Speakers

2019 Speakers

Msgr. Charles Pope

Msgr. Charles Pope was born July 10, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Nancy Pope.  He and his family moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1972.  He studied in the public school system and graduated from Garfield Senior High School in Woodbridge, VA in 1979.  Fr. Pope attended George Mason University for Undergraduate Studies were he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1984.  He worked briefly with the Army Corp of Engineers as a Computer Systems Analyst.  Fr. Pope’s interest in the priesthood stems from his experience as a church musician. 

Through his college years he served as a church organist, a cantor and choir director and through this work discovered his vocation to the priesthood.  He entered Mt. Saint Mary’s Seminary in 1985 where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Moral Theology.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1989 by James Cardinal Hickey.  Fr. Pope’s first assignment was at Mt. Calvary Parish in Forestville, MD as Associate Pastor from 1989-1993.  From 1993-1999 Fr. Pope served as Associate Pastor of Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C.  From 1999-2000 he was Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Laurel, MD.  In April of 2000 Fr. Pope was appointed Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C. In 2007 Msgr. Pope returned to Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian Parish where he currently serves as Pastor.  From 1997-1999 Fr. Pope Conducted a Weekly Bible Study in the U.S. Congress. He also conducted a weekly Bible Study at the White House from 2004-2008. Other ongoing assignments for Fr. Pope include, being Archdiocesan Coordinator for the Celebration of the Latin Mass, and Coordinator of Deliverance Ministry. 

He is has been a member of the Priest Council and an Archdiocesan Consultor as well as a member of the Priest Personnel Board. He was named a Monsignor in 2005. He has written the weekly Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor, paper. He writes regularly for the National Catholic Register, has published a book on the Ten Commandments and Catholic and Curious: 500 Questions and Answers on the Catholic Faith. He blogs daily for the Archdiocese, and is a regular host on EWTN Radio’s “Morning Glory” show. He has conducted numerous Priest retreats, parish missions and teaches at the Institute for Catholic Culture.  Msgr. Pope is also Dean of the Northeast Deanery.  Msgr. Pope immensely enjoys his work as a diocesan priest and a parish pastor.

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Msgr. Charles Pope - Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Msgr. Charles Pope - Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our Nation's leading abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization's ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity they fought to decrease. All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. She watched in horror as a 13-week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist. At that moment, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place.

Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.

The Media continues to be intensely interested in Abby's story as well as her continued efforts to advocate for the unborn and help clinic workers escape the abortion industry. She is a frequently requested guest on Fox News and a variety of other shows. She is also the author of the nationally best selling book and movie adaption, Unplanned, which chronicles both her experiences within Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit.

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Fr. Ubald

Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, the founder of the Center for the Secret of Peace, has been a Roman Catholic priest for 25 years in the Cyangugu Diocese of southeastern Rwanda. Cyangugu is situated very close to the Congo and Burundi borders on the picturesque Lake Kivu. During the 1994 genocide Fr. Ubald lost over 80 members of his family and over 45,000 of his parishioners were exterminated. He escaped through the Congo on foot in the middle of the night. When he left Rwanda at that time he made a promise to his Bishop that he would return to bring healing to his people. He spent 3 months in Belgium during the genocide at which time he said that he cried every day. After a trip to Lourdes where he heard Jesus tell him “Ubald, carry your cross,” he felt a release from the burden of his sorrows and knew he was called to preach healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Fr Ubald on Forgiveness

Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace

Fr. Ubald is the author of 
Forgiveness Makes You Free

A Dramatic Story of Healing and Reconciliation from the Heart of Rwanda 

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Father Chris M. Alar, MIC

Father Chris entered the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy, as a postulant in July, 2006. Over the past several years he has been mentored by the world’s leading experts in Divine Mercy, and he has spoken at over 100 parishes to date. Currently, he lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, where he serves as “Fr. Joseph, MIC,” the director of the Association of Marian Helpers.

 

Fr. Chris Alar on Divine Mercy

Fr. Chris Alar on "Divine Mercy and the Flame of Love Grace"

Fr. Chris Alar is the author of the new book, After Suicide: There’s Still Hope for Them and You

Coming Soon!

Kristin Hawkins

Kristan Hawkins

Kristan Hawkins is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, and a human rights advocate. President of Students for Life of America, she was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she has built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups scattered around the country to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,220 Students for Life chapters in all fifty states. Under her leadership, Students for Life exists to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by recruiting, training, and mobilizing this pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry. A frequent speaker and media analyst, Kristan’s expertise includes abortion, feminism, disability advocacy, and healthcare, as she navigates the social conditions and public policy that impacts the human rights issue of our day.

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Kristan Hawkins on Tucker Carlson talks about pro-life discrimination at schools

More 2019 Speakers will be announced soon!

Speakers from 2018

Bishop Campbell

Roy Edward Campbell had a 33-year long career with Bank of America before taking an early retirement in 2002 to follow a priestly vocation. An encounter with a homeless man in December 1995 prompted him to reflect on his relationship with Jesus, and as a result, he entered the archdiocese’s permanent diaconate program in 1999. In January 2003, Campbell entered the seminary and completed his studies in 2007. He was ordained into the priesthood in 2007 and ordained an Auxilary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. in 2017. Since his ordination, Bishop Campbell has been parochial vicar and pastor at several parishes. 

Colleen Willard

Colleen was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and multiple health problems, wheelchair bound and in constant, severe pain. As her health deteriorated, her surrender to the Will of God while embracing the cross brought her on a spiritual journey to make a pilgrimage to a major Marian Apparition site... but not for a healing...only a simple desire to give as many "gifts of prayers" for all her family, loved ones and friends.

It is a powerful story where you will hear how Our Lady brought Colleen and her husband, John to Her apparition site even though many obstacles were before them. It was in a tiny village many thousands of miles away from her hometown that she experienced a remarkable healing, for the Glory of God, and got up out of her wheelchair and climbed the Hill of Apparitions!

Fr Peffley

Father Francis J. Peffley was born March 16, 1963, in Norristown, Pennsylvania to William and Mary Peffley, who met in the Legion of Mary. He joined the Legion of Mary at the age of ten along with his sisters, Edel and Natia. He graduated from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Father Peffley attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he received his priestly formation and his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts Degrees. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia on May 19, 1990.

Father Peffley served as founding pastor of Holy Trinity parish in Gainesville, Virginia from 2001 to 2011 as Spiritual Director to eight praesidia and pastor to over 4,000 families in a vibrant and rapidly growing community, with 65 other ministries and organizations. Father then went to serve as parochial vicar at Saint John the Apostle in Leesburg, Virginia until 2016 and currently serves as parochial vicar at St Mary of Sorrows in Fairfax, Virginia.

In addition to his parish activities, Father Peffley is especially active with the parish young adult ministry, retreat work and pilgrimages, Catholic apologetics, and evangelization. He serves as Spiritual Director of the Arlington Regia. For the past twenty years, he has also been a chaplain of the Knights of Columbus councils in each parish he has served. Father Peffley’s interests include juggling fire torches and machetes, golf, scuba diving, bowling, billiards, baseball card collecting, and traveling to pilgrimage sites and shrines.

Ted Flynn

Ted is the author of many bestselling books, including The Thunder of Justice:  The Warning, The Miracle, The Chastisement, The Era of Peace (co-written with Maureen Flynn); The Hope of the Wicked:  The Master Plan to Rule the World; Idols in the House; and The Great Transformation:  Finding Peace of Soul in Troubled Times.  He has been a guest on radio shows, spoken at conferences and seminars, and produced two Catholic Films:  Prophecy and the New Times and Key to the Triumph.

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Fr. Robert J. Altier was ordained to the Priesthood in 1989 at the Cathedral of St. Paul.  He served for three years as an Associate Pastor at the Church of St. Raphael in Crystal; the Associate Pastor at the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul for fourteen years; the Chaplain at Regina Medical Center in Hastings for eight years; and the Parochial Vicar of the Church of the Holy Trinity and the parish cluster of the Church of St. Michael in Pine Island and the Church of St. Paul in Zumbrota for less than a year.  He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at the Church of St. Raphael in Crystal, MN.

Fr. Altier is best known for the series Beauty, Truth and Goodness: The Fundamentals of Catholicism which is presently being aired on EWTN.  It is a 60-part Catechetical series on the basics of the Catholic Faith.

Fr. Altier has been a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites for 33 years and serves as the Spiritual Director for the Mater Dolorosa Chapter in St. Paul.  Fr. Altier is a frequent guest on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio.  He writes a weekly article for the Wanderer newspaper.  He is the Chairman of the Board of the Holy Family Adoption Agency, a truly and fully Catholic Adoption Agency.  He is also the President of Help the Helpless, an organization which raises funds to support handicapped orphans in India and the poorest of the poor in Ecuador.  Fr. Altier is also the Spiritual Director and a board member of Catholic Parents Online, a group which seeks to keep parents of school-aged children informed regarding issues pertinent to parents and education.

Past Speakers

Eric Scheidler

Eric Scheidler grew up in the pro-life movement, attending rallies, pickets, and leafletting campaigns with his parents from a young age. In 2002, Eric joined the Pro-Life Action League as communications director, and in 2009 assumed the role of executive director.

Under Eric’s direction, the Pro-Life Action League has expanded its national leadership role to include coordinating large nationwide events like the 2012 Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies and the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, launched in 2013. Eric provides assistance to local pro-life leaders throughout the country in organizing public pro-life witness, earning media coverage, working with police, and confronting abortion providers.

Lou Engle

Lou Engle is co-founder of TheCall, a prayer and fasting movement responsible for gathering hundreds of thousands around the globe. For more than three decades, Lou’s passion has been to call believers into radical consecration through prayer, fasting, and acts of justice.

Lou resides in Colorado Springs, CO, where TheCall is headquartered. He recently launched the Spiritual Air Force Academy with a mandate to train and deploy teams across the world for breakthrough intercession in partnership with missions.

He is the founder of the pro-life ministry, Bound 4 Life, and has inspired other justice movements. Lou resides in Colorado Springs, CO, where TheCall is headquarted.

Lou and his wife, Therese, have been married for 34 years. They have seven children.

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. The genocide that swept her country in 1994 transformed her life forever. To protect his only daughter, Immaculée’s father sent her to a local pastor’s house. She and seven other women were sheltered in a hidden bathroom for 91 days. To fight the anger and resentment building inside her, Immaculée prayed the rosary. By turning to God and away from hate, Immaculée was saved. After the genocide, she came face-to-face with the man who killed her mother and one of her brothers. After enduring months of physical, mental and spiritual suffering, Immaculée was still able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, “I forgive you.” Immaculée has written many bestselling books on her experiences and today is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on faith, hope, and forgiveness.

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Bishop Perry is Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate VI of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which encompasses seventy-eight parishes and over sixty elementary and secondary schools. Bishop Perry was appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Cardinal Francis George by Pope John Paul II on May 1998 and was ordained to the episcopacy on June 29, 1998. He is the Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Sainthood of Father Augustus Tolton {1854-1897}.

Bishop Perry was ordained a priest in 1975. Previous to his Episcopal appointment, he served twenty-three years as a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee having duties as an associate pastor and pastor of urban and inner city parishes respectively. In between parish assignments, Father Perry was assigned to studies in canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and, thereafter, served eighteen years in the Tribunal Department of the Archdiocese, functioning as advocate and then judge in matrimonial, administrative and appeals court.

He held the post of Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for twelve of those years while teaching courses in canon law at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin; Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee; and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois. Bishop Perry publishes widely in canon law journals and Catholic periodicals on issues treating ecclesiastical governance and the rights of persons within the Church.

Teresa Tomeo

Teresa Tomeo is a bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and speaker with more than thirty years of experience in print and broadcast media. Tomeo is a columnist and special correspondent for OSV Newsweekly. She was named a Vatican conference speaker and conference delegate and spoke at the 2013 conference the “Rights of the Family and the Challenges of the Contemporary World.” Tomeo participated in the Vatican Women’s Congress in 2008. She speaks throughout North America and also leads overseas retreats and pilgrimages annually. Tomeo is a teacher for St. Benedict Press’ Catholic Courses. She is best known for her bestselling books: Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture; and Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families.