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 1,000 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, political names, and so on. The event is non-partisan, and anyone is welcome to attend. Respecting the busy schedules of our attendees, every effort is made to conclude the program in a reasonable timeframe.


The NCPB Board is a volunteer group who dedicate their time and talent to produce the event each year. Additionally, several other volunteers assist with the logistics of the Breakfast onsite.

  • 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
  • Patrick Kelly – (Director) Deputy Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • William Saunders – (Director) Of counsel, Americans United for Life
  • Jacqueline Halbig von Schleppenbach – (Director) Principal, Sovereign Global Solutions, LLC
  • Gerry Giblin – (Director) Knights of Malta


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