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Matt Emerson

 
 

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"Matt Emerson is outstanding. I was lucky enough to hear him speak at a focus group I attended. He delivered a confident and creative presentation that revealed his intimate understanding of the Bible and its relevance in our daily lives. His faith is deep, and contagious. He inspired us all to connect to biblical truths on a deeply personal level, flawlessly bridging those truths with our purpose for meeting, and setting the tone for a successful and purpose-driven event."   -William Dugan, Founder & CEO, The Lead Group   "With a calm and authentic voice, Matt Emerson's audience is treated to an exciting journey to a richer understanding of our relationship with God and neighbor. Mr. Emerson is an exciting new Catholic author and speaker, whom I dare say, will become a most sought ought thinker and writer regarding the inner dimension of the soul."   -Edwin J. Hearn, President, St. Augustine High School (San Diego, CA)

"Matt Emerson is outstanding. I was lucky enough to hear him speak at a focus group I attended. He delivered a confident and creative presentation that revealed his intimate understanding of the Bible and its relevance in our daily lives. His faith is deep, and contagious. He inspired us all to connect to biblical truths on a deeply personal level, flawlessly bridging those truths with our purpose for meeting, and setting the tone for a successful and purpose-driven event."

-William Dugan, Founder & CEO, The Lead Group

"With a calm and authentic voice, Matt Emerson's audience is treated to an exciting journey to a richer understanding of our relationship with God and neighbor. Mr. Emerson is an exciting new Catholic author and speaker, whom I dare say, will become a most sought ought thinker and writer regarding the inner dimension of the soul."

-Edwin J. Hearn, President, St. Augustine High School (San Diego, CA)

 

 
 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Vera in August Fine Photography.

Photo courtesy of Vera in August Fine Photography.

ABOUT ME

Thank you for visiting!  My work has appeared in a number of publications, including the Wall Street JournalAmerica, Commonweal, CNN.com, FirstThings.com, and more.  

Until November of 2015, I wrote regularly for America magazine at "The Ignatian Educator" blog.  You can read my farewell post here and access archives here

I also recently finished my first book, Why Faith? A Journey of Discovery,  published by Paulist Press in May of 2016.  

AWARDS

The Catholic Press Association named my September 2012 essay "Help Their Unbelief" from America magazine as the "best essay" in the category of national general interest magazine for 2012. The follow up essay (a companion piece) to "Help Their Unbelief" is titled "Preambles for Faith: Effective Ways to Nurture Belief Among Skeptical Students," and was also published in America

SPEAKING

I have spoken at schools and parishes throughout the United States, including: Seattle, Wash.; Tacoma, Wash.; Belmont, Calif.; Modesto, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Tempe, Ariz.; Phoenix, Ariz.; La Quinta, Calif.; and Palm Desert, Calif.

Notable speaking engagements include:

  • Commencement Speaker, Central Catholic High School (Modesto, CA), 2016

  • Keynote Speaker, Archdiocese of Seattle Principals’ Retreat, 2013.

  • Faith Formation Guest Leader, Sacred Heart Catholic School (Palm Desert, CA), 2014-2016.

  • Young Catholic Professionals, Phoenix Chapter, Executive Speaker Series (2018)

REQUEST ME TO SPEAK

I speak to teachers and faculties, to students and adults on retreat, and to parish faith formation groups. Please email me at mattemerson (at) outlook.com with inquiries.

BACKGROUND

I studied philosophy at Saint Louis University (BA, Philosophy, 2004) and then attended law school at the University of Notre Dame (2008), where, in addition to my legal studies, I took graduate coursework in Catholic moral theology, healthcare ethics, and bioethics. 

“As a veteran teacher and administrator in Catholic schools for 39 years, I have never met anyone quite like Matt. He was passionate, clear, engaging, faith-filled and personal with our faculty/staff at our retreat. With vigor, enthusiasm and a love for God, Matt surpassed anything for which we had hoped.”

-Deacon Jim Fish, Bellarmine Preparatory School

“Matt Emerson is a Catholic educator who inspires, promotes reflection, and leaves his audience with an admiration for his work. Matt understands Catholic education, and I might say education in general, like few do. In both appearances I have participated in, Matt tailored his work to the needs of the audience. His presentations were clear, understanding, thematic, and on topic throughout. Ample time was used for the audience or group to reflect, dialogue, and share in whole and small settings. I highly recommend Matt Emerson as a keynote speaker, a retreat facilitator, a workshop presenter, commencement speaker, or any venue looking for an inspiring Catholic speaker. His unique ability is without question among the best I have ever encountered. He is a true blessing to Catholic schools.”

-Russ Antracoli, Central Catholic High School

“Your presentation was inspiring and the best part about the conference! Thank YOU! Your students are lucky to have you.”

— Participant, 2014 National Catholic Educ. Assoc. Regional Meeting (from post-conference anonymous survey)

“I thoroughly enjoyed [Matt’s] keynote and thought the ideas presented were so helpful to ministry with young adults. I am so grateful to have heard it.”

— Participant, 2014 National Catholic Educ. Assoc. Regional Meeting (from post-conference anonymous survey)