New Orleans WINE:CWC Speakers



Receiving the Graces of God’s Mercy…

  avemariaimg_3560retTeresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and is also carried on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Teresa and co-hosts the popular EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C. Teresa has also been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show, discussing issues of faith, media awareness, and Catholic Church teaching, especially as it relates to the culture.

As a speaker, Teresa travels around the country addressing media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church. She also leads several pilgrimages and retreats each year to various holy places around the world.


Encountering God’s Boundless Mercy…

Singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker Kitty Cleveland began her professional career as a lawyer, university instructor and career counselor. But in an adoration chapel one day in 1998 during a devastating family crisis, she headshot-2-colorclearly heard the Lord call her to become a “music missionary.”

Kitty enthusiastically heeded the call and has since released 11 CDs of music and prayer–including two CDs with Lighthouse Catholic Media. She has appeared numerous times on television, on the radio, in concert and as a keynote speaker throughout North America and in Europe sharing her message of hope, healing and encouragement.

Kitty is currently working on her first book and enjoying the adventure of homeschooling. She makes her home in the New Orleans area with her musician husband and young daughter, whom they adopted from China in 2005 and who frequently accompanies Kitty on her travels.


Surrendering to God’s Mercy….

Judy Landrieu Klein, the mother of five children and grandmother of six, is an author, theologian, inspirational speaker, widow–and now newlywed! Her most recent book,”Miracle Man,” which received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, chronicles her late husband Bernie’s near death experience and miraculous deathbed conversion.

She is a contributing writer for the Catholic Writers Guild and a member of their Blog Editorial Board. Though a Catholic theologian by training, the education Judy counts as most precious is that which life, with all of its tragedies and triumphs, has taught her.

She shares her insights about the spiritual life at her blog, Holy Hope, which can be found on her website at, where her book can also be found.


Living Mercy…. like we are called to do

KellyKelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic author and speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope Francis has called us to do—to live the joy of the Gospel with missionary zeal.

She is the Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, and a contributing writer for and The Integrated Catholic Life—an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work.

Her book, Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy, inspires women to live fully their beautiful God-given gifts to build up the kingdom of God. Her soon-to-be released new book is a collaborative effort titled, Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion Through the Eyes of Women.

Kelly travels the country speaking on the New Evangelization in an effort to encourage all to spread the message of Jesus by living the joy of the Gospel. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their three children.


Our Emcee….

AB-Headshot1Popular author, speaker, and retreat leader, Alyssa Bormes helps ignite in her audiences a newfound sense of wonder in the Church, through humor, analogy, and an innate gift of storytelling. Her passion is to inspire others to take on greater personal responsibility for their faith and to grow in spiritual maturity.

In her book, The Catechism of Hockey, Bormes uses the metaphor of hockey and sports devotion to explain the responsibility of Catholic parents to raise their children in the teachings and observances of the Church. She also wrote the forward for Contraception and Persecution, the powerful new book by Prof. Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. Bormes’ articles on the Catholic faith have appeared in a range of publications including The Catholic Spirit, The Catholic Servant, and the Wanderer.

Bormes received a master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas with study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.


“I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey.” 

~ Pope Francis

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