2024 La Crosse Conference

October 18 & 19, 2024
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
La Crosse, Wisconsin

“Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Church”

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Join the Queen of the Americas Guild for a 2-day conference/ retreat examining Our Lady of Guadalupe’s role as Mother of the Church.

The Annual Conference for the Queen of the Americas Guild is open to all those who wish to enhance their faith and learn more about this important topic.

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke will be our keynote speaker.  As the founder of the shrine, His Eminence has extensive knowledge of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her role as Mother of the Church.

Cardinal Burke was appointed the Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in November of 2014, has served on the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and also serves on the Queen of the Americas Guild Board of Directors.


Dr. Michael Pakaluk is a philosopher, scholar, author, and lecturer, and Ordinary Professor of Ethics and Social Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.  He teaches in Busch School of Business with his wife, Catherine, who is a professor of economics.  He is currently at work on the last of a series of four books on the gospels, which include The Memoirs of St. Peter (on Mark); Mary’s Voice in the Gospel According to St. John; and “Be Good Bankers”: The Divine Economy in Matthew’s Gospel (forthcoming).   In his book on Luke’s gospel, he aspires to illuminate the relationship between St. Luke and St. Paul.

Pakaluk is a widely-followed essayist who appears regularly in The Catholic Thing and has also published in Crisis, First Things, Crux, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Answers, and other fine venues.  He has an A.B. degree from Harvard College, and, as a Marshall Scholar, an M.Litt. degree in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. His Ph.D. in philosophy is from Harvard University.  He has published several books and many papers on Aristotle and Aristotelian philosophy, and the history of philosophy. He is currently at work on books on natural law and the thought of John Henry Newman.

Pakaluk and his late wife, Ruth, had seven children.  In The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God (Ignatius Press), he introduces readers to Ruth through her letters and talks.  Ruth was an inspiring Catholic homemaker and pro-life leader, who showed tremendous courage and faith in accepting an early death from cancer.  He and Catherine married in 1999, and they have been blessed with eight children.  Catherine’s own book, about women who go against cultural trends and have large families, was released in March 2024 and is entitled Hannah’s Children.

In 2012, Pakaluk was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.


Catherine Ruth Pakaluk is an American economist and associate professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Pakaluk is author of the acclaimed ethnography Hannah’s Children: The Women Quietly Defying the Birth Dearth (Regnery, 2024), a multidisciplinary account of American women who, contrary to the global trend of sub-replacement fertility, choose to have large families. Her work has been covered in Fox News, the Daily Wire, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and more. She holds a doctorate in Economics from Harvard University. The mother of eight children and adoptive mother to six, she is married to Michael Pakaluk.