In 2010 award winning author and national inspirational speaker Chad Judice began sharing an incredible story of faith, hope, love and the power of prayer about his son Eli. A sixteen week ultrasound revealed that his second child had been diagnosed with a birth defect so severe that 80% of the couples who receive this diagnosis choose to terminate the pregnancy. Chad and Ashley prayed for a miracle. A story that transcends its glaring pro - life message and invites listeners to embrace and unite their personal cross to Jesus Christ and His; to do with them now what He did with His then. Take what the modern world would say is a tragedy and turn it into a triumph. (Colossians 1:24,29)
Chad Judice is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, an award-winning author, and former teacher in the Theology departments of two Catholic High schools in Lafayette, Louisiana for seventeen years.
He is the author of three inspiring pro-life, pro-faith books whose central character is his second son, who was born with spina bifida. The books are Waiting For Eli: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith; Eli's Reach: On the Value of Human Life and the Power of Prayer; and Growing With Eli: Our Journey into Life and Light. Eli's Reach was named the best book by a small publisher in 2013 by the Catholic Press Association.
His articles have been published in the New York Post and The Word Among Us. He’s been a guest on national TV and radio shows, including EWTN’s The World Over Live, Catholic TV’s Seize the Day and Catholic Answers Live.
Chad is a Certified Catechist with certificates in Theology, Apologetics, Philosophy, and Church History from the New St. Thomas Institute, run by Dr. Taylor Marshall and is currently the Director of the Office of Catechetics for the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana. Where he assists Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel in handing on the Deposit of Faith Jesus Christ revealed to the Apostles and provides catechetical resources and oversight to 121 Church parishes and 32 Diocesan schools. In the last 10 years, he has given presentations to more than 100 audiences in 17 states, addressing Man to Man conferences and Respect Life gatherings and leading retreats as well as Lenten and Advent missions.
-Pro-Life / Sanctity of Human Life - Waiting for Eli: A Father's Journey from Fear to Faith - A husband and father chronicles his spiritual journey from fear of one’s personal limitations to self-abandonment to the divine mercy of God’s providence. The story of his spiritual progression, as he prepares for the birth of his son Eli, functions as a profound testimony to the Gospel of Life and to the underlying truth that faith is perfected through trial and suffering. The speaker takes the universal pro-life message of the sanctity of human life and uses it to illustrate how the life of one child can sanctify the lives of the community of believers who witness to the power of prayer.
-Theology of the Body & Natural Family Planning - One year after the birth of a special needs child a father's prayer became a simple one. "Lord, strengthen my marriage." A chance encounter with another man in his daily chapel visit that closely resembled that of the young rich man and Jesus in St. Mark's gospel led to an unexpected turn of events. (Mark 10:17-22). Inspired by Jesus challenge to abandon all obstacles in their path as a couple to be completely unified in their covenant bond this couple discovered the best kept secret in the Catholic Church, Natural Family Planning. A discovery that changed their contractual agreement into a Sacrament.
-Marriage and Family - A husband and father lifts the veil on the secular culture in its attempts to define manhood on some of the most hot button social issues facing Catholics today. Artificial contraceptives, chastity, and the realization of needing a Savior to save us from ourselves. The journey to self knowledge in recognition of human brokenness illustrates the objective truth of the Catholic Faith and how it provides the solution to the longing of our human nature for fulfillment.
-Support of persons with disabilities: Blessings Not Burdens: Eli's Reach - Often in life the weak are used to lead the strong. Special needs children are instruments used by God to make His work in the lives of others visible to them. A father shares the immeasurable impact his son's imperfections have had on teenage and married couples in troubled pregnancies, infertile couples longing for a child, incarcerated prisoners, and an unexpected medical emergency on Easter Weekend 2011 that led to a bona-fide miracle saving Eli's life that could lead to the canonization of a saint in the Catholic Church.
"Mr. Judice spoke recently at our annual South Carolina Catholic Men’s and Women’s Conference. Wow! He was outstanding. His story is a powerful and moving witness of faith and courage. The story was well received and climaxed at the close with a combination of a standing ovation and shedding tears; even by men. Expecting this to be just another pro-life story, I was blown away with how it encompassed a Catechesis of the Catholic faith while leaving attendants with a new found inspiration and conviction to become who God created them to be." - Tom Monahon, South Carolina Catholic Men’s Director, South Carolina State Council Knights of Columbus
"Chad Judice recently spoke at our annual Weekend for Life in Little Rock, Arkansas. His message resonated with everyone in attendance and related in a real-life way the benefit of prayer it's key role in recognizing God’s presence in our individual lives. His witness from beginning to end both grabbed and held the attention of our youthful audience who were noticeably touched and eagerly sought him out afterward for more of what he was offering. I would recommend Chad Judice for any audience. He is energetic, sincere and a dynamic speaker." - Liz Tingquist, Youth and Campus Ministry, Diocese of Little Rock
"Chad Judice is an important speaker to which so many people in many different circumstances can relate. As a parent of a special needs child, he speaks to all Moms and Dads concerning the fears, challenges, and most importantly the rewards of embracing God's will for our lives. As a husband, he speaks to women and men about the beautiful and unique role men have in the marriage and family. And last but not least as a pro-life activist he provides a loving yet compelling case for the cause of life from conception to natural death. Chad has been an engaging and interesting guest on my nationally syndicated radio program and I would highly recommend him for a parish retreat, major conference, or pro-life gathering." - Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author, Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host
Endorsements & Testimonials for Chad's Books:
Waiting for Eli A Father's Journey from Fear to Faith
"In Waiting for Eli, Chad Judice chronicles his spiritual journey from fear of one’s personal limitations to self-abandonment to the divine mercy of God’s providence. The story of his spiritual progression, as he prepares for the birth of his son Eli, functions as a profound testimony to the Gospel of Life and to the underlying truth that faith is perfected through trial and suffering. The author takes the universal pro-life message of the sanctity of human life and uses it to illustrate how the life of one child can sanctify the lives of the community of believers who witness to the power of prayer. It is always a singular grace when God inspires us to be courageous and hopeful through the lives and sacrifices of others who persevere, especially one as young as Eli Judice." - Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Chair of Committee for Pro-Life Activities (2009 - 2012), U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Eli's Reach: On the Value of Human Life and the Power of Prayer
“In today’s increasingly secular society, many people question whether there is any basis for including reference to God in the narratives of our lives. In “Eli’s Reach: On the Value of Human Life and the Power of Prayer”, Chad Judice provides powerful testimony to the reality that Jesus is present to us here and now, in fulfillment of His promise to be with us always. The message of “Eli’s Reach”, following the occurrence of complex medical challenges, is fully accessible to all readers: prayer is indeed powerful and it changes people’s lives for the better. “Eli’s Reach” will make a positive difference in your life, please join me in making this inspirational book a “must read” for you and all whom you hold dear." - Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM, Cap. Archbishop of Boston, Chairman of Committee of Pro-Life Activities (2011 - 2015) U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“Growing with Eli – the third book in the trilogy about Eli’s early years will lift your hearts and minds to see the presence of the Lord in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life. It will help you to recognize each and every person’s life – at all times and in all circumstances – as a gift from God. I highly recommend Growing with Eli and Chad Judice’s previous books to all who would benefit from accessible and moving accounts of the goodness of the Lord present in our lives.” - Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM, Cap. Archbishop of Boston, Chairman of Committee of Pro-Life Activities (2011 - 2015) U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Bishop Douglas Deshotels – Diocese of Lafayette, LA