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Meet Our Speakers from the 2nd Annual Caritas Conference

Lauren De Witt

Presenting on Calling the Lost Girls Home: Finding True Freedom in the Kitchen Instead of the Corner Office

Caritas Conference Co-Host 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.

Lauren De Witt

Presenting on Calling the Lost Girls Home: Finding True Freedom in the Kitchen Instead of the Corner Office

Caritas Conference Co-Host 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.

Jeannie Ewing

Presenting on Infertility, Super Fertility, and the Cross of Motherhood

Jeannie Ewing is a Catholic spirituality writer who helps women griever their losses. Her books include From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph and Waiting with Purpose: Persevering When God Says Not Yet.

Christine Flynn

Presenting on Dismantling ‘Living Your Best Life’ Mentality and Embracing Holy Suffering

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. Her first book on the dangers of being spiritual but not religious will be released by Catholic Answers Press in Fall 2022

Erin Franco

Presenting on Finding Rest for the Feminine Mind in the Sacred Heart

Erin is a Catholic wife, mother, blogger, speaker, and radio personality. She is also a Baton Rouge native. She has been married for 13 years to her husband, Michael, and has five children. Erin has been blogging (and occasionally podcasting) through her life since 2009. Over the years, God's plan for her and her family has found her a stay at home mom, a work-outside-the-home mom, a homeschooling mom, a kids-in-school mom, and a work-from-home entrepreneur running businesses with her husband. Her favorite topics to speak about are Divine Mercy, discernment, and interior peace--because she's needed to learn those lessons so deeply in her own life. Erin and Michael also have a heart for serving in marriage ministry. They currently serve at the national level for Domestic Church, a Polish movement for Catholic married couples that they have been involved in for many years.

Staci Gulino

Presenting on Living Our Feminine Identity as Exer Kenegdo in the Present Age of Ungodly Rage

Staci is a grateful wife of 37 years to her “St. Joseph,” husband Glen, mother, and grandmother.

She is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a specialization of the needs of women, children and families, grounded upon her prior practice as an Obstetrical Registered Nurse.

As a daughter of the Most High God ever seeking authentic holiness through fides et ratio (faith & reason/science), Staci has a passion for nurturing human flourishing through the integrated, Thomistic perspective of Faith, Psychiatry and Mental Health. These days her work is mostly focused upon serving the magisterium of the Catholic Church through a variety of means, including service as consultant to the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother (Societas Mariae Dolorosissimae), and on the Board of Directors of Woman's New Life Center.

Staci has been working in Catholic media since 2012, serving the New Evangelization through media production, writing, and speaking on numerous topics. She is the producer of the Faith & Good Counsel Show (currently on hiatus), and additionally, was co-host of the live Wake UP! Morning Show on Catholic Community Radio until January 2020.

When she is not spending time with her family, working, or pondering the deepest questions of this life through study of psychiatry, psychology, philosophy, history, genealogy, and theology, Staci is sharing beauty through her gift of sacred music as a classically-trained soprano, creating beauty with needle and thread, or maintaining a loving home for her family.

Megan Madden

Presenting on Femininity + Modesty: Witnessing Against Transgenderism; Upholding Marriage and Family

Megan is a wife to a theologian and mother of five. You can find her homeschooling in a small cottage outside of Oxford with a rosary in one hand and coffee in the other. Her background in political science and marriage and family graduate courses led to the question of what it means to be a virtuous woman in modern society, a topic that has inspired her reflection and reading for the last several years. She is currently writing a book on the imitation of Marian virtues for women under the project title Little Blue Book.

Sr. Magnificat Rose, SV

Presenting on The Feminine Heart: Living Out of Our Identity as Daughter, Bride, and Mother

Entrusting themselves completely to the Lord of life, the Sisters of Life are committed to the protection of human life. Contemplative Eucharistic prayer is at the heart of their missions, which include serving women who are vulnerable to abortion, giving them the support and resources to be able to choose life for themselves and their children; hosting weekend retreats; evangelization; and helping women who have suffered after abortion to encounter the mercy and healing of Jesus Christ.

Sr. Magnificat Rose, a native Minnesotan, entered the Sisters of Life in 2013 and professed her Final Vows with the Sisters in 2021. The oldest of three children, she served with NET Ministries and studied Catholic Studies and Theology at the University of St. Thomas before entering the Sisters. Spreading God’s love is the joy of her heart! She just moved to Phoenix where the Sisters are beginning a mission of service to pregnant women in need and a mission of college outreach.

Katherine Ocello

Presenting on Confronting the Anti-Mary Spirit in Our Modern Culture

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

Jennifer Prather

Presenting on Feminism, Feminine Genius in the Writings of John Paul II

Jennifer Prather graduated from Notre Dame Seminary with her master's in Theological Studies in 2020. Several of her courses as well as two guided research courses concentrated on Christian anthropology in the writings of St. John Paul II. Jennifer has twenty years of experience teaching Theology at the high school level and is currently teaching at St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She wrote an original curriculum on Christian Anthropology, Image and Gift, using St. John Paul II's original writings on Theology of the Body which she teaches at the high school, parish and college levels. Jennifer was on the founding level of the Institute of Culture and Gender Studies, a new Catholic non-profit dedicated to articulating Catholic teaching on anthropology and gender and currently serves the Institute as a Research Scholar. She resides in Denham Springs, Louisiana with her husband of nearly ten years.

A BIG Thanks to Catholic Answers

for Presenting the 2022 Caritas Conference as a Tier One Sponsor!

And thank you also to our sponsor, Endow Group!

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