James M. Hahn is the owner and founder of Real Life Rosary. After being away from the Catholic Church for nearly a decade, James returned to the faith after reading Pierced by a Sword in 1998. Since then he has been a Youth Minister at St. John the Evangelist in Logan, OH. and the Director of Religious Education at St. Michael in Worthington, OH. He married Nicole (LeBlanc) in 2000 and they have 8 children and reside in Southeastern Ohio on a farm that they manage with James' parents - Amazing Grasses. He is the author of 5 books and writes daily scripture meditations that helps readers dive more deeply into the daily readings. James is available to speak to your group or parish on a wide variety of topics including:
For Crying Out Loud: How to take your kids to Mass without losing your mind - This humorous and enlightening talk is sure to help parents with the struggles associated with taking children to Mass. Drawing on 18 years experience of taking 8 children to Mass, Jim shares some of the crazy things his children did and how the Lord taught him patience, persistence, and how to have a sense of humor about it all.
The Rosary - The rosary is not just for pious old folks, priests, and nuns. In this talk, James challenges listeners to find their lives within the mysteries of the rosary. With deep meditations and humor James brings the mysteries of the rosary to life and will help you discover the rosary in a way you never thought possible.
Conversion Story - Deep in debt at age 26, addicted to alcohol and a life of hedonistic pleasure, James found himself in the hay loft of his parents barn contemplating ending his life. Through a series of nearly miraculous events, he found his way back to the Catholic Church, cleaned up his life, and spent the next 21 years serving God through various ministries. This moving story of faith, hope, and freedom will give you faith that God does in fact hear and answer prayer.
7 Habits of Holy Catholic Families - This talk, based on his popular blog posts takes Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and brings them to light in a Catholic perspective. He shows how these principles are found in all things Catholic from Sin to Sacraments and Saints to Salvation. Using a humorous style and easy to understand memory devices, this talk is sure to help your families develop the 7 Habits of Holy Catholic Families.
Our First Kiss - This talk is done with James' wife Nicole and tells the unique story of their online courtship, meeting in person, and their very first kiss*. Done with love and humor this talk shows that true love seeks what is best for the other person and that you are worth waiting for. A great presentation for youth and young adult groups. *Spoiler Alert - It was at the altar on their wedding day.
Confession and God's Mercy - In this heart-felt talk, James uses the lives of the saints and personal experience to show that we all need this Sacrament of Mercy and it's nothing to fear. Perfect for Lent.
James is also open to other topics if your parish or group has a specific need. Please contact him to discuss: firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-324-0702
"Jim Hahn speaks from the heart during his presentations. He shares real life experiences and presents topics in a way that can be understood by all." - Jennifer French, Parish Secretary, St. Peter Catholic Church, Chillicothe, OH (2014 Parish Staff Retreat focused on Forming Intentional Disciples in Christ)
"Jim greatly assisted our fathers and mothers to appreciate their uniquely God-given vocation in the lives of their children. It can be a daunting prospect to think of being both devoted to assisting at Holy Mass and parenting children at the same time, he gave great practical tips and examples from his own life to inspire parents to believe that, yes, it is possible!" - Fr. Michael Hinterscheid, Pastor St. Patrick Catholic Church, London, OH (2019 talk For Crying Out Loud: How to take your kids to Mass without losing your mind)
"James Hahn is a devoted husband, father and a very creative, uplifting speaker. James gives an intriguing talk to parents; For Crying Out Loud: How to take your kids to Mass without losing your mind. His talk was very informative and had many great suggestions for families on attending Mass together. James has a positive, lighthearted but sincere spin on taking your young children to Mass!" - Denise Zimmerman, Director of Family Faith Formation St. Patrick Church, London, OH.