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Dr. Marcellino D'AmbrosioCatholic Talks, Seminars, and Retreats by one of most dynamic of Catholic Authors and Speakers today, Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

 

Bring Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, best-selling Catholic author, speaker and media personality, to your area for a Catholic Seminar or Retreat in English or Spanish.

 

Marcellino D'Ambrosio is one of the most in-demand Catholic speakers in the English-speaking world today. That's because doctoral studies under the renowned Avery Cardinal Dulles bring extraordinary depth to Dr. D’Ambrosio’s presentations. Yet five children and many years in the business world assure that his talks are always relevant, lively, humorous and  practical.

 

 

Various speaking programs are offered tailored to the needs of Adults, Teens, Religious Educators, and Pastors:

  • Lenten Missions and Advent Programs
  • Parish, Diocesan, and Religious Education Conferences
  • RCIA and Confirmation Retreats
  • Adult Education seminars
  • Catechist formation and in-service for Catholic School faculty
  • Continuing education for Deacons and Priests

A few 2014-15 dates are still available, but are filling fast! Call Cyndi Lucky at 800-803-0118 or email her at info@crossroadsinitiative.com for Catholic talks that change hearts and lives!

 

 

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Category Topic Brief Description Suggested Audience
Hot Topics
"Why Be Catholic?" What do you say to a person who believes in God but doesn't see the need for "organized religion"? How about to the Catholic who prefers going to a Protestant Church because the preaching and music are so much better?
If you can have a personal relationship with Jesus, know God as Father, are filled with the Spirit and read the Bible, why bother being Catholic? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio answers these questions as he tells his own story--why he as a young, Catholic rock 'n roller fell who in love with Christ decided NOT to leave the Catholic Church.
Adult Faith/RCIA
Love, Sex, and the Catholic Church The Church is a champion, not enemy, of true love. As America debates the Gay Marriage Question, this talk gets past the misunderstandings and presents Catholic teaching on Sex and marriage in a way that makes eminent sense. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Confirmation -- Sacrament of Champions What is the purpose, need and meaning of the sacrament of confirmation? These questions and more are answered by this dynamic talk for candidates, catechists, sponsors and all Catholics. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
The Culture of Life vs. the Culture of Death An enlightening and lively discussion of the Catholic position on such issues as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and war. Adult Faith/RCIA
Islam: Friend or Foe What does Islam really stand for? What does the Koran truly teach? Islam: Friend or Foe will answer many question that Catholics have about Islam. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
The Virtues - Seven Habits of Champions Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio offers an impassioned eight-part meditation on the four moral virtues--fortitude, prudence, justice and temperance--as well as the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Temperance, the Key to Freedom Temperance, otherwise known as moderation or self-control, is one of the four cardinal or hinge virtues. This talk describes this virtue, why it is important, and how it works to produce strength and freedom. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Keeping Your Kids Catholic So practically, how do we raise kids who are truly Catholic, with a commitment to holiness and mission? This talk by Catholic father and speaker Marcellino D'Ambrosio abounds with nitty-gritty suggestions on how to strike the balance between formal religious education in the home, and teaching by example, between affection and discipline, the role of parents and the help of other adults. You’ll walk away with clear strategies that you can implement in your own family life. Adult Faith/RCIA
Feast of Faith: Transforming Power of the Eucharist In this enlightening seminar, 4 part series, Dr. D’Ambrosio takes participants on a journey of discovery, offering profound reflections on the “source and summit” of our faith as well as practical tips on how to make our experience of Mass more fruitful.
As seen on EWTN!
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Christianity Divided In this series, historical theologian Marcellino D’Ambrosio tells the story of the people, ideas, and events that led to the divisions that we live with everyday. It is not a simple story of good guys and bad guys, but a complex story of misunderstanding, passion for God, and human foibles with plenty of fault on all sides. Adult Faith/RCIA
Seven Deadly Sins Ever wonder exactly the Seven Deadly Sins are? Adult Faith/RCIA
Prayer and Spiritual Growth
Personal Prayer, Pathway to Joy The essence of Catholicism is a personal, intimate relationship with God that transforms every aspect of our lives. Adult Faith/RCIA
A Fresh Look at the Rosary Drawing from scripture, history, Church teaching and personal experience, Dr. D'Ambrosio shares insights in this talk that will forever change the way you look at and experience this traditional devotion. Adult Faith/RCIA
Parenting as a Path to Holiness Family life, as well as religious life, provides amples opportunities to grow in the character of Christ. Adult Faith/RCIA
RCIA Purification & Enlightenment Retreat -- The Creed A RCIA Retreat that changes lives!

Talk 1: What Does it mean to believe?
Talk 2: "We Believe in one God, the Father Almighty"
Talk 3: "We Believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ"
Talk 4: "We Believe in the Holy Spirit"
Adult Faith/RCIA
Why Be Catholic? Parish Mission A parish conference or Lenten mission covering:

- Why be Catholic?
- Getting More out of the Mass
- Who needs Confession?
Adult Faith/RCIA
Eucharistic Adoration Is eucharistic adoration a relic of a bygone era or a perennial devotion for all Christians? Adult Faith/RCIA
Making Lent Count After explaining the original meaning of the season of Lent, this talk outlines strategies to unlock the spiritual power of the season in your own life. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
The Virtues - Seven Habits of Champions Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio offers an impassioned eight-part meditation on the four moral virtues--fortitude, prudence, justice and temperance--as well as the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Temperance, the Key to Freedom Temperance, otherwise known as moderation or self-control, is one of the four cardinal or hinge virtues. This talk describes this virtue, why it is important, and how it works to produce strength and freedom. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Christianity Divided In this series, historical theologian Marcellino D’Ambrosio tells the story of the people, ideas, and events that led to the divisions that we live with everyday. It is not a simple story of good guys and bad guys, but a complex story of misunderstanding, passion for God, and human foibles with plenty of fault on all sides. Adult Faith/RCIA
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity Agenda Super Sunday II: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity

Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation Agenda Super Sunday III: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Prayer, Mary and the Saints Agenda Super Sunday IV: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Prayer, Mary and the Saints
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
I Believe: The Heart of Catholic Faith In this dynamic, four-part series, Dr. D'Ambrosio explains how the very heart of the Christian faith is all about intimate, personal relationships. It's about a community of love between three divine persons, and the powerful, loving way that each of those Divine Persons breaks into our world to transform our lives. This series explains how faith is not irrational but the most reasonable response possible to God's amazing deeds. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
The Blessing of Brotherhood In a society preoccupied with romantic love and sisterhood, Christian brotherhood is making a comeback! When Catholic men organize into a “band of brothers,” there is support, accountability, and fruitfulness in Christ that is impossible when men live as “islands” unto themselves. The burdens grow lighter and the light grows brighter when men gather together as one. This talk will include stories about what men gathered together have accomplished in the history of the church plus practical tips for men organizing themselves into small groups for prayer, study, and support. Adult Faith/RCIA
Heaven, Hell & Purgatory What does the Catholic Church teach about Heaven, Hell and Purgatory? This incredible talk by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio will help answer many questions that anyone curious about the Church may have regarding Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and even the Rapture! Array
Sacramental Life
"Why Be Catholic?" What do you say to a person who believes in God but doesn't see the need for "organized religion"? How about to the Catholic who prefers going to a Protestant Church because the preaching and music are so much better?
If you can have a personal relationship with Jesus, know God as Father, are filled with the Spirit and read the Bible, why bother being Catholic? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio answers these questions as he tells his own story--why he as a young, Catholic rock 'n roller fell who in love with Christ decided NOT to leave the Catholic Church.
Adult Faith/RCIA
Getting More Out of the Mass The meaning and value of the Eucharist with practical tips on making each mass a more life-changing event. Adult Faith/RCIA
Who Needs Confession? Shows how confession is a liberating gift rather than an embarrassing burden. Adult Faith/RCIA
Why Marriage is a Sacrament The Catholic perspective of the nature and goals of marriage as both a natural and supernatural vocation. Adult Faith/RCIA
Confirmation -- Sacrament of Champions What is the purpose, need and meaning of the sacrament of confirmation? These questions and more are answered by this dynamic talk for candidates, catechists, sponsors and all Catholics. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Eucharistic Adoration Is eucharistic adoration a relic of a bygone era or a perennial devotion for all Christians? Adult Faith/RCIA
Quien Necesita la Confesion? Spanish presentation of "Who Needs Confession?" Adult Faith/RCIA
The Sacramentals: The Call to Bless and Be Blessed What are the sacramentals, and what role do they play in Catholic life? Adult Faith/RCIA
Suffering, Healing, and the Sacrament of Anointing How this sacrament illustrates the truth about healing and the nature and value of suffering.
Adult Faith/RCIA
The Sacraments - God's Body Language How God in His loving mercy allows us to see and touch Him through the gifts of the seven sacraments. Adult Faith/RCIA
El Matrimonio, la Sexualidad, y la Iglesia Catolica La Iglesia es un campeón, no enemigo, del amor verdadero. Este discurso obtiene pasado el Católico de equivocaciones y presentes que enseña de una manera que hace el sentido eminente. Adult Faith/RCIA
Feast of Faith: Transforming Power of the Eucharist In this enlightening seminar, 4 part series, Dr. D’Ambrosio takes participants on a journey of discovery, offering profound reflections on the “source and summit” of our faith as well as practical tips on how to make our experience of Mass more fruitful.
As seen on EWTN!
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity Agenda Super Sunday II: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity

Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation Agenda Super Sunday III: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
I Believe: The Heart of Catholic Faith In this dynamic, four-part series, Dr. D'Ambrosio explains how the very heart of the Christian faith is all about intimate, personal relationships. It's about a community of love between three divine persons, and the powerful, loving way that each of those Divine Persons breaks into our world to transform our lives. This series explains how faith is not irrational but the most reasonable response possible to God's amazing deeds. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Mary and the Saints
"Why Be Catholic?" What do you say to a person who believes in God but doesn't see the need for "organized religion"? How about to the Catholic who prefers going to a Protestant Church because the preaching and music are so much better?
If you can have a personal relationship with Jesus, know God as Father, are filled with the Spirit and read the Bible, why bother being Catholic? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio answers these questions as he tells his own story--why he as a young, Catholic rock 'n roller fell who in love with Christ decided NOT to leave the Catholic Church.
Adult Faith/RCIA
Do Catholics Worship Mary? Mary's role in Catholic faith based on Scripture, human nature, and personal experience. Adult Faith/RCIA
What Did Vatican II Do to Mary? What the Council really taught about Mary and why. Adult Faith/RCIA
A Fresh Look at the Rosary Drawing from scripture, history, Church teaching and personal experience, Dr. D'Ambrosio shares insights in this talk that will forever change the way you look at and experience this traditional devotion. Adult Faith/RCIA
Mary as Model of Faith The Second Vatican Council taught that the most authentic honor we can pay to the Blessed Virgin Mary is to imitate her virtues, particularly her faith. Adult Faith/RCIA
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity Agenda Super Sunday II: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity

Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation Agenda Super Sunday III: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Prayer, Mary and the Saints Agenda Super Sunday IV: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Prayer, Mary and the Saints
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Marriage and Family
Passing on the Faith How the family, parish and Catholic School play various roles in the process of handing on the Catholic heritage. Adult Faith/RCIA
Why Marriage is a Sacrament The Catholic perspective of the nature and goals of marriage as both a natural and supernatural vocation. Adult Faith/RCIA
Love, Sex, and the Catholic Church The Church is a champion, not enemy, of true love. As America debates the Gay Marriage Question, this talk gets past the misunderstandings and presents Catholic teaching on Sex and marriage in a way that makes eminent sense. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Parenting as a Path to Holiness Family life, as well as religious life, provides amples opportunities to grow in the character of Christ. Adult Faith/RCIA
Marriage and the Family in God's Plan Adult Faith/RCIA
The Family as the Domestic Church This talk lays out the vision of what the Catholic family is called to be in a way both challenging and inspiring. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
The Art of Parenting--it's all about Balance Practical strategies on how to turn vision into reality in your own family life. Adult Faith/RCIA
The Sacraments - God's Body Language How God in His loving mercy allows us to see and touch Him through the gifts of the seven sacraments. Adult Faith/RCIA
El Matrimonio, la Sexualidad, y la Iglesia Catolica La Iglesia es un campeón, no enemigo, del amor verdadero. Este discurso obtiene pasado el Católico de equivocaciones y presentes que enseña de una manera que hace el sentido eminente. Adult Faith/RCIA
Keeping Your Kids Catholic So practically, how do we raise kids who are truly Catholic, with a commitment to holiness and mission? This talk by Catholic father and speaker Marcellino D'Ambrosio abounds with nitty-gritty suggestions on how to strike the balance between formal religious education in the home, and teaching by example, between affection and discipline, the role of parents and the help of other adults. You’ll walk away with clear strategies that you can implement in your own family life. Adult Faith/RCIA
Second Vatican Council
What was Vatican II Really About? This talk moves aside the misconceptions and uncovers the purpose and central themes of the Council. Adult Faith/RCIA
What Did Vatican II Do to Mary? What the Council really taught about Mary and why. Adult Faith/RCIA
The Family as the Domestic Church This talk lays out the vision of what the Catholic family is called to be in a way both challenging and inspiring. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Keeping Your Kids Catholic So practically, how do we raise kids who are truly Catholic, with a commitment to holiness and mission? This talk by Catholic father and speaker Marcellino D'Ambrosio abounds with nitty-gritty suggestions on how to strike the balance between formal religious education in the home, and teaching by example, between affection and discipline, the role of parents and the help of other adults. You’ll walk away with clear strategies that you can implement in your own family life. Adult Faith/RCIA
Morality and Ethics
Love, Sex, and the Catholic Church The Church is a champion, not enemy, of true love. As America debates the Gay Marriage Question, this talk gets past the misunderstandings and presents Catholic teaching on Sex and marriage in a way that makes eminent sense. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
The Culture of Life vs. the Culture of Death An enlightening and lively discussion of the Catholic position on such issues as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and war. Adult Faith/RCIA
The Virtues - Seven Habits of Champions Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio offers an impassioned eight-part meditation on the four moral virtues--fortitude, prudence, justice and temperance--as well as the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Temperance, the Key to Freedom Temperance, otherwise known as moderation or self-control, is one of the four cardinal or hinge virtues. This talk describes this virtue, why it is important, and how it works to produce strength and freedom. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Catholic Business Leadership The role of the Catholic businessman as an ambassador for Christ in the marketplace. Originally given to Catholic CEO's, company owners, and senior managers. Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity Agenda Super Sunday II: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Moral Decision Making, Chastity and Purity

Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation Agenda Super Sunday III: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Sacraments - Initiation and Sacrament of Confirmation
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Prayer, Mary and the Saints Agenda Super Sunday IV: Mary Immaculate Confirmation
Prayer, Mary and the Saints
Adult Faith/RCIA,
For Catholic Teens
Historical Theology
The Early Church Fathers--Who They Are and Why They Matter An introduction to the greatest Christian teachers and writers in the first few centuries after the New Testament, showing their relevance for us today. Adult Faith/RCIA
Christianity Divided In this series, historical theologian Marcellino D’Ambrosio tells the story of the people, ideas, and events that led to the divisions that we live with everyday. It is not a simple story of good guys and bad guys, but a complex story of misunderstanding, passion for God, and human foibles with plenty of fault on all sides. Adult Faith/RCIA
History of the Catholic Church 2,000 years of history in a 60 minute talk?! Only Dr. D'Ambrosio can explain Church History in such a comprehensive and understandable way! Adult Faith/RCIA
Talks in Spanish
Quien Necesita la Confesion? Spanish presentation of "Who Needs Confession?" Adult Faith/RCIA
El Matrimonio, la Sexualidad, y la Iglesia Catolica La Iglesia es un campeón, no enemigo, del amor verdadero. Este discurso obtiene pasado el Católico de equivocaciones y presentes que enseña de una manera que hace el sentido eminente. Adult Faith/RCIA

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