Matthew Leonard

Speaking

"One of the greatest catechists I have ever encountered."

I’m honored to be considered for any event. But while I’ve given hundreds of talks to thousands and thousands of people, I’ve been on the other side of the equation, too.

 

I know arranging speakers for an event is no easy task. So to make things easier, allow me to fill in a little of my background so you or your committee can make a good decision.

 

I’ve been speaking at parishes, conferences, and events for more than a decade and am the Founder of Next Level Catholic Academy, an online membership community designed to instruct, inspire, and ignite a fire of love for God through authentic Catholic spiritual teaching.

 

I’ve published several books, host a popular podcast (i.e. “The Art of Catholic”), and have written, directed, produced and hosted several Catholic video series that have been translated into a dozen foreign languages.

 

“Run, don’t walk, to listen to Matt Leonard speak!” ~Mark 

Speaking

"One of the greatest catechists I have ever encountered."

I’m honored to be considered for any event. But while I’ve given hundreds of talks to thousands and thousands of people, I’ve been on the other side of the equation, too.

 

I know arranging speakers for an event is no easy task. So to make things easier, allow me to fill in a little of my background so you or your committee can make a good decision.

 

I’ve been speaking at parishes, conferences, and events for more than a decade and am the Founder of Next Level Catholic Academy, an online membership community designed to instruct, inspire, and ignite a fire of love for God through authentic Catholic spiritual teaching.

 

I’ve published several books, host a popular podcast (i.e. “The Art of Catholic”), and have written, directed, produced and hosted several Catholic video series that have been translated into a dozen foreign languages.

 

“Run, don’t walk, to listen to Matt Leonard speak!” ~Mark 

Are my talks highfalutin?

I speak for regular Catholics. Yes, I have a master’s degree in theology (with Highest Honors) from Franciscan University, but all of my talks are geared for Joe and Judy Catholic – those people sitting in the pew next to you at Mass. Over the years I’ve become very adept at taking “deeper” topics and making them accessible and inspiring for all Catholics.

 

I’m also a fun-loving guy and tend to use a lot of humor. The Catholic life is a joy, so even when discussing serious topics I like to keep people chuckling.

 

“I’m not exaggerating. Not since Fulton Sheen have I heard a speaker so effective at motivating ordinary Catholics to step up their prayer lives and take their faith more seriously.”

Mike Aquilina – EWTN Personality & author of more than 40 books
Matthew Leonard on EWTN

All I can say is wow! Matthew, you have a gift of making the most complex seem so simple.”

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What to expect

I’m a professional. Every time I step up to a microphone I’m fully aware of the responsibility God has put in front of me. I know my material and deliver it to the very best of my ability. I believe that content plus presentation equals transformation. So I strive to create dynamic talks that inspire people to seek God above anything else.

 

Professionalism doesn’t only happen on stage, of course. I’m also very prompt with regard to any necessary communications or materials leading up the event. I’m not a high maintenance guy, and want to make it as easy possible for all involved. I’ll be where I’m supposed to be on time, will gladly sign every book put in front of me, and really enjoy mingling with the crowd.

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You are amazing. Thanks for your fervor! It’s infectious!
~Gloria

At what types of events do I speak?

While I often speak for retreats and parishes, I regularly address conference audiences of more than 1,000 people. Over the years, I’ve done many men’s conferences, women’s conferences, family events, young adult gatherings, diaconate retreats, and everything in-between. As long as your event is for humans, I can do it.

Matthew Leonard Speaking at an Event

My preference is to give more than one talk at an event and I have many talks that build one upon the other.

Matthew Leonard was fantastic. An excellent speaker who hold the audience attention and is easy to understand.” 

Topics

My wheelhouse is prayer, the interior life, and all other aspects of Catholic spirituality. My heroes include Sts. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Francis de Sales, along with a host of other spiritual greats.

 

My driving passion is to ignite a fire within people’s hearts for holiness. So I don’t just talk about prayer and spirituality, I teach how to do them – how to go deeper. I’m very practical.

 

“I am so excited. The way you teach and explain is down to earth and makes me want to reach for Heaven.”
~Monica

 

Having written and produced a half-dozen Bible studies, I also have a deep background in Sacred Scripture and mix a lot of it into my talks.

 

My Most Requested Talks

Matthew Leonard - My Conversion Story
How does a Protestant pastor’s kid and former missionary to Latin America preaching to Catholics end up Catholic himself? It wasn’t easy! Matthew describes his road into the arms of Holy Mother Church, including many of the issues with which he had to deal. It’s a journey filled with some struggles, a few tears, and even some big laughs. By the end, you’ll be more excited than ever to be Catholic!

Pray Like a SaintAccording to Scripture, every one of us is called to “be perfect” and to “pray without ceasing.” Prayer is the path to God and we’ve been doing it all our lives. But are we really praying? Are we really progressing toward holiness, perfection, and a deep relationship with God? In this talk we’ll define and discuss the three modes of prayer as taught by spiritual greats like St. Francis de Sales, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila. We won’t just talk theory, but lay out the practical steps to achieve union with God through deep prayer even in the midst of this busy, distracting world. Because if you’re not praying, you’re not living.

Spiritual GPS: The 3 Stages of the Spiritual LifeMany spiritual writers refer to the “science of sainthood.” It’s the defined process by which we achieve union with God, our ultimate destiny – a mode of life beyond what anyone can imagine.  This talk explains the three traditional stages of Catholic spiritual life as taught by spiritual greats like St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Thomas Aquinas, and so many others. I also explain how to achieve a life of true peace and happiness in the craziness of this world as you move through the stages of the spiritual journey. This is what life is all about – now and forever!

Divine DestinyThere’s an aspect to our final destiny that isn’t talked about much. Though it’s in Scripture, the liturgy, and all over the writings of the saints, it’s the public secret of Catholicism. And it can be summed up in one word: “deification”. And while that’s not a word familiar to most Catholics, once we begin to understand what it means and how to achieve it, the Church will explode! This dynamic talk unveils the incredible reality of our union with God and inspires Catholics to embrace the path to sainthood. As incredible as it sounds, you and I are destined to literally become “partakers of the divine nature” of God (2 Pt 1:4). It’s breathtaking! And once you get it, everything changes…everything!

Why MaryThe power and role of Mary goes way beyond what most of us realize. She’s a deep mystery we’ve yet to fully unpack. This talk explores the incredible, mystical relationship between the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God so as to shed more light on her unique role in getting us to heaven. Based on the beautiful theology of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Paul II, and others, it unveils the deeper meaning of Mary that can transform our lives.

No Regrets: The Art of Living as a Catholic

“If only I’d done this!” “If only I’d done that!” These are not statements we want to make at the end of our lives, especially when we face our Maker. But in a world that presents us with an almost infinite number of options, what are the things that make up a “Catholic” life? What makes us different? How are we supposed to live?  This talk provides the answers.  While our paths can certainly go in any number of directions, God provides foundations upon which we can build and enjoy a full, purposeful, adventurous life that is both satisfying now and prepares us for eternity. There’s no reason to settle for less and every reason to perfect our “art of living.”

Healing PowerIf there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that humility is the key to the spiritual life. The spiritual giants of the Church call it the taproot of all the virtues, the foundation of our relationship with God. That said, it’s not something that most of us really desire on a human level. And yet, our spiritual edifice can only go so high as our foundation allows, so we need to understand and embrace humility in order to really make spiritual progress. This talk unveils the incredible power of humility as the rocket booster that launches us toward God and inspires Catholics to seek it in daily life. And that’s necessary. Because as St. Teresa of Avila declared, without humility, all will be lost.

Love Hurts

Unfortunately, no one can escape suffering. But don’t be discouraged! Christ proclaims a new idea of love that gives meaning to human suffering, penance, and ultimately, death. In fact, there’s a powerful secret that unlocks how we can “rejoice in the Lord always” just like St. Paul, no matter what happens! After all, there is absolutely no reason Catholics shouldn’t be the most joyful people on earth regardless of earthly circumstances.

Our Beautiful EndIt doesn’t do any good to tell people they must die to themselves to be good Catholics if we don’t also tell them what they’re dying for, namely, a heaven that is beyond our wildest imaginations. True, Scripture tells us straight up that we can’t know, or even imagine the depth of the joy and pleasure of eternity spent with God. That being said, divine revelation and human experience do provide us with some clues that can help motivate us to achieve the Beatific Vision. We’ll discuss the nature and role of beauty in this life, particularly how it sheds light on the nature of God and assists us in achieving our glorious, beautiful end.

Love LettersRemember back in the old days when you actually received physical love letters? How you tore it open and poured over every word until you practically memorized it? Well, Scripture is God’s love letter to us. It’s the beautiful, romantic, and sometimes gut-wrenching story of the Lord’s undying devotion to us, his children. And once you know how to penetrate it’s deeper meaning through prayer, your spiritual life will explode!

Why the CrossHave you ever sat back and asked yourself, “Why did Jesus have to die on a cross in order to save me? How does that make sense?” These are fair questions. This penetrating talk reveals the links between the Original Sin of Adam and the sacrifice of New Adam, Jesus Christ.  Nothing God does is random. So Matthew explains the logic behind Christ’s incredible act of love on the Cross and how it gets us to heaven. It’s a talk that will shed new light on the Mass and help them understand more deeply the power of sacrificial love.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Pilgrimage to Poland & Medjugorje

Start date: April 21, 2021 - End date: April 30, 2021

Marian Eucharistic Conference – Greeneville, SC

Start date: October 16, 2021 - End date: October 17, 2021

Diocese of Tucson Men’s Conference – Arizona

Date: November 6, 2021

Our Lady of Consolation Mission – Carey, OH

Start date: November 14, 2021 - End date: November 15, 2021

Men of Iron Retreat – Prescott, AZ

Start date: November 19, 2021 - End date: November 21, 2021