THIS YEAR'S FEATURED SPEAKERS:
Bishop Richard J. Malone
Bishop Malone was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on May 20, 1972, by then-Archbishop Humberto Medeiros and was assigned to St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham as associate pastor. In 1974, having requested and received a voluntary leave of absence from parish ministry, he was named to the faculty of St. Clement High School, Somerville. Two years later he joined the faculty and served as chaplain at Xaverian High School, Westwood. He was appointed to the faculty of his alma mater, St. John Seminary College, in 1979, where he taught religious and theological studies until 1990. He also served as registrar and academic dean during his tenure. Bishop Malone produced and hosted television programs for Boston Catholic Television; was the archdiocesan liaison with the local Jewish community; and lectures nationally on evangelization, catechesis and Catholic education.
Bishop Malone was installed as the 11th bishop of Portland, Maine, March 31, 2004. On May 29, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Malone 14th bishop of Buffalo.
On Aug. 10, 2012, he was installed as 14th bishop of Buffalo at St. Joseph Cathedral. On the same day, he became apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Portland. His tenure in Portland concluded on Feb. 14, 2014, when Bishop Robert Deeley was installed as the 14th Bishop of Portland. (For more about Most Reverend Bishop Malone, click here!)
Rachel Balducci is the author of "How Do You Tuck in a Superhero" and a co-host of The Gist on Catholic TV. She and her husband Paul have six children -- five boys and one girl -- so she understands that life is an adventure that can sometimes feel like a pressure cooker.
Matthew Leonard is an internationally-known Catholic author, speaker, film producer, and Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (founded by Dr. Scott Hahn). He hosts the popular podcast "The Art of Catholic" on iTunes, and regularly appears on radio and television outlets such as SiriusXM, CBS Radio, Relevant Radio, Immaculate Heart, and EWTN. Matthew is also the host and Producer of the Journey Through Scripture film series on Formed.org, and several of his talks are featured by Lighthouse Catholic Media.
Matthew has penned numerous articles for periodicals including Our Sunday Visitor and the Magnificat. His books include "Louder Than Words: The Art of Living As a Catholic" and "Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality".
A Protestant pastor’s son and former Evangelical missionary to Latin America, Matthew converted to Catholicism in 1998 and subsequently earned a Master's degree in Theology with Highest Honors from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He's married to a beautiful woman named Veronica and has five children (so far).
During her career, Brooke has interviewed such notables at the Rev. Franklin Graham, Newt Gingrich, James Dobson, Raymond Arroyo, Michael W. Smith, and many more. In addition to her duties at The Fish, Brooke has hosted the Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant and has emceed the Cleveland National Right to Life Symposium, moderated political and religious panels and has spoken at MOPS conferences and Christian women’s events.Brooke was selected as a judge for a national music contest for the Hollywood motion picture "Grace Unplugged" and has appeared on syndicated radio programs such as the Michael Medved Show and the Hugh Hewitt show. Brooke is also involved in the ministry Food for the Poor and has traveled to Guatemala and Haiti to raise awareness and funds for the poorest of the poor. Brooke also led a pilgrimage to Italy for the canonization of St. Pope John Paul II and St. John XXIII.
Brooke and her Army Veteran husband Jim have five children: four sons and a daughter they adopted from Poland. Brooke frequently speaks to groups on the topics of motherhood and family life, the gift of the Catholic faith, adoption, special needs, and her own reversion story. As an in-demand speaker,Brooke relates to women through humor, stories of struggle and the transforming graces of the sacraments. Brooke also maintains a blog shares stories of her day-to-day adventures at “The Sacred Sink.”