Speakers 20212020-06-09T14:10:51+00:00

Meet our special Guests

Get to know our speakers, cruise host, and priests before we set sail on the 2nd annual Good News Cruise®! Click the names below to read a brief bio!

Raymond Arroyo is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author. He is a Fox News Contributor, co-host of Fox Nation’s Laura & Raymond, and Editorial Advisor for Fox’s top-rated, The Ingraham Angle. As founding News Director, Managing Editor and Lead Anchor for EWTN News, he is seen in more than 350 million homes on six continents each week and heard on more than 500 AM/FM affiliates and a stand-alone Sirius channel throughout the US. Mr. Arroyo established EWTN News and The World Over Live in 1996, which he hosts from Washington DC each week. In addition to his work at EWTN, Mr. Arroyo has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Access Hollywood, The O’Reilly Factor, Erin Burnett Outfront, and the Laura Ingraham Show. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally-renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas.

Kerri Caviezel grew up in a small timber community in the Pacific Northwest that has been home to her extended family for over 120 years. This stable, tiny little community provided the backdrop for a life that centered on faith and family. Every child should be so fortunate to have extended family close by and siblings with whom they can share their world.  Basketball was her first love for 14 years. Kerri was fortunate to be a part of two state championships teams; be named First team All-State in high school; start for four years in College and recently be named to Western Washington University’s Hall of Fame. 

Beyond basketball, education was a natural outlet for sharing her passion for young people.  After receiving the honor for the Outstanding Graduating Student in Elementary Education and being asked to give the student address at graduation, Kerri entered the teaching profession.  Teaching was never a job.  Rather, it was a mission. 

Kerri took her passion for teaching and coaching and continued to work with teenagers and young mothers through her involvement with the Pregnancy Counseling Center.  This pro-life work along with adoption advocacy has become her life-long mission.  This 23 year journey, as a national and international speaker, has enabled Kerri the opportunity to speak at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany in 2005, the Eucharistic Congress in Atlanta and North Carolina, various pro-life conferences around the country, as well as appearing on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” to promote a message of faith, hope, love and a belief in life as the greatest God given gift of all. 

Kerri has been married to her husband, Jim, for 23 years and her most important job is as a mother to three adopted children; Bo, Lyn, and David.  What a blessing it has been for her to visit over 30 states, and 20 countries.  The best part has been the opportunity to meet men and women; such as Saint Pope John Paul II, Reverend Billy Graham, Mother Angelica and Coach John Wooden.  These four pillars among others have left Kerri with an indelible impression that serving others is the most important legacy that you can leave the world.

Most Reverend Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D. is the Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia. He previously served as the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota and Archbishop of Denver, Colorado. Archbishop Chaput was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He has addressed World Youth Day gatherings in both Toronto and Rome, and was appointed in 2003 by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  In 2005, Archbishop Chaput gave the keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., which was attended by President Bush.  Archbishop Chaput is known for his writings, such as the popular book, “Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics”, numerous articles, and the forwards to books by many well-known Catholic authors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Catholic University of America and Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Dr. Ray Guarendi is a Catholic father of ten, clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio & television host. His radio show, “The Dr. Is In” can be heard on over 440 stations and SiriusXM® channel 130. His EWTN television series, “Living Right With Dr. Ray” is aired in 142 countries. Dr. Ray has given over 3,000 talks on various topics including parenting, marriage, family and the Catholic faith. He captivates audiences with his compelling humor-laced presentations providing practical advice and proven techniques.

Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children (two of which are seminarians for the diocese of Steubenville) and eighteen grandchildren. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.

He has been awarded the Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and president of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Hahn held the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.

Al Kresta is a broadcaster, journalist, and writer. Though raised Catholic, he left the church and became an Evangelical pastor known for his radio program “Talk from the Heart.” Mr. Kresta later returned to his Catholic faith and now serves as the president and CEO of Ave Maria Radio. His popular radio show Kresta in the Afternoon draws on his unique faith background to approach matters of faith, consequence, and the issues of the day. Kresta in the Afternoon is syndicated on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and heard on more than 350 stations across the United States. Mr. Kresta is the author of many books, including Dangers to the FaithMoments of Grace, and Why Do Catholics Genuflect? His conversion story is also featured in the best-selling anthology, Surprised by Truth. He and his wife, Sally, have been married over 30 years and have five children on earth and two in heaven. 

Fr. Joe Krupp, is a Roman Catholic priest who is known nation-wide for his theological articles, including “In the Know with Fr. Joe”. He used to be a comedian, a writer for FOX, and a chaplain in Lansing, MI for the Michigan State University Football Team. Father Krupp is the pastor at Holy Family in Grand Blanc and St. Mark’s in Goodrich.

Fr. John Riccardo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, ordained in 1996. He has served as pastor of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Troy, MI, and at Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) in Plymouth, MI. As pastor of OLGC, together with his parish team, he was witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to move a parish from maintenance to mission in a way that caught the attention of pastors and parishes across the country. As a result, he has done ongoing work with pastors, diocesan leaders, and parish staffs throughout the country to respond to the urgent call of the past four Popes for a new Pentecost and a new evangelization, and to equip parishes to be better able to respond to the times we live in. Fr. John was a member of the leadership team from its very beginning of what became Synod 16 in the Archdiocese of Detroit, a Synod focused on the New Evangelization. In addition to his work in Detroit, Fr. John has served as a member of the USCCB National Advisory Council and is currently a member of the Alpha USA Pastors Forum. He is the host of Christ is the Answer, a radio show that can be heard on EWTN, and is the creator of hundreds of podcasts and videocasts. He has spoken at diocesan events across the country and is passionate about the power of the Gospel to transform people’s lives. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, The Gregorian University in Rome, and The Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

Father Leo is many things. In addition to being a priest member of the community of consecrated life Voluntas Dei (The Will of God), he is a renowned chef, author, podcast host, theologian, relationship expert, black-belt martial arts instructor, international speaker, entrepreneur, and more.

Through everything Father Leo does, his message is one that unifies people, even if that means having difficult conversations and addressing uncomfortable topics. He helps us build a closer relationship with God, and each other. His work aims to strengthen our own family relationships, while broadening the relationships we have as a global family.

Plating Grace is a movement led by Father Leo with a mission to build relationships, strengthen families, as well as communities, utilizing the power of food. The movement began with one proven concept; the act of sharing meals can help families thrive and bring people together who may have different views or backgrounds. Plating Grace has now reached thousands of people through Father Leo’s pilgrimage around the world to feed people body, mind and soul.

In 2015, Father Leo founded The Table Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to support to culinary community along with assisting those returning to the community from the prison system. The objective being to assimilate them through a formation process and give them culinary training to obtain skills needed to earn gainful employment.

As founding president, CEO, and general counsel, over 26 years, Alan Sears helped build the largest, and highly successful, religious liberties legal firm in the world, Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF was recently ranked as the most successful of all law firms before the United States Supreme Court in a five-year period and it has won 17 cases at the European Court of Human Rights. With offices in seven nations, at the United Nations,  and an affiliate in India, ADF under Alan’s leadership grew from a start-up to rank in Philanthropy’s top 400 in income of 1.5 million U.S. non-profits. For these efforts Alan was invested as a Knight in the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest award given by the Holy Father to layperson Alan and his wife, Paula, celebrate over 30 years of marriage and they seek to evangelize the world around them at every turn.

Teresa Tomeo is a bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and speaker with more than 30 years of experience in print and broadcast media. Her weekday radio program, Catholic Connection, a co-production of Ave Maria Radio and EWTN, the global Catholic radio network, is heard daily on over 500 stations worldwide, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Her TV show, The Catholic View for Women, is seen twice weekly on EWTN. Tomeo is a columnist and special correspondent for OSV Newsweekly. She has been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox and Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show. Tomeo also hosts a monthly webinar, Catholic Leaders Webinar Series: Media Matters, produced by Our Sunday Visitor. As an international speaker, Tomeo addresses media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church.

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