesty Within Marriage.  She lives near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but is willing to travel.  Her websites are and

Ellen Mongan and her husband Deacon Pat Mongan have been married forty-three years, with eight children and twelve grandchildren. They are in full-time ministry and have spoken on both television and radio. They are available to speak at your conference or church mission. They speak on parenthood, Discovering Your God Given Gifts, and any subject about the Catholic faith. Ellen is also the host of MMRADIO\Healing Together. You can hear her weekly show by going to Blog Talk Radio Miscarriage Matters. They go anywhere God leads them. For more information, email

Emily Jaminet, along with Michele Faehnle, speaks at Ladies Night Out at parishes, women’s conferences, retreats and moms groups on these topics: Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina, Our Friend Faustina: Lessons of Mercy for a Woman’s Life, Families of Mercy: Living out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in family life, A Day Hemmed in Prayer: Our Faith Journey as Catholic Moms, and Divine Trust: Living it and Sharing this lesson to our children. Contact them at Divine Mercy for Moms. Jaminet also speaks about Spiritual Friendship:The Guide to Building Authentic Relationships and The Friend Problem: Solutions and Suggestions for cultivating Faith-Filled Friendships. Learn more at, a website based on her newest release by Ave Maria Press entitled The Friendship Project: A Catholic Woman’s Guide to Making and Keeping Faith-Filled Friendships.

Erin McCole Cupp is a lay Dominican who will make you think, laugh, and want to listen to 80s music.  Her topics include infertility, Catholic fiction, meatless Fridays, and much more.” Learn more about Erin at

Kathleen Billings, a wife and mother of five with 3 more children in Heaven, has a BA in Theology which she leverages along with life experience as a popular Catholic blogger for the For Your Marriage section of the USCCB Website, WINE – Women in the New Evangelization, Catholicmom, and her own personal blog,, where she can be contacted. She is an inspirational Catholic speaker, speaking from the heart on Marriage, Motherhood, Family Life, Making Sense out of Suffering, Catholic Traditions, Freedom with Faith, Wholeness to Holiness and Authentic Spiritual Growth in the 21 Century.

Kelly Guest – A former Dominican sister of St. Cecelia in Nashville, Kelly discerned after temporary vows that God had something even more wonderful for her. Now a home school (until high school) mother of 10, she has also been called to be a Director of Education for Villa Louise, a program for pregnant teens; a Director of Religious Education; and is now a coordinator of Youth Ministries.

Lara Patangan loves to talk about mercy, about her year doing corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and how practicing it can change lives and make the world a better place.  For more information, please email

Laura Nelson is a wife and mother of three children as well as a Catholic blogger, author, speaker, teacher, and life-long student of the Catholic faith.  In addition to writing her own blog, GreenforGod, Laura is also a contributor to as well as a writer for Faith Catholic Publishing.

Lindsay Schlegel, author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God, offers two prepared talks: Be the Change You Wish to Be in Your Home and Having it “All” as a Catholic Woman. Lindsay also writes about fertility-awareness based methods (FABMs), books, writing, and fitness for a variety of sites online, and can craft a presentation on any of these topics for a range of audiences. Contact her at and visit to learn more.

Lisa Lawmaster Hess is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania and a former elementary school counselor. The author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels (Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance), Lisa also contributed to the 50 Over 50 anthology and The Catholic Mom’s Prayer CompanionLisa at blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles and Organizing by STYLE as well as writing the weekly Style Savvy feature and contributing to Tech Talk at

Lisa Jones, located in the Houston area, is available to speak on integrating faith into your day to day family life and other matters relating to faith and family.  In the area of Social Media, Lisa can address how to amplify your faith filled message online. Find out more by visiting

Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB  offers presentations on gardening, spirituality, and discovering the Creator through his creation. Author of: A Garden of Visible Prayer and Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, both from Patheos Press and awarded Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval; from Ave Maria Press, A Catholic Gardeners Spiritual Almanac. Blogs at .

Marge Fenelon is a Catholic wife, mom, author, and speaker. She’s spoken to a wide range of audiences on a variety of topics related to family life, womanhood, and Marian spirituality. Her latest book is Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom. Learn more about Marge at

Maria V. Gallagher has worked as a journalist for radio, television, newspapers, and online publications. She currently advocates on behalf of pregnant women, babies, people with disabilities, and the frail elderly. Maria speaks passionately on pro-life issues and using both social media and traditional media to build a culture of life and love. You can contact her at

Mary Lou Rosien is a Catholic wife, mother to 8 (including a foster son), Author (Managing Stress with the Help of Your Catholic Faith (OSV), Catholic Family Boot Camp (Bezalel Books) Columnist (,, Catechists Know How and and Speaker. She has a  BSW, MA Certificate in Catechesis, is an RCIA Coordinator at St. Leo’s Church in Hilton, NY.

Melanie Jean Juneau is a convert and a mother of nine children whose talks are humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to speak about the joy of mothering, prayer and spirituality.

Michele Faehnle, along with Emily Jaminet, speaks at Ladies Night Out at Parishes, Women’s Conferences, Retreats and Moms Groups on these topics: Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina, Our Friend Faustina: Lessons of Mercy for a Woman’s Life, Families of Mercy: Living out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in family life, A Day Hemmed in Prayer: Our Faith Journey as Catholic Moms, and Divine Trust: Living it and Sharing this lesson to our children. Contact them at Divine Mercy for Moms.

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, fsp, is a Daughter of St Paul and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles. She is a Media Literacy Education Specialist, theologian, international speaker, film reviewer and blogger. She offers presentations on all aspects of faith and media as well as film retreats, parish media missions, and faith formation workshops. Her book, A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics is a theology of popular culture published by Wipf & Stock Publishers. Her speaker topics include: Digital Discipleship: Becoming Cultural Mystics; Living Virtuously Through Social Media; Restlessness in a Mediated World; Media Mindfulness: Faith Formation for a Digital Age; and many more. Contact

Nancy Ward shares about Catholicism, her conversion and Christian community at, 9 websites and Tidings magazine. She loves to tell her faith story and help other tells theirs.

Pat Gohn, author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, (Ave Maria Press), is a columnist at Catholic Mom, Catholic Digest, Patheos, and elsewhere. Pat holds an MA Theology and specializes in talks and retreats for women on the feminine genius, Mary and the saints, the Catechism, plus numerous topics for the new evangelization for general audiences.

Roxane B. Salonen began doing school author visits when her children’s books emerged in 2005. As a regular faith columnist for her city’s daily newspaper and award-winning Catholic writer, her offerings now also include talks on seeing the world through eyes of faith. Reach her through Peace Garden Passage or at

Sarah Reinhard, author of Catholic Family Fun (Pauline Books & Media) and A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy (Ave Maria Press), is a Catholic wife, mother, author, writer, blogger, catechist, and farm girl who speaks on a variety of topics and promises to bring enough coffee to share.

Sheri Wohlfert is a veteran motivational humorist who combines her huge sense of humor and her deep love of God into presentations that leave the audience laughing, thinking, praying and finding God’s fingerprints in all corners of life! Visit her at

Sherry Antonetti is a freelance writer and longtime contributor to  She’s written for The Catholic Standard, Catholic Digest, Aleteia and National Catholic Register. Sherry is available to speak to your groups (Large or small) on a variety of issues centered on family life. Some of her talks include ‘Tis the Size of the Heart in Families that make them big or small, living with and through the toddler and/or teen years, dealing with the lost sheep of the family, prayer life in the domestic church, embracing life, the beauty of perfection in what the world thinks is broken, and finding joy in the everyday, and the very necessariness of everyone and even more necessariness of prayer every day, and Date Night! Sex, Intimacy and Prayer. Contact Sherry via email at

Sterling Jaquith is available to speak in the U.S. She has many topics that she speaks on including spiritual dryness, striving for sainthood, her conversion story, as well as several topics for homeschoolers. For more information, email

Susan Bailey – With deep love for her faith expressed through word and song, Susan Bailey presents a unique speaking experience, sharing from the heart about various topics designed to challenge, inform and comfort. Visit for details and to hear samples.