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Fall – Date October 29, 2022 – Maureen Nash

Maureen was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her childhood was influenced by her devout Catholic parents. Maureen had three older brothers and two younger sisters. Maureen & her husband Dave of 56 years have two sons. Their sons still reside in the K.C. area.  They moved to Florida in 1992.  They have two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Maureen’s early education was in a Catholic school, taught by nuns. When she was in the sixth grade, the family moved outside Kansas City to a small farm town. There was no Catholic school nearby, so the rest of her education was in public school.  Her strong Catholic values continued thanks to her devout parents.

Maureen has been involved in many ministries, including Faith Formation, Sacristan, Eucharistic & Hospital Ministry, & Respect Life most of her adult life.  Her passion is Respect Life which she has been involved in for the last fifteen years.  She has served on the Respect Life committee and, for the last 4 years as the leader of 40 Days For Life/Lee & Collier Counties Spring Campaigns.

In her testimony, Maureen will share how God’s grace has influenced her.   Through His grace, God has shown Maureen how to use her God-given talents to bring awareness and knowledge to those who are unaware of the horrors of abortion. Her goal, God’s goal’ is to change hearts & minds, to bring our culture of death into a culture of life, to encourage respect for the sanctity of all life, and standing up for the most vulnerable, the unborn child in the womb.  In her presentation she will show how being present at Planned Parenthood is one of the most powerful ways to end this horror!

Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”


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April 30, 2022 – Featured Speaker Father Saji Ellickal

Father Saji ~ Parochial Vicar

Fr. Saji Ellickal Joseph belongs to a religious congregation called Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. The congregation began in 1933 in the Southwest state of India called Kerala, his home state. Father was born and raised in a small mountain city of Kerala called Bisonvalley. His parents, an older brother and a younger sister, both married, live there along with his five nieces and nephews.

When he was fifteen, he completed the 10th grade and joined the Minor Seminary of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in June 1989 to begin his seminary formation. Studies included Philosophy from 1993 to 1996 and Theology from 1997-to 2000 in the Pontifical Seminary Aluva, Kerala. After completing almost twelve years of formation and education, he was ordained on December 27, 2000. As a newly ordained, he was sent to the Northern State of India, Rajasthan, to start his ministry as the Administrator of a catholic school that his congregation runs and as the pastor of the small church from 2001- to 2005.

Later, he completed a year of studies in Education to become the principal of a school in a different Northern State of India, Maharashtra, where he had a small parish. In 2007 he was sent to the Diocese of Memphis in TN, where he ministered for ten years. In 2017, he came to the Diocese of Venice, where he was appointed as the Parochial Vicar of St. John XXIII in Fort Myers.

In Father Saji’s words: “I really love being a priest and thank the good Lord for trusting me with this divine call to minister to the spiritual needs of the faithful. The most important inspiration for me to be happy is my devotion to the Holy Eucharist and seeking the intercessions of Our Heavenly Mother Mary.”

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February 26, 2022 – Featured Speaker Debbie Herbeck

Takes place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Holiday Inn in Ft. Myers for more information click here.

Our featured speaker has shared her personal journey of faith from Judaism to Christianity and subsequent entrance into the Catholic Church. For the past forty years, Debbie has worked extensively in youth and women’s ministry, speaking, leading mission trips, and mentoring high school and college age women. She has spoken at Franciscan University Conferences, Legatus chapters, and women’s events throughout the world. She is the founder and executive director of Pine Hills Girls Camp. Debbie is also the founder and director of the Be Love Revolution, a ministry that exists to help young women encounter Christ and be His love to all they meet.

She has written Safely Through the Storm: 120 Reflections on Hope, Firmly on the Rock: 120 Reflections on Faith, and Love Never Fails: 120 Reflections on Love. She and her husband Peter have co-authored a book entitled When the Spirit Speaks: Touched by God’s Word. Debbie is a frequent author and speaker for Blessed is She and contributing writer for Undone: Freeing your Feminine Heart from the Knots of Fear and Shame.

Debbie and her husband Peter live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and have 4 young adult children and 7 small grandchildren.

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