Here are some of the presentations I'd be honored to present to your group or assembly.
- Rejoice and Be Glad! The Beatitudes are beautiful and simple in concept… but so hard to live. Learn what the Catholic women saints—some well known, some you may not have heard of—can teach us today about living Jesus’s challenges set forth in the Sermon on the Mount.
- Your Life with the Saints… and How to Become One. They prayed, they laughed, they cried, they got angry. Some traveled thousands of miles for Christ; others never left their hometowns. Some had deaths only satan could have orchestrated; others died peacefully in their sleep. In other words, our Church’s saints were people very much like we are today! We’ll look at our own gifts and the ways in which we are called to be saints to others.
- Living on a Prayer: How's your prayer life going? Need an infusion of new energy... or introspection? "For me, prayer is a surge of the heart ... a cry of recognition and love, of embracing both trial and joy," Therese of Lisieux wrote. We'll talk about the origins of our Church's formal prayers, and learn more about the lives of those who helped define our styles of prayer. Participants will have the opportunity to experience communal and individual, mental and vocal, form and spontaneous prayers. We'll also talk about making time for prayer and what to do when the well has run dry. Written guides and journals will be provided.
- When They Come Home: Ways to Welcome Returning Catholics. The Church needs the gifts and talents of each of us to help bring the Kingdom of God to this world. In this spirit, parish leaders and adult faith formation and religious education ministers are invited to reach out to the inactive Catholics in their midst. This reaching out means sharing their gifts and talents with those who have drifted away and are now searching for renewed faith and involvement. It also involves helping returning Catholics recognize how their own gifts and talents can build up and complete the parish.
- No Fear in Love, A Time of Contemplation and Healing. We all desire to be loved, and yet we find it so difficult at times to love and be loved by others. Sessions focus on loving others--our families, our neighbors, our immediate community, and the world at large, using Scripture, other teachings and group discussion; loving ourselves, including meditation and journaling time; and accepting God's overpowering
love for all of us, and what he asks in return.
- Melanie's "Feed His Sheep" webinar. This presentation, aimed at helping parish leaders reach out to "away" Catholics, was developed for Paulist Evangelization Ministries. Please take a look at it as a sample of my presentations.
Some Groups I've Addressed
No group is too small or too large! Among those to whom I have spoken are:
- National Council of Catholic Women national conference, Orlando, FL
- Catholic Women’s Conference, San Antonio, TX
- Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women
- Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Fort Mitchell, AL
- St. Peter’s in the Loop Catholic Church, Chicago, IL
- Theology on Tap, Arlington Diocese, Arlington, VA
- Women’s Emmaus Retreat, Blowing Rock, NC
- Bible Study Group, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, McLean, VA
- RCIA, Our Lady of Mercy, Potomac, MD
- Knights of Columbus, St. Francis of Assisi, Lenoir, NC
- Women’s Club, St. Bridge’s Chapel in the Field, Berryville, VA
- Walking with Purpose, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Leesburg, VA
- Walking with Purpose, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Kensington, MD
- Women’s Club, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Barrington, IL
- Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Aurora, IL
- St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Plainfield, IL
- Women of Nativity, Church of the Nativity, Burke, VA
- Council of Catholic Women, St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA
Please visit my media page for samples.