The Founder & Publisher
My name is Michelle Workman. I am an embracer of the Catholic faith, only being Catholic the past 30 of my 55 years on earth. I have been happily married to Dan for 30 years, and am blessed abundantly by my two grown daughters ,my son-in-laws and my 1st Grandchild Grant Augustine! In my role as Spouse,mother and grandma I am especially in awe of the active faith life of my family.
Most of my life has been sweet and easy until I was brought to my knees during menopause, riddled with anxiety & panic, I had to crawl out of my black hole everyday just to function. Arming myself with medication, counseling, and spiritual directions from a Priest, I was slowly brought back to life and then given a beautiful grace: starting HEART OF MARY WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP. Our annual Women's Conference and our monthly parish meetings are power packed; helping equip & empower Catholic women to grow deeper in love with Our Lord and learn to emulate the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. "When I say Mary, She says Jesus!"
Art &Social Media Director
Hey there! My name is Rachel Peñate. I am a Wisconsin girl at heart who currently resides in the great, yet terribly hot state of Arizona. When I was little I dreamed of becoming a professional figure skater, but instead found myself studying Education at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. After graduation, I spent two years teaching High School English, but through God's wisdom, in 2014, changed career paths to serve as Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Life Teen. A change that has been an incredible blessing. I love working in ministry!
There are so many things that I love, but what I consider myself to love most are the following: my job, Switchfoot, devouring a good book, baseball, the ocean, scented candles, running half-marathons, my dog Gus, husband Robbie, and above all — my Lord!
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Imms. Born and raised California girl that trekked off to Ohio and met my very own firefighter/farmer of a husband, Christopher, and continued our journey to Pennsylvania, where we currently live and raise our precious little girl.
After 3 years of putting on retreats through Franciscan University, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Education and have loved being able to integrate my love, passion and fire for the faith into my classroom and into my everyday life. Every night brings something new with our family; from Church commitments, the Fire Company, our daughter, teaching, or work on the farm but we are always on our toes and are excited for all that the Lord has in store for us in the future!
Ciao Bellas! My name is Catherine. I am a 26 years young adventure seeking gal in search of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness! I also specialize in teaching noise making (Music) and Spanish at an elementary school on the border of México. I recently graduated from Franciscan University with a Bachelors in Theology and Spanish. Before that, I was a missonary for two years with NET Ministries. Both of these experiences have radically changed my life for the better. They've increased my love for Jesus and our Catholic faith!
My friends have described me as an easy going, ecclectic hippie who likes to smile a lot and laugh too loud. Things I love (but aren't limited to): Jesus, Philosophy, café, MUSIC and music making, documentaries, concerts, inteligente conversation, singing, dancing, family, friends, laughing, and books!
Hi! My name is Mandi Chambers. I live in Kansas and have two mini-weenie dogs, Bella & Tucker. I work for an aircraft parts distributor with offices all over the world. I am a cradle Catholic, but lost my way for a little bit during my college years. I slowly found my way back with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, working through one of my dearest friends. Since finding my way back home, I have come to gain an appreciation and love for my faith like I never had before!!
Hi, my name is Cailin Valente. I married my high school sweetheart 5 years ago and we have two cute little boys ages 3 and 1. We currently live 30 minutes outside of Chicago. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University but I've chosen to be a stay at home mom for now and I love it! Being raised in a large Catholic family has really shaped me into the person I am today. Faith and family are both so incredibly important to me. A few years ago I started taking pictures for families and I've turned it into a small side business for myself. It brings me great joy to photograph special moments for families from birthdays, to special occasions, to bonds of everyday life. In my spare time I enjoy taking pictures, helping others, learning about photography, running, watching TV and doing an occasional DIY project! I'm a lover of texting, Target, statement necklaces, thrift store shopping, and running 5K's.
My name is Alba Valdes, 24 years old and I graduated from CSUSB in Graphic Design & Marketing. I am so blessed and thankful to the Lord that he has given me a wonderful talent in which I can use to glorify him. When I'm not designing I love being with my amazing family and adorable nephew. I also enjoy good movies, food and music. Blessed to be apart of such a wonderful team in which Gods word is shared.
Regan and her daughter Sophia are the incredible gift behind beautiful_photography. God has graced them with an incredible eye for his beauty, found in the places he leads them. Regan is a Wife, Mother and proud Grandma
Hi, I'm Josephine! I'm a Marine wife, mother of two, writer, and faith+fitness coach. Made in Texas, but our military family has taken us all over the country, with favorite duty station being in San Diego, CA. I'm a palm-trees-beach-weather-year-round kinda gal.
It took 15 years after my siblings' deaths + parents' divorce for me to finally find peace in God again. Now, my heart is on fire for Jesus! I love Adoration, glorifying God through fitness, Downton Abbey, and Target. I struggle with laundry, and I laugh too loud.
Kristina Garza is the Director of Campus Outreach for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. She grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California and graduated from the University of California Riverside. She has been involved in the pro-life movement since 2008, when a member of the Survivors missionary team convinced her to take a pro-life pamphlet on her way to a university class. She has led hundreds of pro-life outreaches and numerous training events for youth and young adults throughout the nation, including multiple Survivors ProLife Training Camps and the International ProLife Youth Conference, and has spoken at national pro-life events like the March for Life Youth Rally. She enjoys opportunities to speak, present, and inspire at high school assemblies, Confirmation classes, youth and young adult groups, pro-life events, and rallies throughout the nation.
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Hi everyone, my name is Denise Barajas & I am 26 years old; born and raised in the beautiful state of California, just outside of the best city in the West Coast, Los Angeles. In 2008 I served NET Ministries for two years. They were such a life changing and amazing years and I would not be the person I am today without this beautiful ministry. Definitely solidified my faith. I recently graduated from Franciscan University as a double major with degrees in International Business & Theology.
My life has been such a great adventure and it's not over! I have recently relocated to Washington, D.C. where I work as an Executive Assistant. I know all this would not be even remotely possible if I didn't trust God with my whole life and give Him my complete 'yes'. I love the Lord and try to grow in a deeper relationship with Him everyday here on earth and try to live my life for Him; offering Him everything I do until I can be fully united with Him & our faith family in heaven.
Hi my name is Ashley De La Vega. I married my husband Jason over 10 years ago in the Catholic Church. (2004) After 3 beautiful children and 3 cross country moves, we have found our way back to CA to raise our children close to family. With my free time ..... or really any free second...... I love to be creative in anything I can get my hands on, Decorating, Baking, Crafting, Scrapbooking, and Photography. I love to experience the beauty in the world that God has given us every day. Having the role as MOM is what has drawn me closer to the lord, it wasn't until after having children had I clearly received answers to prayer. You can really understand the love the Lord has for his children when you give birth to your own.