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Speakers come from all over to share their experience and expertise with CMC attendees. Keep in touch with us as we add to the list.

The speakers below are listed by educational track. Speakers listed are subject to change. To view the 2016 schedule, click here.

Keynote Speakers


"Miracle Hunter" Michael O'Neill

Friday Luncheon

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Bishop Christopher Coyne

Thursday Luncheon

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Sister Helena Burns, fsp

Friday Luncheon

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Word Shepherds

As professional communicators, language matters. We are called to choose and use words wisely when proclaiming the Good News and the stories of our faith, but sometimes the shifting landscape can challenge our shepherding skills.


Jacqui Banaszynski  University of Missouri, Poynter Parables, Profiles and Facebook Posts
Gretchen Crowe  Our Sunday Visitor Panel: Shifting Media Landscape
Greg Erlandson formerly Our Sunday Visitor Get That Book Deal
Chris Gunty The Catholic Review Panel: Shifting Media Landscape
Malea Hargett Arkansas Catholic Panel: Shifting Media Landscape
Dave Luecking St. Louis Review Playing with Words
Patrick O'Brien FAITH Catholic Publishing Panel: Shifting Media Landscape
David Sedeno Texas Catholic Reaching the Hispanic Audience
Virgil Tipton Liguorian Publications Get That Book Deal
Barb Yoffie Author Get That Book Deal








Funding the Mission

Our ability to get the word out relies heavily on our ability to pay the bills, but our business sense is mission driven. We explore ministry development in both proven and unexpected ways.


Ann Borowski-Slade          The Florida Catholic                    Building a Subscription Appeal
Amy Kawula           The Compass                        Revenue Generation Idea
Nancy Long Nancy Long & Associates Building Awareness and Engagement
David Reilly        Inner Workings Postal Regulations
Matt Schiller Catholic New York Budgeting as a Mission Tool
Pat Spencer The Florida Catholic Building a Subscription Appeal






Visual Evangelization

Imagery is a vital took in our evangelization toolkit. We explore ways to effectively use images, photos and design in spreading the message of the Church. 


Erik Lunsford              Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Picture the Mission: Great Photography
Deacon Patrick
Diocese of Knoxville Simple, Elegant Photo Lighting
Simple, Elegant Video Lighting
Jennifer Palilonis Ball State University Theory of Design for Redesign
Teak Phillips Catholic St. Louis
2016 CMC Host
Mostly Mobile Image Workflow
Kayla Simon FAITH Catholic Publishing Bridging the Gap Between Words and Visuals







Communicate the Mission

Modern communication perhaps presents as many opportunities as it does challenges. Strategies and tools help keep our efforts mission-minded.

Jenny Beatrice            Sisters of St. Joseph
of Carondelet
New to Media and Public Relations?
Greg Erlandson formerly, Our Sunday Visitor How Does a Catholic Communicator Stay Catholic?
Helen Osman Osman Consulting Planning Communications for a Major Event
Katie Pesha Archdiocese of St. Louis Strategizing the Communications Plan
Julie Smith Webster University Media Literacy Education







Digital Humanity

Connecting people via ones and zeros should be fun, even exhilarating – but there’s no need be overwhelmed with so many digital platforms. We’ll explore a few that work, and we can all use.


Billy Atwell        Diocese of Raleigh Podcasting: going beyond recorded homilies
Mike DiCosola Diocesan Publications Choosing the Right Digital Platform
Patricia Lawton             Catholic Research Resources Alliance
Best Practices for Digital Archiving
Beth O'Malley St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tools for Active Listening
Judd Slivka Missouri School of Journalism Mobile Video Journalism
James Little Destination Toolbox SEO for the Mobile Internet
Jennifer Younger Catholic Research Resources Alliance
Best Practices for Digital Archiving









Extra! Extra!

Not everything fits in a category, but it fits here.


Jennifer Brinker St. Louis Review/
Catholic St. Louis                   
Going Live: Path to Using Periscope and Facebook Live
David Carson St. Louis Post-Dispatch                    Going Live: Path to Using Periscope and Facebook Live
Frank and Mary Frost Founders, Movie Moments of Grace
Movie Moments of Grace: a SIGNIS Cinema Workshop
Dr. Ed Hogan Pontifical Paul VI Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies
Amoris Laetitia
Sr. Mary Lea Hill, fsp Pauline Books & Media Blessed are the Stressed
Sr. Rose Pacatte, fsp                Pauline Center for Media Studies
Finding Your Movie Mojo and Film Journalism
John Schwob Archdiocese of St. Louis Knowing Your Parishes and Diocese











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