Mary would love to come and speak at your women’s/youth ministry conference, retreat or parish event. Contact information is below. There are topics for your consideration on the Speaking Topics Page. Below are a few endorsements regarding Mary’s presentations:
Mary Lenaburg is truly an unforgettable speaker. She combines life-changing insights with master delivery to leave her audience wiping tears from their eyes as they leap to their feet for a standing ovation.”
– Jennifer Fulwiler, Radio Host, Best Selling Author and Speaker
If there’s one thing that defines Mary Lenaburg, it’s that she knows how to tell a story. And she has quite a story to tell. The Lenaburg’s loved and cared for their daughter Courtney who suffered from severe health problems for decades. But beyond that, they took great JOY in Courtney. Their story of life, love, and loss has profoundly affected me and shaped my understanding of what it truly means to be pro-life. Mary is a spellbinding speaker who can captivate a room.
– Haley Stewart, Writer, Speaker, Podcaster
Mary Lenaburg is one of those people who walks in to a room, and the whole thing lights up. She truly radiates the love and light of God with her very presence, then she begins to speak, and it is though you are the only one in the room. She makes you laugh, draws you in to contemplate your own life sufferings and blessings, and helps you realize your beautiful existence just by her words. Mary is someone I would recommend to come to any event if you’d like someone warm, loving, encouraging and poised. She is truly an irreplaceable woman, and speaker.
– Jenna Guizar, Founder and Creative Director for Blessed Is She
Mary is such a personable, heart-felt & Holy Spirit-inspired speaker. She’s very engaging and does a great job of drawing people into her personal experiences and testimony. Her honesty, vulnerability and story-telling are some of her best assets, and also a few of the reasons that make her so relatable and likable. She is able to speak on sensitive topics with such grace and humor. We’re so happy to have had her as a speaker for our retreat!
– Annie Deddens, Catholic Wife and Writer, Co-founder of Pray More Novenas
In planning our Catholic Women’s Event, “And She Laughs“, we knew we needed to find just the right speaker that could touch the hearts of women but who also make them laugh. After much discernment, God made it obvious that Mary would be the answer to this prayer. From the moment she began to speak, women (of all ages) were drawn in to her story. Listening to Mary speak is an extraordinary adventure and one can’t help but laugh and cry along the way. Mary is a gifted story teller but she is also a loving wife and mother, precious daughter of our King, instant friend to all and a courageous woman that is willing to be vulnerable with the realities of life’s greatest pains and God’s gracious miracles. Most especially Mary gave us all the gift of the extraordinary witness and testimony of her precious daughter Courtney, and I am confident in saying that each of our hearts have grown a bit bigger because Courtney now resides within them. Without hesitation, I strongly recommend Mary as a speaker for any audience and am certain that God is using her as His instrument to draw so many to His most Sacred and loving heart.”
– Lorissa Horn, Director, Youth Minister and Blogger
From the moment she takes the microphone, one thing is clear: Mary Lenaburg is on a mission from God to proclaim His glory through her remarkable story. Faithful, funny, and genuinely relatable, Mary is a dynamic evangelist, masterful storyteller, and hilarious sister friend rolled into one. I can’t imagine a circumstance where you’d regret bringing Mary to your event; she’ll have you crying, laughing, and ignoring the clock all while checking your schedule to see when you can book her again. Mary Lenaburg has my highest recommendation.
– Heather Renshaw – Founder, Catholic Women Rejoice (Portland, OR); Called To Love (Mobile, AL); Rejoice + Be Free (Portland, OR), writer, speaker, wife & mother of five
If you have the chance to hear Mary Lenaburg speaking in person, absolutely GO! Hearing Mary speak about hear walk with God is nothing short of inspiring. With raw honestly and and grace-filled humor, Mary shares her love of Jesus and how her daily walk with Him has kept her going through some of the greatest trials you could imagine. She is truly on a mission to bring Christ to the world, and I have no doubt that she can do it!”
– Rebecca Frech – speaker, blogger and author of Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the rest of Us
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
January 25, 2018 – Respect Life Event, Mother Seton Parish, Germantown, MD
March 17, 2018 – Keynote for the Diocese of Grand Rapids Women’s Conference
May 19, 2018 – Mary’s Mantle Breakfast, Detroit , Michigan
May 22, 2018 – “Choose Joy” – St. Timothy’s School Faculty Retreat
August 21, 2018 – “Choose Joy” – St Joseph’s School Faculty Retreat
October 18, 2018 – “Be Brave in the Scared” – St. Mary of Sorrow’s Parish, Fairfax, VA (event open to the public)
October 20, 2018 – St. Peter, Washington DC (marriage prep w/ Jerry)
October 30-31, 2018 – Respect Life Event, Paul VI High School, Fairfax, VA
November 9, 2018 – Encounter Grace, Keynote (event in Waldorf, MD)
January 17, 2019 – Revolution of Love: Fighting the Culture of Death One Wheelchair at a Time – local pro-life event, come and join us! Blessed Sacrament Church, Springfield, VA at 7pm
March 23, 2019 – Trust the Lord With All Your Heart Women’s Lenten Retreat, St. Vincent DePaul Parish, Peoria, Illinois
May 2019 – Legatus Dinner, (private event) Austin, Texas
June 2019 – “Be Brave in the Scared” Book Tour – More details to come
What people are saying
Mary spoke at a conference I attended last year, and I was especially struck by her joy and open heart. She managed to pepper her talk with laughter without diminishing the weight of the story she shared. I found her inspiring, captivating, and relatable. I look forward to attending my next conference where Mary speaks!
-Rachel C (CWBN Conference, Front Royal, VA)
The Baltimore Frassati Young Adult Fellowship was pleased to have Mary lead a reflection during our monthly Holy Hour gatherings. Her joy, humility, humor and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit enlightened our hearts to the peace that can be found amidst the trials in our lives. She graciously stayed well into our social time to talk with many young adults, and we are thankful for all the effort she made in coming out to speak. Few speakers have made such an impact on our community.
-Mercedes V (Young Adult Event, Baltimore, MD)
When Mary speaks, she moves hearts! I sat at the back of a conference watching an auditorium of women held in rapt attention, a sea tears glistening from side-splitting laughter, from deep emotion, and from laughter again. A storyteller who shares the love story God is writing with her life, Mary Lenaburg is a speaker that I would encourage ANYONE (male, female, young, old, fervently religious or ambivalent) to hear.
– Maia J (Catholic Women Rejoice Conference, Portland, OR)
Mary was a speaker at a retreat I attended and her talk was fantastic. It was heartfelt, honest, faithful, funny, and exactly what I needed to hear. You can sense the heart and prayer Mary gives to us all by sharing her journey. I am blessed to have heard her speak at the event and look forward to the next time I have the privilege.
– Alicia F. (Blessed is She Retreat, Austin, TX)
I experienced (because it is an EXPERIENCE!) Mary speaking on two separate occasions. She shares her story with conviction and charisma. I wouldn’t miss out on any chance to hear her speak!
– Nell O.
Mary, you are a blessing to God’s church. I’m so thankful for you and your words of love calling us to action. You radiate God’s love. Thank you
– Gina B. (Idaho Catholic Women’s Conference)
Mary’s talk was amazing! It was personal, real, and honest. Her delivery was captivating. I can’t wait to hear her speak again, even to hear the same message!
-Rebecca W. (Blessed Is She Retreat, Austin, TX)
From the moment Mary took the floor, she let the Holy Spirit weave a message through her words. Her talk was inspiring, witty, moving, and offered both practical and spiritual advice. I remember how she reminded us to pray to the Blessed Mother before we write–words I have turned to many times since that day.
-Rita B. (CWBN Conference, Front Royal, VA)
Mary is a selfless, motivational woman whom I have known for over 15 years who brings life to others. She is a living example of unconditional love. She lives life.
-MaryBeth C. (Pray More Lenten Novena Video Series)