A former All-American basketball player and the iconic three-term Mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, Ray Flynn served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican from 1993-1997 before hosting nationally syndicated television and radio programs. The celebrated author’s insight into the New Evangelization—based on first-hand experiences with Pope John Paul II himself—offers a vision of an authentic Catholic identity and a call to civic responsibility.
Former Miss America Runner-Up and Talent Winner Kelly Garver Nieto combines her professional experience as a comedic entertainer with stories of her powerful conversion, prayer, and faith in action. The annual Miss Michigan Pageant emcee has performed as the opening act for Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, and many more from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, and on cruise ships before creating the Broadway-caliber The Cross and The Light.
After recording three highly acclaimed albums as the pianist for Marian Grace and producing many more as the founder and president of Mysterium Records, Jimmy Mitchell finally released a long-awaited solo album. A nationally sought speaker and consummate performer, Jimmy Mitchell’s Love Good Music campaign earned the ministry leader recognition as one of the nation’s top ’30 under 30′ Evangelizers from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.
Singer-songwriter Miriam Marston is an independent recording artist based out of Portland, OR with a message of Christian hope, wonder, and conversion. Inspiring youth and young adults to grow in holiness, Miriam’s message moves audiences and hearts at parish retreats and college events, where she explores C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton as forebears of the New Evangelization. Ms. Marston currently serves in the Department of Pastoral Ministries.
Daniel Rabourdin was a veteran producer with over 16 years at EWTN, who authored a cookbook and hosted the widely popular Theology of the Table cooking show before leaving to create the first soon-to-be-televised docudrama entitled The Hidden Rebellion. Filmed on location in Vendee, France, the production shines a light on the little-known fight for religious liberty hidden in the shadows of the French Revolution.
Best known as “Theologian Mom,” Dr. Angela Franks is an engaging, celebrated lecturer, former television host, and mother of six. The Director of Theology Programs for the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John’s Seminary has been featured on EWTN and SiriusXM’s Catholic Channel for her recent work Contraception and Catholicism: What the Church Teaches and Why (Pauline Books & Media).
Storytellers and public speakers can consistently connect with audiences on an emotional level by following the universal, natural laws of story structure. Dr. Williams presents modules from his Moral Premise Secrets of Successful Storytelling Workshop, which has been described by Hollywood insiders as a Masters’ Class in how to structure and tell stories that connect with audiences.
Ken Ogorek is a leading lay authority on transmission of faith. As the Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis in Indianapolis, there are few topics the author and lecturer hasn’t touched upon. The author of The Gospel Truth: A Lectionary-Based Catechism for Adults has become a nationally sought resource for discussing RCIA, homiletics and the practical reality our parishes face of an increasingly less catechized population.
A 20-year broadcast veteran of the Los Angeles airwaves and in-demand voice over actress, Sylvia Aimerito and sister Lori Rae co-founded AudioGirl Productions in 1997, a thriving audio/video production company. Called to work in the pro-life movement, Ms. Aimerito co-founded AudioGirl Ministries in 2009, “a bold and active voice for the unborn,” with the simple mission to save babies. Since its inception, Team AGM has helped save over 900 babies from abortion.
Lori Rae Martin, a professional singer and published composer, serves as Music Director and Creative Director of both AudioGirl Productions and AudioGirl Ministries. A graduate of Cal State University, Long Beach, she served on the faculty at university as well as various Southern California Catholic schools. After leading the “America’s Welcome to Mother Teresa” choir in 1986, Lori Rae was inspired to compose and produce a CDBaby Best Seller, raising over $25,000.00 for AudioGirl Ministries.
Author, filmmaker, and deep-sea fisherman Sean Bloomfield is best known for his cutting-edge documentaries The Triumph and If Only We Had Listened, both of which explore the modern phenomena of miracles, apparitions, and spirituality. His work has been featured on The History Channel, ABC, Oprah’s OWN, Fox, PBS, EWTN, and across the globe on both international television stations and the Big Screen. Let Sean introduce your screening as a parish fundraiser.
The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.” The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
The Speakers Garden grows out of the Little Flower Strategies mission to serve the New Evangelization by elevating a new generation of evangelizers who contribute to a culture of life and love with truth, beauty, and goodness. Our speakers offer unique stories that speak to those on whom we must truly focus: youth who experience a crisis of faith. A humble deacon once proclaimed that “there is a broken heart in every pew.” Bringing a faith community together isn’t always easy, but through events, conferences or gatherings, the Holy Spirit pours out tremendous grace. The Speakers Garden is growing the next generation of catalysts who will captivate, inspire, and galvanize audiences.