Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace." She works as the National WINE Steward managing WINE's Virtual Vineyard. Allison consults with the Diocese of Fall River and CatholicMom.com. Her new book, "Encountering Signs of Faith: My Unexpected Journey with Sacramentals, the Saints, and the Abundant Grace of God," arrives Fall, 2022 (Ave Maria Press). Reconciled To You
Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her book, Small Mercies is about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Alyssa Bormes is an educator, author, speaker, and retreat leader. She currently teaches at the Chesterton Academy in Edina, Minnesota, writes for the Catholic Spirit, and the W.I.N.E blog, is the host of a weekly show,“Christian Witnesses in the Church,” on Radio Maria US, and is the author of The Catechism of Hockey. You can find her at alyssabormes.com.
Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, living in Minnesota. She spends her days running errands, helping with homework, and keeping up with laundry and the family schedule. Sarah loves her faith, coffee, and good books. You can find out more about her at sarahdamm.com.
Sarah Christmyer connects Catholics to Christ through Scripture with her writing, teaching, and speaking. Her latest book is Becoming Women of the Word (Ave Maria Press). She teaches Scripture to seminarians and is co-developer and founding editor of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program. Follow her blog at ComeIntotheWord.com.
Karen Sheehy is a devout Catholic, wife, mother, motivational speaker, author and certified spiritual director. She obtained her Masters in Theology from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Karen’s ultimate goal and calling is to guide others towards a deeper relationship with Christ, the ultimate source of true healing, happiness, joy and peace.
Lucy Johnson lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband, Jeff. She has 7 children and 12 grandchildren. She is a pharmacist at Children’s Hospital and past president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. (ACCW 2013-2015). Her love of travel has taken her to 5 continents including Africa and Australia. A “Martha” working on her “Mary”, she walked the Camino in 2018.
Kate Anderson is a young Catholic with an old soul, serving the Vineyard as a WINE specialist. She spends her days overseeing communications for a vibrant parish in the Twin Cities. Beautiful liturgies, cinnamon tea, being an auntie, and all the St. Teresa's are a few of her favorites.
Melanie Rigney finds that offering up her fears while saying the rosary is an effective weapon against God-dodges. Her latest book is Menopause Moments: A Journal for Nourishing Your Mind, Body and Spirit in Midlife (Twenty-third Publications). Check her out at RejoiceBeGlad.com
Emily Cavins is an author and holds an MA Degree in Near Eastern Archaeology and Biblical History. She has participated in several excavations in Israel. She is a tour leader of annual pilgrimages to Israel and other Bible-related destinations with husband Jeff Cavins.
Sharon Wilson a Wife, Mother, Writer, Catholic Speaker, and a WINE Specialist. Sharon has a degree in education and has worked as a freelance writer, Respect Life Coordinator, a teacher, in advertising, radio, buyer and in youth advocacy. Sharon speaks, writes and shares about God’s healing and about the great gift of being Catholic at SharonAgnesWilson.com
Maria Morera Johnson is the author of Our Lady of Charity, Super Girls and Halos, and My Badass Book of Saints (Ave Maria Press). She also contributed to Gaze Upon Jesus. Johnson is a native of Cuba. She and her husband, John, have three grown children and live in the Mobile, Alabama, area.
Hilary Scheppers is a religious poet and writer from Minnesota. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in Humanities/Theology from Loyola Marymount University. Her poetry and nonfiction appear or are forthcoming in Parabola, Apofenie, Breadcrumbs, and elsewhere. Her favorite bird is either the mourning dove or the oropendola. Twitter: @hiloschpprs
Angie Koenig is head over heels in love with Jesus and she blogs about her love story with Him at www.spirituallyspokenfor.com. She’s a Midwestern girl who recently headed East in an effort to fully trust God and His masterful plan for her life.
Sharon K. Perkins is wife to Mike, mother of three adults, and a recent grandma. A 30-year veteran of Catholic parish and diocesan catechesis, nationally published columnist on real-life spirituality, speaker, and retreat leader. Sharon is the former Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Austin, Texas, and a doctoral candidate in theology.
Lynda is a blogger and author of one book (so far!) who loves Jesus! A graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology with a Master of Theological Studies, Lynda’s fondest desire is to glorify God and to advance His Kingdom!
Her reflections on faith can be found at www.drowning-in-lemonade.com
Lynne Keating is an author and teaches the Bible to CCD students at Saint John the Beloved Parish in Wilmington, Delaware. Convinced that this is one of the most exciting and important times in salvation history, her writing encourages all people to recognize and rejoice in God’s self-offering love, revealed more and more through the actions of His people. Fellowshipofthelamb.com
Stephanie Landsem is a wife, mother, lifelong Catholic, and author of authentic biblical fiction. The Living Water series (The Well, The Thief, and The Tomb, A Novel of Martha) published by Simon & Schuster, is based on encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John. Stephanie contributed her biblical fiction to WINE originals Walk In Her Sandals and Gaze Upon Jesus.
Anni Harry is a proud Army wife and mom. She currently works as the Catholic Religious Education Coordinator her family’s military chapel. She can be found on social media at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life on FB, @beautifulcamouflagedmess on IG, and @BeautifulCamoMe on Twitter. She also writes for her own blog, in addition to other Catholic women outlets.
Marge Fenelon is an author and journalist, speaker, and Catholic radio and TV personality. She’s the author of My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena (A Marian Pilgrimage Across America), Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace, and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena (Guided Reflections from the Holy Land). Her podcast, Simply Holy (BreadboxMedia.com).
Lori Ubowski is a Catholic musician, speaker, and author. She is part of the duo, Out of Darkness, leading worship with her husband, Adam. She recently co-authored Side By Side: A Catholic Mother-Daughter Journal (Ave Maria Press) with her daughter, Ava, and is a contributing writer in Our Friend Faustina (Marian Press).
Deborah Kendrick came into the Catholic Church in 2011 through her interaction with Catholics in ecumenical meetings throughout Europe, where she was a conference speaker and led retreats for twenty years. Deborah’s heart is to see people know and receive the love God has for them which encompasses a New Pentecost for the new evangelization. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Joelle Maryn is a Catholic Speaker, Evangelist, and Actress. In 2012, she had major reversion back to the faith and now spreads a message of God’s healing love that has radiated hope and purpose in life to many around the world. Learn more at JoelleMaryn.com.
Jill Mraz is a Catholic mother to one wonderful daughter. Residing in Minnesota they enjoy summer road trips to either coast, marveling at the stunning beauty of God’s natural world. Jill writes poems and essays which reflect upon motherhood and her beloved Catholic faith.
Donna Luna-Hernandez is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves to spend time with family and friends. After years in the Cursillo and ACTS movements, she began a Women’s Organization at her parish. She is currently the WTx WINE Specialist in the Midland, Texas area. She loves hosting Book Clubs and planning WINE events.
Lindsay Schlegel is a daughter of God who seeks to encourage, inspire, and lift others up to be all they were created to be. Lindsay is a writer, editor, speaker, author, and podcast host. She lives in New Jersey with her family and would love to connect at lindsayschlegel.com.
Reagan Franklin is a wife, mother, Language Arts teacher, and a humble servant of the Lord- working in various ministries in our parish and diocese. Reagan is also an extraordinary woman of WINE. She has an inspiring faith, an exuberance that is contagious, and we are grateful for her willingness to share those gifts with us.
Andrea Gibbs is a wife and homeschooling mother to five kids. Her family leads student and adult Mission Trips to Guatemala. She previously worked as a curriculum coordinator and teacher in Early Childhood Education, a high school Youth minister and speaker to Catholic Teens. She has a deep affection for strong coffee, 19th century British literature, dark chocolate and all things Latin America
Sara Kohl finds peace and joy in the mundane, such as morning runs, Monday night football, and using all the groceries in the refrigerator. A lover of photography and letter writing, Sara strives to live fully through imitating the virtues of the Blessed Mother in each relationship and in every task; as we said, she’s striving!
Dr. Pamela Patnode is a wife, mother of five children, and a Benedictine Oblate. Patnode serves as Director for the Catholic School Leadership graduate certificate program at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. In addition, she has authored five books, is an international speaker and serves as a consultant to the USCCB.
Rhonda Zweber is a Catholic wife, mother of three daughters (two are married), and a proud grandma of Lucy! Rhonda’s mission in life since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 has been to bring others to Christ. Rhonda enjoys speaking to groups and sharing how her relationship with Jesus has grown and has sustained her throughout her journey. Reading Between the Signs is Rhonda’s second book. Her first book, Mommy’s Hats, explains her first year of cancer treatment through the eyes of her youngest daughter when she was just 5 years old. Rhonda has created her own blog: relaxinHislove.com.
Kara Johnson lives in Idaho, is a Catholic convert, wife, and homeschooling mom of three. She is the co-founder of www.catholicmomsocial.com, www.madeforgreatness.co, and loves to encourage and coach Catholic women to fully embrace their beauty, vocation, and unique call to sanctity!
Melanie Baker Trimarco published her first book in 2020, And I Love You So, honoring her late husband, Mark. She lives in the New Orleans area and is Senior Human Resource Manager for Panera Bread. Melanie is involved with Beginning Experience, a ministry to help those grieving loss of a loved one.
Sherry Kennedy-Brownrigg is a 1992 convert to Catholicism and devoted to her faith. She runs a classical music radio station in Omaha, NE and is a certified appreciative coach. Sherry and Steve, her husband of 28 years, dote on their many nieces and nephews and golden retriever Gilly.
Caralyn is the writer and speaker behind the blog, BeautyBeyondBones. She’s a twenty-something actress and writer in New York City. Having battled a severe case of anorexia and Ulcerative Colitis, she now uses her story of total restoration to positively impact others, and offer Christ’s hope and encouragement for those with eating disorders, and other forms of adversity.
Sonja Corbitt is the Bible Study Evangelista. Her Scripture study resources are created with you in mind—bites of spinach that taste like cake—to help you create a space in your busy heart and schedule for God to love and lift you all the way up into His great lap. What’s an evangelista? Find out here.
Julie Kenney is an elementary school principal with 20 years experience under her belt as a reading teacher and administrator in rural, urban, and Catholic school settings. Her hope is that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the sharing of her thoughts, struggles, and triumphs can be an encouragement to others to seek Jesus in times of need.
Dr. Carol Younger is a Senior Fellow (St. Paul Center), Advisory Board Member (Great Adventure Bible Studies), author (Study Guides, St. Joseph Communications) (Retreat Companion for 33 Days to Morning Glory, Marian Press). Career leader in K—12 public/private education, adjunct graduate professor at Catholic and Christian universities. Leader in parish RCIA, Catechetics, Bible Studies.
Susan Klemond is a Minnesota writer who loves delving into faith, Church, vocations, family and life issues for articles she writes in Catholic publications. She especially enjoys interviewing inspiring people of all backgrounds for her stories. When she’s not writing she’s usually cooking, reading or gardening.
Kathleen Billings is a mother of five blessings and three souls in Heaven. Together with her husband, Troy, directs BAM – Building Amazing Marriages. Her blog seasonsoftheheartandhome.com shares living her faith as a wife and mother amidst the ordinary moments that God wants to make extraordinary. A contributing author to the book “Amazing Grace for Mothers.”
Dianne Davis serves as the Director of Mission Expansion for ChristLife, a Catholic ministry of evangelization and she longs to see revival in the Church. She is a conference speaker, teacher, and co-author of Share Christ. She is also available to speak at parish missions. Follow Dianne on Twitter @diannedavisNY
Amber Cerveny works in faith and ministry promotion for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. She realizes that after this article comes out, she can no longer lie about her age, she is 40 and still figuring a lot of things out.
Roxane B. Salonen, a wife and mother of five from Fargo, N.D., is an award-winning children’s author and writer who also enjoys Catholic radio hosting and speaking. Roxane co-authored former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Trevino’s memoir, Redeemed by Grace. “Peace Garden Passage” at her website, roxanesalonen.com. Find her on Twitter @peacegardenama
Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of seven children and two in heaven, Mary is wife to David and a lifelong New Yorker. She has homeschooled her children for 21 years using Seton and an enormous amount of books. She is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and blogs at Tales from the Bonny Blue House
Michelle Jones Schroeder is a cradle Catholic raised in New Orleans and residing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She and her husband of twenty-one years have two children. Michelle is the author of the Handy Little Guide series with Our Sunday Visitor. After staying home with her young kids, her poor culinary skills led her to invent a kitchen product.
Annie Karto is a Catholic award-winning singer/songwriter and evangelist. She has written songs for Mother Angelica, Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, and a song to honor priests which is played regularly on EWTN. www.AnnieKarto.com Sr. Briege McKenna writes, “Annie’s music touches the deepest part of our souls"
Sherry Antonetti is a Catholic wife/mother and teacher. You can find her work at the Catholic Standard and National Catholic Register. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Author of The Book of Helen, freelancer and blogger at www.patheos.com/blogs/chocolateforyourbrain
Alanna Burg has a Masters in Theology from Augustine Institute, a certified Metanoia Catholic Mindset Coach specializing in resilience training for Parish staff. Co-hosts the podcast Liturgy Live with Fr Ian VanHeusen. She's currently integrating her family into civilian life in Boise after her husband retired from the Air Force.
Barbara Heil is a convert and continues in ministry, along with her husband Jeff, sharing the Gospel. They reside in Iowa and together have 8 children and 10 grandchildren. You can learn more about Barbara at FromHisHeart.com
LeAnn Thieman is a motivational Hall of Fame Speaker and the co-author of Chicken Soup Soul: Living Catholic Faith and the 4 books series by Sophia Institute Press, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Everyday Catholicism, plus she is a contributor to Called By Name, a great daily devotional for your quiet time. LeAnn@LeAnnThieman.com
Katie Taylor is passionate about helping you reach new heights through living awesome lives, building young adult communities, and developing faithful family cultures. She is a mom of three, an Air Force veteran, and holds a Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling. Learn more at Catholic-Link Org YouTube and totheheightsministry.com.
Debby Giusti is a USA TODAY and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY bestselling author of Christian suspense with more than a million books in print. A committed Catholic, Army wife, and mother of three, Debby shares the love of Christ, one story at a time. www.DebbyGiusti.com and www.facebook.com/debby.giusti.9