Isabelle Liberatore has been a member of the Women of Grace team for nearly a decade. Her professional career began in the Information Technology industry but after returning to her Catholic faith, she had a deep hunger to work for the Lord. A friend persuaded her to become a volunteer at Living His Life Abundantly, now called Women of Grace. She is currently the Director of Administration and Development and works with volunteers, staff and donors to support the organization’s mission to “transform the world one woman at a time.”
Isabelle and her husband of 14 years are both cancer survivors and they have many spiritual children through their work and ministry.
Theme:The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY. The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday. We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace:I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord! Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.
Reflection: “Mother of mercy and of hope obtain for the men and women of the third millennium the precious gift of peace; peace in hearts and families, in communities and among peoples; peace above all for those Nations where people fight and die every day.
Obtain that every human being of every race and culture may encounter and accept Jesus, who came down to earth in the mystery of Christmas to give ‘His’ peace to us.
O Mary, Queen of Peace, give us Christ, the world’s true Peace!”
– St. John Paul II
Challenge: Where do you need more peace in your life? Ask the Child Jesus to grant you the precious gift of His peace this Christmas.
Johnnette addresses Women of Grace Retreat participants
by Anne Gerard
My first‑ever experience attending the Women of Grace Retreat at The Malvern Retreat House was, in a word — AMAZING! The grounds of the center are tranquil and inviting, lending itself beautifully to assist the attendees in having an enriching and fulfilling experience. Read the rest…
We received the beautiful letter below from Beatriz Machuca, one of our Texas facilitators:
On August 15, 2016, the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, West Texas Catholic Communities of the El Paso Diocese, Women of Grace Study Program celebrated the completion of the “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life.” Fourteen women graduated the study which began in March 2016. During the 20 weeks the women who journeyed through the study, bloomed like butterflies. Their transformation was a wonder to see, how each embraced their femininity and dignity as daughter of Our Amazing King, Jesus. God really outdid Himself with this bunch. Read the rest…
Mrs. Joni Duos, Principal, Our Lady of Fatima School, Lafayette, LA
As a Catholic school Principal of 930 students, my life is very busy. As a mother of two children and 4 grandchildren, my life is full of activity. As a wife, sister and daughter, my life is full of obligations. Time is scarce, energy is never enough and my rope of life seems to want to unravel quite often! Read the rest…
Young Women of Grace® Study Co-Author, Susan Brinkmann, OCDS and Facilitator/Teacher Guide Co-Developers, Mary Dillenback and Susan Jacobsen provide training and formation for future study facilitators and leaders. They offer valuable tools and insights for facilitators to confidently and inspirationally teach the program. Read the rest…
It is said that a journey begins with the first step but I believe that it actually begins with a gentle push from God. The first time I heard Johnnette speak was in 2003 at a small church called St. Mary’s in Lutz, FL. I purchased her book, “Full of Grace” and fell in love with the concept of Women and the Abundant Life. Read the rest…
A Women of Grace Regional Facilitator Training was recently held at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Wildwood, Florida.
Regional Coordinators, Sue Jacobsen from Millville, NJ and Mary Dillenback, from Fishers Landing, NY were invited by Regional coordinator Nancy Elhajj to train facilitators from St. Vincent’s parish and St. Paul’s parish in Leesburg, FL. There will be Foundational Studies in both parishes starting in January. Read the rest…