Catholic Lay Witness Talks
Watch video of past CEO events. Witness talks are given once per month at a different Cedar Rapids area Catholic church. Sort by church or date of witness talk. Video provided by Blue Sky Productions. If you would like to order a DVD of any of our witness videos, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Chris Podhajsky graciously accepted our last minute invitation to speak when our original speaker had to cancel. Fr. Chris speaks on “The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography”
Walking with blind faith… to walking with God Ryan Jansa’s life was forever changed when a fun night out with friends turned into a tragic accident. His renewed faith and the strength of his family saved him from a destructive path and inspired him to walk with God…one step at a time. See the video…
John Winkel wanted the FAME of playing professional football. As a star wide receiver at Peru State, John was approached by 10 teams and told by many he would be drafted. Disappointingly he was not drafted, because God had a different plan. He became a school teacher, coach, and mentor in Rockford, IL. Hear how he…
Kasey Kaimann experienced a miraculous encounter with Jesus at a Steubenville Conference that changed her life. She shared her faith journey of following Jesus’ call as a Mt. Mercy student on Dec. 7th. Watch the video of her testimony, “Who You Follow…Determines Who You Become.”
Nov. 12, 2017, St. Joseph Church, Marion. Speaker: Ildi Kiss See a deeply personal and inspiring story of great faith, hope and love in the face of tremendous danger and against all odds. Ildiko Kiss shares her riveting account of growing up in Hungary during the Soviet Occupation, her family’s escape and their journey to freedom in the United States….
Oct. 16, 2017, St. Ludmila, Greg Stokesberry: “It was only after I learned how to be quiet with God, that I found my purpose in life.”
In a near death experience, Greg Clauson had a 24-minute encounter with Christ. What did Jesus say? What did He look like? What did His voice sound like? See Greg, with some help from his wife Kathi, share his faith experience at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
Tony and Sue May gave their story, “The Rosary Changed Everything” at St Patrick parish center on August 10th.
Who am I…..In Christ’s eyes? Bill Hunter’s life has been one of broken relationships, addictions, fear, lost identity, self-hatred, insecurity and shame. Hear Bill tell his story of living a Catholic life, while living with the guilt of same sex attraction.
Michael Schmidt was indifferent towards any particular faith tradition, but was met at the door of a Catholic church by a priest with a big hug. This hug came at the perfect time as the Holy Spirit was preparing to work in Michael in unexpected ways and provide answers to the faith crisis that was…
Stephanie Evers gave her personal witness on March 14, 2017 at St. Wenceslaus Church, “Strength through Weakness”
Jesse Romero spoke at St. Matthew church on Feb 14, 2017 for Catholic Evangelization Outreach
Running the Race God Has Before Me Running has always kept me grounded in my faith. It helped me learn humility and companionship and how it related to living a Christian life. But when the thing you once had so much joy from suddenly is the root of anger and disappointment, how can you bounce…
Please God…Help me with my broken pieces. While still newlyweds, Emily and Jordan Meyer were expecting their first child. However, life didn’t go as expected. Born with Trisomy 13, against the recommendations of doctors and against the odds, their son, Bennett, was their little miracle. See Emily share how the power of prayer, the sacraments, and love, transformed her son and her…
How to Avoid a “Broken Marriage” See George and Jen Erwin’s witness from St. Ludmila’s church.
Mary’s Meals – a simple solution to world hunger Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow spoke at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Sept. 22nd. Hear how “one act of kindness” led him to found a worldwide ministry that currently feeds 1,101,206 children a day!
Suffering as a Gift? Do we see suffering as a sign of punishment, a burden to avoid at all costs, or a situation to endure through gritted teeth? Through her conversion to the Catholic Church, Carol Cross came to see suffering as a gift from God. Come hear how the teachings of the saints and the example of the…
Sr. Stephanie Baliga is a sister with the Franciscans of the Eucharist at Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, who serve the poor on Chicago’s West Side. As a top national runner, she became obsessed with athletic performance. God took running away to force her to see He is Lord of her life. Only…
“Break Through” Zach Davis was a student at Coe College. His life of video games, fornication and selfishness had brought him to despair. Hear how God sent Mary to reclaim his heart. Zach gave his witness April 14, 2016 at Immaculate Conception church.
Cathy Soukup gave her witness at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on March 8, 2016. The Story of A Prodigal Daughter from Blue Sky Productions on Vimeo.
Mike Schulte gave his witness talk, “The Ultimate Rut Buster” at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Feb. 16, 2016.
Kevin Holm gave his personal witness at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Jan. 17, 2016, “”We Weren’t Always this Happy”
Kennidee DeVilbiss is a sophomore at Mount Mercy University. She grew up in a Catholic family where faith was a part of her everyday life. However, college has been an opportunity for her to make her faith…her own! Listen to her story and what it means to be a Christian through the eyes of a young…
While Jesus found Peter, James and John on the seashore, He found Aaron in the confessional in the sixth grade. Deacon Aaron Junge is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Dubuque, studying at Mundelein Seminary. He is one of the many men in our country preparing for the priesthood. Hear the rest of his story!…
Denise Upah gave her personal witness of faith at St. Ludmila Catholic Church on Oct. 20, 2015. View her witness here, “Faith Molded by Adversity.”
Molly Larkin gave her witness in front of a full house in the St. Patrick parish center on August 12, 2015. “How long shall I put up with you and how long will you keep putting Me off?” Please share this video with your friends. That’s what Catholic Evangelization is all about, friends…
Drinking and other bad habits had taken their toll on Jason Hartwig’s marriage and he was about to lose his family. Then a series of people entered his life who led him on a dirrent path. Jason now believes this was no accident but were sent by the grace of God. Listen now to his…
“Where is God in All of This?” With a big family and a demanding job, Ron Smith was overwhelmed, exhausted and struggling to fit God in his life. Then some powerful experiences turned Ron’s busy life upside-down. Hear Ron tell what changed him and why he began to put God first!
Alec Seelau gave his witness of faith March 18th at St. Wenceslaus church. Hear his witness, “Can you Face a Life without God?”
Mary Beth Helgens allowed the “Light of Christ” to help her heal from her brokenness. God’s Grace has helped her through some very difficult life challenges. Through these challenges she has encountered Christ in a very powerful way. See her witness, “God Shines Through Our Broken Places.” Please share this video with…
Prayer Practicing the Presence of God Nicole Trapani gave her witness on Sunday, Jan. 18th at St. Joseph Church. Hear how Nicole Trapani listened to God’s gentle whispers, guiding her choice of who to marry and how God has helped her with some very difficult life challenges. It’s nice to share!
Do We See God in Everything and Everyone? Jacob Stewart was introduced to the power of the Holy Spirit at a Healing Mass. The amazing healings he saw changed his life at the early age of 13. Hear Jacob’s personal witness, “Believing is Seeing” at the first CEO gathering on the Mt. Mercy University campus. …
Joan Hackbarth was raised in a faith-filled Jewish home. She was introduced to the Catholic faith by her husband, Dan. After the death of her daughter, Rebecca, she encountered Jesus through their church community and God continued to reveal Himself to her through many other life challenges. Listen to her witness, “From Judaism to Catholicism.”…
Video: The Fall and the Call From his immigrant roots in Philadelphia, Tom Keating was raised Catholic. Tom shares after falling away as a young adult how he rediscovered his faith that eventually led him into a leadership role in Catholic education. Mr. Keating is the principal of Xavier Catholic High School in Cedar Rapids. Video…
New York Times bestselling author and popular Catholic speaker, Immaculee Ilibagiza shared her witness of faith at the Sept. 22nd Gathering at St. Pius X church in Cedar Rapids. She is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Immaculee’s talk was based on her book, Left to Tell, where she shares how her Catholic faith guided her through this awful ordeal…
Invited on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2009, Diana Richardson expected the trip to be a wonderful site seeing tour of the historical sites in the bible. God had other things in mind however. Her visit to Mt. Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration, would trigger a series of supernatural life changing events that would transform…
Matt Selby grew up in a faith-filled home. He learned to love God and make his faith a priority at an early age. During college he decided to become a pastor. While serving as a missionary in the Middle East he encountered the truth, beauty and goodness in the Catholic church and his path was…
Marriage is not a 50/50 proposition: It is 100/100! Marriage is not easy. Actually, it can be very hard. Dave and Cindy Glynn’s faith helped them through the ups and downs of their marriage. They shared their story and how God is the key to this Sacrament at All Saints church.
Michael DeClerck turned to God while still in grade school in a most unusual way. Hear what led him to the Catholic faith as a freshman college student. While sitting in the back pew, trying not to be noticed as a non-Catholic, he had an amazing encounter with Christ.
In Mike Alt’s personal witness, he tells how God has spoken to him in “whispers” throughout his life. God doesn’t always shout from the mountaintop to get our attention. We need to be listening.
Archbishop Jackels gave his personal witness to an overflow crowd at St. Matthew church on Feb. 10, 2014. As a young man he had begun studying Buddhism when a co-worker helped put him on the road to having what he called “intentional” faith.
Hear hear how three teens from St. Joseph’s Parish began their connection with the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. So many messages are being sent to our young people today. Living a life in relationship with God is not prevalent in those messages.
Listen to Lorrenne Mulherin give her witness at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church, “From Farm Mom to an Evangelizer for Christ.” Hear how her son’s miraculous healing led her to follow a closer walk with the Good Shepherd. At. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
Sidalia De Rego came to the United States from East Timor of the Indonesian Islands to earn a nursing degree so she can go back home to serve her people at Bairo Pite Clinic. Hear her story of how family and prayer has influenced her life and how she’s impacting the people she meets here in the US. At. St. Ludmilla Parish.
Haley Scott DeMaria was paralyzed from the waist down in a fatal accident when a bus carrying the Notre Dame women’s swim team skidded off the road on a snowy night in 1992. Less than two years later Haley returned to Notre Dame’s swim team, winning her first race back. Listen as Haley tells her remarkable story of faith and triumph. At. St. Pius X Parish.
A self-professed “anti-Catholic” evangelical professor of philosophy at a protestant seminary became disenchanted with his faith and his own teachings. Jason Reed tells how his investigation into the teachings of the Catholic faith led him to the last place he thought he’d call home…the Catholic Church. At St. Patrick Parish.
Larry Hunter gave his personal witness to 266 people at All Saints Church on May 20, 2013. Listen as Larry tells how God kept knocking at his door and what happened when he was finally willing to open the door.
Kim Smith speaks about how she accepted God’s offer of a personal relationship with Him after participating in a life-changing study called “Experiencing God.” At Immaculate Conception Parish.
Chris and Dee Dee Scaffidi give a heart-felt witness. See how they came to the Catholic Church and worked through the challenges of marriage, career and family. At St. Wenceslaus Parish.
National speaker, Melissa Ohden gave her witness at St. Matthew Church on Monday, Feb. 18th. A big crowd of 519 people came on a drizzly night to hear Melissa talk about her life after surviving a failed abortion at a Sioux City hospital in 1977.
Steve was raised Catholic and slowly drifted away from his faith after moving away from home. After losing his wife in her mid 20′s and his parents shortly after, he became angry with God and drifted even further away. Hear his amazing personal witness of how God called him back to the Church. At St. Joseph Parish.
When John Harris was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 it deeply impacted he and his wife Phyllis. Hear their witness of how God was present to them in each other and those who cared and prayed for them. At. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
In this video, Gary Smith interviews Deacon Jim Berger about his conversion experience. In his early years as a husband and father, Jim lived a selfish and irresponsible life. Only when he finally grew to know God, could he truly love Him and serve Him. Witness talk was at St. Ludmila Parish.
International speaker John Pridmore is an ex-mobster from the streets of London’s east end who gave up violence, power and money for the love of Jesus. He has inspired hundreds of thousands to grow in their faith. At St. Pius X Parish.
Like the prodigal son, Tony’s family welcomed him back after years of alcohol and drug addiction. Tony credits the power of prayer for pulling him out of the depths of despair. At St. Patrick Parish.
Mary spoke about the fear and anxiety she felt after losing her home to the flood of 2008. Through the “miracle of generosity” of so many friends and strangers she endeared the crisis. At All Saints Parish.
In Joshua’s witness talk, “Combat, Cancer and the Cross,” he shares how his service as a U.S. Army interrogator at Abu Ghraid prison in Iraq and dealing with his father’s battle with cancer and now with his own cancer battle has shaped his faith.
Gary Smith gives his personal witness at St. Matthew Parish
Hear Clark White’s witness of alcoholism, pain and suffering. Being lead to a retreat was a turning point in his life. At St. Joseph Parish.
Pete Mathison achieved success beyond his dreams as a founder and owner of a multi-million dollar athletic apparel company. But despite his success he felt anger in his heart and suffered from suicidal depression. See how hearing a fellow businessman’s witness put him on the track that would change his life. At All Saints Parish.