Keynote speaker, Kelly Wahlquist is a wife, mother of three, inspiring Catholic author and speaker residing in Minnesota. She is the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and contributing writer for Catholicmom.com. Her book Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace & Joy encourages and inspires women to live fully their beautiful God-given gifts for building relationships. She is the creator and editor of Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women. Kelly travels the country speaking to all on topics that inspire us to live the New Evangelization, but has a special love for speaking at Catholic women’s events. (KellyWahlquist.com)
Keynote speaker, Kitty Cleveland, is aWINE Evangelist and Music Missionary. If I had to boil down the essence of what I feel called to do, it is to encourage people—whether through music, storytelling, or teaching from the great Catholic spiritual writers and my own life experience. Tears in the audience (and occasionally from me) are not uncommon, and I consider them sacred. My audiences and I also laugh a lot, which I consider to be a true gift of the Holy Spirit. These audiences have ranged from women’s prayer breakfasts to Legatus groups to large family conferences. (KittyCleveland.com)
Keynote speaker, Teresa Tomeo, is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper. As a speaker, Teresa travels around the country addressing media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church. She also leads several pilgrimages and retreats each year to various holy places around the world, and with Kelly Wahlquist leads the annual WINE & Shrine Women's Pilgrimage to Italy. (TeresaTomeo.com)
Our emcee, Alyssa Bormes, is an educator, author, speaker, and retreat leader. She currently teaches at the Chesterton Academy, writes for The Catholic Spirit and the WINE blog, is the host of a weekly show Christian Witnesses in the Church on Radio Maria US, and is the author of The Catechism of Hockey. Alyssa is a frequent speaker at WINE events and always an entertaining emcee! (AlyssaBormes.com)
Our talented musician, Amanda Vernon, is a recording artist of soulful pop music. She has shared her original music across the U.S. and in six foreign countries. This singer, pianist, and composer speaks to authentic beauty through music, the “language of the soul.” Originally from the Midwest, Amanda resides in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and their spunky collection of children under age seven.
At age 29, Amanda has over a decade of experience in both studio recording and live performance. Her seventh album, Justice for All, debuted in 2015; the title track won the pop-electronic music genre of the international art competition, ArtPrize. Supported by a growing number of Amanda Vernon Patrons, she releases new original songs each month via her online show, In Real Life.
Sarah Christmyer will be leading our breakout sessions and is co-developer and founding editor of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program. The author of numerous Bible studies and several guided journals for Bible reading, including the WINE journals that accompany the "Read Between the WINEs Book Club" books. She is one of the authors of Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ's Passion through the Eyes of Womenand speaks at conferences and retreats on topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. She teaches at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia. Follow her blog at www.ComeIntotheWord.com.
Archbishop Charles Chaput
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Opening Welcome and Prayer “The Catholic Women’s Conference opens a door to the most beautiful kind of renewal, the kind that comes from an authentic feminine leadership in the family, in the community, in business, in education, in medicine, and in public life. I wholeheartedly support this event.”
Bishop John J. McIntyre
Bishop John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia Principal Celebrant and Homilist