Parousia is excited to be bringing you an all-star cast this 2019. You will have the chance to listen to, learn from, and meet the Catholic celebrities we all know and love from Catholic TV and online!

Starting early in the year, and then continuing through to December, mark your calendars to come and see

  • Jeff Cavins in April and May
  • Dr Ed Sri in July
  • Chris Stefanick from August 21 – 25
  • Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers in August and September
  • Fr. Leo Patalinghug on September 16 and 17.

Just when it could get any better, we one-upped ourselves, and can’t believe we’re bringing you this incredible cast from Catholic Answers, and ‘Catholic Answers On Tour’ in October:

  • Karlo Broussard
  • Tim Staples
  • Trent Horn – On Tour!
  • Christopher Check

In December, join us for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth, WA.

It’s going to be an incredible year, and we so happy that you’ll be joining us.

Now let’s meet your international speakers!


Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is an internationally known public speaker whose engaging style of teaching has helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics grasp a better understanding of the Catholic faith and the scriptures.

Jeff has hosted the live TV program, “Life on the Rock” on EWTN and daily radio program, “Morning Air” on Relevant Radio. He has written several books published through Ascension Press and Franciscan Media. Jeff has led pilgrimages to Bible lands for over thirty years.

Jeff presents the popular beginners Bible Study “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” as well as many other studies by Ascension Press.

27th JUNE – 2nd JULY

Dr. Edward Sri

Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and well-known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. Each year he speaks to clergy, parish leaders, catechists and laity from around the world.

He has written several best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass, Walking with Mary and his newest release, Who Am I to Judge?–Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love.

Edward Sri is also the host of the acclaimed film series Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) and the presenter of several faith formation film series, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass (Ascension Press), Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother (Ascension Press); Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John (Ascension Press).

He is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and serves as a professor of theology and Vice-President of Mission and Outreach at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land for lay people each year. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He resides with his wife Elizabeth and their eight children in Littleton, Colorado.

August 21 – 25

Chris Stefanick

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has called Chris Stefanick “one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” Chris speaks to over 50,000 teens, young adults, and parents every year.

Chris has spoken at hundreds of high school chastity assemblies and parish events, colleges and both national and international events including the Steubenville Youth Conferences, National Catholic Youth Convention, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) National Conference, the Knock, Ireland Youth Festival, and to 15,000 people at Manila’s Real Love Revolution.

Chris was also invited to keynote at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Chris has become a regular in Catholic media, appearing frequently on Relevant Radio, and with videos featured on EWTN and Salt &
Light Catholic TV).

Chris has authored or co-authored, Do I Have to Go? (about the Mass), Raising Pure Teens, and Absolute Relativism. His written word also reaches tens of thousands monthly through his popular, nationally syndicated column. He is currently founder and President of Real Life Catholic—a nonprofit organization dedicated to reengaging a generation.

Above all, Chris is proud to be a husband and father to six beautiful children.

Last Week of AUGUST /First Week of SEPTEMBER

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him.

Deacon Harold travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events –in short, to people of all ages and from all walks of life who desire to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him.

His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, the Church’s vocational choices and how they are lived out, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelisation, prayer, and many others.


Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God).

He currently resides in Baltimore as the host a weekly international TV show Savoring our Faith on EWTN, a bestselling author, radio and podcast host, and an internationally acclaimed speaker.

His unique background as a two-time black belt martial arts instructor, award winning break dancer and choreographer and an award-winning cook has caught the attention of many media and entertainment outlets, from ABC, PBS, NBC, FOX, the Cooking Channel, and also the Food Network where Fr. Leo defeated the world-famous chef in a competition called, “Throw Down with Bobby Flay!”

With an attention for making deep discussions more bite sizable, Fr. Leo and his movement, “Plating Grace” and the non-profit group, “The Table Foundation” is helping to bring out world together one plate of grace at a time.



Catholic Answers has been the most trusted name in seminars and parish talks for over 25 years. Our team of skilled Catholic apologists and evangelists travels the country—and the world—to teach fellow Catholics how to share and defend the Faith, to live out the full Christian message of chastity, marriage, and the family, and to grow in love for God and his Church.

Bringing Catholic Answers speakers to your parish, school, or ministry, will set your people on fire for the Faith!

The following apologists from Catholic Answers will be on tour in Australia:


Catholic Answers

Karlo Broussard

Karlo Broussard, a native of Southern Louisiana, left a promising musical career to devote himself full-time to the work of Catholic apologetics. As a staff apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers, he travels the country giving talks on apologetics, biblical studies, theology, and philosophy. Karlo has published articles on a variety of subjects in Catholic Answers Magazine, is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, and is an active blogger at

Karlo holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology from Catholic Distance University and the Augustine Institute, and is currently working on his masters in philosophy with Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He also worked for several years with nationally known author and theologian Fr. Robert J. Spitzer at the Magis Center.

Karlo is one of the most dynamic and gifted Catholic speakers on the circuit today, communicating with precision of thought, a genuine love for God, and an enthusiasm that inspires.

Catholic Answers

Tim Staples

Tim Staples was a fallen-away Southern Baptist who as a teen came back to faith in Christ through the witness of televangelists.

During his four-year tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, he became friends with a Marine well-versed in his Catholic Faith who challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That sparked a two-year search for the truth. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim attended Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community.

He was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he studied his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church.
He converted in 1988 and spent six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy and studying theology at the graduate level.

Realizing that his calling was not to be a priest, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelisation ever since.

Catholic Answers ON TOUR – OCTOBER

Trent Horn

After his conversion to the Catholic Faith, Trent Horn earned a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a master’s degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College, and is pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Mary.

As a staff apologist for Catholic Answers, he specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them. Trent models that approach each week on the radio program Catholic Answers Live, where he dialogues with atheists, pro-choice advocates, and other non-Catholic callers.

Trent is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at Holy Apostles College and the author of five books, including Answering Atheism, The Case for Catholicism, and Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love.

Catholic Answers

Christopher Check

Christopher Check is president of Catholic Answers, the largest lay-run apologetics and evangelization organization in the English-speaking world. He holds a degree in English Literature from Rice University.

Christopher served for two decades as vice president of The Rockford Institute and before that for seven years as a field artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps in deployments and expeditions in the Far East and the Persian Gulf.

His writings have appeared in Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, Catholic Answers Magazine, Touchstone, The Wanderer, Angelus, New Oxford Review, Culture Wars, and the Chicago Tribune.

Mid-October to Early December

John Pridmore

Ex-Gangster John Pridmore nearly killed a man who failed to pay a debt. After his conversion in 1992, he joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and met St. Mother Theresa. They helped him to love again, and use his story to help others. He speaks to students everywhere about a life free from violence and drugs, where they can use their gifts to help each other​. 


Australian Catholic Youth Festival: Perth

More details coming soon!

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