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Featured Speakers

Susan Conroy

Mother Teresa's Lesson of Love & Secrets fo Sanctity

A moving first-hand account of Mother Teresa and her work, given by someone who worked by her side. As an idealistic young volunteer, Susan spent a summer serving in one of Mother Teresa's orphanages and in the Home for the Dying. "In a city where I found hell on earth," she says, "I also found each day a deep sense of peace and incredible happiness." It was an experience that changed her life forever.

She learned why Mother Teresa had found real joy in working with the poorest of the poor. This is an account you won't soon forget, told with simple and loving directness by an eyewitness. You will learn the lessons she learned so as to also change your life.

Jon Lionetti

Passionately Catholic

Love is a person. One who 'walked our walk, talked our talk and died our death,' one who rose from the dead and remains with us in the fullest of ways. Love is Jesus Christ. However, through the many struggles and distractions we encounter on this journey of love as a Catholic, it can be easy to compartmentalize or even remain indifferent to our faith. Discover the ways we can overcome distraction, indifference and idleness, passionately living our Catholic faith with a renewed vision in Jesus Christ.

        Teen Talks

        Walk in Faith - Jon's Journey Across America

        Inspired by the first apostles, Jon desired to set out by foot, and faith, across the Country. Jon explains the spiritual parallels between his walk through 12 states and our Catholic walk through everyday life. Combining powerful stories with lots of humor, Jon explains the confusion, excitement, pain, fatigue and accomplishment he endured, inspiring all to live each of the many "states" of faith with a greater love and devotion to Jesus Christ.

        Surge Of The Heart - Falling in Love And Staying In Love With The Living God

        St. Therese of Lisieux describes her prayer as follows: "For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." From work to school, baseball practice to dinner, our lives seem to never slow down. Often what we say is most important (our relationship with God) is placed within the "later" category of life. Not anymore. Discover the intimate relationship our God desires to have with you today and forever more, diving deep into the true meaning of prayer.

Elizabeth Ficocell

A Journey in Grace: My Conversion Story

From the time she was a young child growing up in a nominal Protestant family, Elizabeth felt called to follow God on an interesting and surprising spiritual journey that would eventually lead her to enter the Catholic Church at the age of twenty-three. During this presentation, Elizabeth shares stories of the little clues God left her along the way, including hearing His voice whispered in her ear, finding a significant religious medal, gaining insight and direction from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 1989, and discerning a ministry of Catholic writing and speaking designed to educate and excite Catholics about their faith.

The Age of Mary

In this presentation, the major Marian apparitions of the last two centuries are explored to reveal a common and startling message that is relevant and even urgent for a troubled world today. Beginning with the apparitions to St. Catherine Laboure at Rue du Bac, France, and continuing with a discussion of La Salette, Lourdes, Fatima, Amsterdam, Akita, Rwanda, and Medjugorje, this presentation looks at the prevailing conditions of the times and locations of these remarkable events, and the numerous spiritual weapons Our Lady has given us over the past 180 years to protect us against the rising influence of evil.

        Teen Talk

        Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone: True Stories of Divine Wonders, Miracles, and Messages

This presentation provides a fascinating overview of some of the extraordinary phenomena in the Catholic Church including Eucharistic miracles, the stigmata, incorrupt bodies, amazing abilities of the saints, and weeping statues and artwork. Includes events that are happening in modern times. Note under her talks for young people title: Capture the attention of teens and young adults with this fascinating compilation of extraordinary phenomena in the Catholic Church. A great introduction to Eucharistic miracles, the stigmata, incorrupt bodies, amazing abilities of the saints, and weeping statues and artwork. Engaging for adults, too!

The variety of talks offers something for everyone, from young mothers to the retired women in the audience, and there are sessions for teens. The speakers will talk about parenting, Catholicism and what some of the women in the Bible say to us as women today. All of our speakers are faithful Catholics who love to share their faith and want to help others grow in our awesome Catholic faith.

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