Mary DeTurris Poust

“Engaging and entertaining through her story-telling, every fiber of Mary’s being exudes the joy of the Gospel!”

“A social media guru who understands the subtleties and nuances of communication, both digital and in person…In short, she gets it.”

(See Mary’s Testimonial Page for more reviews.)

As Seen on CNN

Mary DeTurris Poust is a nationally recognized public speaker, retreat leader, blogger, and author of six books on Catholicism and spirituality and four books of spiritual reflections for Liturgical Press. She recently returned from leading a pilgrimage to Italy, and has addressed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the subject of social media. Whether she is speaking in a university setting, a parish, a women’s conference, retreat or other gathering, Mary will tailor her presentation to the specific needs of your audience.

Mary, who is Director of Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and has been featured on CNN, is frequently heard on Catholic radio, including multiple appearances on A Conversation with Cardinal Dolan and Busted Halo on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM and Morning Air on Relevant Radio. She is the former co-host of Guided by Grace, a television program on Telecare in the New York metropolitan area.

Book her for your event today by emailing her.

Retreat/Speaking Topics

mdp podiumMary has spoken or given retreats on all of these topics, and will craft her presentation to your specific group. If you desire a different topic, she will work with you to suit your needs.

Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved: Learning to See Ourselves Through God’s Eyes


So often we imagine that in order to be loved we must become better, different, perfect. But what if the things we think need to be “fixed” in order to make us more lovable – flaws and weaknesses, mistakes and sins – are the very things that make us beautiful in our own way? As Mary explored in a well-received article on the subject in the National Catholic Reporter, can we learn to see our brokenness as a beauty mark instead of a scar? During this retreat or presentation, she will help participants learn to remove the filters that color our vision and see ourselves as God does — wonderfully made, imperfections and all. (This presentation is geared for adults but can also be adapted to high school-age groups.)

Cravings: Bringing Sanity and Serenity to Your Relationship With Food

Based on Mary’s recent book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, Mary explores the relationship between food issues (or other issues, such as work, alcohol, sex), and how it often serves as a substitute for what we are really missing in our lives — a closer relationship with the God who made us and loves us just as we are. Mary spoke on this topic on CNN in 2013. (This presentation also may be adapted to high-school aged groups.)

Discovering the Divine in the Everyday

In our non-stop, fast-paced lives, how do we make the time for prayer and a deeper relationship with God? Based on Mary’s recent book, Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality, Mary shares the various ways we can make spirituality and prayer a part of our daily lives while still managing to get the laundry done, get the kids to school and get our work completed. The good news is there is something for everyone in Mary’s advice on how to deepen your relationship with God.

Other Topics

  • Stillpoint: Creating Calm amid Life’s Chaos
  • Stealth Evangelization: How to Subtly – and Successfully – Use Social Media to Spread the Good News
  • Lost Generation: Reaching Out to Adult Catholics Disconnected from the Faith
  • The Three Pillars of Lent for Everyday Catholics (Perfect for intergenerational parish sessions)
  • You Can’t Fail Lent: Learning to see these 40 days as a journey, not a test
  • Finding Joy in the Waiting: An Advent Journey of Hope
  • How to Pray (Great for teens and adults alike)
  • How a Busy Woman Prays
  • Nurturing Spiritual Friendships in a Facebook World
  • Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Deal with Death and Loss
  • Thomas Merton as Companion on the Spiritual Journey

dolanBook Mary Today for Your Event

Mary will work with your budget to make your organizational, diocesan or parish event or retreat a moment of grace for all participants. See her testimonial page HERE.

Email her today at  or call (518) 439-7805. You can also contact her through her blog, Not Strictly Spiritual.