2015 Conference Speaker Selection in Process
2014 Conference Guest Speakers
Kelly is a vibrant, engaging, and passionate speaker with a heart for evangelization that radiates when she speaks! She is especially gifted with weaving personal stories and Scripture together. Her joy, humor, and enthusiasm are contagious and her knowledge of the Catholic faith is deep and faithful, leaving audiences renewed!”
She is currently the Program Manager for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, a popular ongoing Catholic formation resource, at the St. Paul Seminary. She also is co-creator of and speaker for Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs for the New Evangelization, a successful initiative from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception that is taking the country by storm.
Kelly is a contributing writer for The Integrated Catholic Life, an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work, and also a contributing writer for CatholicMom.com, NewEvangelizer.com, and The Divine Mercy and The Marians of the Immaculate Conception websites. She is the editor of Catholicism 101, a program by Jeff Cavins on the basics of Catholicism.
Kelly travels the country speaking and resides in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their three children. Her great passion is spreading the message of Jesus by living the joy of the New Evangelization.
Lisa is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and bestselling author of “The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul, “A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul”, and “O Radiant Dawn”.
Lisa hosts the television program “Making the Grade” and “Catholic Mom” segments on KNXT-TV, . A podcaster, she also hosts the award-winning “Catholic Moments” and blogs at “A Good Measure” on the Patheos Catholic Channel.
She’s also a regular columnist for Catholic Exchange, Catholic Online, The Integrated Catholic Life, Catholic Lane, Catholic News Agency and Catholic.net and countless other Internet publishers. Her articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Faith & Family Magazine, Catholic Digest, Canticle Magazine, Grapevine Magazine and Kids’ Ark Magazine.
She enjoys speaking around the country on a variety of topics including faith, family life, social media and the New Evangelization. Lisa heads a home based web design business and resides in Fresno, California, with her husband and two boys. Wife, Mom, Writer, Webmaster, Podcaster.
Sonja is a Catholic author and speaker on the Scriptures. Her potent Bible teaching, vivid speaking style, and gripping Bible studies inspire and equip Catholics everywhere who long for intimacy with God.
An author of her own high-impact DVD-driven Bible study series, Sonja shares how Scriptures speak to contemporary issues like busyness, woundedness, our need for acceptance and love in the most secret parts of ourselves; formation and growth, and how to hear God. She has a passion to show how “the Bible applies to your particular circumstances right now, how to find answers there from God to the questions you have about your life, and to make the Scriptures come alive for you”.
She uses Scripture study in every media to help others foster intimacy with God, improve biblical literacy, and promote serious Catholicity. Sonja continues writing Bible studies in every media, and teaches workshops, seminars, and conferences because in every form, wherever He is found - in the Sacraments, the Scriptures, or “distressing disguise” - the Word of God is Sonja’s favorite thing.
Sonja lives in Tennessee with her supportive husband and home schools her two boys.
Lorraine Hess is a nationally published Catholic singer, song writer, and music minister who was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She grew up in a family of Jazz and Cajun musicians, and her writing (a variety of pop, jazz, rock, soul, & gospel ), is strongly influenced by her New Orleans heritage.
A graduate of Louisiana State University, she has served in music ministry since the age of 16, and is the Director of Music Ministry at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, LA. She has performed at the Los Angeles Religious Ed Congress, the Nat'l Pastoral Musicians Conven-tion, the Nat'l Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, New Orleans World Youth Day, the Nat'l Catholic Educators Assn. Convention & Expo., New Orleans Rosary Congress, the Louisiana Rice Festival, and the Nat'l Organization for Continuing Ed. of Roman Catholic Clergy.
She has performed for best-selling author Immaculee' Iligabiza, and recorded with world renown Catholic singer, John Angotti. Lorraine has released her third solo album, Cradle in Bethlehem, a pro-life project to raise money for ACCESS Pregnancy & Referral Centers.
She and her husband, Rob, are proud parents of four sons, her greatest vocation.