Who Are We?

“… the new wine is found in the cluster” (Isaiah 65:8)


WINE: Women In the New Evangelization is about empowering women to work within their God-given gifts as women to nurture, heal and build up the body of Christ.

Through much prayer, the women who have come together from around the country to form WINE, came to understand that whereas the Lord said to St. Francis, “Rebuild my Church,” for such a time as this, the Lord is calling to women, asking us to work in the beauty of our natural gifts as women, and is saying to us, “Heal my body.”

We are called to build the kingdom of God by using those special gifts and charisms He has given to us for that exact purpose, and right now, the body of Christ is battered, bruised and broken, and the Lord is asking you to help heal His body. Will you? He is asking you to nurture His body. Will you? He is asking you to build up His body by working in your gifts—gifts given to you for such a time as this!

National WINE Core Team

The WINE Core Team consists of over 50 women from across the country on fire with their faith. This talented group actively plans events, leads studies, creates programming, speaks and writes for WINE. These are the busy bees of the vineyard! As the message of WINE grows and expands we will be looking for additional core team members. If you feel the Lord has put it on your heart to join us in the vineyard as part of the WINE Core Team, please contact Kelly Wahlquist at kmwahlquist@mac.com.

WINE Specialists

WINE Specialists are a team of women in your area who… you guessed it… specialize in WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. WINE Specialists work directly with you and your core team to implement and grow your WINE Chapter. These women offer a wealth of knowledge when it comes to running fruitful women’s ministries and they eagerly look forward to supporting you and your team.

Wine Enthusiasts

WINE Enthusiasts are key promoters in parishes that help spread the mission of WINE. The word “Enthusiast” is derived from two Greek words: “en” meaning IN and “theos” meaning GOD. To be a WINE Enthusiast means you have the Holy Spirit in you, and you can’t help but want to share the Gospel with your sisters!

Interested in becoming a WINE Enthusiast for your Parish? Sign up here (Link to sign up page coming soon)

WINE Board of Directors

WINE is a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization. As such it is run and advised by a standing Board of Directors which include:

Kelly Wahlquist -Author, Speaker, Evangelist, Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and Founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. 

Msgr. Jeffery Steenson -American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who currently serves as the first ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, which provides for former Anglicans who have become Roman Catholics.

Lisa Hendey – Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms.

Teresa Tomeo -Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market.  Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on EWTN.

Dennis Todora – Dennis Todora is a versatile seasoned operating manager, sales leader and consultant with 25 years experience creating top-line and bottom-line results for a private family office, technology and service companies.  He has a passion for working with entrepreneurs, consulting with them and turning their ideas into businesses.  He is an active volunteer who has served on church, city, and non-profit  boards, currently serving on the Board of Directors of The HealthEast Foundation.

Sr. Kathleen Luger OSC – Sr. Kathleen is with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Clare.  She works in ministry at St. Patrick Church in Largo where she is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization.  She has a special interest in the New Evangelization and views WINE as an important “new” method for reaching women in our secularized world.  She is pursuing a Masters’ degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Co.

Linda Harmon –

Nichole Chang – Nichole Chang is the Coordinator of Jr./Sr. High Faith Formation at St. Vincent De Paul’s, serves as Vice President  of the Board for Partnership for Youth which hosts 2 Steubenville North high school Youth Conferences, and has been the Liturgist for Steubenville North  for 14 years.  She is passionate in sharing her Catholic Faith and has facilitated several apologetics and bible studies for women since graduating from Franciscan University with a BA in Theology and a concentration in Religious  Education.


WINE Advisory Board

Prayerfully being finalized.


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