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Catholic Women Speakers | Blessed is She Team Members

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When it comes to planning an event, conference, or parish night for Catholic women, there are so many details to handle and decisions to make. At the top of that last is the question of finding an engaging speaker(s).

You want someone who is easy to work with, who will prayerfully prepare for your event, who presents dynamically, who is faithful to the Magisterium, who has a message relevant to today’s modern Catholic, and who has a passion for Christ.

Many of our devotional writers and other Blessed is She team members speak professional and fit that exact description. We’ve included their information below so that those of you planning and organizing these powerful Catholic events for women can meet and contact some of the best Catholic speakers in circuit.

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Catholic Women Speakers

Patty Breen

Patty Breen is a full-time lay minister who finds joy in running, strong cups of coffee, and all things Ignatian spirituality. A Midwestern gal from the mitten state, she is constantly learning to find grace in all things. She is passionate about ministry to divorced Catholics and women whose relationships have been impacted by sexual addiction. Patty has been published in America Magazine and FemCatholic and is a regular contributor to the CatholicMatch Institue, Verily, and Blessed is She.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Wholeness and healing in the Heart of the Father
  • Impact of sexual addiction/porn on women
  • What questions women need to ask men they are dating
  • Church teaching on divorce/annulment
  • Why counseling is important and healthy for women
  • Boundaries and emotional wellness
  • Issues of identity and acceptance of yourself
  • Dating and relationships
  • Being a single woman/spiritual maternity
  • Female saints and practical application to women’s lives today

Travel Availability

Patty lives in Michigan and is willing to travel throughout the Midwest. She is also open to other regions.

Contact

To contact Patty, email her at [email protected]


Annie Deddens

Annie is a writer and producer who works with people who want to grow deeper in their faith and prayer life. She believes spending just a few minutes in prayer each day can make all the difference in your relationship with God and in how you get through this imperfect, messy life. Annie has worked at CNN as well as a handful of other TV, radio stations, and newspapers, as a writer and producer, but now she uses those same skills to run a prayer ministry with her husband, called Pray More Novenas, where they pray with more than 450,000 people around the world. As an extension of that ministry, she also produces online retreats for Lent and Advent. When she isn’t working on Pray More Novenas or on her online retreats, she’s writing over on her blog, Catholic Wife, Catholic Life or for Blessed is She, where she’s a devotional writer. Her favorite saints are St. Anne—for her inspiring faith and hope during dark times, St. Maria Goretti—for her willingness to suffer for Christ, and St. Joan of Arc—for her strength and faithful resilience. Annie and her husband have been married for six years and they live in Dayton, Ohio.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Pray More Novenas: The Power of Prayer & Need for Community
  • Unanswered prayers
  • Suffering
  • Evangelizing through beauty

Travel Availability

Annie is able to speak in and around the Dayton area, and she is also happily willing to travel near and far!

Contact

You can reach Annie at [email protected]


Bonnie Engstrom

Bonnie Engstrom is a popular blogger and speaker. She and her husband live with their seven children in Central Illinois and her son’s alleged miraculous healing through the intercession of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen was submitted to the Vatican for Sheen’s beatification. Bonnie has traveled nationally to present at various moms’ groups, schools, fundraising galas, parish events, and retreats. She has addressed audiences as small as 25 and as large as 850. Bonnie is a devotion writer for Blessed is She and can be found online at her blog A Knotted Life or on Instagram @BonnieEngstrom.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • James’ alleged miracle through the intercession of Fulton Sheen
  • Following Mary’s example to find peace and joy in suffering
  • Building community
  • Bringing the liturgical year into our homes

Travel Availability

Bonnie lives in Central Illinois but is happy to travel outside of the Midwest.

Contact

You can read more and contact Bonnie here.


Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans is the author of Blessed Is She’s 2018 Advent devotional, 2019 Lent devotional, and the Blessed Conversations study The Our Father. She has a forthcoming book with Our Sunday Visitor that will be released in spring 2019 and has contributed to several print magazines and online outlets. She has spoken before youth groups, Stephen ministers, college students, and parish moms groups, and sincerely enjoys the personal connection offered by such opportunities. Shannon lives in Ames, Iowa with her campus minister husband and four silly boys.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Transformed by Suffering
  • Motherhood with Mary
  • Living Catholic Social Teaching as a Family
  • The Power of the Love of Christ

Travel Availability

Shannon lives in Iowa and is available to travel anywhere.

Contact

You can reach Shannon at [email protected]


Laura Fanucci

Laura Kelly Fanucci is a writer and the director of the Communities of Calling Initiative, housed at the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University. She earned her Master of Divinity from Saint John’s School of Theology and her BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Laura is an award-winning columnist for Catholic News Service, and her nationally syndicated “Faith at Home” column runs monthly in Catholic newspapers across the U.S. Her writing has been featured in numerous online outlets as well as her Mothering Spirit blog.

Laura has authored seven books including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting and Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey through Miscarriage. She and her husband live in Minnesota with their four sons.

Laura has spoken nationally at parishes, retreats, and conferences. All presentations can be adapted for Catholic or ecumenical audiences.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Vocation and calling
  • Spirituality of parenting
  • Sacraments and everyday life
  • Grief support, miscarriage, and infertility
  • Discipleship
  • The liturgical year and domestic church
  • Marriage and motherhood

Travel Availability

Laura lives in Minnesota but is willing to travel anywhere.

Contact

Contact Laura at [email protected]ucci.com or visit her author website for more information.


MaryRuth Hackett

MaryRuth Hackett holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and has a passion for helping others understand human development. Dr. Hackett weaves together practical family life, research on child development, and Catholic teaching to help mothers and fathers embrace their vocations at home and excel in parenting.  In addition to her work as Director of Operations with Blessed is She, she is the host of  the new podcast Parenting Smarts which is a joint project with the Diocese of Phoenix. You can find her on Instagram @maryruthhackett, see more of her work here, or listen to her podcasts via iTunes.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Practical parenting
  • Child development
  • Catholic family life
  • Domestic church
  • Our identity as women
  • Living our your vocation
  • Developing virtue

Travel Availability

MaryRuth lives in the Southwestern United States but is willing to travel anywhere.

Contact

You can contact MaryRuth by email at [email protected]


Debra Herbeck

Debbie Herbeck has shared with many her personal journey of faith from Judaism to Christianity and subsequent entrance into the Catholic Church. For the past thirty-five years, Debbie Herbeck has worked extensively in youth and women’s ministry, led mission retreats and mission trips, and mentored and discipled high school and college age women. She is the founder and director of Pine Hills Girls’ Camp and has spoken at women’s, youth and adult conferences and events throughout the world.

Debbie is the founder and leader of the Be Love Revolution, a ministry that exists to help young women know the personal love of Jesus, to live freely and confidently, and be empowered to spread God’s Love to all they meet.

She has written Safely Through the Storm, 120 Reflections on Hope and Firmly on the Rock, 120 Reflections on Faith, and Love Never Fails, 120 Reflections on Love. She and her husband Peter have co-authored a book entitled, When the Spirit Speaks, Touched by God’s Word. Debbie is a frequent writer for Blessed is She, an online community for Catholic women.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • My personal testimony from Judaism to the Catholic Church
  • Enough is Enough: Finding our Identity in Christ
  • Freedom in Christ
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Talks for moms about raising daughters
  • Media and the current culture
  • Discipleship
  • Evangelizing youth
  • My personal encounter with Mother Teresa
  • Our vocation is love

Debbie also plans and leads many junior high and high school retreats for girls with a team of young women from Be Love Revolution.

Travel Availability

Debbie lives in the midwest and is willing to travel almost anywhere.

Contact

You can reach Debbie at [email protected]


Megan Hjelmstad

Megan Hjelmstad is a wife and mom 24/7 and an Army Reservist in her “spare” time. She calls Denver home and loves to connect authentically with women. When not writing, speaking, or managing Blessed is She’s Instagram Stories, Megan is a fervent bibliophile, tea drinker, sleep lover, and avid admirer of Colorado’s great outdoors.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Hope and meaning in suffering
  • Worth and identity in God
  • Faith in the workplace
  • Spiritual fruitfulness in different seasons of fertility
  • Other topics: open to consideration

Travel Availability

Megan is available to speak in the Denver area and is open to travel.

Contact

You can reach Megan by email at [email protected]


Liz Kelly

Liz (Elizabeth) Kelly, a native Minnesotan, is a noted speaker, retreat leader and award-winning author, whose works include short stories, arts and music reviews, books on prayer and worship, and meditations on faith, spiritual struggle, and Christian womanhood. She has written seven books, including May Crowning, Mass, and Merton: 50 Reasons I Love Being Catholic, which won the Catholic Press Association first place award for Best Popular Presentation of the Faith in 2007. She is also the author of “The Wind,” a short story nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2001. Kelly contributes to various periodicals, including Our Sunday Visitor, and her written works frequently appear in the Magnificat’s Lenten and Advent Companions. Her monthly column, “Your Heart, His Home,” is published throughout the United States. Kelly’s newest book, Jesus Approaches: What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom and Joy from the Women of the New Testament, is a compelling and practical guide to healing and immersive prayer. Jesus Approaches is the winner of the Independent Press’s “Distinguished Favorite” award and the Catholic Press Association’s award for Popular Biblical Studies, both in 2018. It was chosen by the US Catholic Book Club as the October 2018 selection.

In addition to writing, Kelly serves as a spiritual director, having received her certification as a spiritual director from the Cenacle of our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in association with the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. She leads retreats using the Ignatian exercises, with a particular focus on helping women to flourish in their faith. Because of this work, she is in demand as a retreat speaker and has been a featured guest on radio and TV shows, including spots on National Public Radio, Relevant Radio, EWTN, The Christophers, and Salt and Light Television.  (Two of her talks can be found on this website: click on Recorded Talks on the top menu bar.) Recently, Kelly was awarded the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools Humanitarian Award (2017). The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional personal courage and whose faith and actions have served as an inspiration to others.

Another of her loves is music, in which Kelly has a long background, having performed as a jazz vocalist with some of the best artists in the world, in venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival and the prestigious Montreux  Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She has recorded two CDs, It Seems to Me and Anima Christi.

Presently, Kelly works as managing editor for Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, a highly regarded academic journal published out of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, while also serving as adjunct professor of Catholic Studies there since 2009.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Women of the New Testament
  • Silence
  • Ignatian prayer
  • The Last 7 Utterances
  • Giving women permission to “fail”
  • “Catholic” means “help”
  • Conquering perfectionism
  • Forgiveness
  • Reasons I love being Catholic
  • Women and flourishing
  • Christian friendship, wisdom
  • Flourishing in the single state
  • Compassion and the humanity of Jesus
  • Beauty as necessary to human flourishing and a life of faith
  • What the shepherds can teach us about Advent preparation
  • “Created for Mercy” (retreat)
  • “The Receptive Feminine Heart” (retreat)
  • “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” (retreat)
  • Jesus Approaches women’s study

Travel Availability

Liz lives in MN but will travel anywhere.

Contact

Please inquire at LizK.org for more information, podcasts, reviews, and references.


Ginny Moyer

Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of three books, including Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with our Five Senses (winner of a 2017 Catholic Press Award), Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood, and Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God (winner of a 2009 Catholic Press Award). Her writings have appeared in a variety of other books and publications, including Bella Grace, America, and U.S. Catholic. An avid reader and gardener, she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Relating to Mary
  • Motherhood and spirituality
  • Faith and the five senses

Travel Availability

Ginny is available to speak in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contact

For more information, contact her at [email protected]


Nell O’Leary

Nell O’Leary loves reminding women of their gifts and marvelousness. She is the Managing Editor for Blessed is She and community building is her deep wellspring of joy. She has emceed events and addressed groups of all shapes and sizes including being a periodic guest on the Jennifer Fulwiler Show on Catholic SiriusXM. A retired attorney and full-time mom, she and her husband live with their four kids in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Spiritual health and finding a prayer life
  • Balance and joy in vocation
  • Dryness and consolation in relationships
  • Invigorated social media habits
  • Parenting & partnering with peace

Travel Availability

Nell is available to travel anywhere.

Contact

You can reach Nell by emailing her at [email protected]


Tricia Tembreull

Tricia Tembreull is a California girl with a boundless passion for life. After two decades of ministering to teens and youth ministers as a trainer, ministry mentor, and speaker in Catholic youth ministry, Tricia now serves as Campus Minister at USC Caruso Catholic Center. She loves adventure and seeks it everywhere she goes. As an avid foodie, she enjoys testing new recipes out on friends and family, gathering them around the table to encounter Christ in one another and be drawn to the satisfying unity we crave in the Eucharist. You can find out more about her here.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Theology of the Body
  • Spiritual health and finding a prayer life
  • Identity
  • Single life, dating, and relationships
  • Ministering in the Church
  • College life and how to live out your Faith on campus
  • Mercy and healing
  • Restoring Truth, Beauty, and Goodness
  • Hope and suffering
  • Other topics: open to consideration

Travel Availability

Tricia lives in Southern California, but depending on dates and distance, she is willing to travel to serve.

Contact

You can reach Tricia by email at [email protected]


Jenny Uebbing

Jenny Uebbing is a wife, mother, writer and speaker who has written for Catholic News Agency, Endow, Catholic Exchange, OSV, Blessed is She, FOCUS, and the Denver Catholic. She blogs at Mama Needs Coffee about sex, marriage, current cultural issues and the Catholic Church. Jenny has spoken for Endow, FOCUS, Theology on Tap for the diocese of Arlington, the Diocese of Nashville, the Archdiocese of Denver and at many local parishes.

Potential Speaking Topics

  • Humanae Vitae
  • NFP
  • Living NFP in the real world
  • The feminine genius
  • Evangelizing as a layperson
  • Embracing Catholic teaching

Travel Availability

Jenny lives in the Denver/West region. She is happy to travel nationally 3-4 times a year to speak, family schedule permitting.

Contact

You can contact Jenny at [email protected]

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    Ann
    November 13, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing about these awesome women who are part of Blessed Is She!

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