Who is Your Favorite Catholic Speaker of 2009? Vote Now!


What Catholic speaker has influenced your life the most?  Each individual gets ten picks when they vote  (because it’s too hard to choose just one) on the ballot below!  Please help spread the word to your Catholic friends.

I don’t have any big cash prizes for the winners but they do get:

  1. A post outlining the top 10 speakers and their ministries.
  2. The top 100 will be listed in their finishing order with links to their websites.
  3. And of course the winners get all the glory and honor left over after giving what is first (all of it) owed to God.

Overall, what I really hope is that this little poll helps promote all of the wonderful and inspiring speakers we have in our Catholic community.  Please help support them by supporting this effort!

I’ve gotten hundreds of responses over Facebook and Twitter for nominations of your Favorite Catholic Speaker of 2009.  Although I’m quite confident in the thoroughness of my Facebook and Twitter followers, I’m sure we’ve missed a few people.  If you can think of any major Catholic speakers I’ve missed please let me know in the comments.  I’ll accept additional nominations for another couple days.  The voting will end at an unspecified time.

Nominations had to have been living individuals still breathing and speaking audibly in 2009.  And Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t count because Popes have an unfair advantage with the whole charism of infallibility thing.  In fact, Bishops in general are out because they are in a totally other league when it comes to “speaking.”

God bless you for participating!

NOTE: You can only click the VOTE button ONCE.  So only click the VOTE button AFTER checking off your top ten picks.


UPDATE:  Support a Catholic Speaker Month – learn more here!

Who is your favorite Catholic speaker in 2009? (Click up to 10 boxes and then click VOTE once)

  • Dr. Scott Hahn (7%, 1,196 Votes)
  • Fr. Corapi (6%, 1,041 Votes)
  • Fr. Groeschel (5%, 828 Votes)
  • Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (3%, 519 Votes)
  • Fr. Mitch Pacwa (3%, 464 Votes)
  • Fr. Frank Pavone (3%, 425 Votes)
  • Dr. Peter Kreeft (3%, 420 Votes)
  • Patrick Madrid (3%, 415 Votes)
  • Jeff Cavins (3%, 408 Votes)
  • Christopher West (2%, 386 Votes)
  • Kimberly Hahn (2%, 365 Votes)
  • Lino Rulli (2%, 326 Votes)
  • Raymond Arroyo (2%, 310 Votes)
  • Mark Hart (2%, 303 Votes)
  • Steve Ray (2%, 301 Votes)
  • Fr. Robert Barron (2%, 301 Votes)
  • Dr. Edward Sri (2%, 297 Votes)
  • Dr. Tim Gray (2%, 294 Votes)
  • Curtis Martin (2%, 271 Votes)
  • Alice Von Hildebrand (2%, 265 Votes)
  • Fr. Tom Euteneuer (2%, 262 Votes)
  • Marcus Grodi (2%, 249 Votes)
  • Dr. Janet Smith (2%, 244 Votes)
  • George Weigel (1%, 237 Votes)
  • Dr. Brant Pitre (1%, 236 Votes)
  • Dr. Ray Guarendi (1%, 234 Votes)
  • Jason Evert (1%, 225 Votes)
  • Tim Staples (1%, 210 Votes)
  • Fr. Larry Richards (1%, 204 Votes)
  • Alan Keyes (1%, 186 Votes)
  • Todd Lemieux (1%, 185 Votes)
  • Mary Ann Glendon (1%, 183 Votes)
  • Jimmy Akin (1%, 170 Votes)
  • Rosalind Moss (1%, 160 Votes)
  • Karl Keating (1%, 156 Votes)
  • Greg and Jennifer Willits (1%, 148 Votes)
  • Fr. Dave Dwyer (1%, 146 Votes)
  • Matthew Kelly (1%, 143 Votes)
  • Fr. Leo Patalinghug (1%, 139 Votes)
  • Marcel LeJeune (1%, 138 Votes)
  • Mark P. Shea (1%, 135 Votes)
  • Michael Barber (1%, 134 Votes)
  • Johnette Benkovic (1%, 121 Votes)
  • Mike Aquilina (1%, 118 Votes)
  • Teresa Tomeo (1%, 117 Votes)
  • Fr. Donald Calloway (1%, 111 Votes)
  • Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio (1%, 106 Votes)
  • Fr. Stan Fortuna (1%, 103 Votes)
  • Fr. William Casey (1%, 101 Votes)
  • Dr. Robert George (1%, 99 Votes)
  • Fr. John Riccardo (1%, 98 Votes)
  • Fr. Roderick Vonhogen (1%, 96 Votes)
  • Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers (1%, 94 Votes)
  • Dr. John Bergsma (1%, 94 Votes)
  • John Martignoni (1%, 91 Votes)
  • Jesse Romero (0%, 80 Votes)
  • Thomas Woods (0%, 78 Votes)
  • Steven Kellmeyer (0%, 78 Votes)
  • Fr. Michael Scanlan (0%, 77 Votes)
  • Eduardo Verastegui (0%, 74 Votes)
  • Joseph Pearce (0%, 72 Votes)
  • Ralph Martin (0%, 67 Votes)
  • Monica Ashour (0%, 60 Votes)
  • Dawn Eden (0%, 57 Votes)
  • Fr. Jonathan Morris (0%, 53 Votes)
  • Dr. Paul Camarata (0%, 53 Votes)
  • Thomas Howard (0%, 53 Votes)
  • Fr. Dave Pivonka (0%, 52 Votes)
  • Danielle Bean (0%, 51 Votes)
  • Pam Stenzel (0%, 42 Votes)
  • Dr. Pia de Solenni (0%, 37 Votes)
  • Lisa Hendey (0%, 36 Votes)
  • Deacon Ralph Poyo (0%, 34 Votes)
  • Hector Antonio Molina Jr. (0%, 33 Votes)
  • Matthew Pinto (0%, 33 Votes)
  • John Salza (0%, 32 Votes)
  • Chris Stefanik (0%, 32 Votes)
  • Michael Cumbie (0%, 31 Votes)
  • Danny Abramowicz (0%, 31 Votes)
  • Fr. Clement Machado (0%, 31 Votes)
  • Tarek Saab (0%, 31 Votes)
  • Stephanie Wood (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Joseph Bottum (0%, 28 Votes)
  • Jeff Young (http://catholicfoodie.com) (0%, 28 Votes)
  • Barbara McGuigan (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Colleen Hammond (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Dr. Colleen Mast (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Kathryn Jean Lopez (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Fr. Phillip Chavez (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Jennifer Roback Morse (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Jim Stenson (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Fr. John Bartunek (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Dave Durand (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Richard Lane (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Bill Moyer (of Nat'l Fellowship of Catholic Men) (0%, 14 Votes)
  • Joe McClane (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Jim Sedlak (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Brenda Sharman (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Dave Sloan (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Marguerite Peeters (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Rich Donnelly (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,001

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Cade_One September 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

When you say “cast 10 votes” do you mean 1 each day, because it only let me select one when I went to submit my vote.

Karl September 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm

This is a great list, but I’m sorry you left one of my favorite speakers off the list! I’d vote for Michael Barber, Scott Hahn’s protege. I’d be hard pressed if I had to vote between the two of them and Brant Pitre. Barber is the Catholic professor who does a regular weekly radio show on EWTN and he speaks at all sorts of conferences–and he’s usually my favorite speaker. I’m really surprised more people aren’t aware of him. He runs the blog http://www.thesacredpage.com with Brant Pitre and John Bergsma. Just check out his videos on the weekly lectionary readings at his site, they are fantastic! Top notch biblical scholarship, entertaining, and totally faithful to the Magisterium. You should also check out his amazing commentary on the book of Revelation, “Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation and Applying Its Lessons Today”. So please put Barber on the list. He deserves it, even if his name isn’t as well known as some of the others.

Matthew Warner September 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Karl – Michael Barber is now on there.

Cade_one – not sure what the problem was. I reset your log though, so you should be able to vote for all 10 now.

Anyone else that only got to vote for one can now put in the rest of your votes! Sorry about that. Let me know if you have any more trouble.

Mike September 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm

How ’bout Jeff Young? http://catholicfoodie.com/

Lisa@SoundMindandSpirit September 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Wow, you have so many wonderful speakers. However will I choose just 10?

Ileana September 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I have only been able to vote once myself. =(

Patty September 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Wow Fr. Corapi is the favorite despite only speaking once this year.

Debi September 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Was only able to vote one time also, the web page will not let me select the other 9, only directs me to the voting results:(

Christina Remmert September 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Great list, I would recommend adding the following popular speakers:
Fr. John Bartunek; Todd Lemieux (co-author of 100 Things Every Catholic Teen Should Know, with Mark Hart); Dr. Coleen Mast (Host of “The Doctor Is In” on Ave Maria Radio); Lino Rulli (“The Catholic Guy” show host); Brenda Sharman (former Miss Georgia); Dave Durand; Rich Donnelly (MLB Coach)

troy September 11, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Where is Kimberly Hahn???

mass18th September 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I would love to see Lino Rulli up on here. Every time we get in the car, all three of my kids are asking to hear his program.

Adolfo September 12, 2009 at 5:07 am

Vote for Fr Donald Calloway, MIC. He is an absolutely wonderful and inspiring.
May God bless you all who cast your votes.

Dominica Hayward September 12, 2009 at 7:21 am

I wish I could vote for more but I have not heard all of them speak.

E Regan September 12, 2009 at 4:59 pm

It could not agree with Karl more. Barber is right up there with Scott Hahn. I am always amazed that Fr. Corapi is so popular. I am sure he’s a great guy, but there are so many speakers that are vastly superior to him.

Thadeus September 12, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Great idea, Matt. A great list of great speakers.

I did not see my favorite speaker for catechesis, hope you’ve heard him. Fr. John Riccardo and his program “Christ is the Answer” on Ave Maria radio.

Gayle Kerkman September 13, 2009 at 8:46 am

All great speakers, but my choice was easy.

Gayle Kerkman September 13, 2009 at 8:49 am

I could not vote a second time either. Is there something special I should be doing?

Mike September 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I think the deal is you vote one time, but can choose 10 different speakers to vote for.

FYI for future polls, I’d rather be able to give more than one vote to one nominee if I chose to.

Troy September 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Several other good speakers are missing, like Jonette Benkovic, Danny Abramowicz, Ralph Martin, Curtis Martin, and Dr. Edward Sri.

Matthew Warner September 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

Alrighty! Thanks for all who nominated additional speakers! They are all on the ballot now. We are not accepting anymore nominations at this time for this year’s competition!

Please support your favorite speakers by voting and also passing/email along the link to all of your catholic friends so they can participate too! Thanks all!

Suzanne September 15, 2009 at 7:10 am

I would have put Father Stan Fortuna and Tim Rice here as well, only I didn’t know we could have voted for them to be on the list in the first place. They are excellent for youth and if you don’t speak to the youth, then we lose the youth.

CHRISTINE *** September 15, 2009 at 8:19 am


Troy September 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Fr. Corapi is so very good, but as somebody already pointed out, he hardly ever speaks any more, maybe once a year. He must really need a lot of prayers for his health. He has no bishop or diocese or parish, and he doesn’t live in a community either. As a SOLT priest, he’s really all on his own. Lord, please bless Fr. Corapi with good health and stamina. amen

Troy September 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm

When does the voting end???

Kathie Ghormley September 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

I know you have to drawn the line somewhere to vote but only 10 names wasn’t enough for all my favorite speakers. I narrowed my list down to the ones I have seen speaking and would go back to see again and again. I live in Virginia and it’s easy to see some of these speakers more than once. Fr. Clement Machado, (an exorcist and spiritual warfare speaker) I have seen the most lately. The Coming Home Network Conference in late October ’09 you can see a bunch of them at one shot. Conferences are great!

Alyssan Barnes September 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

Monica Ashour, for sure! The up-and-coming hit, spreading the new evangelization of Theology of the Body to everyone, but most especially to TEENS… What a needed ministry and what an engaging speaker!

Dean Soto September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

Are we allowed to lobby for our favorite speakers in the comments? If so, I would totally push for Peter Kreeft and Christopher West (and the 8 others I chose). If not, I would hope *Peter Kreeft* and *Christopher West* would win anyway. Heh!

Carol Freeman September 17, 2009 at 7:51 am

No comment

Richard Lane September 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

I am so very humbled that someone would actually place me on this great list, let alone even vote for me! LOL.

Great list to choose from…I would like to ask how to make an addition to this list or perhaps one for the next list, in my opinion would be Deacon Alex Jones, of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was a former Pentecostal Pastor who converted to Catholic along with almost 50 of his family, friends and former members of the church that he founded.

Blessings and Peace to you all.


John September 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm

You do realize, people, that Frs. Jonathan Morris and John Bartunek are both basically career-long indoctrinees of Fr. Maciel? How odd that we don’t seem to see the latter or Fr. Owen Kearns or Fr. Anthony Bannon on the list. Can it be because they’re known cultists? Well brothers and sisters, these other guys, while younger, must be considered to be at least as insidious unless and until they publicly renounce those evils. Otherwise, they’re no better than Ted Kennedy, not really. Just thought you might want a little analysis into the behind-the-scenes mechanisms. Oh, and do spread the word on this; I’ve found not a lot of people are aware, though Fr. Jonathan Morris gives many the willies regardless. From where I stand, we just can’t afford to listen to these renowned lightweights, these card-carrying wolves in sheep’s clothing for whom scandal is their stock and trade. Thanks for your kind attention.

Matthew Warner September 30, 2009 at 10:32 am

John – Do you have any evidence that either Fr. Jonathan Morris or John Bartunek are “wolves in sheep’s clothing”? I don’t think it’s Christian or fair to say “they must be considered at least as insidious” without then providing any evidence of these harsh accusations. That just seems illogical to me. As far as I remember, I am fairly certain they have renounced “those evils.” And everything I have personally ever heard from them has been great.

Thank you for your consideration and thoughts.

JenZ September 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

It’s hard to choose only 10!!

I wish Al Kresta had been on the list :) Fr. Wade Menezes would be a great choice too.

Patty September 18, 2009 at 11:44 am

I agree with JenZ. I would have voted for Al Kresta.

Faith Flaherty September 18, 2009 at 5:03 am

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. he was one of the speakers at Christ the King Parish, Mashpee, MA in their summer speaker series. Their parish web site has it recorded.

Emily September 18, 2009 at 10:15 am

Great poll! However, I would like to “write in” one speaker: Dr. Timothy O’Donnell.

John September 18, 2009 at 10:18 am

I always enjoy Pat Buchanan.

Michele September 18, 2009 at 11:39 am

You left out most of my favorites- Michael Patin, John Allen, Fr. Richard Fragomeni, Dr. Thomas Groome. At least I was able to vote for Mark Hart, Pam Stenzel and Jason Evert.

Matt September 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm

As the world ignores Chesterton, so you ignore Dale Alqhuist!

John September 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Good point, Matt! Why do Catholics chase after (no offense) more long-winded speakers when we have Dale? Why, why, why!

Nancy Brown October 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I woulda voted Dale, too.

Maynardus September 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm

If it’s not too late I’d strongly recommend adding two individuals:

Laura Ingraham – is there another outspoken, orthodox Catholic woman out there with a nationally0syndicated radio show – who regularly comments on matters from a Catholic perspective? Big omission here.

Fr. George Rutler. ‘Nuff said.

Matt Abid Sr September 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Alphabetical order would help this process.

Ray from MN September 18, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I’m probably twice as old as many voters, but it would have been nice to Archbishop Sheen’s name on the list. While I don’t listen much to him now, In the olden days he was the only game in town, but what a game it was!!!

Well, now that I’m reminiscing, Father Patrick Peyton (“The Family that Prays together, stays together.”)

Michael September 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I’d wish you had Arch. Bshp. Charles Chaput on the list.

Chris McKee September 18, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I would push for more votes for Fr. Larry Richards and also for his understudy, Justin Fatica, of Hard As Nails Ministries!

Fr, Joseph Galano STD September 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Where is Allan F. Wright??

Elizabeth September 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I know I missed the nominations but Vinny Flynn (author of the Ignatius book “7 Secrets of the Eucharist”) is wonderful and changes lives when he speaks. It’s all very applicable and he’s been speaking for years mostly on the call to holiness, the Eucharist, Confession, our Lady, and he’s an expert on Divine Mercy. I’ve seen him at many conferences but now he mostly does retreats and parish missions.

Peg September 18, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I would have also included Michael Brown of SpiritDaily.com who holds retreats throughout the year in different states. I haven’t heard him speak in person, but his almost daily commentaries are so spiritually inspiring to me that I consider him my internet spiritual director. Peg in Denver

Samuel Ferraro September 19, 2009 at 10:24 am

Father Tom Euteneuer is by far the most important for our time and should be running away with this poll. Some of these others do not even merit being in it.

Fr. Dave Herkimer September 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm

What?!? No Robert Sungenis nor E. Michael Jones? What gives?

TomH September 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm

No offense to Fr. Z, but I believe he is getting a significant vote bump due to his blog readership (his very excellent WDTPRS blog).

Fr. Z’s primary medium is hardly “speaking” if you compare him to the prolific Dr. Hahn, Fr. Groeshcel, Fr. Pacwa et al.

Again, no slight to the outstanding Fr. Z but the number of votes he’s captured is disproportionate to some of the others that use speaking as their primary medium.

TomH September 19, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Did I miss it or was Fr. George Rutler missing from this list? I love his shows on EWTN.

John September 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Try pressing CTRL+F if you’re not sure whether something’s on a page.

Kim September 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I wish that you had added Gus Lloyd from Seize the Day on the Catholic Channel. I really like his scripture reflections.

Also, I didn’t see Fr. Larry Richards before I voted. So, I missed out on voting for him. Although, it was a tough call to begin with. I picked too many and had to cut some! :(

David Werling September 19, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I’m shocked that such a heterodox and inappropriate speaker such as Chris West is getting so many votes.

Rouxfus September 19, 2009 at 10:02 pm

The Holy Spirit should be in there somewhere.

Jacqueline Y. September 20, 2009 at 12:20 am

Thanks for this poll — great idea! I had no trouble picking 10 favorites, but if Al Kresta and Ronda Chervin had been among the choices, they would have bumped a couple of speakers from my list to #10 and #12.

Thomas Russell September 20, 2009 at 2:10 am

Ye must never have heard Robert Sungenis speak or you would have had him on the list. He is a most powerful debater and defender of The Faith.

Chris September 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

SInce when is Chris West a “Catholic” speaker? He’s nothing but a degenerate that lures people in with heresy about sex.

Jeff September 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Alan Keyes only 6% of the votes. How the heck is he suppose to win the presidency if he can’t even win a poll.:)

Thadeus September 21, 2009 at 9:11 am


Perhaps you’ve missed the recent letter released from Christopher West’s bishop?

Cardinal, bishop express ‘strong support’ for Christopher West’s work http://bit.ly/fZjx9

Check it out.

Samuel Ferraro September 21, 2009 at 10:57 am

Just in case you haven’t noticed, in the current state of affairs in the Church, the approval of a cardinal or bishop toward something does not mean that it is good. Fifty or sixty years ago Catholics could be very sure that they were being properly guided by the hierarchy. Anyone who thinks this automatically applies today is either badly catechized or living with their head in the sand. I suspect that West is taking these teachings in a direction that John Paul II did not intend, and I am 100% sure that the late pope would be horrified if he read West’s interpretation and language.

Matthew Warner September 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

Hey all – results are up here: http://www.fallibleblogma.com/index.php/support-a-catholic-speaker-month-and-favorite-catholic-speaker-2009-results/

Also, we’re looking for any Catholic blogger or website that wants to help support these Catholic speakers in a big, cool, collaborative way. Let me know if you’re interested! God bless you all and thanks for the great participation and
input .

Andrew Pinto October 31, 2009 at 5:51 am

I can’t believe that Robert Sungenis isn’t on there? The guy is a genius and has defended and spoken on the faith on numerous occasions in 2009.

Also I would put Damian Stayne on there from Cor Lumen Christi community in England on there, he rocked FUS at one of their charismatic conferences earlier this year; some profound physical healings took place.

gnee March 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I vote for Fr Corapi

gnee March 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I started the vote for 2010: Fr Corapi

Gabriel March 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

What about Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Kristina December 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

I watch all your facebook posts, ran across this blog post and noticed Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is not on there!

See him on EWTN:

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