Meet our WINE Bloggers:
Allison Gingras is founder of Reconciled To You and host of A Seeking Heart on Breadbox Media weekdays at 10 a.m. ET. Allison blogs, writes and speaks about living an every-day life of faith. She created the “Words With” daily devotional app series, Words with Jesus, and offers presentations on forgiveness, trust, and lessons from the Blessed Mother.
Alyssa Bormes is an educator, author, speaker, and retreat leader. She currently teaches at the Chesterton Academy in Edina, Minnesota, writes for the Catholic Spirit, and the W.I.N.E blog, is the host of a weekly show, “Christian Witnesses in the Church,” on Radio Maria US, and is the author of The Catechism of Hockey. You can find her at alyssabormes.com.
Andrea Gibbs is a wife and homeschooling mother to five kids. Her family leads student and adult Mission Trips to Guatemala. She previously worked as a curriculum coordinator and teacher in Early Childhood Education, a high school Youth minister and speaker to Catholic Teens. She has a deep affection for strong coffee, 19th century British literature, dark chocolate and all things Latin America.
Anne Carraux married her college sweetheart and together they embarked on a journey of raising four exuberant children in Chaska, MN. Writing mostly in prayer and to make sense of her journey, Anne hopes her words help readers keep looking toward God, especially when it comes to living joyfully with faith. When not potty training or doing stress-maintenance in group exercise, you might find Anne hanging out in the sunshine with a good book.
Dr. Carol Younger – A Senior Fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Advisory Board Member for the Great Adventure Bible Studies, author of Listening and Study Guides for biblical and theological presentations through St. Joseph Communications, author of the Retreat Companion for 33 Days to Morning Glory through Marian Press. An accomplished leader in public and private education and a popular adjunct professor at an evangelical Christian university in Southern California. Active in many parish ministries, including RCIA and Catechetical training.
Crystal Crocker is a wife, mother of four and lifelong Catholic with a zeal for evangelization. Her heart is set on love, joy, and the spiritual battle to win souls. She has led numerous Bible studies and women’s groups, been a lobbyist defending marriage and chaired a Catholic Celebration for 7,000 on fire Catholics. She currently is the Evangelization Coordinator in the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Debby Giusti is a bestselling author of Christian suspense, with more than ½ million books in print. Her work has won numerous accolades, including two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Inspirational Suspense and the National Readers’ Choice Award. A lifelong Catholic, Army wife and mother of three, Debby’s goal is to spread the love of Christ, one story at a time. Visit Debby: www.DebbyGiusti.com and https://www.facebook.com/debby.giusti.9
Deborah Kendrick came into the Catholic Church in 2011 through her interaction with Catholics in ecumenical meetings though out Europe, where she was a conference speaker and led retreats for twenty years. During her testimony, she says, “The French Catholics just loved me into the Church.” She was first ignited for the Lord at the beginning of the outpouring of the Charismatic Renewal. With her husband William, a fine artist, and their five children they traveled extensively, living in France, England and Israel.Deborah’s heart is to see people know and receive the love God has for them which encompasses a New Pentecost for the new evangelization. “God is calling us closer in this hour. Open hearts bring an open Heaven.” You can view more of William’s paintings at www.jerusalemcityofgold.com
Dr. Deborah Savage is a member of the faculty at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where she teaches philosophy and theology in the Pastoral Ministry Programs. She is co-founder of the Siena Symposium, an interdisciplinary think tank at UST, organized to respond to Pope John Paul II’s call for a new and explicitly Christian feminism. She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Woman and Man.
Emily Cavins received her BA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Minnesota and has participated in several excavations in Israel. She is a tour leader of annual pilgrimages to Israel and other Bible related destinations with husband Jeff Cavins. www.jeffcavins.com
Emily’s current project, the Gen2Rev Storybook: A Walk through the Catholic Bible introduces children and educators to salvation history and makes a vital link between the Bible, Mass and the Catholic Faith. Gen2RevCatholic.com. You can see more of Emily on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyToblerCavins/ or at Catholic Family Night: www.catholicfamilynight.com
Jennifer Beutz lives out her vocation in marriage to her husband of 17 years. They have been blessed with three amazing children. Jennifer works toward the mission of the New Evangelization as the small group coordinator at St. Hubert Catholic Community in Chanhassen, MN. She has been published in The Catholic Spirit and co-authored a weekly column in the Star Tribune with her mother, who is her writing mentor.
Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito is an award-winning writer known for her practicality, inspirational insight, and sense of humor. An accomplished business leader, hall of fame athlete, and singer-songwriter, she is a sought-after keynote speaker on a variety of topics.
Katie Warner is a wife, mom, author and speaker who helps others become leaders at living more spiritual and meaningful lives, together with their families. Katie is the author of Head & Heart and part-time Manager of Communication and Evangelization for Catholics Come Home. Her favorite ministry work is family life. Connect with Katie on Facebook, Twitter, and at CatholicKatie.com.
Katsey Long is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Jackson, WY, where she works with children, adults and families. Katsey did her undergraduate work at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and her Master’s Degree work at the University of Denver. Since 1990 she has actively worked to integrate the theological and spiritual framework of her Catholic faith into her profession. Her background includes teaching and working with families in the areas of inner healing, generational and family healing, across the United States and in Canada and in Rwanda working in the areas of trauma, forgiveness and healing wounded history with genocide survivors in that country. She is currently Executive Producer of a documentary film in Rwanda about the power of forgiveness (www.secretofpeace.com.) Katesy is a popular speaker at parish retreats and conferences around the US. She is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists, Catholic Psychotherapy Association, and past President of the Jackson Council of Catholic Women.
Kelly Wahlquist is a wife, mother of three, inspiring Catholic author and speaker residing in Minnesota. She is the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and contributing writer for Catholicmom.com. Her book Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace & Joy encourages and inspires women to live fully their beautiful God-given gifts for building relationships. She is the creator and editor of Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women. Kelly travels the country speaking to all on topics that inspire us to live the New Evangelization, but has a special love for speaking at Catholic women’s events.
Kerry McGuire, wife and mother of two, is founder of Catholic WE (Catholic Women Experience), a lay apostolate in Houston that strives to help women deepen their faith and relationship with Christ through connections and participation within Catholic parishes and communities. Kerry is applying her twenty three years of communications experience and seven years working at a large, vibrant Catholic parish in northwest Houston to oversee the ministry. Kerry also is a contributing writer for the Texas Catholic Herald, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston newspaper, and hopes to share and give back all that she has received through her own wonderful spiritual mentors and friends. Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Kitty Cleveland – WINE Evangelist and Music Missionary. If I had to boil down the essence of what I feel called to do, it is to encourage people—whether through music, storytelling, or teaching from the great Catholic spiritual writers and my own life experience. Tears in the audience (and occasionally from me) are not uncommon, and I consider them sacred. My audiences and I also laugh a lot, which I consider to be a true gift of the Holy Spirit. These audiences have ranged from women’s prayer breakfasts to Legatus groups to large family conferences.
Lisa Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of Yes, the Chime Travelers series for children, and multiple other titles. An Editor-at-Large for Ave Maria Press, Lisa speaks internationally on faith, family, the New Evangelization and technology and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and homeschooling mom, catechist, workshop leader, and the author of True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life (Servant Books). Her children’s prayer book, Heads Bowed: Prayers for Catholic School Days (Liguori Publications), is due out this summer. She writes for CATECHIST Magazine and can be reached through her website, AmazingCatechists.com.
Lucy lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband, Jeff. She has 7 children, and soon to be 7 grandchildren. Past-President of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. (ACCW 2013-2015)
A “Martha” working on her “Mary”
Author and blogger, Lynne Keating also lectors and teaches the Bible to CCD students at Saint John the Beloved Parish in Wilmington, Delaware. Convinced that this is one of the most exciting and important times in salvation history, her writing encourages all people to recognize and rejoice in God’s self-offering love, revealed more and more through the actions of His people. Fellowshipofthelamb.com
Marge Fenelon is a Catholic author, blogger, speaker, and journalist whose writing has appeared in dozens of media outlets including National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, and Catholic News Service/Faith Alive. She blogs regularly at National Catholic Register and is a columnist for the Milwaukee Catholic Herald. Marge is the author of several books on Marian devotion and Catholic family life, including Imitating Mary and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena. She is a regular contributor on national Catholic radio programs and has also appeared on Catholic television.
Margie Mandli, wife, mother, business owner and ministry servant – Margie has spent 25 years in marketing communications both in the corporate sector and now as a small business owner of GEM Communications and Consulting, LLC. She left the corporate world five years ago to follow what she considered a calling from God to use her gifts to help the Church in the New Evangelization. She has led a variety of communications efforts, including a lead marketing role for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Synod and currently sits on the Archdiocesan Synod Implementation Commission. Her most recent labor of love was serving as executive producer for the video “Mass: The Heart of the Matter”. She is a 2011 Vatican II award recipient. As a parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church, she is the Chair for the Evangelization Commission. Her greatest joy is her husband, Mark, and three children. Her favorite scripture is: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6
Maria Morera Johnson is a CatholicMom.com blogger and cohost of SPQN’s Catholic Weekend. She is a composition and literature professor and director of English learning support at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, working with nontraditional students in innovative success initiatives. She has received a number of awards for teaching. Maria is a native of Cuba. Her book, My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live, was published by Ave Maria Press. She and her, husband, John, have three grown children and live in Conyers, Georgia.
Mary Litschauer is a Self-Employed Administrative Assistant/Consultant/Marketing, Lighthouse Catholic Media Account Manager, Lighthouse Catholic Media Consultant and Marian Specialist for Hearts Afire(HAPP) Retreats/Studies by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC
Melanie Rigney loves to share stories of how women saints can help us on our journeys today. She is the author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith and Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration (both Franciscan Media). A South Dakota native, Melanie lives in Arlington, VA. Check her out at www.melanierigney.com.
Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.
Pat Gohn is an author, speaker, retreat leader, and host of the “Among Women” podcast. Her book, “Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood”, won a 2014 CPA Award. A columnist and catechist with a Masters in theology, find links to her writing and speaking at PatGohn.net
Rhonda Zweber and her husband of 23 years, have three beautiful daughters. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Rhonda’s faith began to grow and she co-founded the Pink Prayer Warriors cancer ministry at her parish, St. Michael Catholic Church in Prior Lake, MN, to support and pray for others who are going through their cancer journey. Each time her cancer returned, Rhonda’s faith and trust in God’s plan grew stronger and that gave her motivation to share her journey with others. She is currently working on her second book which documents her faith journey through cancer to encourage the readers to seek the love of Jesus along the way. Her first book, Mommy’s Hats, is her cancer story through the eyes of her youngest daughter. Rhonda has created her own blog: relaxinHislove.com. You can also find Rhonda at relaxinHislove@gmail.com.
Sarah Christmyer is a Catholic author, Bible teacher, and speaker with a special love for lectio divina and journaling as ways to draw close to Christ in Scripture. She is co-developer with Jeff Cavins of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program and author or co-author of many of the studies. Sarah is an adjunct faculty member at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where she teaches Scripture to men in their Spiritual Year. Sarah also blogs at her website, www.ComeIntotheWord.com.
Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mom to six children. She spends her days like many moms—running errands, helping with homework, and cooking meals. She writes at sarahdamm.com, and she is also a contributor with CatholicMom.com and New Evangelizers. She serves as a WINE specialist, focusing on the Read Between the WINEs book clubs, marketing, and communications.
Sharon K. Perkins, wife to Mike and mother of three adult children, is a 30-year veteran of Catholic parish and diocesan catechesis, a columnist on spirituality and real life, and co-author of “Word to Life,” an award-winning weekly Scripture commentary for Catholic News Service. She’s also the newly-appointed Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Austin, Texas and a doctoral candidate in theology, currently writing her dissertation on Marian devotional practice among Czech immigrants. Sharon is proud to be a farm girl and a native of the Lone Star State.
Sharon Wilson – Wife, Mother, Writer, Catholic Speaker, and the Director of Operations for WINE. Sharon has a degree in education and has worked as a freelance writer, Respect Life Coordinator, a teacher, in advertising, radio, buyer and in youth advocacy – She even rode an elephant in the circus once! Sharon speaks, writes and shares about God’s healing and about the great gift of being Catholic.
Stephanie Landsem is a wife, mother, lifelong Catholic, and author of authentic biblical fiction. The Living Water series (The Well, The Thief, and The Tomb, A Novel of Martha) published by Simon & Schuster, is based on encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John.
Susanna Bolle is the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis and a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program with the School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas. When she’s not reading and writing you can find her brewing French press coffee in her kitchen, spending sunny mornings and starry evenings with friends on her porch, and reading wine labels in an effort to discover the perfect Pinot Noir. You can follow her travels at: http://fiatandalily.blogspot.com/.
More WINE Writers Coming Soon!