Brandon Vogt

Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2012

Support a Catholic Speaker Month

Thanks again to everyone who helped prepare Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2012.  As I mentioned a few times, this project is designed to do three things:

  • Promote great Catholic speakers, who are so important to the life of the Church.
  • Introduce new and unfamiliar speakers, who deserve a bigger platform.
  • Help bloggers connect with their favorite speakers, blog about them, and build traffic to their own websites

Matt Warner, who came up with the idea back in 2009, says it best: “The goal is to create a rising Catholic tide on the Internet that lifts all boats, including speakers, bloggers, Catholic websites, and more.”

A couple weeks ago we welcomed nominations and built a list of more than 250 Catholic speakers. From there, over 11,100 people cast more than 82,000 votes to narrow our list down to 100.

Since this wasn’t meant to be a competition, I’ve decided not to release the results or rankings. Instead, you’ll find the top 100 speakers listed below in alphabetical order. I’ve also added each speaker’s home city, so if you’re planning an event in your area you can find some great local speakers.

Now on with the list!

Your Favorite Catholic Speakers of 2012

—> With supporting blog posts throughout September 2012

(Speakers: If I have the wrong website or location, please email me at [email protected] so I can fix it right away.)

Honorable Mention


Video Interviews

To encourage video interviews for Support a Catholic Speaker Month, they will be specially embedded right here on the main page.




Now this is just the beginning. Support a Catholic Speaker Month wasn’t designed to just create a nice list. The real fun starts now. It’s time for you, and all other Catholic bloggers, to choose one of the speakers above to profile on your own site. Anyone with a blog or website is welcome to participate, but speakers will be claimed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When choosing your speaker, don’t just rush to claim one of the “big names.” Rather, consider this an opportunity to learn about someone new, and to help an unfamiliar speaker gain more exposure.

To claim your speaker, just use the form below. I’ll update the above speaker list as claims are made to show which speakers have already been selected. I want to emphasize that by filling out this form, you’re promising to publish a post sometime during the month of September on the speaker you choose. So please only participate if you’re sincerely dedicated to writing a post. We’re all counting on you!

ALL SPEAKERS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED. However if you’d like to profile a speaker not listed above, write a post on your blog or website then email the link to [email protected] so I can link to it under the Honorable Mention section above.

Once you claim your speaker, begin crafting your post. The entire month of September is marked as Support a Catholic Speaker Month so you can really post anytime during the month. However the earlier you post it, the quicker I can add your link to our list above. Ideally, you’d post it within the next couple weeks.

As for the style of the post, that’s totally up to you. You can do a biography, an interview, a compilation of clips, or whatever you want. Interviews are especially nice since they let us hear from the speaker personally. Check out these links for some inspiration:

(If you record a video interview, I’ll feature it prominently and embed it right on this page.)

However you choose to do your post, email me a link whenever it goes live:

Send blog post link to: [email protected]

After all 100 speakers are claimed, I’ll then open up the process to anyone who wants to write about any other Catholic speaker. So if there’s a speaker you love who didn’t make the list, they’ll still have a chance to be highlighted. These additional speaker posts will be listed under the Honorable Mention heading above. Check back on this page for instructions after the top 100 speakers are all claimed.
Finally, as mentioned before, we really need your help spreading the word about these speakers. Whether you blog about a speaker or not, please share this page or paste one of the graphics onto your website, blog, sidebar, social media account, or wherever you want. [Badge link code here]

Catholic Speaker Month Badges

If you have any questions about Support a Catholic Speaker Month, leave a comment below or email me at [email protected]. Thanks again for all your help. Now let’s go out and support our great Catholic speakers!

  • I know since this post Fr. Mike Schmitz has almost become a household name, but for anyone who has never heard of him, please do yourself a favor and check him! You can search for his videos on the Ascension Presents YouTube channel or discover them all linked here:

  • courtney Evans

    Don’t forget about John-Henry Westen over at He is an excellent speaker from Canada on faith, life and family issues!

  • Mitch Kaiser

    Are any of the speakers good for debating against “marriage equality” and supports traditional marriage?We are looking for a speaker on this topic on a college campus.

    • Mitch, some of the best Catholic speakers and debaters on this topic include Thomas Peters, Ryan T. Anderson, Sherif Gergis, Robert George, William May, and Maggie Gallagher.

  • Dave

    Fr. Richard Rohr should NOT be on this list. I could list several reasons why, but this article explains things even better than I could —

  • KristinD

    Yikes…typing on my phone in the dark might not be a good idea…lol

  • KristinD

    Ahh! I’m looking at two of these speakers at the Crist our Life conference right now but they are both spoken for. Fantastic spealers!!!

  • Jmromanski

    I’m a little late to the comment party, but another great speaker no one mentioned is Melinda Selmys. She is an excellent writer and always has very good meaty thoughts about the relationship between Catholicism and homosexuality, often intertwined with reflections on her own experience of living a life of active lesbianism before converting to Catholicism, marrying, and having 6 children. I highly recommend her writing/speaking, especially for very inquisitive minds.

    Melinda’s blog can be found here:

  • Cheryl

    Peggy Bowes, author of The Rosary Workout, covers a new and incredibly engaging topic: Catholic Health and Wellness. She gets her audiences exercising and praying and excited about understanding how being in shape allows you to live out your vocation most successfully. By all means, this is a woman who should be on your honorable mention list!

  • Sherry

    Brian Gail is a terrific speaker!

  • John Abbate

    It’s great to hear about Catholic speakers that I was not aware existed. I also have one. Alan Hunt is doing great work in the Catholic world today too. He is a former mega-church pastor who is now a devoted Catholic speaker and author. His perspective and experience is a wonderful addition to our evangelization efforts.

  • johnnyc

    Barbara McGuigan is great!

  • George Santos

    Colleen Hammond?

  • Psalms31ismine

    Michael Voris has already been taken, but here’s the reason why I chose him….

  • George Santos

    Lawrence Feingold? Debbie Vinnedge? Hugh Owen?

  • Roberta Sanderscript

    I find it interesting that:

    1) Most of the speakers are men.
    2) A good percentage are priests.

    Maybe you should have a woman only speaker section? You know, priests do have salaries, whereas most of the others don’t… so maybe supporting working deacons, laity, and some consecrated persons might be helpful?

  • Beverly

    Thank you so much! This is helpful indeed. I would challenge you to start another list
    with local speakers whose speaking fee is affordable.

    I would also like to add a name Mark Price!
    Mark is an actor and speaker. His portrayals of the disciples and St. Joseph
    are truly life changing. He also is an awesome retreat speaker. He travels
    widely and is in great demand.

    • EmbracingYourGreatness

      I was thinking this myself, to have the A list speakers, which usually are booked out two years, a few thousand dollars and very difficult to get. Then a B list which would include speakers that might not have published a book but have been on EWTN, radio and national venues but are around the 1000 mark or less for booking then the C list which would be amazing speakers that are annointed but are not featured or marketed much. I would be the C list speaker. As a “back up” Chastity speaker for Catholic Answers for the past 10 years I would fall into that category very nicely. I also speak on Theology if The Body

      • Great idea! I think that would be really helpful. If only I had the time!

      • Beverlyrossio

        You didn’t leave your name!

  • Amanda

    Dear Brandon,
    I know there are many great Catholic Speakers out there , but with all do respect, you did leave one of the best off of this list. Shannon Deitz is one of the most amazing speakers I’ve ever listened to. She has spoken at the 2008 and 2011 World Youth Days, multiple Steubenville confrences, on different radio stations and many other confrences and speaking engagements. In between all of those things she has also found time to work on many writing projects. Her newest book “Exposed: Inexcusable Me…Irreplaceable Him” is her life story and she is currently working on a follow up to “Exposed”. Shannon so the founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry,an “advocacy non-profit organization that reaches out to survivors of abuse and those suffering debilitating loss.” Another role that she has played has been youth minister. She is a great example for teens and they absolutely love her and the way she can relate to them. Shannon also has a blog called “Just Show Up” about how God shows up in her everyday life. I could go on and on with a list of her accomplishments. Please consider adding one of the greatest Catholic Speakers of our day to your “Favorite Catholic Speakers 2012” list.

    • Amanda

      Check out her website:

    • Jodi

      Can’t agree more with you, Amanda! Her blog, “Just Show Up”, is one my favorite feeds on Facebook. I love to see how God works His way into her day!

    • Fr. Gavin Vaverek

      This site is new to me, but I am familiar with Shannon and her Healing Hearts Minsitry. I look forward to hearing her at the University of Dallas Ministry Conference in October. Hopefully next year she will make the ‘official list’.
      Bless your good works.

  • Michelle Romani

    You are missing one very important guest speaker who is of international renown, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, CO. His area of expertise is on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and he has written two very important books on the subject. I would “claim” him, given the fact that I am a Catholic blogger.

  • Steph

    Hi Brandon, I want to thank you for your post, and your blog. I do however, wish to respectfully mention that Sr. Helen Prejean is not someone that should be among all of these great Catholic speakers. While no one would deny her help in the anti-death penalty cause, she is hardly an advocate for the Catholic faith. She “officiated” at the wedding of Susan Sarandon’s daughter’s wedding… something that I am pretty sure she shouldn’t be doing as she is not a Priest. She is a terrible example of rampant liberal nuns that are really undermining the Church and confusing Catholics. Respectfully I think you might want to consider taking her name off the list.

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