Marge Fenelon is a Catholic wife, mother, award-winning author and journalist, blogger, and speaker. She was awarded the 2015 Egan Journalism Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional journalists with demonstrated excellence in reporting for Catholic media. She's written for a variety of Catholic media including National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, CatholicMom, and Catholic Digest. She’s a weekly contributor to Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air Show” and is a popular guest on other Catholic radio and television shows.
She's written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic spirituality. Her book, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena received a 2016 Association of Catholic Publishers Award for Excellence in Publishing. Marge and her husband are consecrated members of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt.
As a speaker, Marge is known for her unique way of interweaving the application of religion and everyday life relationships and experiences, making them almost indistinguishable. She has the gift of integrating the Faith and a simple, lived spirituality with a warmth and depth (sprinkled with joy and humor) that touches her listeners’ hearts and draws them into a growing relationship with the Divine. She's presented to audiences throughout the United States in a variety of settings, from retreats and parish events to workshops and conferences and before audiences made up of young adults, mixed groups, women, and married couples.
Marge has been writing for Catholic and secular publications for nearly two decades. More than fifteen years ago, she decided to leave behind the secular business world and her position as public relations consultant in order to focus her talents and energies on serving the Church and Catholic media. She is the author of several books related to Marian devotion and Catholic spirituality. Her titles include When's God Gonna Show up? (Liguori, 2009); When's
God Gonna Call Me Back? (Liguori, 2010); Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic
Approach to Holiness at Home (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011); Imitating Mary: Ten
Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom (Ave Maria Press, 2013); and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena (Ave Maria Press, 2015) Her most recent book is Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace (Servant Books, 2017.)
Marge is currently working on an exciting new project called Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA which is taking her to nine different Marian pilgrimage sites throughout the country. She's doing live stream, blogging, and radio appearances as she goes along. The result of her journeys will be a new book published by Ave Maria Press in Spring 2019 titled Marian Pilgrimage: A Living Novena.
She’s an instructor for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Permanent Deacon Wives Program. In May, 2014 she traveled with the Catholic Press Association to the Holy Land as part of Pope Francis’ pilgrimage there. In September, 2014 she completed The Church Up Close, an intensive training course for foreign journalists in Rome conducted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. She is the recipient of the 2015 Egan Fellowship and traveled to the Philippines to report on the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. She was accepted to the 2015 Jordan Tourism Board Religious Blogger and Journalist Tour, through which she traveled Jordan, writing about the historical and religious sites there. She is a life-long Catholic.
Her favorite topic is Mary, but Marge is well-versed in a wide range of other topics, too. Event organizers are most grateful for her uncanny ability to reach audiences where they’re at and then guide them to a greater understanding of, and love for, our Lord and his Mother in a simple, joyful, everyday spirituality.
Heather Renshaw is an on fire revert to the Catholic Faith whose greatest desire is for all people to know the healing power of Jesus' Divine Mercy so that they may rejoice and be free in Him.
Given up for adoption as an infant, Heather was raised by a cradle Catholic and a Methodist convert in a mixed-race household, attending Mass and many other church-related activities through young adulthood. Upon leaving for college, however, Heather spent several Augustinian years seeking fulfillment in worldly things.
Her journey back to Jesus is highlighted by a profound personal encounter with Our Lord during a family trip in 1997. Heather's time working with Evangelical Protestants who respectfully questioned Catholicism further motivated her desire to understand the teachings of the Faith and led to greater involvement in parish life and ministerial work.
Heather's heart for women's ministry stems from personal experience of hurt and healing as well as working with women in desperate need of community, forgiveness, and joy. One of the best days of Heather's life, other than her marriage and the birth of her children, was consecrating to Jesus through Mary on the Feast of the Assumption in 2013.
Heather’s work has been published with Catholic Mom, Catholic365, Ignitum Today, New Evangelizers, and others. She is also Scheduling Manager and regular contributor to Blessed is She, a daily devotion for women. Heather has appeared on CatholicTV, Archangel Radio, Real Life Radio. SiriusXM Catholic Channel, Catholic
Vitamins, The Building Bridges Podcast, and is a contributing author of All Things Girl Truth for Teens, a book for girls during the formative adolescent years. Heather is Founder and Creative Director of Catholic Women Rejoice, an annual conference for women in the Pacific NW, and was founding chair of the sold-out Called to Love women’s conference in Mobile, AL. Heather is Co-host and Producer of The Visitation Project, a dynamic, weekly radio show for women on Mater Dei Radio in Portland, Oregon, and her next book will (with God's help) be published in 2016.
Prior to becoming a Catholic writer and speaker, Heather was a recruiter with a boutique recruiting firm, Employee Services Manager for an engineering company, a management consultant/trainer, and designed a successful welfare-to- work program for single mothers living below the poverty line. She has a certificate in
comprehensive Human Resource Management with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Portland State University.
Heather lives with her husband and five young children in the mission territory of Pacific NW, where they are involved in Teams of Our Lady, and various other activities. Heather is a seasoned Cantor, Master of Ceremonies, and event coordinator who enjoys iced coffee, singing loudly, dancing in her living room with
her kids, spending time with her husband, and wearing really obnoxiously Catholic t-shirts. She is excited about helping to make your event overflow with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Mercy at the Well
Julie Alexander is a co-founder and co-director of The Alexander House Apostolate, a Catholic, lay apostolate dedicated to offering hope and providing healing for troubled marriages.
Julie, along with her husband Greg, have presented numerous workshops, seminars and talks to thousands of participants across the nation and internationally. They've co-hosted 3 series on EWTN under the title of Marriage Works in Christ. She was also a cohost of the popular weekly radio show called Made for Each Other on Guadalupe Radio Network and also a co-authors of their best selling book - Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage and He Can Save Yours Too.
Julie also served on the Parish Implementation Committee for the Bishop’s document, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan and her latest efforts involves assisting women with their relationship with our Blessed Mother and deepening their spirituality with her Club 11.
Julie has been married to Greg for 30 years and they have seven beautiful children, three grandsons and another grandchild due any day now.
The San Angelo Catholic Women's Conference "Outrageous Love, Mercy at the Well" is an event that will help examine our daily lives so that we can receive healing and peace within ourselves. Mercy and forgiveness are essential for life; it frees us from past wrongs and gives us hope for the future. It is for mercy and forgiveness sake that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for mankind. Whether we are seeking forgiveness for our own sins or asking God to help us forgive others, we are all seeking restoration and healing. When we feel we are wronged by somebody else, the hurt that we feel inside can very quickly turn into lasting resentment, bitterness and anger. It is important to our spiritual well being to release these feelings to become free from the burdens we carry. "Mercy at the Well" is a time for healing and reconciliation; and for receiving the on going spiritual direction that we crave in our everyday journey of life. By attending this conference you will have taken a big and bold step in your faith!
The conference is being held at the McNease Convention center and will be held on Friday, September 28th starting at 5:30 pm & ending Saturday, September 29th, 2018 close to 4:00 pm. The cost of the conference is $50 if you register between June 1st and September 15th, 2018 and includes a boxed lunch for Saturday. On September 16th, the cost will be $60. We do not offer refunds due to the low price of the conference.