Maid of Orléans, Visionary, Courageous Warrior, Leader of the French Army St. Joan of Arc St. Joan of Arc is remembered as a young and fearless military leader who inspired others to goodness and courage. Joan was born in the small village of Domrémy, France around the year 1412 to a family that sided with [...]
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Model of Generosity in Long-Suffering, Humble Wife and Mother, Religious Order Foundress St. Jane Frances de Chantal Although she was no stranger to suffering, St. Jane Frances de Chantal demonstrated great generosity of heart and trust in God. Born in Dijon, France in 1752, Jane lost her mother when she was 18 months old, which [...]
First Saint of the New World, Fervent Intercessor, Model of Charity St. Rose of Lima St. Rose of Lima was born in 1586 as Isabel Flores de Olivia. When she was an infant, her grandmother had a vision of a beautiful rose just over the child’s face, which is where she got the name ‘Rose.’ [...]
Pilgrim, Italian Laywoman, Loving Wife, Joyful and Sacrificial Mother © 2012 Famiglia Corbella Petrillo Chiara Corbella Petrillo Chiara was born into a faithful Christian family, and was part of the “Wojytla generation” of Catholics growing up during Pope John Paul II’s papacy. At the age of 18, she met the love of her life, Enrico, [...]
Devoted Wife and Mother, Persistent in Prayer, Model of Patience, Instrument of Conversion St. Monica St. Monica is a woman often admired for her patience and perseverance. Though her life presented circumstances which could have easily given way to frustration and resentment, she used her trials to draw nearer to God, resulting not only in [...]
Location: New Lenox, IL Job Title: Faith Formation Coordinator Organization: St. Mary’s Parish in Mokena, IL Education: North Central College Degree: Organizational Communications Danielle Kuboushek, GIVEN '16 "GIVEN was so influential on my view of how I personally could contribute to the Church and the good of others. I left with a sense of purpose, knowing [...]
Location: Fredericksburg, VA Job Title: Associate Campus Minister Organization: University of Mary Washington, Catholic Campus Ministry Education: The Catholic University of America; Franciscan University of Steubenville Degree: Bachelors in Biology, Minor in Theology; Masters in Catechetics and Evangelization, Spring 2019 Katrina Oteyza, GIVEN '16 "Our role as women is to rest in knowing our identity as [...]
Expert Beggar, Little Sister, Foundress, Humble Servant St. Jeanne Jugan When Jeanne was born in 1792, France was caught in the bloody French Revolution. Times were difficult for the Jugan family, and begging became a way of life for Jeanne from a young age. Although Jeanne did not receive a formal education, she did receive [...]
Location: Hillsdale, New Jersey Job Title: Catholic Speaker, Artistic Director, Disabilities Advocate Organization: Array of Hope Education: St. Thomas Aquinas College Degree: Bachelor of Science, Recreational Therapy Lauren Costabile, GIVEN '16 "A key takeaway from GIVEN was that we all have gifts and talents that we are called to use to build up the Church and [...]
Location: Denver, Colorado Education: University of Florida; The Augustine Institute Degree: Bachelor of Science, Family, Youth, and Community Science; (working towards) Masters in Leadership for the New Evangelization Former Job Title: Respect Life Coordinator Former Organization: Diocese of St. Augustine Mary Catherine Damon, GIVEN '16 "When praying about the GIVEN action plan, three things were deeply on my [...]