2010 Conference

Teresa Tomeo
"Handmaids of the Lord: Rediscovering the Dignity of Women"
“Mary vs the Media”

Teresa Tomeo is a veteran broadcast-journalist with more than 20 years of experience as a radio and TV news reporter and anchor woman mainly in the Detroit area. She is now an author, and host of syndicated Catholic talk show “Catholic Connection”. Most recently, she was invited to Rome to be one of only 260 international delegates to participate in the 20th anniversary of Mulieris Dignitatum, a "Congress on Women".

Elizabeth Ficocelli
"The Age of Mary"

Elizabeth Ficocelli was born in New York where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. When her future husband, Mark, invited her to Mass on their college campus, she experienced for the first time a spiritual connection with her fellow worshippers and a deepening love for God. After a 20-year career in advertising, Elizabeth launched a new ministry in spiritual writing. She has published a series of children’s sacramental books and has written books on Lourdes, Medjugorje, and Saint Therese of Lisieux. Elizabeth has also published eleven articles in national Catholic magazines including St. Anthony Messenger, Liguorian, America, Columbia, Catholic Parent, Take Out (Our Sunday Visitor), and Lay Witness Online.

Kurt and Julie Carrick
"Celebrating the Truth: Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Life"

Kurt and Julie Carrick have been active in the Catholic Church, from music ministry to Engaged Encounter workshops for 10 years (from presenting weekends all the way to being part of the National Executive Team). They are also Benedictine Oblates and helped to establish a beautiful retreat center in the Flagstaff Catholic community. Julie has written and recorded 7 music CDs and a Rosary CD, in which she and Kurt pray together. Kurt was nominated for UCMVA 2004 "Songwriter of the Year", and received the 2006 Unity Award for "Spoken Word Album of the Year" for "A Couples Rosary".