Posts Tagged ‘Drawn by the Holy Spirit’

You Can’t Leave God In The Parking Lot | Dan Nichols


Date of Talk:  May 13th, 2013
Location:   St. Edward the Confessor - Dana Point CA
Presenter(s):   Dan Nichols
Affiliated Group(s):   Stephens Ministry
Work Listing(s):   Human Resources Director
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Dan Nichols is a recovered Catholic who will share the story of how he returned to the Catholic Church and how his faith values are reflected in his work life as a human resource professional.


A Generous Heart | Sr. Sue Dunning


Date of Talk:  March 14th, 2013
Location:   St. Edward the Confessor - Dana Point CA
Presenter(s):   Sr. Sue Dunning
Affiliated Group(s):   San Felipe de Jesus
Work Listing(s):   Minister of Faith Formation
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Sr. Sue Dunning, C.S.J. has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange for 33 years and currently is the San Felipe de Jesus Minister of Faith Formation and Religious Education. Early in her religious life she felt a call from God to serve the poor of Mexico. For 15 years, she lived with and served the Mexican people of Guaymas, Sonora and Tijuana, Baja, CA. She has a love and passion for serving the poor and is actively involved with the homeless in Orange. In parish ministry, she shares her love of people and talents of music, dance and spirituality in a variety of ways.


An Inch Away From Heaven | Donna Couch


Date of Talk:  March 14th, 2013
Location:   St. Edward the Confessor - Dana Point CA
Presenter(s):   Donna Couch
Work Listing(s):   Director of Faith Formation
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Donna Couch is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward. She is an accomplished author and also has experience as a retreat guide, master catechist and college professor. Donna will discuss her return to the faith and how that pathway unexpectedly became the center of her life’s work. She will suggest ways to grow spiritually while balancing the needs of family.


Divine Guidance | Raymond Pusczan


Date of Talk:  February 22nd, 2013
Location:   St. Paul of the Cross - Park Ridge IL
Presenter(s):   Raymond Pusczan
Affiliated Group(s):   Knights of Columbus
Work Listing(s):   Structural Engineer
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Raymond Pusczan, structural engineer and veteran of 45 years in engineering projects, now retired, will tell us a real life story of workplace intimidation and his response as a Catholic. Hear this unique story of God at work in his heart and its effective outcome. Hear God’s blessings of faith throughout his career in a field of high turnover and never missing a paycheck. Hear wisdom tips: staying current in an ever changing field, working the hours you want vs. the hours needed to meet a deadline, and taking advantage of the sacraments especially mass.


Blessed to Have You | Rene’e Bourke


Date of Talk:  February 1st, 2013
Location:   St. Paul of the Cross - Park Ridge IL
Presenter(s):   Rene’e Bourke
Work Listing(s):   Speech language Pathologist
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Rene’e Bourke, a Speech Language Pathologist, will share a story of a breakthrough with one of her clients. Hear the humility she felt when she learned of an outcome that made her grateful to God. Hear tips learned from this professional working in special education that we all can use. For example, her job situation calls for empowerment in patience and her tips largely relate to this empowerment.


Tutor | Frances Johnson


Date of Talk:  October 16th, 2012
Location:   St. Juliana - Chicago IL
Presenter(s):   Frances Johnson
Affiliated Group(s):   Choir, Scripture Studies
Work Listing(s):   Music Teacher, Violin Teacher
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Frances Johnson (McDonough), a scripture teacher and violinist, will present a story of spiritual growth of one of her scripture students. Having gone to Sunday mass, an old testament reading brought to mind the student’s recent study of the same passage in class. Because the student had studied the passage, the student knew the beginning and the end of the story, with the passage in the middle. Hear Frances’ joy as the student beamed about the relevance of scripture not only to mass but also to everyday life.


Divine Mercy Outreach | John Koch


Date of Talk:  July 30th, 2012
Location:   Divine Mercy Outreach - Chicago IL
Presenter(s):   John Koch
Affiliated Group(s):   Martial Arts
Work Listing(s):   Master Martial Arts Instructor
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John Koch tells us about Divine Mercy Outreach. Open to all denominations, this devotion offers incredible graces to all who staff and visit the Divine Mercy Image, an image of Christ with blue and rose streams of light, as given by Christ in a vision to St. Faustina.


The Donut Man | Brian Fergus


Date of Talk:  June 13th, 2012
Location:   Our Lady of Hope - Rosemont IL
Presenter(s):   Brian Fergus
Website:  www.sargentwelch.com
Affiliated Group(s):   Adult Education, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Parish Council, Social Outreach
Work Listing(s):   Sales Rep
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Brian Fergus, a sale representative will tell us of an experience he had helping science teachers inspire students to explore the world.” He received a large order from a teacher at 1 pm and working together with other divisions, he shipped the order complete by 4:30 pm. Hear how the corporate culture, which makes no distinction between inside clients and outside clients, helps make his job easier and more fulfilling. Hear how his deep Catholic faith reinforces him at work to avoid gossip, help new employees, and build a strong work ethic within his supportive work community.


Nature’s Eczema Soap | Eleanor Reily


Date of Talk:  June 11th, 2012
Location:   St. Paul of the Cross - Park Ridge IL
Presenter(s):   Eleanore Reily
Affiliated Group(s):   Eucharistic Minister, Fair Trade Ministry, Lector, Stewardship Committee
Work Listing(s):   Public Speaking on Natural Living, Soapmaker
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Eleanor Reily, Soapmaker and entrepreneur, will tell us how her grandmother showed her how to make and use natural home remedies. Hear how the Holy Spirit guided her from self-care to helping others, by creating soaps, and body products with no chemicals, perfumes or artificial ingredients. Hear this deeply intuitive Eucharistic Minister blend God’s abundance in a balanced spiritual and worldly way.


Theology of the Body Learnings | Richard Grebenc


Date of Talk:  May 30th, 2012
Location:   Our Lady of Ransom - Niles IL
Presenter(s):   Richard Grebenc
Affiliated Group(s):   Bible Study, Knights of Columbus
Work Listing(s):   Teacher
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Richard Grebenc, a teacher and graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, will talk of an experience he had while teaching Theology of the Human Person. Hear his story of a student who was taking his class and her thoughtful response. Hear why Rich above all appreciates class participation that fosters openness and respect for each other, while he seeks to present the Church’s teaching in a true light.


A Woman For Others | Caroline Hopkinson


Date of Talk:  May 1st, 2012
Location:   Safety, Baby! - Park Ridge IL
Presenter(s):   Caroline Hopkinson
Website:  www.vocationnetwork.org
Work Listing(s):   Author, Social Media Specialist
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Caroline Hopkinson, a multi media editor for Vision, a top ranking vocation magazine, will share a personal experience of gratitude. Hear how her involvement participating in, and not just covering an assignment in Rochester, N.Y., led her to insights she might not otherwise have received. Hands on and full of ideas, hear this recent college graduate talk about vocation not just to the religious life, but each to our work, and how to make a difference.


One Day | Constantine Thalassinos


Date of Talk:  April 24th, 2012
Location:   Divine Mercy Outreach - Chicago IL
Presenter(s):   Constantine Thalassinos
Affiliated Group(s):   Greek Orthodox
Work Listing(s):   Security Officer
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Constantine Thalassinos, a visitor to the Divine Mercy Project and member of the Greek Orthodox Church, will share with us his faith journey. His father was a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. Hear Constantine’s faith journey that may yet lead him to becoming a priest like his father. However, it is more important to Constantine to live a good Christian life every day that may be seen by his love of others in humility.


I am the Truth | Tim Truckenbrod


Date of Talk:  April 19th, 2012
Location:   Lighthouse Catholic Media - Sycamore IL
Presenter(s):   Tim Truckenbrod
Website:  www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org
Work Listing(s):   Vice President
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Tim Truckenbrod, Vice President of Marketing and Development at Lighthouse Catholic Media will share how his seeking the truth helps Lighthouse. Hear how a talk he heard, titled from Gangland to Promised Land, was chosen for distribution by Lighthouse. Learn tips from this experienced marketing practitioner at Lighthouse about connecting people to their true desires, and how to focus on contentment in life to feel satisfaction.


Inspiring Faith | Thomas Kashul


Date of Talk:  February 15th, 2012
Location:   St. Paul of the Cross - Park Ridge IL
Presenter(s):   Thomas Kashul
Affiliated Group(s):   Knights of Columbus
Work Listing(s):   Telecommunications, Director
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Thomas Kashul, Director of Telecommunications at American Medical Association, will talk of transitioning into this job and a role that faith played. Hear an example of the kind of work he does with telephone systems. Hear an inspiring life changing story of a desire to travel to Medjugorje which was placed in his heart and which came to fruition thru faith and prayer. Hear tips to grow your faith from this experienced practitioner.


Career Counselor | Emmett McGovern


Date of Talk:  January 18th, 2012
Location:   St. Juliana - Chicago IL
Presenter(s):   Emmett McGovern
Website:  www.stpatrick.org
Work Listing(s):   Basketball Coach, Director of Counseling
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Emmett McGovern, Director of Counseling at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, will share a personal story of career change. Hear how his devotions to God worked on him in a way even he could not initially understand. Hear his faith in his wife and his devotion to family in this touching story of family transition.