Guidelines For Talks

Please note that all in-person appearances for 2020 are cancelled due to the global pandemic. I do not expect to be ready to travel until at least 2021 or possibly 2022. (You may recall from my book, In God’s Hands, that my daughter received a liver transplant and is immuno-suppressed; our family will be assuming that we are very high risk with lots of unfortunate co-morbidities and will behave accordingly through the duration of the pandemic.) In the meantime, I am happy to offer shorter, virtual retreats via Zoom webinars.

I have prepared a number of talks designed for Zoom (or other conferencing software). I am happy to provide the links for a talk, allowing up to 100 people to participate. I find that talks are more effective and interesting when they are interactive; we should be able to see each other’s faces and to ask each other questions. I appreciate seeing my audience’s faces to gauge reactions and to tailor my talk to the specific audience, and I believe that their experience is much improved when we get to know each other and enjoy a helpful Q&A at the talk’s conclusion. Thus I do not do talks that are simply broadcast to the audience over YouTube or Facebook Live, but am happy to arrange for talks over Zoom.

Contact me to arrange a Zoom talk for your group via the Contact form.

In order to ensure the best event possible, I recommend that we follow these guidelines. If specific circumstances require us to veer from this, please let me know and we can work something out.


I’m happy to sign books, whether for individual participants during the event, or to sign all of the books at once for sale in the bookstore.

It is difficult to travel with books, so ideally, the parish bookstore would order the books in advance from Ancient Faith Publishing, with a 40% bookstore discount (so that the parish can sell the books at the cover price for a 40% profit).

Bios and Promotional Materials

You’ll find photos and biographical information on this website, which you are encouraged to use when preparing promotional materials or crafting introductions, etc.

If you’d like me to put together a flier for an event, I’m happy to do so.

Speaker Fees and Travel Costs

Please plan to cover the cost of airfare to and from Austin, Texas, hotel lodging and to offer a speaker’s fee. Note that the fees should increase if there are several long presentations or if it’s a multi-day event.

Contact Me

Please us my Contact Form to inquire about scheduling a speaking event.