Speakers

This Year's Speakers

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.

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!

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.

More Speakers to be Announced

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.