Guest Speakers

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ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH NAUMANN

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas in 2004, and became on January 15, 2005 the 4th Archbishop and the 11th Bishop for the Archdiocese of Kansas City.  In 2015, he also served several months as the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph.  Archbishop Naumann is Chair of the Kansas Catholic Conference, and currently serves as a member of the USCCB Administrative Committee, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, USCCB Religious Liberty Committee, the USCCB Communications Committee, and the Sub Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.  In November 2017, Archbishop Naumann was elected to serve as the next Chair of USCCB Pro-Life Committee.  His three-year term as Pro-Life Chair begins in November 2018.  Archbishop Naumann also serves on the Board of National Committee for the Human Life Amendment, and is the Co-Chair for the Religious Alliance Against Pornography.

 

Archbishop Naumann was ordained a priest in 1975. For 11 years of his priestly ministry, he served as a Pastor or Associate Pastor for parishes in the Inner City of St. Louis. In 1995, then Father Naumann was appointed by Archbishop Justin Rigali to serve as Vicar-General for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  On September 3, l997, he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis from 1997-2003.  In October, 2003, Bishop Naumann was elected Administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

 

From 1984 to 1995, Archbishop Naumann served as the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Coordinator in St. Louis.  During his term of leadership, Project Rachel and the Lifeline Coalition (a network of Catholic Hospitals, Pregnancy Centers, Birthrights, Shelters for Pregnant Women and Catholic Charities) were initiated in St. Louis.  Archbishop Naumann was a founding Board Member for the Vitae Foundation, an organization that creates highly researched Pro-Life messages for mass and social media.

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ANN MCELHINNEY

 

Ann McElhinney is a NYT best-selling author, journalist, film producer and director and one of the most successful crowdfunders in the world.

 

She and her husband, journalist Phelim McAleer have written the NYT Best Seller Gosnell – The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, published by Regnery and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books A Million. The book debuted at #3 Amazon Best Seller and sold out in 3 days after publication.

 

She produced the Gosnell movie, with Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda. They financed the movie by running a massive crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. It was the most successful Indiegogo campaign ever. Over 26,500 people funded the film contributing $2.25m in 45 days. Up to date the project raised over $2.34m from over 29,000 people.

 

Gosnell is a ripped from the headlines story about a respected doctor who ran a medical clinic in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. But behind the doors of his clinic the smiling, avuncular Kermit Gosnell was also America’s most prolific serial killer.

 

The project has attracted an enormous amount of media coverage on television, radio and with hundreds of articles written about the book, film and the historic crowdfunding.

 

McElhinney is the director and producer of FrackNationA Journalist’s Search for the Fracking Truth, a documentary on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the natural gas boom in the US and abroad.

 

FrackNation premiered January 22, 2013 on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and was later picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The New York Times called the film “meticulously researched…provocative.” Variety said it was a “briskly paced…mischievous pic.”

 

FrackNation bypassed traditional funding methods and instead turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website. In 60 days, 3,305 backers donated $212,265 to tell the truth about fracking. It was one of the most successful campaigns in Kickstarter history.

 

In 2009, she produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examines the devastating consequences of global warming hysteria.

 

Previously, McElhinney produced and directed Mine Your Own Business – the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. Canada’s The National Post said “Mine Your Own Business is devastating because it combats prejudices and fantasies with pictures that refute thousands of weasel words.”

 

McElhinney has also made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). The Search for Tristan’s Mum concerned the case of Tristan Dowse, a baby who was adopted by an Irish man and his wife in Indonesia. Two years later, when the adoptive mother became pregnant, they abandoned Tristan in an Indonesian orphanage.

 

The case outraged Ireland and McElhinney tracked down Tristan’s natural mother and, going undercover, infiltrated the baby-selling ring. Tristan is now living with his natural mother in Indonesia and the baby sellers are serving lengthy jail sentences.

 

The Irish government initiated a high court protection order to protect Tristan’s interests and when delivering his judgment, Justice John McMenamin said McElhinney deserved the “highest of praise” for her investigative journalism.

 

McElhinney was featured in and was the Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary Return to Sender (2005) for CBC.

 

McElhinney has also written for or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including CNN, FOX News, ABC (US), BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland), The Sunday Times and The Irish Times. She is a regular on a number of US talk radio shows including The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Dennis Miller Show and The Dennis Prager Show.

 

McElhinney has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in the US, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Ghana and Uganda.

She is an entertaining and sought-after public speaker.

McElhinney produces and directs with her husband Phelim McAleer.

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DR. GEORGE DELGADO

 

Dr. George Delgado is the medical director of APR and Culture of Life Services (COLFS) in San Diego County. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis and completed his residency at Santa Monica Hospital/UCLA. He is board certified in family medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, health care ethics, NaProTECHNOLOGY, and the Creighton Model for Natural Family Planning (NFP). He has been practicing family medicine since 1988.

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