A Woman Who Made the World Better: Remembering Kate O’Beirne

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When Kate O’Beirne died last April, tributes to her that appeared in numerous publications including National Review, set in motion many examinations of conscience. What is the legacy we leave behind as Catholics in the public square? Is it a focus on faith and family, excellence, and being present to everyone who crosses your path? Many cited Kate as a model and inspiration for women, in a particular way, in the world today – especially those who know and love their faith and want to share it naturally and joyfully, attracting others to it.

Join us in celebrating and learning from our dear friend Kate. And pick up a special tribute book produced for the one-year anniversary of her passing.


Rep. Barbara Comstock was re-elected to her second term in November of 2016 to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District (Loudoun County, Clarke County, Frederick County, and parts of Fairfax County and Prince William County as well as the Cities of Winchester, Manassas Park, and Manassas City).  Barbara currently serves on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where she serves as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, the House Administration Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the bicameral Joint Economic Committee.

In 2013, Barbara founded “The Young Women’s Leadership Program” for young women in high school and junior high. The program is designed to inspire the next generation of young women by bringing them together with women leaders in a variety of careers and professions throughout our region. Barbara brought this mentoring program to Capitol Hill and over 800 young women have participated in it.

The Comstocks are members of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in McLean.

Barbara graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and Middlebury College with a B.A. in Political Science.

To read Barbara’s full bio click here.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies the future of conservatism with a particular focus on health care, economic policy, and constitutionalism. He is also a senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics and public policy for 20 years, a columnist for Bloomberg View, and a contributor to CBS News.

A prolific writer, Mr. Ponnuru is the author of “The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life” (Regnery Publishing, 2006) and “The Mystery of Japanese Growth” (AEI Press, 1995).

A frequent contributor to television and radio, Mr. Ponnuru has appeared on “Face the Nation,” CBS News; “Meet the Press Daily,” MSNBC; “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” ABC News; and the “PBS NewsHour” and “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio.

He holds an A.B. in history from Princeton University.

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Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute where she directs the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society, and editor-at-large of National Review.  She is also a nationally syndicated columnist with Andrews McMeel Universal. Lopez has been published by a wide variety of publications including the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesAmericaStars and StripesThe National Catholic Register, and First Things.

She is also a columnist for Our Sunday Visitor’s Newsweekly and on the editorial advisory board of Angelus, where she contributes regularly, and co-author of the book How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice. She is also a contributor to the book Women Who PrayEleven Catholic Women on the Power of Prayer. She was awarded the annual Washington Women in Journalism Award for Outstanding Journalism in the Periodic Press from CQ Roll Call in 2016 for writing about Christian genocide and persecution. Lopez speaks frequently on faith and public life, including on college campuses, as well as radio and television. nA product of New York City Catholic education, she serves on a number of Catholic boards and is a member of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Pro-Life Commission. At the opening Mass of the Year of Faith in Rome in October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI presented her with a message to women throughout the world.