Author, journalist and former speech writer
Colleen Carroll Campbell is an award-winning author, print and broadcast journalist and former speechwriter for George W. Bush. Her books include her critically acclaimed journalistic study, The New Faithful; her spiritual memoir, My Sisters the Saints, which won two national awards and has been published in five languages; and The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s, which will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Howard imprint in May. Colleen has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Christianity Today, America and National Review, and appeared on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, NPR and EWTN, where she hosted her own television and radio shows for eight years. She speaks to audiences across North America and Europe when she’s not home enjoying her husband and their four children, whom she home schools.
Keynote Speaker: Colleen Carroll Campbell
Featured Speaker: Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
Father Kirby will travel from Charleston, South Carolina to grace us with a talk on Catholic devotion to Mary, our Mother, as our powerful intercessor and as a model of discipleship. Father Jeffrey Kirby, STD, is a Papal Missionary of Mercy, the Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina, an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College, a Senior Contributor to the Crux news site, and an author of several books on spiritual, moral, and pastoral subjects. Father Kirby grew up in West Germany, served in the Army National Guard, attended seminary in Rome, eaten breakfast in the White House, and served as a Guest Chaplain to the US House of Representatives.
Featured Speaker: Debra Hadley
Mother, Catholic faithful and speaker
Deb will be presenting one of the most powerful talks you will ever hear and how to make the most of this one life. Her story is heart wrenching, but Deb will take you through her journey of unbearable grief to the graces of God and gifts of her faith. She is a woman Full of Grace!
Featured Speaker: Megan Murphy
Catholic Speaker, Teacher and Evangelist
Meghan's talk Mary Cause of Our Joy is so beautifully inspired. Mother Mary does not appear in all the luminous mysteries. You won't find her in all the sorrowful mysteries, nor does she appear in every glorious mystery, but Mary, Cause of Our Joy, appears in every joyful mystery. Megan will take you on the scriptural journey with Mary which will help you discover the profound depth of Our Lady’s role in your own personal search for joy! Meghan will then lead us in the saying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Molly McManus is a worship artist from Steubenville, OH. Since graduating from Franciscan University for her undergraduate degree, she has worked as a high school campus minister for the past few years, while working on her music career on the side. You can find her music on spotify, apple music, and all streaming services, and follow her on instagram @mollsmcm.
Hostess: Natalie Gubala-Magdon
Natalie is on the advisory board of governors for JMJ Catholic Radio and is a copy writer and voice over artist for the station. She is also the host and producer of Community of Faith which is a pop-up radio program on JMJ. Natalie is the producer and founder of the 15 Minute Rosary CD project which is a brand new fundraiser for pro-life ministries through St. Thomas More Parish in Scranton. Natalie and her husband Mike are the owners of Magdon Music in Olyphant. Through their music store, they operate Magdon Meals which donates monthly meals and food bags for the local community.
Celebrant: Bishop Joseph Bambera, DD, JCL
Bishop Bambera will celebrate the Mass for Refresh Your Faith: Fourth Annual Catholic Conference for Women. His homily and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will fill us with our Lord as the perfect preparation to Refresh Your Faith and help you be Full of Grace!