Our Speakers


John Leyendecker

John Leyendecker

2015 brought us another notable presenter for Parrhesia 2015- John Leyendecker.  John converted to Catholicism in 1999 after a very prodigal lifestyle. It is from this place of brokenness that he shares what Christ has done in his life. He received his degree in classics and theology from Xavier University. Working with FOCUS at Colorado State for 4 1/2 years has made him passionate for the work of the New Evangelization.


On October 22, 2015, we were so blessed to have Msgr. Frank Lane, theologian and spiritual director at the Athenaeum/Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary present CHARITY and TRUTH: Challenged to Christian Unity.  He explored St. John Paul II’s approach to ecumenism during his pontificate and how he balanced charity with an unwavering dedication to the truth in dialogue with those of different faiths.

If you were unable to  join us at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, check out  the article:

Msgr. Lane Sheds Light on Ecumenism

and watch below:

St. Susanna Parish in Mason, Ohio welcomed Parrhesia 3.0. Fr. Pontifex, the rapping priest of the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana, outlined the importance of first and foremost the need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ – then and only then, once that relationship is established, are we able to go out and evangelize.



Marcel Lejeune

In 2012, Parrhesia spent the day at the Bartlett Pastoral Center at the Athenaeum of Ohio. Marcel LeJeune, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University, helped us to make the connection between the Year of Faith and our responsibilities to the New Evangelization.

In year one, we had a variety of speakers. Emily Bissonette, Amy McEntee, Courtney Brown and Patrick Reis, Matt Swaim, and a panel of priests all shared with us what the New Evangelization means to them and how we ourselves can be a part of it. St. Peter in Chains Cathedral graciously hosted us in 2011.

Emily B

Emily Bissonette


Courtney Brown and Patrick Reis


Matt Swaim

If you have any speaker suggestions, please be in touch via our event email parrhesia.cincinnati@gmail.com


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