Remembering Helen Hull Hitchcock, ‘a true daughter of God’

HHHrgb1This week, the EWTN family pays tribute to Helen Hull Hitchcock, a true daughter of God and defender of Catholic faith and family.  She was a pioneer in the renewal of the sacred liturgy and reclaiming women’s authentic role in the Church.

In October of 2003,  I had the great privilege of interviewing her about Pope John Paul II’s then new encyclical Ecclesia Dei, which sought to correct many of the liturgical abuses that were taking place at that time.  You can watch our interview here. Read the rest…

Mary Visits Her Children: Our Lady of Fatima

Nine-year-old Lucia dos Santos looked into the angry face of her mother and wondered if this was what the Beautiful Lady meant when she said Lucia would suffer. Little Lucia had never experienced such fury from her mother, nor had her mother ever called her a liar before. Indeed, her heart was deeply saddened. Yet a warm glow filled her whenever she thought about the Lady from Heaven who had visited her and her younger cousins, Jacinta and Francisco.

ChildrensofFatimaThe three children had been tending their sheep the day before in the Cova da Iria, a portion of the land owned by Antonio dos Santos, Lucia’s father. Suddenly, something like lightning flashed in the blue sky and frightened them. The children ran for cover. Another flash, very close, and they ran again. When they stopped, there on top of a small evergreen tree was a large ball of light engulfing a beautiful woman, “a Lady of all white, more brilliant than the sun dispensing light…” Read the rest…

Highlights from the Catholic Radio Conference

Being a part of Catholic Radio is a gift I could have never have imagined.  It is the fulfillment of a call that God placed on my heart many years ago.

headerOne of the highlights of my year is attending the Catholic Radio Conference, sponsored by EWTN and the Catholic Radio Association, and held each year in Birmingham, Alabama.  It is a beautiful time of fellowship with the men and women who have also been called to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through the airways. Read the rest…

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. Dies at Age 81

rev-benedict-groeschelWomen of Grace has been praying for the healing of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., the co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and former host to EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime, died on Oct. 3, the vigil of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi, at age 81.

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Prayers for Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Dear Friends,

This morning I received the following email request from Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s frgroeschelcommunity, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.  They have asked for special prayers, through the intercession of Venerable Solanus Casey, for his recovery and healing.  I hope that you will join me in praying.

Yours in Christ,
Johnnette Read the rest…

Wonder of Wonders…Women of Wonder!

Last weekend I had the great pleasure of being the keynote speaker at the Women of Wonder Conference in Cary, NC.  There were 300 plus women in attendance from across the country and it was truly a grace-filled time in the Lord!

During the conference, I was interviewed by Billy Atwell of the Diocese of Raleigh.  We discussed one of my absolute favorite topics, authentic femininity, and how God is using women to transform the world.

Thank you to the women of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and all who made this event a huge success. Here are some pictures that were shared with us by the local team.

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Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers on Women of Grace Live Friday at 11 AM

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Are you a fan of Jesus, but not a follower?
Do you hold anything back from Jesus?
Do you find Mass boring and you try going, but it’s still boring to you?
Do you like vampires or zombies or do you know a young person who does?

If you answered yes to one of these, oh boy do you need to listen to this show. Johnnette Benkovic invites Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers to talk about the impending meaning of new evangelization. Deacon Harold is the founder and director of Dynamic Deacon and a preacher on the go. Together, they share pearls of wisdom for us to get to know who Jesus really is. Going back to the Bible means finding your true masculinity and femininity and when you find who you really are, you can be all God is calling you to be. God’s grace is infinite for you. This show catches on fire so listen now and be inspired, affirmed and encouraged. It’s all here on EWTN Radio’s Women of Grace, Friday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.   Read the rest…

New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

180382430Traditionally, the beginning of the New Year is a time for resolutions.

However, fewer and fewer people are engaging in this age-old custom. Perhaps most feel the effort is useless. How many resolutions have we made throughout our lives only to find we break them within the first few weeks of their institution? Indeed, Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said that “Resolutions, like the good, die young.” Read the rest…