Join Danielle Bean, Teresa Tomeo & Me at the Catholic Women Rejoice Conference

For friends living in or around the Portland/Vancouver area, I hope you’ll consider joining me for the wonderful Catholic Women Rejoice conference on September 27. I’ll be the dinner speaker following an event that features Danielle Bean and Teresa Tomeo. If you’d like to join us for dinner, get your tickets now, because there are [Read More...]

Hoping to Meet You in Chicopee, MA on Saturday!

I wanted to share a great article that was written this week for detailing the wonderful women’s event that I’ll be attending this Saturday. The article shares my recent responses to an interview, but also those of my co-speakers: Sister of St. Joseph Eleanor M. Spring, a former faculty member at Elms College in [Read More...]

Diocese of Springfield Women’s Conference: Hoping to Meet Massachusetts-Area Friends!

For friends living in the areas of Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island, I’d love to meet you at the upcoming Diocese of Springfield Catholic Women’s Conference. I’ll be joining my terrific friend Kerry Weber and Sister Eleanor Spring for a day full of prayer and inspiration. You can find all of the details for this April [Read More...]

Join Us for a FREE Webinar on New Media & the New Evangelization

I’m so excited to be a part of a terrific, and FREE, webinar being sponsored by our friends at Ave Maria Press! I’ll include all of the details below – I do hope you can join us! Parishes, New Media, and the New Evangelization: A Roundtable Discussion In this edition of the Ave Maria Press [Read More...]

Unpacking the Mid-Atlantic Congress


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been — like most of you — in a whirlwind of Catholic news and my own busyness. While the eyes of the world were on the Conclave, election and installation of Pope Francis, I wanted to concentrate most of my blogging here on keeping up with that news. But [Read More...]

Religious Education Congress Kicks Off in Anaheim

Go ahead, get your snarky comments about liturgical dance ready — while you’re doing that, I’ll be preparing to celebrate the Eucharist with 40,000 enthusiastic, devout, and motivated Catholics who have flocked to Anaheim to be a part of this year’s Religious Education Congress. Since I’m blessed to be giving three talks this year, I [Read More...]

What Would You Discuss with Your Bishop?

Today, I’m asking for your prayers in anticipation of a very special meeting. In February, 2012, our Diocese of Fresno welcomed our new spiritual shepherd, Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, D.D. For several months now, I’ve been desirous of a meeting with my Bishop and today my appointment has finally arrived. While I’ve met Bishop Ochoa [Read More...]

A “Saintly Smackdown” What If: Women Priests

Ave Maria Press family at University of Dallas Ministry Conference

Hi guys — sorry for the radio silence here on the blog over the past few days. I was engulfed in traveling to and presenting at this year’s wonderful University of Dallas Ministry Conference. The event was — as always — well organized and enthusiastically attended. Before I launch into the “meat” of this post, [Read More...]

Faces of the New Evangelization

Catholic Formation and Leadership Conference Speakers with Bishop Oscar Cantú, S.T.D.

During the Synod on the New Evangelization, I’ve been greatly enjoying the frequent newsy blog posts from Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas. His “Inside the Synod” reports give us a true look into the important work being undertaken at the outset of the Year of Faith. Yesterday’s missive was no exception. One particular section hit [Read More...]

A Public Apology to Permanent Deacons Everywhere

Deacon Pin

This past weekend, I learned an important lesson while giving my keynote address at the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Catholic Formation and Leadership Conference. I’ll admit I was nervous going into the talk. I’ve spoken to crowds this size in the past, but there’s something about sticking the word “keynote” into the title of a [Read More...]