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Kelly Wahlquist

Kelly is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic author and speaker, and the founder of WINE: Women in the New Evangelization. She is the assistant director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Kelly is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and The Integrated Catholic Life. She is the author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy, and created and editor of Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing the Passion of Jesus through the Eyes of Women. Kelly travels around the country speaking about the joy of the New Evangelization, particularly the role of women in the New Evangelization.  She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their three children.


teresa tomeo

Teresa is a motivational speaker, best-selling author, and the host of the daily morning show Catholic Connection on Ave Maria Radio. Teresa also cohosts the weekly EWTN-TV series The Catholic View for Women. 

Teresa has been featured on national news and talk shows discussing matters of faith, media awareness, and Catholic Church teachings especially as they relate to the culture and women. She is the author of multiple books, including her latest Girlfriend’s and Other Saints: Companions on My Journey of Faith and is a contributing writing for Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing the Passion of Jesus through the Eyes of Women. Teresa is a speaker, author, and board member for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Deacon Dom.


Msgr. anthony figueiredo

Monsignor Anthony J. Figueiredo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, U.S.A. In 1990, he entered Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology in the Archdiocese of Newark, obtaining the Master of Divinity degree (First Class). Ordained in 1994, he first served as priest secretary to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, then in missions of the Archdiocese in Estonia, and finally in a parish of Newark, before being sent to Rome to study. He obtained a license in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian, a license in Spiritual Theology from the Angelicum, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology also from the Gregorian, all summa cum laude. In this time, he was asked to be the confessor of the Missionaries of Charity the Order founded by Saint Teresa of Calcutta, at their Generalate at San Gregorio, Rome. 

In October 2005, Monsignor Figueiredo was called back to Rome to work in the Holy See as an Official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Dicastery of the Holy Father for charity. In his five years in this position, he wrote, lectured and traveled extensively for the Vatican in matters related to the understanding and exercise of Christian charity. 

In September 2011, he was appointed Director of the Institute for Continuing Theological Education, one of three divisions at the Pontifical North American College, Rome, where he serves also as Adjunct Spiritual Director in the seminary division. From 2011 – 2012, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops asked him to coordinate the visits of all American Bishops that year to the Holy Father and the Vatican offices. In the Fall of 2013, he assumed the position of full-time Spiritual Director at the College. Three years later, he returned to the Holy See, where he served as Regional Coordinator in the Migrants & Refugees Section of the newly established Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 

Monsignor Figueiredo is a frequent commentator for Catholic and secular media on Church and Vatican affairs. He resides and assists at a parish in Rome. As a linguist, he speaks a number of languages, including French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Latin. 


Dr. Gianna Emanula Molla

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla practiced as a geriatrician at the Geriatric Institute, “Camillo Golgi” in Abbiategrasso, Milan. In 2003, she left her profession to care for her father until his death on Holy Saturday in 2010. Since her father’s death, she has worked full time in service of the Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Foundation, which her father founded on 1999 in Milan with Father Giuseppe, St. Gianna’s brother. The Saint Gianna Foundation is a non-profi t Foundation with its essential aim to honor and to spread out all around the world the memory of St. Gianna’s example, testimony and spirituality. It is a very small Foundation, which has always existed thanks to the help of Divine Providence.

joan lewis

Joan  has lived in Rome for more than three decades, during which she has worked for or covered the Vatican as a journalist. Fluent in several languages, Joan has been a member of several high-level Holy See delegations to the international conferences, covered numerous papal trips, one papal funeral, one papal resignations, two conclaves, and the canonizations of Sts. JohnXXIII and John Paul II.

Called “Rome’s Joan” by her many friends in the Roman Curia, she is often a guest on Catholic radio and a guest lecturer in Rome and in the United States. Joan is a contributing writer for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, and her latest book A Holy Year in Rome: The Complete Pilgrim’s Guide for the Jubilee Year of Mercy is a must have for any person planning a pilgrimage to Rome.

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