Trent Horn is a staff apologist at Catholic Answers. He holds an MA in theology and is a regular guest on the radio program Catholic Answers Live. He is a frequent lecturer and the author of two books, Answering Atheism and Persuasive Pro-life, both of which are published by Catholic Answers Press.
Tim Staples is a convert to the Catholic Faith. He was raised a Southern Baptist, and later became a Youth Minister at an Assemblies of God community. An encounter with a knowledgeable Catholic sent Tim on a two-year intensive mission to prove Catholicism false. In the process, Tim became Catholic in 1994.
Chris Stefanick is the author of The Chosen confirmation series. He speaks to more than 50,000 , young adults and parents every year. Chris is also founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a nonprofit organization based in Denver, CO dedicated to reengaging a generation. Additionally, Chris is a syndicated columnist, author, and regular on Catholic TV and radio. Mark Hart is a man on a mission: spreading the gospel. Affectionately known as the Bible Geek, Mark serves as executive vice president for Life Teen International. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the author of seven books, Mark’s creative work on videos and in written sources is known internationally.
Dr. Gregory Popcak is the author of over 20 books and programs and an internationally recognized expert in Catholic pastoral counseling. He is the host of More2Life Radio, heard on over forty stations around the country. He is an in-demand guest on both Catholic and secular radio and television programs. Learn more about Dr. Popcak’s telephone counseling services and other resources at www.CatholicCounselors.com
John Clark is a father of nine children, a speechwriter, columnist, and author. John has written hundreds of articles about homeschooling and Catholic family life. He joins us for a conversation on home study for every Catholic family. John Schlimm is a Harvard-trained educator, artist, and international award-winning author of the new inspirational memoir FIVE YEARS IN HEAVEN: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions.
For Derek and Annette George, life has been a wild roller coaster ride of daily challenges and unexpected miracles as they raised their son, John Paul, born with a half-functioning heart. They share lessons learned in their book, Heart of a Lion: A Story of God’s Grace and a Family’s Hope.
Danielle Bean, a mother of eight, is a speaker, author, publisher and editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest. She also hosts a Catholic women’s talk show, The Gist, in production of its third season, on CatholicTV. Danielle’s most recent project is Momnipotent, a book and parish study that helps women find peace, balance, and joy in their roles as mothers.
This week’s episode of Catholic Moments features the wonderful movie “Family Dinner” which was written and directed by Anthony J. Sands, and produced by Father David Guffey, C.S.C., National Director of Family Theater Productions in Hollywood. We’re blessed to welcome the star of the film Pauline Cerrilla and Tony Sands of Family Theater Productions. Learn more about this film and the mission of Family Theater Productions at www.FamilyTheater.org.
Margaret Rose Realy is a Benedictine oblate and contemplative lay hermit. She grew up near Detroit, sharing a home with her maternal grandmother where the love of gardening and God flourished. Margaret reveals her love of nature, learning about the Creator through his creation, with a Benedictine spirituality, in her books, columns, and presentations.
Peggy Weber helps organized the Catholic Women’s Conference for the Diocese of Springfield. She is a reporter and producer for Catholic Communications, a graduate of Providence College and Marquette University and a proud wife, mother and grandmother.
Founded in 1860, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee, live a contemplative-apostolic life of community, study, and service—teaching students and serving families in the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Scotland, and the Netherlands. They joyfully embrace the Church’s call to the new evangelization. Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., is a Nashville Dominican. Born in St. Louis, MO, and raised in California and Texas, she holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome, Italy) and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville.
Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in 1994. Msgr. Bransfield earned a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and serves as the Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Human Person: According to John Paul II (June 2010); Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ (October 2011); Overcoming Pornography Addiction: A Spiritual Solution (Paulist, 2013); Meeting Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Word (Pauline 2013); and Everlasting: The Mystery and the Promise (Pauline, 2015).
Sr. Mary Lea Hill is a Massachusetts native who has served as a Daughter of Saint Paul for past 50 years. Roxane Salonen Roxane B. Salonen is an awarding-winning children’s author, freelance writer and newspaper columnist and the writer of “Redeemed by Grace.”
Judy Klein is a Catholic theologian and founder of Memorare Ministries, a ministry dedicated to bringing a hope to those who are suffering. A “revert” to Catholicism, Judy is a public speaker, blogger, and author. Her newest book, Miracle Man, chronicles her late husband Bernie’s near death experience and deathbed conversion. Visit Judy Klein at www.memorareministries.com
Thomas Awiapo was orphaned before the age of 10 in Ghana. His search for food led him to a school where CRS Rice Bowl funds were providing lunch.Thomas survived and continued school, earning a master’s degree. Today, Thomas works for Catholic Relief Services and trains community leaders throughout Ghana. Learn more about Rice Bowl at www.crsricebowl.org
Fr. Robert Reed joins us to offer advice on use of media in the New Evangelization and to discuss his new book Renewed: Ten Ways to Rediscover the Saints, Embrace Your Gifts, and Revive Your Catholic Faith. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle helps us to prepare for Lent by sharing about her new book “Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II”.