Keynote Speakers

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Donna-Marie is recognized by millions as the friendly face and soothing voice of ideal Catholic womanhood. Yet her frequent appearances on radio and television, many books, and dynamic speaking engagements have established her as a mainstay in the lives of anyone devoted to seeking to live according to strong Christian values, improve their family relationships and make a powerful impact on their communities. Her universal, compassionate and relatable approach has catapulted her into the mainstream media and the lives of all Christians, as well as those seeking a deeper relationship with God and a more fulfilling life. A best-selling author, she was named one of the “Top Ten Most Fascinating Catholics” in 2009. Publishers Weekly recognized Donna-Marie’s first book “Catholic Prayer Book For Mothers” as a breakout top ten best-seller within the first week of its release.
Donna-Marie is an award-winning author and journalist, speaker, and the EWTN television host of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms and Catholic Mom’s Café, which she created. A Catholic catechist, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, wife and mother of five, she enjoyed a decade-long friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. For many years her spiritual director was Servant of God John A. Hardon, S.J., who also served as one of Mother Teresa’s spiritual directors.

Donna-Marie was invited by the Holy See in 2008 to participate in an international congress for women at the Vatican to mark the twentieth anniversary of the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women). She received apostolic blessings from Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on her books and work and a special blessing from Pope John Paul II for her work with Blessed Mother Teresa.

She has been featured by Zenit news and Rome Reports, and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s television shows: Bookmark, Sunday Night Prime, Women of Grace, Faith & Culture, as well as Vatican Insider.

Donna-Marie is the author of twenty books on faith and family. Her memoir is titled THE KISS OF JESUS and will release in September. As a journalist, she writes for Magnificat magazine, L’Osservatore Romano, National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Catholic World Report, Integrated Catholic Life and more. Learn more at her website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com.

Dr. Edward Sri, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Dr. Sri is a theologian, author and nationally-known Catholic speaker. He has written several Catholic best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass (Ascension Press) and Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross (Image Books). He currently serves as professor of theology and Vice President of Mission and Outreach at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He also is the host of a new 20-part video series on the Catholic faith called Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) and program director for a new marriage preparation and marriage enrichment program called Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage (Augustine Institute).

Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land and regularly speaks at Catholic parishes, conferences and diocesan catechetical congresses. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and resides with his wife Elizabeth and their seven children in Littleton, Colorado.

Nancy Scimone

Nancy has presented over 100 performances of her Divine Mercy drama “Saint Faustina – Messenger of Mercy” through North America. From Kansas farming communities to transcendent cathedrals, her one-woman drama heralding God’s imminent message of Mercy continues to receive enthusiastic acclaim.

Performances include the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and the historic Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore, where the miracle healing of Fr. Ron Pytel occurred. She also gave a ten-performance Chicago tour, and performed the drama for the Diocese of Arlington Office of Vocations, the John Paul II Center in Washington, DC, Christendom College, the Padre Pio Center, within the dioceses of Baltimore, Arlington, Richmond, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lincoln, Omaha, Syracuse, Rockford, Brooklyn, Wilmington, Toronto, San Francisco, Little Sisters of the Poor convents, Newman Society, Serra, Project Rachel, 40-days for Life and Catholic Daughters of America.

In 2005, Nancy and her husband made a pilgrimage to Poland to visit Sister Faustina’s convents. She was given personal guidance by Sisters at both the Warsaw and Krakow convents, learning special history of Sister Faustina and her convent life. Immersing herself within Sister Faustina’s realm and being with the sisters helped transform further Nancy’s portrayal of Sister Faustina for her drama.

A classically trained artist, she has performed vocal concerts in New York City’s Church of Our Savior for The Sisters of Life, the Basilica National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC), Bar Harbor Maine Music Festival, the Yonkers New York Philharmonic and on the steps of the US Capitol. In 2013, she was chosen as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Her music is heard on Catholic radio including EWTN. She is also an accomplished vocalist in American swing music of the 1930’s and 1940s and has performed at Smithsonian National Zoo events, the United States Botanic Gardens, and many historic venues with her ensemble. She and her husband reside in northern Virginia and are members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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