Speaking

Hector_Molina_PreachingI understand the challenge of finding just the right speaker for an event. As someone who has worked on both the parish and Archdiocesan levels, I was responsible for planning and organizing hundreds of events over the years – from parish missions, retreats, and workshops, to arena-sized Diocesan Conferences.

I quickly realized that a major factor in determining the success of an event came down to the quality of the speakers. If they hit it out of the park, we had a great event. If they didn’t, well … we had a not-so-great event.

Like you, I found myself spending hours researching speakers to make sure we had just the right fit. My hope is that this page will make it easy for you to get the information you need to make the best decision possible.

There are many gifted Catholic speakers around the country for you to choose from – many of whom I am privileged to call my friends. That is why I am grateful that you have stopped by. Thank you for considering me. I am truly honored.

AN OVERVIEW OF THIS PAGE

This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect. Here is a brief outline of what it covers.

My Commitment to You
What You Can Expect
A Little Bit About Me
My Video Clips
My Areas of Expertise
My Talk Titles
Parish Evangelization Seminar
Parish Mission
Next Steps

MY COMMITMENT TO YOU

As a professional Catholic evangelist, I strive to faithfully communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of our rich Catholic faith with clarity and conviction, and in complete fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. Select me as a speaker and I guarantee you my 110% effort. I never give “canned speeches”, but work very hard to tailor each of my talks to the specific needs of my clients, be they small parishes or major Archdioceses. I want to do my part to help you achieve the goals that you have set for your event, and most importantly, bring others closer to Christ. It’s as simple as that.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Here’s what you can expect from me and my colleagues at Casting Nets Ministries:

  • Prompt replies to your phone calls and email messages.
  • Phone consultation with me prior to your event, so as to better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.
  • Public listing and promotion of your event on my website and through all of my social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it).
  • Dynamic presentations focused on achieving the outcomes you want for your audience.
  • Follow-up communication after the event to make sure I met your expectations.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME

I have been speaking publicly for more than 25 years and have keynoted more than 100 Diocesan events (in English and Spanish) throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Australia. I have also appeared as a guest on EWTN Live and on several nationally syndicated Catholic radio programs. I have spent most of my professional career in pastoral ministry and leadership. For twelve years I served as pastoral associate of an inner-city parish in the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens before relocating to the Archdiocese of St. Louis where I served for six years as Director of Hispanic Ministry and later as founding Director of the Office for the New Evangelization. In 2012, I joined the staff of Catholic Answers, where I served for two years as an apologist and speaker. I am currently the CEO of Casting Nets Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 non profit lay apostolate which conducts dynamic and highly effective missions, retreats, and evangelization trainings for parishes, schools, and Dioceses and develops resources aimed at leading souls to Christ and forming the laity for missionary discipleship.  I have been happily married to my wife, Uki, for thirteen years. We have six beautiful children, three boys and three girls and make our home in the Gateway City and “Rome of the West”, St. Louis, MO.

MY VIDEO CLIPS

MY AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Conference Keynotes
Over the years I have been called to keynote a variety of Catholic Conferences throughout the United States and abroad, including: Men’s Conferences, Eucharistic Congresses, Marian Conferences, Catechetical Conferences, Apologetics Conferences, and Evangelization Conferences.

Apologetics Seminars
As an experienced Catholic Apologist, I have conducted hundreds of seminars over the years on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to the faith. See below for a listing of my apologetics titles.

Evangelization Seminars
As a former Archdiocesan Director of Evangelization, I have extensive experience in assisting parishes with equipping the lay faithful for evangelization. To this end, I have developed a highly successful daylong Evangelization Seminar for parishes, groups, and organizations. See below for a more detailed description, as well as a listing of my individual evangelization titles.

Parish Missions
I have had the great privilege of preaching many parish missions over my lengthy ministerial career am thoroughly convinced of their great spiritual benefits. See below for more information.

MY TALK TITLES

Category: Apologetics

Defending the Faith: Apologetics 101
Do you know how to confidently answer questions about, and counter common objections to, the Catholic faith? In this fascinating introductory seminar, Hector leads the participants through the fundamentals of Catholic Apologetics with an eye towards equipping them to more effectively share, explain and defend the Catholic faith.

Why be Catholic? The Case for Catholicism
Why should we embrace Catholicism when so many in our society hold that “all roads lead to heaven” and “all religions are essentially the same”? In other words, why be Catholic when you could be anything else? In this inspiring and informative seminar, Hector explores the scriptural, historical and practical reasons for being Catholic in an age of religious indifferentism.

Upon this Rock: Peter & the Papacy
In this tour de force seminar, Hector explores the biblical basis for the Papacy while surveying the life of St. Peter (“The Rock”) and the unique role that he would play in salvation history as the Christ’s Vicar and the first Pope of the Catholic Church.

Behold Your Mother: What Catholics Believe about Mary
Catholic devotion to Mary continues to be one of the chief objections raised by most Protestants. This is ironic given the fact that the early Protestant Reformers (beginning with Martin Luther) were likewise devoted to her. Nevertheless, modern Protestantism has chosen to exclude Our Lady from its theology. In this fascinating seminar, Hector responds to many of the common objections and misconceptions about the Virgin Mary and lays out the biblical and historical basis for the Church’s Marian beliefs.

The Biblical Basis for The Communion of Saints
Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints when the Bible clearly teaches that “there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5)? Open your Bibles and follow Hector as he teaches how to convincingly refute this most common objection and establish a biblical case for the communion of saints.

The Case for Confession
Where in the Bible does it say you have to confess your sins to a priest? Why do so when you can go directly to God? These are but a few of the many objections that are raised against the Sacrament of Penance. Join Hector as he explores the biblical basis for this indispensable Sacrament instituted by Christ himself, and administered by His Church from the very dawn of Christianity.

Does the Bible teach Sola Scriptura?
One of the foundational tenets of Protestantism is “Sola Scriptura”, which asserts that the Bible is the sole rule of faith. By endorsing this “tradition of men”, the Reformers rejected the authority of Sacred Tradition and the need for the Church’s Magisterium. But does the Bible in fact teach this? In this informative and enlightening seminar, Hector demonstrates convincingly how unbiblical, illogical, and untenable Sola Scriptura is and how to refute it.

The Biblical Roots of the Mass
As Catholics, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass lies at the very heart of our faith. We are familiar with the many prayers, responses, and gestures. Yet do we know what they all mean and where they come from? In this fascinating seminar, Hector offers participants a guided tour of the Mass and explores the biblical roots of the prayers, gestures, and actions we experience in the Sacred Liturgy with an eye towards discovering their rich meaning. After this seminar, you will never experience the Mass the same way again!

The Biblical Basis for the Seven Sacraments
Catholics are often accused of having invented doctrines and rituals that most Protestants and Fundamentalists consider extra-biblical, traditions of men. The Catholic Mass, Confession, and infant Baptism certainly fall into that category. In this fascinating seminar, Hector explores the biblical basis for the Church’s seven Sacraments of the and their indispensable role in the life of grace.

Last Things First: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell
It has been the constant practice of the Church to recommend to her children the reflection on the Four Last Things – death, judgment, heaven, and hell. The great saints teach us that by frequently meditating on these sobering realities, we will be less likely to fall into mortal sin and suffer eternal damnation. In this eye-opening seminar, Hector presents a comprehensive overview of Catholic eschatology that will inspire you to aim for heaven today by putting the Last Things First.

Category: Prayer / Devotion

The Power of the Holy Rosary
The Holy Rosary has been extolled universally by the great saints and doctors of the Church as one of the most powerful and efficacious forms of prayer. Yet, there are so many Catholics for whom the rosary remains a mystery yet to be discovered. Join Hector as he takes you on a guided tour of the rosary – exploring its history, it’s beauty, it’s meaning, and its power.

The Seven Words of Mary in Scripture
It was Jesus who said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. In other words, if you truly want to know and understand a person’s heart, listen to their words. The Gospels record the Blessed Mother as having only spoken seven brief sayings. These seven sayings are the prism through which we contemplate the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the first and greatest disciple, and the most exalted of all Christians. Join Hector as he explores each of the seven Marian statements and the profound lessons they impart for all disciples of Christ.

The Seven Sorrows & Joys of St. Joseph
St. Joseph is one of the greatest, yet most hidden and mysterious figures in all of Sacred Scripture. The Gospels do not attribute to him one spoken word. Nevertheless, his life of obedience to the Father and devotion to our Lord and our Lady speak volumes. Join Hector as he takes us through a traditional meditation on the seven sorrows and joys of St. Joseph’s life – so that we might confront the joys and sorrows of our own lives as he did.

Category: Male Spirituality

Man Fully Alive: Lessons from Lazarus
Jesus came that we might have life and have it abundantly. Yet, how many men can say that they are truly and fully alive? How many merely exist? How can we enter into the fullness of life and purpose for which God created us? In this inspiring talk, Hector offers a stirring reflection on the power of faith and the need of men for ongoing conversion and renewal, as illustrated by the story of the raising of Lazarus.

The Ultimate Fighter: Overcoming Temptation
Our Catholic faith teaches that life is a spiritual battle, an invisible struggle that involves resisting and overcoming temptation. Scripture assures us: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life” (James 1:12). However, most would readily concede that temptation is anything but easy to overcome. In this insightful talk, Hector explores this important topic by contrasting the two temptation accounts of Adam and Jesus, who, unlike the first Adam emerges victorious as the Ultimate Fighter and shows us how we can do the same.

Biblical Wisdom for Husbands and Fathers
There is no denying that there is a crisis of manhood today that continues to have a devastating impact on marriage and family-life. Even more alarming is the fact that this is true not only among unbelievers, but also among men who profess to be Christians. Join Hector as he unpacks the fifth chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, wherein the Apostle describes God’s vision and plan for marriage and family life that will inspire you to be the godly husband and father God is calling you to be.

The Seven Sorrows & Joys of St. Joseph
St. Joseph is one of the greatest, yet most hidden and mysterious figures in all of Sacred Scripture. The Gospels do not attribute to him one spoken word. Nevertheless, his life of obedience to the Father and devotion to our Lord and our Lady speak volumes. Join Hector as he takes us through a traditional meditation on the seven sorrows and joys of St. Joseph’s life – so that we might confront the joys and sorrows of our own lives as he did.

Category: Evangelization

Evangelization: Our Mission, Motive, Message & Method
The Catholic Church exists in order to evangelize, yet sadly there are a great many Catholics who fail to recognize their sacred duty to live out and share their faith in with others. In this tour de force presentation, Hector effectively outlines a compelling and thoroughly Catholic theology of evangelization that will both challenge and inspire participants to embrace their role as protagonists in the New Evangelization.

The Seven Habits of Highly Evangelistic Catholics
Every Catholic is called to live out and share their faith with others. Yet exactly how should we go about it? The Church holds up the great example of the saints, whose very lives give witness to what it means to be joyful messengers and ambassadors for Christ. Join Hector as he shares the seven common habits of these highly evangelistic Catholics and how we might incorporate them into our daily lives in order to win others for Christ.

The Kerygma Enigma: What is the Good News?
The “Kerygma” is the initial and essential proclamation of the Gospel and the heart of the Good News. As evangelizers we must know the “kerygma” if we are going to effectively communicate it to others. Unfortunately, for many Catholics the kerygma remains an enigma. In this seminar, Hector explores the various elements of the kerygma and it’s meaning with a view towards sharing it with others and bringing them to Christ.

Fishers of Men or Keepers of the Aquarium: Evangelization Beyond the Parish Walls
The Catholic Church is missionary by her very nature and exists in order to evangelize. Yet many studies reveal that most Catholics do not readily evangelize, but rather keep their faith to themselves. Furthermore, most parishes today can be described as being maintenance-centered and not missionary-oriented, focusing most of their attention, resources, and energy on the people who are already there, with little attention directed outward. The question that all Catholics would do well to ask is: Are we fishers of men or keepers of the aquarium? In this dynamic presentation, Hector presents an exciting vision for evangelization that will challenge, inspire, and equip participants to become truly evangelizing Catholics.

PARISH EVANGELIZATION SEMINARS

One of the great challenges that we face in the Church today is the lack of “missionary consciousness” on the part of the faithful. There are many Catholics who are simply unaware of their holy obligation and sacred duty to evangelize. For those that are aware, they are often-times filled with fear and apprehension because they have not been taught how to share the faith with others. In an effort to remedy this, I have developed a highly successful Evangelization Seminar, which I offer to parishes and groups interested in preparing the laity for effective evangelization. If you are interested in revitalizing your parish, ministry group, or association, schedule a seminar today!

PARISH EVANGELIZATION SEMINAR

Our Mission, Motive, Message, & Method

Talk One
Our Mission: What is Evangelization?
In this introductory talk, Hector lays out a comprehensive theology of evangelization that will both challenge and inspire participants to embrace their role as protagonists in the New Evangelization.

Talk Two
Our Motive: Why do we Evangelize?
Drawing heavily from the Scriptures, the Catechism, as well as conciliar and papal documents, Hector examines the reasons and motives given to us by Christ and His Church, which should compel every believer to boldly and joyfully share their faith with others.

Talk Three
Our Message: What is the Good News?
How can we be effective messengers unless we know the message? In this presentation, Hector explores the various elements of the kerygma, which is the vital core message of the Gospel we are called to proclaim.

Talk Four
Our Method: How do we Evangelize?
Moving from theology to praxis, Hector equips the participants with guiding principles and practical techniques for effective, everyday evangelization, including how to evangelize our family members.

Q&A Session
Hector will field the participants questions.

EVANGELIZATION SEMINAR FORMAT:

Evangelization Seminar
I would arrive at the Parish on Friday
– Deliver 1 talk on Friday Evening
– Deliver 3 talks on Saturday and conclude with Q&A Session
Depart on Saturday late Afternoon/Evening

 

PARISH MISSIONS

Parish Missions have been a wonderful part of our Catholic tradition and heritage for centuries. Traditionally celebrated during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent, the Parish Mission seeks to provide the faithful with an opportunity for spiritual renewal and rededication. During these Missions the Good News of Jesus Christ is proclaimed and the faithful are called to experience God’s mercy through repentance and reconciliation. They are invited to deepen their relationship with the Lord and to live out their baptismal vocation in the world with joy and holy boldness. I have had the great privilege of preaching many parish missions over my lengthy ministerial career and am thoroughly convinced of their great spiritual benefits. Parish Missions are occasions of special grace for a parish community. They bring much needed healing and spiritual refreshment to the faithful, while at the same time challenging them to live out the demands of the Gospel. I encourage you to consider scheduling a Mission for your Parish today!

Each of my Parish Missions is centered on the traditional proclamation of the apostolic kerygma, which leads to an invitation to repentance, conversion, and discipleship. I typically structure my missions around the following three themes:

Talk 1: “The Call to Conversion”
Talk 2: “The Call to Holiness”
Talk 3: “The Call to Mission”

Please note that these Mission themes can be tailored to the specific needs of the individual parish. I want to make sure that every Mission addresses the particular pastoral needs of the parish community that I am addressing and that the goals expressed by the sponsoring parish are met.

PARISH MISSION FORMAT OPTIONS:

Below is an breakdown of the various Mission formats available. My personal preference (and the one that is most cost effective for Parishes) is Option 1 (or 2 if Bilingual). To receive a complete list of pricing options, click on the Check my Availability button at the bottom of the page to submit a request. Once I receive the request, my scheduler will contact you within 48 hours to answer whatever questions you may have and to initiate the booking process.

Option 1: Parish Mission Weekend Special (Most Popular!)
I would arrive at the Parish on Friday
– Deliver 1 talk on Friday Evening
– Deliver 3 talks on Saturday
Depart on Saturday Afternoon/Evening

Option 2: Parish Mission Weekend Special (Bilingual)
I would arrive at the Parish on Friday
– Deliver 2 talks on Friday Evening: for example 7:00pm English 8:00pm Spanish
– Deliver 4 talks on Saturday: for example First two in English (AM), Second two in Spanish (PM)
Depart on Saturday Afternoon/Evening

Option 3: Three Night Parish Mission
I would arrive on Sunday
– Deliver 1 talk on Sunday evening
– Deliver 1 talk on Monday evening
– Deliver 1 talk on Tuesday evening
Return on Wednesday morning

Option 4: Three Night Parish Mission (Bilingual)
I would arrive on Sunday
– Deliver 2 talks on Sunday evening – 7:00pm English, 8:00pm Spanish
– Deliver 2 talks on Monday evening – 7:00pm English, 8:00pm Spanish
– Deliver 2 talks on Tuesday evening – 7:00pm English, 8:00pm Spanish
Return on Wednesday morning

Option 5: Traditional Parish Mission
I would arrive on Saturday and would:
– Speak at Saturday Vigil Mass in order to promote the Parish Mission
– Speak at all Sunday Masses in order to promote the Parish Mission
– Deliver 1 talk on Sunday evening
– Deliver 1 talk on Monday evening
– Deliver 1 talk on Tuesday evening
Return on Wednesday morning

Option 6: Traditional Parish Mission (Bilingual)
I would arrive on Saturday and would:
– Speak at Saturday Vigil Mass in order to promote the Parish Mission
– Speak at all Sunday Masses in order to promote the Parish Mission
– Deliver 2 talks on Sunday (PM) – 7:00pm English, 8:00pm Spanish
– Deliver 2 talks on Monday evening – 7:00pm English, 8:00pm Spanish
– Deliver 2 talk on Tuesday evening – 7:00pm English, 8:00pm Spanish
Return on Wednesday morning

NEXT STEPS

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Thank you for expressing interest in my work. If given the opportunity, I look forward to helping you make your event a phenomenal success for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls!

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