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Our Catholic Speakers FAQ

1. When Are Your Speakers Available?
2. About What Topics Do You Speak?
3. How Much Do You Charge?
4. Are Your Speakers Qualified to Speak on Catholic Topics?
5. How Are You Different From Other Catholic Speakers?
6. Do Your Speakers Need Special Props or Aids?
7. Do You Facilitate Retreats or Conferences?
8. Do All of Your Speakers Participate in Every Booking?


1. When Are Your Speakers Available

Our Catholic speakers are available throughout the year. Please contact our speakers individually, or else contact Saint Hilary Communications, LLC for more information about availability. Note that while Saint Hilary Communications, LLC, will help you contact and organize our speakers, we do not employ all of them.


2. About What Topics Do You Speak?

As we are currently in the "beta" phase of this ministry, we do not yet have detailed information about our speakers' individual presentations. Our speakers have been interviewed on Catholic radio stations about conversion, and have spoken on issues of technology, ecumenism, etc. Each individual speaker has different interests and specialities. Please return to our Catholic Speakers page and look at the profiles of our speakers, to see some of the topics they are familiar with. You will find that our websites cover a variety of Catholic topics and issues. In the future, we will have a more detailed list of speakers and their signature presentations!


3. How Much Do You Charge?

We do not have a set fee for speaking, and our individual speakers negotiate their own fees (including travel and lodging). However, because this is a ministry, and we are always trying to improve our speaking abilities, we are flexible, and welcome all inquiries, including non-paid, local, opportunities.


4. Are Your Speakers Qualified To Speak on Catholic Topics?

This is an understandable question, given the number of Catholics and Catholic information sources currently operating on the internet. Our speakers are orthodox, mainstream, Catholics, in full communion with the Church. Since the inception of our web ministries, we have worked to provide reliable and relevant Catholic informational materials. Our pages on Ancient-Future.Net and ChurchYear.Net (which includes our group blog, Per Christum, our podcast, and other pages) receive around 3,000 visits a day, which is around 100,000 visits per month. Various dioceses, schools, universities, religious orders, parishes, and newspapers have linked to our materials, and our materials are used as sources for internet sites, classrooms, parish bulletins, and other printed materials. We are also in the process of starting our own Catholic publishing company, Saint Hilary Press. Please visit our individual profiles for the academic qualifications of individual speakers.


5. How Are You Different From Other Catholic Speakers?

We are similar to other Catholic speakers in terms of our choice of topics, our commitment to the Church, etc. However, we think that we offer quite a unique perspective on Catholic topics. First, we are orthodox, and all of our presentations strive to be loyal to official Catholic Teaching. Second, as younger people living among a population that is pretty secular, we think that we are able to explain Catholic Teaching in a way that is accurate, understandable, and entertaining to all ages. Third, our online and real life contact with a variety of Christians has enabled us to better understand the perspective of non-Catholic and Catholic alike, and we try to present our materials in light of our conversations with a variety of people (something we have called "Blog-Level Ecumenism"). Fourth, our speakers regularly keep up with Catholic news and perspectives, as may be seen at our group blog, Per Christum. Fifth, we try to provide a holistic presentation of the Catholic faith. That is, we try to connect all aspects of Catholic Teaching and Practice when we cover a topic: theology, prayer, morality, spirituality, etc, are all connected and should not be divided.


6. Do Your Speakers Need Special Props or Aids?

This depends on the individual speaker, but we are flexible. Our speakers are all familiar with technology.


7. Do You Facilitate Retreats or Conferences?

While we are glad to speak at retreats or conferences, and even help organize them if requested, unfortunately we are unable at this point in time to facilitate retreats or conferences. The reason is that our speakers are spread out geographically and it would be infeasible to facilitate an entire retreat or conference.


8. Do All of Your Speakers Participate in Every Booking?

Not usually, because of geographic distance. However, we are able to speak together if you invite all of us, and if it is feasible for all of us to get to an event. We are able to do group interviews using modern technology (for example, using Skype technology). Please contact us on our speaker's page for more information about a group interview.

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