Legatus Summit 2018 Speakers

Ryan Anderson, Ph.D.

William E. Simon senior research fellow – The Heritage Foundation

“When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment”

Featured frequently on major networks such as ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News, as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, among others, Ryan Anderson is a renowned expert on marriage, bioethics, religious liberty and political philosophy. His latest book (bearing the same title as his Summit lecture) is among his many works engaging the challenges and threats to modern religious and societal freedoms. He is also the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, NJ.

Anderson is the author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom and co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. His invaluable research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, in two separate cases. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude; and received a doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Sue Ellen Browder

Former feminist Cosmopolitan writer who later embraced Catholicism

“Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement”

Longtime journalist Sue Ellen Browder sheds much-needed perspective on the truth of ‘feminism’ in modern culture, particularly in her latest book Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement. College-trained as an investigative journalist, she unwittingly betrayed her calling and became a propagandist for sexual liberation for over 20 years. Not until much later did she realize shrewder propagandists were manipulating her thinking and personal choices as they undermined the women’s movement.

Browder, who has appeared on Oprah and the Today Show among hundreds of interviews, wrote for Cosmopolitan, New Woman, and Woman’s Day and draws from a lifetime of experience in the women’s movement. Her utter disillusionment with secular feminism and the sexual revolution – and their inherent betrayals – ultimately catalyzed her search for truth and peace in Catholicism. She highlights the essence of true feminism, and reveals how men and women can work together toward an authentic liberation which will genuinely set women and families free.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

TV personality, bestselling author on spirituality, marriage, family life

“Rich in Mercy: Finding Healing in God’s Mercy”

Known internationally as the “Dynamic Deacon,” Harold Burke-Sivers puts forth a no-nonsense approach to living and benefiting from the Catholic faith. He inspires individuals, married couples and families to recognize God’s purpose for their lives and sustain a meaningful relationship with Him. As well, he is renowned for explaining the vital role of sacraments, vocational discernment, pro-life issues, evangelization, and prayer for Catholics.

Co-host of several popular TV series on EWTN television – including “Made In His Image: Family Life Today,” “Authentically Free At Last,” and “Priests and Deacons: Ministers of Mercy,” he is author of the bestseller Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality. He is featured in the marriage-enrichment program, The Greatest Commandments: A 40-Week Spiritual Journey for Married Couples, which teaches biblical values for helping spouses know God and each other better, and for trusting Him completely throughout marriage. Burke-Sivers is a Benedictine Oblate, member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. He is assigned to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Portland, OR where he lives with his wife and four children.

Fr. Donald Calloway

Vocations Director for Congregation of Marian Fathers, convert to Catholicism

“No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy”
“The Rosary: Spiritual Weapon of Our Lady”

Modern-day prodigal son and prominent Marian priest, Fr. Calloway was a high school dropout banished from a foreign country, twice institutionalized, and jailed repeatedly. A radical convert to Catholicism, he will present two talks during the Summit – on his life-altering conversion and the gift of God’s mercy through Confession, and on the power of the Rosary. Prolific author on Mary and other faith topics, Fr. Calloway provides incredible insights into the infinite accessibility of God’s mercy, and how closeness with Our Lady helps bring muchneeded harmony to one’s life.

Fr. Calloway is a renowned conference speaker on Divine Mercy and the correlating apparitions/messages of Christ to Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s. Author of seven books, his work Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon is one of the best-known explanations of the gift of the Rosary. As well, he is editor of two books: The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body and The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church; and editor-in-chief of the annual Mariology journal, Mater Misericordiae.

Aurora Griffin

Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, author and devout Catholic

“How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard”

“Harvard epitomizes the secular university system that makes it so difficult for students to keep their faith on campus,” Harvard graduate Aurora Griffin said earlier this year in National Review. Author of the recently released How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard: 40 Tips for Faithful College Students, Griffin reveals what’s necessary for keeping faith intact at a modern university – involving academic, community, prayer and service realms.

Because keeping the Faith is a mindful decision reinforced by daily commitment – imperative for college students – Griffin says once it is intact, it cannot be easily dislodged, even in secular environments applying strong peer pressure. She inspires students and parents on integrating solid faith into other aspects of college life – lasting friendships, intellectual advancement, and cherished memories. While at Harvard, Griffin was president of the Catholic Student Association, founded a chapter of the Daughters of Isabella, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 in the top 5 percent of her class with a degree in classics. Additionally, she holds a graduate theology degree from Oxford University and plans to attend Stanford Graduate School of Business next year. She currently works as a writer for Catholic University of America.

Dr. Scott Hahn

Renowned Catholic convert, media personality, author of 40+ books

“The First Society: The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and The Social Order”

One of Catholicism’s most recognized converts, Dr. Scott Hahn offers captivating understanding and eye-level explanation of theological topics in ways everyday Catholics can embrace and exemplify. He speaks widely on the inestimable worth of marriage and families within cultures, eras, and as part of the fabric of salvation history. Married almost 40 years, he and his wife Kimberly have six children and 14 grandchildren. Author of over 40 books – like bestsellers Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Reasons to Believe along with hundreds of articles, Dr. Hahn’s incredible teaching style has helped people the world over better grasp God’s plan through Catholic teaching.

Dr. Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. Additionally, he is Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Editor-In-Chief of Emmaus Road Publishing. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University. A former Presbyterian minister, Dr. Hahn had previously served as Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary.

Larry Kudlow

Economist, broadcast journalist, Catholic convert from Judaism

“Insights from Larry Kudlow”

Formerly President Reagan’s associate director for economics and planning, Larry Kudlow is a wellregarded business and media personality, host of “The Larry Kudlow Show” – a WABC radio show heard in 183 cities, and a CNBC senior contributor (previously the host of “The Kudlow Report.”) Kudlow has been recent adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, is a nationally syndicated columnist, contributing editor of National Review magazine, and economics editor for National Review Online. As well, he is CEO of Kudlow & Co., LLC, an economic research firm (www.kudlow.com). His latest book is JFK and the Reagan Revolution (2016). He likewise authored American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity (1998).

Kudlow converted to Catholicism from Judaism 20 years ago during a low point in his personal and professional life. In contrast to his high-profile persona, Kudlow lives his Catholic faith quietly but not silently. He is an active participant in his parish, and recipient of numerous awards for humanitarian and community involvement. Once lapsed from Judaism, he explored Catholicism over the course of seven years and admits it ultimately transformed his entire life.

Dr. Paul Voss

Renowned leadership speaker and executive coach, President of Ethikos

“The Catholic Work Ethic”

Dr. Paul Voss’ esteemed work through Ethikos – specializing in executive leadership, culture, coaching, corporate stewardship and public service – has received the highest of evaluations across many industries. His prestigious client roster includes FBI Labs, General Electric Energy, British Petroleum, FedEx, Home Depot, Best Buy, NYPD, Chubb Insurance, Cox Communications, Georgia Institute of Technology, and many others. A persuasive public speaker, he likewise publishes on a wide variety of topics for academic and popular audiences, and is a frequent guest on TV and radio programs. Dr. Voss has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Atlanta Business Chronicle.

As associate professor at Georgia State University, he is an award-winning teacher of Shakespeare, Dante, Business Ethics, Renaissance Literature and the History of the Book. His proven business-leadership approach builds on 2500 years of intellectual history, thought and human behavior. Dr. Voss is currently completing the book, Loved or Feared: Paradigm Shifts and the Rejection of Machiavelli. He and his wife, Mary, live in suburban Atlanta with their five children.

Bobby Rydell

Top-selling recording artist, lifelong Catholic

“Applause – The Meter of Life”

An American entertainment legend beginning as a teen idol in the 1950s, Bobby Rydell still draws crowds from every age group. Showing early musical prowess, he played drums professionally at age 9. He appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” in 1959 and charted a recording career placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era (Billboard Magazine) – selling over 25 million records. His famed hits include “Volare,” “Wild One,” “We Got Love”, “Kissin’ Time,” and “Wildwood Days” among others. In 1963 he starred with Ann-Margret in the iconic movie “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Rydell still tours the nation, also enthralling audiences with great-standards selections such as those by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and more. After a 2012 double-organ transplant, he is dedicated to public awareness of Gift of Life organ donor program. Rydell is a lifelong practicing Catholic from south Philadelphia, which dedicated “Bobby Rydell Boulevard” for their hometown boy – who still lives in his native city

Rev. Leo E. Patalinghug, IVDei

TV & Radio Host, Best Selling Author, Speaker & 2018 Summit EMCEE

"What Food Has to do with Faith"

Our Catholic faith provides us with an amazing opportunity to have a direct relationship with God, particularly through FOOD, especially through the Eucharist. I call that a "vertical" approach to faith.

At January’s Legatus Summit, we have a chance to complete the direction and Sign of the Cross and strengthen our "horizontal" faith by sharing communion, fellowship, and amazing food with one another, God’s special ambassadors. I strongly encourage you to come, to share faith with God and with each other, to celebrate with amazing meals, and to be fed in mind and spirit by the dynamic speakers and presenters. Everyone who comes to these Summits are so well fed, they actually hunger more for God in their lives.

Come, and taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

If you haven’t yet encountered Fr. Leo Patalinghug’s cooking with a dose of family and faith, you are missing out. Fr. Patalinghug is the host and founder of Grace Before Meals, an apostolate to strengthen families and communities around the dinner table. You may have seen him defeating world-famous chef Bobby Flay in a "Throw Down"; connecting with people of all ages through his unique background as a martial artist and breakdancer; or bringing people closer together through food and faith – one meal at a time!