A Washington Briefing for the Nation’s Catholic Community

May 6-7, 2010
Sponsored by National Catholic Reporter and Trinity Washington University
at Trinity with accommodations at
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

These speakers have just been confirmed:

Nancy Pelosi
Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives, which includes most of the City of San Francisco. In 2002, her colleagues elected her Democratic Leader of the House, making her the first woman to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House..

Simone Campbell, SSS
Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004, is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace building and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.

Mark Stricherz
Mark Stricherz is the author of Why the Democrats are Blue: How Secular Liberals Hijacked the People's Party. (Encounter Books) He is a senior news producer at AOL.


Michael Steele
Michael Steel has served since January 2009 as the chairman of the Republican National Committee. An expert on political strategy and election reform, he most recently served as Chairman of GOPAC, and also held posts on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform.

Bob Casey
Democratic Senator Bob Casey was elected to the U.S Senate on November 7, 2006, representing the state of Pennsylvania. He serves on five Senate committees.

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan is a Repulican representing Wisconsin's 1st congressional distirict. Currently serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives, Ryan is the ranking member of the House Budget Committee. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.
As a Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, E.J. Dionne researches and writes on a range of issues that include elections; polling; the role of media in politics; and the role of religion in public life.

We’ll hear from (and engage with) both administration officials and Congressional leaders. Additional panelists and participants include:

John L. Allen, Jr
National Catholic Reporter Senior Correspondent whose most recent book is The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church.

Helen Alvare
Former director of information and planning for the U.S. Bishops' pro-life office, and a professor of law at George Mason School of Law.

James Dyer
Leads the appropriations practice at Clark & Weinstock, representing clients in appropriations matters before the Congress.

Joe Feuerherd
A former Congressional aide and registered lobbyist, now serving as National Catholic Reporter publisher and editor-in-chief.

Sister Carol Keehan, DC
President and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), the organization that played a pivotal role in the health care reform debate.

Patricia McGuire
President of Trinity Washington University (for more on how Pat McGuire has transformed Trinity to the premier inner-city Catholic University, see this recent Washington Post story.)

Thomas Patrick Melady
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under President George H.W. Bush and Senior Diplomat in residence at The Institute of World Politics.

Morna Murray
President of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

R. James Nicholson
U..S Ambassador to the Holy See and Secretary for Veterans Affairs under George W. Bush, and Senior Counsel in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Washington, D.C. office.

Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
Senior fellow the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown and the former editor of America magazine.

James Roosevelt, Jr.
President and chief executive officer of Tufts Health Plan, a not-for-profit health maintenance organization (HMO).

Mike Sheehy
Executive Vice President of McBee Strategic since March of 2009, after more than thirty years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives.

John Steinbruner
Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).

Patricia A. Weitzel-O’Neill
Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, recently appointed executive director of the Center for Catholic Education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.

Patrick Whelan
President of Catholic Democrats, a network of state-based groups articulating a Catholic message within the Democratic Party.

John Zogby
The nation’s leading political pollster and Senior Fellow at the Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies.