The Fourth Annual 2009 Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast is a landmark event for the Catholic community in the diocese of Orange. The prayer breakfast is a tribute to the Catholic faith and to those who follow its teachings and participate in its life of prayer. We hope other regions throughout the United States will follow our lead by sponsoring and coordinating events such as this for Catholics to come together to celebrate their faith.
Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, on July 12, 1973. Over the past ten years more than three million people in fifty countries have attended his talks, seminars, and retreats. Against the backdrop of his travel to fifty countries, millions more have been touched by his writings and appearances on radio and television programs.
In the wake of devoting the past decade of his life to his international speaking schedule, Kelly has also gained acclaim as an author. His most recent books include: The Rhythm of Life, The Book of Courage, Rediscovering Catholicism, The Shepherd, A Call to Joy, and Mustard Seeds. Collectively his titles have been published in over a dozen languages and have sold more than one million copies.
Both as a speaker and as an author, Kelly possesses a powerful ability to combine the ageless tool of storytelling with a profound understanding of today's culture and the common yearnings of the human heart. As a result he captures our imaginations and helps us to see the challenges and opportunities of our everyday lives in a new light. With a keen sense of humor and heartwarming charm, Kelly seems to effortlessly elevate and energize people to pursue the highest values of the human spirit and become "the-best-version-of-themselves."
From amidst a culture preoccupied with speed, noise, and activity, has emerged a man with a unique vision of life and a tireless passion for sharing that vision. Dynamic, and extraordinarily engaging, Matthew Kelly comes to the aid of a generation searching for some meaning in life deeper than the pursuit of pleasure and possessions. He clarifies the hazy path of right-living in our world of compromised values with a message that is too clear to be confusing and too persuasive to be ignored - "Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do, or what you have."
Matthew Kelly's message is both timely and timeless. His example is authentic and inspiring. His passion for life is refreshing and challenging. It is certain that he will continue to be, with increasing influence, one of the most sought-after and endearing spiritual voices of our time.