We are thrilled to have such outstanding speakers and performers at OneLife LA! In addition to a fantastic program, we will be featuring live music, community partner booths, activities for children and families, and so much more! Read more about our talented line-up below. For more information, visit our blog.
Presenters & Speakers
Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in a small village in Rwanda. She enjoyed a peaceful childhood before her country fell into tribal war and genocide. She survived in hiding, emerging after months to find her family murdered along with many friends and neighbors. In hiding she had learned the power of prayer, and eventually she was able to forgive her family’s murderers. Immaculée’s first book, Left to Tell, became a New York Times Best Seller translated into 17 languages and selling over two million copies. She has written six more books and is the subject of a major film slated for release in 2018.
Karyme Lozano, with a fan base of over 100 million, is one of the most prominent international TV stars. She is the only actor in history to simultaneously play lead roles in two prime-time telenovelas on Univision. Karyme has been listed three times among People in Español’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” She co-starred in the epic movie For Greater Glory. She is an active advocate for life and a founding board member of the Vida Initiative, which identifies and educates Latino leaders in the pro-life movement. Karyme wrote, produced and directed The True Meaning of Love, about a dying woman reflecting on a long-ago choice and its consequences.
Chris Stefanick is an author and speaker whom Archbishop Charles Chaput calls “one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” His live seminars reach more than 85,000 people per year. His videos and radio spots reach more than a million people each month. He is the author of Chosen, a Confirmation program used by almost 100,000 teens per week. One parish in Florida recently testified: “After starting Chosen, we have moved from losing 90% of our kids after Confirmation, to keeping 90%!” Chris is founder of Real Life Catholic, a Denver-based nonprofit. He is a husband and father of six.
Kirk Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States to be exonerated from death row by DNA testing. Sentenced to death for murder in 1985, Kirk lobbied successfully in 1992 for “DNA fingerprinting” to be used on evidence collected at the crime scene. The tests incontrovertibly established Kirk’s innocence, and he was released from prison. In 1994 Maryland’s governor granted Kirk a full pardon, and he receive compensation. Kirk now works with Witness to Innocence, an organization that empowers death-row exonerees to speak up for an end to the death penalty. He is the subject of a book and a documentary, both titled Bloodsworth.
Christopher Duffley weighed only one pound, twelve ounces at birth. He was born blind and he lives with autism. Now fifteen years old, he is a gifted musician and speaker. He has sung the national anthem for the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park, and his videos have reached tens of millions. He performed, with his sister Grace, for Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to the United States, and he entertained pilgrims in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. Christopher released his first CD, “Eyes of My Heart,” in 2013. He has since released a second CD, “Believer,” and he hosts a podcast, “Mission Possible.”