In years of traveling the country and working with hundreds of Catholic women’s Bible studies and faith sharing groups, we saw beautifully talented, incredibly passionate and ridiculously busy women striving to provide an environment that allowed women to know and love Jesus Christ, an environment in which women could learn the truth about their dignity and vocation, an environment that allowed women to live their faith with confidence, with conviction and hope. What we noticed was that many women were doing much of the work themselves, and many were reinventing the wheel—and what woman has time for that?
Through much prayer, WINE: Women In the New Evangelization emerged as the answer for busy women who found themselves on fire to lead other women in the Catholic faith, be that hosting a small group in their house or running a flourishing women’s ministry in their parish.
WINE: Women In the New Evangelization is about empowering women to work within their God-given gifts as women to nurture, heal and build up the body of Christ.
Through much prayer, the women who have come together from around the country to form WINE, came to understand that whereas the Lord said to St. Francis, “Rebuild my Church,” for such a time as this, the Lord is calling to women, asking us to work in the beauty of our natural gifts as women, and is saying to us, “Heal my body.”
We are called to build the kingdom of God by using those special gifts and charisms He has given to us for that exact purpose, and right now, the body of Christ is battered, bruised and broken, and the Lord is asking you to help heal His body. Will you? He is asking you to nurture His body. Will you? He is asking you to build up His body by working in your gifts—gifts given to you for such a time as this!
WINE is a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization. As such it is run and advised by a standing Board of Directors which include:
Kelly Wahlquist -Author, Speaker, Evangelist, Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and Founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization.
Msgr. Jeffery Steenson -American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who currently serves as the first ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, which provides for former Anglicans who have become Roman Catholics.
Lisa Hendey – Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms.
Teresa Tomeo -Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on EWTN.
Dennis Todora – Dennis Todora is a versatile seasoned operating manager, sales leader and consultant with 25 years experience creating top-line and bottom-line results for a private family office, technology and service companies. He has a passion for working with entrepreneurs, consulting with them and turning their ideas into businesses. He is an active volunteer who has served on church, city, and non-profit boards, currently serving on the Board of Directors of The HealthEast Foundation.
Nichole Chang – Nichole Chang is the Coordinator of Jr./Sr. High Faith Formation at St. Vincent De Paul’s, serves as Vice President of the Board for Partnership for Youth which hosts 2 Steubenville North high school Youth Conferences, and has been the Liturgist for Steubenville North for 14 years. She is passionate in sharing her Catholic Faith and has facilitated several apologetics and bible studies for women since graduating from Franciscan University with a BA in Theology and a concentration in Religious Education.
Douglas J Venne Sr – Doug has a passion for evangelization and has been with WINE from the beginning. A seasoned executive in retail and publishing, Doug has held numerous leadership roles. He and his wife of 40+ years, Nancy, had a spiritual awakening through an evangelization event at their parish, inspiring them to become involved in several non-profit organizations. It is a blessing for Doug to use his experience and talents in strategy, operations, and finance to support the growth and maturing of WINE.