The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB) was established in 2004 in response to Saint John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization. Each year, over 1,500 people gather in our nation’s capital to pray for our country. An impressive list of speakers highlights a program that attracts lay and religious leaders, national figures, Catholic apostolates, and guests from a variety of sectors and backgrounds. The event is non-partisan, and anyone is welcome to attend. Several side-events are offered each year to further enhance the spirit of the event.


  • Joseph Cella – (NCPB Founder) Principal, The Pontifex Group
  • Leonard Leo – (President) Executive Vice President, The Federalist Society
  • Mark Randall – (Event Chairman) Executive Director, The Pontifical North American College
  • Maureen Ferguson - (Director) Consultant, The Catholic Association
  • Gerry Giblin – (Director) Knights of Malta
  • Arina Grossu - (Director) Dame of Malta
  • Jacqueline Halbig von Schleppenbach – (Director) Principal, Sovereign Global Solutions, LLC
  • Patrick Kelly – (Director) Deputy Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • John Meyer - (Director) Executive Director, Napa Institute
  • William Saunders – (Director) Law Fellow and Director of the Program in Human Rights, Institute for Human Ecology, Catholic University of America


  • Ambassador Jim Nicholson
  • Ambassador Thomas Melady*
  • Austin Ruse
  • Bill Saunders
  • Bowie Kuhn*
  • Frank Hanna
  • Gerry Giblin
  • Jacqueline Halbig von Schleppenbach
  • Joseph Cella
  • Leonard Leo
  • Mary Ellen Bork
  • Pat Cipollone
  • Rev. Richard John Neuhaus*
  • Senator Rick Santorum


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