Our amazing speaker lineup for 2019:Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, SV is originally from Connecticut, is a twin and the youngest of eight children. She studied psychology at Franciscan University, and later went on to nursing school, where she discovered the Lord’s invitation to be consecrated to Him. She entered the Sisters of Life in 2009. The Sisters of Life, based out of New York, serve the most vulnerable, proclaiming with their lives the sacred dignity of every human life — especially those whose lives are hidden, weak, or wounded. Sr. Faustina has served her sisters in the postulant formation program and is currently the Assistant to the Vocation Director. She loves the mountains and all things rustic, but most of all, bringing to others the knowledge of the Merciful Heart of Jesus. Several years ago, while struggling with the Lord over the need for trust, she felt inspired to write the Litany of Trust, which has been an instrument of grace and deepened trust for countless souls. Fr. Christopher Hartley is a missionary priest who seeks to serve Christ among the most needy. He ministered to Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic from 1997 to 2006. For 13 years, he served the Hispanic population of the Bronx. He has also worked for many years with the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa’s sisters. Today he is ministering in Ethiopia. Fr. Hartley founded The Mission of Mercy Foundation, with the goal of improving the lives of the most vulnerable people through programs and projects developed in accordance with the principles of the Catholic Church. The teaching of the Word of God and the comfort it brings to those most in need lies at the heart of everything the Foundation does. The Foundation works in the poorest countries of the world promoting health and education in local parishes. Magnus MacFarlane Barrow has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help. Together they started Mary’s Meals, which sets up school feeding programs in some of the world's poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education. It was founded in 2002 and has grown from its first feeding operation of 200 children in Malawi, to a worldwide campaign, providing free school meals in hundreds of schools and feeding more than 1.3 million children daily. Mary's Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, by Magnus & his wife Julie, who were inspired by their Catholic faith. Colleen Mitchell is a bringer-upper of boys, Gospel adventurer, wannabe saint, author, and speaker. She is the author of the award-winning Who Does He Say You Are: Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels and When We Were Eve. Her latest adventure has taken her from the jungle of Costa Rica where she and her family served as missionaries for six years, to the wilds of Indiana, where she is still living her mission to give everyone she meets just a little Jesus. Music will be provided by Lori Ubowski and Out of Darkness music.
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About the Author
Michele Faehnle is a wife, mother of 4 and a school nurse. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for the church and is the co-chair of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference. She is also the co-author of The Friendship Project, Divine Mercy For Moms, Our Friend Faustina and Pray Fully; Simple Steps to Becoming a Woman of Prayer. Read more of her work at InspireTheFaith.com.