About Us

“The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women impregnated with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling.”

Women of Grace® is a Catholic apostolate which began in 2003 as an outreach of Living His Life Abundantly®, Inc, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. The mission of Women of Grace® is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity through ongoing spiritual formation. Exploring all aspects of the “feminine genius,” Women of Grace® promotes the dignity of woman, the gift of true womanhood, woman’s fundamental call and mission in the world, and presents the Blessed Virgin Mary as the exemplar of all women.

Women of Grace® informs, instructs, and inspires women through its many outreaches including Women of Grace® radio and television programs, the Women of Grace® Study Program, the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women®, life-changing conferences and retreats, and a dynamic new, interactive website. This multi-faceted approach aids Women of Grace® in achieving its mission by encouraging every woman to discover how her feminine nature holds the key to real fulfillment and lasting peace.

About the President & Founder

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Johnnette B Williams, President

Johnnette B Williams is Founder and President of Women of Grace®, a Catholic apostolate for women featuring a number of outreaches including conferences, media, study groups and more. She is also Founder and President of Living His Life Abundantly® International, Inc. a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, in 1981 Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith. Her conversion sparked a new vocation: that is, one of sharing the Gospel message through the utilization of media. She has been an inspiring and consistent presence on Catholic radio (1987) and in Catholic television (1988) ever since.

Johnnette is the Executive Producer of the Women of Grace® television program, a program highlighting contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective which also discusses authentic femininity in the world today. She is also host of Women of Grace® Live, a call-in radio talk show airing five times a week. She is heard nationally on AM/FM stations, Sirius Satellite 160, and internationally via short wave radio.

In addition, Johnnette is a popular conference speaker, published author, retreat director, and seminar presenter. She is the author of several books including:

She also developed the internationally recognized Women of Grace® Foundational Study Series which has transformed thousands of women worldwide through the healing love of Jesus Christ.

On the personal side, Johnnette lost her son Simon in a tragic vehicular accident, just after he returned from Iraq as a decorated soldier. Soon after Simon’s death, she lost her beloved husband of more than thirty three years, Anthony, to terminal brain cancer. Through these tragedies, Johnnette was strengthened by her faith, family, friends and the prayers of the many wonderful supporters of Living His Life Abundantly® and Women of Grace®. Family life is very important to her. She enjoys time with her daughters, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

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Glossary Definition

The true and essential nature God has endowed to woman referred to by Blessed John Paul II as the feminine genius.

Vision of Women of Grace®

Vision of Women of Grace® is a civilization and culture imbued with the spirit of the Gospel renewed, revitalized, and healed through the love of God.

Mission of Women of Grace®

Women of Grace® seeks to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity through ongoing spiritual formation.

Meet the Board

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Mary Jo Anderson, Director

Mary Jo Anderson is a Catholic journalist and speaker whose articles and commentaries on politics, religion and culture appear in a variety of publications.

She is a frequent guest on the Women of GraceĀ® television program. Mary Jo was appointed in 2010 to serve on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops National Advisory Council. Mrs. Anderson is co-author with Robin Bernhoft of Male and Female He Made Them: Questions and Answers about Marriage and Same-Sex Unions, published in 2005 by Catholic Answers.

She and her husband, Frank, live in Orlando, Florida, where they are members of St. James Cathedral Parish and Legatus. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. Mary Jo blogs at Properly Scared.

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Anthony “Tony” Nicolli, Director

Anthony Nicolli was born in Syracuse, NY, and moved to Boca Raton, FL in 1980. Tony graduated from Christian Brothers Academy High School and LeMoyne College, where he earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. His intent was to go to dental school, but God had other plans for him.

Tony became a General Contractor in 1989, and has spent the last 26 years building multi-million dollar homes in Palm Beach County. Tony’s wife, Martha, is a Women of Grace Regional Coordinator. They have two married daughters and have entered the happy world of grandparenting.

Tony is active in the Men’s Ministry at his parish, is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and has served as a Lay Director of the Koinonia Retreat. He is also very active in assisting Martha with Women of Grace activities, and feels called to advance the mission of Women of Grace.

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Dr. Monica Miller, Director

Monica Miller, Ph.D., is a nationally known pro-life leader, having been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976. She is the founder of Citizens for a Pro-life Society and author of several articles published on theological subjects and life-issues. Dr. Miller is an Associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan.

Her work has appeared in This Rock, The National Catholic Register, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The New Oxford Review, Fidelity Magazine, and Crisis Magazine. She is the author of Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church (University of Scranton Press), The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church (Emmaus Road), and The Theology of the Passion of the Christ (Alba House). Dr. Miller has made several appearances on the Eternal Word Television Network’s, Women of Grace, and is the host for Michigan Catholic Radio’s "The Christ and Culture Forum." Dr. Miller is married to Edmund Miller and they have three children: Bernadette, Joseph and Patrick.

Glossary Definition

The true and essential nature God has endowed to woman referred to by Blessed John Paul II as the feminine genius.

Glossary Definition

The essential nature and spirit of woman innately hers by virtue of her potentiality to bear another human person within herself. This genius of woman is characterized by an authentic subjectivity which, according to Blessed John Paul II, is marked by her capacity to see the person in his concrete form (M.D. #18), and respond to him with a sensitivity marked by self-giving. This feminine richness is perfectly portrayed in the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glossary Definition

An outreach of Women of Grace which seeks to identify, educate, develop, and train Catholic women to be active leaders and mentors of the day in accord with their state in life, infusing institutions, organizations and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teachings so as to bring about the culture of life. .

Glossary Definition

The true and essential nature God has endowed to woman referred to by Blessed John Paul II as the feminine genius.