Keynote Speaker, Carrie Gress, has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and is a faculty member at Pontifex University. Dr. Gress is a regular blogger at The National Catholic Register and has written for numerous publications, including Aleteia, Catholic Vote, Catholic World Report, 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, and has appeared onBBC, CBC, EWTN and Shalom World television. Dr. Gress has lived and worked professionally in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy and her work has been translated into eight languages. She is the author of Nudging Conversions (Dynamic Catholic 2015), Ultimate Makeover (Dynamic Catholic, 2016), and The Marian Option (TAN Books, 2017). She co-authored City of Saints; A Pilgrim’s Guide to John Paul II’s Krakow with George Weigel. Her latest book, Marian Consecration for Children (TAN Books) will be released in March, 2018. A homeschooling mother of four, Dr. Gress and her family live in Virginia.

Fr. MatthFr-Kauth-ew Kauth was born and raised in Peoria Illinois & attended Catholic grade school and High School there and began his studies at St Mary’s College and Seminary in Winona, Minnesota. He completed his studies in philosophy at St Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia. He transferred to the Diocese of Charlotte following graduation to assist in the missionary efforts faced with the burgeoning Catholic population. He completed his graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, DC earning his ecclesiastical degree (STB) and was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. He first served at St Matthew’s parish in Charlotte. After a brief assignment as pastoral administrator, he was sent to Spain to study Spanish. He was the pastor of St Francis in Franklin, North Carolina, and was chaplain and Charlotte Catholic High School.  Fr. Kauth studied Moral Theology in Rome for four years, earning his doctorate, and is particularly noted as a speaker on Theology of the Body.  He serves as a professor at Belmont Abbey College, and rector of St. Joseph’s College Seminary in Charlotte, NC