The vocation of Catholic womanhood can be fully realized only through prayer. Here eleven Catholic women leaders share the secrets of their interior life. They are mothers, wives, widows, single women and grandmothers. They consider themselves the most ordinary of Catholic women persevering to pray and serve in response to God’s calling. We could consider them modern day Esther’s, Anna’s, Magdalene’s, Elizabeth’s, and Mary’s—servants all.
This book features chapters by popular Catholic women, including: Johnnette Benkovic, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Marilyn Quirk, Dr. Mary Healy, Vicki Thorn, Kelly Wahlquist, Lisa Hendey, Dr. Ronda Chervin, Dr. Pia de Solenni, and Joan Lewis. With heartfelt transparency each writer shares a glimpse into her feminine heart revealing how prayer formed her. The Eucharist, Mary, Saints and the Rosary are integral to their prayer life as is the example of other women prayer models such as mothers and grandmothers.
Commenting on the value of Catholic womanhood, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.” The power of prayer in the persevering feminine heart releases untold gifts of service to God and the human family. Discover more about the feminine genius within the pages of this book.
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About the speakers:
Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S. (www.kathleenbeckman.com) is a Catholic evangelist, best selling author, and Ignatian certified retreat director. Kathleen is the President of Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org), a global apostolate of prayer and catechesis for the sanctity of clergy and vocations. A writer for www.catholicexchange.com, she is published in several Catholic journals. Sophia Institute Press published her last three books: “When Women Pray: Eleven Catholic Women on the Power of Prayer” (2017), “God’s Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace and Joy (2015)” and “Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization” (2014). Often featured on Catholic TV and radio such as EWTN, Catholic Channel, Shalom and Focus, she assists clergy in the Church’s ministry of healing, deliverance and exorcism. She and her husband are business owners with two adult sons, one daughter in law and one grandchild. She enjoys missionary work, prayer, evangelization, reading, writing, and cooking. Her favorite places to travel are Rome, Italy and Napa, CA. Her favorite saints are St. John Paul II and St. Catherine of Siena.
Kathryn Jean Lopez is the former editor and current editor-at-large of the widely read and cited daily webzine, National Review Online, where she has written and edited for more than a decade. She is also a Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute. An award-winning opinion journalist who has been praised for her “editorial daring,” Lopez is also a nationally syndicated columnist with United Media’s Newspaper Enterprise Association. Lopez’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, The Human Life Review, First Things, and Stars and Stripes, and on the websites of the New York Times, CNN, and other international publications. She writes frequently for a variety of Catholic publications, including Our Sunday Visitor, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register and the Knights of Columbus’s Headline Bistro. Lopez’s work has been referenced widely, and has even been cited in the pages of Playboy (they were not fans). She has been recognized by Feminists for Life and Manhattan’s Midtown Pregnancy Support Center for her culture-of-life commentary and reporting. Lopez is a frequent guest on national and international radio and television programs, from PBS and CNN to EWTN and Vatican Radio. She has been a guest host on William J. Bennett’s nationally syndicated morning show. In 2002, Lopez and National Review Online were awarded the Center for Military Readiness Spotlight Award for national-defense coverage. Commonly known as “K-Lo” on the Internet, on talk radio, and around Washington, Lopez speaks frequently on faith and public life, the dignity of human life, and feminism, among other topics. She has addressed audiences at events sponsored by Legatus, the Knights of Columbus, the American Political Science Association, the Heritage Foundation, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Milken Institute, Lincoln Center, and the National Press Club, and has spoken on the campuses of Harvard, Yale, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Ave Maria University. Lopez is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she studied philosophy and politics. She has been a fellow at the Claremont Institute and serves on the Archdiocese of New York’s Pro-Life Commission.
“A great book! In When Women Pray, Kathleen Beckman offers an edifying collection of wisdom from the prayer lives of many Catholic women. Their stories are inspiring and bear witness to the reality that when the feminine heart is at prayer the world is a more lovely and beautiful place.”
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
Author, Champions of the Rosary
“Kathleen Beckman has put together a beautiful collection of personal stories and teachings on prayer. To read this is to sit down with an articulate gathering of sincere disciples pouring out the fruit of their own conversations with the Lord.”
Dr. Anthony Lilles
Academic Dean and Associate Professor, St. John’s Seminary
“A thoughtful, inspiring book! Women were created, as St. John Paul II identifies, with a space inside for another. Through the chapters contained in this book, these women-leaders give birth and share with others various aspects of prayer which they have carried within.”
Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP
Vocation Director, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
“I always say that when faith-filled prayerful women get together watch out! With God s amazing grace, these women have the power to change the world! Author Kathleen Beckman skillfully compiles the intimate stories of eleven faithful women guaranteed to inspire you to keep your lamp lit, penetrating the darkness of the world and aiding others to find their way to heaven. I love this book!”
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
EWTN TV Host, speaker, and award-winning author of more than twenty books