Meet Our Speakers

Learn more about the lovely women who will be your guides through the Caritas Conference!

Adele Collins

Presenting on Daily Femininity and the Privilege of Being a Woman

Adele is Catholic writer who can more often be found playing the flute, gathering bouquets from her garden, and making soups. She completed her Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard University with a focus on Marian imagery. Adele and her husband live in Virginia with their seven children. She can be found on Instagram @simplelifemusings

Kimberly Cook

Presenting on The History of Feminism: Why Feminism Fails from the Start

Kimberly Cook is the author of Motherhood Redeemed: How Radical Feminism Betrayed Maternal Love, as well as the host of the popular podcast, The Dignity of Women.

Her marriage workbook on the virtues earned her the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, and her Workbook for Single Women has been used internationally. Kimberly holds an MA in Systematic Theology and runs KimberlyCook.ME, which challenges modern feminism. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their children.

Lauren De Witt

Presenting on Finding Peace through Feminine Surrender

Lauren De Witt is a Catholic convert, wife, and the mother of three living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After practicing law for seven years, she “retired” to become a full-time homemaker and homeschooler. She is also pursuing a master's in spiritual theology through the Avila Institute and serves as Christian Formation Director at her parish. In her spare time she enjoys coffee, running, and reading (though not necessarily all at the same time!) and loves helping others find the joy of the Gospel through everyday living.

Claire Dwyer

Presenting on The Feminine Genius: How the Church Anticipated Gender Feminism

Claire Dwyer lives in Phoenix with her husband and six children. She works full time for the Avila Foundation as editor and marketing manager, and has a graduate certification in Spiritual Theology from the Avila Institute. Claire blogs at eventhesparrow.com and her book, This Present Paradise, was published by Sophia Institute Press. Her heart is to help individual women discover the beauty and possibility of their interior life and their unrepeatable place in the Church.

Christine Flynn

Presenting on Feminism, Narcissism, and the Dangers of Being Spiritual but Not Religious

Caritas Conference Founder, Christine Flynn is a wife and mother of four young children. On fire for the Catholic Faith, Christine podcasts and blogs at The Catholic Mama about all things Catholicism to help fellow parents feel more sure in their faith and raise confidently Catholic children.

Melody Lyons

Presenting on Why I Am No Longer a Catholic Feminist

Melody Lyons is a natural health educator and Catholic author, pursuing the restoration of Catholic culture through home education and enthusiastic dish washing. She is passionate about bringing the healing power of Jesus Christ to others, compelled by gratitude and her own transformation of mind, body, and soul. Melody writes about integrated Catholic culture at theessentialmother.com. Her first book, The Sunshine Principle: A Radically Simple Guide to Natural Catholic Healing was published in 2020. She is wife to theologian husband, Chris, and mother to 8 children (diapers to adults) in Northeast Ohio.

Moira from Modern Catholic Mom

Presenting on Discovering Your Feminine Genius

A Midwest girl, Moira studied Philosophy, Theology and Great Books at the Franciscan University and wrote her thesis on the Nature of Woman and the Feminine Ideal. There she fell in love with JPII, the Feminine Genius and Theology of Body.

She met her husband, John, while filming a chastity video in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Clearly, she is a big fan of irony. Marriage and kids has been the best — and most unexpected — adventure of her life! She and John have six kids, work together in a family business and are in various stages of homeschooling their kids. So far so good.

In her “free time,” she loves writing about faith, family, friends, travel and everything in between over at Modern Catholic Mom.

A few random things about her: She used to travel the country and give chastity talks, once testified before Congress on the issue of abstinence education, was kissed on the forehead by St. John Paul II.

Katherine Ocello

Presenting on Why Being Pro-Life is Pro-Woman

Traditional Catholic & Proud American. Katherine is a wife, mother, homemaker & farmer imperfectly striving for holiness in daily life, guided by St. Therese's little way and embracing St. Thomas Aquinas' virtue of patriotism.

Simone Rizkallah

Presenting on Edith Stein & Cultivating the True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Simone Rizkallah is currently the Director of Program Growth for Endow Groups. Her graduate degree is in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Systematic Theology from Christendom College with an emphasis in Systematic Theology.

She has led local chapters of the ecclesial movement of Communion and Liberation in Virginia and Arizona and the Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization In Defense of Christians. She is also a member of Women Speak For Themselves.

As the daughter of immigrants from the Armenian Diaspora in Cairo, Egypt, she has a particular interest in matters of religious freedom and culture.

In her free time she enjoys teaching RCIA, speaking and writing. She has been published in ChurchPOP, Aleteia, Verily, CatholicU, and Ethika Politika and was featured as a Guest Contributor in the book Road Signs for Catholic Teens published by Our Sunday Visitor.

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