Speakers 20212019-11-22T20:25:37+00:00

Meet our special Guests

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.

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., Archbishop of Denver was ordained a priest in 1970.  He was ordained Bishop a Rapid City, South Dakota in 1988 and was appointed Archbishop of Denver in 1997. Archbishop Chaput has addressed World Youth Day gatherings in both Toronto and Rome.  He 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, who’s ancestry is Native American, is also know for his writings.  The popular book, “Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics,” numerous articles and forward to books of many Catholic authors, are just some of his published works.  Archbishop Chaput is currently on the Board of Directors both 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.

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. 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.

Alan is an American Lawyer and the founder and former President and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, and internationally acclaimed organization that fights to preserve religious liberty, traditional marriage, and the sanctity of human life. Alan, with the steadfast support of his wife, Paula, was at the helm of ADF for the first 23 years of its existence. Under Alan’s leadership, ADF scored 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court and trained thousands of attorneys and law students. Alan and his wife, Paula, celebrate over 30 years of marriage and four wonderful children, and they continue to inspire and evangelize the world around them at every turn. In 2017, Pope Francis honored Alan and Paula by knighting them into the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor that a pope can bestow upon lay people.

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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