Rich May …

A former Air Force pilot, Rich May is a retired aerospace engineer by profession. He has a Bachelors of Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a Masters of Arts in theology from the Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio, where he graduated with honors.

With an approbation from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, he has presented programs and retreats in over 40 parishes across the Archdiocese. He is also a national Catholic speaker, appearing at conferences and retreats around the nation. He is also a member of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mariological Society of America, and the Iternational Marian Association.

He has appeared several times on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) for Living the Life Abundantly TV / radio programs, contributed programming on Houston Catholic radio, and has previously had a weekly, live radio program on Radio Maria for 6 years, broadcasting in several states. He still appears as a guest on many shows.

Rich May has 30 years experience teaching catechesis at all levels and has authored several booklets including The Rosary a Prayer For All Christians, and has developed catechetical materials for both students and teachers including Baptism and Confirmation programs at use at parishes both within and outside his home Archdiocese. Recently he has produced a 3 booklet Rosary series to teach Native Americans the Rosary, distributed nationally by The Black & Indian Mission Office in Washington D.C. He’s a keynote speaker at the annual Tekakwitha Conference.

How well can we articulate our Faith? His goal has been to prepare Catholics to respond to the call to discipleship and participate in the “New Evangelization” – to increase our knowledge of the faith while at the same time develop our Catholic identity in both our spirituality and prayer life -- a “back to the basics” approach. Over 10,000 copies of his popular CD on the Eucharist have been distributed nationally by the Mary Foundation.

Programs are designed to be informative and inspirational while in conformance to authentic Church teachings, leaning heavily on the documents of Vatican II and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Helpful handouts, especially for teachers and parents, are often passed out, free, as part of the program.

As an accomplished photographer, his presentations usually include audio-visual as well. Photographs of religious artwork and stain glass windows he has collected are used in his presentations -- some choreographed to music using multi-screen projections. He averages 8000 miles a year driving out of state to present his programs. Fees negotiable.