Friends in Faith: Joan Sheppard

by Melanie on July 1, 2017

in Catholicism, Friends in Faith, Friendship, Newsletter, Nonfiction, Spirituality

Mary’s fiat, her yes to God’s request that she serve as the earthly mother of his Son, inspires and challenges us all. But God’s requests for us to be open to His plan continue today, and one of the most spiritually obedient, confident people I know is Joan Sheppard.

For more than a decade, Joan’s been working for parishes in my diocese. She’s now director of faith formation at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and not long ago received a master in science in church management from Villanova.

When God invited Joan into parish service, she had a successful, long-term career going in contracts and finance with a federal government contractor. Her surrender to the Lord inspires me as I contemplate some nudges at my own soul.

Which of your friends inspires you?

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Mary Lou McGonigle July 1, 2017 at 10:51 am

You inspire me Melanie. I remember meeting you on your Cursillo Weekend and thinking….”this woman has so much energy and magnetism and will be a great leader.” So true…still is. I pray for your discernment and for just the right nudge from the Holy Spirit. Thank you for being There.

Melanie July 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

Humbled, Mary Lou… you are an inspiration more than you know!!! Thank you.

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