CatholicMom.com Speakers

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.

CatholicMom.com Leadership:

Lisa M. Hendey:

Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com.

Sarah Reinhard:

Sarah Reinhard, editorial consultant for CatholicMom.com and 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.

CatholicMom.com Contributors:

This listed is provided as an informational service and is not intended as an endorsement or statement of individual suitability. Each contributor has provided his or her own speaking information as a basic summary. Connect with them directly by clicking on their names.

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.

Cassandra Poppe is ready to speak at your conference or parish about living and loving the Catholic faith within your domestic church!  For more information, please visit http://petalprose.wix.com/speakers

Celeste Behe is the mother of nine homeschooled children, a contributor to both Catholic Digest and the National Catholic Register, and a recovering Mompostor. Her talks include Conquering the Mompostor Mindset, which shows how mothers can overcome feelings of inadequacy. Celeste’s knack for “putting the ‘merry’ in the message” makes her an engaging and edifying speaker. For more information, email: [email protected].

Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN, author of Tiny Blue Lines, speaks on the importance of providing resources and support to young mothers, based on her own experience facing unplanned pregnancy in college. As the former College Outreach Program Coordinator with Feminists for Life, she has spoken on Capitol Hill and at top universities and schools around the nation. Learn more and preview her speech here.

Christina King is an author, free-lance writer, National Radio Show Host with Radio Maria and international Speaker with a highly dynamic and interactive style with over 17 years of experience inspiring audiences to embrace the beauty of the Catholic faith and God’s plan for their life.

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 [email protected].

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 www.christinewatkins.com.

Christopher Weitzel is a former Confirmation/Catechism instructor with 9+ years of experience and has been Co-Producer of the Life on Fire Catholic podcast since 2006.  He enjoys speaking about Faith and Technology, Chastity, Marriage, and just about any other topic.  For a sample talk and more information please visit http://www.lifeonfire.org/speaking

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 is a convert to the Catholic Faith.  She converted during her senior year in college through the help of Life Teen.  She has over 10 years of experience in Youth Ministry.  She can speak on a variety of topics, including conversion, youth ministry/catechism, marriage, adoption, and theology. Her background also includes a Master’s in Film Production and a Multi-Subject teaching credential.  Visit her blog at www.acatholicwife.blogspot.com

Daniel Smrokowski – One of the initiatives at Special Chronicles Nonprofit is speaking and advocating to give all of us people with special needs respect and a voice. Our Founder, Daniel Smrokowski, is available to come speak to your group.  He speaks about  the power of new media, his experiences as an athlete and global messenger speaker with Special Olympics, and about Spread the Word to End the Word.

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 [email protected]  or visit their Facebook page, Autism With The Rizzos.

Diane Schwind – Balanced Families Ministries, directed by Robert and Diane Schwind, is a marriage and family apostolate of the Diocese of Fort Worth , offering retreats, conferences, and seminars for marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, and family relationships all from a Theology of the Body perspective. Website: BalancedFamiliesMinistries.com

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 mydomesticchurch.com.

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 www.ellengable.com and www.fullquiverpublishing.com.

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.

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  http://erinmccolecupp.com

Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the award-winning author of Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood and Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God.  She is available for speaking opportunities within the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her subjects include the spirituality of motherhood and how modern women can relate to and learn from Mary.  Find more information on her blog RandomActsofMomness.com.

Grace Mazza Urbanski is Director of Children’s Ministry at the US national office of the Apostleship of Prayer. She has degrees in English and Theology and spent several years teaching English at Marquette University. She is a professional musician, an energetic speaker, and a long-devoted member of the Apostleship of Prayer.

Jeannie Ewing has a Master of Science in Education for School Counseling and has two daughters with special needs.  She speaks on the topics of grief, parenting children with special needs, and caring for caregivers.  Please contact her for more information [email protected], and feel free to visit her blog at lovealonecreates.com.

Jeff Young, author of Around the Table with The Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine (Liguori Publications), is the founder and producer of The Catholic Foodie™ where he offers Catholic culinary inspiration to help families grow in faith around the table. Jeff specializes in talks for men, couples and families on topics ranging from “growing in faith around the table” to “using social media in the New Evangelization.”

Jennifer Gladen is a Children’s Author available for speaking events. She has appeared at various schools and presented at Holy Family University. For more information visit: http://jengladen.com/Author-Visits.php

Judy Landrieu Klein, a mother and grandmother, is an author, inspirational speaker, widow–and newlywed! Her book, Miracle Man, chronicles her deceased husband’s near death experience and deathbed conversion. A Catholic theologian, Judy speaks about cultivating HOPE in our brokenness. Her blog, HOLY HOPE, can be found at MemorareMinistries.com.

Julie Paavola has been a speaker for the last 15 years. She has a Masters degree in religious studies and is a trained spiritual director. As a speaker, she brings faith to life by acting out scenes from Scripture and the lives of the Saints.

Karee Santos is available to speak or be interviewed on a wide range of Catholic marriage and family-related topics, including parenting, sexuality, the Sacraments, and Pope Francis’ upcoming Synod on the Family http://canwecana.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_29.html

Kathleen M. Berchelmann, MD, is a pediatrician and blogging Catholic mother of five.  She is available to speak on all issues related to pediatrics and parenting.  Connect with Kathleen at KathleenBerchelmannMD.com.

Kaye Hinckley, award-winning author of Catholic Fiction. Topic: God is Madly in Love with You!  Previous appearances include: The Daughters of Mary, St. Ignatius. Mobile AL; Advent Retreat for Moms, Christ the King Parish, Atlanta. GA; Iona Club, St. Columba Parish, Dothan, AL. Upcoming: Jan. 2015 presentation, The Saint Louis Marian Conference which adopted the title of her novel, A Hunger in the Heart, as its theme.

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.

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 CatholicMom.com as well as a writer for Faith Catholic Publishing. http://www.greenforgod.blogspot.com/

Leticia Velasquez is a journalist and advocate for unborn babies with Down syndrome. She co-founded KIDS Keep Infants with Down Syndrome, which represents these precious babies in the media , at the United Nations, and to our elected representatives. Leticia edited A Special Mother is Born a collection of 33 stories from Catholic parents of special needs children which is available in Spanish. She may be reached at Cause of Our Joy

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 one novel (Casting the First Stone), Lisa blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles and WITF as well as contributing to Tech Talk at catholicmom.com.

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 http://www.soundmindandspirit.com/p/about-us.html

Lisa Schmidt is a member of the CMG Booking Catholic Speakers Bureau and is available to speak on family spirituality, motherhood, transiting from work to home, pregnancy loss, becoming a deacon’s wife, and developing spiritual friendships in this digital age. Head over to ThePracticingCatholic.com for more information.

Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio is a New York Times best-selling author, Professor of Scripture, Theology and Church History, host of EWTN Early Church Fathers TV show. You can visit him at www.dritaly.com or Dr.Italy on Facebook or Twitter.

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 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/prayergardens/ .

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 www.margefenelon.com

Marissa Nichols gives witty, rousing and inspiring Natural Family Planning pep talks to engaged and married couples. Is your parish marriage preparation program struggling with skeptical culture regarding this topic, book her today! Visit Marissa at Thetheologyoflaundry.blogspot.com

Dr. Mary Amore holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union. Dr. Amore is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation and the newly released DVD entitled Eucharist: A Journey to Transformation, Healing and Discipleship. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary is a highly sought after presenter of parish missions, workshops, seminars and retreats.

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 (Catholicmom.com, OSV.com-TCK, Catechists Know How and AmazingCatechists.com) and Speaker. She has a  BSW, MA Certificate in Catechesis, is an RCIA Coordinator at St. Leo’s Church in Hilton, NY.

Maureen Wittmann, author of several Catholic homeschooling books and articles, is also co-founder and co-director of Homeschooling Connections. She brings to your conference 20 years of experience, as well an excitement and love of homeschooling.

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.

Michele Howe is the author of fourteen books for women and has published over 2000 articles, reviews, and curriculum to more than 100 different publications. Read more of Michele’s work at http://michelehowe.wordpress.com/.

Nancy Ward shares about Catholicism, her conversion and Christian community at JoyAlive.net, 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 [email protected].

Sarah Blake loves sharing her energy and passion for truth with any audience, and has spoken on topics such as discernment, mother-daughter relationships, and living counter-culturally. Based in Toronto, Ontario Canada, she can be contacted at [email protected].

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 http://www.joyfulwords.org/joyful-words-ministry.html

Sherry Boas, owner of Caritas Press and author of the Lily Trilogy, speaks on a variety of topics, including pro-life issues, adoption, special needs parenting, the vocation of motherhood, creative writing and publishing.

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 http://beasone.org/speaking-engagements/ for details and to hear samples.

Theresa Ceniccola is a writer, marketing consultant and mentor to moms who are running a business that supports their values of faith and family. As the president and founder of the International Christian Mompreneur Network, she empowers entrepreneurial moms to build profitable businesses with wisdom and grace.

Tina Santiago Rodriguez is passionate about communicating the love of God, the joy of Christ-centered living, and the beauty of motherhood and homeschooling to others. She has been blessed to give talks to people from all walks of life, and in different languages too (English, Filipino, Bahasa Melayu, Tetum). Tina blogs at TrulyRichMom.com and lives in Manila, Philippines.