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LEGATUS SPEAKERS 2019


AUGUST - Janet Smith

Janet Smith holds the Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminiary in Detroit. She is the foremost authority in the English language on Humanae Vitae and a moral theologian of note. Dr. Smith has been published in many academic journals, has been a regular columnist for the National Catholic Register and blogs on CatholicVote.com. She is a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family and serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III. Dr. Smith is a passionate speaker with a rare combination of humor and scholarship. She will speak on holiness in the family.


SEPTEMBER - Carrie Gress

Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She is the editor at Helena Daily, on the faculty at Pontifex University and a member of the International Marian Association. Dr. Gress is a regular blogger at The National Catholic Register and has written for numerous publications, including Catholic Vote, Catholic World Report, The Catholic Thing, The Federalist, and The Stream. She is a regular guest on Catholic Answers and is frequently on Ave Maria Radio, EWTN Radio, and Relevant Radio. Dr. Gress is also a homeschooling mother of four who resides in Virginia. She is the author of the current religious best seller The Marian Option.


OCTOBER - John Abbate

As an owner of McDonald's Restaurants throughout the central San Joaquin Valley, John is a well-known public speaker on a wide range of business topics such as brand strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership, and management. However, as a Catholic, John believes we all have a role to play in the New Evangelization movement of the 21st Century. He was inspired by Saint Josemaria Escriva's theology of sanctification of work and now speaks with passion and purpose about his Catholic faith journey, pro-life endeavors, the dangers of moral relativism, and commitment to the integration of faith, family, and work in our everyday life.

NOVEMBER - Bishop Michael Duca

Bishop Duca will be back with Baton Rouge Legatus to give a state-of-the-diocese report and to visit with members. Save the date and come spend some time with our Bishop.




DECEMBER 8 - Christmas Social