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Welcome to another new speaker, Michael Haldas!

Michael is a very busy man, with many contributions that add to the richness of the Church.  From books, articles, podcasts, DVD’s and CD’s to name a few, he has a wealth of resources to help you get to know him better!  Aside from his speaker page, you can also go directly to Sacramental Living for a complete listing of his work.

Take a look at his speaker page here to find out more!



Rita Madden

Rita is available to speak on: Health and Nutrition, Weight Loss, Chronic Disease Prevention.


Rita MaddenRita Madden (MPH, RD) is an Orthodox Christian who enjoys consulting with people who are eager to manage and prevent chronic diseases and lose weight through a faith-based approach to eating and living. She is a Registered Dietician who finds inspiration in the great role that the Orthodox Christian faith plays in her modern-day health-care profession.

She completed her graduate work in Public Health Nutrition at Loma Linda University in California. She now works in a variety of nutrition-related areas including teaching at the university level, providing over-the-phone and web-based consulting, and regular lecturing on a variety of nutrition and wellness topics. Her lectures focus on bringing balance to the body through natural ways of eating and living. The principles of these lectures are based on wisdom found in the teachings of the early church fathers, saints and spiritual mothers. Rita has compiled guidelines of lifestyle practices that help people eat in an Orthodox Christian-based manner that helps them achieve health-related goals.

Rita is the program director for the company Mediterranean Wellness, a company that focuses on sensible weight management and chronic-disease prevention. Her focus lies in helping people and families form a healthy relationship with food. Specific areas include weight loss, type-2 diabetes prevention, reducing blood pressure, and healthy child nutrition.

Rita and her husband reside in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is thankful for the opportunity to share this ancient wisdom of the church that is alive today to help people live a healthier life. Her lectures include guidance from the church to help with lifestyle changes to attain weight loss and chronic-disease prevention.

Not only does Rita speak, she also holds hands on workshops which are even more beneficial to learning and retaining the knowledge that she shares.


  • I know Rita Madden to be a good speaker, sincere person, and knowledgeable Orthodox Christian, who has helped many fellow Christians through lectures and individual counseling. I encourage all to take advantage of her talents and gifts. Her eating tips will surely help people bring self control in their lives and dedicate themselves to Christ.
    —Bishop +JOHN,  Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Worcester and New England, Editor of The Word

  • Rita Madden is a very knowledgeable and talented speaker. On two occasions she held fund raising lectures that benefited International Orthodox Christian Charities. Ms. Madden was very animated and engaging in her presentations – and the audiences loved her. For our lectures Mrs. Madden integrated the topics of proper nutrition into the context of the teachings of our early Church Fathers and Saints. I thought the content was excellent and original. I highly recommend Ms. Madden.
    —Nicholas E. Terezis, CFA, IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee, Chairman

  • So often today we hear of what foods are good for us, make us healthy, beautiful, model thin all of which are based on outword appearances but how often do we hear of foods that are also healthy and beautiful based on our Christian values and history.

    Rita Maddens program “Food and Faith” is just such a program. Rita reminds us of the history of food and how it relates to our teachings regarding Christ, Lent and Faith. She refers to the Bible and the teachings of Christ and the Apostles regarding food and how we should treat it and use it to strengthen our Christian Faith.

    As a dietician, she also moves the teachings of the Bible to present day customs and how we can incorporate these teachings into our present day life. It is often so difficult to make the right choices, both spiritually and physically in this day and age but her common sense approach to these challenges makes it an easy transition.

    From the history of Koliva to the snack foods of today, she brings it all together and removes the challenge of eating right both physically and spiritually. Her approach is both practical and refreshing and highly recommended for any group interested in improving their eating habits and faith.
    —Kitsa Lipecky, Philoptochos Program Chairman

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