2016 Speakers:


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Father John Brucciani, SSPX
Bursar for US District, Society of St. Pius X

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Father Gregory Pendergraft
Priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter


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Christopher Ferrara

Mr. Ferrara obtained his B.A. from Fordham University in 1973 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1977. He was engaged in the general practice of law in New York and New Jersey from 1977 to 1991. In 1990, he founded the American Catholic Lawyers Association, and serves as its President and Chief Counsel. Mr. Ferrara’s “second career” is as a Catholic scholar, writer, and lecturer.

He has published widely on a variety of theological, philosophical, historical, and political issues concerning the Church in
The Remnant, The Latin Mass Magazine, Fatima Crusader, and many other journals. His co-authored book The Great Facade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Roman Catholic Church (Remnant Press, 2002) won him great renown as a critic of the abuses of the Second Vatican Council.

Mr. Ferrara is also the author of
The Church and the Libertarian: A Defense of the Catholic Church's Teaching on Man, Economy, and State, (Remnant Press, 2012). His latest work, Liberty: The God That Failed (Angelico Press, 2012), has been hailed internationally as "a landmark in Catholic ecclesiastical history" (Graham Ward, Oxford University), "a monumental achievement" (Jeffrey Rubin), "an epochal achievement" (John Rao), and "the ulitmate analysis of our times" (James Bogle, Barrister, Middle Temple, London)


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Lawrence Meo

From Juventutem –  Lehigh Valley, PA


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Michael Matt

Michael Matt has been the
editor of The Remnant since 1994. He was educated at Hamline University, St. Thomas University and Christendom College

He is the Great-Grandson of the Founder of
Der Wanderer (1867), the Grandson of the Founder of The Wanderer and the Son of the Founder of The Remnant (1967)

He is the US Coordinator for Notre-Dame de Chrétienté: Has led the American Chapter on the 3-day walking Pilgrimage to Chartres, France for the past 20 years, and will do so again this coming June.

A faculty member of The Roman Forum's Summer Symposium on Lake Garda in Gardone Riviera, Italy

Radio and TV: Has done radio interviews for various organizations, including National Public Radio in Washington, the Jason Lewis Show in Minnesota, Trian Radio in Estonia. Has been a television guest on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

In addition to publishing T
he Remnant, also run The Remnant Online—a popular Catholic website featuring commentary as well as daily news updates

He is the author of
Gods of Wasteland: Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll; Christian Fables; and contributed most recently to Love in the Ruins: Modern Catholics in Search of the Ancient Faith (Sarto House, 2009)

He is the Publisher of T
he Great Façade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Church, by Chris Ferrara, Medjugorje After Fifteen Years by Michael Davies, For Altar and Throne: The Rising in the Vendee, by Michael Davies, The Church and the Libertarian A Defense of the Catholic Church’s Teaching on Man, Economy and State by Christopher Ferrara

He’s a husband and father of seven children and lives in Scandia, Minnesota.



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John Rao

Dr. John C. Rao obtained his doctorate in Modern European History from Oxford University in 1977. His dissertation concerned nineteenth century Catholic reactions to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. He worked in 1978-1979 as Eastern Director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is now Associate Professor of European History at St. John’s University in New York City, where he has taught since 1979. Dr. Rao is also director of the Roman Forum, a Catholic cultural organization (www.romanforum.org) founded by the late Professor Dietrich von Hildebrand in 1968, which works in both New York City and Italy. Many of his writings dealing with the relationship between Church and society throughout history can be found on a website entitled For the Whole Christ (jcrao.freeshell.org)--a name taken from the writings of St. Augustine to describe the character of the Mystical Body and its consequences for human life as a whole. Perhaps the most important of his works are
Removing the Blindfold (Remnant Press, 1999), which discusses Catholic rediscovery of their own heritage in the post-French revolutionary era, and Americanism and the Collapse of the Church in the United States (Roman Forum Press, 1995). A new book, Black Legends and the Light of the World (Remnant Press) was published in 2012. Dr. Rao is married and lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.

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John Vennari

John Vennari has been in the traditional Catholic movement for 32 years, writing and publishing since 1987, and since 1994 is Editor of the monthly journal
Catholic Family News. He has authored books and booklets suh as Model of Papal Authority, Pope Saint Pius X; Pope John Paul II and the Lutheran-Catholic Accord and The Permanant Instruction of the Alta Vendita, Blueprint for the Destruction of the Church. His many article have appeared not only in his own journal, but in Christian Order, The Angelus, The Remnant, The Fatima Crusader, and other publications. Besides the United States, he has lectured in Mexico, Canada, Poland, Ireland, Czech Republic, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy and India. He has a television program on Fatima TV called "The Certitude of the Catholic Faith," and has been interviewed by various Catholic and secular media, including the BBC.

Raymond de Souza & Liz Yore are late additions to the roster. Hope to have their bios posted soon.


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