Meet the Speakers
Guillermo Aviles Lecture Series

Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries (, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of “The Choices We Face” a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than 30 countries.

He is also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a  professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit ( He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome. 

Samuel Gregg

Dr. Samuel Gregg is Research Director at the Acton Institute, Contributing Editor at Law & Liberty, and Visiting Scholar at the Feulner Institute at the Heritage Foundation. The author of 13 books—including the prize-winning The Commercial Society (Rowman &Littlefield), Wilhelm Röpke’s Political Economy (Edward Elgar), Becoming Europe (Encounter), the prize-winning Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization (Regnery), and over 400 articles and opinion-pieces—he writes regularly on political economy, finance, American conservatism, Western civilization, and natural law theory. He can be followed on Twitter @drsamuelgregg

Catherine R. Pakaluk

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk is Assistant Professor of Social Research and Economic Thought at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies, demography, political economy, and Catholic social thought. Pakaluk is the 2015 winner of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”

Pakaluk did her doctoral work at Harvard University under 2016 Nobel-laureate Oliver Hart, and has co-authored highly cited articles in social science and epidemiological journals, including DemographyEconomic Inquiry, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. She is currently writing a book on motive and meaning among women who have large families in America. She splits her time between the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the wilds of suburban Maryland, with her husband, philosopher Michael Pakaluk, and eight children.

James Matthew Wilson

James Matthew Wilson is Professor of Humanities, and the Founding Director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, at the University of Saint Thomas. The author of ten books, including, most recently, The Strangeness of the Good, a book of poems, he serves as Poet-in-Residence of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Liturgy, editor of Colosseum Books, and poetry editor of Modern Age magazine.

Roger Severino

Roger Severino is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project. He is also at work on a book on how conservatives can harness the power of the administrative state for conservative ends long sought by the American people. Mr. Severino is a national authority on civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, the administrative state, and information privacy, particularly as applied to health–care law and policy.

Before joining EPPC, Mr. Severino was the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OCR), where he led a team of over 250 staff enforcing our nation’s civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, and health information privacy laws. He served from 2017 to 2021 and was the longest serving OCR Director of the past three decades.

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