Rev. Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS
Rev. Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS, was appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Charleston. He is a vowed cleric of the religious order the Missionaries of St. Charles, or Scalabrinian Fathers, and became the 14th Ordinary for the diocese.
Bishop Fabre-Jeune was previously the administrator at San Felipe de Jesús Mission in Forest Park, Ga., and the local superior of the Scalabrinian priests in Atlanta. He was ordained and installed on May 13, 2022. He will be serving Mass for us in the morning.
Sr. Virginia Joy, S.V.
Sr. Virginia Joy entered the Sisters of Life in 2009. The Sisters of Life are a contemplative active community that take a 4th vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Sister is a native of South Carolina and she currently serves in Manhattan as the Director of the Respect Life office for the Archdiocese of New York. Sister has also served in the community Visitation Mission working with vulnerable pregnant women in need and in the Vocations mission. Sister will be giving two keynote presentations.
American modern folk singer-songwriter who often blends a mesh of modern folk, pop and country. Earlier in her career, her song "Cold" charted on Christian music charts. Her first single from the EP, "You're Not Alone" was supported by CMT and VH1, and was downloaded over 100,000 times on Amazon.com. Miller's second single "6'2" was featured on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.Both singles "6'2" and "You're Not Alone" received extensive airplay on SiriusXM channel's The Pulse, The Blend, and 20on20. Miller performed for Pope Francis at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As a devoted Catholic, she often sings songs of prayer and healing. Check out her music at https://www.mariemillermusic.com/
Marie will be performing a concert to close the conference.
Sister Maria Regina Walker
Sister Maria Regina Walker was born in a conservative, Southern Baptist, Marine Corps family which traveled frequently through her childhood, taking her to the far corners of the United States from PA–where she was born–to FL, WA, and CA, and even overseas to Japan.
She joined the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Peace located in Rutherfordton, NC and has recently completed her initial formation as a postulant and novice. As a junior professed nun, she is continuing her studies in Monastic History, Monastic Authors, Latin, Gregorian chant and other related studies.
Amber Curtis, PhD
Amber Curtis, PhD founded Solutions for Simplicity to help overwhelmed moms make more time for who and what they love. A professor by day, productivity coach by night, and devoted Catholic mom of four busy boys throughout, Amber knows all too well how challenging it is to juggle all the things. After becoming suicidal from the stress of keeping up with her demanding job while raising young kids, she applied her academic research skills to figure out what's scientifically shown to help you do more, stress less, and BE happier. She shares all her insights in hopes that other moms never feel as hopeless as she once did.
Elizabeth Diedrick is a Midwest native who put her trust in God and, along with her husband and four children, moved their lives to the Upstate 8 years ago. Elizabeth is the owner of Faithful Family Farm, LLC. She provides hand-crafted gifts such as rosaries and beeswax candles. She is also a self-published author. You can find her books on Amazon.com. Much of her journey has been side by side with her husband, who suffers from mental illness, and together with God, they continue being His loyal and faithful servants. She joins us bringing her experience, strength, and hope to those who may be suffering silently.
through your Cross: 5 Ways to Eliminate Needless Pain from Suffering
Monica Herber, owner of The Joyful Unknown LLC, is a Catholic Speaker and a Certified Catholic Mindset and Marriage Coach. Her passion is to help both individuals and married couples learn the tools needed to choose joy in the midst of suffering. For 4 years, Monica has been guiding clients into joyful living while helping them cope with losses due to devastating diagnoses or life-altering events. As a proud adoptive mom of a child with profound disabilities, survivor of infertility, and a happily married wife of 15 years, she personally knows how to stop settling for mere survival and start enjoying the abundance of God’s resurrection life! To find out more, go to—> https://www.thejoyfulunknown.com/
Heidi Hess Saxton
Heidi Hess Saxton is an award-winning author and a senior acquisitions editor at Ave Maria Press. She has written or compiled a number of books, including Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta, which won a second-place award from the Catholic Press Association. She is the editor of Forgiveness Makes You Free.
Saxton has appeared on EWTN’s Women of Grace, Catholic Connection, Kresta in the Afternoon, The Drew Mariani Show, and the Son Rise Morning Show. She earned bachelor’s degrees from Bethany College of Missions and Azusa Pacific University and a master’s degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
She lives in the South Bend, Indiana, area with her family.
Find Joy in the Journey. . .
by Practicing Hospitality
Kathleen Billings lives with her husband Troy and their 5 children on their 5-acre homestead in Greenville, SC. Kathleen is an accomplished author and national speaker. She writes for Catholic Mom, WINE- Women in the New Evangelization, and has a blog entitled “Two to Tango” in the For Your Marriage section of the USCCB Website. She is also a contributing author to the book, Amazing Grace for Mothers, (Ascension Press) and Called by Name - 365 Daily Devotions for Catholic Women, (Ave Maria Press.) Kathleen and her husband Troy are the co-authors of Simply Love: Catholic Marriage Day by Day, - published by Our Sunday Visitor and released in February 2023.
Meijun Lu lives near Commerce, GA and has extensive experience in teaching and painting in Iconographic Arts in multiple cities of Taiwan and the United States
She also leads many Catholic retreats on St. Benedict spirituality/Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer and has written in columns for catholic newspaper and magazine about Iconography. She has a Master degree of Monastic Study, School of Theology, from St. John’s University, MN. Her recent project was a wall painting at an Orthodox church, in Jeonju, South Korea.
Ann Miller has been married and a homeschool mom to her 5 children for the past 23 years. Ann was raised in a Catholic home and left the church when she married, but was called back to the faith 8 years ago. Ann is an entrepreneur and has worked in the holistic medicine world for 24 years. She is the owner of Modern Apothecary, a holistic wellness center in Greenville, SC. She also has a continuing practice in Charleston and Hilton Head Island. She is serving as the current Lady President of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers of Prince of Peace and as Lady National Secretary for the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.
Nina Obier, a seasoned Author, Speaker, and Clarity Coach, is devoted to instilling positivity and simplicity into her audience's lives. Nina's third playbook journal, 'Daily Clarity for Catholics,' has garnered positive reception among a diverse audience, including individuals and small groups nationwide. Additionally, it played a pivotal role in the recent catechesis conference hosted by the Greenville deanery. As the exuberant host of "Cup of Joy," Nina provides an interactive platform for women of faith to unite, share, and celebrate life's positives. Since May 2020, Nina and husband Peter have called Travelers Rest, SC, home. For further exploration and free resources, visit www.ninaobier.com
Lisa Buss has been married to Tom for 42 years, having raised four children together. She enjoys a life of retirement, but is certainly busier than ever. She is a parishioner at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Taylors, SC, where she is a Spiritual Director, Coordinator of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, and leads Liturgy of the Hours. In addition, she is a group facilitator and instructor at the Marian Servants of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction in Clearwater, FL, where she was certified. Lisa is a Marian Servant and is awaiting approval from the Bishops of Clearwater and Charleston to complete formation of a local Marian Servant Community. The Marian Servants offer retreats, Ignatian prayer, and spiritual direction and they strive to live a life of holiness, obedience, and humble servanthood.
Tami Kiser is the director of Heart Ridge Retreat and Culture Center in the mountains of SC. Besides the daily maintenance of cleaning and cooking, marketing and customer relations at the retreat center, Tami also loves to help seeking individuals discern where God is calling them.
She is a speaker, author of 2 books, Certified Life Coach, mother of 10, grandmother of 10, nature enthusiast, aspiring artist, and part-time teacher at St. Joseph's Catholic school in Greenville. www.HeartRidgeMinistries.com
Find Joy in the Journey . . . .
with Mary: Uncovering Rejoicing with the Seven Joys of Mary Devotion
Theresa Kiser is the author of Caring for a Loved One with Mary: A Seven Sorrows Prayer Companion as well as several Catholic children's books including the Arthur the Clumsy Altar Server series and the board book Liturgical Colors. Find out more about her books, book coaching, and manuscript critique services at theresakiser.com.
An educator with a passion for making the Catholic faith accessible to young and old alike, Michele has taught at St Joseph Catholic School for 17 years and prior to that, at the parish and Diocesan level. She has a BA in Theology from Franciscan University and an MA in Religious Studies from Providence College.
Sister Migdalia Flores, Daughter of Charity
Sr. Meggie was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in Saint Vincent’s Hospital at that time the hospital was under the care of Daughter’s of Charity and twenty years later she joined that same community of sisters that received her at birth.
Born in a Puerto Rican family she moved to Puerto Rico when she was twelve and returned to New York and completed ninth grade in Queens. When she returned to Puerto Rico to complete her High School, she started feeling and discerning what God could have in mind for her. After completing two years of college, she entered the Daughters of Charity and has been in the community for 40 years.
Currently she coordinates the Migrant Farmworkers Ministry for the Diocese of Charleston in South Carolina. Sr. Meggie says: “when I look at a Migrant, I see a migrating God, I see myself, I see humanity, I see creation evolving, I see the history of our Church, of the Company and my personal story. The universe is in constant migration. That’s why I believe: “Todos somos migrantes” (We are all migrants)”.
Hermana Candelaria García Álvarez
La hermana Candelaria García Álvarez, nacida en México, pertenece al instituto de Discípulas de Jesús Buen Pastor, nacidas el 10 de mayo de 1992 en Chiapas, México. La hermana Candelaria tiene 16 años de vida consagrada y es la última hija de 7 hermanos. Desde abril de 2020 hasta la actualidad, trabaja en la Iglesia de St. Anthony en Hardeeville, SC donde dirige el Ministerio Hispano parroquial apoyando a nuestra comunidad hispana en el área sureste de Carolina del Sur.
La hermana Candelaria tiene licenciatura en Ciencias Religiosas, ha servido en la diócesis de Aguas calientes desde el 2010 al 2018, un año en San Luis Potosí México y ahora aquí en la diócesis de Charleston desde el 2020.
Hermana Eugenia Mayela Ortega
Hermana Eugenia Mayela Ortega, pertenece a la Congregación de Hermanas del Corazón de Jesús Sacramentado, mexicana de nacimiento. Ha vivido por casi 30 años en los Estados Unidos prestando sus servicios pastorales en diferentes parroquias del Sur de California y de Carolina del Sur. Tiene estudios de: Maestría, en Teología Pastoral, de la Universidad de St. Mary’s, en Indianápolis, Certificación en Ministerio Hispano y Dirección Espiritual de la Universidad Loyola Mary Mount, en Los Ángeles, CA y Certificación como Trabajadora Comunitaria de la Salud de la Universidad de St. Mary’s, en Minneapolis, donde continúa cursando una Maestría en Estudios Integrativos con enfoque en servicios humanos y cuidado pastoral. Al presente, presta sus servicios pastorales en la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Paz.