Karen Brown has been Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) retreat devotee for 20 years. Karen answered the “call” to become a Women of Grace Facilitator at the 2014 CCRNO Retreat. She recalls, “I desired to do more to share what I had experienced in my life through the Holy Spirit.” Karen’s desire and her heartfelt “yes” has certainly born the fruit of that response. The Women of Grace in attendance at this year’s CCRNO Retreat definitely agree as do all the participants from St. John’s Parish. We are grateful for the faith-filled support and encouragement of Father Robert Cavalier, Pastor of St. John the Baptist’s Parish whose support is indispensable! Read the rest…
In the April of 2014, Johnnette was invited by an eager group of women who wanted to bring the transforming message of authentic femininity to “the Rock” of Gibraltar. Monique Risso graciously gave her “YES” to becoming our local Regional Coordinator. Already she and her team have brought the program to several parishes, leading many women to embrace their mission as Catholic women. They even helped to launch Women of Grace in Spain! Read the rest…
In 1995, I was nearing graduation as a student at the Franciscan University with a degree in theology when I learned about the tragic impact of the radical feminist movement in Beijing, China. My father was a lobbyist at the UN conference on Women in Beijing and I remember sitting on the floor of my dorm room as he told me with great concern about their move to redefine gender. I knew this was wrong, very wrong, and I wanted to find out more about what the Church, in her wisdom, had taught about authentic femininity.
My name is Diana Salsman and when I became the Women of Grace Regional Coordinator for Texas, I was humbled and yet eager to help all women in Texas discern the specific mission entrusted to them by Our Loving Father. As I meet many of the women during their time of learning, as well as at their Going Forth Celebrations, I am edified at the beautiful ways Our Lady and her spouse, the Holy Spirit, guide them. I recently attended a Spanish Women of Grace Going Forth ceremony. I was blessed to be among such beautiful Women of Grace, and witness deep transformations and conversions of faith. I wish to now introduce you to a couple of these women as they share their personal stories of transformation through the Women of Grace study program. Read the rest…
……the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette launched its Women of Grace study program during Lent of 2014. The fruit of the Lenten program and the newly added Advent program has borne an evangelical sisterhood of 175 women. Through this sisterhood, the parish family is reaping the fruits of what these women have received through their “Women of Grace” study experience. Read the rest…
This week we will be celebrating the #WeekofGrace. It is a week to highlight the ways that women of grace are transforming lives around the world. We will feature testimonials that have been submitted on our website and via the radio program. Johnnette will be interviewing several individuals who will share their stories of hope and transformation. Read the rest…
This morning I received the following email request from Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s community, 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…
Friends, we had a beautiful discussion on today’s Women of Grace radio program about embracing our crosses. One of our caller’s shared this prayer by St. Francis De Sales, which I promised to post for you. There is much in it to pray over and I am certain it will deepen our understanding of the mystery of the cross. Read the rest…
I have very exciting news! Peggy Hartshorn, President of Heartbeat International, an affiliation of over 1400 crisis pregnancy centers internationally, will be presenting our Benedicta Leadership Institute this year, July 11th – 12th. She will train all attendees in her highly successful method for communication and leadership called called the L.O.V.E. Approach. The theme of the Institute is “The L.O.V.E. Approach…For Such A Time As This (Esther 4:14).”
Called to transform the world one woman at a time, Women of Grace exercise the charism of authentic femininity through the gift of spiritual motherhood. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as their exemplar, Women of Grace seek to do for the beleaguered Body of Christ in our day what Our Lady did for the infant Church in hers. Empathy, self-donation, compassion, and the faithful witness to truth characterize this apostolate of love, and build a strong dynamic for a profoundly Catholic women’s leadership. The Women of Grace® 2013 Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® will train women in a proven approach that develops these four virtues, and is applicable to all professions, vocations, states in life, and life situations. Women of Grace® Regional Coordinators and Facilitators will find this approach particularly valuable in their interaction with each other and in the work God has entrusted to them with their study group participants.
The L.O.V.E. APPROACH™ Is:
• Completely consistent with Sacred Scripture and Catholic Teaching
• A catalyst for achieving a “civilization of love” according to the vision of Blessed John Paul II
• A jump start for the “New Evangelization”
• Proven efficacious and effective with women via 1400 international crisis pregnancy centers
Attendees will come away with skill development in:
• Listening with empathy and understanding
• Opening options with loving concern and compassion
• Imparting a new vision of life and relationships with values and virtues faithful to God’s desire for us
• Extending hope others by helping them constructing a new plan for their life through goal-setting and strategy development
Margaret “Peggy” Hartshorn, Ph.D., is the developer of The L.O.V.E. Approach which has been used with great success in over 1400 crisis pregnancy centers internationally. Since 1993, Dr. Hartshorn has been president of Heartbeat International, the most expansive network of Christ-centered, life-affirming, pregnancy help ministries in the world, with over 1,400 affiliated pregnancy help centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, adoption agencies, and abortion recovery programs, located in forty-eight countries. She has been a guest on the Women of Grace® Television Program, seen on EWTN and hosted by Johnnette Benkovic, and is one of the guest contributors via video to the new Women of Grace® Study, Feminine Genius…”For Such A Time as This (Esther 4:14)”: Blessed John Paul II and Authentic Femininity.
For information or to register for the Benedicta Leadership Institute or the Women of Grace Retreat, both located in Malvern, PA, please visit our website here or call the Malvern Retreat Center at 1-610-644-0400.
Yours in Christ,