February 7, 2019: Jim Cruise (The Spoons Guy)

Joining us for our February breakfast is Jim Cruise (The Spoons Guy). Jim is married with 5 kids and a mortgage and has been supporting his family for 20 years by playing the spoons. If that is not a testimony to Jesus Christ, then he doesn't know what is. Jim is a renowned Catholic Evangelist, comedian, keynote speaker and author. He is a graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Jim’s burning desire is to share his Catholic faith with adults, teens, and families around the country. Every performance contains audience participation, music, comedy and a spoonful of Catholic doctrine. He has a totally clean act - he never uses dirty silverware. His performances have brought him all over the country including corporate clients such as GM, Ford, Chrysler, IBM, Steelcase and Herman Miller. He has also performed for former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Jims topic for us will be, “We are Stewards not Owners.” Please join us for Jim’s entertaining and motivational presentation.

Personal Testimony Quotes:

Diocese of Beaumont - Tommy Chatlosh, Director - “Jim, you cracked through even the most diehard 'make me enjoy this wall' some people can build up.
You creatively involved us in your fun with your high energy antics. You’re a seasoned performer and a man of spirit and faith that really connected. You helped us realize it doesn't matter how strange or unusual your gift or talent may be - It can make a difference in people’s lives and bring glory to God. We'll definitely have you back.”

Diocese of Gaylord - Joanne Willis -
 “Jim, you were the best keynote speaker and entertainer that we've ever had since I've been here.”

Our lady of Consolation - Laura Readle - “Your audience interaction especially with Bishop McKinney was fabulous.”

March 7, 2019: Jon Leonetti

Please join us on March 7th, for an entertaining and spiritually uplifting presentation from Jon Leonetti. As both speaker and storyteller, Jon conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

As an international Catholic speaker, author and radio host, Jon has dedicated his life to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in a faithful, energetic, and humorous way to thousands everywhere.

Providing keynote presentations and parish missions, Jon is a recognized leader in the Church today, helping others to cultivate intimacy with Jesus Christ through prayer, Sacraments, family life, Mary and the saints. Jon and his wife, Teresa, reside in Des Moines, Iowa, with their son Joseph. Jon is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Moral Theology.

Jon’s first book entitled Mission of the Family was published and featured by Matthew Kelly’s Dynamic Catholic Book Program and was released in March, 2013.

Jon’s topic for us this morning will be, “Communicating the Faith to a Hurting World.” Please join us to hear Jon’s important, inspirational message.

What people are saying:

“Jon Leonetti speaks with passion about our Catholic faith. His heart is filled with enthusiasm about the Good News of Jesus Christ and his Church.” - Tom Peterson, Founder and President, Catholics Come Home

“Engaging, entertaining, and hilarious!” - Erin Walsh, Teacher, Omaha, NE.

“Jon's evangelizing message brings laughter and truth in a way that is relatable, inspiring and challenging!” - Cindy Black, Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, Diocese of Fort Wayne, IN.

“Your stories, humor and deep inspiration have led many of us to examine our lives and feel the touch of Jesus in our hearts.” - Deacon Don Musso, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Baton Rouge, LA.

April 11, 2019: Rose Sweet

Please join us for breakfast on April 11th at 7:00 AM at the Wyndham Hotel to listen to and enjoy another outstanding presentation. Rose Sweet, who comes to us from Palm Desert, California is a passionate, courageous, and humorous author of 10 books, and has inspired Catholics for 25 years on how to “Put Your Religion in Your Relationships!” No matter the topic, all of her talks take the audience on an adventure into the interior life.

Rose is a frequent guest on Catholic radio, TV, and has been a presenter at the World Meeting of Families, Theology of the Body Congress, USCCB Convocation, and more. Here’s what others are saying about what Rose has to offer:

“Rose Sweet’s work is a good example of the opportunities that Catholics, and all people of good will, should take advantage of. It is necessary not only for their own flourishing, but for that of our nation as a whole. I hope this (weekend retreat) will be a great success. It is certainly needed!” - Archbishop Salvatore Codileone

“Rose has allowed the Theology of the Body to penetrate and shine in every area of her life; she knows what it is to get to the “core” of matters and her heart shines in all her work. If you want a speaker who will lift the veil of cultural confusion and reveal the tender heart of God to you, who will offer tasty morsels of truth and the choice, rich wine of the Gospel, call Rose Sweet. You won’t be disappointed!” - Christopher West

We hope to see you on April 11th to hear this wonderful and inspiring presentation by Rose Sweet.

May 9, 2019: Diane Wehbe

Joining us at 7:00 AM on May 9th at the Wyndham Hotel is a truly wonderful speaker, who will share with us her own story of life in the fast lane to her conversion and commitment to a love for a life dedicated to Christ and the Church.

From living in sin and the enjoyment of worldly possessions to a devout Catholic life consecrated to Jesus through Mary... Diana Marie Wehbe has been through illness and human rejection, has had a world class career in secular radio with fame and fortune to boot, but has left it all behind to follow Christ in the mission of the New Evangelization.

Featured in Women's Health Magazine, her testimony heard on I Heart Media, interviewed by Terry Barber of Relevant Radio and countless other outlets and events, Diana Wehbe has changed the hearts and lives of thousands for Christ. Her God-given testimony and wisdom from the Lord helps others see what God is truly calling them to. Her talks have been heard at Disneyland, on secular and Christian radio as well as to over 80,000 students at middle schools, high schools and colleges. A humble Evangelist with a heart after Christ, Diana will light a fire under those in the audience!

She studied Theatre Arts at Cal State Los Angeles, has worked in Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and runs a non-profit organization called The Purpose Foundation, leading youth and young adults by example... from the Foot of the Cross. Her story begins with an ovarian cyst, a health diagnosis that God would use to change her whole life. She began to fast and pray, losing 100lbs in the process, reversing a verbal diagnosis of Type II Diabetes and all the while growing in her faith. Her time in secular radio taught her that fame, celebrities and the such... did not bring her or them True and lasting happiness. This could only come from Christ.

Her testimony proves that loss, pain, suffering and rejection bring us into the Wounds of Christ... that if only “we suffer with Him, we would be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:17). Modesty, heart conversion, life transformation, submission to God's plan, humility and obedience are the ways in which she teaches the New Evangelization... be prepared to cry, laugh and change-- The Word of God does not return void... (Isiaiah 55:11)

Please plan on joining us on May 9th to hear Diana’s heartwarming story.

June 13, 2019: Karlo Broussard

Our final speaker for the 2018-19 year is a fantastic choice for our breakfast club. Karlo Broussard, a native of Southern Louisiana, left a promising musical career to devote himself full-time to the work of Catholic apologetics. As a staff apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers, he travels the country giving talks on apologetics, biblical studies, theology, and philosophy. Karlo has published articles on a variety of subjects in Catholic Answers Magazine, is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, and is an active blogger.

Karlo holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology from Catholic Distance University and the Augustine Institute, and is currently working on his masters in philosophy with Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He also worked for several years with nationally known author and theologian Fr. Robert J. Spitzer at the Magis Center.

Karlo is one of the most dynamic and gifted Catholic speakers on the circuit today, communicating with precision of thought, a genuine love for God, and an enthusiasm that inspires. This morning, his talk will be:

Miracles: God’s Light in the Darkness of Unbelief

Karlo responds to objections that skeptics give to the possibility of miracles and offers credible historical evidence that miracles have occurred, as in the case of the resurrection of Jesus, and still occur today. He also explains why miracles are important in the life of the Catholic while at the same time emphasizing the need to have a healthy balance in our search of the miraculous.

Let’s make this last breakfast of the year a full house, and all come out to hear an inspirational talk from Karlo Broussard. See you on June 13th, at 7:00 AM at the Wyndham Hotel in Visalia. All are welcome!

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