2019 La Crosse Conference

2019 Queen of the Americas Guild Conference
“Our Lady of Guadalupe, Guide and Intercessor in Witnessing to the Gospel”

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
La Crosse, Wisconsin

July 26 & 27, 2019


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Our 14th Annual conference at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin will be held on July 26 & 27, 2019.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Guide and Intercessor in Witnessing to the Gospel”.  In addition to the keynote address by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, others confirmed on the panel of presenters include:


Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, STL, STD, is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit.  He was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and ordained to the priesthood in 1996 in San Antonio, Texas.  After fulfilling several teaching and formation duties, he was ordained as the youngest bishop in the United States at age 41 in April of 2011.

Bishop Cepeda is also the Vicar for the Youth and Hispanic Ministries in the Archdiocese of Detroit and serves as episcopal vicar and regional moderator for the Northwest Region of the archdiocese.  His Excellency also serves as Episcopal Moderator for the Queen of the Americas Guild.



Dr. Robert Royal is the founder and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and editor-in-chief of “The Catholic Thing” (www.thecatholicthing.org), an online publication that appears daily and is translated into five foreign languages.  He writes and speaks on questions of ethics, culture, religion, and politics, has appeared frequently on EWTN as a special commentator on Church matters, various television and radio stations around the U.S. , and has lectured in fifteen foreign countries.  His most recent book is A Deeper Vision:  The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the 20th Century (Ignatius 2015).  Dr. Royal holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Catholic University of America.  He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and The Catholic University of America.  He received fellowships to study in Italy from the Renaissance Society of America (1977) and as a Fulbright scholar (1978).  From 1980 to 1982, he served as editor-in-chief of Prospect magazine in Princeton, New Jersey.


Austin Ruse is a conservative political activist, journalist and author.  He is the longtime president of the Center for Family and Human Rights, also known as C-FAM, a New York and Washington, DC-based research institute/think tank focusing on international law and policy related to life and family.

Austin is the author of two recent books; Fake Science:  Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data (Regnery, 2017), and Littlest Suffering Souls:  Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ (Tan Books, 2017).

Austin has published more than 1,000 columns, essays, and articles in recent years.  He is a bi-weekly columnist for Crisis Magazine, and a founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.  He holds undergraduate degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Missouri, and an Honorary Doctorate from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Austin is a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Order of Malta, and a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher.

Austin is married to the former Cathleen Cleaver, who is senior legal advisor to the Family Research Council.  They have two daughters, Lucy and Gigi.  They live in the state of Virginia where Mr. Ruse’s family first arrived from England in the early 1700’s.



Marty Rotella will perform a special concert during the conference.  Marty is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and has appeared on EWTN, written, performed and produced many musical CD’s, docudramas and documentaries on a variety of religious subjects.  Marty will also serve as our Master of Ceremonies.