Speaker Lineup

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. Her weekday radio program, Catholic Connection, a co-production of Ave Maria Radio and EWTN, the global Catholic radio network, is heard daily on over 500 stations worldwide, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Her TV show, The Catholic View for Women, is seen twice weekly on EWTN.

Tomeo is a columnist and special correspondent for OSV Newsweekly. She has been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox and Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show. 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” sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. 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.

Her latest books include Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: Finding Real Happiness in a Self-Absorbed World; Girlfriends and Other Saints: Companions on My Journey of Faith; and Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage, co-written with her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore. Teresa also hosts a monthly webinar, Catholic Leaders Webinar Series: Media Matters, produced by Our Sunday Visitor.

Father Robert Spitzer, SJ

Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, Ph.D., was president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. While president, he significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership, and led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75 percent, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects.

He has made many TV appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Currently, he appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe.”

Father Spitzer entered the Jesuits in 1974 and took his final vows in 1992. He has numerous degrees, but his academic specialties include (1) philosophy of science, particularly space-time theory and transcendent implications of contemporary big bang cosmology, (2) metaphysics, particularly the theory of time and philosophy of God, and (3) organizational ethics and its relationship to personal and cultural transformation. Other studies include leadership, historical exegesis of the New Testament, the life issues, and philosophy of culture.

He has founded the Magis Center in Garden Grove, Calf., Spitzer Catholic Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich., Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education, Healing the Culture in Seattle, Wash., University Faculty for Life at Georgetown University and Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Georgetown University.

To learn more, visit: https://www.magiscenter.com/meet-fr-spitzer/

Father Wade Menezes, CPM

Father Wade L. J. Menezes is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching religious congregation based in Auburn, Ky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his bachelor’s in Catholic thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and a dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees in theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.

Father Wade is currently the Assistant General and has served as Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians for the Fathers of Mercy. He has also served as the Chaplain-in-Residence at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.

While at the shrine, Father Wade was a daily Mass celebrant, homilist, and confessor; he also gave spiritual conferences on specialized points of Catholic Christian doctrine to the many pilgrims who visit the shrine. Both the monastery and shrine are affiliated with EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.

Father Wade has been a contributing writer for The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Twin Circle, Catholic Faith and Family, The Wanderer, Pastoral Life, The Catholic Faith, Lay Witness, and Christian Ranchman publications. Several homiletic series of his have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, an international journal for Priests.

Father Wade has also been a guest on various episodes of EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and “Life on the Rock” programs during which he discussed such topics as the sanctification of marriage and family life, vocations, and the Sacred Liturgy.

He has also hosted several televised series for EWTN, which have covered such topics as the necessity of the spiritual life, the Four Last Things, the Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life, and the Gospel of Life vs. the Culture of Death.

Father Wade is the host of the EWTN segment series “The Crux of the Matter” and “The Wonders of His Mercy.” His many theological and doctrinal presentations have been featured on EWTN Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Guadalupe Radio Network, Covenant Network Radio, Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, and Voice of Virtue International. He is the host of EWTN Global Catholic Radio’s “Open Line Tuesday.”

To learn more, visit https://fathersofmercy.com

Jesse Romero

Jesse is a full-time bilingual lay Catholic evangelist, who is nationally acclaimed for his dynamic, upbeat Christ-centered preaching. His preaching apostolate is “On Fire Evangelization.”

Jesse is a resident of Arizona and a retired Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff who has been married to his wife Anita since 1983 and is the parent of three children and grandchildren.

He has a bachelor’s from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and a master’s in Catholic theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He is a bilingual Catholic author.

Jesse is the recipient of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award, The Fullness of Truth “Defender of Faith” Award and the “Sports Faith International Award.”

Jesse has been on Catholic radio for more than 12 years hosting, teaching in both English and Spanish. He currently hosts The Terry and Jesse Show, and En Familia Radio. He also, occasionally co-hosts on “Chips N Salsa” radio show.

Jesse speaks on all things Catholic such as:

  • Catholic Evangelization
  • Apologetics
  • Marriage & Family
  • Male Spirituality
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Culture Wars
  • Teen & Chastity talks

Jesse has been preaching his faith since 1995. He has also defended Holy Mother Church in several official debates with different Protestant pastors, and on Spanish television against secular humanists.

Jesse’s motto is: Love God, Save Souls, & Slay Error!

Sarah Swafford

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. She speaks internationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as Emotional Virtue, Dating and Relationships, Modesty of Intentions, and Interior Confidence.

She is a graduate of Benedictine College and has been involved in ministry for more than ten years. For three years, Sarah worked as a Residence Hall Director at Benedictine College, taking care of 142 freshmen women. That amazing experience gave her a front-row seat into the hearts of women and men transitioning from high school to college, giving her a deeper look into the struggles facing teens and young adults today.

Sarah shares her message at school assemblies, retreats, rallies, and conferences around the world and is the author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships. She has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the RockEWTN Live, and is co-host of EWTN’s At the Heart of Relationships.

She has also been featured in the National Catholic Register. Sarah is a contributor to Chosen, Ascension Press’ confirmation program and YDisciple’s True Beauty; she has also contributed videos for www.womenmadenew.com. Sarah is a proud team member of Chastity Project and speaks at Steubenville Conferences in the United States and Canada.

Sarah also works on Special Projects for Catholic Identity at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where she resides with her wonderful husband, Dr. Andrew Swafford, and their children: Thomas, Fulton, Cate, and Kolbe. You can find more information about Sarah and Emotional Virtue Ministries at www.emotionalvirtue.com.

Andrew Laubacher

Andrew Laubacher (ALOB) is a songwriter, worship leader and speaker based in Southern California. After straying from the Lord in high school, he was brought back into relationship with God through youth conferences, powerful prayer experiences, and the witnesses of many influential people in his life. After graduating from Franciscan University in Steubenville, he began to pursue ministry full-time.

Andrew’s heart for worship and his belief that God is always at work in our lives shine through in his music.

Andrew released his first EP, Living Water and followed that with a full-length record, No Match for Love. He tours the US and abroad sharing his music, praying with communities, and helping people embrace the miraculous, healing, matchless love of God.

Visit him at a-lob.com.