Today I am writing a unique post for you, as I am participating in a special project going on at Brandon Vogt’s blog (brandonvogt.com). Vogt, a popular blogger and author, is hosting an on-line event for September’s “Support a Catholic Speaker Month.” To honor this celebration, Vogt launched a campaign to list the top 100 Catholic speakers. The purpose was not a popularity contest, but to promote Catholic speakers who are important to the life of the Church, introduce new and unfamiliar speakers and connect them with bloggers.
Now that it is finalized, bloggers from around the country have selected a speaker to highlight on their blog. Be sure to check out the complete list here to see all the speakers and blogs that highlight their profiles! I have the honor of writing to you about my all-time favorite speaker and friend, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Marians of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) .
Have you ever met someone who by just being in his or her presence makes you a better person? A speaker who although is addressing a crowd of thousands, speaks directly to your heart? Whose words penetrate your soul like a spiritual injection? Their writing and speaking transforms your life and draws you more intimately into union with our Creator? I am blessed to know one, Fr. Gaitley, and thank God for he is a gift to the Church.
Fr. Gaitley is a young, on-fire priest with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Those of you who are regulars on our blog or conference attendees, can attest to Fr. Gaitley’s powerful words and speaking abilities. Fairly unknown a few short years ago, Fr. Gaitley has become a frequent face on EWTN. While trekking the country, he speaks about Divine Mercy, the merciful outlook as articulated by Pope John Paul II, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, Spirituality, and Consecration to Jesus through Mary. At the 2010 Columbus Conference, he shared about his father’s conversion which he attributes to Divine Mercy; in February of 2011, he spoke to us about The Little Way of St. Therese and Consoling the Heart of Jesus; in August 2011 he lead a two-day retreat on his first book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus A Do-It-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Since then he has authored two more books, 33 Days to Morning Glory and his latest book, The “One Thing” is Three: How the Most Holy Trinity Explains Everything, planned for release November 15, 2012.
In April, Fr. Gaitley launched an amazing new program called Hearts Afire Parish Based Programs for the New Evangelization (HAPP). Designed for small groups within a parish setting, this new study has caught fire in the United States and is getting rave reviews. The studies use the three books accompanied by DVD presentations by Fr. Gaitley, and a retreat companion book. For more information, visit www.allheartsafire.com and my previous posts: https://www.columbuscatholicwomen.com/whats-happening/, https://www.columbuscatholicwomen.com/all-in-the-family/
I am very excited to post that Fr. Gaitley will be returning to the Columbus area to give his HAPP retreat at St. John Neumann parish in Sunbury on October 20, 2012. This is an event you don’t want to miss! For information and registration, visit http://www.saintjohnsunbury.org/Gaitley.
Hope to see you there!